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Rep. Tony Dugger resigns, MAF calls for a more robust revolving door law

In response to Rep. Tony Dugger’s resignation from the House of Representatives, Ryan Johnson, President of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, called on the Missouri Legislature to follow through with its ethics reform priorities and to strengthen the new revolving door law.

“Tony Dugger’s resignation from the House does not make him a bad person. It does, however, illustrate the need for a more robust fix to the problem that

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Thoughts about negative campaigning

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Like most of you, I used to get my information about the candidates on the ballot from TV ads and mailers. As an elected representative, I now have more opportunities to meet and visit with the candidates in person.

In the run up to the primary, I would use these visits to ask direct questions and evaluate not only what a candidate would say, but

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Olympic champions for life

Editor's SpikeIt’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan.

Football season is upon us. The Chiefs look like contenders. With a new coach at the helm, whatever happens at Mizzou will be interesting. The Bearcats seem poised to defend another national DII championship. Our Bulldogs have a lock here at home on Friday nights.

The KC Royals defy elimination (go figure).

But for the past couple of weeks nothing commanded

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Poosey Digest: We still need heroes

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I always favored Batman over Superman. The guy in blue tights with a big “S” on his chest seemed to cheat a bit having super powers at his disposal whereas Batman didn’t have the advantage of x-ray vision, super-human strength, and the ability to fly. The hero with the bat ears had to rely only upon his wits, a pretty cool car, and

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Capitol Perspectives: The dignity of Missouri’s capitol

by Phill Brooks

The recent conviction of 22 protesters whose 2014 demonstration in the Missouri Senate visitors’ gallery chamber forced the Senate to recess is an indication of how different Missouri’s Capitol is from the U.S. Capitol I covered in 1972.

For an hour on May 6, 2014, the protesters sang and chanted against the legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Those convicted in the Cole County Court of misdemeanor trespass

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Good Thinking: Back to School days

by Dr. Don Kuehle

 “School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days;

 Readin’ and Writin’ and ‘Rithmetic

 Taught to the tune of the hickory stick.”

School days have always been important days. Even for those of us who remember the “good old days”, school shaped our lives. We recall when life was less complicated. I attended a one-room school. Discipline was strict; the hickory stick was used by the

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The Shepherd Calls: A Dog Lesson

by Bro. Wade Parish

She is a large beautiful dog, 92 pounds, a German Shepherd. Her name is Shiloh and despite her size she moves with the quietness of a ghost. More than once I have tripped over her because she had so quietly laid beside my chair I did not know she was there.

Actually she is not my dog. She belongs to my son whose present circumstances make

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Success means there’s a successor

Editor's SpikeLast June a rural weekly newspaper in Vermont announced something that caught my attention.

Ross Connelly, 71, editor and publisher of The Hardwick Gazette, announced an essay contest with a newsworthy prize. For a $175 entry fee, Connelly would pick a winner to become owner of the 100+ year old newspaper, complete with the historic building housing the business on Main Street in Hardwick, VT (pop. 3,010).

In other words,

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Capitol Perspectives: Deep pocket donor finances ballot measure to limit deep pocket donors

by Mark D. Hughes

To grotesquely paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All elections are crazy. Some are more crazy than others.” This year’s election cycle in Missouri may stand as the craziest of all.
We have a Republican nominee for governor who previously was a Democrat. We have a Democrat nominee for governor who previously was a Republican. In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, we had a candidate named

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