KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Elections Elections en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Callaway County election could lead to another sales tax https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-election-could-lead-to-another-sales-tax/ https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-election-could-lead-to-another-sales-tax/ Elections Mon, 4 Nov 2019 4:56:32 PM Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County election could lead to another sales tax

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two propositions on the election ballot Tuesday could increase sales taxes in Callaway County.

If passed, the county would impose a countywide sales tax at .5% for each proposition for the benefit of local law enforcement. 

"Callaway County is one of the bigger counties in the area, I believe. They're very short-staffed to cover that much area given the number of calls they have to answer," Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said.

According to the sample ballot, Proposition 1 would use the additional money to provide law enforcement services for the county, including:

  • increasing the number of deputy sheriffs on patrol, investigators, corrections officers and others
  • enhancing compensation packages to improve competitive hiring and retention 
  • supplementing the cost of construction, renovation and operation of law enforcement facilities. 

Proposition 1 must pass in order for approval of Proposition 2.

Proposition 2, according to the sample ballot, would raise the sales tax by .5% for 21 years in order to update law enforcement facilities:

  • construction of a new Justice Center
  • expansion of the Callaway County Law Enforcement Center 
  • transition of the existing courthouse into a County Government Center

An employee at a local gas station said Callaway County already charges the most in sales taxes.

Myers responded to that sentiment.

"We all think we're paying too many taxes, but this is an issue of safety, public safety," he said. 

Myers said the tax is necessary, because facilities are overcrowded and in poor condition. 

"The present courthouse is basically unsafe, given the violence we see with prisoners," he said. 

Myers also said the sales tax is not solely the county residents' responsibility. 

"This is going to be a sales tax. So, county citizens would pay some of that, but also, we have I-70 running through here, so we have a lot of people traveling through here," he said.

Callaway County is one of many counties across the state holding elections.

Voters can cast their vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Airport faces clean up after Trump rally https://www.komu.com/news/airport-faces-clean-up-after-trump-rally/ https://www.komu.com/news/airport-faces-clean-up-after-trump-rally/ Elections Fri, 2 Nov 2018 2:02:11 PM Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter Airport faces clean up after Trump rally

COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump's rally and the crowds who packed Columbia Regional Airport on Thursday left a lot of work for clean-up crews the next day.

“We’ve been here all morning cleaning this up,” said Mike Parks, the airport manager at The Columbia Regional Airport. “It looks a whole lot better now. It was pretty bad before.”

Crews from airport and Boone County started picking up trash and items left on the ground Friday morning.  Most of the trash was empty food wrappers, boxes, and plastic cups.

Workers created a small lost-and-found at the airport for the many umbrellas left behind.

People left trash on properties near the airport but which don't belong to the city. However, those places will not see the same support as airport. Steve Sapp, director of communications relations in Columbia, said private property owners will have to clean up from the rally themselves.

Officials from Cartwright Business and Technology Park, a business park about 1 mile away from the airport, said they saw a lot of their land damaged with tire tracks.  Cars parked on the grass but some got stuck in the mud, leaving tire tracks along with the garbage left at the park.

Plaza Commercial Reality, the owners of the business park, didn't say how they would clean the business park. Agent Mike Grellner said he had no comment and referred KOMU 8 to management.

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US Senate candidates debate, discuss Supreme Court justice nominee https://www.komu.com/news/us-senate-candidates-debate-discuss-supreme-court-justice-nominee/ https://www.komu.com/news/us-senate-candidates-debate-discuss-supreme-court-justice-nominee/ Elections Fri, 14 Sep 2018 6:14:31 AM The Associated Press and Jared Austin, KOMU 8 Reporter US Senate candidates debate, discuss Supreme Court justice nominee

ST. LOUIS — Incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley, will meet in their first debate-style matchup in a race that has major national implications.

The two candidates started the forum talking about the Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Hawley said, "Brett Kavanaugh is a pro constitution judge, he's the kind of judge that this state voted to put on the bench when we voted for Donald Trump by 20 points in 2016."

McCaskill did not confirm which way she will vote in terms of Kavanaugh. "I'll make the decision shortly because I'm almost done going through [documents]," McCaskill said. 

Both Hawley and McCaskill spoke about the current immigration issues in the United States. Hawley called for the wall, while McCaskill just wants more advancements in protecting the border. 

Hawley did not shy away from talking about Claire McCaskill's husband's tax returns. 

"I'm not asking her to do something we haven't already done. Just to release her family's returns." he said. 

McCaskill responded by saying one other popular politician did not release his tax returns.

"The president decided not to breaking a long tradition in this country. There are several pages of finance disclosures of not only my finances, but my husband's finances," she said. 

When the debate was over, McCaskill and Hawley shook hands and McCaskill walked out of the room. Hawley stuck around and answered some questions from reporters. 

One question asked was about Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct in high school.

"We always take sexual misconduct very seriously, but I have to say based on what we know about it this just appears to be another stall and delay," he said.

Hawley is referring to the statement made by Sen. Diane Feinstein, a Democrat  from California. 

It is one of the nation's most closely watched races and among a handful expected to decide which party controls the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage.

Hawley, the state's first-term attorney general, has the support of President Donald Trump. McCaskill is walking a tight rope in a state Trump won by 19 percentage points in 2016. She mostly touts herself as a moderate who supports the president when it benefits Missouri and opposes him when it does not.

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Ashland woman GOP candidate in legislative special election https://www.komu.com/news/ashland-woman-gop-candidate-in-legislative-special-election/ https://www.komu.com/news/ashland-woman-gop-candidate-in-legislative-special-election/ Elections Mon, 30 Jan 2017 6:37:02 AM The Associated Press Ashland woman GOP candidate in legislative special election

ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) — A Republican committee has chosen Sara Walsh of Ashland as the party's candidate in a special election Aug. 8.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the 37-year-old Walsh has not held office but she was on the executive committee for the Missouri Republican Party and is state committeewoman for the 19th Senate District. She currently is in communications for the Missouri Pharmacy Association.

She will face Democrat Michela Skelton, an attorney who worked for the Missouri Senate, in the election. The winner will replace Caleb Jones, a Republican from Columbia. who resigned his legislative seat to become deputy chief of staff for Gov. Eric Greitens.

The 50th legislative district includes parts of Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau counties. Walsh was chosen Saturday at a meeting of the district's Republican committee.

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Crane elected presiding judge https://www.komu.com/news/crane-elected-presiding-judge/ https://www.komu.com/news/crane-elected-presiding-judge/ Elections Fri, 20 Jan 2017 5:39:03 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Crane elected presiding judge

COLUMBIA — At their Jan. 10 Court en Banc meeting, the judges of the 13th Judicial Circuit elected their new Presiding Judge.

Division III Circuit Judge Kevin Crane will take his new job effective Tuesday, Jan. 31.  Judge Crane will succeed Judge Christine Carpenter, who has served as Presiding Judge since Jan. 30, 2015. 

Crane was first elected to the court as a circuit judge in 2006 and has been re-elected in that position since that time. He handles general civil and criminal dockets.

Crane is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Communications also from the University of Missouri.

Prior to his election to the court, Crane served as an assistant attorney general, Boone County assistant prosecutor, and was the elected Prosecutor for Boone County from 1993-2006.

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Missouri School of Journalism part of national voter access coverage https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-school-of-journalism-part-of-national-voter-access-coverage/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-school-of-journalism-part-of-national-voter-access-coverage/ Elections Mon, 7 Nov 2016 6:15:16 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri School of Journalism part of national voter access coverage

COLUMBIA - The Missouri School of Journalism joined multiple national media outlets Tuesday in a new initiative intended to combat voting issues.

The First Draft Coalition is a part of ProPublica's greater Electionland coverage, which is "a project involving 100 newsrooms across the country to cover voting access, excessive wait times, suspicion of fraudulent votes being cast and other problems in real time," according to a news release.

MU associate professor Amy Simons is leading a team of more than 45 students who will cover the voting process in real time via social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

"I would call it social listening," said MU journalism student and participant Amanda Byler. "Being able to see and go through what the public is seeing and being that filter between social media and what the average American voter is going to see at their polling place and then what journalists are going to report on what they're seeing."

Students on the team will sift through social media posts from eight different states, including Missouri, searching for instances of voter access issues. The team will then work to verify the validity of those posts and pass along relevant information to local news outlets, which can then cover those issues more in-depth.

"Often, when it comes to election coverage we focus too much on what the candidates are doing throughout the day and what their campaigns are doing," Byler said. "I think it's important to remember that there are voters out there that do have issues with long lines and voter identification and different things like that."

Fifteen states around the nation will test new election legislation for the first time in a presidential election this year, according to the Electionland release. It will be the first presidential election since the U.S. Supreme Court made changes to the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

"I’ve covered elections my entire career, but this will be the first time I focus my attention on the American people and their experience at the polls," Simons said in a news release.

Byler said one of the main concerns is making sure there are no politically charged motivations behind the posts she finds, and verifying that the issues are actual problems voters are facing.

Voters who experience issues at the polls can use the hashtags '#Electionland,' '#WeAreWatching' and '#SecureTheVote' on social media. You can also text 'ELECTIONLAND' to 69866 to participate.

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How to vote for a write-in candidate in Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/how-to-vote-for-a-write-in-candidate-in-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/how-to-vote-for-a-write-in-candidate-in-missouri/ Elections Fri, 4 Nov 2016 2:57:28 PM The Associated Press How to vote for a write-in candidate in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri voters who don't want to cast their ballots for major party candidates can vote for write-ins during Tuesday's election.

But there are rules to follow in order for those votes to count.

Secretary of State Jason Kander's spokeswoman Stephanie Fleming said votes only count for write-in candidates who filed in advance with election authorities.

She said the candidate's name should be spelled "substantially similar" to its correct spelling. Local election authorities determine whether to count votes for misspelled write-in candidates.

Votes for write-in candidates that include a party name won't be counted. Fleming said voters should list which office the candidate is seeking.

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line when polls close still can vote.

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Joe Biden joins Jason Kander on the campaign trail https://www.komu.com/news/joe-biden-joins-jason-kander-on-the-campaign-trail/ https://www.komu.com/news/joe-biden-joins-jason-kander-on-the-campaign-trail/ Elections Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:32:10 PM Rose Schmidt and Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporters Joe Biden joins Jason Kander on the campaign trail

ST. LOUIS – Vice President Joe Biden joined Jason Kander, the Missouri Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, on the campaign trail Friday.

Kander is challenging incumbent Roy Blunt in a race that has gathered national attention due to the recent increase in voters’ support for Kander. He also gained national media attention after a TV ad showed Kander assembling an assault rifle blindfolded.

At the event Friday, Kander touched on a variety of topics, including the needs of veterans, the importance of making college affordable for everyone and addressing the needs of the middle class.

"It is the single most important responsibility we have as a nation," Biden said in reference to the middle class.

"There is a new generation stepping forward in this country right now," Kander said.

Kander and Biden highlighted similarities they see in each other's backgrounds and stances on issues.

"Vice President Biden is somebody who is proof that just because you go to Washington doesn't mean you become Washington," Kander said.

Biden also stressed a need for keeping taxes low and defended the Affordable Care Act.

The event originally started at 3:30 p.m. Friday at The Pageant. It kicked off with a speech from Reverend Starsky Wilson of Saint John's Church. Wilson told the crowd he supports Kander because he is able "to respond when the community has needs and concerns."

"If, no, when Jason is elected, he will be the first millennial in the United States Senate," Wilson finished, to cheers from the crowd.

The crowd also heard from a registered nurse and veteran, a retired teacher, the mayor of St. Louis and several other Kander supporters.


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Democratic VP pick Tim Kaine has deeper ties to Mizzou https://www.komu.com/news/democratic-vp-pick-tim-kaine-has-deeper-ties-to-mizzou/ https://www.komu.com/news/democratic-vp-pick-tim-kaine-has-deeper-ties-to-mizzou/ Elections Sun, 24 Jul 2016 1:37:17 PM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Reporter Democratic VP pick Tim Kaine has deeper ties to Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Tim Kaine has always been a leader.

While as a student at the University of Missouri, he served as a Summer Welcome leader, helping the incoming freshman class learn the ins and outs of MU.

When Kaine was announced as Hillary Clinton's vice president pick Friday, one current Summer Welcome leader felt proud.

"I think regardless of what political party you're a part of, you should be happy for Tim Kaine because not only as a Summer Welcome alumni, but a Mizzou alumni in general, you should be proud," Summer Welcome student coordinator Darren Green said.

Since being a Summer Welcome leader, Kaine has been a mayor, governor, and senator in Virginia, going 8-0 in elections. Green said his Summer Welcome days may have served as a precursor to his political career.

"I think it helped Tim Kaine," Green said. "I don't know if this is the one thing that set him above everything else. But, I think the program did help."

Kaine graduated from Missouri with a bachelors degree in economics in 1979. He became the mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 1998, the governor of Virginia in 2006, and a U.S. senator in 2013. Kaine was rumored to be President Barack Obama's vice presidential pick in 2008, before Obama selected Joe Biden.

The Democratic National Convention starts Monday, July 25 in Philadelphia. Kaine is expected to speak and officially accept the nomination by Thursday.


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Missouri Republicans to select convention delegates https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republicans-to-select-convention-delegates/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republicans-to-select-convention-delegates/ Elections Sat, 30 Apr 2016 5:56:27 AM The Associated Press Missouri Republicans to select convention delegates

BALLWIN (AP) — Republicans are choosing 40 of the 57 Missouri delegates to their national convention and many may not be supporters of Donald Trump even though the businessman won the state's primary in March.

Trump won 37 of Missouri's 52 delegates in the primary and they are bound to vote for him on the first ballot at the GOP's national convention July 18-21 in Cleveland. But if Trump fails to capture the 1,237 votes needed for a first-ballot victory, the Missouri delegates to be chosen Saturday become uncommitted and are free to support another candidate.

In many states so far, supporters of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have won spots in the national convention as Trump delegates, much to the ire of the New York businessman, who has complained of a "rigged" system.

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County officials say tight timetable led to ballot problems https://www.komu.com/news/county-officials-say-tight-timetable-led-to-ballot-problems/ https://www.komu.com/news/county-officials-say-tight-timetable-led-to-ballot-problems/ Elections Wed, 13 Apr 2016 4:43:41 PM The Associated Press County officials say tight timetable led to ballot problems

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Election officials say an overworked staff, a tight timetable and technical glitches are to blame for the ballot shortage in several St. Louis County precincts.

Directors of the St. Louis County Election Board Eric Fey and Gary Fuhr told lawmakers Wednesday two municipalities submitted their ballot information late, which led to problems when election officials changed the information in their databases.

The election directors said three teams of staff ordinarily check that enough of the county's 323 ballot styles are printed. But Fuhr said much of their staff was also working on March's primary election and only one team checked the final totals.

Fuhr said the county does not have the resources to manage two major elections less than two months apart.

Some lawmakers said the election directors should resign.

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Kansas City, St. Louis voters renew cities' earnings taxes https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-st-louis-voters-renew-cities-earnings-taxes/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-st-louis-voters-renew-cities-earnings-taxes/ Elections Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:48:51 PM The Associated Press Kansas City, St. Louis voters renew cities' earnings taxes

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Voters in Missouri's two biggest cities again have overwhelmingly renewed the decades-old earnings tax.

The tax requires those who work in Kansas City or St. Louis to pay a 1 percent tax on their pay. Because nonresidents also must pay, thousands of commuters from the neighboring states of Kansas and Illinois are affected.

Kansas City voters signed off on the renewal Tuesday by roughly a 3-to-1 margin. Seventy-two percent of the ballots cast in St. Louis were in favor of the measure. Voters will revisit the matter in five years.

Supporters said losing the revenue would mean cuts in services. Opponents counter that the tax is unfair and drives businesses and workers to the suburbs, and that eliminating it would force the cities to weed out fraud and redundant services.

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Ferguson voters pass 1 tax hike, not the other https://www.komu.com/news/ferguson-voters-pass-1-tax-hike-not-the-other/ https://www.komu.com/news/ferguson-voters-pass-1-tax-hike-not-the-other/ Elections Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:52:44 PM The Associated Press Ferguson voters pass 1 tax hike, not the other

FERGUSON (AP) — Ferguson voters have approved one tax increase but rejected another, creating uncertainty about whether the town where 18-year-old Michael Brown died in a 2014 police shooting will be able to afford changes required in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Complete, unofficial results show voters in the Missouri town approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday. The tax passed with 69 percent of the vote.

But a property tax increase failed even though it received 57 percent approval. That vote required a two-thirds majority.

Ferguson has a $2.9 million budget deficit, and city leaders have said measures associated with the Justice Department agreement will cost an estimated $2.3 million over three years.

Mayor James Knowles III has said the passage of both taxes is crucial if Ferguson is going to pay for the reforms.

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Columbia voters choose Treece for mayor, Skala and Thomas for council https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-voters-choose-treece-for-mayor-skala-and-thomas-for-council/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-voters-choose-treece-for-mayor-skala-and-thomas-for-council/ Elections Tue, 5 Apr 2016 9:06:15 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia voters choose Treece for mayor, Skala and Thomas for council

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News has results from Tuesday's municipal election, in which residents voted on a new mayor and city council seats.

Brian Treece defeated Skip Walther by 773 votes to become Columbia's next mayor.

In the race for Columbia Third Ward council member, Karl Skala defeated Tom Leuther. Skala received 57 percent to Leuther's 43 percent. Skala told KOMU 8 News he is happy to keep his seat and get back to work. 

"Well now it's time to roll up out sleeves and get to work," Skala said. "There are a lot of challenges ahead obviously... the litany of campaign planks, public safety and infrastructure and economic development and this whole idea about social equity."

In the Fourth Ward, Ian Thomas won the city council seat, with 66 percent of the vote. Daryl Dudley, who withdrew from the race after failing to report campaign donations, still earned 34 percent of the vote.

Two financial measures were on the ballot for the Columbia School District.

Voters said yes to an operating tax levy increase of 65 cents on every 100,000 dollars of assessed valuation for "general school operating purposes, including maintaining current programs, providing support for an increasing student enrollment and assisting in recruiting high-quality faculty."

Voters also approved a $30 million bond for "acquiring, constructing, improving, extending, repairing, remodeling, renovating, furnishing and equipping new and existing school facilities."

Jan Mees and James A. Whitt won election to the Columbia School Board.


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Appeals court reopens some St. Louis County precincts https://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-reopens-some-st-louis-county-precincts/ https://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-reopens-some-st-louis-county-precincts/ Elections Tue, 5 Apr 2016 8:37:27 PM Jim Salter, Associated Press Appeals court reopens some St. Louis County precincts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A half-hour after polls closed, the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned a judge's ruling and ordered some St. Louis County polling places to remain open until 9 p.m. due to ballot shortages for municipal elections.

The court ruling came about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 30 minutes after polls closed. The ruling applies only to the more than 60 polling places that lacked enough ballots.

County officials learned of the shortage soon after polls opened. Circuit Judge Maura McShane ruled Tuesday afternoon that polls would not remain open past 7 p.m.

The ballot shortage angered elected officials, including Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Jason Kander and County Executive Steve Stenger. Nixon called the problem "inexcusable," and called on the Board of Elections to rectify the mistakes and be held accountable.

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Columbia voters to decide mayor, school board, other issues Tuesday https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-voters-to-decide-mayor-school-board-other-issues-tuesday/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-voters-to-decide-mayor-school-board-other-issues-tuesday/ Elections Mon, 4 Apr 2016 7:14:43 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia voters to decide mayor, school board, other issues Tuesday

COLUMBIA — A little more than three weeks after voting in the presidential primaries, Columbia voters will return to the polls Tuesday.

Most notably, voters will choose a new mayor. Incumbent Bob McDavid announced he would not seek a third term in September 2015.

Political advisor Brian Treece and attorney Skip Walther will face off for a three-year mayoral term.

Treece said he would have three main priorities as mayor:

  • Downtown Development
  • Public Safety
  • Jobs for underprivileged/underemployed workers

Treece is a self-described "fiscal conservative" who said he would be a drastically different mayor than Walther or outgoing Mayor Bob McDavid. He said he would work to change what he calls a "zoning loophole," that allows developers to build student housing projects without the city's approval.

If elected, Walther said he wants to focus on the following issues he thinks the city has not been able to focus enough on because of population growth:

  • Transportation 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Roads and sidewalks 
  • Outdated sewer systems

“My leadership style is to work with people cooperatively rather than antagonistically,” Walther said. “I’m not running for mayor because I have an agenda or intend to represent any special interest group or specific group of people."

Two city council seats will also be voted upon.

In the Third Ward, incumbent Karl Skala will go against challenger, pastor Tom Leuther.

Skala promises to deliver on issues facing public safety, economic development and infrastructure, especially in parts of the city he feels often get left out of discussions.

Leuther's platform is based on public safety funding, job creation and economic growth, especially downtown.

In the Fourth Ward, incumbent Ian Thomas is the only candidate actively campaigning. Challenger Daryl Dudley suspended his campaign on March 23 after he failed to correctly report large campaign contributions. Thomas previously unseated Dudley in 2013.

Voters will also decide a tax levy that would increase taxes by $0.65 per every $100. The ballot language says the money would go toward "general school operating purposes, including maintaining current programs, providing support for an increasing student enrollment and assisting in recruiting high-quality faculty."

If this proposition is approved, the district’s adjusted operating tax levy ceiling is estimated to be $5.1437 per $100.

Another education proposition, a bond sale, is also on the ballot. The Columbia Board of Education has already approved it. The bond is worth $30 million and would be used to build a new elementary school. 

The new school would address crowding in the district, especially at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. The new school will replace Cedar Ridge, which has more than 200 students and seven trailers.

The Columbia Board of Education has two vacancies and five candidates - Paul K. Rainsberger, James A. Whitt, Sarah Elizabeth Dubbert, Joseph Arthur Toepke, and Jan Mees. The top two vote getters will fill those seats. 

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. To look up your polling place, click here.

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Missouri Republican gubernatorial hopefuls square off https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republican-gubernatorial-hopefuls-square-off/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republican-gubernatorial-hopefuls-square-off/ Elections Mon, 22 Feb 2016 9:28:33 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Republican gubernatorial hopefuls square off

JEFFERSON CITY— Three of the four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls faced each other for the first time Monday night in Jefferson City.

Businessman John Brunner, former Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder took the stage at the Revel building, formerly known as the Lohman Opera House in the debate.

According to his campaign, non-profit organizer Eric Greitens could not attend due to a scheduling conflict.

The Missouri Times hosted the event, with publisher Scott Faughn handling host duties.

The event was sponsored by Missouri Right to Life, johncombest.com and the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.  

Discussion topics included repealing the Affordable Care Act, the recent MU protests and gun control.

"I don't know that any of the issues will completely convince anyone, but it gives folks a good opportunity to see how the candidate lands on their feet and responds to questions," lobbyist Sam Licklider said.

The Democratic Party is expected to be represented by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

KOMU 8 News will hold its own Republican gubernatorial debate on March 17.

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Sen. Roy Blunt visits Columbia to promote re-election campaign https://www.komu.com/news/sen-roy-blunt-visits-columbia-to-promote-re-election-campaign/ https://www.komu.com/news/sen-roy-blunt-visits-columbia-to-promote-re-election-campaign/ Elections Mon, 22 Feb 2016 4:43:01 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Sen. Roy Blunt visits Columbia to promote re-election campaign

COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, visited Dave Griggs' Flooring America Monday to promote his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Blunt has served as U.S. senator since 2011. 

Blunt highlighted increases in health research funding for the first time since 2004 during his time in office, but cited President Obama's budgetary choices as a reason medical research is not receiving the funding he believes it deserves.

"So much of the problem is that no one is willing to say, 'Here are our priorities,' and make them our priorities," Blunt said. "When everything's a priority, nothing's a priority."

Blunt also touted his lifetime service award from the Missouri chapter of Veterans of Foreign War, despite facing scrutiny for allegedly hiding student deferments that prevented him from serving in the Vietnam War.

The Missouri Democratic Party announced ahead of Blunt's re-election campaign a new website which highlights his alleged draft deferments.

"For decades, Sen. Blunt has been in Washington, he has misled us about his draft status," said Vietnam veteran Richard Mendenhall of Columbia. "He voted against policies that would have helped veterans. I want a senator we can trust to do right by those who've served our country."

Political newcomer Christopher Batsche is also seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is seeking the Democratic nomination.

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Missourians face voter registration deadline for primaries https://www.komu.com/news/missourians-face-voter-registration-deadline-for-primaries/ https://www.komu.com/news/missourians-face-voter-registration-deadline-for-primaries/ Elections Wed, 17 Feb 2016 5:46:19 AM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Missourians face voter registration deadline for primaries

COLUMBIA - Residents of Missouri will have until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday night to register to vote in Missouri's presidential primary.

“The first step for eligible voters is to make sure they are registered to vote and that their registration address is up to date," Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, D-Kansas City, said.

Missouri will have an open primary, which means a voter does not have to be registered with a specific political party in order to vote in its primary. However, a voter cannot vote on the ballots of multiple parties.

Eligible Missourians may also register to vote in person at their local election authority’s office, any Department of Motor Vehicles office or state agency that provides services to the public.

Mailed voter registration forms must be post-marked by Wednesday, and submissions completed online at GoVoteMissouri.com must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. TurboVote.org is also a popular website for registering to vote.

"If you're sitting at home and you're really rooting for someone, or hoping that they're their party's nominee, it's really important that you go out and vote," Tigers Advancing Political Participation vice president Christopher Dade said. "The primaries are really competitive, so voter turnout is really important for your candidate to get that nomination."

The Republican Party still has six candidates remaining in the race. Businessman Donald J. Trump of New York currently leads the candidates with 17 delegates and nearly 31% of the popular vote.

The Democratic Party is down to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Sanders currently leads with 36 delegates to Clinton's 32.

[Editor's note: This has been updated to include the newest name for TAPP - Tigers Advancing Political Participation. TAPP was formerly called Tigers Against Partisan Politics.]

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Rick Perry suspends 2016 presidential campaign in Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/rick-perry-suspends-2016-presidential-campaign-in-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/rick-perry-suspends-2016-presidential-campaign-in-missouri/ Elections Fri, 11 Sep 2015 4:25:58 PM Rose Schmidt & Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Reporters Rick Perry suspends 2016 presidential campaign in Missouri

ST. LOUIS - Rick Perry suspended his 2016 presidential campaign at an event Friday, just days before the GOP debate.

"Some things have come and become very clear to me. That is why, today, I'm suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States," the former Texas governor said.


Two other Republican presidential candidates, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, also spoke at the Eagle Council Convention at the Marriott Hotel near the St. Louis Airport.


The most recent CNN/ORC poll released in late August puts Carson in second place, behind Donald Trump, with 19%. Huckabee came in at 5%, while Perry was at less than 3%, according to the poll. 

Huckabee said if elected president in 2016, he plans to give Perry a position.

Carson spoke first at the event. The former neurosurgeon said he was doing so well in the polls because the American people feel as though they can't with the direction America is going. 



An attendee of the event, Fred Boch, had a similar view about how the public feels about traditional candidates with political backgrounds.

"I'm not implying that non-politicians may be the end result, where we end up," Boch said. "But I think the public is fed up with establishment in terms of things being done the same way all the time."

Carson slammed the Affordable Care Act, suggesting it be replaced with a health savings account that starts when a person is born and ends when a person dies.

"We've got plenty of money to take care of the problems," Carson said.

Carson also talked about a high veteran suicide rate and said the VA system is "in chaos." Regarding immigration, Carson said the U.S. has an illegal immigration problem but proposed a solution.

"We have to seal our borders from the people," Carson said.

Regarding social issues, Carson said he wants to protect the rights of Americans who believe the same things as him.

"I believe in traditional marriage, and I don't believe in killing babies," Carson said.

Huckabee was the last to speak, talking about a variety of issues in his speech. But he first joked he would not be dropping out of the race like Perry did.



The former Arkansas governor said it is not the role of the Supreme Court of the United States to make laws, referencing the recent decisions to uphold the Affordable Care Act and legalize same-sex marriage.

Regarding Syrian refugees, Huckabee said it is the role of the U.S. to send assistance, but said Saudi Arabia should host the refugees.

In a statement from Homer Page, the chairperson for the Boone County Democratic Party, he says that in most cases, Carson, Perry and Huckabee are people who really do not understand the U.S. Constitution.

He added that all three candidates confused people about what it really means to live in a democracy by the constitution and not by religious ideology.

Organizers of the Eagle Council conference invited 12 political candidates; half of them confirmed they'd be there.

Boch said the number of candidates doesn't make him weary of the future election.

"I'm impressed by several," Boch said. "We have some good candidates in our party, so I'm looking forward to just learn more about them and hear from them."

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum are slated to speak at the convention on Saturday. 

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the latest information.)


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