Capitol Perspectives

Catherine Hanaway (photo credit: house.mo.gov)

Capitol Perspectives: Missouri Political Comebacks

Former 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.

09/30/2013

Tuffy, The Rodeo Clown, Rides Again

A controversial rodeo clown who lost his job at the Missouri state fair last month for mocking the president, has now found work in the state capitol. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that rodeo clown […]

09/16/2013

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: A Week can be an Eternity in Missouri’s Legislature

“We’re not even at the half in the legislative session…we’ve got plenty of time,” Nixon responded, using one of his frequent sports analogies.

04/15/2013

Photo: KMOX

Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Drains

I suspect few, if any, of the current members of the Missouri Senate understand why their chamber desktops have what look like brass drains you would find in a kitchen or bathroom sink.

04/05/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Abortion Politics

One of the major changes in Missouri’s legislature in recent years has been the decline of abortion politics.

03/15/2013

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: I Miss The Blue Book

Every two years around this time, statehouse folks anxiously awaited release of the manual by the Secretary of State.

03/08/2013

press pass

Capitol Perspectives: Press Facilities in the Statehouse

One of the issues that has generated discussion within the press corps this legislative session is a bill to take away the offices and parking spaces at Missouri’s Capitol that are assigned to reporters who cover state government.

03/06/2013

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: Joke Bills

There’s a long tradition of filing bills for symbolic purposes or to make a statement.

02/25/2013

Missouri State Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: Rural Dominance in Mo. Legislature

“Simple words and country stories belie a depth of political skills, sophistication and determination that can catch the metro politicians off guard.”

02/09/2013

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: The Quitters

Every January after a general election, I’m fascinated by those who will be leaving office after years, sometimes decades, of service.

01/18/2013

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