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Capitol Report: Independence Day

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

In just a few days, millions of Americans will join in celebration as we observe our nation’s 239th birthday. Although the America of today might look different than the one our Founding Fathers knew, the celebration of our independence on July 4th is still marked in much the same way

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Capitol Report: Letter to the District

Dear Fellow NW Missourians,

Today concludes another productive week for legislators at the Missouri capitol, and the weeks to come are sure to get even busier. The Senate has followed the lead of the House and rejected a proposed pay increase for House Members, Senators and the Executive branch. The Dairy Revitalization Act has taken

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Ready to Serve Missouri’s 12th District

Editor’s note: Senator Dan Hegeman represents the 12th Senate District, which includes the counties of Andrew, Atchison, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, Worth and part of Clay County.

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

It’s been 12 years since I was last in the Missouri Legislature, having served in the

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Capital Report: Final Update …and Farewell

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln shared his belief that our nation’s democracy would not perish as long as we have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It has always been my belief that our founding fathers never intended for public service to

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Capital Report: Experiencing the Joys of Christmas

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and Merry Christmas.

This year, Stephanie and I feel blessed as we experience the joys of Christmas through the eyes of our children (ages 7 and 3).

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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

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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

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Capital Report: Honoring Our Military Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From the American Revolution to the war in the Middle East, the men and women of America’s military have a proud heritage of defending freedom and liberty. While this began with colonial farmers leaving their families to take up arms in their fight for liberty, their legacy carries on as

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Capital Report: When 60% is Considered High

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As American citizens, we have both the privilege and the responsibility of being active participants in our democratic process. Our founding fathers escaped an oppressive government and made great sacrifices in order to establish the greatest system of self-governance. Millions more immigrated here as the United States became the shining

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Capital Report: Amendment 3 – Teacher Performance

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In today’s competitive environment, our state and our nation compete on a global playing field for the jobs of tomorrow. One of the key deciders of where a company locates is the quality of the workforce available. Therefore, the future of our state and nation rest directly on our ability

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Capital Report: Balancing MO’s Budget and Its Branches

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Under Missouri’s Constitution, the legislature crafts the state’s annual budget and the executive branch implements that budget. In my opinion, it is the most important duty we undertake each year. The House and Senate budget committees spend hundreds of hours going through each and every line-item so that we have

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Capital Report: The Need for Tort Reform

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Nearly a decade ago, Missouri lawmakers passed one of the most comprehensive tort reform packages in the nation. With the passage of this legislation, which was signed in to law by Gov Matt Blunt, the legislature had taken an important step towards improving the state’s business climate. One component of

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Capital Report: Overriding Support for MO Agriculture

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri farmers feed and fuel the world and they also employ hundreds of thousands of Missouri citizens in the process. As a result, the agriculture industry remains the largest economic engine in Missouri. Therefore, it only makes sense that the future economic health of our state greatly depends on a

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Capitol Report: Complaints on Common Core

by Congressman Sam Graves

These days, it has become clearer than ever that Washington is out of touch with the rest of America. This could not be more evident than with the new Common Core education standards.

These Common Core standards started as just an idea when they were adopted by Missouri in 2010, but

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Capitol Report: Education Opportunities for All MO Students

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri’s post-secondary education system plays a critical role in our state’s economy. The degrees, courses, and programs offered throughout Missouri’s universities, colleges and technical schools enhance our workforce, bolster economic development, and allow us to compete in an ever-changing world. Therefore, as we look to the future, it is imperative

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Capital Report: Supporting Missouri’s Future Farmers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over that last two decades, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of Missourians who rely on the agricultural industry as a way to make a living. As a result, there are fewer individuals to support our rural communities and drive economic activity. Therefore, it is more important

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Capital Report: Celebrating Missouri’s State Fair

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Missouri State Fair. As the events kick off at the fairgrounds in Sedalia, we are reminded of the important role agriculture has played in shaping the history and culture of our state.

The timing of this year’s fair is particularly appropriate, as

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We Need to Stop Digging

by Congressman Sam Graves

Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging. Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington. Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land

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Capital Report: Amendment 1 – Protecting Farming in Missouri

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Since the early 1800s, Missouri has been known for its agricultural industry. It has long been a pillar of our economy and still today, it remains our largest economic industry, with almost 100,000 farming operations throughout the state. According the Missouri Department of Agriculture, it’s responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs

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Capital Report: Amendment 5

Protecting the right to bear arms

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation of our democracy. This structure, established by our founding fathers, was based on the belief that government should function to protect the rights of its citizens while ensuring their fundamental liberties are guaranteed. Shaped through their experiences

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Capital Report: A Proposal on Immigration

by Congressman Sam Graves

A wise person once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” Well, if you look at the current approach of not enforcing our laws, not securing our borders, and ignoring the will of the people, it is nothing short of

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Capitol Report: A Surge at the Border

by Congressman Sam Graves

I’ve often said, “You can’t fix a leaky faucet with the water still running.” That’s not only good advice in your kitchen, but the same principle holds true for immigration reform and dealing with the current situation at our southwestern border. We’ve seen more than 50,000 unaccompanied alien children have crossed

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Capital Report: Modernizing Missouri’s Criminal Code

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The last time a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri’s criminal code occurred, the Seattle Supersonics were the NBA champions, “Three’s Company” was one of the most popular televisions shows in America, and I was preparing to start pre-school. The year was 1979 and in the 35 years that followed, there has

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More EPA Regulation, Higher Costs

by Congressman Sam Graves

I always hear stories about how government bureaucrats are becoming increasingly aggressive. Our out-of-control government is putting the squeeze on Missouri’s middle class, and the biggest bully of the bunch is the EPA.

You and I know there are already too many regulations on the books. But the EPA has more

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Capital Report: Gavel Falls on the 2014 Legislative Session

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly has officially come to an end. At the start of the year, we laid out an aggressive agenda focused on improving our educational system, reducing our tax burden, and limiting the size and scope of government. Combined, these issues would help

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