TheSource posted a video in which Governor Nixon is depicted as being absent from leadership (unless it's a natural disaster or football victory). The state GOP issued a similar criticism when it said that Nixon sat on the sidelines during the effort to change the presidential nominating process. Party Chairman David Cole wrote,
This is yet another example of Nixon’s absolute refusal to lead. He had ample time to express his concerns as this bill was being crafted, debated, and passed by an overwhelming number of Republicans and Democrats. Instead, he chose to remain on the sidelines—and Missourians will suffer."
Now the governor has opted to do nothing about the legislature's tightening up language around when a late-term abortion is permissible. Free and easy access to abortion on demand is such an article of faith for the Left that we're surprised the usual bloggy suspects (FiredUpMissouri, ShowMeProgress) have not made hay of Nixon's passive endorsement. We are sure it is coming...
Nixon's apologists can't claim political expediency, either. His veto of the legislature's congressional redistricting was promptly overturned, something he had to know would happen.
Perhaps Nixon is ashamed to be a Democrat. Or maybe he's pretending not to be a Democrat. At times, though, it seems he's pretending not to be governor. This criticism is nothing new. Here's how Tony Messenger described it in January (we recommend you read the whole article):
He promised more education funding. It has been cut. He said he would undo Medicaid cuts. He hasn't. He said he would increase college scholarships for Missouri high school students. Instead? More cuts.
And in the last election cycle, both Democrats and Republicans accused Nixon of being AWOL.
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Efforts to use public funds to revive Kansas City's jazz district have failed, and likely always will.
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.