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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...

Missouri’s groundwater threatened from corporate factory farm expansion

Here’s a story for you. A 10,467 hog factory farm is attempting to build near farms and homes, near the Poosey Conservation Area in Livingston...

Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s legislative second half

The Missouri legislature's week-long break that began Monday is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half...

Celebration of openness has special urgency

A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to...

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