Capitol Perspectives

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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: The Risk Politicians Take

The New York Times story highlighting Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in an investigative report on special interest money reminds me of another Missouri attorney general who paid a steep price after news stories involving financial behavior – Bill Webster.

11/03/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: Political Transformations

During my professional career, I have experienced two major political transformations that fundamentally changed our society. Recent developments in Missouri make me wonder if we’re experiencing a similar transformation today involving gay rights — or, at least, gay marriages in Missouri.

10/10/2014

Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo: Getty Images,  Jordan McAlister

Capitol Perspectives: Dead-on-Arrival Bills

As legislators prepare to take off for their spring break, a large number of bills are filed so late in the session that there’s no real hope for passage.

03/13/2014

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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

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Capitol Perspectives: The Meaning of an Egg

It started as a simple, although seemingly humorous bill in the Senate to expand the legal definition of an egg.

05/03/2013

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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

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Capitol Perspectives: Budget Wars

Before term limits, the budget was at the center of some of the greatest and most entertaining legislative battles that I have seen.

03/29/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Unintended Consequences

During the past few weeks I’ve been wondering whether the “Law of Unintended Consequences” will become a defining signature for the 2013 session.

03/22/2013

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

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