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Liberal Politicians Accused of Distorting Anti-Quota Ballot Initiative | Missouri Political News Service

Liberal Politicians Accused of Distorting Anti-Quota Ballot Initiative

August 16th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Kevin Mooney

Need another reason why we need the Carnahan “dynasty” to end?

(CNSNews.com) – A politically ambitious Democratic attorney general in Missouri is working with other government officials to distort ballot language targeting racial preferences in an attempt to affect the result, according to the activist behind the initiative.

American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) Chairman Ward Connerly’s “Super Tuesday for Equality” campaign aims to place anti-discrimination initiatives on the ballot for voters in five states in November 2008. Voters in Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma will be asked whether racial preferences and quotas should be banned — a step that would require an amendment to the state constitutions.

Missouri law stipulates that ballot language be drawn up “in the form of a question using language neither intentionally argumentative nor likely to create prejudice either for or against the proposed measure.”

Connerly claims that Attorney General Jay Nixon has conspired with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to craft a statement designed to skew the outcome.

The initiative as originally written reads: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

The proposed changes, which would be presented to voters on election day as a summary statement, read as follows:

“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

ban affirmative action programs designed to eliminate discrimination against; and improve opportunities for woman and minorities in public contracting, employment and education; and allow preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to meet federal program funds eligibility standards as well as preferential treatment for bona fide qualifications based on sex?”

“If anyone ever deserved the Mike Nifong award for dishonest behavior in the legal profession it would be this attorney general,” Connerly said in an interview, referring to the disgraced former district attorney at the center of the Duke University lacrosse scandal. Read more…



Tags: Affirmative Action · Carnahans' · Decision '08

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