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Some people call it obscene — the money being spent on political campaigns. It’s nothing short of amazing to the average citizen to learn about the money that is donated to political candidates.

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Every now and then Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill distances herself from the radical element in her party. She did vote “no” on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but she is against party radicals who want to impeach the judge.

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After all of the legal hurdles have been cleared, Amendment 1 is certain to be on the ballot in the November election. It is a major ethics reform issue and was originated by an initiative petition that had more than 300,000 signatures of Missourians.

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There’s an unanswered question about a state candidate’s eligibility to run for auditor. It wasn’t answered when the auditor candidates appeared before members of the Missouri Press Association at the group’s annual meeting in St. Louis County last Friday.

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By now most Missourians know that in the November election they will be casting ballots on a small gasoline tax hike, with some of the added revenue from the tax going to cities and counties if passed.

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The funeral services for John McCain presented the opportunity to praise a great American and to tell the story of what he stood for and advocated.

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Secret spending in political campaigns is surging and it is only a matter of time before so-called dark money begins to shift the balance of power in local elections.

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By the time many of you read this, the local and state primary election contests will be settled. In this age of nonstop campaigns, that means the races and ballot measures for November’s general election will soon be fully engaged.

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Country music star Eric Church did the unthinkable — he criticized the National Rifle Association.

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Both major political parties should know by this time that having members too far from the middle endangers their well-being. Radicalism doesn’t play well in America and both parties have lost members because of extremism in the ranks.

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The Trump administration is proposing to restructure the U.S. Postal Service. President Donald Trump said the agency would have more flexibility if it were operated as a private agency, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, who opposes the Trump plan.

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Conservative blogger and radio host Erik Erickson made an important point on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday during a discussion over the coarsening of political debate in this country.

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Amid a lack of complete legal clearness in the state constitution, Gov. Mike Parson has appointed State Sen. Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City as Missouri’s lieutenant governor. The office has been vacant since the former lieutenant governor, Parson, moved into the governor’s chair when Gov. Eric…

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The race-related protests at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia didn’t do lasting damage to the school in one regard, judging by the growth in its endowment fund.

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The type of terrorist in the failed bomb attack in New York City Monday is another indication that it is nearly impossible to stop this kind of bomber. He was a rank amateur and the bomb fizzled, burning the man and injuring three others.

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It’s interesting to see the names suggested for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. Many of the names suggested in an unofficial survey by The Missourian Media Group have a historical slant to them.

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Is Gov. Eric Greitens using his physical feats to distract voters from his limited success in governing the state of Missouri? He’s been able to generate considerable publicity for himself by rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event, crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and enter…

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The U.S. Senate on Saturday morning voted 51-49 to pass a massive tax overhaul that Republicans say will spur economic growth, increase wages, create jobs and give the middle class tax relief as promised.

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At least in law officers’ circles and in others, it was heard in yesteryears that “you don’t want to lie to the FBI, they surely will get you.” That’s probably true today even though the FBI changed under former director James Comey.

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Before Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, many Americans had never heard of Pearl Harbor. By the end of the day, most Americans knew Pearl Harbor was in the Hawaiian Islands, a territory of the United States. They were shocked by the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, where a large number of our Pacific fl…

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At this point, the name of the new bridge will be the Highway 47 Bridge Over the Missouri River. It will not include the name of Washington since only about half of the bridge on the south side is in the city limits. The other half is in unincorporated Warren County.

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President Donald Trump has termed his recent trip to Asia a success, and has praised the leaders he met in a way that one would think they were a group of “good ol’ boys.”

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Another Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and it can’t come soon enough. We need a break, it’s been a rough year.

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There hasn’t been a great deal of publicity about it, but there is another movement afoot for St. Louis city to merge with St. Louis County. The Wall Street Journal in its Nov. 4-5, issue devoted about a half page (A3) to “Rethinking the ‘Great Divorce’,” a division that occurred in 1876.

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It is not unusual for governors to try to influence state boards and commissions – even those constitutionally designed to be independent and apolitical.

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The timing for it at the start of Veterans Week was terrible. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a coward, a deserter, escaped death or a prison term. At least he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

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When did this current wave of patriotism capture the attention of Americans? Some people believe it started when Ronald Reagan was president. Others will tell you it came some time after the Vietnam War, which divided the country, but they can’t pinpoint the exact time.

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On Monday, NBC fired author and political journalist Mark Halperin following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

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