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.
It was a few decades ago that a Republican governor, Kit Bond championed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
There’s an old Washington adage going back at least 100 years that “the President proposes, Congress disposes.”
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.
During the past few weeks, there have been increasing complaints from state legislators about the governor’s relationship with the Missouri General Assembly.
Not much happened this past week in Missouri’s Senate. There’s a one-word explanation why: filibuster.
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.
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.
Decades ago, many argued that education funding was not a state problem.
If you listen to the statehouse pundits, lobbyists and even some legislators you would not hold out much hope for the 2012 legislative session.