Robert A. Cropf | St. Louis Public Radio

Robert A. Cropf

Cropf is a professor of political science Saint Louis University.

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Missouri Lottery website

State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, advances an interesting proposition: eliminate the Missouri State Lottery. More than 40 states have lotteries; and 23, including Missouri, use the funds to finance K through 12 education.

His plan is to place a referendum on the 2016 ballot for the voters to decide.

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It probably says something about our times that the book that’s sold out on Amazon is not the latest Twilight thriller but a dense, 700-pager by a French economics professor: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty. He’s also making the rounds of TV talk shows like an A-list actor promoting a new movie.

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St. Louis is actually doing better than the rest of the state in many areas of civic health. That’s the good news out of a recent report. The bad news is that while the state is average in many civic health indicators, it is near the bottom in important measures such as voting, public meeting attendance and regular family dinners.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 13, 2008 - Once upon a time, there were people who earnestly believed that the Internet would usher a new era of politics, one marked by more deliberation and reasoned discourse. This would, it was hoped, lead to better political decisions by the electorate and its leaders. These advocates also believed that technology would level the playing field between corporations and everyone else when it came to democratic speech.