Cape Girardeau hasn’t sent a Democratic rep to the legislature since 1980.  Considering that Republicans only took over the Missouri lege in 2000, that makes southeastern Missouri tough territory indeed for Democrats.  Still, four of them are trying to convince the local Democratic committee to give them the nod in the special election Feb. 5 to replace Nathan Cooper.  Cooper, you will recall, just pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining visas for illegal workers.