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August 2, 2013

Will Grisamore become second Republican to oppose the tax override?

Lee’s Summit Republican hints that he may do just that, making it all but impossible for Republicans to override on their own

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Fact: House Republicans in Jeff City need all 109 of their members to band together to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of that big tax cut.

Fact: A Lee’s Summit Republican, veteran House member Jeff Grisamore, is hinting that he might abandon that effort.

He told the Missouri Scout that he’s

“leaning against the override.”

Grisamore

would join another Republican

, northeast Missouri Rep. Nate Walker, in opposing the override.

Grisamore added that he has “grave concerns” about the tax cut’s potential impact on one of his key concerns — taking care of vulnerable Missourians.

The odds of an override have been fading for several days. This week, House Speaker Tim Jones said the override

may not even come up for a vote

unless he has commitments from every GOPer in the House.

Of course, an override could still occur if a few Democrats bolt from Nixon and support the move. But that’s not considered likely, given that Nixon is a fellow Democrat.

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