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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, Nov. 30, 2011 - A smoldering feud between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and County Council Chairman Steve Stenger flared up Tuesday during a budgetary hearing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2011 - The St. Charles County Council likely won't send an indoor smoking ban next week to county voters. But that doesn't mean the potentially precedent-setting debate is over.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 22, 2011 - A botched attempt at raising property taxes earlier this fall earned St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley an unprecedented amount of criticism. Then he presented the county's 2012 budget in early November. A proposal to close a number of parks and lay off employees touched an especially painful nerve.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 22, 2011 - Two Missouri congressmen are joining the fight to free a University City man convicted of the rape and murder of a LaSalle Park woman in the 1980s.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 21, 2011 - Sen. Claire McCaskill sharply criticized the Missouri House once again for putting forward a non-binding resolution seen as a slight of Boeing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18, 2011 - Missouri House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is questioning Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to intervene in a raging controversy in St. Louis County over a proposal to shut down some county parks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 15, 2011 - State Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, formally announced this afternoon that he's running for lieutenant governor. His announcement comes just days after he said he was pondering the idea -- and just hours after state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, said he was as well.

Their interest stems from last week's decision by state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, to drop out.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 14, 2011 - A late October grant signing ceremony in Granite City was supposed to celebrate funding for a port. But the event was also a chance for dignitaries to shower retiring U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat from Belleville, with gratitude.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - House Speaker Steve Tilley announced he will not run for lieutenant governor next year, a move that could have dramatic implications for next year's election cycle.

In a statement, Tilley, R-Perryville, cited family concerns and the pressures of a statewide race for his decision.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10, 2011 - When Gov. Jay Nixon appeared this afternoon at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis County to sign the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, it was strictly a ceremonial occasion.

But a threatened legal fight is very real.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10, 2011 - City officials will take action tomorrow afternoon to take down Occupy St. Louis' encampment at Kiener Plaza.

Local members of the Occupy movement -- which is protesting economic inequality, among other things -- have been at loggerheads with the city over its protest site at the downtown St. Louis park. Slay and his administration argue that the protest area, which includes a number of tents, violates city ordinances. Protesters say any move to disassemble their site would violate their freedom of speech.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2011 - For many Americans, train travel has taken a back seat to the romance of cars and planes -- the lure of the open road and the open skies. But with gas prices climbing over the last decade and air travel becoming more arduous, some of the nation's decision-makers see high-speed as a more feasible alternative. Some politicians, including President Barack Obama, have embraced high-speed rail as a ticket to modernize infrastructure, connect cities and create construction jobs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2011 - Facing down the possibility that their encampment at Kiener Plaza could be dispersed, members of Occupy St. Louis met Thursday with Mayor Francis Slay's staff. But after two hours of discussion, the two sides failed to reach any solution acceptable to them both.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2011 - In effect, the St. Louis County village of St. George no longer exists.

And now, the Missouri House has an official independent with Tuesday's victory of Tracy McCreery, a Democrat who ran as independent as a result of a party squabble.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2011 - A week after proposing a budget that included steep cuts to St. Louis County parks, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is feeling the heat from county council members, environmental groups and members of the general public.

But even though he said he'll work with members of the St. Louis County Council on crafting a budget, the Democratic chief executive says a close examination of the area's parks system is needed in tough financial times.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2011 - Television viewers and radio listeners will hear a test of the emergency alert system Wednesday afternoon. But this exercise differs from exercises commonly conducted by local officials.

The test at 1 p.m. Wednesday is the first "end-to-end" nationwide test of the system -- a "diagnostic" exercise to see how the alert system would perform in the case of a major disaster or event, said Lauren Kravetz, a spokeswoman for the Federal Communications Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2011 - Ordinarily, special elections in politically polarized state House districts wouldn't offer any surprises.

But that's not the case in Tuesday's special-election contests in the Democratic-leaning 83rd District in central St. Louis County and the GOP-leaning 15th in St. Charles. Both are open seats because of last spring's local elections, in which the 83rd's legislator -- Democrat Jake Zimmerman -- was elected St. Louis County assessor, while Republican Sally Faith in the 15th was elected the new mayor of St. Charles.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 2, 2011 - In a budget that includes a variety of additions and subtractions, one item in particular rankled County Council Chairman Steve Stenger.

An executive summary of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's budget would eliminate snow removal on "subdivision streets in unincorporated St. Louis County during snow events of two inches or less." That move, according to the summary, would save $277,000 in overtime, fuel and salt in 2012.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 1, 2011 - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has proposed making steep cuts to parks in a proposed 2012 budget, calling for the shutdown of recreation areas throughout the county.

But at least one member of the County Council has said Dooley is trying to force the County Council to accept a tax increase.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood used a stop in Metro East Friday to stump for passage of federal transportation legislation, which he said would be a shot in the arm for a struggling economy.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2011 - A day after the Missouri Senate effectively killed the nearly two month long special session, members of the House Democratic Caucus called a news conference at the Wainwright State Office Building downtown to decry the General Assembly's inability to pass an economic development bill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2011U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., says he's concerned that Iran may be the major beneficiary of President Barack Obama's decision to pull virtually all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of this year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller formally launched today his expected bid for secretary of state, making him the third Republican -- but the first from southwest Missouri -- to seek the office in 2012.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - Sen. Jason Crowell may not be a household name to most Missourians.

But the Republican from Cape Girardeau is getting a lot of credit -- and blame -- for what passed and what didn't make it through the Missouri General Assembly's meandering seven-week special session, which ended today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Sen. Jason Crowell may not be a household name to most Missourians.

But the Republican from Cape Girardeau is getting a lot of credit -- and blame -- for what passed and what didn't make it through the Missouri General Assembly's meandering seven-week special session, which ended today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - The Republican race for secretary of state could more crowded by Monday.

House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, sent out a media advisory Friday with the title "Conservative State Representative Shane Schoeller toMake Major Campaign Announcement." He'll make the announcement on Monday on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse in Springfield.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - The Missouri House on Thursday sought to undo some public-relations damage by passing a resolution that praised the F/A-18 jetfighter built in St. Louis by Boeing.

Earlier this month, the House passed a resolution that appeared to insult Boeing by lauding a rival aircraft built by Texas-based Lockheed Martin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - Technically, the Missouri General Assembly remains in special session. But practically, it's all over.

The Missouri House decided Thursday to keep the dim hopes alive of reaching compromise on economic development legislation by voting to go to conference with the Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, known for his sports fever, plans to attend Thursday night's Game 2 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. He'll miss later games because of his trip to China, and wasn't at Wednesday night's opener.

Asked if he was trying to arrange a bet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Nixon told reporters Wednesday that he was "communicating."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2011 - Mike Jones, chairman of the region's China Hub Commission, says the effort to persuade China to locate a cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport remains alive despite the General Assembly's failure to pass related tax incentives.

But he acknowledges that the legislature did inflict a wound.

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