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Capitol Perspectives

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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

Mo Capitol

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

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

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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

Mo Capitol

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

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

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) delivers the State of the State address while Missour Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and House Speaker Steve Tilley listen at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Governors and the Legislature

During the past few weeks, there have been increasing complaints from state legislators about the governor’s relationship with the Missouri General Assembly.

02/14/2012

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