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What Lies Ahead

by Lee H. Hamilton

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks and months that really matter.

The big question, as the old Congress reconvenes and prepares to make way for next year’s version, is

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Capital Report: Tax Credit System is Broken

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Most successful endeavors begin with a vision and that vision becomes reality through a well-executed plan. Therefore, in order for our state to enjoy long term economic prosperity, we must have a vision for our future, a comprehensive, long term economic development plan, and a well prepared workforce ready to make that plan a reality. Most importantly, we must be willing to stop doing what

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Capital Report: Giving Thanks

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over the last year, the challenges facing our state and nation have only grown. While some may accept that fact with great concern, the reality is that America has time and again taken great challenges and turned them into opportunities for great achievement. This defines America, the land of opportunity where ordinary individuals can achieve great success through hard work, determination and dedication.

America’s history

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Legislators Speak on Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants

Our elected officials on the national level of government released the following comments after President Obama unilaterally issued an executive order to effectively grant amnesty to an estimated four million illegal immigrants last week:

Congressman Sam Graves (R-6th District) – “The actions outlined by the President are another display of his blatant disregard for our constitutional system, the American people, and all those who went through the extensive process of

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Capitol Perspectives: Politically Correct Speech

by Phill Brooks

This football season, when sports reporters confront the question of what to call the Washington Redskins, they’ll experience a conundrum we government reporters have been facing for decades.

It is the conflict between accurate speech versus politically correct speech.

For example, what term should we use to describe the federal health care law that has generated so much controversy? Is it “Obamacare,” the term critics coined to

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Producers Invited to Attend Farm Bill Meeting

University of Missouri Extension and the Daviess County Farm Service Agency are hosting a Farm Bill Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spillman Center located in Jamesport. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Meeting attendees will learn about Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill programs including Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

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Graves Votes in Favor of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“I am proud to have once again voted in favor of building the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Rep. Graves. “The Keystone XL Pipeline will create good-paying American jobs and lower energy prices,” he continued.

“The Keystone project has been sitting on the shelf and ready

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Capital Report: Caring for Missouri’s Seniors

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As a civilized society, we take the responsibility of caring for those who truly cannot care for themselves very seriously. In some cases, these individuals are senior citizens who have worked for decades to provide for their families and help build the communities in which they live. As they have reached their golden years, economic pressures make it difficult for them to meet their most

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Senator McCaskill on Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a longtime supporter of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, today released the following statement after a bipartisan 59-41 Senate vote on the pipeline’s construction fell one vote short of advancing the project:

“I’ve long supported Keystone, because it isn’t a question of whether this oil gets produced—it’s just how it gets to market. Getting this project moving will mean creating jobs and business opportunities, and

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