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Jeff City insiders are abuzz about how Guv. Jay Nixon gently dealt with a member of his cabinet who ran an entire state department like a tyrant.  The male official was described by multiple colleagues and underlings as “behaving like a monster and mismanaging through fear, threats, yelling, cursing and intimidation.”  It got so bad, department employees were threatening a march on the governor’s office.  And several employees who were fired or chased out of their posts by the department dictator have lawyered up.  But rather than firing the disastrously churlish department chief, Nixon appointed him to another publicly-funded job with a nice title, away from the capital city.  Nixon said the out-of-control cabinet member had “done a tremendous job” and now will “continue serving the people of Missouri in an important position.”


In a report last night on the Milwaukee archdiocesan bankruptcy, CNN’s Ted Rowland questioned whether New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan improperly moved $74 million to a fund for individual parishes there (to “shelter” it, according to one internal church memo). Months ago, lawyers for 570 alleged victims of Wisconsin predator priests leveled similar charges, accusing Dolan of illegally moving $55 million into a cemetery maintenance fund when he headed the archdiocese from 2002-2009. Rowland interviewed a now-retired archdiocesan vice chancellor, Fr. Jim Connell, who said the church needs action from the very top to come clean. The Cardinal, a Ballwin native, refused to be interviewed for the piece. And on Wednesday, Dolan was deposed in a civil abuse suit as he prepares to head to Rome to help elect the next pope.


Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich flew back to Baton Rouge with Missouri Lincoln Days keynote speaker Gov. Bobby Jindal.  He had been asked to brief Jindal on several issues during his return trip, and reportedly they were talking the entire trip back after the plane had landed.  Gov. Jindal is chairman of the Republican Governors Association.  Could this point to a higher office for Schweich to seek in 2016?. . .Native St. Louisan and famed caricaturist Al Hirschfield might be amused if he knew that the N.Y.C. theater bearing his name will be home to a new musical opening April 4.  Titled “Kinky Boots,”  it is written by Harvey Fierstein with songs by Cyndi Lauper about a down-and-out shoemaker and his drag queen partner. . .MLB’s hot shortstop Derek Jeter has endorsed everything from Avon’s Driven to Ford.  Interesting, since he drives a Mercedes. . .Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is unemployed, word in Hollywood is that he may run for mayor of Beaver, Utah.

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