Sunday, May 31, 2009

Week 20: Nixon's Grade

While Governor Nixon did not win an agreement to expand healthcare to low-income parents this legislative session, he did attain a smaller victory on a $40 million dollar program designed to expand healthcare training programs at colleges and universities. It's a less controversial initiative, but one that Nixon says will make tangible progress towards his number one priority: creating jobs. When you can please the higher education folks at the same time, it's even better. Nixon also won some favorable press in a look back at his first session. Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon penned a comprehensive article showing why a "kinder, gentler" Nixon has (so far) been more successful than Missouri's last Democratic Governor. It's tough for the GOP to churn out serious attacks on Nixon when the Republican Senate Majority Leader is referring to the Governor as pragmatic and patient. Sure, Nixon can be political and partisan like the best of them. But it seems that even Republican leaders are willing to acknowledge his bipartisan attempts, despite broader ideological rifts.

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