Israel Unveiled: A Senator’s Insight into Faith, Politics, and Tenacity

Israel Unveiled: A Senator’s Insight into Faith, Politics, and Tenacity By Senator Holly Thompson Rehder Navigating the Intersections of Faith, Politics, and Human Resilience in Israel I’ve had the great honor to travel to Israel twice in the last 8 years. During these trips, I was able to delve deep into the intricate tapestry of […]

Protecting Women’s Rights in Sports

Protecting Women’s Rights in Sports: An Important Legislative Push In the realm of sports, fairness and equality are fundamental principles that ensure healthy competition and opportunities for all athletes. However, the issue of transgender participation in women’s sports has sparked a passionate debate around the world in the name of those fundamental principles. With another […]

Who’s Got the Kids?

I was invited this past week to visit Ellington, a community in one of the counties I will pick up come January due to the redistricting process. They wanted to show me how the community, county, and businesses came together to resolve a long-running workforce issue they had––a shortage of childcare.  First of all, I’m […]

Yes, the US is STILL the Land of Opportunity

What a treat to be on with Joe Pags to discuss my memoir, Cinder Girl! Breaking the poverty-cycle is absolutely doable, and through the grace of God, my life is proof of that. Watch below as @joetalkshow covers several issues that I speak to in my memoir–domestic violence, poverty, welfare, and more!

Great Theater… but it’s time for the final curtain call.

Politics & Pearls–Time for the final curtain call.

If this past session did anything, it showed us where our cracks are–as a party, I mean. Lobbing bombs at each other, Republican against Republican, became commonplace. I’m guilty of this as well. As someone who grew up in the trailer parks, I don’t sit still for unworthy attacks; against me, or anyone else. It’s […]

A More Compassionate Approach to Homelessness

We’ve all seen them. The homeless in our communities. Maybe it was while leaving a restaurant late, cutting across an alley downtown to save time, or maybe simply a quick glance into the dark crevices under the overpass as you turned to merge onto the interstate. They are there. Out of sight…at least for the […]

Work Horse vs. Show Horse

Spoken on Missouri Senate floor, March 3, 2022, regarding the continual disingenuous actions of some senators: Working in politics, you see a lot. Big egos—lies­—political maneuvering­—the majority of which, is rooted in self-interest. That’s why this past week hearing the term tossed around of a “Show horse instead of a workhorse”, kind of struck a nerve. I […]

Let’s Talk Domestic Violence

I’ve learned there are a lot more forms of domestic abuse than someone laying a hand on you. Many forms in fact. I’ve listened as testimony after testimony in the Missouri Senate painted a very clear picture of the extent of these abuses. Technology, for instance, plays a new, and now a very significant role in domestic violence. Stalking, shutting you out of your online accounts, veiled threats via Facebook posts, just to name a few, are all intended to torture you. More often than not, it’s simply to make you pay for not staying and enduring the abuse.

Showing Jesus’ Love

I’ve received several inquiries regarding a vote I cast in the final days of the 2021 session. Along with several other Republican Senators, I voted in support of an amendment that would have prohibited denying access to public transportation services based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A number of my constituents, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ, have asked me to explain my vote, knowing that I have consistently been a “NO” vote to the proposed Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or “MONA”, as it is often called.

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