Jon Beetem http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-upholds-ballot-summary-mo-court-measure-0 <P>A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp">Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</A> (D) for a <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">proposed constitutional amendment </A>that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.</P> <P>The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to:</P> <UL Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:36:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-judge-forbids-state-auditor-calculating-costs-ballot-initiatives <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">A Missouri judge has struck down the <a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/">State Auditor&#39;s </a>authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.<o:p></o:p></font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem comes in a challenge to a proposed tobacco tax initiative for which supporters are not gathering signatures. But attorneys who specialize in initiative petitions say the ruling ultimately could affect other initiatives. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 3187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives