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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.”


A disclosure by the University of Missouri Curator Craig Van Matre has folks up in arms at UMSL, Mizzou, Kansas City and Rolla.  Van Matre, a Columbia lawyer appointed by Guv. Jay Nixon, disclosed to the Columbia Daily Tribune that the field of four finalists for the university president included “a candidate currently in academic management, a woman and a minority candidate.” None of this was publicly known, of course, because the Board of Curators picked the new president, Timothy Wolfe, in a process shrouded in secrecy worthy of the College of Cardinals winnowing the field for St. Peter’s Throne.  Wolfe is a white businessman with a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou, and he had been unemployed since last summer. He’s succeeded another white businessman, Gary Forsee, who was also unemployed before his hiring as president, because he was sacked as the CEO of Sprint. In an op-ed for the Columbia Missourian, Mizzou emeritus prof William “Gene” Robertson admonished, “Scrutiny of decision making is an inherent element that is prized at universities.  That process is assumed to be instrumental to educating future leaders.  Secret behaviors lead to notions of deviousness, which should not be considered at the beginning of new president’s tenure.”


Politicos from Sen. Claire McCaskill to Missouri state Auditor Tom “Owl Eyes” Schweich to Gov. Jay Nixon battle – with words and lawsuits – over disaster relief funds, perhaps Misourians victimized by the next tornado or flood will get a tad more federal aid if GOP hopeful Michelle Bachman replaces President Obama.  Bachman has a brother, Gary Amble, who lives in KC.  He happens to be a meteorologist for KCTV-5. . . .David Schwartz, the former Webster U. grad student who was terminated from his pusuit of a master’s degree in counseling for “lack of empathy,” will conduct an empathy workshop at the Zoo at noon tomorrow on the site of the polar bear exhibit, sez his mouthpiece and press agent Al Watkins. . .  Cannon Design is taking its signature charitable event, benefiting urban arts and education outreach on the road.  Proceeds will come frtom a three-day auction to support COCA and its urban arts programs.  Contributions have come in from renown architects Norman Foster, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, Helmut Jahn and others. . . A history professor claims that about this date in 1861. a Union general in our town “acting completely on his own and without precedent,” issued the first Emancipation Proclamation “a full year before Abraham Lincoln issued his own.” The fascinating 1,600 word saga involves two Missouri governors (Hamilton Gamble and Frank Blair), a military commander (Gen. David Hunter), a future GOP presidential candidate (John C. Fremont), a prominent abolitionist (Sen. Charles Sumner)and a Missouri First Lady who was the daughter of Thomas Hart Benton.  The academic, Michael Fellman, has authored eight books on the Civil War. . .Greg Marecek’s St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has partnered with the Missouri Athletic Club to host the “St. Louis Rookies of the Year” Thursday, Sept. 22.  Many of the rookies will be on hand including Roy Sievers of the Browns, Cardinals Albert Pujols, Wally Moon, Vince Coleman and Todd Worrell.  Gridders to be honored are Johnny Roland, Ottis Anderson and Rams qb Sam Bradford. Others: Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman, the Hawks’ Bob Pettit, the St. Louis Stars’ Jim Leeeker and the Steamers’ Don Ebert and Steve Pecher.

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