Nixon Appeals for Bipartisanship and Unity to Start 2nd Term
January 14, 2013

Georganne and Jay Nixon at Inaugural parade. Photo: Jefferson City Tribune

Georganne and Jay Nixon at Inaugural parade. Photo: Jefferson City Tribune

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appealed for bipartisanship and unity during his second inaugural address in Jefferson City Monday.
Nixon is the first Missouri Governor to start a second term since Mel Carnahan in 1997.
Nixon recalled his early years as a State Senator, when Missouri government was also divided.
Republican Governor John Ashcrfot had to deal with a very Democratic legislature at the time.
“But it was possible to disagree, while continuing to advance the public good. Cooperation wasn’t considered a sign of weakness, but rather a prerequisite for progress,” Nixon said in his 12 minute speech. He added, “progress is not partisan”.
Nixon noted Missouri’s own history has been very divided.
He talked about how during the Civil War the state had 12 Governors, some for the Union; some for the Confederacy.
“That my friends? That was hard politics,” he joked.
Nixon did not dwell on policy specifics in the speech before about 4,000 guests and officials on a cold, sunny day.
Details will come in a couple of weeks when Nixon gives his ‘ State of the State’ speech.
One of the Governor’s key proposals will be a plan to expand Medicaid in Missouri.
Many Republican lawmakers oppose that on the surface.
The state’s rural and small town hospitals support a Medicaid expansion. Hospitals are frequently to biggest employers in some Missouri communities.
The state Hospital Association may have a loud voice in the debate.
The super-majorities of Republicans in both chambers seem intent to press an agenda of tax cuts
Some of those cuts could be targeted to respond to the Kansas City area ‘border war’ with Kansas.
Kansas state tax incentives have been luring Kansas City Missouri area businesses across the state line with the Kansas tax breaks.
Those divisions, however, were not in the Governor’s inaugural speech.
“Together we can — and we will — build a bright future for the great state of Missouri in the greatest nation on earth.” Nixon said near the end of his address.

Is Missouri’s Carnahan Legacy at an End?
August 11, 2012

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carnahans have been on the ballot in Missouri for three generations, holding various state and federal posts for the better part of the last 68 years.
But the Democratic family’s name won’t adorn any public office next year, thanks to Rep. Russ Carnahan’s defeat Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District primary in St. Louis and Robin Carnahan’s decision not to seek re-election as Missouri’s secretary of state. Both will leave office in January.
Given the state’s increasingly Republican leanings and the thrashings the siblings have taken at the polls recently — Robin Carnahan lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican Roy Blunt in 2010 — is the family tradition nearing an end?
Though the Carnahans demur, others say the answer is yes, at least for the foreseeable future.
“It’s difficult to see how you would resurrect yourself from the back-to-back defeat of Robin Carnahan by such a sizable margin and the defeat of Russ Carnahan by an even more sizable margin,” said Terry Jones, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Even if the Carnahans tried again, other Democratic candidates would be unlikely to defer to them and could consider it time for a new face, Jones added.
The Carnahans themselves don’t rule out a comeback.
They note that the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, father of Robin and Russ, lost races for the state Senate in 1966 and governor in 1984 before winning the lieutenant governor’s office in 1988 and the governorship in 1992.
Recalling his father’s ups and downs, Russ Carnahan, 54, said in an interview Wednesday that “if you have a commitment to giving back to your community, I think you have a long view of how you do that.”
Carnahan, who was trounced 63 percent to 34 percent by Rep. William Lacy Clay on Tuesday, also repeated what he told his supporters after the election’s results were known: “For the rest, I’ll say, ‘Stay tuned,’ ” he said.
Robin Carnahan, 51, has been mum about her plans after January. She said in an interview this week that while she opted to leave the secretary of state’s office, “I’m young and Russ is young, so I don’t count this as an absolute end.”
Their political genes came from their father; their mother, Jean Carnahan, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate after her husband was elected posthumously; and their grandfather, A.S. J. Carnahan, who served in Congress from 1945-1946 and 1949-1960.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/carnahan-public-legacy-to-end-in-january/article_a17504be-e087-55a4-a275-298b7376b803.html