WEEKLY CAPITOL UPDATE
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 * Volume 6, No. 2
NIXON SURPRISES WITH COMMUTATION OF DEATH SENTENCE
I am very pleased to have received a majority of the vote in the November 2 election. I respect my opponent greatly for her willingness to keep the campaign on high ground and debate me on the issues. In an election year that saw mud-slinging campaign ads at best and outright lies at worst, I am proud not to have entered into the media fray. I received a great deal of feedback from those of you who appreciated this approach. Your response to my “Porch Swing Commentary” and “A Peaceful Boone County Moment” was loud and clear. You approved. If, by chance, you missed it or are due for another peaceful moment, you can view both ads from the website.
The past legislative session was tough and this session will be no different, but I intend to stay the course as a hard-working, reasonable, creative, and bipartisan legislator for Boone County. I firmly believe that the ideas that should be promoted in Jefferson City are the ideas that work best for Missouri citizens, not just those arising from one side of the aisle or the other.
As a member of the House Budget Committee last session…
During my campaign for re-election, I repeatedly used the slogan: “Let’s turn down the volume and silence the rhetoric.” For me, those words were more than a slogan. They will guide my activities as the Legislature convenes in Jefferson City this month.
Unfortunately, politics has become a sport for too many of us––politicians and voters alike. For many it’s a win or lose, zero-sum game, with no referee to throw the penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.
At a press conference called by new House Majority Leader, Steven Tilley to announce his choice for 2011 committee chairs, Rep. Chris Kelly took the high road and accepted his appointment graciously. But, knowing Chris, he didn’t fail to add his brand of levity to the gathering: “A reporter asked about a bond issue they […]
Click “Read More” to see a short video of Rep. Kelly’s acceptance of the Appropriations Committee chairmanship.
Rep. Steven Tilley, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, appointed three Democrats to serve as House Committee Chairs during the 2011 Session. Among them was Chris Kelly who will serve as the Appropriations Chair for Public Safety and Corrections. Click “Read More” to see video.
It has become far too common in the Missouri House for members of the minority party to be blocked from having their own sponsored bills move forward (even when they deal with local issues in the district). This session, largely due to his bipartisan efforts, four of the bills sponsored by Rep. Kelly passed or […]