Voters Guide 2012

Democrat Nate Irvin, District 4 congressional candidate, touts cooperation

The 25-year-old Democratic candidate in the 2014 District 4 congressional primary spoke at the Muleskinners' weekly meeting about his reasons for running and his campaign plans.

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Sessions, Cushing, Wade win Columbia school board seats

The school board members will be sworn in at Monday's meeting.

Columbia voters approve $50 million school bond issue

The $50 million bond issue will increase the district's debt service levy by 4 cents and will fund the construction of a new elementary school scheduled to open in January 2018.

Voters approve $14 million bond issue for fire protection district

The Boone County Fire Protection District will use the bond to refurbish or replace equipment and stations.

UPDATE: Ginny Chadwick wins First Ward City Council seat

Chadwick received 63.5 percent of the vote for the First Ward seat.

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward win gives council progressive tilt

Chadwick's election to the City Council could shift votes to favor careful development and policies following Columbia Imagined.

VOTERS GUIDE: How many votes make the difference?

Tuesday is Columbia’s 2014 municipal election. In previous years, some elections have been decided by a few hundred votes or fewer.

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

The Missourian's staff put together this guide to help you get informed about the candidates and the issues before you vote.

With civic affairs experience, Bill Easley makes bid for First Ward council seat

The Army veteran's top priority for the First Ward is increasing the job market. He would also like to work with the police and schools to enhance public safety.

Steeped in faith, Byndom makes low-key bid for First Ward council seat

A council appearance and service record shed light on First Ward candidate Tyree Byndom's views.

Latest political news

Heroin overdose antidote bill awaits Gov. Nixon’s signature

If a bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly is signed into law, first responders in Missouri will be able to carry medication that reverses the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdose.

Candidates use Strawberry Festival to get word out on elections

State and local candidates running in the August Primary Election provided one-minute presentations over dinner and dessert at the annual Strawberry Festival on Friday evening.

Blunt: Truman Veterans Hospital highly rated despite national scandal

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., met with Truman Veterans Hospital leadership Thursday morning to discuss the treatment of mental health issues in Columbia and the ongoing nationwide Veterans Affairs scandal.

Boone County GOP committee seeks replacement recorder candidate

The Boone County Republican Central Committee is trying find a replacement recorder of deeds candidate after Wes Upchurch was deemed ineligible to run because he didn't pay his state taxes.

Activists stage 72-hour 'women's filibuster'

Pamela Merritt of Progress Missouri participated in the filibuster because she wanted to represent the people who couldn't attend.

ANALYSIS: Missouri poised to become third state with 72-hour abortion wait period

While anti-abortion groups say the legislation would help women make informed decisions, others point out that the restrictions are simply efforts to block access to abortion.

Nixon and Republicans differ by $4.2 billion on interpretation of tax cut bill

Nixon said the tax cut bill could eliminate Missouri's tax on all income over $9,000, creating a $4.2 billion hole in Missouri's budget.

Activists rally at statehouse against abortion bills

Activists at the Rally for Women's Lives decried legislation they said threatens women's health.

House passes bill preventing religious discrimination in schools

Some Democrats argued the bill is unnecessary because the U.S. Constitution already protects students' religious freedoms.

House passes bill adding regulations on public employee unions

The "paycheck protection" bill would require unions to seek annual permission to spend public employees' union dues for political activities.

At left, you will find the most recent voters guide content and political news. To read about each race, use this cheat sheet that links to our previous coverage.

Helpful tips for participating in the election

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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