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Capitol Perspectives: Political Transformations

During my professional career, I have experienced two major political transformations that fundamentally changed our society. Recent developments in Missouri make me wonder if we’re experiencing a similar transformation today involving gay rights — or, at least, gay marriages in Missouri.

10/10/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: Dealing with Less

The legislature’s sweeping tax cut bill passed this spring, followed by voter rejection of the transportation sales tax increase, has led me to think about the possible need for state government to slim down.

10/03/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: The Budget Fights of Two Nixons

The current fight over state spending between Missouri’s governor and the legislature is a part of a fundamental policy dispute that goes back to the early years of our country.

09/19/2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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