THE TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! MISSOURI GOP "NO VETO" MAJORITY MIGHT NOT ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT!!!
Missouri reaffirmed its solidly "red state" credentials in 2012 with another overwhelming sweep of the State House And Senate but right now there's really not much to show for it.
To wit . . .
KICK-ASS JEFF CITY INSIDERS NOTE THAT MISSOURI'S GOP "NO VETO" MAJORITY MIGHT END THE SESSION WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR THEIR POLITICAL DOMINANCE!!!
"At the start of the session there was a feeling that we were going to see all kinds of far right initiatives with the votes to back it up. But the fact is that Republican are divided about their legislative agenda and they don't have any leadership that can unite them in any single direction."
Just a few months ago, crazy stuff like guns for teachers and massive cuts for the disabled were thought to be slam dunks. The reality is that not even teacher evaluations and tenure reform have been able to make it through the House. And the "NO VETO Majority" makes it impossible to blame Missouri Democrats for this fact of life.
Insiders tell us, behind the scenes the tone in Jeff City is far more moderate than anyone might have expected.
"With items like the austerity measures from Will Kraus - There's just no way that Republicans can go back to their home districts with nothing but cuts and huge reductions in services that are already struggling to stay afloat. What we're seeing is a great deal of diversity even within the Missouri's Republican Party . . ."
The insider continued and offered this money quote . . .
"The result of the GOP division in Missouri is that they're probably going to come away from this session without any banner legislation."
And so, just to sum things up clearly so that Steve Kraske can write about this 3 weeks from now . . . Pundits proudly proclaim Missouri's "red state" title but without anything significant accomplished at the legislative level in the General Assembly, that really doesn't mean much.
DEVELOPING . . .