Gov. Nixon Walking Political Middle
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.