Seventy years after Missouri enacted the nation’s first merit selection system for judges, a report from several public policy groups suggests the state is still a leader on that front. At the same time, the report’s authors tacitly endorsed at ...Read More »
A report released today describes Missouri as an “emerging battlefront” in the national fight over the best way to select judges. The report, “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change,” describes Missouri’s recent legislative efforts to alter ...
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The Missouri Senate tackled alterations to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan for the first time last year. But after the measure failed to come to a vote in the Senate, legislative prospects are dim this year for changing the system ...Read More »
In the fight over Missouri’s method of selecting judges, history tends to repeat itself very quickly. Late last week, attorneys filed two legal challenges to a proposed constitutional initiative petition that would repeal the state’s Nonpartisan Court Plan. The proposal, ...Read More »
Politicians know that people would believe almost any claim if it is simple and if it is repeated many times. It is Messaging 101: the sound bite. In the debate over judicial selection, politicians pushing for changing our system repeat ...Read More »
The Missouri Senate may debate changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan after a resolution altering how some judges are selected passed out of a Senate committee. Rep. Stanley Cox’s proposed constitutional amendment would, among other things, add another gubernatorial ...Read More »