Candidate Q&A

The Missourian recently submitted the following seven questions to every

Boone County candidate running for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.

Their verbatim answers, edited only slightly for grammar and spelling,

appear here. While some candidates did not submit answers by deadline,

their responses will be added if they arrive before Election Day.

Reinstated license still in jeopardy for Cooper

The sign reading “No beer until we obtain a new liquor license” has faded and cracked since it was taped to the cooler at Cooper’s Landing four months ago, when owner Mike Cooper lost the license he held for 17 years.

The state’s Administrative Hearing Commission ordered the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control to reinstate his license in a decision issued last Thursday, but the sign is still there.

Guardianship plays crucial role in right-to-vote case

A federal judge has denied a St. Louis resident with mental illness the right to vote in the upcoming election.

Steven Prye, who is under guardianship, petitioned the court after his bid to register to vote in Missouri was rejected. State law prohibits people who rely on full-time guardians from participating in the electoral process.

Man hopes to revive local AARP chapter

Mack Brushwood believes there is strength in numbers.

So he hopes to be greeted today by a crowd of eager retirees ready to revive the Columbia chapter of AARP that fizzled out about five years ago.

Curses, foiled again

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions at long, long last. No more curse and no doubt about it. They sure got you, Babe.

Fatal plane crash near Springfield still under federal investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Federal investigators had found nothing Wednesday to explain why a small private plane crashed while approaching the airport in Springfield, killing two of the three men aboard.

Pam Sullivan, senior air safety investigator for National Transportation Safety Board, said the probe was in its early stages.

Many Cards faithful reside in Columbia

Doug Mirts, the Hickman athletic director, was a bright-eyed third grader when the St. Louis Cardinals came knocking – literally.

The Cardinals caravan, which offered communities around the state a chance to meet various players and coaches, stopped at his family’s Mexico, Mo., home to meet before it made its way through town.

From FDR to W

Gloria Hay and Margot Lubensky are election volunteers who have been in the campaign circuit for a combined total of nearly 100 years.

They can recall monumental political events as if they happened yesterday: Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, Harry Truman’s triumphant grin as he held a newspaper that read “Dewey Beats Truman” and Richard Nixon’s notorious “I am not a crook” speech.

MU Latino studies center opened

Waiting for the opening of MU’s Latino studies center has been “similar to waiting for the birth of a new baby,” Handy Williamson, vice provost for international programs and faculty development, said at a Tuesday ribbon-cutting for the Cambio Center.

Forces behind the center’s creation, including Williamson, planned, prepared, budgeted and even spruced up a spare room during the past three years as they waited for the Cambio Center to come to fruition.

Haunted tour mixes knowledge with fun

MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology will intertwine art education and holiday celebration in the museum’s first Halloween-inspired event. The Haunted Museum Tour will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MU’s Pickard Hall, at Ninth Street and University Avenue.

“This is an opportunity for people of all ages to come into the museum if they have been here before or if they are first-time visitors,” said Angela Lawler, the museum’s associate educator.

Better execution is key for Missouri

With a 17-0 lead and 0:54 left in the first half Saturday, the Missouri football team’s defense had lived up to its top-ranked billing in the Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State had gained 36 yards of offense and its potent rushing attack was stuck in neutral. During the final 31 minutes, though, the Cowboys moved the ball with relative ease against Missouri, finishing with 388 yards, 105 more than the Tigers’ allow on average.

Panel’s focus is impact of Brown case

Fifty years later, the ruling seems fixed in American ideology: separate is not equal.

But panelists at a forum discussing the landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education said achieving the Supreme Court’s vision will require focus — not on segregated education or integrated education, but education itself.

MU basketball going international

Missouri coach Quin Snyder has heard the international style of basketball likened to hockey but said he didn’t know enough about hockey to take the analogy any further.

Although Snyder isn’t accustomed to the sport on ice, he knows basketball and he knows his team.

City wants millions in new roads by 2030

Columbia residents can take the wheel tonight in helping plan for the future of road funding and construction in the city.

A report prepared by a city consultant estimates the city needs $581 million worth of new roads by 2030. Both this report and a complementary plan of ways to cover that cost will be open to public scrutiny tonight during a Transportation Finance Advisory Committee hearing.

The last word

By any contemporary definition of politics, MU seniors Jonathon Coulson and Danny French are adversaries.

Coulson, a member of the College Democrats majoring in advertising, proudly displays “Vote Kerry” pins on his black school bag.

Meet a Cardinals Fan: Michael Handshear

Michael Handshear’s clothing ensemble is glossed in Redbird glory. Whether it’s his vintage 1982 world champions ball cap or his personalized baby-blue Will Clark jersey, his ensemble is replete with Redbird glory. Even his white sneakers are punctuated with red trim.

Byrd questions Nixon’s record, focus and judgment

JEFFERSON CITY — When Republican Chris Byrd began campaigning for state attorney general a year ago, he was told that a good politician remains thin throughout a campaign.

“When I started this campaign, I was told if I gained weight I was doing something wrong,” said Byrd, who has yet to add to his pre-campaign weight.

Tort reform key issue in Senate race

When Mike Ditmore started practicing neurosurgery in 1980, trial attorneys almost immediately began to seek the doctor’s advice in medical malpractice cases. Over the past two decades, Ditmore served as an expert witness in several trials from Missouri to Tennessee to Florida, for which he earned $1,000 to $2,000 a day.

As an expert witness, Ditmore saw firsthand how his testimony could affect a jury’s verdict. What he said on the stand helped decide a doctor’s guilt or innocence and how much compensation a malpractice victim might receive.

Defensive duos lead Kewps

Heather Grice and Lindsey Fleming aren’t the flashiest players on the volleyball court.

Their precise passes don’t illicit roaring cheers from the crowd like a powerful spike or rally-killing block, but Hickman coach Greg Gunn said his back row players have been crucial to the success of the team.

Inconsistent play costs Missouri on the road

The Missouri volleyball team continued its inconsistent play on the road Wednesday. The Tigers fell 30-23, 30-28, 25-30, 30-26 to Texas A&M in College Station.

Missouri (13-6, 8-4) had its chances in the first game but twice allowed long runs, with the Aggies scoring four and five unanswered points after the game was tied at 8. The Tigers blew a lead of 26-22 in the second game.