The key takeaways from Greitens’s first SOTS were: Hair braiding, and COBOL.
And that just about everyone who stood up to cheer his call for major legislative ethics reform with teeth don’t want any part of it. I do think that Greitens and Hawley are going to team up to do whatever they can do in terms of enforcement and prosecutions to bring down the hammer, and I think they’ll both have conversations with whoever Trump appoints as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri (the Kansas City-based district has jurisdiction over Jefferson City) to see what the Feds can do.
From what I saw, watching the stream off of Missouri Net, (formerly known as the Nixon News Network), is that the non-legislative crowd in the house was way smaller than it was in the last two years, of course, I was there for the last two years, and the circus atmosphere in the rotunda, with the assembled media and the food vendors and tables, was absent. It seemed more like a ghost town.
Missouri Net also had Brian Hauswirth instead of Mike Lear be the lead anchor. That was a bit curious. But since Lear loved to follow Jay Nixon around like a lost puppy dog, I don’t think he wanted to do it this year. For all I know, he might not even be at Missouri Net anymore.