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November 2014 election results roundup

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Election officials Betty Shoaf, left, and Karen Smith check voters in at Jackson First Baptist Church's The Bridge during Tuesday's election.
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BALLOT ISSUES

Ballot issue roundup

Amendment 2 (sex crimes)(3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 1,015,899
No 395,736

Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations) (3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 338,216
No 1,097,807

Amendment 6 (early voting)(3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 414,911
No 983,504

Amendment 10 (governor budget powers)(2,733 of 3,329 precincts reporting)
Yes 788,930
No 599,929

Cape Girardeau fire tax
Yes 4,547
No 3,040
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Scott City school bond issue
Yes 692
No 258
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INDIVIDUAL CONTESTED RACES

State rep races roundup story

Missouri District 145

Charles Elrod 2,111
Shelley White Keeney 6,799

Missouri District 147

Gary L. Gaines 1,675
Kathy Swan 5,214
Greg Tlapek 615

Missouri District 149

Bill Burlison 2,768
Don Rone 3,801

District 151

Tila Hubrecht 5,752
Ryan Holder 2,503

U.S. 8th Congressional District

Barbara Stocker 38,702
Jason Smith 106,105
Rick Vandeven 3,757
Doug Enyart 3,796
Terry Hampton 6,819
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Bollinger County presiding commissioner

Ronald Davis 1,347
Travis Elfrink 1,652
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Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner

Clint Tracy 12,638
Pat Wissman 3,939
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Missouri Auditor (3244 of 3,331 precincts reporting)

Tom Schweich 935,637
Sean O'Toole 251,541
Rodney Farthing 88,742
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Perry County Associate Circuit Judge

Jason A. Tilley 2,307
Craig D. Brewer 2,731
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Scott County presiding commissioner

Jamie Burger 4,312
Will Yates 3,269
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Fake signatures suspected in early voting measure (12/23/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An initiative petition that sought to qualify an early voting measure for the Missouri ballot included the supposed signatures of dead people among other potentially fraudulent names, according to a report from the state's top election official...
Mo. bill would set deadline to finish ballots (12/08/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker has filed legislation intended to save the state thousands of dollars on elections by setting deadlines for altering proposals on the ballot. State Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican running for secretary of state in 2016, drafted a bill that would set a deadline of eight weeks before an election to make changes to ballot initiatives or referendum, about two weeks earlier than the generally accepted standard...
Voting machines aging in Kansas, Missouri (12/01/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The need to replace aging touch-screen and optical-scan election machines is looming in Kansas and Missouri. But the enormous cost has left legislators and budget officers with little appetite for the job, The Kansas City Star reported...
Missouri lawmakers see support for ethics reform (12/01/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri lawmakers say support is building to put the clamps on state ethics laws that are among the loosest in the nation, but they warn any reform probably won't include campaign contribution limits. The state allows lawmakers to accept unlimited gifts from lobbyists, accept campaign donations of any size, allow their staffers to work as paid political consultants during legislative sessions and lets lawmakers become professional lobbyists the moment they leave office.. ...
No On 3 members review efforts to defeat amendment (11/18/14)
Two members of No On 3, the local not-for-profit formed to help defeat the controversial public school education-related Amendment 3, reviewed voters' rejection of the measure Monday night at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. In a PowerPoint presentation, NOT treasurer David Larson detailed how the group helped get the word out to beat the proposed constitutional amendment, which would have tied teacher evaluations to student performance and limited future teaching contracts to three years...
Number of Republican women in Missouri House grows (11/17/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House Republicans will enter the next legislative session with more than double the number of women than a decade ago, a development that follows GOP efforts to recruit more female candidates. House Majority Leader John Diehl, who was nominated recently as the next speaker, said his party has made strides toward upending a gender gap that has traditionally worked against it...
Confidence in ballot count accuracy (11/14/14)
I want to clear up some of the questions about the Nov. 4 general election counting of ballots. No. 1, the 650 Optical Scan machine did not malfunction. The ovals on some of the Marble Hill precinct ballots were printed too dark, which caused a problem when the scanner tried to count the voted ballots...
Analysis: Voters give new powers to Mo. GOP lawmakers (11/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- Missouri voters have handed Republican state lawmakers an immense amount of power. As a result of the recent elections, Republicans will have some of their largest-ever majorities when the House and Senate convene in January. They also will carry new authority to override the budget decisions of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, thanks to voter approval of a constitutional amendment...
Teacher evaluation proposal fails resoundingly during election (11/05/14)
Amendment 3, a proposal to base teacher evaluations on student performance data and limit future teacher contracts to three years, was overwhelmingly rejected in Tuesday's general election. With 2,760 of 3,329 precincts reporting, 926,753 people, or nearly 77 percent, voted against the proposal and 277,763, or 23 percent, voted for it...
Cape voters easily pass fire tax extension (11/05/14)
Cape Girardeau voters gave new life to the fire sales tax as they voted Tuesday night to approve a 21-year extension. The quarter-cent tax -- which was divided into an ongoing portion and a renewable portion -- initially was approved by voters in June 2004 by nearly 81 percent. The one-eighth-cent renewable portion hit its 10-year sunset this year, and nearly 60 percent of voters approved its renewal, according to unofficial results released by the Cape Girardeau County clerk's office...
Turnout low despite strong showing early in day (11/05/14)
Local election authority predictions for low voter turnout came true Tuesday night. The Missouri ballot was lacking any major races, such as governor or U.S. Senate, which was expected to play a role in the low turnout. Unofficial election results show slightly more than 33 percent of Cape Girardeau County voters cast ballots, meaning only 17,410 of the county's 52,485 registered voters went to the polls. ...
Brewer defeats Tilley in Perry County judicial race (11/05/14)
Craig Brewer, running as an independent, defeated Republican Jason Tilley on Tuesday to win the Perry County judicial seat being vacated by Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck, who is retiring. Unofficial election results showed Brewer won with 2,731 votes to Tilley's 2,307...
Schweich retained by wide margin in auditor race (11/05/14)
Missouri voters re-elected Republican Tom Schweich as State Auditor by more than 76 percent with 2,014 of 3,331 precincts reporting Tuesday evening. "I'd like to thank Missourians for entrusting me once again to be their State Auditor," Schweich said. "It's a tremendous honor. I've tried to be an aggressive but nonpartisan auditor and my focus has been rooting out waste, fraud and abuse, wherever they rear their heads in Missouri government."...
Burger elected to third term as Scott County commissioner (11/05/14)
Scott County Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger will serve a third term after defeating Will Yates in Tuesday's election. Burger, a Democrat, took 56 percent of the vote, with 4,312 to Republican Yates' 3,269. Leading up to the election, Burger said he was confident he could retain his position because of headway the county has made on infrastructure, such as expanding the water district into more rural areas, construction of bridges and other improvements to roads and drainage systems. ...
Smith wins race for 8th District seat (11/05/14)
For the second year in a row, Republican Jason Smith came out victorious over multiple opponents to represent Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Smith assumed the seat in June 2013 by winning a special election to complete the unexpired term of Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned earlier that year. He was up for re-election this year...
Swan sweeps into another term in District 147 (11/05/14)
On Tuesday, Republican Kathy Swan defeated Democrat Gary Gaines and Libertarian Greg Tlapek in her run for re-election in the 147th House District. "[I'm feeling] thankful, so thankful for the voters sending me back to Jefferson City and for them having the confidence in me to continue representing them," Swan said...
Republicans surge to control of Senate (11/05/14)
WASHINGTON -- Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House on Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office...
Elfrink elected to second term in Bollinger County (11/05/14)
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner Travis Elfrink won re-election to a second term Tuesday by a vote of 1,652 to 1,347 votes for Democratic challenger Ronald Davis. Only the presiding commissioner had a race; other offices were unopposed. Soon after Davis congratulated Elfrink on his victory, Elfrink said he was grateful to those who supported him...
Bond extension passes for Scott City schools (11/05/14)
Scott City school district's bond extension was approved by a wide margin in Tuesday's election. Superintendent Diann Ulmer said 692 people voted for the extension and 258 voted against it. Unofficial results show the percentages at 72.84 percent for what was dubbed Proposition Kids and 27.16 percent against...
Tracy re-elected as presiding commissioner in Cape County (11/05/14)
Cape Girardeau County's roster of elected officials will remain solidly Republican, voters decided Tuesday. Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy took 76 percent of the vote, easily defeating Pat Wissman, a Democrat. Wissman, who received 23 percent of the vote, was the only Democrat to file for any Cape Girardeau County office this year, and the race for presiding commissioner was the only county-level race on the ballot in Tuesday's election. ...
November 2014 election results roundup (11/04/14)
This story provides the results for state and local races, as well as links to stories.
Missouri voters to decide ballot issues today (11/04/14)
When it comes to voters statewide, the question isn't so much who you're voting for, but what. This election cycle finds Missouri with just one statewide elected office on the ballot. Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is heavily favored over two third-party candidates who haven't reported spending any money against him...
Website highlights Missouri lawmaker contributions, voting records (11/03/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A new website showing contributions to Missouri lawmakers and their voting records has gone live. Developers of the Access Missouri website received a $25,000 grant from a University of Missouri fund that provides money for interdisciplinary, student-centered projects, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. The website aggregates voting information from the House and Senate journals and financial information from the Missouri Ethics Commission...
Election turnout not expected to be high (11/02/14)
Tuesday's election marks the first time in nearly a quarter-century a race for governor, U.S. Senate or president will not be featured in Missouri's general election. Some election authorities say the lack of high-profile races might affect voter turnout...
Area congressional race finds a crowded field (11/02/14)
On Tuesday, 8th Congressional District voters will choose their next U.S. representative from an unprecedented five candidates. Democrat Barbara Stocker, Libertarian Rick Vandeven, independent candidate Terry Hampton and Constitution Party candidate Doug Enyart are the challengers hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Jason Smith. ...
Scott County commissioner candidates express similar concerns (11/02/14)
Scott County voters will decide Tuesday whether to re-elect their presiding commissioner for a third term or try someone new. Incumbent Jamie Burger, a Democrat, and Will Yates, a Republican, are seeking the position. The attempt to join the Scott County Commission will be the second for Yates, who tried to unseat 2nd District Commissioner Donnie Kiefer in 2012. ...
Mailer compares vote record of neighbors (10/31/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A voter report-card mailer meant to grade Missouri residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors has some in the state claiming it's an invasion of privacy. Grow Missouri sent the mailers this week -- days before the Nov. 4 election -- as a way to encourage residents to vote in the state's first general election in nearly a quarter-century that doesn't feature a race for president, U.S. Senate or governor...
Three vying for 147th House District seat (10/31/14)
While voters in the 146th House District will see only one name on the ballot for the state representative seat, those in the 147th House District will see three. Incumbent Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, is running unopposed, while Cape Girardeau Republican Kathy Swan faces Democrat Gary Gaines and Libertarian Greg Tlapek in her run for re-election...
Democratic challenger tries to unseat incumbent in Dist. 145 (10/30/14)
In the final days of the campaign, candidates for the 145th district in the Missouri House of Representatives are hard at work. Republican incumbent Shelley Keeney is working to win her last term of office that term limits will allow, and Democratic challenger Charles Elrod is taking some time from his regular job to beat the political bushes...
Bollinger County candidates seek to address road, economic issues (10/29/14)
The two candidates seeking the office of presiding commissioner in Bollinger County know they're walking down a rough road to get to that office. Voters are frustrated with the condition of county roads, and have told incumbent Republican commissioner Travis Elfrink and Democratic challenger Ronald Davis how they feel...
Lawyers make case for judicial election (10/29/14)
Two experienced lawyers are making their cases to Perry County, Missouri, voters before next week's election. Craig Brewer, running as an independent, and Jason Tilley, a Republican, are seeking the position being vacated by Associate Judge Michael Bullerdieck, who is retiring...
Amendment 3 opponents continue beating drum as election nears (10/28/14)
With the Nov. 4 general election looming, opponents of Amendment 3 are still trying to convince people not to vote for the measure. The proposal on the ballot would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
Chamber expresses support for fire tax (10/27/14)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsement of continuing the city's fire sales tax. The board of directors voted unanimously in recent days to support the measure and encourage voter approval in the Nov. 4 election. The quarter-cent tax initially was approved by voters in 2004. In the coming election, they will be asked to renew a 1/8-cent portion. The remaining half of the tax is ongoing...
Fallout from Ferguson shooting reaches race for county executive (10/27/14)
FERGUSON, Mo. -- The two winning primary candidates for St. Louis County executive anticipated a general election campaign heavy on the nuts and bolts of local government: taxes, roads, parks and schools. Then came Ferguson. Sparking a national debate over race relations and police killings, the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by a white municipal police officer in early August also transformed a local election that typically draws little attention outside of St. ...
Missouri voters will decide on whether to allow early voting (10/26/14)
More than 30 states in the U.S. allow early voting without an excuse, and Missouri could soon join those numbers if voters approve a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. State Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, sponsored the measure that seeks to establish an early voting period beginning with the 2016 general election. The period would run for six days during normal business hours and would not include weekends...
Nov. 2014: Scott County presiding commissioner: Jamie Burger (10/23/14)
Name: Jamie Burger Age: 57 Place of birth: Sikeston,Mo Spouse's, children's names: Sherry Burger, Vanessa Koepp, Allison Page, Paris Burger Education: 1975 Kelly High School graduate Occupation: Cement Manufacturing Employer: Buzzi Unicem USA formerly Lone Star Ind Inc...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Jason Smith (10/23/14)
Name: Jason Smith Age: 34 Place of birth: Native of Dent County Spouse's, children's names: Not married yet and no children Education: Undergraduate Degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Law Degree from Oklahoma City Law School...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Terry Hampton (10/23/14)
Name: Terry Hampton Age: 53 Place of birth: West Plains, Missouri Spouse's, children's names: Married to Allen Hampton. One adult daughter, two grandsons. Education: Graduate of West Plains High School. Attended Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains (now Missouri State University-West Plains)...
Nov. 2014: Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner: Pat Wissman (10/23/14)
Name: Pat Wissman Age: 57 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse's, children's names: Brenda, Joe, Jessica, Amanda, Alexa, Lyulf and Trevor Education: Jackson High School Completed Cape Girardeau Police Department Citizens Police Academy CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)...
Nov. 2014: Perry County associate circuit judge: Jason A. Tilley (10/23/14)
Name: Jason A. Tilley Age: 47 Place of birth: Blytheville, Arkansas Spouse's, children's names: Wife, Maureen Caroline, 7 Collin, 5 Education: 1985 Graduate of Perryville High School 1991 Graduate of Central Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Journalism...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 147: Kathy Swan (10/23/14)
Name: Kathy Swan Age: 63 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse's, children's names: Spouse - Reg Swan Son - Regan Swan (Jessica) Daughter - Maria Childress (Jim) Education: Associate of Arts - Nursing Bachelor of Science - Nursing Occupation: Business Owner...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 145: Shelley Kenney (10/23/14)
Name: Shelley Keeney Age: 35 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Education: Received a Bachelor of Science degree of Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Education degree from William Woods University Occupation: Educator, State Representative...
Nov. 2014: Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner: Clint Tracy (10/23/14)
Name: Clint Tracy Age: 40 Place of birth: Greenvile, IL Spouse's, children's names: Carrie Theodore, Oliver Education: BS History U.S. Naval Academy Occupation: Presiding Commissioner Employer: Cape Girardeau County Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Chamber gives thumbs-down on Amendment 3 (10/21/14)
Along with many local school districts and organizations, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce has come out against Amendment 3, the proposed revision to the state Constitution that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance. The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is not taking a position on it, vice president Tim Arbeiter said...
Ballot proposal would shift budget powers (10/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When balancing the budget, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has some of the most expansive powers among his peers. He can reduce spending for anything he chooses, and has done so repeatedly. But a proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would flip that around. If approved, proposed Constitutional Amendment 10 would give Missouri lawmakers the final say on state spending by allowing them to override a governor's budget cuts...
Mo. to vote on teacher evaluation changes (10/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri could be the first state to enshrine the role of student performance data in teacher evaluations in its state constitution if an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot gets enough support. The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to require a majority of teachers' evaluation scores be based on student performance data, which could include standardized tests. ...
Campaign spending modest in state House races (10/19/14)
The most recent reported quarter was one of low spending, according to campaign-finance reports submitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission for candidates running for Missouri's 145th and 147th House Districts. Republican Shelley Keeney and Democrat Charles Elrod will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot as candidates for the 145th District. Republican Kathy Swan, Democrat Gary Gaines and Libertarian Greg Tlapek are running for the 147th District House seat...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 145: Charles Elrod (10/16/14)
Name: Charles Elrod Age: 53 Place of birth: St. Louis Spouse's, children's names: Rhonda (wife) Charlie (son) Donna (daughter) Jason (son) Education: Fredericktown High School (no college) Occupation: Road and Bridge construction Employer: Millstone / Weber...
Politics shifting in Stoddard County (10/16/14)
Voters could see a change in Stoddard County politics after the approaching election. Traditionally, the county has overwhelmingly voted Democratic and has filled nearly all seats at the county level with Democrats. But in recent years, the political dynamic seems to have shifted, as Republican Russell Oliver unseated longtime incumbent Democrat Briney Welborn for Stoddard County prosecuting attorney. ...
Pachyderms to host councilman, No on 3 treasurer (10/15/14)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm club will host Cape Girardeau City Councilman Wayne Bowen and No On Three treasurer David Larson in a public forum Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St., Cape Girardeau. Bowen will discuss the city fire tax, which is up for renewal on the Nov. ...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 147: Gary L. Gaines (10/13/14)
Name: Gary L. Gaines Age: 68 Place of birth: Dexter, Missouri Spouse's, children's names: Wife: Darlene Son: John Education: I have three engineering degrees from the University at Rolla. I'm an Army veteran. Occupation: Engineer and Manager (Now retired)...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Rick Vandeven (10/13/14)
Name: Rick Vandeven Age: 42 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse's, children's names: Darlene - wife Autumn, Amber, and Rori Beth - daughters Education: St. Ambrose Parochial School, Chaffee Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau...
Nov. 2014: Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner: Ronald L. Davis (10/13/14)
Name: Ronald L. Davis Age: 62 years Place of birth: East Prairie, MO. Spouse's, children's names: Spouse: Nancy M. Davis Daughters: Shannon Erzfeld & Lindsey Petton Education: High School graduate Occupation: Iron Worker Paducah Local 782 Employer: Retired...
Nov. 2014: Scott County presiding commissioner: Will Yates (10/13/14)
Name: Will Yates Age: 41 Place of birth: Fort Pierce Fl. Spouse's, children's names: Terrie Yates Rachel Yates R.J Yates Robert Yates Russell Yates Rachana Yates Education: Oran High Occupation: labourer Employer: Q.C Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: Perkins Valley View and Commen Cemetery Inc...
Nov. 2014: Perry County associate circuit judge: Craig Brewer (10/13/14)
Name: Craig Brewer Age: 43 Place of birth: Perryville Spouse's, children's names: Wife: Lauren Brewer Children: Grace (14), Kate (11) and Max (7) Education: 1990 graduate of St. Vincent High School in Perryville. 1994 graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelors of Arts in English & Political Science...
6 days of early voting up for vote (10/12/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters could have an extra six days to cast ballots during the 2016 presidential election if a proposal to change the Missouri Constitution gets enough support on Election Day. Touted by Republicans as making voting more accessible and faulted by Democrats as not making it accessible enough, proposed Amendment 6 would allow registered voters to cast a ballot for six days ending the Wednesday before a general election, not including weekends. ...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 147: Greg Tlapek (10/10/14)
Name: Greg Tlapek Age: 57 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse's, children's names: None Education: 2 years college Occupation: Mostly I make it possible for my mom to live at home. I am the Executive Director for the Missouri Libertarian Party. My principal career was as a commodity futures broker...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Doug Enyart (10/10/14)
Name: Doug Enyart Age: 57 Place of birth: Warsaw, IN Spouse's, children's names: Wife: Cheryl Enyart Son: Erik Enyart Son: Keith Enyart Daughter: Kira Enyart Education: B.S. Forestry, Humboldt State University Occupation: Consulting Forester Employer: Self Employed...
Nov. 2014: Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner: Travis Elfrink (10/10/14)
Name: Travis Elfrink Age: 30 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Education: Graduated from Woodland R-4 in 2003 Graduated from SEMO in 2008 with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration Occupation: Presiding Commissioner Employer: Bollinger County...
Local not-for-profit campaigns against Amendment 3 (10/09/14)
With the help of Protect Our Local Schools, the not-for-profit group No On 3 conducted a phone bank Wednesday to gather opposition to Amendment 3, which would tie teacher evaluations to student test performance. The initiative is on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, although the group spearheading it, Teachgreat.org, is no longer campaigning for it...
Wednesday is voter registration deadline (10/08/14)
The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 election is Wednesday. Registration forms and change of address forms may be filled out online at the Secreatary of State's website at sos.mo.gov/votemissouri. Registration forms also are available at the office of the county clerk, the local election authority. Mailed forms must be postmarked by Oct. 8 and online submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives candidate Barbara Stocker (10/08/14)
Name: Barbara Stocker Age: 78 Place of birth: Honesdale, Pennsylvania Spouse's, children's names: Richard Stocker (husband deceased) David Witherspoon (son), Ann Jamboretz (daughter) and Richard Witherspoon (son) Education: masters degree biochemistry, West Virginia University (1970)...
A proposal on the November ballot will ask voters to renew the fire sales tax for 21 years (10/07/14)
Fire chief Rick Ennis remembers the day about 10 years ago he came to interview with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. He flew in on a winter day to meet with city officials about the job and stopped at a local restaurant for dinner, when a nearby newspaper caught his eye...
Gun foes plan to match NRA spending in fall races (10/03/14)
WASHINGTON -- Gun control groups say this is the year they finally go toe-to-toe with the National Rifle Association and match their foe's imposing campaign spending for congressional candidates. Their long-awaited financial parity with the gun lobby, however, underscores the importance of timing in politics. ...
Voter turnout likely to be lower in November (10/01/14)
While November elections typically draw more voters than those held in other months, local election officials don't expect to see a high turnout Nov. 4. In the 2012 November election, Cape Girardeau County had the highest turnout percentage in Southeast Missouri, with 67 percent of the county's voters casting ballots...
Committee looks to maintain fire tax in Cape (09/28/14)
A committee has organized to encourage Cape Girardeau voters to approve a fire-tax measure that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The quarter-cent tax, which supports equipment and infrastructure needs for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, initially was approved by voters in 2004. One-eighth of the tax is permanent, while the remainder is up for voter renewal before it reaches its 10-year sunset...
GOP leader files harassment complaint against ex-candidate (09/28/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The leader of the local Republican party filed a complaint last week accusing Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Kingree of making threats against him via text message. Eddy Justice, chairman of the Butler County Republican central committee, filed his complaint with the Butler County Sheriff's Department. ...
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