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Elections

Party leaders clash over Obama as election nears

While the elections will determine winners in all 435 House districts and in 36 governors' seats, the national focus is largely on the Senate, where Republicans need to net six seats to control the majority in the Congress that convenes in January.

Whitworth brings background in mediation to race for Division 5 judge

The Republican candidate for associate court judge is a lawyer, musician and family man. With extensive experience in family law mediation, Whitworth says he wants to be on the bench to help people through a fair process.

Kim Shaw makes second run for Division 5 judge

The Democrat with 25 years of law experience is vying for the seat being vacated by Larry Bryson.

Proposition 1 would provide money for 15 firefighters

Revenue generated from the proposed property tax increase would enable the department to better staff Station 2 and a new Station 10.

Legislative candidates discuss lobbyist gifts, campaign contributions

Missouri is the only state in the country that has no limits on how much people can contribute to political campaigns or how much lobbyists can give public officials.

Incumbent state auditor faces challenges from two third-party candidates

Incumbent auditor Tom Schweich is seeking another four-year term, but Libertarian candidate Sean O'Toole and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing want his office.

McCollum cites office experience in election for Boone County collector

Democrat Brian McCollum has worked in the collector's office for more than 13 years and hopes to succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer, who is retiring.

Reisch draws on decades of political service for Boone County collector bid

The Republican mayor of Hallsville cites her family's long ties to Boone County and her political acumen as qualifications for the job.

Basye says running for 47th District is 'right thing to do'

Republican candidate Chuck Basye hopes to win the 47th District with his farming roots and work experiences.

Education, business experience helped shape 47th District incumbent Wright

John Wright's journey took him from Columbia to the Missouri state legislature — with stops to study at Yale and work in New York City.

Missouri House candidates share same-sex marriage views

Recent national developments leave Missouri among the minority of states that ban same-sex marriage.

Sturgeon school district seeks $2 million bond for buildings

Proposed renovations and additions would provide students and staff with more adequate facilities and increase safety, officials say.

Proposed amendment draws concern about future of state budget

Amendment 10, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, would change the governor’s power to maintain a balanced budget by requiring the legislature's approval any time the governor reduced the amount of money budgeted to a state agency.

Commissioner candidates discuss future of 911 center

A sales tax to fund a new building and an overhaul of the Public Safety and Joint Communications Center was approved by voters in 2013.

Presiding-commissioner candidate Pounds wants Boone County to stay affordable

The avid outdoorsman and self-employed construction worker says he wants Boone County to remain an affordable place to live.

Atwill points to law, military experience to keep office

The incumbent Democratic presiding commissioner hopes to be elected to a full term after being appointed in 2011.

State representative candidates weigh in about Medicaid expansion

Candidates for the Missouri legislature share differing views about Medicaid expansion; some are in support, but others would only consider it provided there is a general reform of Medicaid.

Finance reports show fundraising, spending of county candidates, political committees

The reports are the last that will be filed before Tuesday's election. Many candidates saw a recent spike in contributions.

Atwill, Pounds discuss Boone County budget reserves, process

Pounds said the reserves are unnecessarily large. Atwill, however, said having a surplus available is important in case revenue drops.

Lawmakers, clerks, debate merits of early voting amendment

Missouri's early voting amendment has drawn support from Republican legislators, but others say the bill is a thinly-veiled attempt at progress.

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