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Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Drains

I suspect few, if any, of the current members of the Missouri Senate understand why their chamber desktops have what look like brass drains you would find in a kitchen or bathroom sink.

04/05/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Abortion Politics

One of the major changes in Missouri’s legislature in recent years has been the decline of abortion politics.

03/15/2013

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: I Miss The Blue Book

Every two years around this time, statehouse folks anxiously awaited release of the manual by the Secretary of State.

03/08/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Press Facilities in the Statehouse

One of the issues that has generated discussion within the press corps this legislative session is a bill to take away the offices and parking spaces at Missouri’s Capitol that are assigned to reporters who cover state government.

03/06/2013

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Joke Bills

There’s a long tradition of filing bills for symbolic purposes or to make a statement.

02/25/2013

Missouri State Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: Rural Dominance in Mo. Legislature

“Simple words and country stories belie a depth of political skills, sophistication and determination that can catch the metro politicians off guard.”

02/09/2013

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: The Quitters

Every January after a general election, I’m fascinated by those who will be leaving office after years, sometimes decades, of service.

01/18/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: How Governors Win over the Legislature

As Missouri’s governor enters the holiday season before his second term, Jay Nixon might want to take a look at how past governors have won legislative support for major policy initiatives like his proposal for a major expansion of Medicaid.

12/07/2012

Richard Webster

Capitol Perspectives: Dick Webster, the Senate’s Most Colorful Character

He was a long-time senator from the southwest Missouri town of Carthage, serving from 1963 until his death in 1990. One of my reporters at the time described Webster as an amateur actor and he certainly treated the Senate chamber like his personal stage.

11/30/2012

Missouri Senator Ron Richard

Capitol Perspectives: Election Consequences for Missouri

Missouri’s Senate may be on the verge of an historic change. And if so, it likely can be attributed to one of the softest-spoken legislative leaders I’ve covered.

11/16/2012