The last week of a difficult legislative session is already underway with the leader of the House looking to make the most of the next five days. Both the House and Senate met in rare Sunday evening sessions, trying to move legislation before the Friday at 6pm deadline. House Speaker Steve Gaw of Moberly, in an interview with the Missourinet, acknowledges this session has been rough. Both sides of the political aisle seem to be trying to make political points on nearly every issue, attesting to the high stakes of the 2000 election: Governor Carnahan challenges Senator Ashcroft, an open seat for governor, and several members of the House…including the speaker…seeking higher office. Gaw downplays the impact his bid for Secretary of State on the session. He points specifically to the gubernatorial race and the impact it will have on redistricting, which directly affects representatives and senators.