An article in today's Joplin Globe examines the growing power of Joplin-area legislators, specifically Sen. Gary Nodler and Rep. Ron Richard, in the state legislature:
There hasn't been a time, in recent memory anyway, when the Joplin area had members in leadership positions in both the Missouri Senate and House at the same time.
"Even though this is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the state, it has never happened before," said state Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin.
But the political planets could align for Joplin in the next few weeks.
State Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, is vying for the top job in the Missouri House. Republican legislators, as part of the Sept. 12 veto session, will decide who will be speaker of the House beginning in 2009.