Voters Guide 2012

Proponent, opponent of Propositions 1 and 2 go head to head at League of Women Voters forum

Mayor Bob McDavid and former city councilman Larry Schuster debated the merits of a ballot initiative to raise property taxes and hire 40 new police officers and 20 new firefighters over the next five years, while Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and Brian Toohey of the Columbia Board of Realtors discussed the pros and cons of higher development fees.

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Development council opposes Proposition 2

The Central Missouri Development Council said the proposition, which would raise development fees to pay for roads, will make it too expensive to live in Columbia.

Ballenger brings rural character, business acumen to recorder's race

Almost half of Lisa Ballenger's life has been spent in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office working as deputy recorder. Now she's one of two candidates competing to replace her boss, who is retiring.

Dietzel's banking, performance background prepare her for recorder bid

Nora Dietzel is used to being the center of attention. Her singing allowed her to transition into theater, where she starred as the lead in several local plays. Now, Dietzel is the center of attention for a different reason: her campaign for Boone County recorder of deeds.

Property tax on November ballot would add 40 police officers, 15 firefighters

As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.

Incumbent Hartzler has cash advantage in 4th District contest

Republican Vicky Hartzler, who faces challenges from Democrat Nate Irvin and Libertarian Herschel Young, has received the most money in campaign donations.


Chamber panel supports higher property taxes, opposes higher development fees

The Government Affairs Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges voters to say yes to Proposition 1 and no to Proposition 2 on the November ballot.


Boone County office candidates report campaign finances

Candidates for presiding commissioner, recorder and collector report how much money they've raised and spent in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbents in state representative elections lead challengers in campaign contributions

The four candidates in the two contested races involving Boone County districts have raised a total of more than $400,000, but incumbents have a decided advantage.

Nate Irvin wants to ease marijuana laws for Missouri's 4th District

Democratic candidate Nate Irvin said federal law needs to change to match public opinion in Missouri's 4th District. Incumbent Vicky Hartzler disagreed. Libertarian Herschel Young said he would go further.

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Hallsville forum gives candidates chance to introduce themselves

Boone County candidates for collector and recorder of deeds, along with contenders for state House of Representatives, went to Hallsville to speak to a crowd of about 20 voters. 

Despite lack of support, campaigns for teacher performance amendment continue

Even though its main backer is out of the game, Amendment 3 is still on the Nov. 4 ballot, and opponents want to make sure it doesn't pass.

McCaskill, Nixon contribute to Democratic Party

The political leaders hope to help Democrats gain seats in the Missouri Legislature.

Record number of black candidates seeking office

A political science professor attributes the record number of black candidates on the ballot to the Obama "coattails effect," which encouraged blacks to vote and gave them the confidence to pursue offices they might not have run for in the past.


Back to reality for Dems as House chances fade

Democrats have uphill battle in preventing Republicans from winning more seats in the House of Representatives.

Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate for presidential hopefuls

Only a vocal minority of the GOP's pragmatic wing vowed to redouble its efforts on the social issue and punish those unwilling to join them.

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.

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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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