ANALYSIS: St. Louis businessmen on Missouri ballot

Dave Spence and John Brunner hope to use their successful business backgrounds to garner support in next year's elections. Spence will run for governor and Brunner will run for U.S. Senate.

Obama files to run in Missouri primary

President Barack Obama filed this week to run in the Feb. 7 Missouri primary. Eight Republican candidates have filed for Missouri's primary so far. 

Boone County clerk urges students to participate in elections

Wendy Noren spoke to Mizzou Change Today, a student organization that is preparing for the upcoming election season.

Dave Spence to run for Missouri governor

A St. Louis businessman has put his name into the primary race for the Republican spot in the 2012 gubernatorial election.

Republican Steven Tilley drops out of Missouri lieutenant governor race

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is no longer running in the 2012 lieutenant governor's race. He cited a desire to spend more time with his daughters as a reason for leaving the race.

House committee seeks new tax on cellphones to support 911 call centers

Voters have rejected two previous attempts to implement such a tax. Currently, 911 call centers in Missouri are supported by a tax on landlines, which are becoming less popular.

UPDATE: Agency paid for Gov. Nixon's travel aide

State personnel records show Jeff Gettys, a former Missouri football player, officially began work in Nixon's office last month. A Nixon spokesman says Gettys performs logistical and operational duties for the governor.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence considers entering gubernatorial race

Dave Spence is waiting to make a decision until Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announces his intentions about whether to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon.

Special elections occurring for four Missouri House seats

Four Missouri representatives will be replaced because of elections or appointments to other government positions after Tuesday's special elections.

Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill sells private plane

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill sold her private plan to Northeast Montana Stat Air Ambulance Cooperative.

Cain, Romney file for Missouri presidential primary

Although candidates have filed for Missouri's presidential primary, the state Republican party will choose delegates to the national convention through a caucus process.

Missouri House leader joins secretary of state race

Already running are Republicans Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer and Democrat Jason Kander.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder criticizes home-care backlog

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon came as he prepares to announce his intent to run against Nixon in the 2012 gubernatorial election.

Missouri senators return to Capitol for special session

Senate leadership said the chamber plans to ask House members for a formal negotiating session over economic development legislation.

Perry, Romney court religious conservatives

Controversial remarks by a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry sparked a response from supporters of Mitt Romney, who said "poisonous language has never advanced our cause."

Dan Atwill appointed presiding county commissioner

Dan Atwill, MU alumnus and Columbia attorney, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon; the Republican Central Committee is criticizing the appointment.

Texas Gov. Perry raises more than $17 million since mid-August

Despite struggling in recent debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not having problems raising money.

McCaskill among Congress members identified as top social media users

Advocacy groups have pointed to four members of Congress, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who effectively use social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr to reach constituents. McCaskill is in the top 10 for the highest number of Twitter followers.

John Brunner likely to announce Missouri Senate bid

John Brunner, a St. Louis area businessman who has been a donor and supporter of other campaigns in the past, is expected to be the third candidate in the Republican primary.