Spring brings judicial politics

Missouri's system is a proven model.

By Skip Walther

The following was published on the Columbia Daily Tribune website on Sunday, March 18, 2012.Click here to read the story on the Columbia Daily Tribune website.

Every spring, birds chirp, trees blossom, the NCAA Tournament begins and someone in the Missouri General Assembly tries to play politics with judicial selection. It must be the season.

In each of the past five legislative sessions, Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, has sponsored legislation to give the governor more political power over judicial selection, and each bill has failed. Until this year, Rep. Cox has tinkered on the edges of our merit-based judicial selection system: more gubernatorial appointments on the nominating commissions, more candidates for the governor to choose between, less attorney involvement.

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