Senate sees back-to-back rounds of mudslinging
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Senate sees back-to-back rounds of mudslinging

Date: April 9, 2009
By: Brian Jarvis
State Capitol Bureau

  Intro: Just hours after an all-night filibuster turned despicably ugly, two Missouri senators continued to slam each other as soon as the next day's session began.

Brian Jarvis has more at the state Capitol.

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It began as a debate over tax breaks for businesses. It ended with allegations of unethical and even illegal behavior. Republican Cape Girardeau Senator Jason Crowell led a ten-hour filibuster against fellow Republican Senator John Greishiemer of Washington.   The next morning -- that same morning, rather -- the senators went right back at it. 
Actuality:  SNIT2.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: "You accused me of a crime last night. I didn't accuse you of a crime. All right, I want to make sure. You're not accusing me of anything illegal. If I get mad enough, trust me, you'll know it. What, are you threatening me? That's just the way it is. Are you now threatening me?"  
 
Greishiemer says Republicans need to compromise on economic development. Crowell says it's time to stand his ground.
From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Jarvis.

Intro: In light of a filibuster that devolved into personal attacks, Missouri Senators are saying the Chamber has reached a new low.

Brian Jarvis has more at the state Capitol.

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Filibustering over a tax break measure sponsored by their own party's leadership, Republicans spent all night and most of the next morning bombarding each other.

Watching from the sideline, St. Louis Democratic Senator Jeff Smith said he is disheartened to see mudslinging -- even when it comes from two members of the opposition party. 

 

Actuality:  SMITHJ3.WAV
Run Time: 00:19
Description: "Relationships are what makes this place work. And when people can't stand each other, then they filibuster each other's bills and they become blood enemies. And it really disrupts from, you know, the comradery and the companionship that makes this, one of the things that make this a great job."

Smith says a lack of civility ultimately makes it harder to get legislation passed on either side of the aisle.

From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Jarvis.  

 


  Intro: Just hours after an all-night filibuster turned despicably ugly, two Missouri senators continued to slam each other as soon as the next day's session began.

Brian Jarvis has more at the state Capitol.

RunTime:
OutCue: SOC
It began as a debate over tax breaks for businesses. It ended with allegations of unethical and even illegal behavior. Republican Cape Girardeau Senator Jason Crowell led a ten-hour filibuster against fellow Republican Senator John Greishiemer of Washington.   The next morning -- that same morning, rather -- the senators went right back at it. 
Actuality:  SNIT2.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: "You accused me of a crime last night. I didn't accuse you of a crime. All right, I want to make sure. You're not accusing me of anything illegal. If I get mad enough, trust me, you'll know it. What, are you threatening me? That's just the way it is. Are you now threatening me?"  
 
Greishiemer says Republicans need to compromise on economic development. Crowell says it's time to stand his ground.
From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Jarvis.