Missouri veto session displays political divide
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri is no stranger to divisive politics. During the Civil War, the state had two men claiming to be governor.
Yet at no time in Missouri history has there been a General Assembly and governor more at odds over which measures ought to be laws than right now.
During a veto session last week, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature overrode 57 vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon affecting state spending, abortion, gun rights and other things. Not only did that set a single-year record, it nearly doubled the total amount of veto overrides that had succeeded since 1820.
Some political scientists say the overrides reflect the increasingly polarized nature of Missouri politics. They say Missouri's term limits have also created an atmosphere in which lawmakers must act quickly to accomplish their priorities.