Robin Carnahan Joins Madeline Albright’s Think Tank
September 27, 2013

AP) – Former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has joined a Washington-based firm that provides global consulting services to businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Albright Stonebridge Group said Friday that Carnahan has been hired as a senior director.
She served two terms as Missouri secretary of state, from 2005 until this past January. Before that, Carnahan served as an executive at the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., practiced corporate law and advised businesses on international trade issues.
Albright Stonebridge is led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger. The business describes itself as a “commercial diplomacy and strategic advisory firm.”
The company’s announcement said Carnahan also is serving this fall as a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics

Kander to Push for Early Voting in Missouri
January 15, 2013

Missouri’s new Secretary of State, Jason Kander, says he want to look at advance voting in Missouri. He wants to do it quickly.
Kander’s office says he’s putting together a panel of election officials and elected politicians to consider how Missouri can move toward advance voting.
The idea has been around for years in Missouri. The idea of advanced voting, however, always seems to get snarled in state capitol politics.
Both Democratic Secretaries of State like Robin Carnahan and Republican Matt Blunt tried to push the advance voting measures forward but failed.
Neighboring Kansas has used advance voting successfully for several years. Nearly a third of Kansans now vote in advance of major election dates.
“ Missouri is currently one of only 15 states that do not have any form of no-excuse absentee or early voting. Brianna Lennon, a former Missouri Assistant Attorney General who Kander hired to serve as the office’s Elections Counsel, will coordinate the commission,” according to a news release.
Kander also says he’s prohibiting his staff from taking gifts from lobbyists. He also wants staffers to become familiar with Missouri’s ethics laws before starting work in his office.

Missouri Democrats May Blame Turnout Problems on Voter Photo ID Problems
November 3, 2012

KC Star:
Missouri Democrats are worried — about Kansas.
They fear messages bleeding over the border will scare some of their voters away from the polls. In particular, they’re nervous about a highly visible advertising campaign telling Kansans they’ll need a picture ID to cast their ballots this year.
Pictures aren’t required to vote in Missouri, in part because Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a photo ID law last year.
But Missouri Democratic officials fear many voters, particularly the elderly and poor without photo ID, may see the Kansas-based ads and misunderstand the rules. So they’re issuing press releases and calling news conferences to remind Missouri voters they don’t need a photo ID.
“Every election cycle there are mail pieces, TV ads, radio ads that are misleading,” state party chairman and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders said this week. “We want to make sure we get ahead of the curve this year, so that nobody has any confusion about what it’s going to take to cast a ballot in the state of Missouri.”
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, also a Democrat, issued a similar statement last week.
Democrats say their concerns developed after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican and key supporter of picture ID requirements, launched a media campaign informing Kansas voters of the new rules. Ads and a website, paid for by a $300,000 federal grant, outline the new rules for the state’s voters, who face the photo requirement for the first time.
Kobach said he had no intention of influencing Missouri’s election.
“All of our ads mention Kansas, some multiple times,” Kobach said. “I think it would be highly unlikely that a Missouri viewer would mistake any of our ads as a reference to Missouri.”
Missouri’s Republicans say their Democratic counterparts are too worried about the problem. Missourians, they said, should be more concerned with the lack of photo ID in the state.
“Our entire GOP statewide ticket … supports a photo identification requirement to vote, as do a vast majority of Missourians,” said party chairman Lloyd Smith in an email.

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Appeals Court Backs Carnahan Language of Judge Selection Ballot Question
September 18, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — An appeals court panel has upheld Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s summary of a proposed constitutional amendment that would change Missouri’s process for selecting appellate judges.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled last week that Carnahan’s summary of the measure, which Republican lawmakers placed on the Nov. 6 ballot, was ‘sufficient and fair.”

Three Court of Appeals judges from Missouri’s Western District agreed Monday.

“While appellants believe the secretary could have explained that more artfully, that is not the standard nor does it mean that the summary statement is unfair or partial in explaining the purpose of the amendment,” they wrote in their opinion.

The contentious amendment proposal would give the governor an additional appointee on the state’s Appellate Judicial Commission and increase the number of nominees that are referred to the governor to four from three.

Judge Throws Out Ballot Language on Missouri Health Exchange Question
August 29, 2012

KC Star:
JEFFERSON CITY — A Cole County judge threw out the Democratic secretary of state’s summary of a health care ballot measure Tuesday, replacing it with one backed by Republicans.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and a handful of legislative leaders filed a lawsuit last month accusing the secretary of state’s office of writing a ballot summary that was “blatantly false, deceptive and intended to mislead the people.” After hearing arguments from both sides Tuesday morning, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green agreed with Republicans.
Kinder called the ruling an “enormous victory” for Missouri voters.
“It is imperative that voters have a clear and impartial summary on this crucial ballot issue that affects our healthcare rights and taxpayer dollars,” he said.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a statewide ballot measure for November that would ask voters whether Missouri officials should be barred from creating a health insurance exchange without approval from voters or the legislature. Health exchanges, which are a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, are an online marketplace for individuals to compare and purchase insurance plans.
The new ballot summary says: “Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor, or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?”
The wording was one of four suggested alternatives put forth by Republicans who filed the lawsuit.

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