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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of November 6, 2000


. Senate Republicans nominate leaders (11/10/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - With the possibility of controlling Missouri's Senate for the first few weeks, Senate Republicans on Thursday selected some of their most conservative members to their top leadership team.

Republicans met for more than four hours behind closed doors to elect leaders and discuss how to handle the upcoming legislative session that begins Jan. 3.

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    . Holden doesn't rule out hiring Talent (11/09/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor-elect Bob Holden doesn't rule out giving vanquished foe Jim Talent a job in his administration.

    Holden also named Secretary of State Bekki Cook the director of his transition committee.

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    . Jean Carnahan won't limit herself to two years (11/09/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In her first public appearance Thursday since her historic election, Jean Carnahan said she would consider a future run for the U.S. Senate if her first two years there are successful.

    "I've always believed what my husband said, which was that he did not want to just sit in a seat in government to warm it," she told a crowded news conference. "If I feel I am accomplishing something, I would want to come back. If I can't make a difference, I don't want to be there."

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    . Legislators will meet Wednesday to elect their leaders. (11/08/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - House Republicans and Democrats as well as Senate Republicans meet behind closed doors Wednesday to select their leaders for the next to years.

    The Senate Democrats had been scheduled for Thursday also, but that meeting was abruptly cancelled by caucus chair Joe Maxwell so he could discuss with Democratic Senators when he will resign.

    Maxwell was elected lieutenant governor which will require his resignation no later than January 8 -- five days after the legislature convenes. When Maxwell resigns, he will hand Republicans majority control of the Senate until special elections can be held.

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    . Republicans gain thin Senate majority, at least for a while (11/08/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Republicans will hold a plurality in the U.S. Senate for the first time in more than 50 years -- at least for a few weeks -- following Tuesday's elections.

    Resignations by senators moving on to higher office will lead to a 16-15 GOP edge for several of next session's early weeks.

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    . Missouri's two top Republican candidates accept defeat (11/08/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In separate news conferences in St. Louis, U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent announced they would not challenge their defeats.

    Republicans have complained about a lower court order, issued at Democrats' request, that kept the St. Louis city polling places open 45 minutes past the closing time.

    Despite Talent and Ashcroft's acceptance of defeat, Missouri GOP director Ann Wagner called the election one of the most scandolous ever in the state of Missouri and vowed someone who would be held responsible for the alleged voter fraud in St. Louis city.

    The GOP candidate for Secretary of State, Matt Blunt, was the only Republican to win statewide office in Missouri.

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    . Governor's race ends with Holden on top (11/07/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Democrat Bob Holden won the keys to the governor's mansion early Wednesday morning by an extremely close margin.

    The race was too close to call Tuesday night with both Holden and his opponent Republican Jim Talent optimistic for victory.

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    . Mel Carnahan posthumously defeats Ashcroft (11/08/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians handed John Ashcroft a dubious distinction Tuesday when they made him the first senator ever defeated by a dead man.

    Late Governor Mel Carnahan rode an eleventh-hour wave of St. Louis city votes to oust the incumbent Ashcroft in a tight contest where the lead changed hands several times throughout election day.

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    . Missouri Senate split between two parties (11/08/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Election Tuesday ended with the Missouri Senate split evenly between Republican and Democratic members.

    Missourians also rejected two highly contested propositions -- one that would have restricted the number of billboards in the state and one that would have rewarded candidates who followed specific campaign finance rules.

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    . Republicans and Democrats Work to get Voters to the Polls (11/06/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Both major parties had candidates working together on the last day of campaigning, crisscrossing Missouri to get the voters out.
    . Supreme Court hears arguments in case against Mo. secretary of state (11/06/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case against Missouri Secretary of State Rebecca Cook today.

    The case concerns a 1996 ballot initiative that encourages Congress members from Missouri to support term limits.

    . Gracia Backer resigns from state house to become deputy chief of staff (11/06/00)
    . Republicans optimistic of Senate takeover (11/06/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Republican leaders predict they could make history in Missouri when all the votes are counted for the 180 state legislative seats up for election Tuesday. But Democrats say not so fast.

    The Republicans have not held a majority in the state Senate for 53 years.

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    . Election Tuesday features historic contests (11/06/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians got to the polls Tuesday to select the state's next U.S. Senator, governor and a host of statewide offices in a historic election that will also decide who controls the state legislature.

    Turnout is expected to be high with tight contests both in-state and nationally.

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