The appeal is this Thursday, 2:30 PM at the Court of Appeals at 1300 Oak St. We will be there to voice our support for keeping Clean Missouri on the ballot. See you there.
Here's the note we received from our friends leading the charge in the Clean MO campaign:
We wanted to share a few updates from the campaign office about this week’s legal fight. We are confident we’ll prevail in our appeal of the local court’s ruling about Amendment 1. Here’s why:
We’ll be in the Western District Court of Appeals (in Kansas City) this Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm, and we expect a ruling very soon after the hearing. Our legal team filed our first brief to the appeals court yesterday, and it's very clear that the circuit court judge erred in his ruling last week.
Amendment 1 is constitutional. As Attorney General Josh Hawley told the Circuit Court on behalf of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft: Amendment 1 "does not contain multiple subjects [and] it does not amend multiple articles." Attorney General Hawley's analysis was correct, as was his assertion that "The measure [Amendment 1], if enacted by the voters, would promote transparency and accountability in the General Assembly."
Senator Rob Schaaf, former Senator Jim Lembke, former Senator Bob Johnson, and Common Cause filed an amicus brief in support of Amendment 1 on Saturday. "The voters of Missouri, rather than the courts, should decide the fate of this important initiative," they told the court. "The Clean Missouri initiative, if enacted by the voters, would improve democratic accountability of the legislature in very important ways."
The case law, facts, and people are all on our side. More than 300,000 Missourians signed petitions demanding a vote on Amendment 1, and they're going to get that chance on November 6.
That’s why our campaign is still moving at full speed towards Election Day. What the lobbyists really want is to discourage, distract, and disorganize us — and to drain our resources in the final weeks before Election Day.
We’re not going to let them do that.
So here are my asks to you:
If you're in the Kansas City area (or even if you aren't), join us Thursday afternoon at the Court of Appeals. The hearing begins at 2:30 PM, so come early to get through security and find a seat.
Make sure people understand who is fighting to protect the corrupt status quo in Jefferson City with this lawsuit: A lobbyist for disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens, another powerful lobbyist, and the personal lawyer for Missouri’s biggest donor.
Join us for rallies and canvasses around the state Wednesday evening to shine a light on who we're fighting against, and to keep taking our message directly to voters.
There will be more details and information, so stay tuned.
We’re going to win this week, and we’re going to win in November.