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With pollution closing some Lake of the Ozarks' public beaches, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to hold a symposium next week on the lake's water quality problems.

Gov. Jay Nixon is to kick off the two-day gathering, set for next Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Koster's office, "The purpose of the public symposium is to explore the total range of water quality issues confronting the Lake of the Ozarks today and over the next 20 years."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 3, 2008 - As Missourians head for the polls, they may want to pause for a moment and dig the mud out of their ears.

In an election year that has focused on a historic presidential race, down-ballot Missouri state candidates have increasingly called attention to their own races by slinging dirtballs at their opponents.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 15, 2008 - Earlier this month, while St. Louis was nursing a political hangover after hosting the vice-presidential debate, former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden welcomed the candidates for state attorney general to a public policy forum at Webster University.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 11, 2008 - A recount of Missouri primary votes has upheld state Sen. Chris Koster's victory over Rep. Margaret Donnelly as the Democratic nominee for attorney general, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 11, 2008- COLUMBIA, Mo. - Chris Koster, the Harrisonville Democrat running for attorney general, said Thursday that he would support the continuation of the Missouri Non-Partisan Court plan as it now operates. His opponent, Republican Mike Gibbons of Kirkwood said he wants some changes in the plan, which has been criticized by some conservatives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tues., Aug. 26, 2008 - DENVER 8:30 a.m. I attended the Youth Caucus meeting today in the Wells Fargo room of the convention center. People came from a number of voter outreach groups as well as college Democrats groups. A panel of people from the College Democrats of America, Rock the Vote and a few other youth organizations posted statistics about the percentage of young people who have voted Democratic, Republican and independent in the past.

Secretary of state prepares to certify election

Aug 19, 2008

This article first appeared in The Beacon: August 19, 2008 - On Tuesday afternoon -- two weeks after the Aug. 5 primary election -- Missouri's counties turned in their final results for the Democratic race for attorney general to the secretary of state's office for certification. The numbers will be released on Tues., Aug. 26 on the secretary of state's website.

Donnelly will seek a recount in the AG race

Aug 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 15, 2008- State Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights has announced that she will formally request a statewide recount of the Aug. 5 primary election to become the Democratic attorney general nominee. Tabulations show that Donnelly lost to state Sen. Chris Koster by a margin of 0.2 percent, or 783 votes, according to the Missouri secretary of state's website.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - As state Rep. Margaret Donnelly's campaign waits for the secretary of state's certification of Tuesday's primary results, state Sen. Chris Koster, D-Harrisonville, is forging ahead as the Democratic nominee for attorney general.

"After such a hard-fought campaign, a very close race, Rep. Donnelly is entitled to this personal decision," said Koster's spokesperson Danny Kanner. "That said, Sen. Koster has built a coalition and is now moving forward as the Democratic Party's nominee."

Could Donnelly win a recount?

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - The heated battle for the Democratic nomination in the race to become Missouri's top lawyer will probably not end soon.

Commentary: Looking toward November

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Sarah Steelman fought the Republican establishment -- and the establishment's candidate, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, won.

Statewide candidates set strategies for November

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - After months of campaigning, the battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general came down to 786 votes -- a difference of only .2 percent that had state Sen. Chris Koster a former Republican from Harrisonville claiming victory over Democratic state Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights and the right to take on Republican Michael Gibbons in November.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 - U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman wrapped up their contentious primary campaigns for governor on Monday with each arguing for the chance to take on Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall general election.

Meet the statewide candidates

Aug 1, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008 - The Democratic Candidates: Attorney General

Name: Margaret Donnelly

Home: Richmond Heights

Attorney general candidate forum hosts two contenders

Jul 10, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 10, 2008 - Two candidates for the Democratic nomination for Missouri attorney general found virtually no areas of disagreement during a forum Thursday night held at Webster University, but they strongly criticized a third candidate who didn’t attend.

Reps. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights and Jeff Harris of Columbia criticized the third candidate, Sen. Chris Koster, D-Harrisonville, for supporting state government spending policies favored by the Legislature’s Republican majority. They also called into question Koster’s acceptance of large campaign donations from wealthy donors, such as Rex Sinquefield, who tends to give to pro-school voucher candidates.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 17, 2008 - Three Democrats make attorney general primary one of Missouri's hottest races

Other than the unusual Republican primary for governor, the hardest fought and most interesting race on the Aug. 5 Missouri primary ballot is among three lawyers vying in the Democratic race for the attorney general nomination.

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