A handful of progressive politicos who serve as the Missouri "super minority" party don't have as much power as they once did back in the 90s.
More to the point . . .
Whilst Kansas City leaders argued for social justice and trans rights . . . Rural area Republicans across the aisle BROUGHT BACK MORE MONEY TO THEIR HOME DISTRICTS during one of the biggest spending sprees in Missouri history.
Forgive our colloquial hot take . . .
The walnut bowl districts outplayed city slickers who can't seem to understand why unpopular opinions aren't resonating across the state.
For better and worse . . . Abortion slap fighting wasn't able to assist embattled Missouri Democrats.
Accordingly . . .
Here's even more perspective on the session that progressives are calling "dysfunctional" because they lost most of their big debates that were mostly over divisive culture war issues . . .
Over the course of five months, there were filibusters, procedural hijinks and ugly back-and-forths between members of the Senate’s conservative caucus and those aligned GOP leadership.
While not nearly as productive as typical sessions, lawmakers still managed to navigate the drama to approve the largest budget in state history and some long-sought legislative priorities.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
WINNERS Senate Women As one lobbyist put it, the women in the Senate were a "frequent remedy to the big feelings of many Senate men." Public schools Lawmakers spent the summer and fall holding hearings on critical race theory. School choice advocates were determined to pass legislation transferring money from school districts to their charter counterparts.