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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of September 4, 2000

 


. A campaign finance advocacy group reports PACs give to both sides. (09/14/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Special interest groups are increasingly giving to both candidates in contested races in an effort to further their cause regardless of the election's outcome, according to a study that will be released today by the Missouri Alliance for Campaign Reform.

The trend was most evident in Missouri's governor's race where 158 two-sided contributors had given $605,041 by June 30.

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    . Senate declines to vote on Station Casinos resolution (09/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate debated but declined not to vote on a resolution urging the state's Gaming Commission to force seven Station Casinos executives to testify about bonuses paid to the company's lawyer.

    Sen. Steve Ehlmann, R-St. Charles, submitted the proposal Wednesday but withdrew it today after several senators claimed the resolution was out of order.

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    . Campaign manager struggles with sacrifices of statewide race (09/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Few know the sacrifices a statewide campaign requires better than Precious, Foof Toy and Snuggle Bunny.

    The three are the pet dogs of Kevin Edwards, the campaign manager for the GOP candidate for Missouri's attorney general. And that job has taken Edwards away from home, and from his pets, for days at a time.

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    . Libertarian attorney general candidate shines light on death penalty, drug war (09/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Although born in America's heartland, the Libertarian candidate for Missouri's attorney general has values not often associated with his Iowa birthplace -- including the legalization of now-illegal drugs.

    His beliefs about drug laws are actually what Mitch Moore said brought him to the Libertarian party. It was at a NORML meeting that a leading Libertarian approached Moore, who has spent most of his life in Columbia, about politics.

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    . Ehlmann calls for a hearing on the Station Casino subpeonas (09/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - It's his last day on the Missouri Senate floor, but Republican Floor Leader Steve Ehlmann didn't leave quietly. The St. Charles Senator called for an investigation of a possible illegal relationship between Station Casino and the former chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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    . Top Democrat Temple accuses Ashcroft of conflict of interest (09/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party's chief has filed a formal ethics complaint against Sen. John Ashcroft charging the Republican violated U.S. Senate rules by sponsoring legislation that could benefit him financially.

    Roy Temple sent the Senate's Ethics Committee a sworn statement Monday saying Ashcroft's co-sponsorship of a telecommunications bill is a conflict of interest and would clear the way for AT&T and MediaOne to merge. Ashcroft owns substantial stock in each company.

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    . A Missouri appeals court restricts implementation of a law to crack down on drunken driving by minors. (09/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri appeals court has held that police cannot stop minors for drunken driving without probable cause.

    Current law allows such stops for adults -- such as at sobriety check highway stops. But the Kansas City Appeals Court found that a law passed a few years ago that was designed to impose stronger limits on drinking by minors did not allow traffic stops without probable cause.

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    . Missouri again is on the federal government's map for nuclear waste shipments. (09/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While nuclear cargo was not sent across Interstate 70 in Missouri this summer, future shipments may cut through the Show Me state.

    The waste will be taken to one of two possible sites in the West, using either I-70 or Union Pacific railways.

    Kevin Kamps at the Nuclear Information Resource Service says either option poses a threat to public safety.

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    . Legislators raise money during veto session (09/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Several fundraisers for both parties have been scheduled shortly before or after the veto session.

    Voters who gathered to push Prop B, a ballot issue to give public money to candidates that refuse private contributions, said this is just another example of money getting in the way of government.

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    . Talent campaign shifts focus (09/12/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent has unveiled a proposal designed to make schools safer. The initiative represents a shift in focus for the Republican whose bid has previously centered on fixing Missouri's highways.

    Before a small group of educators in the Fulton High School library on Monday, Talent proposed giving schools state money to set up a pair of voluntary programs patterned after operations in Fulton and Blue Springs.

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    . State inducts Stan "The Man" Musial into Hall of Famous Missourians (09/12/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Stan Musial was the 23rd person inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Monday in the state Capitol.

    A bronze bust of Musial was unveiled at the ceremony where longtime friends and former players honored the baseball Hall of Famer. The bust will join 22 others in the state Capitol.

    Other past honorees include Harry S Truman, Walt Disney and Walter Cronkite. Musial is the only sports star and one of two living honorees--Cronkite is the other.

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    . Missouri's Transportation Department reports it needs $1.5 billion per year more to meet the state's transportation needs. (09/12/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A Transportation Department study of its long-term funding needs concludes there will be a funding gap of about $30 billion during the next 20 years.

    The report concludes that without additional funds, the department will be forced to limit its efforts to maintenance of existing roads.

    The Senate's Transportation Committee quickly labeled as impossible the idea that the legislature would approve any kind of tax increase to generate $1.5 billion per year in additional highway funds.


    . Department of Transportation starts first bond-funded road improvement project (09/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While gubenatorial candidates debate the future of funding for road improvements, the Transportation Department is moving forward and starting the first bond-funded project.

    The project got underway on Monday on a portion of I-70 in Saline County. While the future of funding for road repairs is uncertain in the next legislative session, the Transportation Department has already allocated $250 million to projects to be completed in the next year.

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    . Religion playing major role in campaigns (09/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - From the race for president to Mel Carnahan and John Ashcroft's battle for Senate, religion is taking its place as a top campaign issue.

    But, as one political scientist points out, candidates have to be careful not to alienate anyone by being too religious.

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    . Judge upholds Green candidate's removal from attorney general race (09/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Green Party's candidate for attorney general will not be allowed in the race because she is not a lawyer, a Cole County circuit court judge has ruled.

    Judge Thomas Brown also ordered Frank Eller Jr., who had been disqualified from a state representative race for filling out candidacy forms incorrectly, back on the ballot.

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    . Small party candidates in Senate race say they can win (09/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Senate race is among the nation's most-watched because the two main candidates are established politicians with large war chests.

    Nonetheless, two small party candidates say they can win.

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    . Meth debate in Senate race continues (09/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The debate over methamphetamine in Missouri's Senate race continued on the steps of the Capitol Monday.

    In a rebuttal of a rebuttal, Missouri Republican lawmakers and law enforcement attacked Gov. Mel Carnahan's funding of the fight against meth, saying the governor repeatedly requested less money than law enforcement wanted.

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    . Missouri's highways continue to dominate gubernatorial race (09/09/00)
    ST. LOUIS - Missouri's highways continue to be the focal point of the gubernatorial race, with both major-party candidates agreeing that action needs to be taken.

    But U.S. Rep. Jim Talent, the Republican candidate, and Democratic state Treasurer Bob Holden sparred about the specifics of such action at a forum Friday.

    All candidates for statewide office showed up at the forum with one notable exception -- Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

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