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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

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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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.

09/14/2012

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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.

08/28/2012

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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.

05/11/2012

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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.

05/04/2012

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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.

04/09/2012

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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.

03/30/2012

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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.

03/16/2012

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Governors Propose, Legislators Dispose

There’s an old Washington adage going back at least 100 years that “the President proposes, Congress disposes.”

03/12/2012

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