Capitol Perspectives

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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

political parties

Capitol Perspectives: The Decline of Parties

The year’s campaign season has provided a clear demonstration of the declining role of political parties.

11/02/2012

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: The Pain of Loss

I remember how some have been magnanimous in defeat, while others have been bitter.

10/29/2012

microphones

Capitol Perspectives: Government Gag Orders

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.

09/28/2012

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Overcoming Political Catastrophes

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.

09/21/2012

Closed door

Capitol Perspectives: A Sad Time in Missouri’s Legislature

This year’s veto session was a sad time for me. It always is in even-numbered years.

09/14/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Campaign 2012, Advertising or Policy?

I have a confession… I am not looking forward to the fall campaign season.

08/28/2012

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Term Limits

If you had to pick one factor to explain the difficulties encountered during the 2012 session of Missouri’s legislature, it would have to be term limits.

05/11/2012

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