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Conservative State Senators Filibuster Congressional Map Debate with Songs, Jokes & Tales of Yesteryear

(Jefferson City) The stalling continues this week in the Missouri Senate as the Congressional redistricting map saga continues.

This debate is now in it’s fourth week, really the only topic the state senate has focused on since the session began in early January.

Six to eight senators, making up the Conservative Republican Caucus is fighting for seven districts likely to be republican positions and just one district for democrats.

That’s not flying with most senators who say it is not a fair representation of the political breakdown of the state and they would rather have a 6 to 2 map.

State Senator and Conservative Caucus member Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg ate up the clock as a filibuster is on.

Hoskins read song lyrics, including a Spice Girls favorite.

Hoskins continued stalling by practicing his stand-up routine.

Conservative Senate President Dave Schatz  of Sullivan and Jefferson City Conservative Senator Mike Bernskotter went back and forth about Valentines Day gifts and other topics to stall the vote.

And after he ran out of songs and jokes, Hoskins told the tale of a nationally famous Missouri pooch, Jim The Wonder Dog.

The over 31 hours of discussion and filibuster left Missouri senators essentially right back where they started when the redistricting debate began Monday evening at 5 o’clock.


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