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Capitol Perspectives: A Session Marked by Scandal, Filibusters

by Phill Brooks

There are some fascinating historical perspectives to the two factors that helped define the 2015 legislative session – the intern scandal that drove a House speaker out of office and filibusters that blocked Senate work in the final week.

The story of text-messaging impropriety by House Speaker John Diehl with a college intern reminded me of earlier years when the Missouri legislature had major problems with the

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