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Dear Attorney General Josh Hawley…

You cannot have it both ways. Either the state constitution is a governing document or it is a “tradition,” but not both. As the AG, you should understand that the law is the law. The state constitution should be considered … Continue reading

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Missouri Ethics Laws Or The Lack Thereof

Two weeks ago our legislators got together for their annual veto session. This is an important part of the state legislature’s business; to attempt to override the governor’s healthcare defunding. To say that they failed would be an understatement. But … Continue reading

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Protecting the First Amendment

It sounds like an episode of a game show. The 535 men and women of the United States Congress were surveyed by the Pew Trust. 92 percent claimed to be Christians as compared with 73 percent of the country. Add that … Continue reading

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Duck Dynasty – And Merry Christmas to Utah too

Merry Christmas – Well, for most of you anyway. Mine is a bit depressed due to my father’s illness. I had the chance to visit with him last week; the reason for no column. That was a good thing. Though … Continue reading

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Medicaid reform must start with care providers

Reprinted with permission of the Columbia Missourian Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST BY DAVID ROSMAN There are two problems that need to be addressed: the expansion and the reform of the state Medicaid program. The former, the … Continue reading

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HB278 Violates the Establishment Clause

OK, what part of the Establishment Clause does Missouri’s religious-right not understand? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” A bit of news came to light last week. HB 278, which  … Continue reading

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Politicians lack integrity in debate over nullification

Reprinted with permission by the Columbia Missourian. I did something a bit different here; I included the comments made in the paper since yesterday’s publishing, including my rebuttal. I thought they deserved to be read by my “other readers.”  Oh, … Continue reading

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Returning state surplus to citizens makes poor fiscal sense

It cost money to send us all a refund check, there are better better way to use the budget surplus… Reprinted with permission by the Columbia Missourian. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:48 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

During this week of celebration, allow me to remind you of what the Declaration of Independence does and does not say. We must begin by looking at the language used in 1776 in most, if not all, official documents. By … Continue reading

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God, Prayer, the Constitution and the Rubicon

When is prayer in public school or by government bodies acceptable under the First Amendment? When is that demarcation line crossed. When does prayer cross the constitutional Rubicon? Prayer and religion in both cases are very permissible, before after and even during school … Continue reading

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