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...
Stoddard County voters OK 911 sales tax (04/06/16)Stoddard County voters approved a 911 sales tax with 75 percent of the vote Tuesday — 3,270 “yes” votes to 1,044 “no” votes. The initiative creates a 3/16th-cent tax increase that goes to fund Stoddard County’s 911 communication services, the equivalent of 19 cents on a $100 purchase. ...
Oak Ridge School Board: Ronald Tracy (04/05/16)Age: 48 Place of birth: Elgin, IL Candice L Tracy (wife) Becka L Tracy (daughter) Occupation: Self Employed Truck Driver Employer: R E Tracy Logistics Businesses owned, all or part: R E Tracy Logistics Oak Ridge School Board Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? No...
Oak Ridge School Board: Jason Charles Glueck (04/05/16)Age: 38 Place of birth: cape girardeau wife Mandy Glueck,3kids Drew 14, Paige 12, Miley 5 Occupation: owner operator Jackson Tire Center and Fast Lube Employer: Glueck Enterprises, Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: Jackson Tire Center and Glueck Enterprises, Inc...
Local Democratic, GOP caucuses set for this week in Cape Girardeau (04/05/16)Local Republican and Democratic Party loyalists will gather separately later this week to begin the process of selecting delegates for their parties' national nominating conventions. The process will begin Thursday for Democrats from Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties. Interested party members will meet at 7 p.m. at the Laborers union hall, 773 Enterprise Lane in Cape Girardeau...
Election roundup: Tax issues on ballots in four local counties (04/03/16)Voters will decide tax issues on the ballot Tuesday in the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson and in Bollinger, Perry and Stoddard counties. Cape Girardeau and Jackson have two tax issues on the ballot which seek added funding for public safety. One would retain the existing sales tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases. The second measure would enact a new use tax on other out-of-state purchases...
Election roundup: Mayors, councils, school boards to be decided Tuesday (04/03/16)Area voters will decide a number of contested races Tuesday, everything from a mayoral race in Scott City to a city-council contest in Cape Girardeau. Several school-board races also will be decided. In Cape Girardeau, voters will choose between beverage-sales representative Patrick Koetting and banker Robbie Guard for the Ward 4 council seat. The winner will replace Loretta Schneider, who could not run again because of term limits. ...
Election officials predict low voter turnout (04/03/16)Fewer voters will go to the polls in Tuesday's municipal and school board elections, local officials predict. April elections historically have low voter turnout, Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said. Even with tax issues on the ballots, about 80 percent of voters are expected to stay away from the polls, officials said...
Trump stumbling in Wisconsin as forces coalesce against him (04/01/16)MADISON, Wis. -- Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump's march to their party's nomination. One of his worst weeks of the 2016 campaign is colliding with a state already skeptical of his brash brand of politics...
Anti-abortion movement unified in swift rebuke of Trump (04/01/16)NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's remark that women should be punished for getting abortions if they were banned drew swift, unified condemnation from the anti-abortion movement -- evidence of the distinctive role it plays at a time when many right-of-center constituencies are struggling with their responses to the Republican presidential front-runner...
Local state lawmakers face election challenges (03/31/16)Two local state lawmakers face opposition this election year. State Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Donnie Owens of Marquand. State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, is opposed by longtime Libertarian Greg Tlapek...
Incumbent, councilman square off for Scott City mayor (03/29/16)Candidates for Scott City mayor are both concerned about city spending, but their viewpoints on how and where money should be spent differ. Tim Porch has served as mayor since 2000. "We finally struggled through the tough years, got the money in the bank, and we feel comfortable starting to do some of the improvements," he said...
Perry County sales-tax extension would fund courthouse, park repairs (03/29/16)Perry County’s historic courthouse needs some major repairs. So too does the Perry Park Center. Both facilities would get major upgrades if voters agree April 5 to extend an existing three-eighth-cent sales tax for another 20 years. Approved in 1996, the tax generated the revenue necessary to build the Park Center. The county government built the park center and owns it. The city of Perryville operates the center...
Leopold School Board: Jim Thele (03/29/16)Age: 44 Place of birth: Cape Spouse: Crystal Son: Garrett Occupation: President - Electrical Contractors Inc. Employer: ECI Businesses owned, all or part: ECI Leopold R-3 School Board Member - 2 terms Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? Yes...
Marine veteran Proffer announces her candidacy for the 145th District (03/29/16)With growing concerns of the direction the country, Victoria "Tori" Proffer announced her candidacy for Missouri House District 145. She will be running as a Missouri Constitution Party candidate, as she said it is the two-party system that has led to the continued abuse of the U.S. Constitution, and the only way to fix it is to get back to the basics of rule of law, the Constitution and God...
Farmington man files as Democratic candidate for 8th District seat (03/28/16)A Farmington, Missouri, man has filed as a Democratic candidate for the 8th District congressional seat. Dave Cowell, general manager for a retail company, filed late last week for the seat now held by Republican congressman Jason Smith. Cowell, who previously operated a concert-booking business and went by the name Dave Starr, said today that he wants to "take our country back" from the corporations who "buy almost every office."...
Bollinger County voters face tax, trust issues (03/28/16)Bollinger County has roughly 513 miles of county roads. The key word is "roughly." Bollinger County is known for its sprawling countryside, hills and streams, and for its bumpy, washboarded gravel roads. If voters approve a proposed half-cent sales tax April 5, the Bollinger County Commission says it expects to see an estimated extra $300,000 to pay for road improvements...
Leopold School Board: Martin Arnzen (03/28/16)Age: 42 Place of birth: CAPE GIRARDEAU JULIE - WIFE; WADE - SON; ALLY - DAUGHTER; DREW - SON Occupation: SALES EXECUTION COORDINATOR Employer: RIVER EAGLE Businesses owned, all or part: N/A SCHOOL BOARD - LEOPOLD R3 - 2 TERMS Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? Yes...
Scott City Ward 3: Bobby Bollinger (03/28/16)Age: 44 Place of birth: Scott County Spouse - Megan Bollinger Children - Nick Bollinger, AJ Bollinger, Christian Bollinger & Caleb Palmer Occupation: Training Coordinator Employer: Southeast Law Enforcement Academy Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Challenger says he's 'reform' candidate in Cape school board race (03/27/16)Although Paul Lett knows it's impossible to make sweeping changes as one person, he still is determined to do what he can to improve the local school system. "I'm the reform candidate," he said. Lett is running in the April 5 election for one of two open seats on the Cape Girardeau School Board. The other two candidates in the race are incumbents Jeff Glenn and Adrian Toole...
Cape Girardeau's Ward 4 race centers on public safety (03/27/16)The two candidates for the Cape Girardeau City Council Ward 4 seat both have voiced support for public-safety improvements in the community. Robbie Guard and Patrick Koetting back two tax issues on the April 5 ballot: a proposition to continue the city’s sales tax on out-of-state-vehicle purchases, and a measure to enact a new use tax on other out-of-state purchases...
Cape Fire Fighters Association backs council candidate (03/25/16)The Cape Girardeau Fire Fighters Association on Thursday endorsed City Council Ward 4 candidate Patrick Koetting. Koetting is in a contested race with candidate Robbie Guard in the April 5 municipal election. The winner will replace Loretta Schneider, who could not run again because of term limits...
Village of Blodgett Board of Aldermen: David Russell (03/23/16)Age: 59 Place of birth: Sandberdino, California Spouse: Mary Margaret Russell Children: Robert Wayne Russell & Crystal Dawn Russell Occupation: Business Owner/ Entrepreneur Employer: Self Employed Businesses owned, all or part: Own all N/A Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? No...
Cape Girardeau School Board: Paul Lett (03/23/16)Age: 48 Place of Birth: Cape Girardeau My children are Allen and Selina Lett. Occupation: Retired Employer: N/A Farm owner N/A Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? No I am a concerned parent and I have been a former employee and student of Cape Public School districts.I have also attended Missouri state university...
Scott County Central School Board: Carmen Thomas (03/23/16)Age: 41 Place of Birth: Chaffee, Missouri Daughter, Trinity Occupation: Student Accounts Program Specialist Employer: Southeast Missouri State University N/A N/A Do you currently hold the office for which you are running? No A VERY involved parent who knows the value of a good education...
Delta School Board: Meredith Cox-Scherer (03/23/16)Age: 39 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse: Kenneth Scherer. Children: Carter, Jolie, Tanner, and Chloe Scherer. Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist Employer: Missouri Delta Medical Center Businesses owned, all or part: None Currently Vice-President of the Delta Youth League, previously sought school board member of Delta R-V Schools...
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