Governor Makes Controversial Appointment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An appointee who couldn’t win Senate confirmation as Missouri’s economic development director has received a new job in the department.

Senate Republicans recently refused to confirm Jason Hall as department director — a position to which he had been appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in late December. Nixon said at the time that Hall would continue to have a role in his administration.

Nixon’s office now confirms that Hall is serving as deputy director of the Department of Economic Development. That position does not require Senate confirmation.

Before his short-lived tenure as director, Hall had served as executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. — a state-created nonprofit organization that aids technology and science-based businesses.

Some senators claimed Hall lacked enough private-sector experience to direct the department.

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  • scalpel in the sand

    The impact of Nixon’s visit to China 40 years ago has been enormous.
    It may be the time to re-examine what actually happened at Watergate.
    Nixon was a favorite son of Yorba Linda and the Thirty-seventh President of the US.
    He was re-elected with 60.7 per cent of the vote beating Senator McGovern by 18 million votes. He was the first president to have won all the southern states at a single election. Yet he had to resign two years later.
    Was Watergate any worse or out of character with the actions of Presidents before and after?

    Why were the culprits arrested only at the third attempt?
    Why did the $100 dollar bills have consecutive serial numbers?
    Why was Howard Hunt’s details in the address books of TWO of the four arrested Cubans?
    There was a coup attempt in China to prevent the rapprochement. Could the same have happened in the US?
    Why were the leaks of Deep Throat’ regarded as the gospel truth?
    Read about all these in ‘Watergate – The Political Assassination, ISBN 9780956911940.
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    When Nixon took the dollar from the gold standard in 1971, did he lay the foundation of today’s financial crisis? He did bring about untold wealth to US citizens for several decades.

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