November 3, 2010
Ryan Gustafson, project manager of Davey Resource Group, explains what he looks for in a tree's health in order to complete a tree inventory on Stephens Lake Park. The data from this tree inventory will be analyzed to show the parks' cost-benefit as an environmental asset.
Ryan Gustafson, project manager of Davey Resource Group, demonstrates how he measures the diameter of trees for a tree inventory that he completed on Tuesday for Stephens Lake Park.
Click on the races or ballot issues listed to see a breakdown of Columbia and Boone County's election results.
As the polls closed for election night, voters across the state gathered with their favored candidates to watch results come in. Missourian photographers captured the highs and lows of the candidates' watch parties.
Amendment 3 will prohibit a real estate transfer tax, which could be applied every time property changes hands. Before Tuesday, Missouri was one of 13 states that did not use the tax.
Amendment 2 will exempt some prisoners of war from paying property taxes. The Missouri Veterans Commission estimates that fewer than 100 qualifying prisoners of war live in the state.
In the race for state auditor, Tom Schweich defeated incumbent Susan Montee. Montee has held the office since 2006.
Stephen Webber, the incumbent state representative for parts of Columbia, was re-elected. He raised about $60,000 more than Paul Szopa.
Proposition A states that an earnings tax a city wishes to impose would have to be approved by voters. Cities that already impose the tax, such as St. Louis and Kansas City, would have to put the tax on the ballot every five years.
Republican Vicky Hartzler unseated longtime Democrat and 4th District U.S. Representative Ike Skelton by more than 10,000 votes. Skelton would have entered his 34th year as a representative in January. The final vote was 113,500 to 101,507.
Chris Kelly will remain the state representative for the 24th District. He raised about $140,000 more than Laura Nauser.
After winning a hotly contested race against Judy Baker in 2008, U.S. Rep. BlaineLeutkemeyer cruised to an easy victory this year, beating Libertarian candidate Christopher Dwyer by a margin of 15,737 votes, 34.6 percent.
Roy Blunt, from Springfield, Mo., won his home district of Greene County 62-32. Blunt raised about $1.5 million more than Carnahan.
Republican Ed Robb slipped by Democrat J. Scott Christianson to win the Boone County presiding commissioner seat. Though Christianson led through most of the night, Robb edged by to win by 528 votes. The final vote was 24,967 for Robb and 24,439 for Christianson.
Had it passed, Proposition 2 would have made the use of Tasers in Columbia a Class A misdemeanor and banned everyone, including law enforcement officers, from using, or threatening to use, Tasers within the city limits. The proposition was rejected 24,679 to 7,327.
Amendment 1 requires that county assessors be elected in counties with charter governments. The amendment exempts Jackson County.
Sisters Kaitlyn and Elizabeth Cauthorn embrace after their father, Missouri 21 District candidate John Cauthorn, takes a giant lead in the polls at the Mexico Republican watch party on Tuesday, November 2. Cauthorn, a former Missouri state senator is running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
Proposition 1 gives a five-year extension of a one-eighth-cent sales tax for parks. The tax will generate an estimated $12 million over the next five years. The measure passed 20,520 to 11,361.
Proposition B requires the owners of 10 or more female dogs with the intent to breed to give dogs adequate veterinary care, room to stretch their limbs, shelter from the elements and limits breeders to two breeding cycles per every 18 months.