Phill Brooks

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Capitol Perspectives: Politically Correct Speech

This football season, when sports reporters confront the question of what to call the Washington Redskins, they’ll experience a conundrum we government reporters have been facing for decades. It is the conflict between accurate speech versus politically correct speech.

11/24/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s I-70 Democrats

Geography no longer more important than party label in understanding the voting patterns of state lawmakers.

11/16/2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon talks to reporters after visiting with students at the Bryan Hill Elementary School in St. Louis on Sept. 16, 2014. Nixon was on hand to thank teachers for the work they do and to discuss the importance of investing in public education. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Capitol Perspectives: Protecting the Public from Journalists

The day after the November elections, Gov. Jay Nixon provided the most detailed explanation yet as to why his administration blocks reporters from talking with agency directors and experts.

11/10/2014

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Capitol Perspectives: The Risk Politicians Take

The New York Times story highlighting Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in an investigative report on special interest money reminds me of another Missouri attorney general who paid a steep price after news stories involving financial behavior – Bill Webster.

11/03/2014

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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

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