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March 20, 2013
Posted Tuesday, March 19, at 12:56 PM
After adjusting our mechanical and body clocks and "springing forward" to adjust to daylight savings, work at your state capitol continued with several issues debated and passed out of the HHh ouse and others scheduled for hearings. Much of the focus was on allegations that the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is scanning and distributing of private information to external parties and possibly the federal government. ...

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February 6, 2013
Posted Friday, February 8, at 10:36 AM

George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast their votes. John Adams of Massachusetts, who received 34 votes, was elected vice president. The electors, who represented 10 of the 11 states that had ratified the U.S. Constitution, were chosen by popular vote, legislative appointment, or a combination of both four weeks before the election...

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January 30, 2013
Posted Tuesday, January 29, at 4:42 PM

On January 23, 2013, the Missouri House of Representatives welcomed Chief Justice Richard B. Teitelman for the delivery of the State of the Judiciary Address. Chief Justice Teitelman delivered a brief address designed to pay respects to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognized the efforts of some exceptional Missouri citizens, and offered his view on the benefits of cooperative government...

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January 23, 2013
Posted Wednesday, January 23, at 5:00 PM

Late last week members were sworn in and we finalized our list of membership to the various House Committees. I am honored to have been selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the House Committee on Agri-business, as Vice Chair, the House Committee on Workforce Safety and Workforce Development, and the House Committee on Downsizing State Government. ...

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January 9, 2013
Posted Tuesday, January 8, at 2:20 PM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: On this day in 1789, America's first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789...

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January 2, 2013
Posted Wednesday, January 2, at 3:24 PM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IS BORN On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure's huge anchorages. Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. ...

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December 19, 2012
Posted Thursday, December 27, at 2:36 PM

MERRY "CHRIST"MAS TO ALL! It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets?...

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December 26, 2012
Posted Thursday, December 27, at 11:00 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Five, four, three, two, one... Happy New Year! Each December 31st, we gather with friends and family to usher in the new year - but how did these traditions begin? The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all modern holidays. ...

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December 12, 2012
Posted Thursday, December 13, at 11:44 AM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: On this day in 1925, Dick Van Dyke, the quintessential "nice guy" actor who would become known for his performances in such movie classics as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as the popular 1960s TV sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, is born in West Plains, Missouri...

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December 5, 2012
Posted Thursday, December 6, at 10:18 AM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II...

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November 28, 2012
Posted Thursday, December 6, at 10:17 AM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic...

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November 21, 2012
Posted Friday, November 23, at 10:04 AM

No matter what your religious faith, you've probably heard the hymn NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD. "Now Thank We All Our God, With Hearts and Hands and Voices..." One could imagine the composer of that hymn experiencing a boom in life and blessings being showered upon him from every source. But that is not the case...

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November 14, 2012
Posted Tuesday, November 13, at 3:33 PM

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead...

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November 7, 2012
Posted Wednesday, November 7, at 11:58 AM

PRAYING FOR THOSE IN NEED: Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region with powerful gusts and storm surges that caused epic flooding in the coastal communities of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than eight million people in the rain-soaked dark. ...

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October 31, 2012
Posted Wednesday, October 31, at 8:44 AM

THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING: Our right to vote in the United States is a privilege that was granted to us hundreds of years ago by the founders of this country. Voting is an important process in which we come together to voice our opinions so that we may be represented by a government that best suits our nation. ...

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October 24, 2012
Posted Thursday, October 25, at 8:46 AM

On October 28, 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. ...

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October 17, 2012
Posted Tuesday, October 16, at 4:14 PM

This week in history: The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the "White House" because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings...

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October 10, 2012
Posted Tuesday, October 9, at 3:00 PM

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia...

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October 3, 2012
Posted Friday, October 5, at 9:30 AM

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. -- Harry S.Truman On this day in 1947, President Harry Truman (1884-1972) make the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans. ...

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September 24, 2012
Posted Wednesday, September 26, at 12:07 PM

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss On September 24, 1991, Dr. Suess passed away at the age of 87: Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. ...

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