Phill Brooks

Capitol Perspectives: Politically Correct SpeechThis 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.
Capitol Perspectives: Missouri's I-70 DemocratsGeography no longer more important than party label in understanding the voting patterns of state lawmakers.
Capitol Perspectives: Protecting the Public from JournalistsThe 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.
Capitol Perspectives: The Risk Politicians TakeThe 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.
Capitol Perspectives: Political TransformationsDuring 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.
Capitol Perspectives: Dealing with LessThe 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.
Capitol Perspectives: The Budget Fights of Two NixonsThe 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.
Capitol Perspectives: Ferguson, Police and ReportersThere are serious questions for journalists arising from Ferguson.
Capitol Perspectives: A Mixed Legislative Record for Missouri's GovernorMuch 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.
Capitol Perspectives: The History of Bipartisanship in Missouri's LegislatureIn this year's session, there have been signs that some seek to return to an era when policy overrode politics.
Capitol Perspectives: A Different Perspective on LobbyistsSecretary 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.
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.
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