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2015 Tax Sale Notice

Daviess County publishes the 2015 Tax Sale Notice, describing lots and lands for delinquent taxes to be sold Aug. 24 at the county courthouse in Gallatin. Click here to see the listings: Tax Sale Notice

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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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Join the Fiesta During Nursing Home Week May 11-15

DCNR residents celebrate National Nursing Home Week.

Gallatin Mayor Barb Ballew has issued a proclamation asking the community to come show their appreciation for the nursing home residents at Daviess County Nursing and Rehab, especially during National Nursing Home Week May 11-15. The theme is “Bring on the Fiesta!”

Activities for the week are: Monday – Proclamation and Balloon Release; Tuesday – Piñata and fried ice cream sundaes at 2

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Farmland Productivity Valuation Going Up

New agricultural productivity values took effect on Jan. 1, 2015, according to Daviess County Assessor Betty Harmison. The assessor recently received information about the increase from the State Tax Commission.

The most recent study conducted for the State Tax Commission indicated an increase in productivity values per acre for agricultural and horticultural land. In December of 2013, the State Tax Commission of Missouri proposed the study’s range of productive values

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Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault

by State Rep. Dan Hegeman

Earlier this session, I was contacted by a constituent who was having a difficult time protecting his adopted daughter (a minor) from being contacted by her biological father — the very individual who sexually assaulted her years ago. Though the adoptive father searched for some measure of legal remedy, he was unable to find a satisfactory solution under current state law. What the adoptive father

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Money and Politics: We Need Change Now!

by Lee H. Hamilton

I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act — feel as though they’ve become an afterthought in the political process. The tidal wave of money washing

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Budget Sent to the Governor

by State Rep. Dan Hegeman

This week, the Missouri General Assembly completed work on the final version of the state’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016, and it is now on its way to the governor’s desk. The $26 billion budget manages to provide a record level of funding for K-12 public education, while also attempting to address the unsustainable growth of our state social welfare programs.

As I said when

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