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Family farms are the solution, corporate agriculture is the problem

Last month, Missouri Rural Crisis Center held a telephone town-hall with thousands of Missourians across our state. The conversation focused on how we can...

How the reddening of Missouri has shaped both parties’ 2022 Senate...

What does it take to be a successful candidate for high office in Missouri these days? We might consider that question through the lens of...

Capitol Perspectives: A possible tax increase

One of the fascinating issues for the 2021 legislative session has been the idea of a tax increase. You would think such an idea would...

Capitol Perspectives: Kicking the can down the road

The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of "kicking the can down the road"...

Missouri Gaming Commission gambles against public health

When the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread last year, a number of businesses, including casinos, temporarily shut down. Consistent with developing health protocols for re-opening, such...

Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension – what this means for you

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on April 13, 2021 halted use of the one-dose Johnson &...

John Boehner blisters Republicans in Congress

It’s time for a confession. I have misjudged John Boehner. Oh, I knew he might speak candidly. Or, more precisely, I knew he could be...

Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and...

Capitol Perspectives: How Missouri controls filibusters

The debate about changing U.S. Senate filibuster rules demonstrates how different that chamber is from Missouri's Senate. Missouri Senate rules make it more difficult to...

Why does Missouri have a baker’s dozen of possible U.S. Senate...

In winter 2007, weeks into my tenure in the state Senate, I prepared to board a flight back from Washington, D.C, and bumped into...

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