Author Archives: Scott Faughn

column logo

Even the smartest politicians have missteps every now and then

Even the smartest politicians have missteps every now and then

To be clear, I think that Jason Kander is one of the smartest politicians in the state. He seems to have an instinct about where the Democratic Party is going. He may have the best political instincts in the state. However, his performance last week should comfort every other politician in Missouri that even the

column logo

Hopeful our next governor will find more success than Obama

Tomorrow, Missourians and Missourahians alike are going to deliver their opinion on not only who they feel should be the next president of the United States, but as part of that their opinion of how the current president, Barack Obama has served them the past eight years.  This hillbilly’s guess is that this state is

column logo

It’s cliché, but it’s a wild election year

One of the most read stories of last week was one that many never expected to read: Former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell endorsed Eric Greitens for governor.  It certainly stands out when one of the most highly regarded liberal Democrats in the state endorses the Republican nominee for governor, and pointedly denounces the Democrat, but

column logo

Why a tax return might matter

I’ve always been a believer that people running for office were not resigned to having a to give out any more information than they choose to, and no one is obligated to voting for anyone either. If Donald Trump doesn’t want to give out his tax returns, then it’s his right not to, but if

twmp column

Did Senator Parson score a win in the 78th redo?

Bruce Franks unseating of Rep. Penny Hubbard produced one of the most bizarre electoral outcomes this week. Franks ran a Bernie Sanders-style campaign focused on change, pitting the Hubbard family as the same.  Of the race there were a few obvious winners starting with Franks, but also credit for his win should go to the

twmp column

Questions for the fall

As people see Facebook being covered in back-to-school pictures it means two things: 1) that in just a few weeks it’s Oktoberfest and 2) the fall campaign is just around the corner. With that in mind there are a few questions that will be answered this fall that will decide who represents the state in

twmp column

Winners and Losers from Primary Night and Those with Awkward Wednesdays

Winners Eric Greitens Obviously the winner of the primary of a lifetime was the big winner of the night. His ad campaigns were outstanding. You can typically figure an ad that the Post-Dispatch hates will go over with Republicans. He literally was all over the state, and had no qualms about calling his own newly-adopted

twmp column

Republicans and the media will miss Roger Ailes

In a stunning turn of events that most folks in Missouri won’t pay much attention to, a major shift in the east coast establishment occurred as Roger Ailes left Fox News after a string of sexual harassment complaints.  It might matter more to Missourians than you think. He was a leading senior statesman among national

twmp column

Will Missouri Republicans turn the AG office over to MU?

There are a lot of things going great in the state of Missouri, but one institution that has been struggling by any definition is the University of Missouri – Columbia. If you have to create a committee to whitewash your problems, it’s kind of its own admission that there are major problems to start with.

Top