In a tight race, Chuck Graham edged out Tim Harlan for the 19th District state Senate nomination in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Graham will now face Republican Mike Ditmore in the general election Nov. 2.
Graham was all smiles at his post-election party at Boone Tavern. He said he looks forward to unifying the Democratic Party and getting ready for the November election.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters were headed toward easy passage of an amendment Tuesday that would add a ban on gay marriage to the Missouri Constitution.
Amendment 2 had garnered 69.9 percent of the vote, with 91 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.
Statewide election results from 94% of precincts were available at press time. For final numbers, go to www.sos.mo.gov .
Discussing her career goals, Boone County public administrator Connie Hendren often adheres to a cliché — what’s not broken, there is no need to fix.
As she prepares to face Republican challenger John Sullivan in November’s general election, Hendren’s campaign platform will focus on her ability to continue to work with clients the same way she has for the past 12 years.
Former Secretary of State Bekki Cook won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and will square off against Republican Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder in the general election. Libertarian Mike Ferguson will also appear on the November ballot.
“I’m excited about where we are at this point,” said Cook, who won the race over 19th District state Sen. Ken Jacob of Columbia. “Now, it’s going to be about getting ready for November.”
Democrat Judy Baker emerged the winner in the highly contested Democratic five-way primary for the 25th District Missouri House seat on Tuesday. She will face Republican Joel Jeffries in the November general election. Meanwhile, Democrat Travis Ballenger and Republican Ed Robb will vie for the 24th District seat.
The primary primary race for the 25th District House Democratic primary seat proved a challenge to voters in distinguishing like-minded candidates.
ROCKAWAY BEACH — Hopes for a casino slipped away Tuesday as voters across the state rejected an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would have allowed a casino in Rockaway Beach.
The amendment’s supporters said allowing the casino on Rockaway Beach’s downtown waterfront would breathe new life into a fading tourist town, and they pledged to funnel the resulting state revenue toward teacher salaries and struggling schools.
KANSAS CITY — Republican Sen. Kit Bond and his likely challenger, Democratic state Treasurer Nancy Farmer, weren’t worried about Tuesday’s primary opposition — they were focusing on each other and on the November general election.
Bond won the U.S. Senate nomination with 90 percent of the GOP vote, with 5 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Farmer was leading with an overwhelming 78 percent of the Democratic vote.
JEFFERSON CITY — The hearing for Mike Cooper — owner of Cooper’s Landing — before the Administrative Hearing Commission began Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City. The appeal will continue Friday morning.
The Administrative Hearing Commission is a neutral, independent administrative court that decides disputes between state agencies and another party.
So far, MU’s athletic department has found no basis for allegations made in a national magazine by a former Tiger Hostess who said coaches ignored her complaints of sexual harassment.
The woman, identified only as “Emily” in an article in Seventeen’s September issue, described incidents in which she was asked by fellow Tiger Hostesses and players to go out to bars and strip clubs with recruits.
Members of the Columbia Police Department’s community services unit will meet with business representatives Thursday in the second of three sessions to discuss crime prevention.
“We basically decided that it would be something valuable for the Columbia community, based on programs that other cities are offering and requests that we’ve had for specific programs,” officer Tim Thomason said.
Kansas City lawyer Chris Byrd won the Republican nomination for attorney general Tuesday, carrying about 80 percent of the statewide vote and defeating Columbia candidate Dewey Crepeau.
Byrd said he expected a large victory but didn’t anticipate how large it would be.
KANSAS CITY — An incumbent governor in a fight for his political life and a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage are expected to bring national attention and a relatively high number of voters to Tuesday’s primary elections in Missouri.
Missouri also will nominate candidates to run for Rep. Dick Gephardt’s seat. Gephardt, a 14-term Democratic House leader from St. Louis, is retiring after his failed presidential bid.
Timely advice for voters in Missouri’s primary elections today:
Double-check where you are supposed to vote.
Bring proper identification.
The City Council voted against two proposed ordinances Monday — one regarding medical marijuana and the other lowering penalties for those possessing small amounts of marijuana — but decided unanimously to send the initiatives to a special election on Nov. 2.
The vote came after petitions were filed by the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education. The two petitions were certified by City Clerk Sheela Amin in mid-July.
As election season heats up, voters have not only begun looking at the candidates’ stances on the issues, but their moral beliefs as well. While it is sometimes held that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives, some Republicans — including President Bush — have tried to combat this perception in their political campaigns.
Three researchers, including an MU professor, put the perceived differences between liberals and conservatives to the test. Using two types of experimental games, the researchers concluded that liberals and conservatives are equally trustworthy and just as likely to act outside of their immediate self-interest.
A jury from another county will be brought in to hear the case against murder suspect Ryan Ferguson, now scheduled for trial in late January.
Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and defense attorney Scott McBride agreed on Lincoln County as the source for potential jurors for the trial. Ferguson, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
When they were deployed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Missouri Task Force One’s trained volunteers became one of the New York Fire Department’s most vital resources, former department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Monday. But similar task forces can grow even stronger, he said, by mobilizing more ordinary individuals to join.
“The experience, the discipline and the training of the task force truly did a remarkable job for us,” Von Essen told a small audience at the Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters in Columbia as part of a campaign event for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. “To have 20 to 25 men come in and not have to worry about training them, that experience is a great resource.”
The first and only vice president for information systems of the University of Missouri system has announced his retirement.
Ralph Caruso became the UM system’s first chief information officer and vice president for information systems in 1992, when then-president George Russell decided the position was necessary because of the increasing role information technology was playing in higher education. Caruso announced Monday that he plans to retire on March 31, 2005.
When Ellie Palomino, along with her horse and cat, turned up missing Monday, students attending a forensics camp at Stephens College were on the case.
They did blood, fingerprint, handwriting and saliva testing on the evidence, just as any crime-scene investigator would, to search for the missing college student.