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Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Drains

I suspect few, if any, of the current members of the Missouri Senate understand why their chamber desktops have what look like brass drains you would find in a kitchen or bathroom sink.

04/05/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Abortion Politics

One of the major changes in Missouri’s legislature in recent years has been the decline of abortion politics.

03/15/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: Press Facilities in the Statehouse

One of the issues that has generated discussion within the press corps this legislative session is a bill to take away the offices and parking spaces at Missouri’s Capitol that are assigned to reporters who cover state government.

03/06/2013

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Capitol Perspectives: How Governors Win over the Legislature

As Missouri’s governor enters the holiday season before his second term, Jay Nixon might want to take a look at how past governors have won legislative support for major policy initiatives like his proposal for a major expansion of Medicaid.

12/07/2012

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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Capitol Perspectives: The Pain of Loss

I remember how some have been magnanimous in defeat, while others have been bitter.

10/29/2012

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Capitol Perspectives: Government Gag Orders

A statehouse colleague of mine recently wrote about being blocked from access to a tax expert in the state Revenue Department for a story she was pursuing.

09/28/2012

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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.

09/21/2012

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