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State Sen. Brian Nieves is leaving the Senate the same way he entered it — by blasting the “establishment” and local Republicans that he doesn’t approve of.

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  • John Dickerson Slate Magazine
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WASHINGTON — Is it possible that the 2016 presidential campaign is already a mess? You're probably not thinking much about it, which is healthy. No wonder you're looking so trim and your cheeks are pink. But the candidates in the thick of it can't ignore the noise, and that's not healthy.

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Our democracy depends on local journalism, whether it's a beat reporter slogging through yet another under-attended local commission meeting, or a state political reporter with enough of an ear to the ground to know where the governor might be when he isn't where he says he is, or a traffic …

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Do you exist?  John Dickerson, Slate political writer, asked that question of his readers recently. That got us at MoGrapeshot wondering the same thing.

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There were few local surprises in Tuesday’s primary election. The contested races were mostly on the Republican ballot and the outcomes were, for the most part, predictable.

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Gov. Jay Nixon’s campaign took exception to statements made by Republican rival Dave Spence on the state of Missouri’s economy in a recent article in The Missourian. Spence claimed Missouri leaders are following a broken business model. Zac Wright, a member of the Missouri Democratic Party, …

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