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Reasons to support infrastructure modernization

By John J. Reed   During this legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly has been debating how to modernize Missouri’s electric infrastructure, and with good reason. Today the electric grid is the life blood of our economy, and the foundation of many technologies that we have not just come to enjoy, but also to depend on for

Strange Bed-Fellows: Missouri School Board Assoc Stands With Raise Your Hand 4-Kids & Joe Camel

By Andy Arnold  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” That simple quote sums up the position the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) finds itself in having decided to support the early childhood education initiative petition to raise cigarette taxes by nearly

Protecting the Integrity of Elections

By Sen. David Sater One of the most sacred rights guaranteed to Americans and Missourians is the right to vote. It is a cornerstone of our democratic form of government and ensures that the people that represent us do so by our consent and not by force or by virtue of their name or hereditary

Let the People Vote for Freedom

By John Brunner, Republican Candidate for Governor of Missouri   Should a rabbi be arrested and prosecuted for his faith? Should the owner of a kosher deli be arrested and prosecuted because he is an orthodox Jew? Should a baker be arrested and prosecuted because of her Christian faith? Should a photographer be arrested and prosecuted

Charter school students will pay price for St. Louis School District’s greed

By Lt. Gov. Peter D. Kinder In November 2001, as president pro tem of the Senate, I convened a panel of senators for hearings in St. Louis and Kansas City on what needed to be done to fix those cities’ dysfunctional public schools. Several dozen witnesses, most of them African-American, testified for more than seven

The Missouri Legislature Should Vote down SJR 39

By Montel Williams   I spent much of my adult life, and my 22 years in the military as a proud Republican, in no small part, because I believe in fiscal conservatism and was inspired by Ronald Reagan’s powerful message of inclusion at the 1984 Republican convention: “In the party of Lincoln there is no

General Assembly Must Act on Grid Modernization

By Irl Scissors, Executive Director of Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future   Missouri’s energy future is at a tipping point. Our electric infrastructure, much of which was built 40 to 50 years ago, will soon need replacement. The American Society of Civil Engineers graded Missouri’s energy grid in the “D” range, worse than our