Missouri, slave or free

Missouri entered the Union as a slave state after being settled by immigrants from the South. During the Civil war, Missouri remained in the Union, but contributed men to both sides and possessed rival state governments, leading to bloodshed within the state boundaries. During the Civil war, only Virginia and Tennessee saw more intrastate warfare.

A Tale of 2 Marys

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times; it is four years since the TEA Party election of 2010. In Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, a career politician, is seeking re-election as governor and is likely to lose. In Wisconsin, Mary Burke, a political novice, is seeking to defeat Governor Scott Walker’s bid for re-election and is  likely to win. In both cases, the governors seeking re-election rode the TEA Party wave to election in 2010. While still influential in GOP politics, I believe (and hope) that the TEA Party wave has crested and is now in retreat.