Updated 5:40 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011.
A State Senator from rural western Missouri has announced he'll seek the Republican nomination for Secretary of State next year.
Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
He made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year, losing the GOP nod to Vicky Hartzler in Missouri's 4th District. Hartzler later unseated incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton.
The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.
The proposed constitutional amendment was passed without debate along party lines, with all seven Democrats voting "no" and all Republicans present voting "yes."
The Federal Election Commission says Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan can set up a legal defense fund to help cover $85,000 of costs from a copyright lawsuit brought by the Fox News Network.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.