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Poosey Digest:  Above the bile

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Suffice it to say that the number of newborn babies who’ll be named either “Hillary” or “Donald” in the next few years will be rather slight. A great many of folks view the upcoming stint in our voting booth as a choice between a root canal and a colonoscopy, and the level of venom seems to rise with each news cycle as our

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Vibrant ag industry requires public policy

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Agriculture has long been, and remains to this day, the Show-Me State’s No. 1 industry. Here in northwest Missouri, it is still the foundation of our local communities and way of life. As such, it is essential our state lawmakers and agencies implement policies that allow Missouri’s agricultural producers and associated industries to remain vibrant and productive and stand as a check against bureaucratic overreach.

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Capitol Perspectives: An unusual primary, if you follow the money

by Phill Brooks

This year’s Missouri primary was one of the most unusual I’ve seen. It involved more negative attacks funded by more big-buck donors with more inexperienced winners than I can remember.
I had thought it would be a pretty clean primary as a result of the suicide of one of the Republican candidates for governor, State Auditor Tom Schweich. His suicide coming shortly after a broadcast advertisement making

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You can’t just write in a name

Spike_WPOne candidate for President inherited a fortune from his father and spent years bribing politicians to subsidize hotels and casinos, repeatedly using bankruptcy to shield his money while leaving creditors and workers holding the bag.

This candidate has fought against the unionization of his employees while outsourcing to businesses abroad — a business man with a terrible business record. Details of his economic plan released this week confirm tax cuts

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Poosey Digest: Sadly in cyberspace

by Freida Marie Crump

PooseyDigest_WPGreetings from Poosey.

The code words were always the same when cruising Alaska… “Whale!” “Look! Dolphins!” “Bear! Bear! Bear!” You’d hear these cries on a tour bus or sitting on the deck of your ship and an electric thrill would go through both the vacationers and locals as they’d rush to the rail to see the wonders that God had kindly provided on that particular morning.

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From the Bench

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

The last article highlighted legislative changes to felony classifications and prison terms that will take effect January 1, 2017. This month I will focus on changes to fine provisions for felonies. Currently, criminal fines are set forth in Chapter 560 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri (RSMo.)  Next year criminal fines will be set forth in Chapter 558 RSMo.

Section 560.011

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Dealing With Anger

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Anger is a problem for many of us. We often embarrass ourselves because of anger.

Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done except for anger.

Ephesians 4 instructs new Christians to put off

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The loss of one bright, shining moment

Editor's SpikeForty years ago today, on Aug. 3, 1976, a tragedy shook Northwest Missouri to its core.

Jerry Litton was flying back to Kansas City with his family to celebrate his primary election victory as the Democrat nominee for the U.S. Senate. But the plane the Littons were in crashed during takeoff at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport, killing the entire family as well as Litton’s friend and pilot, Paul Ruff Jr.

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Capitol Perspectives: Initiative and Referenda: Does Missouri’s system still empower voters?

by Mark D. Hughes

Missouri is one of 24 states that permits initiative petition — placing statutory or constitutional changes directly before voters for their approval. This concept was born of the progressive movement that swept America at the turn of the 20th century.

In 1904, the Missouri Direct Legislation League, led by St. Louis attorney Silas L. Moser, lobbied the Legislature to place an initiative petition and referendum amendment

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