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View from the Chair: Safety is a Casualty of Funding Shortage

  August 27, 2015 Recently my wife and I, as many other parents do each August, took our 18- and 20-year-old daughters to college. For us, this year was a passage as we now find ourselves as “empty nesters.” In the future, they will be visitors rather than residents in the home we created for

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

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

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

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Nixon out of step with labor movement

By John A. Tatom Governor Nixon is out of step with the American labor movement. His notion that Right to Work (RTW) damages all workers is false.  The late H. Gregg Lewis, one of the founding fathers of modern labor economics, explained more than 50 years ago that while unions raise wages for union members, they

Businesses Need Predictability from Government, Not Volatility

Guest Column by Secretary of State Jason Kander Politicians always seem to think they understand what it takes to foster a good business climate. I bet if you had a nickel for every time you heard a politician talk about creating jobs and growing businesses, you’d be able to take that extra family vacation. The


Drastic measures necessary to defend our Republic

Senator Jason Holsman The end of every session plays out like a Shake-speare sonnet. There exists the proposition of a problem, the turn and ultimate resolution. By its very nature, the formation of law is the management of conflict.  Conflict is, and has always been, an inherent component of the legislative process. In rare instances, this


We have officially arrived…and we owe it all to our readers

Our readers will particularly understand being in a campaign as the hopeless underdog, where you’re so irrelevant that your competitor doesn’t even mention your name. So you work your ass off for months in obscurity, and then comes that moment when out of nowhere your opponent attacks you. And that’s the moment when you know