Capitol Perspectives

CAPITOL PERSPECTIVES: Sexting & FilibustersKMOX bureau chief Phill Brooks looks at the legislative session that was
Capitol Perspectives: Politically Correct SpeechThis football season, when sports reporters confront the question of what to call the Washington Redskins, they'll experience a conundrum we government reporters have been facing for decades. It is the conflict between accurate speech versus politically correct speech.
Capitol Perspectives: Missouri's I-70 DemocratsGeography no longer more important than party label in understanding the voting patterns of state lawmakers.
Capitol Perspectives: Dealing with LessThe legislature's sweeping tax cut bill passed this spring, followed by voter rejection of the transportation sales tax increase, has led me to think about the possible need for state government to slim down.
New York Times Tips Hat To Judge Ronnie WhiteSt. Louis' newest federal judge is already the subject of an editorial in The New York Times.
Missouri Legislative Leaders Support Limited Medical Marijuana Some Missouri state legislators are talking about decriminalizing marijuana—at least medical marijuana, on a very limited basis.
Mo. Casino Revenue DecliningA recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling revenue.
Capitol Perspectives: A Different Perspective on LobbyistsSecretary of State Jason Kander had an interesting observation when he announced his proposal to restrict special interest money in government and politics. "It's easy for politicians to vilify lobbyists," he said.
Capitol Perspectives: A Possible Rain Making SessionMissouri's legislative session has begun on a note of partisan politics that suggests political campaigns will be a dominate undercurrent for the election-year session.
Capitol Perspectives: How Can They Say No?That question is at the center of the Missouri legislature's decision to offer up to $1.7 billion in state tax dollars to entice Boeing to expand in Missouri.
Capitol Perspectives: Nixon's Change in TacticsWithout that change, Jay Nixon might not have had a chance at what could be one of his greatest governmental achievements -- attracting Boeing to make one the biggest industrial investments in Missouri history.
Capitol Perspectives: Missouri Political ComebacksFormer House Speaker Catherine Hanaway's statement that she's considering running for Missouri governor reminds me of other major Missouri politicians who sought to return to elective office after years of absence.

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