Voters Guide 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.
Republican Vicky Hartzler, who faces challenges from Democrat Nate Irvin and Libertarian Herschel Young, has received the most money in campaign donations.
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.
Candidates for presiding commissioner, recorder and collector report how much money they've raised and spent in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The political leaders hope to help Democrats gain seats in the Missouri Legislature.
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.
Democrats have uphill battle in preventing Republicans from winning more seats in the House of Representatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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