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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, Oct. 17, 2011 - Amid uncertainty about the composition of their turf, incumbent state senators in St. Louis County continued to bring in sizable hauls for their expected re-election bids.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - JEFFERSON CITY - Six appellate court judges tasked with reconfiguring Missouri's state legislative map for the next 10 years heard public testimony about how they should draw the lines.

Some, like Republicans, argued for maps with few changes; others, such as a bipartisan group from St. Louis, wanted maps to preserve the region's clout; another group argued for districts with more electoral competitiveness; yet another argued for districts that wouldn't dilute the influence of minority voters.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2011 - Next week could be the last chance for Missouri lawmakers to pass an economic development bill in the special session of the Missouri General Assembly.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2011 - High-profile New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attracted more than $500,000 for the Missouri Republican Party at a fundraiser Monday night, one of several that he headlined while in the St. Louis area Monday and today.

Christie's string of local GOP gatherings ended with a breakfast this morning for Republican congressional candidate Ann Wagner.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 3011 - In July 1983, George Allen Jr., of University City, was convicted of the brutal murder, rape, sodomy and first-degree burglary of Mary Bell in her home in the LaSalle Park neighborhood of St. Louis.

Now, almost three decades later, attorneys are seeking to free Allen, arguing that he's an innocent man wrongly convicted.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 25, 2011 - Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, kept his opinions to himself during Friday's debate over restrictive language that some abortion opponents wanted to add to the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act. Known as MOSIRA for short, the act calls for tax breaks to encourage job-creation in scientific research.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - The Missouri House and Senate adjourned Friday -- but perhaps not for good -- as both sides continued to haggle over the economic development package that was supposed to be the centerpiece of the special session.

Friday marked the end of Week 3. Both chambers adjourned in such a way that they can regroup if behind-the-scenes negotiations result in an agreement.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - The Missouri House swiftly voted 139-2 this morning to change the state's newly enacted "Facebook law" that, according to the courts, apparently barred most social-media communication between teachers and students.

The House's approval of the bill, already OKed by the state Senate, sends the measure on to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - The proposed economic development package that prompted the Missouri General Assembly's special session remained in limbo Friday after both chambers adjourned -- but not necessarily for good.

Both said the chambers could reconvene if a deal is struck in the next few weeks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - Trapped amid Missouri's grappling over passage of economic development legislation is a push -- sought by leaders of both major parties -- to move Missouri's primary from February to March.

That legislation was included in Gov. Jay Nixon's special session call after the governor vetoed a more wide-ranging election bill earlier in the summer. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 22, 2011 - Missouri Senate leaders reaffirmed at a news conference this afternoon that they still have sharp differences with the Missouri House over a proposed economic development package and offered little hope of reaching a Senate-House compromise to rescue the troubled special session now in its third week.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - The St. Louis Police Officers Association elected a president last week who has spoken out against ending state control of the city's police department. But the association's business manager said he doesn't expect the development to affect pending "local control" legislation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 15, 2011 - The Missouri General Assembly held a veto session Wednesday without attempting any veto-override votes -- a fact that irked some Republican legislators and surprised a few Democrats.

"People's heads were spinning,'' said state Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2011 - In the midst of the special session's heated debate over an economic development package, both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly have decided to adjourn until next Wednesday in an effort to cool down the rhetoric and engage in behind-the-scenes talks.

The discussion -- or perhaps, the disagreement -- has apparently caught the attention of the Chinese government.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 13, 2011 - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, announced this morning that he plans to present the Senate with a substitute bill to reduce drastically the proposed tax credits for a proposed China cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 12, 2011 - The Missouri Senate gave first-round approval Monday afternoon to a bill aimed at correcting language in a newly enacted law -- already in the courts -- that appears to ban most private teacher-student interaction on the Internet, including via email, Facebook and Twitter.

This aricle first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 30, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon offered on Monday his first detailed defense of his decision to withhold $170 million from the budget for the current fiscal year in the name of disaster relief -- a move that's being challenged in court by state Auditor Tom Schweich.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2011 - A firm that distributes some of the larger free publications in the St. Louis area -- as well as the Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals -- wants retailers to sign on to a plan that other publishers say could shut them out of their traditional locations.

St. Louis is home to scores of free publications placed near retailers' entrances or in news bins on street corners. And wide availability of these periodicals is often critical to attracting readership and capturing advertising dollars.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When the Department of Homeland Security released a list in May of cities that qualified for the Urban Area Security Initiative program, Kansas City didn't make the cut -- even though it's been receiving funds since 2003.

This year, St. Louis was the only city in Missouri to receive part of the $662.6 million allocated toward preventing or responding to terrorism, and it will likely receive a smaller slice -- about $5.97 million -- than in the 2010 budget year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For Mike Eads, a federal grant program to help local fire departments forestall layoffs provided some extra firepower in a crisis situation.

Eads is the fire chief at the Neosho Fire Department in southwest Missouri. In February, it received $780,643 from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. SAFER is one of many grant programs under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's grant programs directorate -- part of the Department of Homeland Security -- that provides funds to local agencies.

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