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.
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.
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.
It started as a simple, although seemingly humorous bill in the Senate to expand the legal definition of an egg.
“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.
Before term limits, the budget was at the center of some of the greatest and most entertaining legislative battles that I have seen.
During the past few weeks I’ve been wondering whether the “Law of Unintended Consequences” will become a defining signature for the 2013 session.
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.