MISSOURI: Kit's Cleanup

When Christopher ("Kit") Bond, a lawyer from Mexico, Mo., took office last year as his state's first Republican Governor since 1940, leaders of both parties anticipated stormy sessions between him and the heavily Democratic legislature. Bond, now 35, is not only the youngest U.S. Governor but also among the most inexperienced, having won elective office only once before, as state auditor. The salvos came early and fast at the reform-minded Governor, primarily over an issue that is one of the hottest facing state governments. The issue: reorganization of the morass of committees, agencies, boards and departments that set state...

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