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Better Courts withdraws current ballot proposal, will make changes

ShowMe Better Courts for Missouri has withdrawn their current ballot proposal for making changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan but has plans to file a new proposal sometime midweek. The blog Fired Up! first reported on Friday that the ...

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Supporter of revamping judicial selection proposes language to state office

A group pushing for changes in how Missouri selects its judges is offering a little advice to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. The campaign organization led by James Harris and calling itself ShowMe Better Courts sent her office a letter ...

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Petition filed to change Missouri Plan

Just as Judge Sonia Sotomayor sat down in Washington to experience the federal system's method of approving court nominees, a group in Missouri said the state should vet its judges in a similar way. Better Courts for Missouri said Monday that it has filed an initiative petition that would replace the Nonpartisan Court Plan with one modeled after the federal "advise and consent" system.

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UPDATED: Ballot initiative seeks to replace Missouri Plan

A group that has long sought to change Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court Plan in the Legislature now trying a new tactic – going directly to the voters. Better Courts for Missouri said this morning that it has filed an initiative petition ...

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Voters may be asked to scrap Court Plan

Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt, R-Blue Springs, right, chats with Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, before moderating a panel discussion about the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Thursday. James Harris, head of Better Courts for Missouri, said that his group is considering collecting voter signatures for a ballot measure in 2010, even as another attempt is made in the Legislature to overhaul the Nonpartisan Court Plan.

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Supreme Court studying open records request

The Supreme Court clerk has sent a formal written response to a group seeking communications through the state’s Sunshine Law, but offered no indication of whether it will comply. James Harris, director of Better Courts for Missouri, sent a request ...

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Better Courts group files Sunshine request

A group advocating changes to Missouri’s plan for selecting judges wants to know how actively involved the Supreme Court has been in fighting that effort. James Harris, director of Better Courts for Missouri, today filed a Sunshine Law request with ...

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