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Creating organic food and why it really matters

Starting in 1973, states began adopting legislation regulating the organic food and agricultural market. What caused the initial emergence, and what are the consequences for future national food labeling? Dr. Samantha Mosier, assistant professor of political science at Missouri State University, has studied the causes and possible consequences of the labeling system. Mosier’s upcoming lecture, […]

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ICMA Welcomes Emergency Management Director


The ICMA (International City Managers Association) invites you to attend a speaking event with Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director, Chet Hunter. Chet is responsible for overall management of the OEM, supervises all command staff personnel, and maintains an on-going capability to activate and support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He has over 18 years of combined public safety experience. This event will be held on February 10 at 5:00 PM in Strong Hall Room 203. Chet will be speaking about the interaction between emergency managers and other government officials.

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David Johnson Earns Recognition

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Dr. David Johnson has earned the Certified Distance Educator Award by Missouri State Online. To be eligible for this award, David had to complete professional development activities related to distance education. The purpose of the award is to encourage continued professional development in distance education, provide recognition of continued growth in distance education, and foster instructional innovation. Congratulations David!

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Missouri House Clerk Adam Crumbliss

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A Jefferson City legislative internship left one Missouri State student at a crossroads: “law school or public service.” That’s how Adam Crumbliss (B.S. in public administration, 1999) describes an experience that altered his career path. As the elected Chief Clerk and Administrator for the Missouri House of Representatives, Crumbliss serves as the organization’s chief operating officer and senior parliamentary advisor.

“That internship placed me squarely at the intersection of politics, law, and public administration,” said Crumbliss. “I never imagined seventeen years later I would be married with two daughters still living in mid-Missouri. My experiences in political science at Missouri State prepared me well for this professional opportunity.”

As Chief Clerk, Adam has a front row seat to history in the making; his is one of the most unique positions within state government, especially since voters enacted legislative term limits. In his tenth year as Chief Clerk, Crumbliss has served under six different Speakers of the House but has nearly twice as much legislative experience than any legislator that elects him.

“Legislators are limited to eight years in their lifetime,” Crumbliss indicates “and most have just learned how the process really works right before they term out. Voters ended decades-long power grabs by corrupt legislators, but the way we went about term limits also pushed many smart and honest citizen legislators out the door as well.”

Throughout Crumbliss’ service to the legislature, he held many posts before being elected. “Early on I was part of efforts to stop tax increases, re-write the education foundation formula, limit growth in welfare programs, and development of the Access Missouri needs-based scholarship program,” said Crumbliss.

As Clerk, I focus less on policy decisions and more on ensuring the lawmaking process complies with the constitution and state laws,” he continued. But running a taxpayer-funded organization still places his him in the policy arena when problems arise within the legislature.

After discovery that two lawmakers had inappropriate actions toward interns, Adam played a central role in developing new policies on sexual harassment, internships, and fraternization. “Every intern should have the same extraordinary experience I did, and these policies will enhance the ability of every intern to be respected and learn in an environment without harassment by those in positions of authority,” indicated Crumbliss.

Crumbliss, who now resides with his family in Columbia, Missouri, was selected as the Missouri State University 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni. Outstanding in 2009; outstanding in 2016.

You can see the award ceremony and hear Adam’s remarks at the 25:12 mark here – Homecoming Video.

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PLS Honors Society Inducting New Members


For the first time in several years, the Political Science Department’s ETA CHI chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha is inducting new members. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha entitles you to wear honor regalia at graduation. The regalia, a medallion and honor cord, will be formally presented to students at the department’s annual graduation luncheon on Friday, May 13th, before the 5:00 PM commencement ceremony.

For more information about the honor society, see Pi Sigma Alpha. For more information about the ETA CHI chapter at Missouri State University, contact Dr. Sara Henary.

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Jefferson City Interns Tour Federal Courthouse

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Spring 2016 Jefferson City Legislative Interns were given a tour of the Bond Federal Courthouse in Jefferson City by Political Science alumni and former member of Missouri State University‘s Board of Governors, the Honorable Stephen Bough. The interns got a chance to meet and talk with Senior District Judge, Nanette Laughrey, and Magistrate Judge, Matt Whitworth. A special thank you to Courtroom Deputy, Tracy Diefenbach, and Court Reporter, Gayle Wambolt, for putting up with us. Carrie Tergin, the Mayor of Jefferson City and member of Missouri State University‘s Board of Governors, joined us for the tour and an informal dinner at Madison’s.

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Paper or Plastic? Checking in with Daniel Bogle


As a political science major who was neither interested in law school nor adept at door knocking, you would think that I would have difficulty finding a role in my chosen field. However, I am now the Director of Member Relations and Communications for the Missouri Grocers Association, a state-wide trade association for the grocery industry in Missouri. In this role I find myself working with businesses across Missouri to not only promote the grocery industry in our state, but also to inform government on the issues that affect the large grocery chains you find in St. Louis, Kansas City, and SW Missouri, as well as the local, family-owned stores you shop at in your rural hometown. My degrees from Missouri State prepared me not only for the government relations aspect of my job, though. They also enabled me to handle the organizational and communications side related to interacting with a board of directors and attempting to inspire our members to engage in what we are trying to accomplish as an association.

Three experiences at Missouri State have so far defined my early career. The first was Missouri State’s Student Government Association, which I learned of due to being a political science major. It was by interacting with hard working individuals in SGA that I met many of my peers who now also work in government at different levels. It was ultimately through connections I formed in SGA that led me to where I am now.

The second experience was as an intern through the Legislative Internship Program, in which I had the opportunity to apply my academic knowledge to the actual legislative process. I learned not only from the state representative I was placed with, but also the legislative assistants, lobbyists, and staff that I had the pleasure of meeting. It was through my legislative internship that I gained an understanding of how Missouri politics operate and Jefferson City runs, which has been invaluable to my career.

Finally, I earned my second degree at Missouri State in December of 2014 through the accelerated Masters of Public Administration program. This deepened my knowledge of public policy and the issues that face our state and nation, and gave me applicable abilities to analyze policies and legislation. Perhaps most importantly, it allowed me to find an academic mentor who invested in my learning and instilled in me many of the ideals that I hope to live by as my career progresses in the future.

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Pre-Law Fraternity Hosts Workshop


Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) will host a workshop entitled “Know Your Rights When Engaging with Law Enforcement” on Wednesday, January 20th at 8:00 in Strong Hall 303. This workshop covers civilian-police interactions on the street, in your car, and in your home. Specifically, Fourth Amendment rights in relation to searches and seizures will be covered, with practical advice for getting through a police encounter safely and calmly with your rights fully intact.

For additional information, contact Dr. Kevin Pybas, Department of Political Science (Kevin Pybas) or Cindy Umaña, President, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law (Cindy Umana)

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Dennis Hickey on the Historic Election in Taiwan

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Last week’s victory by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) brings the opposition party to power and Tsai Ing-wen to the presidency; the first woman to hold the office. Dr. Dennis Hickey, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University, offers his thoughts on this historic election in the Center for Strategic and International Studies PacNet newsletter and the China Times.

For those who do not read Chinese, here are his China Times comments in English:

America’s longstanding policy toward the “Taiwan Issue” will not change as a result of this election. Our policy will continue to be based upon the three US-China Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act and a variety of presidential statements and understandings. Some American politicians might call for changes in policy because we are in an election-year here. Once elected, however, the new US president will not follow through. For example, President Ronald Reagan promised to “reestablish” diplomatic relations with the ROC during his campaign for president in 1980. Following the election, however, not only did he not honor that promise, he approved arms sales to China and drafted the 1982 US-PRC Communiqué promising to reduce US arms sales to Taiwan. So, one should not look for any major changes in US policy.

According to US policy, the future of Taiwan must be settled peacefully and settled by the people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. The US has a continued interest in a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue. The US response to a Tsai victory will depend on what she does. Throughout the campaign, she provided vague and ambiguous responses when asked about her approach to the Chinese mainland. She refused to endorse the “1992 Consensus.” Rather, Tsai pledged to “maintain the status quo” and handle relations with Beijing in accordance with “the will of the Taiwan people” and Taiwan’s Constitution. No one inside or outside Taiwan really knows what this means. It means different things to different people. But the time is fast approaching when Tsai will need to state plainly what she plans to do—perhaps even before the May 20 inauguration. Governing is different than campaigning because a president needs to make real decisions.

During the previous DPP administration, America’s “unofficial” relations with Taiwan sank to an unprecedented low. The Ma administration turned that deteriorating relationship around. US officials now boast that our “unofficial relations” with Taiwan are at their best since 1979. During the campaign, Tsai declared that she is “not Chen Shui-bian.” That is reassuring. No one in this country wants Taiwan to return to the years when it was viewed as a “troublemaker.” Everyone hopes for stable and constructive relations between the US, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. And I think everyone in the US, Taiwan and mainland hopes for a successful Tsai administration. Many of us had great hopes for the previous DPP administration. You may recall that President Chen said he wanted to be “Taiwan’s Nixon” and engineer a breakthrough in relations with Beijing. People were disappointed. Perhaps this administration will surprise people and keep relations with the mainland moving forward while simultaneously turning around an economy that has been troubled for 16 years or more. Let’s hope so!

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