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Picture of the Day*

March 20th, 2009 · No Comments

*Thanks Jim Byrne The increase in the federal cigarette tax from 39 cents a pack to $1.01 a pack is a result of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, enacted Feb. 4. The tax increase is to pay for an expansion of health care benefits for low-income children.

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Proponents of Question 1 Issue Desperate Plea: “Vote Yes and Vote More Often”

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Greene Countians Against Question 1 press release: Question 1 Leader “Chip” Sheppard: “Vote Yes and Vote More Often” Greene Countians Against Question 1 was forwarded an email from the email account of trial lawyer Joseph “Chip” Sheppard, a partner and Chairman of the Litigation Group at the Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. law firm.  The email is unclear, rambling and nearly […]

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Quote of the Day: Just Because Something Is Not Illegal….”

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments

 “I am not a crook” We couldn’t have said it better orselves. From reader Jim Byrne. “Just because something is not illegal (at least not currently illegal) does not mean that it is not unethical. As long as we keep electing politicians that are more concerned with what they can legally get away with, than […]

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“Missouri Plan” Reformers Make Case to Lawmakers

February 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Judge Patricia Cohen sought to delay an announcement to the Governor and public regarding a recent court vacancy. Being a first year law student at Tulane, I’ve taken a keen interest in the current debate regarding the so called “Missouri Plan” and it’s obvious need for reform. Of course, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys […]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Non-Partisan Court Plan Debate Held at SLU Law School

October 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Missouri  Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith Saint Louis University School of Law hosted a lively debate Monday on Missouri’s non-partisan court plan and how judges are selected in Missouri. Former Governor Bob Holden and Missouri Bar Vice-President Thomas Burke spoke in favor of the current system for selection of judges, while St. Louis attorney […]

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First Monday in October Event: Debate on Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan

October 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Our good friend Jim Byrne sent us this press release about a debate on Missouri’s “Non- Partisan” Court Plan at St. Louis University today. Regular readers of the Missouri Political News Service know that Jim has written extensively on our court system, particularly when it comes to judicial activism and misinterpretation of the law. Jim […]

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Do the Referees Interpret the Rules, or do They Decide What the Rules Are?

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

By Jim Byrne As the NFL prepares to kick off the 2007 season, I thought it would be a good time to review the role played by the referee. In football, referees are assigned to control the game and to ensure that both teams play by the rules. Many variables can occur during the game, […]

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Missouri Dictatorship?

August 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Reader Jim Byrne has put together an excellent and comprehensive power point presentation on the sad state of our judicial system – particularly here in Missouri. You can download the Missouri Dictators Slideshow by clicking here. It provides the basics of our legal system that every Missourian should be aware of. Byrne argues passionately that […]

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Usurpation of Legislative Power by Missouri Circuit Court Judges (Part2)

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Earlier this week, we posted an email from reader Jim Byrne, questioning the constitutionality of a Missouri circuit court judge ruling that a Missouri Statute was unconstitutional: “It just didn’t sound right. How could the voice of the people be muted by a judge that only has jurisdiction in the circuit in which she serves.” […]

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Usurpation of Legislative Power by Missouri Circuit Court Judges

August 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Email from a reader: At the end of May I heard a news broadcast that a Missouri circuit court judge ruled that a Missouri Statute was unconstitutional and enjoined the Missouri Department of Corrections from enforcing it. It just didn’t sound right. How could the voice of the people be muted by a judge that […]

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