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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, 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 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.

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 7, 2009 - After going through a legislative labyrinth, the Missouri Legislature acted late Thursday to approve a federal stimulus bill that includes $12 million in one-time aid for the St. Louis area's financially troubled Metro transit system.

The bill, HB22, now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, where a spokesman said earlier Thursday that the governor remained concerned about the bill's $381 million price tag and "will review it very closely."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2009 - To get a budget passed by Friday's constitutional deadline, the Missouri Legislature has taken action that appears to put off until next week a final battle over warring efforts to expand access to health care.

But all sides are pessimistic, saying there's not much hope for Gov. Jay Nixon's plan that called for expanding state health care coverage to 35,000 Missouri adults at no cost to state taxpayers. The Missouri Hospital Association and several business groups backed that plan, which called for the hospitals to pay higher fees to the state, which would be used as matching money for more federal health-care dollars.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2009 - After a fiery exchange over a budget bill that included an expansion in eligibility for the state's Medicaid program, two first-year state representatives accused one of Gov. Jay Nixon's aides of offering political favors in exchange for a favorable vote.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 6, 2009 - The Senate isn't likely to take up a package of projects funded with federal stimulus dollars until debate over the state's operating budget is complete. But one of the Senate's top Republicans says the bill -- which includes $12 million to help St. Louis' Metro transit system -- is in jeopardy.

In fact, Senate Majority Leader Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, used even stronger language to handicap the bill's chances of making it through the Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 30, 2009 - A $12 million allotment for St. Louis' Metro transit system received a serious blow on Thursday when the Missouri House voted down a bill including Metro and other projects to be funded with federal stimulus dollars.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder alleged in a conference call shortly after the vote that Gov. Jay Nixon had been working behind the scenes against the bill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2009 - Republicans in the Missouri House threw a monkey wrench into the budgetary process with a proposal to use Missouri's share of federal stimulus money to cut the state income tax by $1 billion.

But with three weeks remaining in the session, both Democrats and Republicans are skeptical that a tax cut can pass. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 22, 2009 - At a press conference Thursday morning, AmerenUE announced that it would no longer seek to build a second nuclear plant. That news came following a consensus in Jefferson City that the CWIP bill would not pass this session.

AmerenUE had spent $75 million on licensing fees and other preparatory work. Those costs will not be passed on to the ratepayers, the company said. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2009 - Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly saw themselves as a bulwark against Gov. Jay Nixon when the session began. But with roughly a month to go before lawmakers adjourn for the year, Republicans seem to be turning their aim away from the Democratic governor and instead targeting each other.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2009 - As Metro's cuts go into effect, lawmakers in the Missouri General Assembly are weighing starkly different responses.

State Rep. Rachel Storch, D-St. Louis, argues the state needs to take immediate action; she proposes an emergency spending bill to ease a nearly $45 million deficit.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 18, 2009 - In 2000, Republican Jim Talent almost won his bid for Missouri governor with a highly effective TV ad campaign asserting that Democrats, who then controlled the Legislature, had failed to fulfill the state's promise to use the income from the state's gambling casinos to increase spending for education.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 5, 2009 - The Missouri Legislature is considering bills to change the way hospitals report serious medical errors.

The bills deal with so-called "never events," which are mishaps considered unacceptable at health-care facilities. They include having a foreign object left inside a patient during surgery or surgery performed on the wrong body part or receiving care from somebody impersonating a health care professional.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 20, 2009 - Gov. Jay Nixon says that billions of dollars in federal stimulus money is a pathway toward transforming Missouri's economy and infrastructure.

But to state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, the stimulus money is more like a wild party that will eventually end -- with the cleanup having monumental consequences for future budgets.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 11, 2009 - A St. Louis-based anti-abortion group is trying to put a ban on state funding for embryonic stem cell research into the Missouri Constitution, a shift in strategy after efforts to ban specific stem cell research procedures failed.

In 2006, Missouri voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment barring the Missouri General Assembly from interfering with any stem cell research allowed by federal law. The measure, commonly known as Amendment 2, protects a practice called somatic cell nuclear transfer.