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Capitol Perspectives: Effective Governors 

by Phill Brooks

During the New Year’s break, a state official asked me whom I considered to be Missouri’s “best” governor I had covered. I paused. The term “best” is a value judgment that government reporters avoid. So, I decided to take the tactic politicians often use to answer difficult questions.

I chose to answer a question I was not asked: “Who were the most effective governors I’d covered?”


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