Political Editorials

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. ...
Editor’s note: In response to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s call for the U.S. Postal Service to ensure that citizens have a mailing address in the actual state where they live, we contacted a couple of Arkansas residents who live on the north side of Bull Shoals Lake adjoining Ozark County. One Arkansas...
When I get the chance to sit and look out of my office window, I have been observing all the improvements taking place around the Capitol grounds and the outside of the building and wondering what it’s going to look like when they’re done. There are lots of construction workers, heavy equipment,...
The comeback of rural America, ignited in large part by a president who understands that we are more than just flyover country on the way to Hollywood, has been joined in recent months with new optimism from American small businesses. Whether it be a result of reducing the federal tax burden,...

Gainesville sixth graders, teachers and several parents toured the Capitol in Jefferson City April 30. Pictured, from left (first row): Jamon Crisp, Tyler Ellison, Kannon Morrison, Corwin Morris, Elijah Burrow, Nathan Sanchez, Kelsie Ripley, Nicole Byerley, Ashley Dunn, Skylar Acklin; (second row) Mr. Jason Morris, Aiden Anderson, Jillian Morse, Savannah Bushner, Alexia Cowart, Emily McClure, Abigail Weisbrod, Emory Warden, Leigha Rowland, Dylan Woodward; (third row) Mrs. Melanie Johns, Andrew Hambelton, Sarah Hossman, Lakyn Suter, Marcus Winrod, Morgan Strain, Amber Gibson, Diana Wages, Madison Petter, Maddox Wynn; (fourth row) Mrs. Sheila Thomas, Mrs. Ralena Roberts, Taylor Shaw, Lahna Pecina, Marcy Henderson, James Loggins, Leland Adams, Nick Goodson, Chevy Mahan,Robert Dover, Garrett Taber, Jarett Hoganl (top row) Representative Lyle Rowland, Creeden Campbell, Sean Wallace, Easton McGee, Loran Myers, Kailey Ramagli, Brady Myers, Owen Possehl, Wyatt Walker, Nathan Kiger, Derek Winrod.
Last week we had lots of visitors to the Capitol. On Monday, I had the opportunity to meet with the Gainesville sixth graders along with their principal, teachers and a large group of parents. On Friday, Forsyth juniors and seniors (government students) along with their teachers and parents visited...

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