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Missouri House GOP gains another member after Democrat defects

Date: November 5, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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After winning reelection as a Democrat, one Missouri House member is switching her party allegiance to the Republicans.
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Wrap: Democrat Linda Black from St. Francois County says the decision to caucus with Republicans has been on her mind for weeks.

She also says she wants her last two years in the House to be productive.

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Description: "And I don't want to spend my last term, my last two years, in the minority party where we differ on too many fundamental beliefs."

With Black switching parties, Speaker-designee John Diehl will preside over the biggest House majority any party has had since 1965.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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After gaining historic supermajorities in the Missouri legislature, House Republicans added another person to their ranks as one Democrat switched parties.
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Wrap: St. Francois County Representative Linda Black announced her intention to caucus with Republicans in Speaker-elect John Diehl's office early Wednesday afternoon.

This comes less than 24 hours after winning reelection as a Democrat.

Diehl says Republicans will welcome her to their ranks.

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Description: "Linda's been doing a lot of soul-searching in the past couple of weeks and months and has made a decision and we're proud to welcome her to our caucus and making her a part of our team."

With Black's defection, Republicans now have 118 House seats, the most any party has had since 1965.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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