Missouri Government News for Week of October 30, 2000
|.||Record Missouri voter turnout predicted. (11/02/00)|
Bekki Cook did not predict any specific number, but issued a statement saying that the "conditions are right for a record number of voters."
She said that local election officials are forecasting large turnouts and that some are reporting large absentee ballot requests.
|.||Reporter booted from Ashcroft's campaign bus. (11/02/00)|
A campaign official told the AP that Deirdre Shesgreen had been ejected because the Post-Dispatch was an "opponent" to the campaign and was biased.
Ashcroft's campaign has had a few other altercations with reporters in the days following the death of his Democratic candidate, Mel Carnahan.
|.||Nixon wins temporary injunction against auction web site (11/02/00)|
Nixon won a temporary injunction against the site - www.vote-auction.com - so that the site can no longer be accessed by users.
|.||Carnahan begins airing campaign ads (11/02/00)|
The ad did not discuss any specific issues and did not mention her opponent, Republican incumbent Sen. John Ashcroft.
|.||Missouri Senate race offers history and national significance (11/02/00)|
That was before Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash, making him the first dead man on a U.S. Senate ballot and attracting even more national attention to the Show Me State.
|.||Record voter turnout expected on November 7th (11/02/00)|
The current record was set in 1992 with 2.4 million voters.
Missouri has more than 3.6 million register voters this year, surpassing the old record set two years ago by about 40,000 voters.
Anyone unable to vote on election day may vote absentee in person until 5pm on November 6th.
|.||Jean Carnahan remains low profile as Election Day approaches (11/01/00)|
Since her announcement Monday, she has not made any campaign appearances.
|.||Missouri's candidates for governor have vastly different backgrounds and views. (11/01/00)|
One comes from rural Missouri, the other from the state's urban population center.
One proposes dramatic new programs to address some of the state's biggest problems, the other argues for maintaining the course of the Carnahan administration.
|.||Two rural Missourians are running for a job that has taken added significance for the state this year. (11/01/00)|
But that definitely is not the case this year, when the state's lieutenant governor, Roger Wilson, became governor after death of Mel Carnahan.
|.||Absentee ballot requests running about normal. (11/01/00)|
|.||Amendment 3 would change salary commission (11/01/00)|
The Citizen's Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials was created in 1994 when voters overwhelmingly voted for the amendment. It recommends salaries, mileage and expenses for General Assembly members, statewide elected officials and judges.
|.||Democratic Senate campaign to focus on Mel Carnahan (10/31/00)|
For Jean Carnahan, the final days of the election season are an exercise in guesswork, with campaign and party officials attempting to devise a strategy for the non-candidate in the U.S. Senate race.
|.||Jean Carnahan makes it official, she will be the stand-in candidate. (10/30/00)|
Jean Carnahan made her announcement on the back porch with her children and grandchildren standing beside her. She said it would be a non-traditional campaign, but provided few details of how actively she would campaign.
|.||Blunt and Gaw go negative (10/30/00)|
|.||Republicans claim Jean Carnahan cannot take her late husband's seat if he is elected to the US Senate (10/30/00)|
State Representative Todd Akin says the US Constitution specifies that Mel Carnahan must be both a citizen AND a living person to win his election.