What will it take to get bureaucrats and officials to obey the law by treating public records as the public property they are? And when will they stop spending our money in an effort to thwart access to the documents for which they are accountable?

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When I read about the senseless killing of Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer, I thought of my friends Isaac Cudjoe and Kevin Isabelle-Peete. Several years ago, while living and working in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., they got pulled over for a phony traffic violation. …

On April 2, CBS News reported survey results showing that 50% of Americans favored Congressional efforts to make voting for all more accessible. This was in reference to U.S. House Bill 1. The 30% who opposed were labeled "hard-core Republicans."

I wish that I did not believe the arrogance of the Missouri Legislature in general, and the Republican majority in particular, but I am seeing it. They do not seem to believe in elections unless their candidate or proposal wins.

Definitions vary, but in general, “political culture” means a composite sketch of the political attitudes, the values of society and how they relate to the political system and and how people identify themselves politically. Like drawing a human blood sample, this is how political scientists…

If it is spring in Missouri, it must be close to the end of the legislative session, and state legislators are once again embarking on a gambling binge. Sometimes the gambling involves human health, safety, welfare, environmental quality and money.

For the better part of the last century Missouri law has been very consistent about what needs to happen for a large-scale energy infrastructure project to get approved in the Show-Me State. It’s a grueling process through the Missouri Public Service Commission, but it’s fair. Unfortunately,…

F`or the second day in a row, Joplin got a vote of confidence in the shape of a rather large investment being made in our community.

Many of us find it incomprehensible that our current administration would make it clear during the election that immigrants could enter our country illegally without fear of consequences for breaking our existing laws and were in fact encouraged to do so. To seem surprised at what is current…

President Joe Biden made public his first slate of nominees for current vacancies on the federal courts. It was the most diverse set of nominees any president has ever sent to the Senate. It was easy to miss the story between the pandemic, the vaccine and worries about family, money and the …

According to a recent NPR poll, 1 in 4 Americans said they would refuse the coronavirus vaccines and another 5% are undecided. That could represent a large enough reservoir of hosts from which this virus can replicate and, more important, mutate, putting all of us at risk again.

The “Help is Here” tour showcases the third round of national stimulus legislation, and according to Vice President Kamala Harris, the purpose is to “avoid a situation where people are unaware of what they’re entitled to.”

Whichever side you take on the climate change debate — that it is man-made or earth cycles or some combination — the polar vortex Texas and we in Missouri suffered through in February points up the danger of reliance on any one form of energy and the overreliance on electricity.

A couple of years ago, I gave a speech before a conservative, predominantly white audience. I couldn’t help but notice a tall, heavyset Black man, arms folded, standing in the back. From time to time, I would look at him, only to see him frown and shake his head, I assumed disapprovingly, wh…

In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. “He’d like to be [FDR],” Axios’ Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. “Biden’s presidency ha…

I recently read an article in The Joplin Globe in which State Sen. Bill White. R-Joplin, wants to form an armed militia in Missouri similar to the one they are attempting in South Carolina.

Both former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden have recently said that the filibuster is racist and a relic of Jim Crow.

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