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Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a New York City jail over the weekend has spurred endless conspiracy theories.

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The country is in shock again in the aftermath of two mass shootings over the weekend, just 15 hours apart, that left at least 31 people dead and over 50 wounded in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

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On Friday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the names of 64 clergy who have substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against them.

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When Missouri voters approved Amendment 1 last November, it made one of the most significant changes ever in politics in Jefferson City. Amendment 1 had a provision that limited lobbyists’ gifts to members of the General Assembly to $5.

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An issue that has bounced around the state Legislature for years is the requirement of wearing a helmet by motorcycle riders. The latest action in this issue is that Gov. Mike Parson vetoed a bill that would have allowed some motorcycle riders to drive without helmets.

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As the state discloses more information on Franklin County medical marijuana business applications, the reality that pot will soon be available for purchase here legally is hitting home.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has so many highway improvements needs, and is falling behind every day, that the priorities are piling up, reaching the height of the state Capitol dome.

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The ruling by a Cole County circuit judge that the state must make public the identities of applicants who seek to sell medical marijuana was a victory for the people. By keeping the records secret, it was a violation of the Sunshine Law.

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If for no other reason, consideration should be given to eliminating presidential primary elections due to the cost. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Missouri’s top election official, favors doing away with the presidential primaries, held every four years.

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Missouri has a law that all motorcycle operators and passengers must wear protective headgear.

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It was good to learn that Republicans and Democrats are coming together on a federal infrastructure program. Both parties recognize the need that exists.

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We aren’t big fans of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The black-tie event has deteriorated in recent years — too many celebrities and too many classless comedians telling off-color jokes.

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There seems to be a growing interest in the complicated subject of worker shortage and population growth from immigrants. More attention, it appears, judging from news stories and commentaries, is being given to it.

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The voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was highly disappointing. However, congratulations are in order to the voters who did cast ballots on important issues and candidate races.

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There is a move afoot in the Missouri General Assembly to curb initiative petitions. It’s a Republican-backed effort aimed at reducing the number of initiative petitions.

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The Missouri Senate is considering another idea in SB 430 that would increase the state motor fuel tax from 17 cents a gallon to 23 cents within three years. Everybody knows voters last November rejected a 10-cent hike in the motor fuel tax. That bill had other funding in it and wasn’t a cle…

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There are countless fundraisers but few as unique as the one conducted for a chance to blow up the old Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. The raffle raised about $15,000 for the BackStoppers, an organization that has the back of first responders and their families.

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Abortion foes can find some satisfaction in a wide-ranging abortion bill that passed in the Missouri House the past week, but there are “ifs” in the bill.

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Supporters of the Missouri Sunshine Law often have been heard to say the law lacks teeth. Its bite is not strong enough to cause pain. That’s been true in many court decisions.

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You don’t hear much today about the national debt. People just don’t talk about it very much these days. Is it because it is so high that the average person simply can’t comprehend it?

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Once a citizen is elected to a government office he becomes a public servant and what he does in government should be in open view to the people who elected him. The public servant by virtue of the office must be accountable to the voters who elected him, or her. Records must be in public vi…

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Some of the conditions in the United States today qualify as nonsensical. Maybe we always have had some of those conditions but the degree to which they exist today has reached a new high in ludicrousness.

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The Warren County Commission and the Warren County Collector of Revenue have been engaged in a legal battle for almost a year now over whether the commission can order late fees to be waived from a 2017 tax bill.

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It was bound to happen. A Missouri state senator plans to seek legislation in 2019 that would cap the amount of sales taxes that local governments can levy.

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Missouri has joined other states that are taking measures to ensure that everybody is counted in the 2020 federal census.

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It was a surprise and a bit shocking to learn that the Boy Scouts of America organization is having financial problems and may have to file for bankruptcy.

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Growth is satisfying in many areas of Missouri life, but in one sector it is troubling. It’s our prison populations.

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There hasn’t been this much excitement in Franklin, Warren and St. Charles counties since 1936 when the first bridge over the Missouri River opened to traffic — that is, bridgewise!

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The need to replace the Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington became evident years ago. Now at age 82, the old structure will be retired. It has served its purpose.

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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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