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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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Poosey Digest: Exercising Herb’s good intentions

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Every 10 years or so Herb decides to get healthy. I tell him that at his age and in his condition, he should focus on simply staying alive. But for reasons known only to God and the American Psychiatric Association, my husband gets on a health kick.

A few years ago he tried to mega-cleanse himself. For 14 days he consumed nothing but

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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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When it’s gone …it’s gone

Spike_WPAnother historic landmark took a hit this past week when high winds shattered a distinctive, round stained glass window on the front of the Presbyterian Church in Gallatin. The loss makes me sad.

The stained glass that shattered was a hexagram, most commonly recognized as the Star of David. But this symbol was never a uniquely Jewish symbol. In fact, the compound of two equilateral triangles was used in Christian

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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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