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Capitol Perspectives: Political Courage

by Phill Brooks

Political courage. That’s the phrase that came to my mind as I watched the Senate’s top GOP leaders cast the deciding votes that killed the gun-rights bill. It was an act of courage I have rarely seen in my decades covering Missouri’s General Assembly.

Realize how politically dangerous it is for a Republican to vote against what is promoted as a gun-rights measure. It can be a

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Capitol Perspectives: The Loss of an Education Leader

by Phill Brooks

This summer, Missouri lost one of its most effective education leaders, Alex Bartlett. He did not hold public office. Never did, as best I know. In fact, he was not even a government staffer. Instead, he was a mild-mannered, quiet-spoken Jefferson City attorney.

In all of the times I met him, I cannot remember him without a smile on his face — and always eager to help

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Capitol Perspectives: Veto Session Adventures

by Phill Brooks

Veto sessions of Missouri’s General Assembly have struck me more as grand political theater rather than substantive public policy debates on complicated state issues.

The first successful veto override I covered was Gov. Kit Bond’s veto of a bill involving licensing of nurses. In his 1976 veto message, Bond cited a provision expanding the power of the nurses’ licensing board to hold closed meetings.

When the bill

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Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Saucer

by Phill Brooks

George Washington once described the purpose of the Senate as being like a saucer in which you pour coffee or tea to cool it. “We pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it,” he is quoted as telling Thomas Jefferson. The idea was that longer terms for senators along with statewide districts would lead to a more deliberative process than in the House. It would cool

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Capitol Perspectives: Results of Legislative Investigations

by Phill Brooks

I’ve been pondering these days whatever happened to Missouri’s consumer protection movement.

Once a vibrant force in Missouri government and politics just a few decades ago, it has become a faint shadow, a phantasm of a once very public cause for leaders from both political parties.

What’s triggered my memories has been the response to reports of a hacker getting credit card information about potentially millions of

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Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Drains

by Phill Brooks

I suspect few, if any, of the current members of the Missouri Senate understand why their chamber desktops have what look like brass drains you would find in a kitchen or bathroom sink.

They actually are sink drains, and they are part of a fascinating story about a multi-year and somewhat behind-the-scenes scheme by one of the chamber’s more conservative members to drag the Senate into the

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Capitol Perspectives: Budget Wars

by Phill Brooks

Missouri’s budget process sure has gotten tame since legislative term limits took effect. It’s become downright boring compared to my earlier years as a statehouse reporter. Before term limits, the budget was at the center of some of the greatest and most entertaining legislative battles that I have seen.

The budget-writing committees were composed of the General Assembly’s most senior members. They had years, even decades, of

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Capitol Perspectives: Press Facilities in the Statehouse

CapitolPerspectives_WPOne of the issues that has generated discussion within the press corps this legislative session is a bill to take away the offices and parking spaces at Missouri’s Capitol that are assigned to reporters who cover state government.

The bill sponsor told a committee he wanted to get more parking around the statehouse for people with disabilities. Just before this year’s session began, House staff proposed taking over part of

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Capitol Perspectives: Legislative ‘Joke’ Bills

by Phill Brooks

The recent bill filed to make it a felony crime for a legislator to propose a firearms restriction measure has given me a trip down memory lane about seemingly frivolous bills. It’s reminded me of the thousands of bills I’ve seen your legislators file with no apparent intention or hope to make them into law. Every year there seems to be a wave of futility, lost causes,

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