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Emerson Report 7.5.12

Bad Taxes & Downright Dangerous Taxes I hate taxes.  They pull resources from our families, from our small businesses and from our local econ­omy, putting hard-earned dollars into the hands of federal bureau­crats.  Every dollar the government takes from us ...

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Emerson Report 6.21.2012

The End of the Wall  “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.  Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  These resolute words of President Ronald Reagan rang through West Berlin and echoed around the globe 25 years ago this week.  To a world ...

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Emerson Report 6.7.2012

Our Badge of Citizenship A month ago, I stood by as a few proud men and women of Southern Missouri raised their right hands, swore their allegiance to our Constitution, and became naturalized American citizens.  For this honor, they studied, ...

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Emerson Report 5.31.12

The $494 Billion Tax Hike The American economy is on the edge of a precipice that few Americans will realize until we are even closer to the cliff.  Some 200 federal tax provisions are set to expire at the end ...

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Dugger Report 5.31.12

You can always accomplish more if you have a plan. It gives you a sense of direction and a distinct goal to work toward as you move forward. And, when we started this session, we laid out our plan for ...

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Rowland Report 5.17.2012

Greetings from your State Capitol.  I was excited to hear we get to keep our Post Offices.  The hours of operation may change but at least they will remain open.   This has been a very tense week here in ...

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Emerson Report 5.17.2012

Congress Is On Guard Against a Regulatory Legacy The regulatory reach of the federal bureaucracy has reached disturbing levels.  In Southern Missouri, we know the interest of federal agencies in regulating our lives includes dust on farms, milk storage on ...

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Emerson Report 5.10.12

The Other Case at the Supreme Court All the attention at the Supreme Court this spring has been focused on the challenge to the 2010 health care reform law, but there is another important case before the highest court in ...

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Dugger Report 5.10.12

The 2nd Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly is coming to a close.  Just a mere two weeks remain for the legislature to wrap up the business of the state for the year before returning to the district for ...

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