Voters Guide 2012

Citizens PAC chipped in nearly $30,000 on Columbia council races

Citizens for a Better Columbia supported Ryan Euliss in the Sixth Ward and Dan Rader in the First Ward, but neither candidate won.

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Trapp hangs on to win another City Council term in the Second Ward

Challenger Paul Love lost by just 83 votes. Trapp wants to focus on responsive government and "livable streets."

Ruffin emerges from nine-candidate ballot to take First Ward City Council seat

The Rev. Clyde Ruffin, an MU theater professor and senior pastor at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, prevailed with less than 25 percent of the vote.

Peters edges Euliss by 35 votes to win council seat vacated by Hoppe

The doctor and neighborhood volunteer said she wants to focus on the fundamentals of city government.

Electric bonds, stormwater issue cruise to victory in Tuesday election

City officials argued that Proposition 1 would increase the capacity and reliability of the city's power system at a reasonable cost and that Proposition 2 was necessary to bring storm sewers up to snuff.


Final, unofficial election results from the Boone County Clerk's Office

All precincts have reported in Tuesday's election.

Voters share their thoughts on Tuesday's municipal election

Polling places will remain open until 7 p.m. Columbia City Council, Columbia School Board and Boone Hospital Trustee races are on the ballot, along with two city propositions.

Eastside Tavern owner Sal Nuccio says he's out of Columbia City Council race

His withdrawal drops the field from nine candidates to eight.


Candidate volume predicts turnout better than fundraising

With nine candidates on the ballot including write-in Chad Phillips, this is the busiest City Council election Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren can remember.

How to participate in Tuesday's election

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Latest political news

Columbia City Council members take on state lawmakers' proposals

Legislation filed in the Missouri General Assembly seeks to undo or pre-empt ordinances passed by local governments, including Columbia.

Missouri Republicans inch forward on Medicaid 'reforms'

Some tweaks to the state's Medicaid system are moving forward, including proposals encouraging the use of telemedicine, a raise to the asset limit for people with disabilities and more stringent policing of eligibility.

LGBTQ protections divide business interests in Missouri

When it comes to a state law that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's stance doesn't seem to align with some of its members' stances. 

Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa

Clinton is the first high-profile Democrat to get into the race, and she quickly won the endorsement of several leading Democrats, including her home state governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

State legislators, public discuss pilot program for medical marijuana

With the introduction of three pieces of legislation, the movement to legalize medicinal cannabis seems to be gaining steam in the halls of the Missouri General Assembly.

Court blocks parts of Missouri health care navigator law

Navigator advocates say the 8th Circuit Court ruling could have implications on other states that have restrictions.

Tensions flare as Missouri GOP brings gun debate to cities

Some GOP lawmakers this session are pushing for a measure to allow firearms on buses and trains, along with a slew of other measures to expand who can carry guns and where.

Indiana faces long road to restore image after religious law

Indiana's tourism industry is already taking a hit from its religious objections law, which some argued would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.


Missouri governor headed to Europe for trade mission

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will take a weeklong trade mission trip to Italy, Germany and Spain. The goal of the trip is to meet with private businesses and international companies that have branches in Missouri.

Missouri bills could keep immigrant students from college

The bills, which would prevent children brought illegally into the U.S. from receiving federal or state aid, would target the 6,000 to 7,000 immigrant K-12 students in Missouri.

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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