Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud (5/12/17)WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation...
In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters (5/10/17)MILWAUKEE -- State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring voters present identification at the polls, would do no harm. "Not a single voter in this state will be disenfranchised by the ID law," Lazich promised...
Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)Cape Girardeau Ward 5 Councilman Bob Fox will run for mayor in 2018. Fox announced his candidacy Thursday. He is seeking to replace Mayor Harry Rediger, who no longer can serve because of term limits. Rediger is finishing his second, four-year term as mayor, having first been elected to that post in 2010...
First-ever female mayor takes office in St. Louis (4/19/17)ST. LOUIS — St. Louis’ first-ever female mayor is officially in office. Democrat Lyda Krewson was sworn in Tuesday. She won a hard-fought Democratic primary in March and won easily in the April 4 general election in the heavily-Democratic city. Krewson replaces four-term Democrat Francis Slay, who chose not to run again. ...
McCaskill discusses bipartisanship, Trump, health care during town-hall meeting (4/13/17)SIKESTON, Mo. — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted some of her colleagues questioned the wisdom of her decision to hold eight town halls meetings this week in Missouri. Many of those meetings, they pointed out, are in areas that had voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump...
Voters pass Jackson school bond issue (4/5/17)Jackson High School is getting a new building. With 21 of 21 precincts reporting, Proposition J passed with 3,210 votes of 4,426 total in Tuesday's municipal election. Proposition J, a $22 million bond issue, allows the school district to maintain a $0.3708 debt-service levy on personal property taxes rather than raise taxes directly. ...
Fruitland passes tax for full-time firefighters (4/5/17)Voters in the Fruitland Area Fire Protection District narrowly approved a tax increase Tuesday that fire officials said will allow for full-time staffing at the main station. Fire chief Rob Francis said the outcome will allow firefighters to respond faster to fires and medical calls...
Area schools all pass bond issues; Cape school board member unseated (4/5/17)Voters turned out across the board for schools Tuesday, passing ballot issues in Chaffee, Scott Central Perry County and Oran school districts. One incumbent on the Cape Girardeau School Board was unseated. Tracy Curtis was the top vote-getter in the race to fill three spots on the board, taking roughly 22 percent of the vote...
Voter turnout low in Tuesday's election (4/5/17)Most registered voters didn't vote Tuesday. Less than 13 percent of Cape Girardeau County's approximately 50,000 registered voters cast ballots, according to election returns. "It's right about what I thought," Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said...
Ferguson mayor who handled Brown shooting fallout re-elected (4/5/17)FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ferguson, Missouri's top elected official in the tumultuous 32 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown won another three-year term Tuesday. James Knowles III, the mayor who was the public face of Ferguson after Brown's death in August 2014, held off a challenge from city Councilwoman Ella Jones, who was seeking to become the St. ...
St. Louis elects first-ever female mayor (4/5/17)ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis' newly elected mayor is promising to help the city reduce the sort of violent crime that devastated her own family two decades ago. Democrat Lyda Krewson easily won over Republican Andrew Jones and four other candidates in the general election Tuesday. Her narrow victory over city Treasurer Tishaura Jones in the March primary made her the odds-on favorite to win the race in the heavily Democratic city...
Area voters to decide tax, bond issues Tuesday (4/2/17)Area voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of a number of school tax and bond issue measures designed to fund construction projects. Millions of dollars are on the line for schools and fire districts, while scores of people are vying for school board and city council and aldermanic races across the region.
Election officials predict few voters will go to the polls Tuesday (4/2/17)Few area voters will go to the polls Tuesday, election officials said. "People don't turn out for April elections," Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said. She estimated about 18 percent of Scott County's more than 25,000 registered voters will cast ballots...
Alcohol question faces Jackson voters April 4 (3/29/17)On April 4, Jackson voters will decide a question asking whether the city should allow sales of intoxicating liquor by the drink. The city already allows liquor licenses for packaged alcohol and for beer and wine up to 5 percent alcohol by volume. However, because of a Prohibition-era Missouri state ordinance, cities whose population are under 19,500 must have a ballot measure on the books indicating an affirmative vote to allow retail sales of intoxicating liquor by the drink...
Missouri Democratic Party chairman wants to field more candidates, rebuild clubs (3/28/17)The Missouri Democratic Party needs to field more candidates and rebuild Democratic clubs across the state, party chairman Stephen Webber said Monday during a visit to Cape Girardeau. Speaking to about a dozen members of the College Democrats group at Southeast Missouri State University, Webber said the Democratic Party fielded 43 fewer candidates for Missouri House seats in 2016 than 10 years earlier...
Wide array of candidates run for Cape school board (3/27/17)The five Cape Girardeau school board candidates are strikingly different, offering an array of skills, perspectives and goals to the three open positions voters will fill April 4. Voters have the opportunity to choose the candidates that fit their values...
Chaffee district seeks bond issue for classrooms, property (3/26/17)CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee School District is in need of elementary classroom space and is asking voters on April 4 to approve a $1.1 million bond issue to pay for the solution. Voters are being asked to extend a bond issue; the measure would not increase the current tax rate...
Probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus (3/24/17)WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires...
Cape School Board candidates praise 1:1, discuss future of district (3/17/17)Candidates for Cape Girardeau School Board each drew on their respective strengths in answering a question about the 1:1 tablets and laptops initiative for students Thursday at a SEMO Pachyderms forum. Tony Smee has been on the Cape Girardeau School Board for eight years, and he answered the question from the perspective of government experience. He works as the chief deputy appraiser for Cape Girardeau County...
St. Louis mayoral race holds lessons for black candidates (3/12/17)ST. LOUIS -- A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city. Lyda Krewson, 64, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's all-important Democratic primary. St. Louis is heavily Democratic, and Krewson will be the overwhelming favorite in the April 4 general election...
Krewson wins Democratic primary for St. Louis mayor (3/8/17)ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Alderwoman Lyda Krewson could be on the verge of becoming the city's first female mayor after winning the Democratic primary election Tuesday. Unofficial results show Krewson won 32 percent of the vote, narrowly defeating city treasurer Tishaura Jones, who received 30 percent. Five other candidates, including aldermanic president Lewis Reed and two other aldermen, were far behind...
Rep. Lichtenegger: No endorsement of candidate (3/6/17)State Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, said Monday that she has not endorsed Republican candidate Tony LaForest for her state House seat. "I do not endorse him and I will not be endorsing anyone in this race," she said. She said LaForest had asked her for advice, but that she did not encourage him to run for office...
Disabled veteran announces candidacy for Lichtenegger's term-limited seat in 2018 (3/6/17)Tony LaForest, 51, of Jackson announced his candidacy Thursday for state representative in District 146 as a Republican, and the issues that mean the most to him are concerns of personal relevance. LaForest said he has support from state Rep. Donna Lichtenegger to run for her seat after her term limit has been reached in 2018...
April 2017 election • local contested races
Jackson School District Prop J
Fruitland Fire District tax
Chaffee school bond issue
Scott County Central school bond issue
Oran school bond issue
Perry County school tax issue
Jackson alcohol issue
Cape Girardeau School Board
Altenburg School Board
Chaffee School Board
Scott County Central School Board
Kelly School Board*
* Mississippi Co. votes were not immediately available
Advance School Board
Oak Ridge School Board
Delta School Board
Meadow Heights School Board
Leopold School Board
Woodland School Board
City of Perryville Ward 1 alderman
City of Chaffee Ward 1 councilman
City of Chaffee Ward 2 councilman
City of Chaffee Ward 4 councilman
City of Scott City Ward 3 councilman
City of Advance Ward 2 alderman
Village of Gordonville Board of Trustees
City of Marble Hill Ward 1 alderman
City of Marble Hill Ward 2 alderman
Scott County Rural Fire District Board of Directors
For statewide races, go here http://enr.sos.mo.gov/%5CEnrNet/
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