Pam Forbes, Mitch Richards, Fred Schmidt and Darrell Foster answer questions from the Missourian's readers and reporters.
She is one of four candidates on the April 5 ballot for the First Ward City Council seat being vacated by Paul Sturtz.
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.
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.
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.
The candidates discussed Columbia's Neighborhood Response Team — and potential problems with its work — which focuses heavily on their ward.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is running radio ads against a law requiring a doctor's prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine.
The state's searchable campaign finance records now include those of committees formed to support or oppose ballot measures.
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.
Nine city council and school board candidates are expected to attend for a question and answer session.
Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer gave little indication of what he wants cut, but noted that there are possible savings in restructuring and paring back the state's tax credits.
Opposing groups held rallies in front of the Columbia Planned Parenthood office Saturday.
The judge's order will prevent the law signed into effect last week from being published March 25.
About 20 protesters from the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment interrupted Gov. Jay Nixon's appearance in St. Louis on Friday.
The Missouri House passed legislation that would give taxpayers the option of contributing to the organ donor fund through a list of checkoff options on their tax forms. The measure now goes to the Senate.
If held before March, Missouri's primary presidential election could violate new guidelines set by the national Republican and Democratic parties.
A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would prevent courts from considering international and Sharia law.
With state budgets getting tighter, some legislators would like to downsize themselves.
The Senate approved an amendment setting Missouri's 2012 presidential primary one week after New Hampshire's.
Don Wells, R-Cabool, sponsored the bill because he thinks courts should only consider laws developed in the U.S.