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Northern MO Disaster Declaration Requested

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has requested a federal disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties, due to road and infrastructure damage from flooding and straight line winds Sept. 9-10. The request is for federal public assistance for Grundy, Mercer, Livingston, Putnam, Sullivan, Linn, Harrison, and Daviess Counties in the Green Hills area, as well as Adair, Macon, Gentry, Worth, and Nodaway, Andrew, Atchison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Ralls, and Shelby. Public

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Election Day Approaches

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Absentee ballot applications are already being accepted and may be submitted through Oct. 29 by mail or in-person by 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Missouri voters are required to present a valid ID. Polling places in Daviess County on Election Day are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A list of these locations will be published in next week’s edition. Samples of ballots to

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Capital Report: Constitutional Amendment 2

Prosecuting Child Sex Offenders

by State Sen. Brad Lager

There is perhaps no crime more revolting or reprehensible than the sexual abuse of a child. In a civilized society, no child should have to endure that type of abuse nor shall we as a society accept it. Throughout my time in office, I have worked to ensure that our legal system adequately punishes these perpetrators.

Currently, Missouri’s legal system restricts

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Great Northwest Day Showcases Local Attributes

In communities and counties throughout northwest Missouri, preparations for the 2014 Great Northwest Day at the Capitol are in full swing, according to local coordinator Denise Felderman, Jamesport.

County coordinators for each of the 18 counties that comprise the northwest Missouri region are working with local citizens, councils, commissions and chambers to gather important legislative priorities. Once assembled, priorities will be narrowed down to the top three or four for

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Viewing Political Corruption More Broadly

by Lee H. Hamilton

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

Given the blanket coverage devoted to

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Volunteer for Election Day

If interested in being a poll worker, call 800-669-8683, or visit sos.mo.gov/pollworker for more information.

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Jameson Man Seeks Presidency in 2016

What is his plan?

Dale Christensen, Jameson, an international businessman, entrepreneur and former professor of business, announced on Oct. 6 that he had filed with the Federal Exchange Commission to become the first Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

Dale Christensen

Mr. Christensen extends a challenge to everyone in America to read the Constitution with family and neighbors, and talk about it and remember it.

“It’s the only thing

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A+ Program May Not Be Fully Funded

Brent Burke, A+ counselor at Gallatin R-5 High School, along with the approximate 120 high school students who have signed up for the A+ program, can do little more than wait for the Missouri Department of Higher Education to assess the magnitude of a funding shortfall.

The A+ program gives high school graduates who meet necessary criteria money for two years of classes at community college. The program began in

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Capitol Perspectives: Political Transformations

by Phill Brooks

During my professional career, I have experienced two major political transformations that fundamentally changed our society. Recent developments in Missouri make me wonder if we’re experiencing a similar transformation today involving gay rights — or, at least, gay marriages in Missouri.

The two political transformations in my time involved the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. I’ve been thinking about those two changes as I’ve watched

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