St. Louis – A political fight over the timing of a gay marriage ban election has reached a skeptical Missouri Supreme Court.
Judges Tuesday questioned whether there was any practical or legal reason preventing Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt from placing the amendment on the August ballot, as Democratic Governor Bob Holden ordered.
Blunt's attorney acknowledged there was no practical barrier. But he said state election law makes an August election impossible.
Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House and Senate adjourned Monday night without passing a state budget. That means the spring session will go into overtime.
The issue of how to fill a $2.3 billion budget deficit remains unresolved. It also menas Democrats have given new power to the Republican minorities in each legislative chamber. Under state law, the number of votes needed to pass budget legislation increases after May 31st (It goes from a simple majority to three-fifths majority).