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Rep. Keith English (Photo: keithenglishformo.com)

Rep. Keith English Leaves House Democrats to Become Independent

“I am still a Democrat at heart and I didn’t want to leave,” English said. “I’m still voting the same way I did before; my labor-friendly Democrats won’t have to worry.”

01/28/2015

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses the state legislature during the annual State of the State address at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 21, 2015.    Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Gov. Nixon Urges Court Reform, ‘Healing and Hope’ After Ferguson

During his remarks Wednesday related to Ferguson, Nixon said there often is “too much fear and too little trust.”

01/21/2015

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

Missouri Governor Releases Money for Buildings

Jay Nixon has given the go-ahead to spend $132 million on improvements to the Capitol and other state facilities.

02/28/2014

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Illinois Lawmaker Takes Aim At Capitol Food, Fitness Habits

State Rep. Don Moffitt is forming a “fitness caucus” at the Capitol to encourage fellow lawmakers, others to shed some pounds and eat healthier.

02/22/2014

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Hundreds Rally at Illinois Capitol For Same-Sex Marriage

Hundreds turned out for the “March on Springfield,” with many waving signs and flags.

10/22/2013

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Missouri House Panel Rejects Office Smoking Ban

A Democratic proposal to ban smoking in the Capitol offices of Missouri House members was snuffed out Tuesday in a Republican-led committee.

01/15/2013

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Nearly 1 Year After Stroke, Kirk Returns to Senate

The Illinois Republican was greeted at the foot of the Capitol steps by an open-armed Vice President Joe Biden.

01/03/2013

Richard Webster

Capitol Perspectives: Dick Webster, the Senate’s Most Colorful Character

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.

11/30/2012

Missouri Senator Ron Richard

Capitol Perspectives: Election Consequences for Missouri

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.

11/16/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: The Decline of Parties

The year’s campaign season has provided a clear demonstration of the declining role of political parties.

11/02/2012

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