Capitol Perspectives

Customary papers thrown at end of legislative session in Jefferson City. Photo taken May 15, 2015 by Tim Bommel

CAPITOL PERSPECTIVES: Sexting & Filibusters

KMOX bureau chief Phill Brooks looks at the legislative session that was

05/18/2015

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Capitol Perspectives: Politically Correct Speech

This 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.

11/24/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s I-70 Democrats

Geography no longer more important than party label in understanding the voting patterns of state lawmakers.

11/16/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: Dealing with Less

The 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.

10/03/2014

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New York Times Tips Hat To Judge Ronnie White

St. Louis’ newest federal judge is already the subject of an editorial in The New York Times.

07/20/2014

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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.

04/06/2014

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Mo. Casino Revenue Declining

A 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.

03/10/2014

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: A Different Perspective on Lobbyists

Secretary 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.

01/23/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: A Possible Rain Making Session

Missouri’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.

01/10/2014

Gov. Nixon with Jim McNerney, the Chairman, President & CEO of Boeing

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.

12/16/2013

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