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Finding a path for rural Missouri

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

As a longtime public servant, lifelong farmer and someone who has chosen to live and raise a family in rural northwest Missouri, I am passionate about finding solutions to the problems specifically affecting small, rural communities.

And here in Missouri, just as in much of the country, our rural communities continue to face serious challenges — most notably are declining populations, limited economic opportunities, and

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Capitol Perspectives: Rebooting state government

CapitolPerspectives_WPby Phill Brooks

While political pundits have focused on the reasons for the crushing defeat of Missouri Democrats, I’ve been wondering about something else — the opportunity to “Reboot Government.”

Republicans are maintaining an overwhelming majority in the state legislature and the sweep of statewide offices. Republicans have an opportunity to fundamentally change the very nature of Missouri government.

That thought came to me just a week after the elections

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Capitol Perspectives: Federal investigators going dark

by Phill Brooks

The FBI’s disclosure of the expanded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server reminded me of the two times I’ve covered statewide candidates who faced federal criminal investigations. How the Justice Department handled those Missouri investigations contrasts with how the FBI has handled the current Clinton situation.

Unlike the Clinton investigation, the Justice Department went dark about ongoing investigations of those two candidates on the Missouri statewide ballot.

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From the Bench: Child abuse, neglect in our five counties

by Judge R. Brent Elliott

 I was among several judges who attended the “Youth Summit” recently held in Trenton. The event was designed to help area youth in foster care transition to independence. It was, to say the least, enlightening.

As of Oct. 1, 2016, the 43rd Judicial Circuit (Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston counties) has 186 children placed in the custody of the Missouri Children’s Division. The vast

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Participating in the Electoral Process

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Every election that is held, from municipal elections in April to August primaries to the upcoming general election, is an opportunity for citizens to determine how their government is run and who will run it. Unfortunately, history has shown that while we have the right to vote, many of our friends and neighbors simply choose not to trek to the polls on Election Day.


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Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson on Amendment 3:

Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson discussed Amendment 3 at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Winston School Board.

At the meeting, Supt. Robinson stated that “Raise Your Hands for Kids” is not what it seems. The Missouri Association of Rural Education Executive Board (MARE) is one of several organizations in Missouri that are opposed to the passage of the initiative “Raise Your Hands for Kids.” The MARE organization very much supports

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Our recommendations on the proposed amendments

By Darryl Wilkinson

By now, you should have some grasp of proposed amendments which will appear on the ballot next Tuesday. The amendments, each printed in its entirety, were published in this newspaper the past two editions.  Additionally, Rep. J. Eggleston has summarized the amendments in his column during the past few weeks.

Here’s our take on each proposal and my recommendation for your consideration.

Amendment 1 — Vote Yes.

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Amendment 4: No Sales Tax on Services

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Only a few more weeks remain until the Nov. 8 election.  Unless you are big fan of political commercials, yard signs, mudslinging, and robocalls, you are ready to for it all to be over.  Patience.  The end is near.

Amendment 4 proposes to prevent any future laws that would create a sales tax on services at the state, county, or city level.  The actual language

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Capitol Perspectives: Reporters are not Liars 

By Phill Brooks

My columns usually seek to provide an historical perspective to Missouri public policy.

But I would be remiss if I did not react to the attacks by Donald Trump’s campaign against my colleagues.

It has become serious enough that the international Committee to Protect Journalists took the unprecedented step in early October to declare Trump “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”

Like CPJ, I’m not

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