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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

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

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


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

Missourians Should Be Able to Choose a Driver’s License that Complies with REAL ID

By Kevin Corlew, State Representative for District 14  The Missouri General Assembly is considering legislation that would give Missourians the ability to choose a state-issued driver’s license that complies with the federal REAL ID Act. In 2005, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the REAL ID Act, which was signed into law by President George W.