Census survey reveals COVID-19’s devastating impact in Missouri

BY: - December 4, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Missourians are struggling to get by during our coronavirus public health emergency, including children, according to the recently released U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. While 40.8 percent of Missouri households report losing income since March, families with children under 18 have been especially impacted, with 51.4 percent reporting income loss. […]

As they navigate a pandemic, grant public school officials some grace

BY: - December 1, 2020

COVID-19 has turned public education on its head. State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, who doesn’t blame the parents who want to pull their kids out of public schools, believes they deserve other options. “The virtual education schools provide is a failure… private schools soldier on, doing the job they’ve chosen and are paid to do,” she […]

Legislators should use COVID funds for stimulus payments to struggling Missourians

BY: - November 30, 2020

I know that many businesses across our state are working hard to keep their doors open. While their business plans may differ, from retail to service, restaurants to grocers, our businesses have one key characteristic in common – they rely on attracting customers who have money to spend. But in this economy, many Missourians are […]

This Thanksgiving recipe doesn’t depend on food or family

BY: - November 26, 2020

With all of the frustrations, the tragedies and the maddening political chaos that have been with us this year, I have the perfect recipe for our Thanksgiving celebrations. No, it is not a new take on green bean casserole. It’s not some newfangled way to ease the strain on our belts after a holiday meal. […]

After Trump loss, replace populism and pity parties with persuasion and pragmatism

BY: - November 25, 2020

Reflecting over these last few weeks as the president continues to attempt to undermine the outcome of the election with unsubstantiated claims of fraud that have been rejected by courts around the country, I am reminded of an important lesson I learned 14 years ago. On the morning of Nov. 8, 2006, I woke up […]

Capitol Perspectives: What’s next?

BY: - November 24, 2020

The title of this column is a question that kept popping into my head during Missouri’s gubernatorial campaign. That question repeatedly was asked by fictional Pres. Jed Bartlet in the TV series West Wing of two decades ago. Bartlet used that question to cut off meandering conversations by his staff that went nowhere. To one […]

Election spending in 2020 doubled to $14 billion – 3 takeaways from a campaign finance expert

BY: - November 23, 2020

Individuals and companies spent a record $14 billion trying to get politicians elected in 2020, according to the latest estimate, more than double the $6.5 billion expended in 2016. What do donors get for parting with all that cash? Some of those who put large sums toward supporting a winner, such as President-elect Joe Biden, […]

A record number of women will serve in the 117th Congress, including at least 51 women of color

BY: - November 17, 2020

Women will gain at least 14 seats in the 117th Congress, setting a new record for female representation. In 2018, the nation elected 127 women – and 48 women of color – to the House and Senate. Next Jan. 3, at least 141 women, including 51 women of color will be sworn in. Eight races […]

2020 was a bloodbath for Missouri Democrats. Will 2022 be any better?

BY: - November 16, 2020

There’s no point trying to spin it: While the 2020 election was a mixed verdict nationally, with Republicans gaining congressional seats and minimizing Senate losses even as Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, the Missouri verdict was unequivocal. It hurts to say, but 2020 was a bloodbath for Missouri Democrats. It started atop the ticket […]

How you can help veterans every day

BY: - November 11, 2020

As the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising. In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s fourth. Among veterans younger than 35, […]

Mike Parson faces opportunities, challenges in new term as Missouri governor

BY: - November 9, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made history last week.  He became the first Republican in more than three decades to win a second term as governor, winning a landslide victory by nearly 500,000 votes.  And just like his first go round — after he took over following Eric Greitens’ June 2018 resignation — Parson will take […]

Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

BY: , and - November 9, 2020

The American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term. President Donald Trump’s tenure lasted just four years, but in that time he dragged policy on an array of key issues in a dramatic new direction. Joe Biden’s victory, confirmed by the Associated […]