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Sen. Bill Foster not running for re-election

October 14, 2003
By: Zack Ottenstein
State Capital Bureau

One of only three Republican senators who voted for a tax increase to help fund education is calling it quits. Zack Ottenstein reports.


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The minority voice in the Missouri Republican Party is getting smaller.

Sen. Bill Foster has decided not to run for re-election.

Foster, a crucial moderate voice, along with two other Republican senators who supported tax increases, will be leaving after the November election.

But Foster says the current budget condition will persuade lawmakers to be more moderate in the future.

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Contents: Foster says others will step in and replace Foster's and Childers' votes.

Kansas City area Sen. Charles Shields will be the only remaining senator who voted for the tax increases.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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The moderate voice in the Missouri GOP is getting smaller. Zack Ottenstein reports.

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A crucial moderate voice in the Missouri Republican party has decided not to run for re-election.

Sen. Bill Foster will leave the Senate after the November election.

Two other moderate Republicans on taxes are term limited, leaving Kansas City area Sen. Charles Shields as the only remaining Republican senator who voted for tax increases to help fund education.

But Shields says he is not concerned with the strength of the moderate Republican voice.

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Contents: Shields says it is not a one man fight.

Foster says the current budget condition will persuade lawmakers to be more moderate in the future.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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A crucial moderate voice in the Missouri GOP has decided not to run for reelection. Zack Ottenstein reports.

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Sen. Bill Foster has decided not to run for re-election.

And, paired with the term limits of two other moderate Republicans on taxes, the moderate voice in the Republican party is getting smaller.

But Foster says the current budget condition will persuade lawmakers to be more moderate in the future.

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Contents: Foster says others will step in and replace the leaving senator's votes.

The departure of the senators also leaves Kansas City area Sen. Charles Shields in a lonely position.

He will be the only remaining Republican who voted for a half-cent sales tax increase last spring.

But Sen. Shields says he is not concerned with the strength of the moderate Republican voice.

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Contents: Shields says this is not a one man fight.

Foster and the term limited senators will leave office after the next Senate election in November 2004.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.