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Capitol Report: Independence Day

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

In just a few days, millions of Americans will join in celebration as we observe our nation’s 239th birthday. Although the America of today might look different than the one our Founding Fathers knew, the celebration of our independence on July 4th is still marked in much the same way as it has always been — with parades, concerts and grand fireworks. Perhaps most importantly,

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NCMBF to Launch Efforts for Small Business Growth

The North Central Missouri Business Facilitation Group (NCMBF) met in Gallatin,  recently and was joined by State Representative J. Eggleston. Representative Eggleston expressed his interest in supporting small businesses throughout his district. NCMBF represents six counties in central Missouri and its goal is to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities within the six counties. NCMBF has been supported by a group in the northwest named the Missouri Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (also a

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Graves Issues Statement After SCOTUS Upholds ACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the Obama Administration in the case of King v. Burwell.

“I strongly disagree with today’s ruling, but it does not change my resolve to fully repeal Obamacare,” Rep. Graves said. “The president’s health care law has led to higher costs, fewer jobs, and tremendous uncertainty for families and small businesses.”

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McLey Earns Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout

Rep. J. Eggleston and McLey

Micheal McLey was honored during a Court of Honor ceremony on Sunday, May 17, for achieving his rank of Eagle Scout. On Monday evening, June 1, District 2 State Representative J. Eggleston attended Boy Scout Troop 67’s meeting to present Micheal a House Courtesy Resolution in honor of his reaching the Boy Scout’s highest attainable rank.

Representative Eggleston said, “Tonight it was my honor to

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AG Koster Releases 2014 Racial Disparity Vehicle-Stop Report

Disparity index for African-American drivers edges up to record high

Attorney General Chris Koster today released his 2014 report detailing racial disparity data in vehicle stops across the state of Missouri. The annual report is completed pursuant to a state law requiring each law enforcement agency in the state to collect and report specific information relating to vehicle stops, including the race of the stopped vehicle’s driver. The law

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USDA Reminder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support. For more information visit www.usda.gov.

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Capitol Perspectives: A Session Marked by Scandal, Filibusters

by Phill Brooks

There are some fascinating historical perspectives to the two factors that helped define the 2015 legislative session – the intern scandal that drove a House speaker out of office and filibusters that blocked Senate work in the final week.

The story of text-messaging impropriety by House Speaker John Diehl with a college intern reminded me of earlier years when the Missouri legislature had major problems with the

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The Way Forward for Congress

by Lee H. Hamilton

There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press. Less noticed, but equally important, a report from the

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Capitol Perspectives: Legislative Leaders and Term Limits

by Phill Brooks

One of the trends in Missouri’s legislature from term limits has been the growing power of legislative leaders. It’s the exact opposite that had been suggested by some term-limit supporters — that kicking out long-time legislators also would remove leaders who had held dominating power for years. But the resulting large blocks of lawmakers with limited understanding of government history or the legislative process has virtually necessitated

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