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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.”


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: Echoes of a Past Budget Crisis

An Albany reader of my earlier column about relations between the governor and legislature suggested that Gov. Jay Nixon’s reluctance to work with lawmakers might reflect a lesson from former Gov. Bob Holden’s experience.


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.


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Capitol Perspectives: Lori’s Filibuster

Not much happened this past week in Missouri’s Senate. There’s a one-word explanation why: filibuster.


Capitol Perspectives: Tax Credits and Term Limits

A major division in Missouri government that has created a near gridlock on a key issue for the state might be having its last hurrah.


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Crosshair Stickers Found On Senators’ Doors In Jefferson City

Four Democratic Senators found stickers of gun crosshairs on their name plates this afternoon.


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Capitol Perspectives: State of the State: From Policy to Theater

Sitting in the House press gallery listening to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address, I began thinking back to about 30 years ago.



Capitol Perspectives: Education Funding – A Legislative Nightmare

Decades ago, many argued that education funding was not a state problem.