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Capitol Perspectives: Overcoming Political Catastrophes

In the aftermath of the Todd Akin controversy, one of my reporters asked me if I could remember a Missouri politician who had recovered from a similar catastrophic setback.


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Capitol Perspectives: A Sad Time in Missouri’s Legislature

This year’s veto session was a sad time for me. It always is in even-numbered years.


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Capitol Perspectives: Campaign 2012, Advertising or Policy?

I have a confession… I am not looking forward to the fall campaign season.


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Akin Spokesperson Confirms Threats Against Congressman

“Akin has received threats of rape of his official staff, family and the Congressman himself along with suggestions that individuals should die.”


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Capitol Perspectives: Term Limits

If you had to pick one factor to explain the difficulties encountered during the 2012 session of Missouri’s legislature, it would have to be term limits.



Capitol Perspectives: Budget War Stories

With the past week’s budget filibuster in Missouri’s Senate, I thought some of the war stories of past years would be of interest.


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Capitol Perspectives: Jim Mulvaney

Jim Mulvaney was a state representative from St. Louis County who rose from a milkman to become one of the leading consumer protection advocates in Missouri.


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Capitol Perspectives: Wedge Issues

In the past few weeks, wedge issues have consumed a significant portion of the Missouri General Assembly’s time. It should not be a surprise. It is, after all, an election year.


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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s Legislature and Women

It was a few decades ago that a Republican governor, Kit Bond championed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.


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Capitol Perspectives: Governors Propose, Legislators Dispose

There’s an old Washington adage going back at least 100 years that “the President proposes, Congress disposes.”





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