Gov. Nixon Walking Political Middle

5 years 9 months 1 week ago July 17, 2011 Jul 17, 2011 Sunday, July 17 2011 Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:33:23 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken the political middle-ground in his decisions on legislation.

Nixon appealed to fellow Democrats this year in vetoing several politically charged bills, including a congressional redistricting map that eliminated a Democratic district, a voter photo identification measure and legislation making it harder to win workplace discrimination suits. A few Democrats joined Republicans in overriding the redistricting veto.

But Nixon also allowed several bills to become law that were predominantly favored by Republicans, including new restrictions on late-term abortions, drug testing for some welfare recipients and a measure that seeks to allow Missouri to ignore parts of the new federal health care law.

Political scientist Peverill Squire, of the University of Missouri-Columbia, says Nixon has positioned himself in the middle of the political spectrum.

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