Capitol Perspectives

BUDGET

Capitol Perspectives: Budget War Stories

With the past week’s budget filibuster in Missouri’s Senate, I thought some of the war stories of past years would be of interest.

05/04/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Jim Mulvaney

Jim Mulvaney was a state representative from St. Louis County who rose from a milkman to become one of the leading consumer protection advocates in Missouri.

04/09/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Wedge Issues

In the past few weeks, wedge issues have consumed a significant portion of the Missouri General Assembly’s time. It should not be a surprise. It is, after all, an election year.

03/30/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s Legislature and Women

It was a few decades ago that a Republican governor, Kit Bond championed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

03/16/2012

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Governors Propose, Legislators Dispose

There’s an old Washington adage going back at least 100 years that “the President proposes, Congress disposes.”

03/12/2012

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: Echoes of a Past Budget Crisis

An Albany reader of my earlier column about relations between the governor and legislature suggested that Gov. Jay Nixon’s reluctance to work with lawmakers might reflect a lesson from former Gov. Bob Holden’s experience.

03/02/2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) delivers the State of the State address while Missour Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and House Speaker Steve Tilley listen at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Governors and the Legislature

During the past few weeks, there have been increasing complaints from state legislators about the governor’s relationship with the Missouri General Assembly.

02/14/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Lori’s Filibuster

Not much happened this past week in Missouri’s Senate. There’s a one-word explanation why: filibuster.

02/03/2012

Missouri State Capitol 1, Getty Images, Dennis MacDonald

Capitol Perspectives: Tax Credits and Term Limits

A major division in Missouri government that has created a near gridlock on a key issue for the state might be having its last hurrah.

02/01/2012

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: State of the State: From Policy to Theater

Sitting in the House press gallery listening to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address, I began thinking back to about 30 years ago.

01/23/2012

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