COLUMN: Introduced Bills Aren't Always to Change LawSometimes a bill is introduced to be a "rain maker" to generate a rain of campaign contributions or support from special interests.
Capitol Perspectives - Missouri a Late Guest to the Thanksgiving TraditionThe first Thanksgiving took place in the fall of 1621 to celebrate the first harvest of the Pilgrims who had settled Plymouth.
Political Fundraising and Public ServiceIt used to be called the "lug system" but now political candidates have other methods.
CAPITOL PERSPECTIVES: Sexting & FilibustersKMOX bureau chief Phill Brooks looks at the legislative session that was
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: 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.
New York Times Tips Hat To Judge Ronnie WhiteSt. Louis' newest federal judge is already the subject of an editorial in The New York Times.
Missouri Legislative Leaders Support Limited Medical Marijuana Some Missouri state legislators are talking about decriminalizing marijuana—at least medical marijuana, on a very limited basis.
Mo. Casino Revenue DecliningA recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling revenue.
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: A Possible Rain Making SessionMissouri's legislative session has begun on a note of partisan politics that suggests political campaigns will be a dominate undercurrent for the election-year session.