Jefferson City, MO

Capitol Perspectives: A Session of Limited Expectations

If you listen to the statehouse pundits, lobbyists and even some legislators you would not hold out much hope for the 2012 legislative session.


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Capitol Perspectives: Making the Budget

As Missourians prepare for the holiday season, major decisions are being made in Missouri’s statehouse about the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.


UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Consensus Revenue Estimates

It’s been around since the early 1990s, and it has worked remarkably well in bringing a more rational process to put together the state’s budget each year.


Photo showing the aftermath of a police shooting at a Jefferson City hotel on Saturday, December 10th, 2011. (Submitted to KMOX by Jason Karbarski)

Double-Murder Suspect Shot at Capitol Hotel

44-year-old Marvin Rice, a former Dent County sheriff’s deputy, led officers on a hundred-mile-an hour car chase, ending at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.


Mel Hancock

Capitol Perspectives: Mel Hancock’s Legacy

It would be difficult to exaggerate the legacy to Missouri of Mel Hancock, who died this month at the age of 82. In many ways, the Springfield businessman and congressman was Missouri’s first tea party member.


Closed door

Capitol Perspectives: Hidden Government Officials

Despite the national trend toward transparency and openness in government, here in Missouri there has been a recent trend in the opposite direction.


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Capitol Perspectives: The Demise of the Special Session

This was quite a different special session than any I’ve seen in my more than four decades at the statehouse.


UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: The Return of Bipartisanship

While the news from Congress in Washington has been dominated by what seems to be near-partisan gridlock, here in Missouri’s statehouse there’s been a bit of a return to bipartisanship.


Jefferson City, MO

Capitol Perspectives: Term Limits and Civility

One of the more poignant moments of this fall’s legislative special session came when a senator, Jason Crowell, hurled a curse word at the Senate’s president pro tem, Rob Mayer — h**l.


Jefferson City, MO

Capitol Perspectives: Omnibus Bills

ur Missouri General Assembly has discovered both the advantages and liabilities of what is called an an “omnibus” bill.