The Associated Press’ Monday analysis focuses on Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to stick to the political middle in this year’s bill signing process:
A year out from his re-election campaign, Nixon has just completed an annual bill signing season in which he managed to appeal to fellow Democrats by vetoing several politically charged bills while simultaneously appeasing Republicans by allowing legislation on several of their hot-button issues to become law.
“He’s positioned himself pretty well in the middle of the political spectrum,” said Peverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Republican-led Legislature sent Nixon nearly 150 bills this year. He vetoed 14, allowed three to become law without his signature and signed the rest by last week’s deadline.