Poverty Cycle

A More Compassionate Approach to Homelessness

We’ve all seen them. The homeless in our communities. Maybe it was while leaving a restaurant late, cutting across an alley downtown to save time, …

People, not Politics

Work Horse vs. Show Horse

Spoken on Missouri Senate floor, March 3, 2022, regarding the continual disingenuous actions of some senators: Working in politics, you see a lot. Big egos—lies­—political maneuvering­—the majority …

Domestic Violence

Let’s Talk Domestic Violence

I’ve learned there are a lot more forms of domestic abuse than someone laying a hand on you. Many forms in fact. I’ve listened as testimony after testimony in the Missouri Senate painted a very clear picture of the extent of these abuses. Technology, for instance, plays a new, and now a very significant role in domestic violence. Stalking, shutting you out of your online accounts, veiled threats via Facebook posts, just to name a few, are all intended to torture you. More often than not, it’s simply to make you pay for not staying and enduring the abuse.

People, not Politics

Showing Jesus’ Love

I’ve received several inquiries regarding a vote I cast in the final days of the 2021 session. Along with several other Republican Senators, I voted in support of an amendment that would have prohibited denying access to public transportation services based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A number of my constituents, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ, have asked me to explain my vote, knowing that I have consistently been a “NO” vote to the proposed Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or “MONA”, as it is often called.

Healthcare

Medicaid reforms could level the playing field between rural, urban hospitals, helping Southeast Missouri

Last week, I elaborated upon the current Missouri Medicaid crisis. Because of the passage of Medicaid expansion into the Missouri Constitution, it is projected that …