Capitol Reports | Ed Emery for State Senate 31

Trading Away our Future: The Medicaid Expansion Debate

Trading Away our Future: The Medicaid Expansion Debate

“Bad ideas are not removed by assassination but by exposing them to evidence and reason.” –Anonymous The contrast in world views or at least political philosophy was front and center Tuesday night when an amendment was offered to expand Medicaid under pressure from Obamacare supporters. The amendment failed on a party-line vote of 25 to 9. The nature and content of debate as well as the party-line vote revealed the sharp contrast in party...

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Liberty is Choice

Liberty is Choice

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”  — Samuel Adams Much of last week was applied to the “perfection” of Senate Bill 1, the so-called School Transfer Bill. Senate Bill 1 will receive one more vote in the Senate, the third-read vote, and then will move to the Missouri House for further...

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Public Perception

Public Perception

“We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.”  ― Stephen R. Covey   We have recorded and tallied responses from a total of 2,326 constituents who returned my recent survey. The most responses (2,294) were received in reply to the question of whether a student should be able to transfer to another district if one better fits their needs. Of...

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Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge

Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge

“The schools are teaching what I ought and I what the schools ought.” –  Don Warren, parent and engineer An aphorism frequently repeated to our children was – “Pick your path; determine your destination.” We wanted them to know intuitively that their direction is more important than their location, their worldview more important than their circumstance. If you are lost, knowing where you are is not nearly as crucial as knowing what...

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Public Discourse

Public Discourse

Former U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachman reminded a crowd at the 26th annual Constitutional Coalition’s Educational Policy Conference (EPC) held in St. Louis that, “We must allow open debate that seeks the truth rather than allow untruths to become fact simply due to their lack of political correctness.  Topics that threaten the freedom of the American people are simply brushed aside for the simple fact that a small group of people have...

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Expanding Medicaid Piecemeal

Expanding Medicaid Piecemeal

“Humanity is tormented once again by an age-old issue—is man to live in dignity and freedom under God or be enslaved—are men in government to serve, or are they to master, their fellow men?” — Erick Erickson One of the most conspicuous and egregious characteristics of slavery is dependency. Senate Bill 287 was introduced the week of Jan. 19, proposing to expand Medicaid incrementally. It has been the contention of some of my Senate colleagues...

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