Missouri state Senator Chuck Purgason wasn't a fan of a bill
to provide $150-million
in tax incentives to Ford Motor Company, so the Caufield Republican decided to try and talk the bill to death (Purgason also wasn't happy about being pulled from chairing a Senate committee for refusing to hear the bill).
But it wasn't to be. Our sister paper in St. Louis, the Riverfront Times, reports that Purgason's filibuster ended after a breathtaking 21 hours.
After nearly an entire dayBartle sang the
spent reading emails and letters from supporters, Purgason relinquished
control of the floor around 9 a.m. He had done most the talking during
the filibuster with the help of a just a few relief stints from
colleagues such as Matt Bartle (R - Lee Summit), who used the time to talk
about his favorite barbecue joint.
praises of LC's, so there is something we can agree on after all (but not on boobs, of course).
for the tax credits, they passed the Senate on a 20-7 vote (the bill
goes back to the House for final approval and then off to Gov. Jay
Nixon's desk). Update: That was fast. The House passed the bill 101-40.
Now, will someone get Purgason a glass of