Congressional candidate Hal Brown calls for adoption of 'fair tax' (06/17/16)Republican 8th District congressional candidate Hal Brown wants to scrap the federal income tax, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and implement a “fair tax.” Brown, a Cape Girardeau dermatologist, outlined his views before more than 30 people Thursday at a meeting of the Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club. The session was held at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau...
Minorities missing in many legislatures (06/17/16)As Virginia's only Latino state lawmaker, Alfonso Lopez made it his first order of business to push for a law granting in-state college tuition to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally since childhood. The bill died in committee. So Lopez tried again the next year. And the year after that. Now, in his fifth year in office, Lopez is gearing up for one more attempt in 2017...
Mega-donor PAC gives $280K to Missouri governor hopeful (06/15/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A political action committee funded by Missouri mega donor Rex Sinquefield has donated close to $280,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway. Great St. Louis gave Hanaway roughly $278,000 this past week. Hanaway is a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney ...
Lt. gov candidate Parson laments campaign vitriol at Cape GOP meeting (06/12/16)Republican lieutenant governor candidate Mike Parson decried the state of today’s political campaigns during a stop Friday in Cape Girardeau. Parson, a state senator from Bolivar, Missouri, complained “we have gotten to a point as Republicans and conservatives that winning elections are about winning elections at all costs.”...
Rush Limbaugh endorses Kinder in Missouri governor's race (06/12/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is touting an endorsement from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in Missouri’s four-way Republican primary for governor. Kinder is running a radio ad in which Limbaugh recounts he grew up with Kinder in Cape Girardeau and describes him as a lifelong close friend. ...
With careful staging, Obama backs Clinton (06/10/16)WASHINGTON -- Testifying to Hillary Clinton's grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state's bid to succeed him Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her. It was all part of a carefully orchestrated pressure campaign aimed at easing Clinton rival Bernie Sanders toward the exit and turning fully to the fight against Republican Donald Trump...
Hillary Clinton takes early edge, wins Puerto Rico's Democratic primary (06/06/16)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hillary Clinton overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in Puerto Rico's Democratic presidential primary Sunday, putting her within striking distance of capturing her party's nomination. After a blowout victory Saturday in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a decisive win in the U.S. territory, Clinton is now fewer than 30 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, according to an Associated Press count...
Hendricks withdraws from Bollinger County commissioner race (06/02/16)Nick Hendricks of Marble Hill, Missouri, has withdrawn from the August primary election race for county commissioner in Bollinger County. Hendricks posted a Facebook message over the weekend announcing the withdrawal and stating he is leaving because he plans to relocate to take a new job...
Trump University: Sales strategy foreshadowed presidential campaign (06/02/16)WASHINGTON -- Grand promises. Boundless boasts. Absolute faith in the man behind it all. The strategies Donald Trump's now-defunct educational company used to woo customers have plenty of echoes of the presumptive Republican nominee's current pitch to voters, based on newly disclosed court documents about Trump University. Hillary Clinton leapt on the parallels Wednesday, using them to cast Trump as a "fraud" who peddles false promises to Americans but cares only about his personal gain...
AP-NORC poll: Americans want nomination system changed (06/01/16)DES MOINES, Iowa -- Superdelegates. Closed-off primaries. Complicated caucuses. Many Americans are not happy with the way presidential candidates are chosen and have little faith in the fairness of either the Democratic or Republican system, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research...
Intelligence briefings come with presidential nomination (06/01/16)WASHINGTON -- After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Started by President Harry S. ...
Libertarians pick ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson for president (05/31/16)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Libertarian Party again nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate Sunday, believing he can challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton because of their poor showing in popularity polls...
AP-NORC Poll: Voters interested, not excited about election (05/29/16)ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Mary Heintzelman shakes her head in disgust over the presidential election. "I don't think we have a candidate that's really suitable to be president in either party," said Heintzelman, an administrative assistant from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her son suggested she write in a candidate when she votes in November, but the 68-year-old said despondently, "I don't even know who to write in."...
Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination (05/27/16)BISMARCK, N.D. -- Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election with his likely Democratic opponent locked in a divisive primary contest...
Libertarian Gary Johnson to never-Trumpers: 'I'm it' (05/27/16)SALT LAKE CITY -- He has virtually no money, no strategy to compete in battleground states and no plan to stop talking about his drug use. Yet with the Republican Party facing the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson could be a factor in 2016. ...
State Department email report complicates Clinton's message (05/27/16)LAS VEGAS -- Hillary Clinton is telling voters not to trust Donald Trump. But a new government report about her usage of a private email server as secretary of state is complicating that message. The sharp rebuke from the State Department's inspector general, which found Clinton did not seek legal approval for her personal email server, guarantees the issue will remain alive and well for the likely Democratic presidential nominee for a second summer...
Cape County sheriff, challenger spar over call for change in law enforcement (05/15/16)Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan and challenger David Diveley sparred Friday over a call for change in the sheriff’s department. The two GOP candidates spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Women’s Club at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau...
Trump, Ryan, and the search for common ground (05/13/16)WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan met face-to-face for the first time Thursday as they sought to repair their breach and unify a party torn over Trump's rise to the cusp of the GOP presidential nomination. The much-anticipated meeting unfolded Thursday morning as polls suggest Republican voters are getting behind Trump, who effectively clinched the nomination last week...
Clinton sees big win, Sanders an upset in California (05/13/16)LOS ANGELES -- With the primary season's biggest prize in play, Hillary Clinton has fashioned a strategy to reprise her 2008 victory in California when she defeated Barack Obama by running up big margins with Hispanics and women. Bernie Sanders is hoping for an upset to sustain his argument to stay in the race...
St. Louis County Election Commission considers changes (05/12/16)CLAYTON, Mo. -- The St. Louis County Election Commission is set to consider proposals to address missteps that marred recent countywide voting and has announced the retirement of a key official. Republican election director Gary Fuhr on Tuesday said he is retiring May 20, but the decision was not because of issues that plagued voting at more than 60 county polling places in April municipal elections, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Fuhr has been in the position since 2012...
Commission probes ethics complaint against attorney general candidate (05/08/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Ethics Commission says it will investigate whether state Sen. Kurt Schaefer pressured the University of Missouri to prevent a faculty member from opposing him in the Republican race for state attorney general. James Klahr, executive director of the commission, said recently the body does not have the resources or authority to investigate the complaint filed against Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. ...
Trump strains to unite GOP behind him; Ryan says no, for now (05/06/16)NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is struggling in his efforts to unify the Republican Party behind his presidential campaign, the difficulty immediately underscored Thursday by a startling exchange of negative comments with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who said he was not ready to support him...
Missouri voters could decide on campaign contribution limits (05/05/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters could decide whether to re-impose limits on the large amounts of money flowing to political candidates and committees. Supporters of campaign contribution limits said Wednesday they had submitted more than 272,000 petition signatures to try to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot...
Missouri Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters (05/05/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature has passed a requirement for voters to show photo identification. The House voted 112-38 Wednesday to send the legislation to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Under the measure, people without photo identification could cast a ballot after signing a statement saying they don't have the required identification and can show some other form of identifying document...
Despite deal, lawmakers predict voter ID fight to keep going (05/04/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers from both parties see the voter ID issue as far from settled, even as the Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to tighten the state's requirements after Democrats managed to stall a pair of proposals for about a month...
8th District delegates chosen in Poplar Bluff (05/01/16)POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three delegates from the 8th Congressional District will cast votes for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention from July 18 through 21 in Cleveland. The trio, along with three alternates, were selected Saturday during the district meeting held at the Tinnin Center on the Three Rivers College campus in Poplar Bluff...
Trump won Missouri district, but delegates support Ted Cruz (05/01/16)BALLWIN, Mo. -- Donald Trump earned 37 of 52 Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention with his narrow victory in the March primary, but he won't have that level of support if he fails to clinch the nomination on the first ballot. Missouri hosted eight congressional district conventions Saturday, selecting 24 of the delegates for the convention -- three from each district. The rest will be chosen at a statewide convention in three weeks...
NAACP seeks investigation of ballot shortage (04/27/16)CLAYTON, Mo. — The NAACP chapter in St. Louis County is calling for an independent committee to investigate ballot problems in the county. Ballot shortages affected more than 60 precincts during the April 5 municipal election. The county already is conducting its own investigation, as is the Missouri Secretary of State’s office and a Missouri House committee. ...
Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric, bluster (04/25/16)DETROIT -- As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feels he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded he doesn't have more company. Small numbers of Muslims find comfort, not concern, in Trump's strong stance on immigrants. They see it as proof the Republican presidential front-runner could better contain extremists than other candidates...
1 St. Louis County election director suspended, 1 may retire (04/21/16)ST. LOUIS -- One of St. Louis County's two election directors has been suspended and the other is mulling retirement in the wake of a mistake that resulted in ballot shortages at dozens of precincts. Republican elections director Gary Fuhr said in an interview Wednesday he was leaning toward retirement, even though the St. ...
Cruz won't seek recount of Missouri primary loss to Trump (04/20/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican businessman Donald Trump finally has locked up his narrow victory in Missouri's presidential primary -- five weeks after the votes were cast. Trump's win was solidified Tuesday as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz decided not to seek a recount of the March 15 primary...
Winner of Van Buren mayor's race questioned over delinquent taxes (04/19/16)VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A hearing Tuesday could decide the fate of Van Buren's newly elected mayor. A petition filed last week with a Carter County court questions Mike Hoerner's right to hold office, alleging Hoerner owes more than $9,000 in delinquent taxes from 2011...
Bitterly feuding, Clinton, Sanders clash in NY debate (04/15/16)NEW YORK -- Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president in Thursday night's Democratic debate, sparring over Wall Street banks, how high to raise the minimum wage and gun control...
Trump campaign manager won't face battery charges (04/15/16)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Donald Trump's campaign manager will not be prosecuted on a misdemeanor battery charge after prosecutors determined there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of forcibly grabbing a female reporter. Police charged Corey Lewandowski last month after determining a video recording showed the New York City resident grabbing reporter Michelle Fields by the arm as she tried to ask the Republican presidential front-runner a question while he was leaving a campaign event March 8.. ...
Unterreiner files for 145th District, vows not to accept special interest money (04/14/16)Chad Unterreiner of Perryville, Missouri, has filed as a Republican to seek election to the 145th District, the seat held by state Rep. Shelley Keeney-Taylor. “Growing up, I learned how to take a stand on principle, defend the values I believe in and to uphold my morals and ideals,” Unterreiner said. “Today, I have an opportunity to take a stand for the people of the 145th district. I am running for state representative for Bollinger, Madison and Perry counties.”...
Thomas takes vice president role on Jackson School Board (04/14/16)A post-election meeting of the Jackson School Board brought only one change Tuesday, when Bruce Thomas replaced Dan Stover as vice president during a routine board reorganization. Terri Tomlin remains board president, Wade Bartels still is treasurer and Bonnie Stahlman continues as secretary, said Meredith Pobst, the district’s director of communications...
Missouri certifies wins for Trump, Clinton in close primary (04/13/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican businessman Donald Trump and former Democratic secretary of state Hillary Clinton were certified Tuesday as the winners of Missouri's presidential primaries, though a recount remains a possibility. The official results of the March 15 primaries show Trump and Clinton both prevailed over their challengers by a mere fraction of a percent...
Missouri attorney general hopeful would want corruption unit (04/13/16)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general says he would create a corruption unit to tackle misuse of public office if he is elected, part of a series of ethics-related policies he's pitching as state lawmakers make a renewed push for reform...
Randles makes her pitch to be elected lieutenant governor (04/10/16)Bev Randles’ overarching point Friday to the Cape County Republican Women’s Club was she is the right messenger for the Republican Party for lieutenant governor. “We must win in 2016, but how do we go about doing that?” Randles said. “One: our message is right. ...
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay won't seek re-election in 2017 (04/10/16)ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, announced unexpectedly Friday he will not seek re-election when his fourth term ends next year. The Democrat, who has led St. Louis since 2001, did not take questions during a brief, quickly called news conference at city hall, saying he didn't want the announcement to be an "extended eulogy."...
Poll: Americans overwhelmingly view Trump negatively (04/08/16)WASHINGTON -- For Americans of nearly every race, gender, political persuasion and location, disdain for Donald Trump runs deep, saddling the Republican front-runner with unprecedented unpopularity as he tries to overcome recent campaign setbacks. Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll...
Clinton, Sanders clash over qualifications, background (04/08/16)NEW YORK -- With accusations of lying, hustling for money and failed leadership, the race for the Democratic nomination took a decidedly negative turn, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders exchanging a series of barbs over qualifications for the presidency...
Explanation sought after St. Louis County ballot shortage (04/07/16)ST. LOUIS -- Missouri state and local officials Wednesday demanded to know why nearly 8 percent of St. Louis County precincts ran out of ballots, and some voters were turned away during municipal elections. St. Louis County Democratic elections director Eric Fey said shortages occurred Tuesday in 63 precincts that required ballots for multiple jurisdictions such as school board and municipal government elections. ...
Voters in Perry County extend tax to fund infrastructure (04/06/16)Perry County voters approved the extension of a tax to fund infrastructure repairs by a nearly 60 percent margin Tuesday. The question was whether to extend the existing three-eighths-cent sales tax, which was set to expire March 3, 2017, 20 years after it passed originally. It will now remain in effect for the next 20 years...
Voters approve vehicle tax, deny use tax in Cape, Jackson (04/06/16)Cape Girardeau and Jackson voters rendered a split decision on two tax issues on Tuesday's ballot, approving an existing tax and rejecting a new use tax. Voters in both towns agreed to retain existing sales taxes on purchase of out-of-state vehicles. But they rejected enacting a use tax in each city on other out-of-state purchases...
Guard defeats Koetting in Cape's Ward 4 council race (04/06/16)Cape Girardeau banker Robbie Guard won the Ward 4 Cape Girardeau City Council seat Tuesday, winning nearly 63 percent of the vote. Guard defeated Patrick Koetting by a vote of 585 to 336 in the city’s only contested council race. “I was pleasantly surprised,” Guard said after winning his first campaign for public office. “I owe a lot to Cape Girardeau. I am so thankful that Ward 4 voted me in.”...
Turnout low in Tuesday's election (04/06/16)Most area voters didn’t cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. Less than 13 percent of Cape Girardeau County’s registered voters went to the polls despite two tax issues on the ballot in the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, contested school board races and a Cape Girardeau City Council race...
Bollinger County road tax fails, Leopold approves fire district (04/06/16)MARBLE HILL, Mo. — The proposed half-cent sales tax to fund Bollinger County road work went down to defeat Tuesday with 794 people voting against it and 575 voting in favor. “I’m disappointed but not surprised with all the false information about where the money was going to go,” commented Presiding Commissioner Travis Elfrink...
Ron Cummins unseats incumbent Scott City Mayor Tim Porch (04/06/16)After 16 years, Scott City has a new mayor: Ron Cummins. The race was close, with Cummins receiving 54.41 percent of the vote. Incumbent Mayor Tim Porch received 45.59 percent of the vote, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. Turnout for the election was considerably low. Out of 23,224 registered voters, only 14.49 percent of them turned out at the polls...
Glenn, Toole retain Cape school board seats; Thompson, Stover win in Jackson (04/06/16)Cape Girardeau School Board incumbent Jeff Glenn garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s election, and said he’s looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and diving right back into the fray. One of the biggest projects on his horizon is revisiting the district’s strategic plan and making any necessary changes...
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