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Gov. Mike Parson
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In the 18 months he has been in office, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has acted on just one of over 3,500 clemency cases. 

The Republican governor inherited a decades-old backlog of clemency requests. Some of the cases have been pending for several years, with multiple governors before Parson not taking action.

But Parson doesn’t seem to be in any rush to dive into what can be a politically risky part of the job. He declined to put one man’s execution on hold in October. Beyond that, he hasn’t denied or approved any other clemency applications. 

Former Gov. Bob Holden
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On this week’s edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome former Gov. Bob Holden, who held office from 2001-2005. This is part of an informal series where the journoduo attempts to interview all of the Show-Me State’s former chief executives about their time in office.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking is shifting gears this summer. With the legislature out of session, and the August primary on the horizon, we've decided to interview some of the state’s most prominent political consultants who play key roles behind the scenes.

This week, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis lawyer Jane Dueker to the show. 

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The relationship between the United States and China is important, as demonstrated by recent meetings between President Barack Obama and his counterpart, Xi Jinping.

A group of 37 Chinese students will begin arriving in St. Louis this week to attend Missouri Boys and Girls State, youth leadership programs held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 12, 2013: Missouri’s Boys State and Girls State will mark a national first over the next few weeks, as they host an expected 37 high school and college students from China – 16 boys and 21 girls – who will join the hundreds of Missouri teens who participate in the student-government program.

Money Stolen From Former Mo. Gov. Holden In St. Louis

Jan 18, 2013
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Former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden says his money was stolen while walking to lunch in downtown St. Louis.

Radio station KMOX reports that Holden says he was approached Wednesday by a man holding a gas can and asking for help. The former governor says he pulled out his money clip, and the man grabbed it and ran.

St. Louis police say no arrest has been made. It's not known how much cash the thief took.

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Updated 4:30 p.m. with copy from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner.

A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.

The group, “Fix the Debt Missouri,” joins a larger national group of political and business leaders urging bipartisanship in Washington – as the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms. Former Republican US Senator Kit Bond is one of the chairs of the Missouri chapter of the group, which announced its formation at the Missouri Capitol today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 22, 2011 - Political opponents, and even some allies, decry how the governor is handling his travel. At issue are the cost and frequency of his flights, ownership of the plane, and level of transparency.

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is currently in the midst of such a controversy. But so were his three predecessors -- Republican Matt Blunt and Democrats Bob Holden and Mel Carnahan.

The only difference was in the particulars.

Missouri ranks near bottom in anti-smoking efforts

Nov 18, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18, 2010 - WASHINGTON - Even though the state has one of the nation's highest smoking rates, Missouri ranks third from the bottom among the states in the amount it spends on programs to help smokers quit and prevent children from taking up the habit, a new study has found.

"Missouri has consistently ranked among the worst states in its funding of smoking prevention," says Vince Willmore, a vice president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "The problem is exacerbated because Missouri now has the lowest tobacco tax in the country" -- meaning that it costs less for people to smoke.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 10, 2009 - In 2003 and 2004, two of the state's top officials at the time -- then-Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, and Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway, a Republican -- often engaged in headline-grabbing and acrimonious battles over a variety of issues.

"He and I had many heated disputes,'' Hanaway acknowledges now.

But before a packed house at Webster University during a Holden Public Policy "Pizza and Politics'' forum, the two shared the stage for a joint discussion that couldn't have been more amiable.