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Blacks Win Power Fight

January 10, 1996
By: Candyce L. Clifft
State Capital Bureau

Black Caucus members in the House elected the first black speaker pro tem, sending a message to Missouri Democrats. Candyce Clifft has that story from Jefferson City...

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Representative Fletcher Daniels was last year's Republican candidate for House Speaker in an effort to win over black House Democrats.

This year Democrats elected him Speaker Pro Tem.

Black Caucus member Russ Goward says this victory tells House Democrats to take their black members seriously...

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Goward says this election united the Democratic Caucus and made the party open to everyone. From the statehouse, I'm Candyce Clifft.

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