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Jason Rosenbaum

Political Reporter

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 Richmond Heights 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, Jan. 18, 2012 - A St. Louis County Councilwoman sharply criticized advocates of an ordinance stipulating that abused women couldn't be turned away from shelters because of residency, saying that people pushing the change were engaging in "bullying, intimidation and shame."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 18, 2012 - A southwestern Missouri legislator -- House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard -- bested his two Republican rivals in the latest GOP financial jockeying for Missouri's open spot for secretary of state. But a rival, state Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, still holds an overall edge in the bank.

Schoeller is competing against Stouffer and state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville,  for the statewide office currently held by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - State Treasurer Clint Zweifel holds a commanding financial advantage in his race for re-election against his only announced GOP opponent, state Rep. Cole McNary, R-Chesterfield and the son of former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - Amid news that she could be facing more competition, former state Auditor Susan Montee collected more than $104,000 during the last three months of 2011, the most recent fundraising quarter for her bid this fall for lieutenant governor.

The period's campaign-finance reports are due today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - Still without a Republican opponent, Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $1,286,000 cash on hand for his re-election bid later this year.

Koster, a Democrat who was a Republican until 2007, brought in $137,075 during the final fundraising quarter of 2011 and spent $106,349.24. (Click here to view his report.)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 16, 2012 - U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello has picked his candidate of choice in the race this fall to succeed him in Congress.

The Belleville Democrat endorsed Brad Harriman, a former St. Clair County regional superintendent and fellow Democrat, in the contest to choose Costello's successor in Illinois' 12th congressional district. Harriman's campaign announced the endorsement from Costello with a press release Sunday afternoon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2012 - With billions of dollars of projects on the horizon, the Metropolitan Sewer District is facing pressure to change its contracting policies toward minorities and women.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2012 - State Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City, is reporting more than $442,000 in the bank for his bid for Missouri secretary of state, a haul that comes as his only announced Democratic rival dropped out of the contest.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 12, 2012 - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney added to his high-level Missouri support today, announcing the endorsement of a congressman from southwest Missouri as well as more backing from state lawmakers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 11, 2012 - In the first formal debate featuring candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Missouri, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Wildwood and former Treasurer Sarah Steelman of Rolla clashed over earmarks and a 2003 bill expanding prescription drug coverage.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2012 - After a contentious and at times unproductive 2011 session, the Missouri General Assembly officially returned Wednesday to tackle familiar issues -- and new challenges. The session runs until mid-May

The opening day was largely symbolic. Both House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, and Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, addressed their chambers. Then members of the House spent the early afternoon reading portions of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2012 - The St. Louis County Council voted without opposition to elect Councilman Mike O'Mara, D-Florissant, as its chairman, replacing Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton.

Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, becomes vice chairman.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 29, 2011 - State legislators are promising more than just a busy agenda this coming legislative session, which opens Jan. 4. After the failure of this year's regular and special sessions to pass a major economic development bill, legislators are now talking about more cooperation across the two GOP-controlled chambers as well as reform of the legislature itself.

As is common in election years, lawmakers say they want to police themselves better -- as well as change the structure of state government.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2011 - After Missouri's General Assembly failed to accomplish many of its goals this year in regular and special session, lawmakers are looking to next year to complete unfinished business -- and tackle complex issues.

The session starts Jan. 4.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2011 - As expected, seven candidates have filed by Tuesday's Illinois deadline to run for a soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat encompassing portions of the Metro East.

Three Democrats and four Republicans signed up with the Illinois Board of Elections to compete in the March 20th primary for the state's 12th congressional district seat. The deadline to file was Tuesday afternoon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 21, 2011 - Federal and local political figures were jubilant about a $20 million federal grant for improving access to the Gateway Arch in time for the monument's 50th birthday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 20, 2011 - Some Missouri lawmakers are expressing cautious optimism about the prospects of expanding the state's limited ban on texting while driving -- after a national agency suggested the move for all 50 states. Since early December, several Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed legislation to expand the texting-while-driving ban.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 20, 2011 - The St. Louis County Council quietly passed its 2012 budget Tuesday, bringing an end to an, at times, contentious process that showcased a rift between the council and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 20, 2011 - Kelvin Simmons, the commissioner of the state's Office of Administration, will leave his post next year.

Gov. Jay Nixon's office sent out a press release Tuesday morning saying that Simmons would leave his post Feb. 1. Simmons has been commissioner of the state agency since Nixon took office in 2009.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 16, 2011 - When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council forged a budgetary agreement earlier this month, it ended five weeks of bickering and contentiousness.

Still, the accord didn't end the process. On Tuesday, the council initially approved several bills making up the 2012 budget. And while some aspects of the budget are different from the one that sparked the firestorm earlier this fall, some prominent cuts -- especially to the county's parks department -- remain.

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