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Missouri Government News for Week of Sept. 28, 1998


Missouri's Insurance Department director calls it quits.

State Insurance Department Director Jay Angoff has announced his resignation effective October 31.

Angoff had been active in state efforts to toughen regulation of health insurance.

A former staffer with Ralph Nader, his nomination back in 1993 had met with some resistance in the legislature for fears he was too anti-business.


A Missouri legislative committee is told government regulations are causing problems for Missouri farmers.

The president of the Missouri Farm Bureau told an interim legislative committee that government regulations are costing farmers billions of dollars each year.

Charles Kruse termed the economic situation facing farmers in the state "very serious."

He testified before a House-Senate committee.

See our radio story for more information.


Missouri Bar releases report on the performance of state judges

The verdict is in on the lawyers judging the judges. Forty-five of Missouri's judges are up for reinstatement in this fall's election, and the Missouri Bar surveyed lawyers to find out who should stay and who should go. A majority of lawyers surveyed suggested that every judge be reinstated, with some approval ratings as high as 97 percent.

It is extremely rare for the survey to suggest any judge be removed from office; the Vice-President of the Bar says he believes it has only happened once since 1992, when the first survey was conducted.

See our radio story for details.


The Democratic candidate for State Auditor is sued by a fellow Democrat

The loser in the Democratic primary for State Auditor has filed suit against the primary winner for slander.

The suit was filed in St. Louis by St. Louis Alderman Steve Conway against Clair McCaskill, the Jackson County Prosecutor and now the Democratic candidate for State Auditor.

Conway's suit targets a McCaskill TV ad that charges Conway with failing to pay taxes when, in fact, Conway had filed for an extension of his tax deadline.

Earlier this month, the State Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit triggered by campaign TV ads involving a St. Louis city legislative race.