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Capitol Perspectives: Nixon’s Misguided Intent

To protect the public from journalists

by Phill Brooks

The day after the November elections, Gov. Jay Nixon provided the most detailed explanation yet as to why his administration blocks reporters from talking with agency directors and experts. His explanation ultimately came down to the argument that it was too harmful to the public for journalists to have that kind of access.

The explanation came at a news conference where

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The New ‘Fourth Estate’ Surpassing the Media

by Lee H. Hamilton

Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.

Here’s a case in point. When Congress closed at the beginning of August for its end-of-summer recess, it faced wide-scale derision for having accomplished next to

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Capital Report: Missouri Voters Have Spoken

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last Tuesday, Missourians across this great state exercised their constitutional right to vote and let their voices be heard. Their desires, their decisions, and their votes sent a clear message while setting the direction for our state and nation.

Missouri’s voters re-elected our State Auditor along with several new state senators and state representatives. They passed a measure to make it easier to prosecute individuals

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Nov. 4, 2014 Election Results

Yesterday’s election results for Daviess County were unusual in that there was no contest for six local officeholders. Voter turnout measured 38% of the 4,906 eligible to vote in the seven designated local precincts.

Republican J. Eggleston of Maysville won all 4 counties to record 69.2% of the vote to win the seat for 2nd District State Representative.

Republican Sam Graves carried all 36 counties to win re-election as 6th

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President Declares Disaster for Missouri

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of September 9-10, 2014.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a

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Gallatin Gal Elected as Prosecuting Attorney

Dw.cdrI could reminisce here about Kristen Ellis, a Gallatin gal who must feel on top of the world today. I could mention her wearing the Red & Black while playing third base for the Bulldog softball team. I still can hear in memory’s ear her sweet voice filling the auditorium singing before the judges at state music contest before graduating from GHS in 1999. But I don’t want to embarrass

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PSC Cold Weather Rule Takes Effect

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, began on Nov. 1. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2015. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the commission’s rules and regulations since 1977.

The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those

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Capital Report: Honoring Our Military Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From the American Revolution to the war in the Middle East, the men and women of America’s military have a proud heritage of defending freedom and liberty. While this began with colonial farmers leaving their families to take up arms in their fight for liberty, their legacy carries on as brave Americans continue to make great sacrifices to support and defend our nation and our

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Some Thoughts on Governing

by Lee H. Hamilton

I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

Why is it so hard? Partly it’s the country we live in.

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