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Preparations are being made to establish a smooth transition for Missouri's Governor-elect.

Date: November 13, 2008
By: Brenda Martens
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Just days after the November election, Missouri's next governor already has a staff preparing for his eventual takeover as the state's top official.

Brenda Martens has more from the State Capitol.

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Governor-elect Jay Nixon spokesperson Oren Shur says the new top statewide official is trying to gather a staff passionate about moving Missouri forward.

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Description: The transition team and Governor-elect Nixon are focused on putting together an agenda, putting together an agenda, to turn this economy around, to fix the state's health care system, and to make college more affordable to families.

Nixon named former Vice President Al Gore's Chief of Staff as his tranisition team director.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Brenda Martens.


Intro: Governor-elect Jay Nixon is in the process of selecting his gubernatorial staff along with planning an agenda for his time in office.

Brenda Martens has more from the State Capitol.

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According to Governor-elect Jay Nixon spokesperson Oren Shur, Nixon is trying to gather a staff who will move Missouri forward.

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Description:"The transition team is working very aggressively to fill the slots and to find folks who are committed to public service and share governor elect Nixon's principles and are committed to working hard to give back to their states."
Some items on Nixon's agenda include improving Missouri health care, making college more affordable, and turning the economy around.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Brenda Martens.
 


Intro: With Democrats locked in to all but one statewide elected seat, the governor-to-be has his sights set on organizing his group of advisers.

Brenda Martens has more from the State Capitol.

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Governor-elect Jay Nixon is choosing his staff and deciding what issues he thinks deserve top priority.

But Nixon's spokesperson Oren Shur says there's a lot more that goes into the important transition phase. 

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Description: "It's also about kinda putting politics aside, the election's over, and reaching across party lines and working with the Republican leaders as well to move the state forward."

Some key factors Shur says Nixon will keep in mind when picking his cabinet will be health care, the economy, and paying for college.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Brenda Martens.