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Democrats pick leaders

November 13, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Democratic party senators elected their leaders today/Monday... but, they're still not sure what the make-up of the Senate will be when the legislature convenes in January.

Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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In a closed-door session, Democrats elected the same leaders as the previous legislature.

But unlike last year, they won't be the majority party when the session begins.

Right now, the Senate is tied at 17 members per party.

But, with resignations looming, Republicans will likely take control.

Democratic Senator Jim Mathewson says he's taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Contents: Mathewson says the Republicans have one potential resignation and the Democrats two. So, everyone needs to wait to see what will happen.

Mathewson says he expects the Senate to be productive despite a possible split along party lines.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Democratic senators met to discuss party leadership in Jefferson City... knowing they won't control Missouri's Senate when the legislative session begins in January.

Aaron Cummins has the story--

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The Republicans hold 17 seats. The Democrats also hold 17.

The Republicans will take a one seat advantage when senators who've won other offices resign.

But, Democratic Senator Jim Mathewson says that doesn't mean lawmakers won't get anything done.

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Contents: Mathewson says the Senate has weathered tough times in the past and will do the same this time around.

Last week, many Republicans called for cooperation. But, they elected one of their most conservative senators as their leader.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.