First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their well wishes and congratulations. I am honestly blown away by it all and feel humbled by all the kind words. I hope to stop by the Missouri Capitol again while the legislature churns.
I didn't mention anything about the future of this blog yesterday, because I'm honestly not sure what will come of it. I don't plan on adding any state government-related content here after tomorrow. I will, however, still be contributing commentaries to KBIA on a semi-regular basis. So I may continue to post them here for organizational purposes. And if there's a new venture that's separate from this site, I will obviously post the address.
Here is my latest commentary. I'll post some videos from the first day of session tomorrow:
With his permission, I will reprint the letter in full right here:
Nice commentary on ethics reform. I thought I would drop you an email for a clarifcation on my view.
To be clear, I do support a ban on lobbyist gifts. As you stated in
your report, House Democrats have been sponsoring such legislation for
at least 5 years. I still support the idea. My opinion is the same.
Connor's implication, that I'm opposed to it now just because Tilley
is for it, is wrong. Truth is, I don't know Connor. I've never met him.
It is surprising how much one can assert another's position without
ever talking to them.
My point is that to bring real reform we should reinstitute campaign
finance limits. You know my agruments so I won't rehash in this email.
My skeptical remarks about Tilley's proposal were made because he, nor
Shields, will not join others, even Republicans, who agree with this
House & Senate Leadership won't let any campaign finance limit bill
to advance, a Democrat or Republican sponsored one. If they did, I
would support that effort and publicly renounce my criticism.
So, I predict that at the end of the session, we will pass an ethics
reform bill that will be watered down but supported by all. Victory
will be declared but real reform will not come to the Capitol until
limits are reinstated.