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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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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.”


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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