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Representative Jason Kander (D-44) sent out a constituent update on the General Assembly special session this afternoon via e-mail:

…Far too many Missourians looking for work can’t find it. We were called into special session to do our part to address that problem. People are counting on us to act. But if you’ve seen the paper this week about the special session in Jefferson City, I hope you’ll forgive me for admitting that I am, at this moment, frustrated….

….Unfortunately, due to a small minority of extremists in the House and Senate, we appear to be at a standstill. Let me be clear, this is not a Democrat vs. Republican thing.

Republicans control 70% of the seats in the legislature and Democrats are in accord on most major components of the economic development legislation we’ve been debating. Rather, it’s a Republican vs. Republican thing. After months of talking they are still so busy fighting one another they can’t seem to close a deal. And so our state stands to suffer.

Like so often in the legislature, blustering personalities and weak political rationales block progress….

“…blustering personalities and weak political rationales block progress…”

For the Grover Norquists of the world, that’s a feature, not a bug.