One of the major changes in Missouri’s legislature in recent years has been the decline of abortion politics.
Every two years around this time, statehouse folks anxiously awaited release of the manual by the Secretary of State.
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.
There’s a long tradition of filing bills for symbolic purposes or to make a statement.
“Simple words and country stories belie a depth of political skills, sophistication and determination that can catch the metro politicians off guard.”
Every January after a general election, I’m fascinated by those who will be leaving office after years, sometimes decades, of service.
As Missouri’s governor enters the holiday season before his second term, Jay Nixon might want to take a look at how past governors have won legislative support for major policy initiatives like his proposal for a major expansion of Medicaid.
He was a long-time senator from the southwest Missouri town of Carthage, serving from 1963 until his death in 1990. One of my reporters at the time described Webster as an amateur actor and he certainly treated the Senate chamber like his personal stage.
Missouri’s Senate may be on the verge of an historic change. And if so, it likely can be attributed to one of the softest-spoken legislative leaders I’ve covered.
The year’s campaign season has provided a clear demonstration of the declining role of political parties.