Voters Guide 2012
Candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from an audience of more than 30 people at a candidate forum hosted by the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, did not attend.
Columbia City Council First Ward candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easley will address audience's questions and concerns at the Muleskinners' lunch-time forum.
Registration must be completed online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be valid for the general municipal election on April 8.
Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.
Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from Chamber of Commerce members. Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, said he could not participate in the forum on religious grounds.
Tom Rose will not seek re-election, and incumbent Helen Wade has not filed so far. The deadline is Jan. 21,2014.
House Majority Leader John Diehl sent a letter to colleagues about his fundraising plans if he is nominated as speaker. Rep. Caleb Jones sent a similar letter, but it did not mention fundraising.
Bob McDavid, Karl Skala and Ian Thomas took their oaths of office Monday to begin their new terms as mayor and Third and Fourth wards councilmen, respectively.
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid was re-elected to a second term Tuesday, but challengers Karl Skala and Ian Thomas defeated incumbents to win seats on the City Council.
Ian Thomas, former director of the PedNet Coalition, defeated incumbent Daryl Dudley and Bill Weitkemper with more than 47 percent of the vote.
Missouri would be tied with South Dakota and Utah as the state with the longest waiting period for an abortion.
The House version of legislation that would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortions passed the first-round vote, while its Senate counterpart faltered after Democrats commanded the four-hour floor debate.
Even though the bill would stop the state governments from offering businesses incentives to switch states, it wouldn’t have any effect on the local governments from continuing to try and undercut each other.
The city will not grant CVS Pharmacy a building permit for its proposed downtown location until it fixes issues with the plan's drive-thru, box culvert extension and a sewer main under the property.
The city's three remaining options might not be able to raise $19.75 million to fund sewer and electric works for additional downtown development.
The 5-2 decision eliminated the only proposed solution to address the city's infrastructure problems downtown and could halt development for months. But some council members are ready to propose other approaches.
Bills discussed Tuesday would extend the ban on driving while texting to all drivers.
Gov. Jay Nixon and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke at UM's Legislative Day on Tuesday morning. They addressed funding plans for the universities and emphasized the importance of STEM education in the state.
The council's decision might also cause several developers to pull out of Columbia. Before the vote, St. Romaine said representatives of OPUS Group and Park 7 Group told him they plan to cancel their developments if the city did not approve the downtown infrastructure funding.
Although the council's decision Monday night won't establish a downtown tax-increment financing district, it could bolster the plan, which has been criticized by council members, the public and the Boone County government.
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The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6. You can find your polling place by checking the website of Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren.
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