Political Editorials

This week marks the start of one of my favorite annual traditions, the 8th Congressional District farm tour. In southeast and south central Missouri, we know agriculture is at the heart of not only our economy, but also our communities and our families. The early mornings, late days and stress that...
For Kalena Bruce, a fifth-generation cattle farmer in Stockton, finding affordable health coverage under Obamacare hasn’t been easy. She’s a young mom and business owner paying $700 a month in premiums alone, not to mention deductibles and copays.That’s why she’s become an advocate for association...

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Unfortunately, the drought of 2018 is only getting worse across Missouri, and the effects are starting to hit livestock producers hard. The July 12 weekly drought report by the United States Drought Monitor shows over two-thirds of Missouri in some level of drought condition. With the extreme...
On June 30, it was my great honor and privilege to participate in a flag retirement ceremony sponsored by the Sampson Masonic Lodge in Theodosia. Our nation’s banner is more than just a piece of cloth; Old Glory is a symbol of strength and perseverance. Through the respect we display for our flag,...
This Fourth of July, Americans all over the world will join together to celebrate our 242 years of independence. The freedoms we enjoy every day came at a great cost. ... As I think of the brave patriots who put it all on the line for us in 1776, I am proud and fortunate to be an American, and I’m...
Friday, the governor signed an important piece of legislation that I sponsored during the 2018 legislative session. Senate Bill 782 includes several provisions regarding the Depart-ment of Natural Resources while also adding language to state law protecting farmers from issues surrounding storm...
Editor’s note: This column has been edited to reflect local conditions.Since the devastating 2012 drought, many Missouri farmers have spent the past five seasons rebuilding their herds and getting back to a sustainable level. Many have just started to feel like their feet are back under them. But...
Editor’s note: This column is an edited combination of two of State Sen. Mike Cunningham’s legislative report. The list of bills reported here has been shortened for space considerations. It’s an exciting time to be a Missourian, and I am proud to say Missouri’s future is bright with Gov. Mike...
During the final week of the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri Senate was able to pass numerous pieces of legislation. It was a successful session, and I am proud of the work we were able to accomplish on behalf of all Missourians. In the final week, lawmakers truly agreed and finally passed ...
Last week wrapped up the second regular session of the 99th General Assembly. Last week also wrapped up the final regular session for me since term limits are bringing my time in the General Assembly to an end. It’s been a good ride, but it’s time for me to go home and back to family and the farm. ...

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