Every January after a general election, I’m fascinated by those who will be leaving office after years, sometimes decades, of service.
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.
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.
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.
The year’s campaign season has provided a clear demonstration of the declining role of political parties.
I remember how some have been magnanimous in defeat, while others have been bitter.
A statehouse colleague of mine recently wrote about being blocked from access to a tax expert in the state Revenue Department for a story she was pursuing.
In the aftermath of the Todd Akin controversy, one of my reporters asked me if I could remember a Missouri politician who had recovered from a similar catastrophic setback.
This year’s veto session was a sad time for me. It always is in even-numbered years.
I have a confession… I am not looking forward to the fall campaign season.