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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

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TWMP: The St. Louis Blues’ Chris Zimmerman, Speaker Richardson and Right-to-Work

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, Chris Zimmerman, the president and CEO of the St. Louis Blues comes by the studio to discuss the success of the Winter Classic and the team’s hopes of renovating the Scottrade Center to remain competitive with other stadiums across the country. “We have generated well over

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TWMP: Jay Ashcroft, Trump and Christmas

On a holiday edition of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn welcomes Secretary of State-elect Jay Ashcroft to discuss his transition into the role, his plans for the office and what the results of the election showed. “This is an election where the people stood up and said, ‘We’re tired of government officials

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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