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Challenges in funding Missouri’s highway system

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Maintaining and building infrastructure is one of the few fundamental responsibilities of government. That is why the Missouri State Senate once again spent a significant amount of time this session debating various proposals for how best to address the funding challenges facing Missouri’s highway system.

This debate is critical. The Show-Me State is home to the seventh largest highway system in the country, with over

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Capitol Perspectives: Social Unrest Spans Nearly a Century: Missouri Mining Riots of 1917

by Mark Hughes

This summer’s social unrest, which began last year with the outbreak of violence in Ferguson, comes nearly a century after another dark chapter of Missouri social strife: the Lead Belt mining riots of 1917.

Those riots began 99 years ago on Friday, July 13, 1917. Missouri’s Lead Belt at that time consisted largely of shafts, mills, chat dumps and company houses built near mines sank into the

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Seasons of Lawmaking

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Just as nature has its four seasons, so does Missouri politics.

Throughout the interim (the time when the legislature is not in session) up through December, legislators prepare ideas for bills they may file for the upcoming session.  Sometimes bills are the same ones that were filed in the previous session that did not pass.  It is not unusual for a bill to take several

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From the Bench

Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott’s “From the Bench” is a series of articles designed to provide the public with a better understanding of the judicial system and changes in the law.  No explanation or example utilized herein should in any way be interpreted as reflecting an opinion, approval, or disapproval of any law.  A circuit judge’s job is to fairly and impartially apply the law, not change it.

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Amendment addresses large scale water resource challenges

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

All of us depend on safe and reliable water resources and infrastructure every single day.  Unfortunately, existing water resources and infrastructure in many parts of the state are struggling to meet current demands and are soon projected to be unable to meet future demands.

While some regions are facing increased demands on resources as a result of rapid population growth, others are seeing existing resources

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Opposing Obama’s immigration order

by Congressman Sam Graves

Late last month, the Supreme Court decided to block one of the many executive orders President Obama has issued during his time in office. The Court ruled what all of us already knew — Obama can’t just hand out amnesty to 4 million illegal immigrants.

The ruling was a win for the Constitution and for our entire legal system. But more than that, it was a

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Identifying parents easier now for adoptees

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the past few weeks, I have written about a number of bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 session.  These capitol reports have covered Step Therapy, Livestock Liability and Civics Education.  This week, the report is about House Bill 1599 sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), which covers the subject of child adoption.

There are over 500,000 adoptees in Missouri (about 8%

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Sam Graves Endorses Donald Trump

Highlights Businessman’s Strength on Immigration, National Security

Congressman Sam Graves today announced his endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Graves, who represents northern Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives, will attend the Republican National Convention next week to pledge his support for the 2016 nominee.

“There are a few issues that I’ve always considered fundamental to the future of this country. Without strength in our economy, our military, and

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Capitol Perspectives: Disappearing government in our increasingly digital world

by Phill Brooks

While political scientists and long-time Missouri statehouse observers have bemoaned the loss of institutional memory arising from legislative term limits, there’s another institutional memory loss that has arisen during the same period. There’s a surprising reason — the digital era.

I was reminded of that danger this summer as I’ve been updating the online state government databases of Missouri Digital News (http://mdn.org).

One of my

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