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Melissa Hapke

Entries by Melissa Hapke

Rest Easy, Missourians

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:22 PM

The Missouri legislature passed three sweeping bills late Wednesday that will help create jobs for the state.

Wait, what? They didn't actually do that? They decided that nullifying federal gun laws, being able to fire teachers if they refuse to carry guns in their classrooms and banning Sharia...

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An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin: From a Childhood Incest Survivor

(177) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 4:22 PM

This is for all survivors of sexual assault.

Rep. Todd Akin's remarks have had me reeling since I first heard of them on Sunday. I've been having flashbacks about the abuse I was subjected to from my paternal grandfather. He started molesting me when I was a baby...

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An Execution That Didn't Happen

(34) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 10:36 AM

This story ends with the execution of Troy Davis.

It begins with a former Illinois governor, who was pro-death penalty, and saw the life of a woman worth saving in 1996.

I was scheduled to help cover the execution of Guin Garcia, as an intern for the Bloomington-Normal,...

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How to Help the Tornado Relief Efforts

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 11:04 AM

On Saturday, two tornadoes hit my hometown of Dwight, Ill. Livingston and LaSalle Counties were hardest hit by a storm system that originated in Iowa and left a path of destruction all the way through to Ohio, where five deaths were reported. This is the county that I...

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(Taps Shoulder): Excuse me, Mr. President?

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2009 | 9:58 AM

Remember me? I'm the little people you promised to serve for two years on the campaign trail.
I'm the person who walked the neighborhood convincing people that you were the one candidate who would remember your own roots in the middle class.
I'm the person who gave...

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In Memory of Mom

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 1:24 PM

My mother passed away Thursday after a three year battle with lung cancer. Her funeral is Sunday. I have mixed feelings about her passing.

I'm trying very hard to remember the good things that happened with my family while we were growing up. Baking cookies at Christmas comes to mind....

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Blago and Children's: Why It's Personal for Me

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2008 | 2:54 PM

What bothers me most about the arrest of Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich is that he allegedly tried to shake down the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Why? Because if convicted, this man tried to take away funding for a worthy program for the whole state of...

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Senator Hillary Clinton: "Lift The Dinghies, Rowboats And The Yachts!"

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 5:13 PM

It's been five months, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, has finally come around to give her whole-hearted support for Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 Monday, at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO., Clinton told us that if...

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Obama's 3 AM Phone Call

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2008 | 5:07 AM

Barack, love you man, but I'm not ready for the 3AM phone call. Seriously. I'm glad you've finally made your pick, maybe you were up celebrating and all, but for the text shout-out to hit at 2:45 in the morning is too much.

Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. Hmm,...

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McCain: Gaffe-licious

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2008 | 9:58 PM

I was perusing and came across an article posted in the Baltimore Sun Wednesday afternoon.The story was curious to say the least. Why? Sen. John McCain told his donors at a fundraiser Monday that he will be outspent by Sen. Barack Obama during the presidential campaign....

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Missouri Flood Waters

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2008 | 6:40 PM

St CHARLES, Mo. -- So far I'm safe where I'm at, but I may have to take a different route to work. My house is three blocks from the Missouri River, but it's on a hill. From what I understand, even the '93 flood didn't get much past Riverside...

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Will Hillary Actually Concede?

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 11:40 AM

Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton gave her final presidential primary speech, drawing the ire of Democratic leaders because, instead of acknowledging Barack Obama as the winner of the primary, she made it seem as though she still had a chance to win.

She used the words I, my and me 84...

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ACLU Takes Sen. Bond to Task on Telecom Immunity

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 10:27 PM

When voters elect senators and congresspeople, they expect those officials to represent their interests. In a perfect world, yes. In the bizzaro world we're living in now, no.

Take the latest legislation proposed by Sen. Christopher, "Kit," Bond (R-MO) regarding telecom immunity for domestic spying.

According to an action...

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It's The Morning After - Hillary, Look In The Mirror

(14) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 11:03 AM

Seriously. Anyone who has been paying attention to the primary election already knows that the sexist media is what actually sunk Hillary Clinton's campaign, right? The same as the liberal media that dogged both her and Bill during the '90s.

I wondered if maybe, just maybe, the Mainstream Media grew...

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No Sense in Staying, Hillary

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2008 | 11:29 PM

Six months ago my spouse and I were on a business trip in Dallas. We went to Dealey Plaza at sunset. I couldn't stand to be there because of what happened there in '63, even though I wanted to go. I couldn't get out of the car because of the...

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Hillary's Me Campaign: A Long Way From Hope

(13) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 2:11 PM

Watching Hillary Clinton's "victory" speech Tuesday night, I was reminded of "I me mine," by The Beatles. I actually counted the number of times she used the words I, my and me: 69 (Hum...). This doesn't count the number of times she used "we" in reference to Bill and Chelsea...

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