Missouri Government News for Week of November 6, 2000
|.||Senate Republicans nominate leaders (11/10/00)|
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.
|.||Holden doesn't rule out hiring Talent (11/09/00)|
Holden also named Secretary of State Bekki Cook the director of his transition committee.
|.||Jean Carnahan won't limit herself to two years (11/09/00)|
"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."
|.||Legislators will meet Wednesday to elect their leaders. (11/08/00)|
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.
|.||Republicans gain thin Senate majority, at least for a while (11/08/00)|
Resignations by senators moving on to higher office will lead to a 16-15 GOP edge for several of next session's early weeks.
|.||Missouri's two top Republican candidates accept defeat (11/08/00)|
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.
|.||Governor's race ends with Holden on top (11/07/00)|
The race was too close to call Tuesday night with both Holden and his opponent Republican Jim Talent optimistic for victory.
|.||Mel Carnahan posthumously defeats Ashcroft (11/08/00)|
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.
|.||Missouri Senate split between two parties (11/08/00)|
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.
|.||Republicans and Democrats Work to get Voters to the Polls (11/06/00)|
|.||Supreme Court hears arguments in case against Mo. secretary of state (11/06/00)|
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)|
The Republicans have not held a majority in the state Senate for 53 years.
|.||Election Tuesday features historic contests (11/06/00)|
Turnout is expected to be high with tight contests both in-state and nationally.