February 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:03 p.m. CST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Republicans are meeting in
Kansas City today to unify party leaders around the economy, the
Iraq War and the war on terror.
But some party faithful say the controversy over embryonic stem
cell research threatens to divide the G-O-P.
U-S Representative Kenny Hulshof says a proposed constitutional
amendment to strengthen stem cell research in Missouri could rip
the party apart.
None of the party's elected officials have brought up the topic
at the Republicans' annual Lincoln Days convention, but it's likely
to appear on Missouri's statewide ballot this November.
Governor Blunt favors research on early stem cells. But
conservative groups like the Missouri Catholic Conference are