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The Way to a Lawmaker’s Heart | 01-11-2019

It’s said there is no such thing as a free lunch. That’s rarely true in politics, where lobbyists are more than happy to ply lawmakers with lavish meals at the drop of a hat. But the free gourmet chow is now off the table in Missouri, where...

The Price You And Only You Pay | 06-29-2018

It was very bad that now-former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens left office in disgrace over a litany of deplorable behavior and alleged corruption. It was worse that he tried to stick the state with his legal fees on the way out the door. But as the Kansas...

This Is What You Call Irony | 06-08-2018

Since-departed Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed so-called “revenge porn” legislation last week, which makes it a crime to post naked or sexually explicit pics or video of someone without their consent. Great! That essentially makes the Show...

The Devil Ain’t Making Them Do It | 03-31-2017

Rare is the day some lawmaker somewhere doesn’t invoke their religion as cause for opposing or supporting a bill. But as my religious friends will tell you, if you have God then you also have to have Satan, and Old Ned is definitely looking to make...

Lightest Of The Light Govs | 09-02-2016

If you don’t want to hear an honest answer, you had better not ask Missouri Lt. Governor candidate Jake Wilburn a question. Wilburn, who is running a write-in campaign for the position, minces no words when it comes to his disdain for the office...

Nixon For The Defense | 08-05-2016

Public defenders everywhere know the job comes with burdens and challenges rarely seen by their private sector brethren. Number one on that list is the funding to pay for what they do. Nobody knows this better than Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri...

They Should Have Asked for Change | 04-29-2016

And from the sublime to the ridiculous, there’s this. As the Associated Press reports , Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal led a filibuster of a tax bill she opposed last week by reading for almost an hour from a self-help book co-written by rapper...

Speak Clearly or Not At All | 04-08-2016

Having really, really lousy ideas is one thing; using terrible grammar is even worse. So says Missouri Rep. Tracy McCreery, a St. Louis-area Democrat who recently filed a resolution ( HR 1220 ) urging her colleagues to stop using the word “physical”...

But Can You Return It? | 02-04-2016

Lobbyists give lawmakers gifts. It’s as regular as the sun rising in the east. For the most part that means meals, sports tickets, yada, yada, yada. But if Missouri Rep. Bart Korman gets his way, that list of reportable gifts will soon grow to include...

If We Want Your Opinion, Still Shut Up | 11-13-2015

Most women endure “mansplaining” with the grace and tolerance said mansplainers rarely exhibit on their own. But United States Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has about had enough. In a recent video clip for “The Late Show with Stephen...

Deflector Shields Up | 09-04-2015

It hasn’t been a good year for a few Missouri lawmakers. Two Show Me State legislators this year have been forced to step down after revelations of their wildly inappropriate behavior toward or with young interns working in their offices. But never...