Thornhill takes thoughtful approach to decision making

Second Ward City Council candidate Jason Thornhill draws from his previous business experience for his decisions. His colleagues say he is well-informed and open to new ideas. Thornhill, a lifelong resident of Boone County, also said he hopes he is providing a good example for his family.

Council candidate Sharrock draws on military experience

Second Ward City Council candidate credits his career with the Missouri National Guard for his success in life and his ability to lead in Columbia politics.

Council candidates support limited use of tax increment financing

All four City Council candidates favor limited and cautious use of tax increment financing and other tax incentives to spur development and business growth in the city.

Council candidates weigh in on the roles of neighborhood associations

City council candidates have differing views on the roles of neighborhood associations.

Who are the candidates for Columbia School Board?

Nine candidates are competing for two seats on the seven-member Columbia School Board being vacated by current board president Michelle Gadbois and vice president Steve Calloway. The election is April 7.


UPDATE: Blunt declares 'the fight is in the Senate'

Blunt said voting for him would give Republicans the best chance to pick up another seat and more effectively challenge the Democratic majority there. He said he will not neglect urban areas like St. Louis, where he made his announcement, which have been less emphasized by previous Republican officials.

Sources: Roy Blunt to run for Senate in 2010

Blunt previously served as Missouri's secretary of state and also as House minority whip in the U.S. Congress. The only previously announced candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Republican Kit Bond, is Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat.

ANALYSIS: Bush legacy — grim times, gloomy nation

While history says time should pass before a president is judged, the modern doctrine asks instead, "Are people better off than they were when the president took office?"

Few inaugural event tickets left for Missourians

The offices of Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Ike Skelton have waiting lists of people seeking tickets to the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. Nationwide, 240,000 tickets were made available to members of Congress to distribute.

Missouri electors cast 11 votes for McCain

More than a month after the presidential election, Missouri's electors cast their votes for Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin on Monday.

ANALYSIS: Votes denied for hundreds of Missourians

In the November election, fewer than 27 percent of people who cast provisional ballots had their votes counted — that figure is down from 53 percent in the 2006 election. Voting officials said that often, these provisional provisional ballots often had the wrong addresses or were turned after the Oct. 8 deadline.

Hosmer chosen as chairman of Missouri Democratic Party

Craig Hosmer, current Greene County Democratic chairman and former Springfield state representative, was elected as Missouri Democratic Party chairman.

Missouri officially loses its bellwether status

Election returns certified Tuesday by the secretary of state's office show that Republican John McCain won Missouri by 3,903 votes — or 0.13 percentage point. This marks the first presidential election since 1956 in which Missouri's winner did not win the presidency.

Obama picks Clinton, Gates for Cabinet

President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President George W. Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he fills his Cabinet at record speed. Obama also picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Obama said the appointees "share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America's role as a leader in the world."

Stevens loses Alaska Senate race

Sen. Ted Stevens' loss to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats closer to a filibuster-proof majority.

McCain still leads in Missouri as official results deadline passes

But the Missouri secretary of state waits to receive official election results from some of the state's most populous jurisdictions.

Luetkemeyer heads to D.C., discusses his Congressional priorities

Blaine Luetkemeyer, the 9th District U.S. Representative-elect, is in Washington, D.C., this week for Congressional orientation. But before he left, Luetkemeyer he shed light on some of his legislative priorities.

Constitution Party books spot on Missouri ballot

Constitution Party treasurer candidate Rodney Farthing got 2.4 percent of the vote in last week's election. Farthing did not win, but that's a large enough proportion to ensure the party a spot on Missouri's 2010 and 2012 ballots.

Hispanic voters in Columbia, across U.S. supported Obama

Barack Obama's victory shows how important the Hispanic vote is in presidential elections. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Obama received 67 percent of the Hispanic vote in the election. Click here for a graphic on voter turnout in Boone County.

Why did the Robb-Kelly race cost so much?

Combined, Chris Kelly and Ed Robb raised nearly $400,000 — a record for the state for a Missouri House seat.