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By Steve Bernstetter on Mar 05, 2007

As time marches on, the pace of technological advancement marches along with it: the hand-written letter becomes an email, the horse and buggy becomes the automobile, and the pen and paper become the word processor. These advancements are mirrored in the media services industry by the ability to use iPods and cell phones to access programs once available solely through the home television set. Though the options for accessing media services outside the home have increased dramatically, the cable television market has remained largely stagnant. This stagnation results from current policies limiting competition amongst cable providers. Changing these policies will benefit consumers in the form of lower prices and better service.
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By Sarah Brodsky on Feb 28, 2007

Does government support for the arts cause economic growth? Governor Blunt seems to think so:

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By Sarah Brodsky on Feb 27, 2007

Carl Bearden writes about scholarships and higher education in the South East Missourian:

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By David Stokes on Feb 27, 2007

A new controversy regarding the ownership of Allen Cab Co. has jogged my memories about one of the most unnecessarily, overly regulated industries in St.

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By Steven Bernstetter on Feb 25, 2007

A few days ago, my colleague David Stokes blogged about the ongoing struggle between Missouri and Illinois lawmakers to reach a compromise on plans to build an additional bridge of some sort across the Mississippi.

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By David Stokes on Feb 22, 2007

Via Andrew Sullivan, here is the classic book, The Road to Serfdom, done starkly and succinctly as a series of eighteen cartoons.  I believe Mr. Hayek would approve.

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By Steven Bernstetter on Feb 22, 2007

The state is currently considering a proposal to renew and extend the "Quality Jobs Act." This program provides tax incentives for businesses to create jobs in Missouri that pay above the county average and provide at

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By Sarah Brodsky on Feb 22, 2007

The Missouri House is considering a constitutional amendment that would designate English as the language for "official proceedings" in Missouri.

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By David Stokes on Feb 22, 2007

Two of Saint Louis County’s most recognizable municipalities are engaged in discussions of a merger. Clayton, the county seat and region’s second downtown, and Richmond Heights, the area’s shopping and transportation nexus, have been considering a merger since November 2004. A Joint Study Committee was established consisting of equal representation from both cities, and that committee is closing in on issuing its final recommendations. If the JSC recommends moving forward, both cities’ elected bodies would have to agree to put the measure on the ballot, and then voters of both cities would have to approve the merger. A merger would benefit the residents of both communities and improve local government services for the residents and businesses.

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By Timothy B. Lee on Feb 22, 2007

Legislators in Illinois and Missouri are pondering legislation that would give their states' electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the most popular vote

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