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Jason Rosenbaum

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Since entering the world of professional journalism in 2006, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon. Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Rosenbaum's work appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and the Riverfront Times' music section. He also served on staff at the St. Louis Beacon as a politics reporter. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University. They have two sons, Brandon Todd Rosenbaum and Declan Todd Rosenbaum.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After being sworn in for a historic fourth term, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay pledged to pursue his work with “hope – and with a sense of great urgency.”

Both Slay and St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green were sworn in on Tuesday for four-year terms. Slay made history earlier this month when he won the general election to a fourth four-year term. 

Slay effectively won his latest term in March when he defeated St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and former Alderman Jimmy Matthews. He then easily won his general election campaign over Green Party nominee James McNeely.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The leaders of an effort to refurbish the grounds around the Gateway Arch say that the project is on track to be finished in time for the monument’s 50th birthday.

At CityArchRiver 2015’s report to the community, representatives from the public-private partnership joined representatives from the National Parks Services, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Great Rivers Greenway and Haley Sharpe Design to update the $380 million project. Several hundred people watched the presentation at the Ferrara theatre in downtown St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The director of the Missouri Department of Revenue has resigned his post, a move that comes as the agency’s actions have drawn widespread fire in the Missouri General Assembly.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s office announced on Monday afternoon that DOR director Brian Long resigned his post effective immediately. No reason was given. Nixon, a Democrat, named John Mollenkamp – the agency's deputy director – as acting director of the department.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When Chris Koster first ran for attorney general in 2008, the phrase "Koster the Imposter" was thrown around as commonly as promises to be tough on crime.

That's because Koster had made the unusual move of switching political parties. Some Missouri Democrats contended that Koster was an opportunist who didn't believe in the party's beliefs or principles. Consequently, Koster barely won a heated Democratic primary over state Reps. Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris, a contest in which his political convictions and Democratic credentials were constantly under attack.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Attorney General Chris Koster won’t appeal a federal court decision striking down a new state law that allows employers to exclude contraception, abortion or sterilization from insurance coverage.

Koster, a Democrat, asked the federal judge who wrote the decision to amend her ruling so that religious organizations could exclude contraceptive coverage if they’re exempt under federal law.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Amidst legislative wrangling and uncertainty, the MoHealthNet Oversight Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday in support of expanding Medicaid.

The committee – which was set up in 2007 after lawmaker restructured the program – voted 8-2 with one abstention for a resolution “strongly encouraging the Missouri General Assembly and the governor to pass and sign enabling legislation in the 2013 session” expanding the program to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That's about $26,000 a year for a family of three and  $32,000 a year for a four-member family.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley told reporters that he will do what it takes to stop state legislation to nullify the county’s foreclosure mediation ordinance.

“I think it’s a bad decision. I think St. Louis County is doing what’s in the best interest of St. Louis County,” Dooley said. “I’m always going to find myself doing what is the best interest of St. Louis County. This council indicated they wanted this bill for mediation for its constituency, which was hurt severely in the foreclosure debacle. And that’s where I stand.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel won’t run for governor in 2016, a decision that removes a Democratic obstacle in Attorney General Chris Koster’s potential run for the office.

Mike Pridmore, the campaign spokesman for the two-term statewide official, told the Beacon that the age of Zweifel’s daughters were prime factor in his decision. Term limits prevent Gov. Jay Nixon from running again, which means the office will be open in 2016.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Sen. John Lamping emphasized on Monday that the Missouri Senate wouldn’t pass any Medicaid expansion in 2013, preferring instead to look to next year to resolve the issue.

And the Ladue Republican's assessment didn’t change after Gov. Jay Nixon spoke with the Senate Majority Caucus on Tuesday, a meeting roughly a week after he met with House Republicans.

Former President Bill Clinton gestures as he explains a point to hundreds of students at this year's Clinton Global Initiative on the campus of Washington University.
Jerry Naunheim Jr. I WUSTL Photos

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Former President Bill Clinton received a fascinating hypothetical question near the tail end of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

A college student asked the 42nd president whether he would prefer to serve eight more years as leader of the free world or to complete 16 goals of the Clinton Global Initiative. While Clinton is constitutionally barred from being president again, he indicated he wouldn’t seek the office again even if it were possible.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: One week after discussing Medicaid expansion with House Republicans, Gov. Jay Nixon will sit down Tuesday morning with Republican members of the Missouri Senate to talk about the issue.

But the meeting may not go too smoothly. On Monday, the top Republican in the Missouri Senate indicated that Medicaid expansion may be dead for the session. And another senator told the Beacon in no uncertain terms that the Senate won’t approve either an expansion of the program to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or a Republican proposal that passed out of a state House committee last week.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If tech-savvy individuals want to engage in a cringe-worthy exercise, have them download a full archive of their Tweets.

The results aren’t pretty. When this writer joined Twitter back in April 2008, the first Tweet I hurled through cyberspace was: “This confuses me.” The second missive issued just two hours later – “Things” – probably wouldn’t qualify as a literary marvel, either.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In proceedings that his attorney called a “lynch mob” and a “sham,” the Ellisville City Council voted Monday to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office.

But the beleaguered leader of the small west St. Louis County municipality said his fight will move from the council to the St. Louis County Circuit Court, a venue where he and his lawyer predicted he would win his job back.

Former President Bill Clinton chats with volunteers at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Washington University is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative University this weekend, an event that's expected to bring nearly a thousand students from all over the world to the private institution.

The event is aimed at bringing some of the world’s most prominent thinkers together with hundreds of college students from around the country. Besides Bill and Chelsea Clinton, the weekend's guest roster includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. Comedian Stephen Colbert will interview Bill Clinton on Saturday.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - A bill that would effectively nullify foreclosure mediation ordinances in St. Louis and St. Louis County is on its way to the Senate.

State Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, and House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town & Country, sponsored legislation to “pre-empt” foreclosure mediation programs in counties or cities. The House voted by a 130-24 margin on Thursday to send the measure to the Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Much like a river itself, Proposition P has taken a meandering path. The sales tax increase had to weave its way through the General Assembly, be placed on the ballot by local legislatures and receive affirmative votes in St. Louis and St. Louis County

When all the votes were tallied, proponents of the proposition got what they wanted: voter approval in St. Louis and, by a narrower margin, St. Louis County. The 3/16ths of one-cent sales tax increase is set to provide tens of millions of dollars annually for local parks, regional trails and – perhaps most notably – improvements around the Gateway Arch grounds.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: President Bill Clinton is no stranger to Washington University.

The private university was home to the first presidential debate in 1992, when the then-Arkansas governor squared off in a rhetorical showdown with incumbent President George H.W. Bush and Texas businessman Ross Perot. Less than a month later, Clinton would defeat both men to become the nation’s 42nd president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri House has passed a new state budget without Gov. Jay Nixon's sought-after Medicaid expansion, but that doesn't mean Republicans are dropping the issue entirely.

The House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee is slated to vote Wednesday on HB700, a bill proposed by state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, to change the state's current Medicaid program dramatically.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Voters in St. Louis and St. Louis County approved Proposition P, a 3/16ths of one-cent sales tax increase to fund improvement around the Gateway Arch, local parks and regional trails.

In the city of St. Louis, Prop P passed with 67.2 percent in favor and 32.78 percent of voters disapproving.

In St. Louis County, after an early lead, Prop P found its support slipping dramatically. But with almost all the county vote in, the ballot measure squeaked through with 52.75 percent of the vote.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When St. Louis area voters go to the polls this week, it's fair to say that they won't be voting in any election that's achieved national prominence as did last August's primary. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A conservative group is turning up the heat on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration for a continued dispute regarding the Department of Revenue’s digital copying -- and retaining -- of documents to renew driver’s licenses or other sources of identification.

United for Missouri began a radio and television blitz this week to bring attention to the controversy, which was sparked last month when a Stoddard County man tried to get a conceal and carry endorsement on his driver’s license.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gov. Jay Nixon brushed off questions yesterday about gay marriage, an issue  now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Nixon, a Democrat, did express support for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. That's become an increasingly visible priority among gay rights groups and their allies.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Although Proposition P – or the “Arch tax” – is the best-known issue on Tuesday’s ballot, it’s really part of a crowd.

Dozens of contests are on St. Louis County ballots, including school board and fire district elections, proposed bond issues, and battles for city council and aldermanic seats – and mayor.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Washington University plans to spend $30 million on sustainability efforts over the next five years, a push that comes as the institution gears up to host a big meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The university announced on Wednesday afternoon that it plans to spend $30 million over the next five or six years on energy conservation projects.

Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Proposition P is perhaps getting the most attention for providing local funding for improvements on the Gateway Arch grounds, an unprecedented move aimed at sprucing up the St. Louis landmark.

But money for the Arch is a relatively small part of the sales tax increase, slated for an April 2 vote in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri General Assembly is at half time, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers are getting treated to a musical extravaganza from Beyonce.

Instead lawmakers are prepping for what could be a busy second half of the  session. Not only do lawmakers have to complete work on next year’s budget, but they must also tackle some substantial bills that – perhaps surprisingly – advanced in the first part of the session.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Auditor Tom Schweich sharply criticized the Missouri House and Senate for its contention that records from individual lawmakers are not covered under the state’s open records laws.

Schweich, a Republican, released audits of the House and Senate on Friday. Among other things, the audits criticized both chambers for not properly retaining e-mail correspondence. The audits then went on to question the contention that records from individual lawmakers aren’t subject to the state’s Sunshine Law.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed that a program providing incentives to science and technology companies is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that linking the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, to the tax credit bill -- known as SB 8 -- violated a constitutional prohibition against bills with multiple subjects.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Rep. Steve Hodges was a February surprise for southeast Missouri Democrats.

Before then, the East Prairie Democrat wasn’t considered a prospective candidate for the 8th congressional district seat. Soon after former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, announced her intention to resign to lead the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Hodges told reporters he wasn’t interested in the June 4 contest to succeed her in Congress. State Rep. Linda Black, D-Desloge, became the presumptive Democratic frontrunner.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Beau Willimon is a member of an exclusive caucus within the entertainment industry.

With the runaway success of his television show "House of Cards," the St. Louis County native is part of a bumper crop of entertainers who got their start at John Burroughs School in Ladue. Willimon joins Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" and Ellie Kemper of "The Office" as one of a creative troupe succeeding both in the limelight and behind the scenes.