On January 20, 2021, millions of Americans watched as Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. While the President spoke of unity and healing at the time, his actions since have failed to live up to his lofty words. Instead, we now have another politically motivated impeachment and we’re in the process of getting a hyper partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill rammed down our throats. The last Administration talked about promises made and promises kept. The hallmark of the first month of the Biden Administration has been promises made, promises...

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It’s no secret that we have an infrastructure problem in Missouri and there’s no place we’ve seen this failure more clearly than on our roadways. Particularly concerning is the state of our bridges with 900 bridges being rated “poor” by the Federal Highway Administration. Given that 60 percent of our bridges are currently beyond their originally intended lifespan and the average Missouri bridge is 48 years old, the maintenance, repair, and replacement problem is only going to get worse the longer we wait.  

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this...

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The Mississippi River is more than just a river. The waterway connects North Missouri and the Midwest to the rest of America and the rest of the world. It’s estimated that roughly 60 percent of all grain that American farmers export is shipped down the Mississippi River. It isn’t just a one-way street though; we also depend on the river to get fertilizer to the field. Nor is it just important for those of us that farm for a living, we all rely on the oil, gas, and coal shipments that regularly travel by barge.

That said, the Army Corps of Engineers’ new Work...

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There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on in Washington over the last week—from the lawlessness at the Capitol to the beginning of another impeachment with just days left until the upcoming inauguration. While it dominates the news cycle, it doesn’t help the American people.

As we all know, in the midst of what was a peaceful protest, violence and lawlessness broke out, interrupting Congress’s proceedings and tearing up the Capitol.  Tragically, several Americans lost their lives, including a United States Capitol Police Officer. It was shocking and...

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Next week, your 117th United States Congress will convene for the first time. After the election of Speaker and the adoption of the Rules of Congress, the action will quickly move to reading aloud the electoral votes submitted by each state from this past November's election - counting them, and declaring the vote tally for President and Vice President. During that process, the question will be put before your elected officials - does anyone object to the certification of electoral votes of a state. We will object. Our hope is that others will join us.

We don't take this decision...

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After what has been an incredibly difficult year, we enter a season that is supposed to be marked by joy, peace, hope, and love.

Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our health, our schedules, and our lives. The 24-hour news cycle and our social media feeds seem to easily consume us, driving our attention away from what’s really important this, and every Christmas.

So how do we manage to pull joy, peace, hope and love out of a year that has drawn out the opposite? While there are rays of hope, it can be easy to throw...

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Growing up in Tarkio, Missouri, several miles down the road from the Missouri River, I learned firsthand the power of the river and what can happen when our priorities aren’t in line. 

It’s not just the Missouri River though. Folks across North Missouri, who live along the Mississippi and countless smaller rivers, have spent decades working to bring certainty and safety to the families who live and work along our waterways. In many ways, we did just that, but with change, came complacency, a false sense of security, and a whole new list of “priorities” that...

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When the pandemic first hit in March, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the CARES Act to get critical assistance out to American families, hospitals, and small businesses fighting to survive the pandemic.

A lot has changed since then. We’re encountering more and more cases in rural Missouri and increased hospitalizations. Even though we aren’t under a stay at home order, businesses are feeling the effects as folks choose to stay home and cut back. Many businesses that typically see an uptick in income around the holidays aren’t seeing the...

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Suggesting we have much to be thankful for this year might sound a bit disingenuous, at first. After all, 2020 has been a year unlike many of us have ever seen. In many cases, it’s been a year of loss. Loved ones, jobs, milestones, school years…let’s be honest, many are just looking towards 2021 and hoping it gets here sooner rather than later. Yet, this pandemic has made it clear that we also have many things to be thankful for. 

I’m thankful for our healthcare workers, who are currently putting in the longest hours they ever have to get folks healthy again....

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