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Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM

For the third year in a row, I am sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid eligibility requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act. This would provide Missouri access to billions of dollars in federal funds, assist in providing another 300,000 Missourians with affordable health care.Providing access to affordable health care remains one of the most important public policy issues Missouri faces today. The public has made it clear that they not only want but need affordable...

Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 4:41 PM

As someone who relies on a cup of coffee to help my morning make sense, the smell of a fresh pot brewing when I first stumble into the kitchen is much how Superman must feel when Lois Lane shows up and moves the Kryptonite. That is, if Superman...

Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM
Updated Jan 21, 2015 at 8:33 AM

The pomp. The pageantry. The politics. The promises. The participants.

Updated Jan 19, 2015 at 5:08 PM

High school students may not need knowledge of American history to get a job, but they soon may need it to graduate. At long last scholars and state lawmakers are facing the embarrassing fact that students are deficient in civic...

Updated Jan 16, 2015 at 10:42 AM

The Boy looked thoughtful, which he sometimes does when he’s not looking like he just hit his sister, which he also sometimes does.“Hey, Dad,” he said. “You’re going to be proud of...

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM

I’m OK with the eye rolls as long as I’m reasonably sure they are listening. The young people in my world – Scouts, nieces and nephews, kids at church – know the drill. If they see me, they need to...

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 9:39 AM

In a group dynamic, sometimes you have to sacrifice the ideal to achieve the acceptable.

Updated Jan 12, 2015 at 6:01 PM

The 114th U.S. Congress now begins creating its own legacy with the Republicans controlling both houses. The same scenario is mirrored in Missouri. The descriptive word “gridlock” is now spelled with a capital G.The 113th...

Updated Jan 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

 Harry Truman once said there were only two people he had ever met whom he could not forgive.One was Missouri Governor Lloyd Stark, who he said forgot people who supported him. The other was Richard Nixon, who had criticized...

Updated Jan 9, 2015 at 3:31 PM

As a thoughtful, reality-conscious kinda guy, I’m reminded daily of one thing: my fly’s open.OK, that’s not it. Usually.I’m reminded that Americans don’t really need anything.The human body...

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