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In Columbia, Missouri Rep. Wright presses for lobbyist reform

July 31, 2014News Clip

COLUMBIA — State Rep. John Wright wants to change an inappropriate culture of entitlement he said is pervading the Missouri state Capitol.

Wright, D-Rocheport, hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Columbia Public Library where he shared his recent findings on lobbyist gift practices in the Missouri legislature. The vice chair of the House Ethics Committee also discussed what he called Missouri's exceptionally lax campaign finance laws and shared suggestions for solutions to these issues that he said are endangering our democratic system.

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Wright to host town hall on legislative ethics

July 30, 2014News Clip

State Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport, will host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss ethics rules that allow unlimited gifts to state lawmakers and place no limits on campaign contributions.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.

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Area superintendents welcome signing of early childhood education bill

July 13, 2014News Clip

Area superintendents are applauding Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing this week of a bill that would include state funding for early childhood education programs in schools.

However, it will be a few years before the money is available.

“It’s monumental,” said Peter Stiepleman, superintendent for Columbia Public Schools.

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Lawmakers approve bill allowing early childhood education funding

May 16, 2014News Clip

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill allowing state funding to school districts that provide pre-kindergarten education passed with strong majorities in both legislative chambers despite the concerns of some conservatives that it gives “government schools” more power over young minds.

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