City Council candidates discuss development incentives

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about incentives for development.

City Council candidates discuss downtown zoning

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their answers to a question about downtown zoning.


Sid Sullivan runs for mayor in a bid for change in a diverse community

The mayoral candidate, who has run for public office in mid-Missouri three times before, says he's simply seeking a position that will allow him to make a difference.

Chamber of Commerce endorses sales tax for 911, emergency management services

Proposition #1 on the April 2 ballot would generate about $9.3 million per year.


Mayoral, City Council candidates field questions on disabilities at forum

Several issues addressed at Thursday night's Como Disabilities Advocacy Network Candidate Forum related to improving city transit and retaining affordable housing options for persons with disabilities.

Incumbent Mayor Bob McDavid offers focus, economic development in second term

Bob McDavid has never considered himself a politician, but since his election in 2010, he has come to relish his role as mayor and spokesman for Columbia, those close to him say.

CiViC announces endorsements for April election

Citizens Involved and Invested in Columbia has endorsed Sid Sullivan for mayor, Karl Skala for Third Ward councilman and Bill Weitkemper for Fourth Ward councilman.

Columbia groups, residents oppose 911 sales tax

Proposition 1 on the April 2 ballot would generate about $9.3 million a year if passed. Opponents argue the sales tax is unfair to the poor and that plans for how to spend the money are lacking.

Boone County Fire Protection District Board: Proposition 1 would make 911 service quicker, safer

Revenue from Proposition 1 would go toward a new dispatch center for the 911 operation to replace the Joint Communications Center. It would also upgrade equipment and add staff.

Crowding, understaffing challenge 911 and emergency management centers

A three-eighths-cent sales tax on the April 2 ballot would provide millions of dollars to build and staff a new facility.

Candidates for City Council, mayor clash on economic issues at forum

Candidates for the mayoral, Third Ward and Fourth Ward seats discussed the Columbia Regional Airport, job creation and economic incentives at Thursday's candidates forum.

Columbia City Council candidates file first round of finance reports

The forms, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, revealed patterns of support heading into the April 2 election.

Columbia, Boone County seek sales tax for 911, emergency management

The tax, which appears as Proposition 1 on the April ballot, would generate more than $9 million a year.

Laura Nauser wins race to regain Fifth Ward council seat

Laura Nauser emerged the victor by 55 votes in a three-way race for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. She will return to the seat she held for six years from 2005 to 2011.

Post-election reports show $400,000 raised in final days

Republicans outraised Democrats with $222,598 compared with $172,960.

Boone County, national voter turnout decreases in 2012 election

Fewer people participated in Tuesday's election both nationwide and in Boone County, which indicates that campaigns have failed to mobilize the electorate.


Boone County, unlike Missouri, echoes national trends in presidential race

The county often strayed from larger trends in races across Missouri, showing a more liberal tendency in a state that generally leaned strongly in the other direction.

Missouri votes no on proposed tobacco tax increase

The majority of voters in Boone and seven other counties and the city of St. Louis approved the measure, but it failed nonetheless.

ANALYSIS: Gay-marriage backers end losing streak, look ahead

Maine and Maryland became the first states ever to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a proposal to place a ban on gay-marriage in the state constitution, a step taken in past elections in 30 other states.

Cathy Richards secures second term as Boone County public administrator

Richards and her family learned the news at a watch party at The Blue Note on Tuesday night.