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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he won’t appeal a judge’s decision rewriting the ballot summary of a health insurance proposal.
Koster confirmed Thursday that he refused a request from Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to challenge a ruling that her original ballot summary was unfair and insufficient. A Cole County judge ordered Carnahan to use a revised summary supported by Republicans.
Carnahan’s office described the new wording as incomplete and uninformative. But Koster says it more accurately reflects lawmakers’ intent.
The question will ask: “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?”
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Press Release from Ed Martin
(Missouri) – August 30, 2012 – A newly-surfaced video shows Deputy Solicitor General for the Attorney General’s office arguing strongly in favor of the biased and partisan language written by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for SB 464.
However, the Kansas City Star reported that Attorney General Chris Koster released a statement saying “My job is to call balls and strikes in an impartial manner.”
In an earlier release, Martin criticized Koster for not rejecting the language when given the opportunity:
“Had Attorney General Koster rejected Carnahan’s biased language in the first place, we would not be in this situation,” Martin said. “Koster is again playing politics and shifting with the political winds, trying to have it both ways. He filed a meaningless brief on ObamaCare, rescinded bids after he was caught taking campaign contributions, and failed to reject this biased language when he had the opportunity. Now, he is backing away from his position after he was caught on the wrong side of the fence, this time it is at the expense of a fellow liberal Democrat. We cannot afford an Attorney General who puts politics over the people of Missouri who overwhelmingly rejected ObamaCare. Even Robin Carnahan is tired of Koster changing his position every time the political winds change.”
Carnahan wrote the ballot summary for SB 464, which was then reviewed for legality and rubber stamped by Attorney General Chris Koster.
In July, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder was joined in a lawsuit by State Representative and Secretary of State Candidate Shane Schoeller challenging the legality of Carnahan’s ballot summary.
At the same time, Republican candidate for Attorney General Ed Martin called on Koster to reject the language as biased and unfair.
“Koster and Carnahan are complicit in a shameful partisan attempt to trick the voters about ObamaCare,” Martin said in a statement on July 10. “The Attorney General is the last line of defense against the federal government taking over our health care and he must not stand by and let Robin Carnahan aid Barack Obama in the takeover.”