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Kinder: Why I was the only no vote on 2nd taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Thursday (Aug. 27) Missouri lawmakers are conducting a public forum regarding state-backed bonding for a second football stadium in St. Louis. The stadium project is an ill-advised attempt to keep the Rams in St. Louis or attract another NFL franchise. Rams owner Stan Kroenke says he has purchased land in

Let’s address the real problem: Abuse of power in the Missouri legislature

By Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia   Recently, we have seen two very serious ethics violations in the Missouri Legislature aired in the press.  As we all know, such legislator behavior is neither new, unique, nor isolated. The permissive culture in the legislature will continue until we enact and enforce meaningful ethics reform. In May, I was

A Letter From Colonel J. Bret Johnson

To my fellow Missourians and visitors to our great state: On August 17, 2015, the Missouri State Highway Patrol issued a news release reminding everyone to be safety minded over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. That news release brought to mind this past weekend. August 14-16, 2015, was a deadly weekend in Missouri. Traffic

Missouri Should Oppose Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”

By Senator David Sater, R-Cassville   Early this week, President Obama announced his plans to use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose more government control and regulation over U.S. carbon emissions. In a 1,560-page EPA rule, Obama is requiring power plants to reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 while forcing each

Missouri Small Businesses Need Health Care Flexibility

By Wayne Hansen, Wayne’s Heating & Cooling & Appliance, Moberly, MO   As a second-generation small business owner, I can attest that things aren’t the way they used to be. Our family-owned company faces greater challenges today than at any time in the more than 50 years we have been in operation. The good news is that

Capital city needs restoration

By David Wilson, EdD. Wilson is a school administrator, writer, presenter, and consultant. You may e-mail him at   In downtown Jefferson City, I could take you to a spot where a huge chunk of plaster is coming loose on an exterior wall on one of the buildings and I could pull it off

OP-ED: Rail investment helps drive Missouri economy

By Representative Glen Kolkmeyer, Chairman, House Transportation Committee   We are at a time when freight traffic is growing dramatically. Missouri is in a position to capitalize on the economic opportunities to expand current businesses, attract new businesses and expand job openings for our workforce.  This requires an efficient and dependable transportation system.  Similar to Missouri,

The Oligarchy Speaks on Marriage

By Senator Ed Emery “When absolutes are denied, there is no basis for truth; the absence of truth leaves only opinion; in a world of opinions, the tyrant wins.”               Anonymous Freedom is greatest for those with the greatest power. America’s founders intended for the greatest power to rest with the people. Their writings make it