The second week of the 2020 legislative session was jam-packed with activity. Committee meetings began early in the week with back-to-back hearings on legislative proposals. The Appropriations Committee, on which I serve, is already hard at work hearing budget requests from the various state…

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Recently, Governor Mike Parson delivered his State of the State Address in a joint session of the General Assembly. These addresses are important because of two reasons: one, it is our Constitutional duty; and two, it outlines a projected path that the chief executive would have Missouri go,…

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After unconstitutionally delaying the transmission for almost four weeks, Speaker Pelosi finally sent the Articles of Impeachment to the United States Senate this week. The Speaker supposedly delayed sending the Articles because she was worried about “fairness” – a stunning word for someone …

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News stories on crime and crashes are always the most-read stories on our website, but instead of rehashing those here are the Top 10 non-crime and accident stories from 2019 on thesalemnewsonline.com:

Every year, I crisscross Southern Missouri, visiting farms, farmers, and families in each of the 30 counties which make up our congressional district. The places I visit are diverse – some plant row crops, some raise bison, some harvest timber, and some are in agri-tourism, but at each I see…

The first day of the regular session has commenced and has done so clothed in tradition. The House sent letters both to the Senate and the governor to signify we are ready for the People's business. Afterwards, by custom, the House heeds the words of the Bill of Rights from our U.S. Constitu…

Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol on Jan. 8, and the 2020 legislative session is now underway. This year’s session will continue until May 15. Since this is the second year of a two-year General Assembly, there wasn’t much pomp and pageantry on the first day. Instead, there is a “let’s…

This past week, an Iranian led militia attacked, torched, and attempted to storm our Embassy in Baghdad. It came on the heels of Iran killing an American contractor based in Iraq one month prior. These are just two recent examples of Iran’s continued assault on American democracy, and our su…

Black-eyed peas. Funny hats and noise-makers. Fireworks. Champagne. A kiss for our sweetheart at midnight. Singing “Auld Lang Syne.” These are just a few of the ways that Americans ring in the New Year.

For the first time in our nation’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives has impeached a duly elected President of the United States with an entirely partisan vote. The politically motivated impeachment of President Donald Trump had no due process and was rife with bias. Throughout this…

The entire impeachment process has not had a shred of fairness, has had nothing close to due process, and has been entirely detached from both reality and fact. Despite the Left’s claims of reluctance to pursue impeachment, the truth is they have been trying to get rid of President Trump dat…

For the final installment in my tour of the 16th Senatorial District, this week we’ll visit Pulaski County. The smallest of the five counties I represent, Pulaski County is the most populous, with about 52,000 residents. The big draw is Fort Leonard Wood, the county’s largest employer and be…

The original purpose of welfare was to help those who are in the midst of a rough patch get back on their feet. However, the Left has over time tried to turn it into something else: a lifelong entitlement. Through this distortion, welfare has trapped people in a vicious cycle of dependency i…