Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Circuit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Political Circuit

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Kelly's Rally Speech Becomes Mel-odrama

State Auditor Margaret Kelly intended to blast her opponent at a campaign rally last week, but she got her Mels mixed up.

Kelly, the Republican nominee for governor, had launched into her familiar criticism of SB380, the education tax increase that Gov. Mel Carnahan spearheaded. She said Carnahan, a Democrat, broke his promise to send the tax issue to a public vote. Kelly continued: "And how does Mel Hancock respond to all of this? He says he had to raise taxes without a vote because of a Missouri judge. Mel - that is an outright lie, and you know it." As the text of her speech showed, Kelly meant to say Mel Carnahan. Mel Hancock is the retiring Republican member of Congress from Springfield, Mo., best known for authoring Missouri's tax-lid amendment that bears his name. Virginia Young First Term-Limits Casualty Coming Up State Sen. William P. McKenna, D-Barnhart, is slated to be the first Missouri legislator forced to leave office because of the state's term limits. To ease the pain, he may leave as president pro tem of the Senate. Missouri voters passed a term-limits constitutional amendment in 1992. It sets a limit of eight years each in the House and Senate. McKenna was elected in a special election in April 1993 and was elected to a full, four-year term in 1994. If he ran for re-election to a four-year term in 1998, he could not complete the term before the eight-year limit ran out. So McKenna has decided he will not run again in 1998. McKenna would like to become president pro tem of the Senate, the chamber's highest office. Sen. James L. Mathewson, D-Sedalia, has been pro tem for eight years, a record. He is running for re-election and has not announced his intention regarding pro tem. McKenna said "I've talked to most senators, and I think I'm in good shape. The fact that I'm leaving might have a bearing on it. It's a level of comfort for them. They know the pro tem job will open up again in two years." The election will occur after the Nov. 5 election, and if Democrats retain control of the Senate, McKenna could be in the running. …

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