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Blaine’s Bulletin: Overcoming Times of Challenge and Controversy

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963) While the circumstances we face today are much different than 1963, Dr. King’s words still ring true. Over the last year, our nation has endured more than our fair share of adversity. We have experienced a once in a... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: We Will Rebuild

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In my June 26th Bulletin I wrote that our law enforcement officers “commit to a life where their own personal safety comes second to everyone around them. They put their lives on the line every single day and run directly into harm’s way when the rest of us are trying to get out of it.” I also wrote of the “chaos and danger created by lawlessness and mob rule.” Sadly, only seven months later we on... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: New Year & COVID Package

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On December 21, Congress passed another historic rescue package that President Trump has signed into law to aid in our nation’s continued recovery and help get 2021 started off on the right foot. This bill was months in the making and, while not perfect, it contains several critical provisions that will allow us to safely reopen Missouri businesses, get students and teachers back in the classroom,... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Christmas 2020

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As we begin celebrating Christmas, I always like to reflect on the year behind us. In many ways 2020 was a year worth forgetting, but through it all we have seen extraordinary displays of generosity of spirit, sacrifice, kindness and grace. Communities rallied around their local businesses to help save their hometown favorites from having to close their doors and lay off workers. Teachers adapted ... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: The COVID-19 Vaccine

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We don’t often think of Polio anymore because no new cases have been diagnosed in the U.S. since 1979 – thanks to a vaccine. Researchers started work on the Polio vaccine in the 1930’s, but it wasn’t until 1954 that children began receiving it in the United States. A safe and effective measles vaccine took ten years to develop. And the influenza virus began affecting Americans in the 1930’s, while... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Water Resources Development Act

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Surrounded by more miles of shoreline than the entire state of California – over 1,100 – Missouri’s Third District is home to beautiful views, an abundance of activities for water lovers, and critical water resources for not just our state but the entire nation. Along with great opportunities for Missourians, these many miles of shoreline also come with their challenges making our district no stra... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Leading the Small Business Committee

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From our favorite restaurants, ice cream shops, hardware stores, florists, barbers, you name it – local small businesses hold a special place in towns across America. There is something about knowing a business is owned by a friend or a neighbor and helping your local economy that makes supporting them feel that much more worthwhile. However, just as their size allows them to innovate and adapt qu... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Giving Thanks

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While Thanksgiving is always a special time to look back on the year and think about what we’re grateful for, counting our blessings this year it is especially important. It is no secret that this year has not been easy for Missouri, the U.S., and the entire world. Coronavirus has affected many areas of life from our health to our jobs to our schools to everyday life. But through this trying time,... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Apprenticeships

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Ranking second in America for completed apprenticeships for the second year in a row, Missouri is leading the way and showing the rest of the country how beneficial apprenticeships can be. Apprenticeships are a win-win for companies and workers. Employers are able to train and invest in skilled professionals and workers are able to receive on-the-job training while also receiving a paycheck. Here ... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Thanking Our Veterans

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Just recently while in Franklin County, I passed by the Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office in Pacific. Like many of you who live near that area, I’ve been by that building countless times. It’s a fine building and a good post office with great postal workers. But the name of post office always catches my attention and serves as a sobering reminder of one of the many Missouri veterans who... Read more »