- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)7
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)38
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Mo. Rep. Emerson may move up resignation date
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson suggested Friday that she may resign sooner than originally planned so that a special election to choose her replacement can be held as soon as possible.
Emerson had announced earlier this month that she plans to resign Feb. 8 to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. But she issued a statement Friday saying she may leave earlier, if doing so would provide enough time for Gov. Jay Nixon to schedule a special election for April 2.
"I want to minimize the cost and inconvenience involved in this process as much as I can, as well as assuring the people's seat is vacant for as brief a period of time as possible," said Emerson, a Republican from Cape Girardeau.
The Southeast Missourian reported Friday that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan estimated the cost of a special election at $952,000. If the election date coincides with a date for local elections, such as April 2, the cost could be split between local governments and the state.
Nixon has not set a date for the special election.