Candidates discuss job creation, health care at NAACP forum

Ten candidates participated in the forum that also addressed relations between the city and county and issues specific to some offices.

Studies compare Columbia development fees to other municipalities

Proposition 2 would move Columbia's road fees into the upper half of cities with which it is frequently compared, but its overall development fees would remain relatively low.

What you need to know before you go the polls Nov. 4

The general election ballot includes statewide and local ballot issues as well as races for legislative and county offices.

State House candidates discuss education funding

Nearly all the Boone County candidates say it's important to find more money for K-12 schools and for colleges and universities.


Presiding commissioner candidates differ on future of fairgrounds property

Incumbent Dan Atwill says the Central Missouri Events Center's time will come. His challenger, Jimmy Pounds, doubts it.

Amendment allowing new evidence in child sexual abuse cases divides legal community

Proponents see the amendment as a key way to convict more sexual abusers of children, but opponents worry it makes it too easy to convict innocent people.

Missouri House candidates share views on highway funding

A tire tax, higher fuel taxes, toll roads and bond issues are among the ideas legislative hopefuls in Boone County have as ways to pay for state highway and transportation projects.


Tom Pauley brings range of experience to campaign for state House seat

The Hallsville resident is a musician, a Mason and a former sheet-metal worker who has a longstanding interest in politics.

In music or politics, Caleb Rowden focuses on relationships

Caleb Rowden, the Republican incumbent running for re-election for state representative for the 44th district, provides a unique background to the political race.

Community policing opportunities vary with officers' shifts

Proposition 1, which calls for a property tax to pay for additional police, is intended to give officers time to engage with the public.

Incumbent Hartzler's political approach influenced by farm work experience

Vicky Hartzler faces Democrat Nate Irvin and Libertarian Herschel Young for the 4th District Seat in the U.S. House. She says she shares the values and background that resonate with voters in the district.

Irvin continues political immersion that began at early age

Nate Irvin is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Libertarian Herschel Young in the 4th Congressional District. He started his campaign with $200 and is running every aspect of it. 

Young seeks the straight dirt in 4th Congressional District election

Libertarian Herschel Young says voters are tired of "the establishment." He said political campaigning is a lot like the competitive mud runs he enjoys in his truck.

Proponent, opponent of Propositions 1 and 2 go head to head at League of Women Voters forum

Mayor Bob McDavid and former city councilman Larry Schuster debated the merits of a ballot initiative to raise property taxes and hire 40 new police officers and 20 new firefighters over the next five years, while Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and Brian Toohey of the Columbia Board of Realtors discussed the pros and cons of higher development fees.

Development council opposes Proposition 2

The Central Missouri Development Council said the proposition, which would raise development fees to pay for roads, will make it too expensive to live in Columbia.

Ballenger brings rural character, business acumen to recorder's race

Almost half of Lisa Ballenger's life has been spent in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office working as deputy recorder. Now she's one of two candidates competing to replace her boss, who is retiring.

Dietzel's banking, performance background prepare her for recorder bid

Nora Dietzel is used to being the center of attention. Her singing allowed her to transition into theater, where she starred as the lead in several local plays. Now, Dietzel is the center of attention for a different reason: her campaign for Boone County recorder of deeds.

Property tax on November ballot would add 40 police officers, 15 firefighters

As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.

Incumbent Hartzler has cash advantage in 4th District contest

Republican Vicky Hartzler, who faces challenges from Democrat Nate Irvin and Libertarian Herschel Young, has received the most money in campaign donations.


Chamber panel supports higher property taxes, opposes higher development fees

The Government Affairs Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges voters to say yes to Proposition 1 and no to Proposition 2 on the November ballot.