Capitol Reports | Ed Emery for State Senate 31

Reports from Your Government

Reports from Your Government

“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.” — Howard  Shultz Last week included three reports from branches of the state and federal governments. The President’s State of the Union address from Washington...

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Service Before Self

Service Before Self

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”   — The Apostle John Wednesday (Jan. 14) was a difficult day; it included a drive from Jefferson City back to my district for two funerals. One was for a 33-year-old husband and father, the son of a close friend. The other was for a 41-year-old firefighter, resulting from an emergency call. He left a wife and two young sons. It is these newly widowed wives and...

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2015 Legislative Session Begins

2015 Legislative Session Begins

“…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”   —  The Declaration of Independence This week began the 98th General Assembly – the 2015 legislative session. The President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-Town and Country, identified three of his priorities: agriculture legislation, education reforms, and judiciary reforms. Only judiciary...

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Points of Light

Points of Light

“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”  Jesus Christ President George H. W. Bush popularized the phrase “a thousand points of light” when speaking of organizations that work for a better America. I visited two such organizations in the past few weeks. Just last week (Sept. 25th), my wife and I attended the 25th anniversary celebration of Life Choices of Joplin. They also have a services location in...

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Priorities and Perspective

Priorities and Perspective

“Put your money where your mouth is.” – This governor contrived for months to expand Medicaid and then cut dozens of budget items that would have had similar impacts. Last Wednesday (Sept. 10) into early Thursday (Sept. 11) morning, the Missouri Senate and Missouri House each debated overriding legislation and budget line-items vetoed by the governor. By the end of the 2014 Veto Session, legislation had been overridden a record 57 times,...

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Searching for Lynn

Searching for Lynn

I am writing this Capitol Report in hopes of helping find Lynn Messer, a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who has been missing for two weeks. I have worked in the historic Capitol building for 12 years now. First as a representative and now as your Missouri senator for the 31st District. Since my first days at the Capitol, I have had the honor and privilege to know Kerry Messer and members of his family. For 30 years, Kerry Messer has been a...

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