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Black Caucus Splits House Democrats

January 3, 1996
By: Adrienne Baughman
State Capital Bureau
The Missouri legislature's Black Caucus has brought the race for House Speaker to a standstill by refusing to endorse the Democratic candidate for speaker. This morning the candidate and caucus meet in an effort to resolve their differences.

Adrienne Boff-man has the story from Jefferson City.

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Black Caucus Chair Paula Carter will hold negotiations with House Speaker candidate Sam Leake this morning.

The Black Caucus is withholding 10 votes - enough to deny Leake the votes to win.

Carter says the stalemate is not over a single leadership issue.

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Carter has not listed the specific demands of the caucus, but she said they are not limited to any one leadership position.

From the State Capitol, I'm Adrienne Baughman.

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