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Politics

Fred Schmidt wins bid for First Ward City Council seat

Fred Schmidt, the treasurer for the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Foundation, was elected Tuesday to represent the First Ward on the Columbia City Council.

House Committee passes redistricting plan

After census data showed that Missouri grew at a rate slower than the rest of the country, the state Senate and House approved a redistricting plan that separates Missouri into eight districts rather than nine.

Senate plans to compromise on extending unemployment benefits

Failing to pass an unemployment benefits extension at the end of March, the Senate leadership will try again to pass the proposal Thursday. If passed, $105 million in federal money would extend benefits for an additional 20 weeks.

Senate proceeds with local control of St. Louis Police Department

A Senate Financial Committee approved the bill that would allow the City of St. Louis to take control of its police department over from the state.

Missouri House committee asks Nixon to protest federal health care

The house rules committee passed a resolution to call on Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to write a letter opposing federal health care with a vote of 7-4. Some say that the resolution doesn't reflect the opinion of the Missouri General Assembly.

Obama launches re-election bid via e-mail, website

The president said he is filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to start a campaign some say could lead to more than $1 billion in fundraising.

Last City Council candidate forum addresses African-American community

The four candidates for the First Ward seat addressed race relations in the central city ward.

First Ward forum to choose consensus candidate for black vote

The Saturday event also includes a potluck dinner.

Missouri House passes $23 billion budget for next fiscal year

The budget bill now moves to the Senate, where it could face opposition from some Republicans who were looking to make deeper cuts.

McCaskill's re-election bid could be dogged by plane revelations

The Missouri senator has spent four years working on initiatives to curb government spending and abuse. Republicans say that image has been irreparably damaged by the plane episode.

Campaign finance reports released for Columbia City Council hopefuls

The reports show that each Fifth Ward candidate has spent more than the four First Ward candidates combined.

Q&A with First Ward City Council candidates

Pam Forbes, Mitch Richards, Fred Schmidt and Darrell Foster answer questions from the Missourian's readers and reporters.

Foster wants to serve, lead Columbia's diverse First Ward community

Darrell Foster hopes to bring his history of community activism and commitment to inclusion to Columbia's City Council. Foster is running for the council's First Ward seat.

Fred Schmidt wants to bring communication, financial expertise to council

Schmidt is a native of Columbia and resettled here because he grew tired of giant corporations in California and New York. He's running to represent the First Ward.

Youngest First Ward candidate, Mitch Richards, offers new approaches

Richards, who believes in the rights of citizens, opposes the militarization of police operations and drug enforcement. He thinks the government should help drug addicts, not imprison them. 

First Ward hopeful Pam Forbes has weathered tough times

She is one of four candidates on the April 5 ballot for the First Ward City Council seat being vacated by Paul Sturtz.

Candidate forum addresses issues in Columbia's First Ward

The candidates discussed Columbia's Neighborhood Response Team — and potential problems with its work — which focuses heavily on their ward.

Ads target Missouri bill for cold medicine prescription

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is running radio ads against a law requiring a doctor's prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Missouri expands campaign finance records database

The state's searchable campaign finance records now include those of committees formed to support or oppose ballot measures.

Diversity among talking points at NAACP's City Council candidate forum

First Ward candidates focused on issues related to affirmative action, while Fifth Ward candidates discussed erosion, energy-efficient homes and the Office of Neighborhood Services.

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