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Letter to the Editor: Remove barriers restricting access to charter schools

By Eddy Justice, Poplar Bluff Dear Editor, As an active member of the community, I cannot help but wonder why Missouri’s elected officials aren’t embracing the fact that a quality public education is not achieved with a “one-size fits all” approach. While I am happy with the education my children received, I am cognizant that

Letter to the Editor: Why Republicans support school choice

By Rosa Robb, Columbia, Mo. Education savings accounts, charter schools and other ideas for expanding options for school choice are in front of this year’s General Assembly. Republicans should do whatever they can to increase the options for Missouri family’s to control their destiny when it comes to the education of their children. Republicans support


Ashcroft, Franks and Alferman launch ‘Show It 2 Vote’ Voter ID campaign

ST. LOUIS — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D – St. Louis) and Rep. Justin Alferman (R – Hermann) held a joint town hall meeting Monday morning at St. Louis City Hall to announce the launch of the public photo voter ID outreach program, “Show It 2 Vote.” Thanks @brucefranksjr

RELEASE: U.S. term limits resolution advances in Missouri Legislature

Jefferson City, MO – United for Missouri’s Executive Director Carl Bearden praised the Missouri State Senate’s Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions, and Ethics Committee for recommending passage of Missouri’s U.S. Term Limit concurrent resolution (SCR14). SCR14 applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of states to propose an amendment to the United

A New Approach To Regulatory Policy

By Eric Kirberg, Kirberg Roofing Just about anyone and everyone who follows Missouri politics realizes that the new state Republican Gubernatorial administration and the Supermajority in the Missouri Legislature means elected and appointed officials are looking at our states’ policy challenges with fresh eyes.  This gives legislators an unprecedented opportunity to throw away old scripts

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft discusses his office's budget with the House Budget Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

Missourians Overwhelmingly Passed Photo Voter ID, Now What?

By Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State Last November, Missourians voted to pass constitutional amendment six, paving the way for common sense voter ID, by a margin of 63 percent – 37 percent. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office is responsible for the implementation of the new photo ID law, set to take effect June

Repairing our ObamaCare wounds

By Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Sam Graves, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Rep. Jason Smith, Rep. Ann Wagner   “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Many Americans well remember that promise made by President Barack Obama. Many

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Honor Women’s History Month: Work for Change 

  by Wendy Doyle, President & CEO, Women’s Foundation For 25 years the Women’s Foundation has promoted equity and opportunity for women of all ages.  We’ve worked for change through research, philanthropy, and more recently, policy solutions.  In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the women who have come before us with a fresh

Missouri Chamber disappointed in ruling that allows patchwork of inconsistent workplace laws across our state

JEFFERSON CITY —A law that ensures consistent workplace standards across Missouri has been jeopardized by a Missouri Supreme Court ruling today. This law, and many others, are now in question as the Supreme Court reached back to overturn a 1998 law in order to allow St. Louis City to raise its minimum wage.   “The


Confluence Academies, Charter Public School Closure and the Rest of the Story

There are several differences between a traditional public school and a charter public school. These differences include autonomies allowing the school’s board the ability to be more nimble and innovative making decisions in the best interest of their students. These are autonomies we believe all public schools should have. An additional difference is charter public