Dec 08

A Conversation with Lt. Governor Mike Parson (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – In our ongoing series of conversations with state leaders, Lt. Governor Mike Parson (R) joins us this week and gives us his take on where we are economically and politically as a state and what he hopes to see for Missouri in the future.

Among the topics covered is Missouri’s effort to attract Amazon’s “HQ2” and the tens of thousands of jobs that will come with it. While Parson wants the Show Me State in the running for the project, he expresses concern about the incentives that may be needed to be selected. Parson also discusses his “Buy MO” initiative that hopes to let shoppers know which products are made in Missouri. That, he believes, could help support local businesses.

Also discussed are recent comments from state lawmakers that highlight the toxicity many believe defines our current state of politics and cultural conversations.

On the web:

Office of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor

MOVP Parson 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/a-conversation-with-lt-governor-mike-parson-r/

Nov 27

2017 Holiday Special: Feeding Our Neighbors (and the World)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Thousands of Missourians get involved in food drives during the holiday season – and that’s great! The need, however, is year round and it affects more people in more neighborhoods than you may realize.

Feeding Missouri’s Monica Palmer has the facts, busts the myths, and explains how easy (and inexpensive) it is to help those in need all around us.

Also, what will make Missouri’s agricultural industry “MORE”?

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn explains their “MORE” initiative and what it means to farmers and the rest of the state.

On the web:

Feeding Missouri

Missouri Department of Agriculture

MOVP Monica Palmer 2017MOVP Chinn 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/2017-holiday-special-feeding-our-neighbors-and-the-world/

Nov 27

From Missouri to the World

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – In times of crisis, a Missouri-based organization steps up to provide for those affected by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other disasters,

Convoy of Hope is headquartered in Springfield and, this week, national spokesman Jeff Nene describes what they do, why they do it, and how they remain ready at all times to help.

Also, Governor Greitens has spent some time globe trotting lately. He’s not on vacation, though. He’s trying to help facilitate agreements for Missouri businesses. In some cases, you are not paying for the trips, the Hawthorn Foundation is. The organization’s Executive Director, Steve Oslica, explains why.

Note – special thanks to our Springfield partner, FOX 5 KRBK, for connecting us with Mr. Nene for the interview.

On the web:

Convoy of Hope

Hawthorn Foundation

MOVP Jeff Nene Nov 2018MOVP Oslica Nov 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/from-missouri-to-the-world/

Nov 27

Dollars and Sense: A Conversation with State Treasurer Eric Schmitt

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – He’s not just the chief book keeper of the state, he’s also the watchdog over the investments made with your tax money.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt (R) is featured this week and details some of the services his office provides. He also assesses our state’s economy and explains why he’s concerned about the pension system set up to provide for the retirements of thousands of public employees.

On the web:

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt’s Office (official)

Eric Schmitt (campaign page)

MOVP Schmitt 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/dollars-and-sense-a-conversation-with-state-treasurer-eric-schmitt/

Nov 05

Politics, Division, Unity, and Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Protests in St. Louis and the surrounding areas that have, occasionally, turned violent.

Speakers on college and university campuses around the nation shouted down or forced to cancel by crowds that disagree with the speakers’ points of view. Again, violence has been used on occasion to achieve that goal.

Online, responses to opinions often quickly turn into personal attacks. The assumption is that someone with whom we disagree must have an evil intent of some kind.

Our nation has endures times of political and cultural strife before. Is today’s climate of heated rhetoric and polarization any different? Either way, what is the effect on our ability to govern, educate, and overall have communities and a culture that we want?

This week, State Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D) gives us her perspective from her role as a lawmaker. Dr. John Inazu, a professor of law and religion at Washington University, provides a view on the cultural impact today’s conflicts could have on what used to be mostly accepted values – including the right to free speech.

Inazu is the author of Confident Pluralism, which examines the increasing divide we’re seeing in our culture.

 

On the web:

Rep. Cora Faith Walker

John Inazu/ Confident Pluralism

Washington University

MOVP Walker-2MOVP Inazu-2

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/politics-division-unity-and-missouri/

Oct 29

Opposition to the “Clean Missouri” Initiative. Also, Updated Tips on Online Safety

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – A few weeks ago, support for the “Clean Missouri” petition initiative was featured on this program. This week, we’re getting the opposing point of view.

Former Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones, who is now the Chairman of Missouri Club for Growth, explains why he believes the initiative is basically an attempt to rig the election system in favor of Democrats.

Then ATT Missouri* President John Sondag and Amy VanDevelde from the Missouri-based Oasis Institute team up to provide updates on the online threat to your money.

On the web:

Tim Jones

Missouri Club for Growth

ATT

Oasis Institute

MOVP Jones Oct 2017MOVP VanDeVeldeMOVP John Sondag Oct 2017

  • ATT Missouri is a sponsor of “Missouri Viewpoints

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/opposition-to-the-clean-missouri-initiative-also-updated-tips-on-online-safety/

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