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Capitol Perspectives: About Schweich’s Eulogy

by Phill Brooks

John Danforth’s eulogy for Missouri’s late auditor Tom Schweich reminded me of the inspiration I gained from Danforth as a young reporter covering him as state attorney general.

Danforth once was called the father of the modern Missouri Republican Party. He later became a leading critic of the current political process.

As an Episcopalian minister, ethics is at the core of John Danforth. I learned that from

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Learning to Be a Citizen

by Lee H. Hamilton

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens

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Capitol Perspectives: Thinking on Tom Schweich

by Phill Brooks

News that Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot has caused me to wonder about the tough and unforgiving environment that I cover. I worry that what I enjoy covering were factors in his death.

This is a man I will remember fondly. I will miss our conversations.

He was eager to talk with reporters about government issues. He regularly wandered the statehouse

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Two Shadow Representative Eggleston

Two members from the Gallatin R-5 FBLA chapter journeyed to Jefferson City and visited with State Rep. J. Eggleston during Career and Technical Student Organizations Legislative Day activities. Maria Pizzo and Aubrey Nelson, shown here with Rep. Eggleston, were among club members from throughout the state who visited and shadowed legislators. Becca Wiglesworth from Maysville was also a participant. [submitted photo]

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Capitol Perspectives: A Salary Squabble in the Senate Family

by Phill Brooks

A drama unfolded in Missouri’s Senate the likes of which have not been seen in more than four decades. It involved a fight over pay raises for legislators and other elected state officials.

The pay hikes, recommended by the Compensation Commission, automatically take effect unless rejected by a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate. The House overwhelmingly had voted down the raises. But when the issue

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Great Day for the County at the Capital

Great Northwest Day at The Capitol exists as a cooperative effort by Northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance the region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.”

A number of residents from Daviess County joined others from Northwest Missouri in Jefferson City on Feb. 3 to represent our county and region. Over 250 residents met to inform our state’s legislators and

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Capitol Report: Letter to the District

Dear Fellow NW Missourians,

Today concludes another productive week for legislators at the Missouri capitol, and the weeks to come are sure to get even busier. The Senate has followed the lead of the House and rejected a proposed pay increase for House Members, Senators and the Executive branch. The Dairy Revitalization Act has taken another step through the House toward eventually becoming law. And I was honored to be

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Affordable Care Act Meeting to be Held in Gallatin

University of Missouri Extension and the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging will be holding an informational meeting on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Gallatin. The meeting will be held at the Daviess County Library, starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the meeting.

This meeting will discuss the Affordable Care Act, and how it affects you and your community. The information offered

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Are You Eligible for a Refund of Your Property Tax or Rent?

The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim (MO-PTC) is a tax credit available for persons 65 years of age or 100% disabled or 60 years of age and receiving survivors benefits based on their paid real estate taxes or paid rent receipts.

The maximum credit is $750 for renters and $1,100 for homeowners. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes paid or 20% of the rent

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