Political Editorials

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...
Greetings from your state Capitol.The House and Senate took major steps last  week toward the completion of the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget. Both chambers must reach an agreement on the spending plan by May 11. The House sent its version of the budget to the Senate at the end of March....
Whether you’re working on the farm, running your small business or taking care of your family, Missourians wake early every day and work diligently to make ends meet. But not everyone has the resources they need to both put food on the table and keep the lights on in the house. My whole life, my...
The issues at the Capitol continued this week with additional major events. First, the House and Senate leadership called for Governor Greitens’ resignation. Second, Attorney General Hawley sent evidence to the St. Louis prosecutor that Greitens probably broke the law on campaign issues. Third, the...
Former State Representative Mary Lou Sallee passed away on April 6.  She served the Missouri House from 1993-2000 and represented the counties of Douglas, Wright and eastern Ozark. Mary Lou dedicated her life to helping young people and serving her community.Last week we had students and teachers...

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