Voters Guide 2012

Republican incumbent Hartzler, Libertarian Young win 4th Congressional District primary

Vicky Hartzler, Herschel Young and Nate Irvin will face off in November's election.


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Kim Shaw, Michael Whitworth win Division 5 judicial primaries

In the primary, three Democrats and two Republicans ran for Division 5 associate circuit judge to replace Larry Bryson, who is retiring at age 66.

Lottery ticket for veterans struck down at the polls

Because the amendment failed, there will be no change to the funding of the Veterans Commission, and lottery ticket proceeds in Missouri will continue to fund only education.

Chuck Basye wins GOP nomination for 47th District House seat

Basye said he plans to take two or three days off to attend a Republican training session in Kansas City.

Voters come to the polls with strong opinions about the issues

Proposed amendments drew plenty of comment from Boone County residents who turned out Tuesday to cast their ballots in the primary election.

VOTERS GUIDE: What you need to know before Tuesday's primary election

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information about polling place locations is available at the Boone County Clerk's website.

Primary candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion, 'Ban the Box'

Thirteen primary candidates participated in Tuesday's question-and-answer session hosted by the Columbia NAACP.

 

Missouri's 4th Congressional District primaries see some new faces

Two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Democrat are on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeking their parties' nominations.

Phillips, Basye seek GOP nod in 47th House District race

Both of the first-time candidates, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips and Chuck Basye, hope to take on the incumbent, Rep. John Wright.

Questions raised over proposed Boone County parks sales tax

Paul Prevo, a member on the Boone County Board of Parks Commission, said the commission did not endorse the sales tax because only 18 percent of its revenues would go toward parks. And Steve Spellman called the tax a bailout for the Central Missouri Events Center.

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McCaskill talks about Ferguson, foreign policy during MU visit

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed racial disparities in Ferguson, the U.S. military's rape culture and U.S. intervention in Syria and Iraq during two talks Friday at MU.

VETO SESSION: Abortion wait time expected to be hot topic

Advocates of bill say that women need 72 hours to make an informed decision about an having an abortion. Opponents respond that 72 hours of waiting only prolongs the woman’s pain.

VETO SESSION: Nine tax bills up for potential overrides

The legislative veto session will begin on Wednesday. Most Republicans want increased tax exemptions and credits, while Gov. Jay Nixon sees these proposals as catering to special interests and not being fiscally responsible.

VETO SESSION: Lawmakers will reconsider bill to allow teachers to carry concealed handgun

Under SB 656, school districts can select and appoint one or more teachers or administrators to carry either a concealed handgun or a self-defense spray device.

VETO SESSION: Bill regarding sale of e-cigarettes to minors likely to be debated

Senate Bill 841, which was sponsored by Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to those under 18 and would also exempt the products from being taxed and regulated as tobacco products.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of e-cigarette bill

Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted the potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

 In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is trying to move beyond the apparent effort of his staff to create traffic chaos on a bridge into Manhattan late last year, while state prosecutors in Wisconsin are examining whether Gov. Scott Walker coordinated too closely during a past campaign with outside conservative groups.

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

 Clinton will likely seek some separation from Obama if she runs for president — especially if Obama's approval ratings stay near 40 percent. But decoupling from a two-term president of your own party can be tricky.

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption

Missouri's 4th Congressional District primaries see some new faces

Two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Democrat are on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeking their parties' nominations.


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