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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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You would have a tough time explaining to Scenic Regional Library officials that print is on the way out — pushed by the electronic wave. That may be true in some parts of the country, but in Scenic Regional Library territory, print dominates.

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There are 238 proposals from cities, including St. Louis and Kansas City, that are in the competition to be the site for a second Amazon headquarters. Cities in the mix are from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 

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There is concern in some circles of human thought that too many college professors lean too far to the left and their teachings have a negative impact on students. As Columnist Walter Williams writes on this page, leftists’ teachings undermine basic American principles and values. 

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Missouri is a low tax state. That fact was corroborated again this week.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety  have issued a challenge to drivers this Friday. It’s Buckle Up, Phone 

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For many political years, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt have joined forces in support of Missouri projects. They may disagree when it comes to some issues, but when it’s for the betterment of Missouri, political parties are cast aside and they work together.

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The 13th class of inductees into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be recognized Thursday in ceremonies in Columbia. The Photojournalism Hall of Fame was established in Washington in 2005. After 10 years in Washington, the Hall of Fame was moved to Columbia.

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The National Football League (NFL) has taken another hit. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback, who started all this unpatriotic kneeling when the national anthem is played before games, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.

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It came as no surprise Tuesday when Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he will run for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket in 2018. If successful, he will face Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in the general election next year. McCaskill is not expected to have any trouble winning…

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You can’t blame Warren County leaders for wanting their own community college. They understand the critical role community colleges play in workforce development. Companies can’t find enough qualified, skilled workers to fuel growth. It’s the same story across the state.

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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is trying to reach out to North Korea to see if something can be done to control that country’s nuclear weapons development. President Donald Trump said Tillerson is “wasting his time.”

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Out here in the outskirts of metro St. Louis, we are worried about the big city to the east. What happens in St. Louis affects all of the metro area. Warren County is part of the metro area. We should be worried!

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Every week or so The Record receives an email from a group called WalletHub, which rates cities in their standing in many aspects of life. The latest is the top 20 most fun cities in America.

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The USPS Office of Inspector General found that serious management problems potentially contributed to an estimated 2 billion pieces of delayed mail that was inaccurately reported as delivered on time.

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