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Missouri: court upholds rejection of initiative petitions

AP reports: A group backing ballot measures to restrict government spending and eminent domain suffered a double loss Monday as a judge ruled the initiative petitions were illegally disorganized.

The rulings by Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan upheld Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's decision to reject the petitions, which were targeted for the Nov. 7 ballot.

Besides citing the organizational problems, Callahan also upheld Carnahan's rejection of the eminent domain petition because its signatures were gathered on pages bearing a previously invalidated financial summary.

Both amendments were sponsored by a group called Missourians in Charge, which turned in hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in May just minutes before the deadline. The group plans to appeal both of Callahan's decisions, said leader Patrick Tuohey of Kansas City. -- News-Leader.com | Local News

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