McCaskill hopes Missouri voters will view her as watchdog in Senate

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has survived several decades in politics as a lawmaker, prosecutor and auditor, is heading into a challenging campaign year against an economic headwind that may imperil incumbents.

Romney looks past Iowa rivals to criticize Obama

Mitt Romney unleashed his attack on the president as his rivals vied in increasingly acerbic terms to emerge as his principal, conservative rival in the long march of primaries to follow the Jan. 3 caucuses.

Carnahan denies conflict over Missouri renewable-energy ballot measure

State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to recuse her office from writing a ballot summary on the proposed initiative.

GOP Iowa caucus campaign enters final week

An Iowa caucus campaign that has cycled through several Republican presidential front-runners entered its final week Monday.

Mississippi River town of Pinhook struggles to reclaim its community after levee break

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew the Birds Point levee last spring, state officials fretted over the potential loss of 130,000 acres of prime farmland. The crops came back, almost immediately. A village, which had survived for generations in the lee of the Mississippi, didn't. 

In Iowa, attacks hurt Gingrich, open up GOP caucus race

Newt Gingrich's slide mirrors his newfound troubles nationally, and it has boosted Mitt Romney's confidence, while fueling talk that Ron Paul could win Jan. 3 in the first state caucuses.

Analysis: MU professor's study finds fault with Missouri term limits

David Valentine, associate director of public service at MU's Truman School of Public Affairs, concluded that term limits have harmed the ability of lawmakers to tackle tough policy decisions.

Organizations helping college students become more active in elections

Different MU organizations are gearing up to get students more involved and registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

Legislative redistricting impacts where candidates seek election

The rearrangement of state House and Senate districts provides candidates with new opportunities. Candidates may choose which district to run in for the 2012 election but must live in the new district for a year to be eligible for re-election in that district in 2014.

Romney supporter Roy Blunt wins Senate GOP post

Missouri Sen. and noted Mitt Romney advocate Roy Blunt was elected to Senate leadership.

Former Missouri lawmaker Judy Baker leaves Obama administration

Baker, who is from Columbia, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to lead the University of Missouri system.

Gov. Nixon announces million-dollar grant to help nursing students across Missouri

The grants, which are part of the Caring for Missourians initiative, will be awarded for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. MU will be receiving nearly $150,000 in 2012.

Sen. Claire McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs

McCaskill partnered with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to propose the legislation. The two said it is an example of what bipartisanship can produce. 

Plan for new state House and Senate districts affects next election

Boone County representatives see significant boundary changes as the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission filed new maps for state representatives and senatorial districts.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Dispatches from the movement

The Occupy movement started Sept. 17 in the financial district of New York City. Since then, camps and protests have spread across the country. Protests are also taking place in countries across the world.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Minneapolis protesters brace for winter demonstrations

Occupy Minneapolis protesters have been challenged by freezing temperatures as they continue to challenge financial and government institutions.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Protesters forced to adapt to police tactics in Denver

The number of Occupy Denver protesters who spend the night in the park has dropped to somewhere between 50 and 70 each night. Most of those protestors are also homeless.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Police don't allow cold weather supplies at Boston protest

A Boston judge required at least 50 Occupy Boston protestors to sign affidavits promising to abide by the court's decision in a restraining order case.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Protestors in Cedar Falls, Iowa, still active, even without a camp

Occupy Cedar Valley no longer protests outside of Cedar Falls City Hall.

OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: More than 1,000 protesters have joined Cincinnati cause

In Cincinnati, Occupy Cincinnati protesters focus on events that are specific to the city.