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Judge tosses out Democrats’ legal challenge of Lt. Governor appointment

A Cole County judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Missouri Democratic Party that challenged the appointment of Sen. Mike Kehoe to the office of Lt. Governor.

Gov. Mike Parson made the appointment following his ascension from that office, a move that stoked controversy because of a lack of clarity in Missouri’s constitution as to what can be done in that scenario.

The Democratic Party argued that Parson had no legal right to appoint someone to that position and that a vote should have been taken to fill the vacant post.

Judge John Beetem granted a request by Missouri First Assistant Attorney General John Sauer to dismiss the lawsuit Wednesday.

The full judge’s order can be read here.

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