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Stand up for our veterans by protecting prevailing wage

By Al Bond, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Carpenters Regional Council and Brian Murphy, President of BAM Construction In the construction industry, we get to work with many remarkable veterans who come home to Missouri and literally build up their communities.  People like Danny Burlison and Eric Phillippe, who are veterans, construction workers, and fathers. Danny served our

Letter to the Editor: Energy under new leadership

By Sen. Wayne Wallingford, District 27 Senator and Missouri Chairman of Vets4Energy The United States leads the world in the production and refining of oil and the production of natural gas. I think it is important to consider the benefits of that status in relation to geopolitical and national security issues. Our allies depend on

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Former Governor Bond discusses opinion on current Missouri politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The celebrated former Missouri governor and Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond appeared on Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics to speak on current issues in Missouri politics. Topics touched upon by Bond include job growth, an unbalanced state budget, state infrastructure and his desire to raise the gas tax. Bond

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m fighting for faith on campus

By State Representative Hannah Kelly, 141st District Even if you’ve never sworn to uphold it, you’re probably familiar with the oath of office we each take in the General Assembly. It begins “I do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and faithfully

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

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The Supreme Court of Exclusively Northern Missourians & the Crystal Ball is Back

By Scott Faughn, Missouri Times publisher Imagine a state split into three regions.  Now imagine two of the three have huge cities that dominate the state, while the third doesn’t. Now imagine the third region is the poorest of the three.  Now imagine a state court who touts diversity as something it is proud of. 

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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