'Rednecks' come to Columbia for Obama rally

Tony Viessman, 74, of Rolla started "Rednecks for Obama" with Les Spencer, 60, before Obama's July 30 stop in Rolla, and has traveled to campaign events in Mississippi, Tennessee, Colorado and New York.

Line for Obama rally stretches nearly a mile

By 6:15 p.m., a line of Sen. Barack Obama supporters had already gathered along Conley Avenue north of MU's Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. The line stretched from Hulston Hall, which houses the MU law school, jogged east down University Avenue around Middlebush Hall and then south on Hitt Street.

Legislative candidates differ on education issues

Candidates for the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives weighed in on how to fund K-12 education in a tough economy.

Legislative candidates offer views on the economy

Local state House and Senate candidates have varying thoughts on the future of Missouri's economy.

Missouri House candidates Robb, Kelly debate higher education

Republican Rep. Ed Robb and former legislator Chris Kelly agree that higher education needs to be better funded but disagree on who would be the more effective legislator.

Early arrival encouraged for Obama rally

Setup begins on Carnahan Quad, and a large crowd is anticipated at Thursday night's event.

Analysis finds disparities in county voter rolls

Fourteen of the state's 114 counties had more registered voters than voting-age adults. Such a scenario raises the question of whether some people could vote twice in different places.

Follow-ups to voter registration drives differ between parties

Both Republicans and Democrats helped register voters for this election, but party organizers are split on what constitutes adequate follow-up to geting voters out to the polls Nov. 4.

State Senate and House candidates propose health-care fixes

Some candidates think Gov. Matt Blunt's 2005 Medicaid cuts need to be reversed. Others think that's unrealistic given the state's responsiblity to a balanced budget. Candidates for the state House and Senate outline their ideas for health-care reform in Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Obama, McCain appeal to button wearing, sign carrying crowd as election draws near

Days away from the election, a noticeable change has taken place in presidential campaign strategy in Missouri. After months of candidates appealing to the voting-befuddled, hard-to-reach undecided, they're finally giving some love to their base supporters. 

Oakland Junior High School students hold political convention

More than 400 parents, teachers, candidates and community members attended the event on Wednesday morning.

Former schools superintendent says government needs faith

Gregory Thompson is the Constitution Party's candidate for governor.

Lengthy political career holds lessons for Nixon

Nixon, who is the longest-serving attorney general in Missouri history, is hoping to bring his small-town experiences to the Governor's office

Nomad-like congressman hopes his next stop is Jefferson City

Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for governor, began his career in politics when he was attending MU and took an internship in Washington, DC., Hulshof has gone on to serve as a special prosecutor and congressman, moving around from city to city, and he hopes that he will be leaving the District of Columbia soon for Jefferson City.


Libertarian says party needs to get beyond 'making a stink'

Andy Finkenstadt says that if he is elected governor, he would follow the letter and spirit of the law.

Obama likely to attract big crowd in Columbia

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, will be in Columbia on Thursday night. The Change We Need rally begins at 9:30 p.m. in the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. 

City abuzz over Obama visit

Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at MU's Carnahan Quadrangle on Thursday.

At NAACP forum, candidates talk education, affirmative action

Three Republicans, seven Democrats and one Libertarian met with a predominantly black audience at the Second Baptist Church to address issues such as public education and racial profiling.

Luetkemeyer's loans to campaign surpass $1 million

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer loaned on Saturday $200,000 more to his campaign for 9th District representative in Congress, according to campaign finance records.

Obama, McCain focus on get-out-the-vote campaigns for Mo. voters

The sales pitch has been made. Now it's time to close the deal for thousands of presidential campaign volunteers who have been contacting Missourians on behalf of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.