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A police officer holds a shotgun as he helps in the control of a small group of demonstrators on August 23, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal as they ask for justice in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Capitol Perspectives: Ferguson, Police and Reporters

There are serious questions for journalists arising from Ferguson.

09/05/2014

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: A Mixed Legislative Record for Missouri’s Governor

Much of the attention of this legislative session has focused on Gov. Jay Nixon’s failed efforts for Medicaid expansion, but there’s another side to the story.

05/19/2014

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: The History of Bipartisanship in Missouri’s Legislature

In this year’s session, there have been signs that some seek to return to an era when policy overrode politics.

03/11/2014

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: A Different Perspective on Lobbyists

Secretary of State Jason Kander had an interesting observation when he announced his proposal to restrict special interest money in government and politics. “It’s easy for politicians to vilify lobbyists,” he said.

01/23/2014

Gov. Nixon with Jim McNerney, the Chairman, President & CEO of Boeing

Capitol Perspectives: How Can They Say No?

That question is at the center of the Missouri legislature’s decision to offer up to $1.7 billion in state tax dollars to entice Boeing to expand in Missouri.

12/16/2013

Gov. Jay Nixon talks with reporters. (Photo by UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Capitol Perspectives: Nixon’s Change in Tactics

Without that change, Jay Nixon might not have had a chance at what could be one of his greatest governmental achievements — attracting Boeing to make one the biggest industrial investments in Missouri history.

12/09/2013

Photo: KMOX

Capitol Perspectives: My Time in Prison

The recent decision by the governor to reopen the abandoned state penitentiary for tours has reminded me of my own time behind the walls decades ago.

11/08/2013

Mo Capitol

Capitol Perspectives: The Meaning of an Egg

It started as a simple, although seemingly humorous bill in the Senate to expand the legal definition of an egg.

05/03/2013

Photo: KMOX

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

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Budget Wars

Before term limits, the budget was at the center of some of the greatest and most entertaining legislative battles that I have seen.

03/29/2013

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