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Jason Rosenbaum

Political Correspondent

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 and their two sons.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 28, 2011 -The Missouri House and Senate swiftly voted late Wednesday to approve a compromise map for the state's eight remaining congressional districts. The votes came soon after negotiators broke a stalemate that had heightened tensions within GOP ranks.

The map passed the House by a vote of 96-55, and then cleared the Missouri Senate, 27-7. The House margin is 13 votes short the number needed to override a potential veto from Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 28, 2011 - Following a whirlwind mix of legislative and executive action, Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law significant alterations to a ballot initiative strengthening regulations on dog breeding.

The compromise keeps intact some of Prop B's provisions, but it eliminates limits on how many dogs a breeder can keep and how often they can be bred. It also provides time for breeders to comply with space and exercise requirements and provides guidelines for veterinarian care.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 27, 2011 - U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, stopped by Crystal City on Tuesday to view a weakened section of the community's Mississippi River levee and to hear the Army Corps of Engineers' plan for shoring it up.

Carnahan's visit also was a reminder of his own efforts to shore up his political career, now under threat from the Missouri General Assembly.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 21, 2011 - Just two days after offering a compromise aimed at bridging opposing sides, Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, was once again on the hot seat about Proposition B, a ballot measure narrowly approved by Missouri voters last fall to regulate dog breeding operations -- and once again declined to state where he stands.

After the GOP-dominated legislature sent Nixon a bill to weaken numerous provisions of the initiative, the governor attempted to re-frame the issue Monday by offering an alternative that received support from some animal welfare groups, agriculture organizations and Republican legislators.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2011 - A bill to allow Ameren Missouri and a consortium of energy companies to recoup the costs of a site permit for a possible nuclear power plant appears dead for this year, according to a St. Louis senator who handled the bill.

The legislation would have authorized utility customers to pay roughly $45 million for an early site permit, which proponents say could pave the way for a new nuclear reactor in Callaway County. Legislative action is needed because of a law approved by voters in 1976, which restricts utility companies from passing along on construction costs to consumers. It's commonly known as CWIP.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 19, 2011 - For both sides in the battle over Proposition B, the clock is now ticking.

On Monday, many agricultural and animal-welfare groups announced that they had reached an agreement that "will strengthen requirements for the care and treatment of dogs and protect Missouri agriculture."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 13, 2011 - The Missouri House narrowly approved legislation Wednesday weakening various provisions of a voter-approved law regulating dog breeding, sending the contentious issue to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 7, 2011 - The Missouri House voted overwhelmingly today to approve a map that lays out boundaries for the state's remaining eight congressional districts. As expected, the map does away with the district now represented by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 7, 2011 - A group of Missouri state senators agreed today to drop their filibuster of a bill that authorizes the state to accept and distribute $105 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for the extension of unemployment benefits.

But in exchange, Senate Republican leaders agreed to seek $250 million in cuts in other federal stimulus spending.

This articla first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 7, 2011 - State House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, said Thursday that Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to add $1.1 million to enforce the state's existing dog-breeding regulations won't deter a legislative push to revamp or repeal Proposition B, which imposes further restrictions.

Tilley said he hadn't seen Nixon's proposal but did not think it would change the trajectory of the bill regarding Proposition B, which was narrowly approved by voters last fall.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 1, 2011 - For Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, not much differentiated Chicago from St. Louis in the 19th century. That is, he said, except for one big idea -- Chicago's willingness to adapt to transportation changes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, both St. Louis Democrats, have jointly condemned a congressional redistricting proposal that is expected to be approved by a Missouri House committee next week.

The two said in a statement the map -- which, in effect, does away with Carnahan's district and dramatically changes Clay's -- "emphasizes partisanship over fairness."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 17, 2011 - The outcome of legislation weakening voter-approved regulations on dog breeding could come down to how members of the Missouri House define "the will of the people."

If lawmakers gravitate toward the local definition of democracy put forth by state Rep. Ed Schieffer, then House members could send state Sen. Mike Parson's legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon. Proposition B measure failed overwhelmingly in the Troy Democrat's district, prompting the three-term lawmaker to support Parson's measure.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 14, 2011 - Some policymakers and observers involved in a push to build a new nuclear reactor in Callaway County say the crisis at a Japanese nuclear reactor won't have much impact on legislative action in the Show Me State.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 10, 2011 - An overflow crowd packed two Missouri Capitol committee rooms Wednesday to hear testimony on bills that could pave the way for a new nuclear reactor in Callaway County.

Legislative action is needed because of a construction work in progress (CWIP) law approved by voters in 1976: It restricts utility companies from passing on plant construction costs to consumers. The two pieces of legislation before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions and Urban Affairs would allow Ameren and a consortium of energy companies to make ratepayers pay for a site permit for a potential nuclear reactor.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 6, 2011 - For Rich Magee, last year's election cycle showed promise for St. Louis County Republicans. But he said there's still work to be done.

Magee should know. Even though Republicans captured two previously Democratic state House districts and propelled John Lamping to victory in the 24th state Senatorial District, the party fell short in well-funded bids for St. Louis county executive and a St. Louis-area congressional seat. And Magee -- the mayor of Glendale and chairman of the St. Louis County Central Committee -- narrowly lost a bid for the state House against state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 5, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon defended Thursday his frequent travels around the state, saying that voters didn't elect him to "to be cloistered'' in Jefferson City. And by Friday, his likely nemesis for 2012 -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder -- was doing some defending of his own.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2011 - When lawmakers considered repealing a voter-approved measure in 2009 prohibiting utility companies from passing on construction costs to consumers, then-Sen. Joan Bray said interests pushing the measure "overreached."

"There were too many angles in this bill that gave too many people something to hate in it," said Bray in 2009, who at the time represented a state Senate district in St. Louis County.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 28, 2011 - When Proposition B regulating dog breeding in Missouri eked out a victory last November, its passage almost immediately sparked talk of repeal or rewrite among some rural legislators.

"To represent my district well, we would just as soon throw it out," said state Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, who sponsored a bill to repeal Proposition B.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 23, 2011 - Stymied by the Missouri General Assembly, organizations in recent years have used initiative petitions to achieve their aims.

In the last few elections, groups successfully have pushed measures eliminating casino loss limits, increasing regulations for dog breeders and forcing St. Louis and Kansas City to vote on the future of their earnings taxes. The first two items would have had a hard slog in the legislature, where there was marked opposition.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 11, 2010 - In his last year as House Speaker, Rod Jetton didn't care about what went on in the Missouri House.

That wasn't a matter of opinion. The Republican from Marble Hill, Mo., openly admitted that his dwindling time in elected office -- forced by Missouri's legislative term limits -- reduced his interest in the affairs of state.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 6, 2010 - The Missouri General Assembly gaveled into session today, kicking off a five-month odyssey that's expected to focus heavily on the state's budget and lawmakers' ethics.

The first day's session had little formal business, beyond swearing in new state Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis County, and canceling Thursday's session because of a bad weather forecast. House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, both addressed their respective chambers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 31, 2009 - In an election year, the Missouri Legislature often finds its focus split between policy and politics. This coming session is shaping up to fit that mold, with bipartisan concerns over the state's budget problems expected to share floor time with potentially partisan posturing over political ethics.

Gov. Jay Nixon jumped into the fray this week over ethics, when he became the latest in a growing list of officials in both parties to offer proposals aimed at curbing what both sides agree is a growing public perception that some state lawmakers have been behaving badly, professionally or personally.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10, 2009 - Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement shortly after 5 p.m. -- “Thankfully, reports this morning of an incident in the Governor’s Office Building in Jefferson City turned out not to be true. I sincerely appreciate the quick response of area law enforcement to this situation. The men and women of the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Capitol Police and the Jefferson City Police Department should be commended for their swift action. As we saw by their quick response this morning, Missourians should have faith that our law enforcement agencies stand ready to protect them and their families in time of need.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2009 - As a veteran state budget planner, Linda Luebbering assisted in steering the state's fiscal ship during some turbulent economic times.

Luebbering was state budget director for Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat whose budgetary fights with the Missouri General Assembly likely attributed to his political demise. The state had to deal with declining revenue brought about by a weakening economy and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2009 - When Jay Nixon stopped by a Columbia residence in November 2007, he wasn't shy about talking about expanding the state's Medicaid program.

At the time, Nixon, the longtime attorney general, was seeking to oust then-Gov. Matt Blunt from office. He opposed the Republican governor's decision to cut back the state's Medicaid eligibility.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 16, 2009 - While this year's veto session passed without any substantive action, lawmakers are bracing for what could be a very difficult battle next year over the state's budget.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a number of bills over the summer, including bills to repeal restrictions against riding motorcycles without a helmet and to allow the state's Public Defender Commission to have greater control of its caseload. The first-term Democratic chief executive also struck out several line items in the state's budget in an effort to prepare for a difficult budgetary year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 21, 2009 - Prosecutors and public defenders commonly spar in the courtroom. But their courtroom antagonism spilled into the political arena over legislation to allow public defenders to cap their caseloads.

Faced with legislation they said would be disastrous to the criminal-justice system, prosecutors went into overdrive, saying the measure would gum up the system. For their part, public defenders argued the cap was needed to limit a caseload they say is out of control.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2009 - The only announced Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, is now targeting the "fresh face'' from Clayton High School -- visiting Washington University law professor Thomas Schweich -- who is being promoted as a Senate alternative by one of the state GOP's elder statesmen, retired U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2009 - The Missouri Legislature ended its 2009 session much as it began almost five months ago, with Gov. Jay Nixon's economic development bill taking center stage -- and his quest to expand health care for the poor fading into the shadows.

During Friday's final frenzy of votes, the state Senate and House each OKed the massive economic development bill, ending a multi-month Senate stalemate that had revolved around the rising use of state historic tax credits to bolster redevelopment in St. Louis and other older urban areas.

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