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'We have to play hardball'

Little has gotten done in the Missouri Senate since the start of the session except for a long and heated debate over the state's redistricting plans. Who are the conservative lawmakers fighting against Republican leadership to eliminate a Democratic congressional seat?

An intra-party conflict among Missouri Senate Republicans has exploded into angry recriminations both on and off the Senate floor, including an epic 36-hour session that dragged on from Monday evening to after midnight Wednesday morning.

The conflict is roiling a party that has super-majority control of both legislative chambers, as well as the governor’s mansion. Across the divide from the Senate leadership is a group of eight GOP colleagues called the "Conservative Caucus," who are demanding that Missouri pass a 7-1 Republican-dominated map.

"We have to play hardball too in Missouri," says state Sen. Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg.

KCUR's Brian Ellison spoke with Hoskins about redistricting and the turmoil among Republicans affecting this year’s legislative session.

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