ballot initiatives

On the Trail
3:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future

Democrats are hoping that focusing on increasing the minimum wage will pay dividends come election time. But chances of a Missouri ballot initiative are up in the air, at best.
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President Barack Obama sent a message during his State of the Union address to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.

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On the Trail
8:18 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Showdown Looms Over 'Right To Farm' Amendment

Former state Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence, has formed a political action committee to oppose the "Right to Farm" amendment.
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Wes Shoemyer was content to ride off into the political sunset. 

The former Democratic state senator lost his re-election bid decisively in 2010. Afterward he told people in Jefferson City that he had a great “consolation prize” – going back to his farm near Monroe County.

But Shoemyer is leaping back into the fray to fight an amendment making it more difficult to regulate agriculture. And he’s taking on familiar adversaries – some the state’s largest agricultural organizations.

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Politics & Issues
2:03 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Backers Consider Petitions To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri

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Updated 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15

Advocates for partly legalizing the growing and use of marijuana in Missouri have gotten the go-ahead to circulate 13 different initiative petitions in the state.

But that doesn’t mean any of the proposals will be on this fall’s ballot.

On Wednesday, the Missouri secretary of state's office said it had approved all 13 initiatives for circulation. Nearly 158,000 signatures from registered voters will be needed to put any of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

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Initiative petitions
9:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot

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As soon as the snow melts, Missourians may find themselves confronting a horde of people stopping them outside stores, on the streets or at their front doors.

The object: to get their signatures on petitions that would put a variety of issues – such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure – on the August or November ballot.

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Teacher Tenure
5:57 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative

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A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Mo. House
9:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Mo. House Seeks To Increase Transparency Of Initiative Petitions

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The Missouri House has approved legislation aimed at increasing the transparency of initiative petitions that bypass the Legislature to put proposed laws or constitutional amendments on statewide ballots.
 
Sponsors of the petitions must gather signatures from registered voters for their proposal to qualify for the ballot.
 

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Initiative Petitions
5:46 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Kander To Post Initiative Petitions To Mo. Sec. Of State Website BEFORE Writing Ballot Language

The Mo. Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City.
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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) has made changes to the initiative petition process.


Effective immediately, the Secretary of State’s office will begin posting initiative petitions to its website before the summary language is written.  Kander has also authorized 5-day comment periods that will begin the same day the initiative petitions are posted.

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Farm Values Tour
6:17 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Schoeller conducting 'Farm Values Tour' across rural Mo.

GOP Sec. of State nominee Shane Schoeller.
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Agricultural interests are being highlighted in the Missouri Secretary of State’s race this week.

Republican nominee Shane Schoeller is conducting a “Farm Values Tour” across the state, in which he’s reviving memories of the recent battle over dog breeding regulations.  He says his Democratic opponent, Jason Kander, would follow in Robin Carnahan’s footsteps in writing ballot summaries that could greatly harm farmers who also breed dogs.

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Court plan ballot language
3:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

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A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) for a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.


The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:

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Health insurance exchange
6:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language

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There will be no challenge to the new language inserted onto a ballot initiative by a Cole County judge regarding health insurance exchanges.


The version initially approved by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) had asked if state law should, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,” unless the people or the legislature created an exchange.  In a statement, Carnahan says Attorney General Chris Koster (D) refused to file an appeal on her office’s behalf.  Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) filed suit against Carnahan over that language.  He applauded the Democratic Attorney General’s move.

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