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Blaine’s Bulletin: The Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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Earlier this year, I was honored to be one of five Republicans selected to serve on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. My committee colleagues and I attend hearings weekly with experts from across the nation to find solutions and see where improvements can be made in areas like school re-openings, America’s economic damage, and unemployment as we deal with the virus and our nation’s r... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Safeguarding the Second Amendment

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“[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 1791, our Founding Fathers saw it necessary to amend the United States Constitution with the Second Amendment in order to give the citizens of this country the right to bear arms and defend themselves. American families have the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes, and exercising Second Amendment rights is a... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: The Need to Reopen Missouri Schools

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, life has looked much different for most adults. Some have worked from home, some have unfortunately lost their jobs and essential workers have worked harder than ever. And while the adults have been trying their best to navigate the difficulty of the past couple of months, students have been at home trying to cope with their new normal: distance learning. This ha... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Summer in Missouri

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While this summer seems to be flying by, there is still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy all that Missouri has to offer. From hiking trails, to the Lake of the Ozarks, to the famous Gateway Arch, our state is home to some incredible places to explore. July is National Park and Recreation Month and the perfect time to take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor activities and sights that ar... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Paycheck Protection Program is Working

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States and it became apparent that our country was about to face a seriously difficult economic time, Congress acted quickly to establish a safety net for American small businesses who were projected to take an enormous hit. Many Missourians were asked to work remotely, schools closed, and the news was telling us that in order to slow the spread of the vir... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Fourth of July

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence said it best: in this country, we are all created equal and have the right to freedoms that are exclusively American. That document laid the foundation for ... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Supporting Missouri Law Enforcement

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How often do you wake up to a strange noise in the middle of the night? Maybe it’s the air conditioning kicking on, one of the kids going to the bathroom, or one of the countless sounds that old houses, like mine, make every day. For most of us, this is common. Usually calmness prevails and we realize before picking up the phone and dialing 9-1-1 it is nothing to worry about. But what if the sound... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Missouri is Open for Business

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After months of restrictions, Missouri is finally open for business once again. The last few months have brought nationwide unemployment to Great Depression-era levels which has obviously hurt our economy, but more importantly has endangered American lives. Studies consistently show that unemployment directly leads to things like mental health issues, suicide, substance abuse, domestic abuse, and ... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Missouri Gets Back to Work

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Immediately following Memorial Day festivities at Lake of the Ozarks, we saw daunting national headlines like “Crowds pack venues in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, ignoring social distancing” and “Americans defy Covid-19 social distancing rules to celebrate Memorial Day holiday.” After reading these headlines, one would think this weekend of lake-goers visiting their favorite establishments and bu... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Unemployment

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With unemployment numbers hitting Great Depression levels, our nation is seeing the effects of the COVID-19 crisis take different forms. A recent study found that for every $17 million Americans lose in collective income, we lose an American life. That translates to 65,000 American lives lost each month due to the economic shutdown. These numbers are absolutely terrifying. It is critical to the he... Read more »