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Why Americans are so enamored with election polls

The Republican pollster Frank Luntz warned on Twitter and elsewhere the other day that if preelection polls in this year’s presidential race are embarrassingly...

Capitol Perspectives: Further reflections on Gov. Mel Carnahan’s death

The recent thoughts written by others about the tragic death of Gov. Mel Carnahan two decades ago have prompted me to add some personal...

Handful of Missouri legislative races will determine fate of GOP super...

First things first, there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain: Missouri Republicans are in no danger of losing their legislative majorities. When the 101st Missouri General...

Missouri redistricting vote opens door to an experiment, regardless of outcome

State governments are unique political bodies that allow for experimentation in how rules and laws affect political outputs.   As Justice Louis Brandies pointed out –...

Missouri Politics in 2020: How did we get here?

I sat down to write this on the 20th anniversary of Gov. Mel Carnahan’s tragic plane crash. Much has changed for me since then, but...

Capitol Perspectives: The better angels of our nature

Before proceeding with this column, I want you to think about what you've read, seen or heard from the candidates running for state office...

Missouri teachers work two jobs for the price of one

Two minutes into our interview, I counted five yawns as the young teacher from southwest Missouri caught herself and apologetically assured me that my...

Remembering former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, 20 years after his sudden...

Today many young people are casting their first votes with no living memory of Missouri’s 2000 general election. But it’s worth remembering for an...

Introducing The Missouri Independent: ‘Detectives for the people’

Legendary New York muckraker Wayne Barrett was once asked to explain to his son’s elementary school what it meant to be an investigative journalist. He...

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