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"Seventy years ago voters decided that it was time to keep politics out of our courtrooms and allow the rule of law, not political agendas, to guide the administration of justice in Missouri. At a time when there is simply too much politics in government, Missouri’s voters should reject [the 2012] attempt to discard our nonpartisan system for selecting judges." 

-Retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price

Press Releases

Election Aftermath: Some Suggest Non-Partisan Court Plan for Cole County

November 9,2014
Jefferson City News Tribune
Including its $100,000 direct donation to Brian Stumpe's campaign, the Republican State Leadership Committee spent nearly $300,000 in its effort to unseat incumbent Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ...

Poll: Cole County Voters Concerned about 'Outside Money' in Judge's Race

October 24, 2014
Jefferson City News Tribune
At least two-thirds of Cole County’s voters are concerned about “outside, special interest money pouring into” the county’s circuit judge’s race, according to a poll released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based “Justice at Stake” group ...

New Poll: Cole County, Missouri Voters Concerned About Money and Special Interests in Local Judicial Races

October 23, 2014
Justice at Stake
A pre-election poll of 579 Cole County, Missouri likely voters shows nearly three-quarters of them concerned about outside special interest money pouring into their county's circuit court election ...

The Floodwater Rises: The 2014 Midterm Elections and the Future of Fair Courts Issues in Ten Key States

November 18, 2014
Justice at Stake
Elected state court judges saw political pressure ratcheted way up in 2014, as nearly $14 million was spent on television advertising, costly challenges were waged against judges in half a dozen states and three states saw ballot measures affecting fair courts ...

"Those of us in the business community want a justice system that is fair, impartial & predictable because it eliminates, as much as possible, politics in the selection of our judges. If the [2012 proposed amendment] passes, all future governors will have virtual control over the appointment of appellate judges in Missouri. I hope business leaders will join with me in opposing the [2012 proposed alterations to The Missouri Plan]."

-Jack Stack, President & CEO of SRC Holdings Corp.

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"School boards throughout the state have a strong interest in preserving an unbiased court system. [The 2012 Amendment] would introduce a troublesome degree of politics into a system that is working well. MSBA believes this amendment has the potential to make judges beholden to politicians and political agendas. "

​-Dr. Carter Ward, Executive Director, MissouriSchool Boards’ Association