Some Republicans say GOP needs to get with the times

Interviews with more than a dozen Republicans at all levels of the party indicated that postelection soul-searching must quickly turn into a period of action.

Democrats stiffen spines against trimming benefits

Many Democrats in Congress are digging in their heels when it comes to discussing cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 

Blunt retains U.S. Senate leadership post

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is the vice chairman of the chamber's Republican conference, which is the fifth-most senior position in the caucus.

Kander preps for Missouri secretary of state takeover

Democrat Jason Kander defeated Republican Shane Schoeller last week in the race to succeed Robin Carnahan.

Most U.S. taxpayers won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

A package of tax increases and spending cuts, known as the "fiscal cliff," would take effect in January unless Congress passes a new budget deal before then. 


Legislative committees to meet at Missouri Capitol

A special House committee on government contracting scheduled a hearing Tuesday on fee offices.

ANALYSIS: Missouri voters stick with status quo on Election Day

Missouri voters tried to get a new person in the White House, but every other decision at the polls resulted in the status quo maintaining power. 

Obama wins Florida, topping Romney 332-206 in electoral tally

President Barack Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206.

2012 election ranks as most expensive in American history

The estimated cost of this year's election will likely top $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a $700 million increase over the previous high.

Budget experts say cuts would reduce deficit but cause recession

Congress will look at the tax and spending changes next week, which would cut the federal deficit by $503 billion but cause a spike in unemployment.


Missouri chamber touts success in legislative elections

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by its political action committee won election Tuesday to the state House and Senate.

Missouri voter turnout at 65.7 percent, less than 2008

According to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office, 2.7 million Missouri residents voted in the general election.

ANALYSIS: Obama, GOP size each other up for deals

In the hours after the election Republicans and Democratic leaders said they are willing to steer toward compromise, as messy as it might be.

Akin's comments, women's perceptions helped McCaskill

An exit poll by The Associated Press found that a majority of Missouri voters said U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape factored into their vote. Women were slightly more likely to admit to their consideration of the comment when making a voting decision.

Undecided voters swayed by debates, especially the first

MU freshman Adam Olson made up his mind shortly after the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 because he preferred Obama's education plan to Romney's, he said.

Proposition B foe says proposed tax hike was too steep

Ron Leone, head of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the tax increase would cost Missouri its competitive advantage in the cigarette market.

Rowden wins 44th; Wright and Webber take 47th, 46th districts

Republican newcomer Caleb Rowden defeats veteran politician Ken Jacob in the area's closest House race.

Boone County voters join the nation in casting ballots

The presidential race and a proposed increase in Missouri's tobacco tax were top of mind for many.

Campaigns carry their efforts into the last hours before election

Statewide candidates include Columbia in their final rounds; local candidates focus on getting out the vote.

Voters and readers voice what's important to them in the election

The Missourian's outreach team was interested in hearing what voters and readers had to say. We asked about their feelings on the candidates, what questions they had regarding the election and why it was important to them to be politically involved.