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Sloca Lets Sunshine in on Democrats' E-Mails.

Date: November 14, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: In retaliation for Democrats' insisting the Blunt administration make three years of emails public record, the spokesperson for the Missouri Republican Party is calling on Democrats to hand over their emails as well.

Brandon Smith has more from Jefferson City. 

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Paul Sloca, the Republican spokesman, sent sunshine law requests to 19 Democratic state Senators and Representatives asking them to provide all emails they have sent or received in the past three years.

This request comes in response to Democratic pressures of the past few months, claiming the Governor and his staff have violated Missouri's sunshine law by deleting emails.

 
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Description: There has been a lot of sanctimonious talk from Democrats, from Jay Nixon on down, about the sunshine law and about how open they want government to be, well this is their chance to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk.


Sloca says he expects the Democrats to carry out his request saying, "it's the law, they ought to comply."

From the state capital, this is Brandon Smith.


Intro: In an act that one Democrat is calling "sad and desperate," the Missouri Republican Party's spokesman has requested 19 democrats hand over all documents and emails in their possession from the past three years.

Brandon Smith has more. 

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Democratic Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota referred to the request as harassment, and an attempt to distract from Governor Blunt's own problems with document requests.

Paul Sloca, the Republican spokesman who filed the request, called on Democrats to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk with the sunshine law.

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Description: If you're going to have a standard for the sunshine law for Republicans,  then you have to have one for Democrats, and if Democrats want to be sanctimonious about this issue, we want to see if they're going to abide by what they say they're going to do and be open to government.


Sloca has also filed a request for Claire McCaskill's emails during her time as state auditor, adding she should produce emails relating to her position in the US Senate given her concern for openness in government.

From the state capitol, this is Brandon Smith.