Capitol Perspectives
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The Missouri legislature’s week-long break that began March 15 is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half of it’s annual session. This year taxes, school … more
A major question for this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly is whether Republican legislative leaders will continue a recent display of independence from their fellow Republican Gov. … more
The start of Missouri’s legislature during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about how lawmakers will adjust to the realities of this rampant virus. Just visualize a … more
This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to “teach your children well.” I’ve been thinking about that song often as I’ve wondered how my … more
When Missouri’s House begins its 2021 session, it may face a fascinating issue of residency which has a long history. The issue arises from a St. Louis Post Dispatch report that Rep. Nick … more
The title of this column is a question that kept popping into my head during Missouri’s gubernatorial campaign. That question repeatedly was asked by fictional President Jed Bartlet in the … more
There are four Missourians who helped develop the systems that provide you with accurate and prompt election night returns. To understand this column, you need to realize that the results reported … more
The recent thoughts written by others about the tragic death of Gov. Mel Carnahan two decades ago have prompted me to add some personal details. There was something about Carnahan that touched all … more
Before proceeding with this column, I want you to think about what you’ve read, seen or heard from the candidates running for state office during this campaign season. How often have you … more
Missouri’s recent veto session was another chapter in a long and fascinating legislative history. Until the 1970s, there were no veto sessions. Instead, prior versions of the state Constitution … more
Missouri’s House displayed unusual constitutional discipline during this summer’s anti-crime special session. House leaders obeyed a state constitutional provision which requires a … more
As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets by two school newsroom … more
A few decades ago, Missouri’s Senate had a unique visitor — a baby squirrel. Harvey’s chamber appearance was unplanned. Arriving to the Capitol late one day, I entered the … more
This column is prompted by a simple question asked of the governor at one of his news conferences. Missouri had reached a peak level of COVID-19 infections. That record was set after Missouri … more
As I reflect on the final months of term-limited state legislators who have made a profound difference for the state, I also remember Harriett Woods. While she gained national attention for her … more
There are some interesting similarities between Missouri’s governor and the nation’s president in dealing with COVID-19. Their refusal to wear face masks is the most visible. Both Gov. … more
I had expected limited production from Missouri’s 2020 annual session because of the several weeks lost from the extended spring break to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Indeed, the General … more
Missouri's General Assembly faces historic challenges for the final three weeks of the 2020 regular session. The budget tops the list with a projected $1 billion or even higher revenue loss for … more
This spring, Missouri lost one of the key partners in the most dynamic cross-party legislative collaboration I’ve seen in half a century. Jack Buechner was a founding member of a group of … more
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