According to David A. Lieb (AP) in his recent news article printed in most area papers:
Missouri House Republicans have chosen Rep. Ron Richard to take over the chamber's top position in 2009 - assuming he wins reelection to the House, assuming Republicans hold onto power and assuming new lawmakers abide by the wishes of their predecessors.
How presumptuous can you get? Only Bush lovers could subscribe to such a scenario, and there won't be many of them around by 2009.
Prediction: Democrats will be selecting the Speaker in 2009 and it won't be Richard.
Bill D. Burlison