Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to run for higher office
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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to run for higher office

Date: September 12, 2013
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

A Republican leader said Thursday he plans to run for higher office.
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Wrap: House Speaker Tim Jones told me he hasn't officially announced it yet, but he does intend to run for attorney general.

Jones made the comment while he crticized current Attorney General Chris Koster.

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Description: "Attorney General Koster has declined to be essentially 'no comment Koster,' on so many issues that face Missouri."

Koster released a letter prior to the veto session saying the gun bill would cripple police efforts to enforce federal gun laws.

Jones said when the letter was released Koster was parroting the governor's talking points. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony

Speaker Tim Jones says Attorney General Chris Koster isn't getting the job done.
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Wrap: In his litany of criticism of the attorney general, Jones says Koster has failed to address many issues important to Missouri.

Jones said he intends to run for Attorney General in 2016. He laid out one reason why.

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Description: I'm very interested in returning the Attorney General's office back to the people."

His criticism comes as Koster has acknowledged he is interested in running for governor in 2016.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

A day after the Republican supermajority failed to override two controversial bills, a Republican leader announced his intention to run for attorney general
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Wrap: The gun and tax cut bills failed to garner enough votes to be overridden. After those defeats, Speaker Tim Jones clarified his future political plans.

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Description: "We have not made official announcements yet, but we are definitely exploring that office very carefully."

News agencies speculated Jones would run for attorney general or secretary of state, but the speaker has yet to make a public announcement.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony 

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