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Jun 22 2012

Should the Courthouse Doors be Open to the Highest Bidder?

Published by under Merit Selection

An article in the Columbia Daily Tribune discusses the struggle to retain Missouri’s current merit selection system.  Missouri has had a merit selection system since 1940.  Recently, the general assembly passed a bill that could change this system, pending voter approval.  Under the proposed system the governor would have more influence over selecting nominating commission […]

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Mar 22 2012

Speaking Out for Merit Selection

Published by under Merit Selection

In response to new legislative attacks on Missouri’s Merit Selection system, the Kansas City Star and Columbia Daily Tribune feature strong pro-Merit Selection commentaries. The Daily Tribune reminds readers that Missouri sets no limit on campaign contributions, and thus worries that the sponsor of the first resolution “wants to eliminate merit selection of judges and […]

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Oct 09 2009

Confusion in Missouri

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, things are getting a bit confusing in Missouri.  We’ve reported before about ballot initiative efforts related to changing Missouri’s Merit Selection plan.  That effort focused on eliminating the nominating commission and giving the governor the power to appoint any one of his choosing.  Now, the same […]

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Sep 29 2009

Sounding a Warning in Missouri

An editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch echoes a warning sounded by Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr. last week to the Missouri Bar Association.  Chief Justice Price urged the assembled lawyers to work to maintain the independence of the judiciary.  Without such a defense, he argued: [T]he judicial branch of government quickly could […]

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Jan 16 2009

Praise for Merit Selection Nominating Commissions

An editorial in the St. Louis Dispatch praises the work of judicial nominating commissions in Missouri and recommends that newly appointed commissioners — especially those who actively oppose Merit Selection — seek the advice of long-serving commissioners: Take Stephen F. Doss, for example. He’s a Republican businessman who is serving for the second time on […]

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Jan 05 2009

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

According to the News-Leader, two opponents of Missouri’s Merit Selection plan are taking that old adage to heart.  Although John Gentry and Sally Hargis opposed the campaign to bring Merit Selection to Greene County, MO this year, they each applied to serve on the Greene County nominating commission.  Governor Matt Blunt appointed Ms. Hargis to […]

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Nov 21 2008

Praise for Greene County, Missouri

As we reported last week, voters in Greene County, Missouri voted this year to switch from electing their local judges to a Merit Selection system.  Thomas M. Burke, President of the Missouri Bar, analyzes the decision in an editorial in the News-Leader: Why switch now? While a number of reasons were presented to voters, the […]

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Nov 05 2008

Merit Selection Victories in Missouri and Kansas Counties

Congratulations to Greene County, MO which yesterday voted to adopt a Merit Selection plan for local judges. KY3 News reports that Greene County is the fourth Missouri county to adopt the plan for its local judges. And congratulations to Johnson County, KS where voters defeated an effort to change from a Merit Selection system to […]

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Sep 30 2008

Calling for Merit Selection in Greene County, MO

The News-Leader in Springfield, MO, has come out in favor of Merit Selection for Greene County.  Describing the reasons the editorial board is supporting the change from partisan elections, the editorial first quotes a former local attorney: [T]he current partisan system for electing judges in Greene County just doesn’t feel right. . . .  ‘It […]

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Sep 26 2008

Candidate for Governor Proposes Changes to Missouri Plan

The Missouri Plan long has served as a model for other states seeking to design Merit Selection systems.  In recent years, there has been some conflict between the Governor and the nominating commission about the lists of recommended candidates.  This week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof proposed changing the composition of the nominating commission. An […]

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