State election laws cry out for reform

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

The time has come for a serious overhaul of Missouri’s election and campaign finance laws. And as I see it, there are three things that we need to change to have more democratic, transparent and responsive state government.

First, get rid of term limits for members of Missouri’s legislative branch. The original intent of term limits was to bust up the entrenched power in Jefferson City and reduce the unfair advantages of incumbency by creating more open races. The outcome would be…