Missouri Government News for Week of October 23, 2000
|.||Missouri's candidates for State Treasurer are profiled. (10/27/00)|
|.||Jean Carnahan will announce her decision Monday (10/27/00)|
"Our family has always made important decisions together," she said in a Friday statement. "This weekend, I will gather with my family at our farm to discuss the U.S. Senate seat for which my husband was running. I will announce my decision Monday."
Mel Carnahan, who died in an Oct. 16 plane crash, remains on the ballot. If he gets more votes than GOP opponent Sen. John Ashcroft, Gov. Roger Wilson has said he intends to appoint Jean Carnahan to serve in the late governor's place.
|.||Racial profiling committee meets (10/26/00)|
The Attorney General Jay Nixon is in charge of the committee. It was established under a law passed earlier this year by Missouri's legislature that requires police to report the ethnic backgroun of those that they stop for traffic violations.
|.||Proposition B backers hit with lawsuit (10/27/00)|
Associated Industries of Missouri filed a lawsuit in St. Louis City Circuit Court against Missouri Voters for Fair Elections.
|.||Website offers auction service for 2000 presidential votes (10/26/00)|
The website, operating out of Vienna, Austria, is called www.vote-auction.com. The site has been the focus of controversy and has been threatened with lawsuits, but continues to operate as Election Day approaches.
|.||Constitutional change would consolidate state's savings and make it harder to access (10/26/00)|
The amendment would create a general reserve fund and maintain an estimated $420 million balance. The account could only be accessed if two-thirds of the legislature approves.
|.||Women could deliver election to Democrats (10/26/00)|
Ken Warren, political scientist at St. Louis University, said the possibility of a woman in the U.S. Senate could deliver Democrats the women's vote in Missouri because women support women at the polls. And in Missouri, women make up about 53 percent of the vote.
|.||Holden campaign honcho re-entered politics after leaving it behind while Talen's realizes a dream.(10/25/00)|
But that was before state Treasurer Bob Holden called to ask Martin to manage his gubernatorial bid.
On the Republican side, in his sixth campaign, Brad Scott is finally realizing his goal of running a statewide race.
Scott, GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent's campaign manager, said this race -- his first statewide -- is probably his last.
|.||The insurance industry warns motorists to be on the watch for deer. (10/24/00)|
Last year, the Conservation Department reported more than 8,000 accidents with deer.
|.||Ashcroft reaches out (to TV cameras) for 12 minutes (10/24/00)|
For Ashcroft, reaching out meant unpacking food in front of rolling TV cameras for less than thirteen minutes.
|.||Republicans denounce Wilson's announcement (10/24/00)|
Some Republicans said Democrats should seek a write-in candidacy. Others charged Wilson with putting political concerns ahead of Jean Carnahan's need for time to mourn.
|.||Jean Carnahan is no stranger to politics (10/24/00)|
Despite her lack of a public legislative record, Carnahan has ventured into politics, taking a leadership role, especially, in children's issues.
|.||Democratic officials begin calling on Jean Carnahan to be the standin candidate for her late husband. (10/23/00)|
Among those endorsing a Jean Carnahan candidacy was Missouri's two female statewide officials, the state auditor and the secretary of state.
Mel Carnahan's name will remain on the ballot. If Carnahan wins a majority of the votes, the governor would appoint someone for the first two years of the term.
Gov. Roger Wilson has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss the matter, but he gave no indication whether he would announce the person he would appoint.