While Republicans will lack a majority in Missouri's House when it begins the 1997 session Wednesday, some Republicans are proposing a bipartisan coalition with black Democrats to give the GOP a leadership slot. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:
The opportunity for Republicans opened up last fall when Democrats picked a rural white as their candidate a slot now held by the senior black in the House.
So a few Republicans are suggesting the only black Republican in the Missouri House as an alternative as Speaker Pro Tem.
Carson Ross says he's not campaigning for the job -- but he is willing to be a candidate:
To be elected, Ross needs support from just a handful of Democrats.
But just the day before the House session, the Kansas City Republican said he has not been contacted by any House Democrats about his candidacy.