Missouri Government News for Week of August 21, 2000
|.||Libertarian Phil Horras, candidate for lieutenant governor, promises to abolish the office. (08/28/00)|
The 44-year-old small business owner has been in a wheelchair for over 10 years, the result of a spinal tumor aggravated by a military parachuting injury. But instead of holding him back, Horras' wheelchair has now become his vehicle for a political campaign tour along the Katy trail.
Horras, the Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor, makes only one promise: if elected, he will abolish the post of lieutenant governor. "I have only one plank in my platform. It's a thin platform, but it's as solid as any two-by-eight," Horras said.
|.||Larry Rice's gubernatorial campaign could cost his TV stations. (08/24/00)|
Rice said he has dropped his political appearances, but argues that his religious services are not covered by the "Equal Time" requirement of federal law.
|.||Gore yet to name state campaign director (08/24/00)|
A Gore/Lieberman spokeswoman said it is normal for the director to be announced after the Democratic National Convention.
But Republicans, who named a state director a year ago, believe it shows Gore's apathy for Missouri voters.
|.||MoDOT and KKK head to the U.S. Supreme Court (08/24/00)|
|.||The Green Party, with Ralph Nader as the presidential candidate, will be on Missouri's ballot. (08/23/00)|
The Secretary of State has approved the petitions of the Green Party for the November 7 ballot.
Polls in other states have show Nader pulling votes away from Gore.
|.||Democratic leaders reject the idea of Senate resignations to preserve Democratic control of the Senate. (08/23/00)|
Three Democratic Senators are seeking election to other offices that, if successful, would require them to resign next January.
With just a one-vote margin in the Senate, those resignations would hand Republicans control of the Senate until special elections could be held.
Early resignations, however, would allow special elections to be held before the Senate meets in January.
|.||Racial profiling restrictions for traffic stops take effect Monday (08/23/00)|
The legislation had been passed by the legislative session that adjourned last spring.
It requires police to fill out a report on the race of any person pulled over in a traffic stop.