Dave Drebes

Dave Drebes
Missouri's GOP legislative leaders achieve most of
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Missouri's GOP legislative leaders achieve most of their legislative goals

When assessing the winners and losers of the Missouri legislative session, the most straightforward scorecard is to assess the legislators against their pre-session goals.

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An inside look at the Missouri legislative session
11:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2008

An inside look at the Missouri legislative session

Better to be Quick than Wealthy

Two different efforts to make an end-run around the powerful teachers union lobby met with vastly different fates.

On the one hand was the bill that would allow for alternative certification of teachers, making it easier for professionals to make teaching a second career.

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Jefferson City Highway-Naming Blues
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Jefferson City Highway-Naming Blues

Last week, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, had a chance to achieve one of his top legislative priorities this session. The senator, who faces a tough re-election, was pushing for Missouri to rename Route WW as “Carl Edwards Drive.” Edwards grew up in Columbia and is now a star on the NASCAR racing circuit.  

Graham’s bill, SB 1099, was called to the floor for perfection. Perfection is the most critical part of a bill’s journey to become law. Once a bill has been perfected, it can no longer be amended and often wins final passage. 

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Jefferson City Highway-Naming Blues
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Jefferson City Highway-Naming Blues

Last week, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, had a chance to achieve one of his top legislative priorities this session. The senator, who faces a tough re-election, was pushing for Missouri to rename Route WW as “Carl Edwards Drive.” Edwards grew up in Columbia and is now a star on the NASCAR racing circuit.  

Graham’s bill, SB 1099, was called to the floor for perfection. Perfection is the most critical part of a bill’s journey to become law. Once a bill has been perfected, it can no longer be amended and often wins final passage. 

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