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Veterans Day
Posted Friday, November 9, at 10:37 AM
VETERANS DAY: 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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9/19/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, September 19, at 10:50 AM

The sausage making of American politics has always been messy. From the inception of the Constitution to the recent debt ceiling debate, both sides of the political spectrum fight hard on principles even if it skews the public's view of our governmental institutions...

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9/12/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, September 12, at 10:10 AM

We are halfway through September and the official start to fall is just around the corner. The leaves will begin transforming into an array of bright oranges, yellows and other beautiful colors. It is the time of year that people work out in the yard as cooler weather returns and the leaves begin falling off the rich variety of trees we have in the area. Soon, the smell of burning leaves will fill the crisp, fall air...

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8/29/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, August 29, at 9:33 AM

In the face of the economic challenges our state faces, getting our economy back on track and getting Missourians back to work must be our top priority in the legislature. We followed through on this promise by passing several key pieces of legislation that would help put you back to work, only to have them die. However, House leadership has worked diligently to ensure that we address this important issue in the special session on Sept. 6th...

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8/22/11 Capitol Report
Posted Wednesday, August 24, at 1:45 PM

From the tornadoes that hit St. Louis, Joplin and Sedalia to the flooding in the southeastern and northwestern parts of the state, Mother Nature has ravaged our state this year with numerous deaths and millions of dollars in damages. Our neighbors and fellow Missourians are struggling and need our assistance...

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8/15/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, August 15, at 12:47 PM

At the beginning of this past session, the House committed itself to improving the business climate and creating jobs here in Missouri. And we passed several bills that moved the state forward on this front. Two bills key to attaining our goals on these issues were signed by the governor before the July 15th deadline...

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8/1/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, August 1, at 9:21 AM

Family is important to all of usł and we would risk life or limb to protect them. This is particularly true when it comes to our children. We worked hard in the Missouri House last session to protect families and, children in particular, by strengthening our laws on human trafficking and partial birth abortion. Two weeks ago, these bills officially became law as the deadline for the governor to sign bills passed...

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7/25/11 Capitol Report
Posted Monday, July 25, at 3:14 PM

Numerous bills from this past legislative session gained final approval as the deadline for the governor to sign bills passed. This gives us the opportunity to review what has become law. Every year, the governor has 45 days after receiving a bill to veto or sign the legislation into law. According to the Missouri Constitution, if the governor fails to do so, the legislation automatically becomes law. This year, he had until July 15th to give final approval to the legislation we passed...

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7/18/11
Posted Monday, July 18, at 9:41 AM

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Many of us recall the image on television as Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 42 years ago this week. This triumph of American ingenuity and innovation was the deciding event marking our victory over the Soviet Union in the "Space Race" that started nearly a decade earlier...

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7/11/11
Posted Monday, July 11, at 10:23 AM

Many of the representatives who have spent time in Joplin say that the pictures on television didn't accurately reflect the devastation that the tornado wreaked on the city. Now, after spending time there, I can vouch that they were telling the truth. Last week, I, along with some of my fellow legislators from around the state, volunteered their time and labor to help in the Joplin recovery effort...

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6/27/11
Posted Monday, June 27, at 12:06 PM

Monday, we will gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of America, and knowing we live in the best country in the world, I echo this sentiment. This Independence Day, as we gather for picnics or watch fireworks, let's reflect on what makes America the greatest country on the face of the earth...

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6/20/2011
Posted Monday, June 20, at 9:04 AM

The major news in Missouri this year has been the inclement weather. The tornadoes in St. Louis and Joplin and the flooding here in Southeast Missouri continue to dominate the news coming out of the Capitol and other government agencies. These natural disasters have taken their toll on the citizens in the affected areas. A sputtering economy and high unemployment add even more stress to citizens who are working to get their lives back in order...

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6/13/11
Posted Monday, June 13, at 10:08 AM

This Sunday, besides being an opportunity to worship at the church of your choice, you also have the opportunity to recognize the fathers across the United States with Father's Day. Fathers have many titles. Whether you are referred to as Dad, Daddy, Pops or one of the many other names, it's a privileged title. With the name, numerous responsibilities follow...

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6/6/11
Posted Monday, June 6, at 9:29 AM

Watching the American flag fluttering freely in a light summer breeze reminds me of the battles fought to gain liberty. Our flag is a visual aid and serves as a picture of freedom in the eyes of the world. The flag is deserving of honor and reverence. Many of us recall saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school when we were kids. And whether we are attending an event within the community or attending the proceedings in the Missouri House, we all stand out of respect when the colors are presented...

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Rep. Kent Hampton to open district office in Malden
Posted Tuesday, May 31, at 10:05 AM

Rep. Kent Hampton, R-Malden, is pleased to announce the opening of his district office on June 2. The office will be located in the Malden Community Center, 607 N. Douglass, in Malden. "Opening an office in the district is a great opportunity for us to work closely with the citizens of the 163rd District," said Hampton. ...

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5/16/11
Posted Monday, May 16, at 12:46 PM

"Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life."--Arnold Schwarzenegger Service is a reward unto itself. ...

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5/2/2011
Posted Monday, May 2, at 10:57 AM

As the heavens opened and the rain fell over the last couple of weeks, our creeks and rivers rose to unprecedented levels. The rush of water across the area is putting pressure on the levee system so many of us depend upon for protection. Ultimately, the levees on the Black River breached and 1,000 residents in Butler County were displaced from their homes...

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4/25/11
Posted Monday, April 25, at 12:13 PM

As we observe Easter may our remembrance always be about the true meaning. While some may enjoy the time off and the traditions that are associated with the holiday, let us never forget the price paid by our Savior for our sins, the death, burial and resurrection at this time...

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4/18/11
Posted Monday, April 18, at 9:58 AM

Agriculture, the number one industry in Missouri, drives of our rural economy in the 163rd District. Many of us depend on the money farmers spend in the area for our own livelihood. We have a great appreciation of our farming community being profitable, as we all benefit from it...

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4/11/11
Posted Monday, April 11, at 10:39 AM

Many of us in the 163rd District enjoy hunting and fishing. We participate as a family and enjoy eating the bounty of the hunt. Whether it is the first time our father taught us how to bait a hook or the first time our grandpa taught us to shoot a rifle, we have fond memories of enjoying the great outdoors. And we continue to pass this on from generation to generation...

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