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Gubernatorial hopeful visits Cape Girardeau (05/03/15)
A day after announcing his decision to run for Missouri governor, State Sen. Mike Parson made a stop in Cape Girardeau to discuss his campaign. The Republican from Bolivar was a supporter of deceased state auditor Tom Schweich. Schweich, who was running for governor, fatally shot himself Feb. ...
Republican state Sen. Mike Parson running for governor (05/01/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Sen. Mike Parson, who had endorsed Tom Schweich for Missouri governor before the auditor's suicide, announced Thursday he will seek the office himself, creating at least a three-way Republican primary for the state's top job...
Cape County use tax stands after recount (04/29/15)
Just nine votes separated voters' choice to allow a use tax to be levied in Cape Girardeau County after ballots were officially recounted Tuesday. The April 7 election result originally showed a 12-vote difference in favor of the tax, which prompted Jackson resident David A. Larson to request a recount. The recount was conducted in accordance with state law by the Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers' office...
Voter intent may decide use-tax recount (04/27/15)
Not only has the Cape Girardeau County use-tax question demonstrated the importance of exercising the right to vote, it offers a lesson on following instructions. A petition calling for a recount was filed April 13 with the circuit clerk's office -- a move allowed by the state because the difference between the number of votes in favor and against the measure was less than 1 percent. ...
Koster leads fundraising for Mo. governor with $3M (04/16/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster had more than $3 million in cash on hand to spend on his bid for Missouri governor in 2016, campaign records released Wednesday show, more than twice the amount of the lead Republican fundraiser in the race, former state House speaker Catherine Hanaway...
Use tax, other ballot questions certified by clerk's office (04/12/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office on Friday certified voters' passage of a use tax planned to go toward new court facilities. County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said a random check of ballots in two of the county's 30 precincts -- which is standard certification procedure -- yielded one additional "yes" vote for the tax, which Tuesday passed by 12 votes with 3,532 in favor and 3,520 against...
Use-tax vote reveals urban-rural split (04/09/15)
Based on Tuesday's election results, the countywide use tax question seemed to highlight a division within Cape Girardeau County. Of the county's 30 precincts -- including absentee ballots -- half were in favor of the 1 percent use-tax question, while the other half were against...
Sales tax extended in Scott County (04/08/15)
Once again, the sales tax in Scott County was approved. Of 4,292 voters, 2,993 approved the tax and 1,299 voted against it. "I'm elated," Scott County commissioner Jamie Burger said. "People seemed to be very supportive, but you always wonder when people come to vote."...
Voters approve forgoing uncontested elections in small towns (04/08/15)
Becoming a member of a municipal board just became a little easier in several small Southeast Missouri towns, as voters Tuesday approved forgoing yearly elections for uncontested seats. In Cape Girardeau County, voters in Allenville, Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas and Whitewater approved no longer holding annual municipal elections when the number of candidates who file for a particular office equals the number of positions to be filled. ...
Voters approve forgoing elections in tiny towns (04/06/15)
Becoming a member of a municipal board just became a little easier in several small Southeast Missouri towns, as voters on Tuesday approved forgoing yearly elections for uncontested seats. In Cape Girardeau County, Allenville, Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas and Whitewater, voters approved no longer holding annual municipal elections when the number of candidates who file for a particular office equals the number of positions to be filled. ...
Use tax passes on razor's edge in Cape County (04/08/15)
The Cape Girardeau County use tax question was almost too close to call. The measure seemed to win by a narrow margin, with uncertified results showing 3,532 votes in favor and 3,520 against -- a 12-vote difference. Precinct totals reported by the county clerk's office showed a difference of 10 or fewer votes, in many cases. Results reported Tuesday night are not certified. That process will take place Friday, said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers...
Foster chosen as Altenburg's new mayor (04/08/15)
The voters of Altenburg, Missouri, have chosen Daniel Foster as their new mayor. Unofficial results show Foster received more than 82 percent of the vote, unseating incumbent Mayor Harold France, who received the remaining 17 percent. The same record shows that 63 voters cast ballots in the mayor's race...
$20M bond extension for Cape Girardeau schools easily passes (04/08/15)
Voters in the Cape Girardeau School District on Tuesday approved a $20 million bond issue that will pay for renovations across the district, including larger projects at Central Junior High School and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Proposition Keep Advance Safe passes by wide margin (04/08/15)
Voters in the Advance School District on Tuesday approved a $1.9 million bond issue for a storm shelter that will double as a gymnasium. According to election results from Bollinger, Stoddard and Cape Girardeau counties, 434 voted in favor of Proposition Keep Advance Safe and 280 voted against...
Hahs overwhelms Lohr in Jackson mayor's race (04/08/15)
Jackson voters elected Dwain Hahs mayor Tuesday by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Hahs garnered over 69 percent of the vote to unseat incumbent mayor Barbara Lohr. Hahs was raised in Jackson before spending more than 30 years in sales and management at Bausch & Lomb, which included a stint in China. Upon retiring, he moved back to Jackson and became a member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce before beginning his campaign for mayor...
Library tax cut approved in Bollinger County (04/08/15)
Bollinger County residents voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to roll back the local library tax, with 62 percent in favor. That means the tax will go from 20 cents per $100 of valuation to 10 cents. The final unofficial tally was 1,110 to 675. Although area election judges predicted a light turnout Tuesday, participation seemed lively, one observer said, and the interest appeared to surround downsizing the library tax...
Prop 2 passes in Nell Holcomb School District (04/08/15)
Voters in the Nell Holcomb School District on Tuesday approved Proposition 2, allowing for local control of the annual tax rate by eliminating the mandated Proposition C rollback. Election results from Cape Girardeau County show 266 people voted in favor of the rollback waiver and 120 voted against...
Bollinger County 2015 spring election results (04/07/15)
_Library tax Yes XXX No XXX Proposition Keep Advance Safe (FEMA storm shelter/school repairs) Yes XXX No XXX Marble Hill Ward 1 Board of Aldermen Kenneth Trentham XX Robert Masters Village of Glen Allen XXXXXXXXXX XX Village of Zalma(choose 2) XXXXXXXXXX XX...
Perry County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Perryville School Board Kevin Bachmann XX Mark Gremaud xx Mary Bauewens xx Lara (Thieret)Green xx Oak Ridge School District Ron Tracy XX Linda Schoen XX Jeff L. Hahs XX Robert Grayhek XX Altenburg Mayor Harold France Daniel Foster...
Voter turnout mirrors predictions in Tuesday election (04/08/15)
Voter turnout seemed to meet the expectations of local county clerks, in some cases falling just shy of predictions made in the days before the election. Throughout the day, Cape Girardeau County election judges said they were expecting the typically low turnout, but still were impressed by the fairly steady stream of voters coming through the doors in the morning and early afternoon...
Scott County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Sales tax Yes XXXX No XXXX Scott City School District Sally Porch XXX Beth McDonough Cox XXX Gary Miller XXX Justin Braun XXX Kelly School District Marshall Meeks XX David Collier XX Michael Bolen XX Illmo Special Road District Edwin Ledure XX Bob Keesee Sr. XX...
Cape Girardeau County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Use tax is a squeaker; Jackson has a new mayor
Hahs overwhelmingly unseats Lohr as mayor of Jackson (04/07/15)
Jackson voters elected Dwain Hahs mayor Tuesday by a margin of more than two-to-one. Hahs garnered just over 69 percent of the vote to unseat incumbent mayor Barbara Lohr. Hahs was raised in Jackson before spending more than 30 years in sales and management at Bausch & Lomb, a career that even included a stint in China. Upon retiring, he moved back to Jackson and became a member of the Jackson chamber of commerce before beginning his campaign for mayor...
Prop 2 passes in Nell Holcomb School District (04/07/15)
Voters in the Nell Holcomb School District on Tuesday approved Proposition 2, allowing for local control of the annual tax rate by eliminating the mandated Proposition C rollback. Election results from Cape Girardeau County show 175 people voted in favor of the rollback waiver and 76 voted against...
Turnout expected to be low in Tuesday's election (04/06/15)
While the number of items on the ballot vary from county to county, area election officials all predict voter turnout for Tuesday's election will remain low. April elections don't often see strong participation numbers unless "something heavy is on the ballot," said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers...
Voters face decisions for several area schools (04/05/15)
Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to approve propositions placed on the election ballot by the Nell Holcomb, Cape Girardeau and Advance school districts. Proposition 2, proposed by the Nell Holcomb School District, would eliminate the mandated Proposition C rollback. Enacted in 1982, Proposition C is a 1-cent, statewide sales tax for education with a corresponding property tax reduction for school districts...
Scott County seeks renewal of sales tax (04/06/15)
When it came to passing the Scott County sales tax, Scott County presiding commissioner Jamie Burger said communication was key. On the Scott County ballot for Tuesday's general municipal election, county residents will decide whether to renew that half-cent sales tax in exchange for no county-imposed property taxes...
Two sitting councilors in Scott City face challengers (04/02/15)
In the Scott City City Council race, incumbents in Wards 2 and 3 face new challengers. Meanwhile, officeholders in Wards 1 and 4 are uncontested, keeping Mike Ellison (Ward 1) and Randy Morse in their current positions. In the election Tuesday, Ward 2 incumbent Pat Brazel is facing Jonathan Rasnic. In Ward 3, incumbent Ron Cummins faces Bobby Bollinger II...
School board candidate forum to be held at library (03/30/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District Community Teacher Association will host a forum for Cape Girardeau School Board candidates Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the public library, 711 N. Clark St. All three candidates -- incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele -- have been invited to attend...
Six running for three Oran alderman seats (03/31/15)
New candidates seek to fill three of four Board of Aldermen wards in Oran, Missouri, in the April 7 municipal election. In Ward 4, Tiffany Schaefer is filling the one-year vacancy of deceased alderman Charles Bonifield, who died in September, and Karen LeGrand is running unopposed for the second seat...
School board candidate forum to be at library (03/31/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District Community Teacher Association will host a forum for Cape Girardeau School Board candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark St. All three candidates -- incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele -- have been invited...
Four candidates run for two seats on Scott City School Board (03/29/15)
All four candidates running for Scott City School Board on April 7 have one goal in common: student welfare. Incumbents Beth McDonough Cox and Gary Miller are running for re-election against challengers Sally Porch and Justin Braun. Only two of the candidates in the race can be elected for three-year terms...
Several communities to decide whether to forgo elections (03/29/15)
Voters in several Cape Girardeau and Scott County cities and villages have a decision to make about the future of their local elections. A question on the April ballot asks whether the towns should be authorized to forgo annual municipal elections "if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in the office to be filled by the election?"...
Perry County School Board race sees crowded field (03/26/15)
Four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are vying for two posts on the Perry County School Board. Incumbents Kevin Bachmann and Mark Gremaud are facing challenges from newcomers Mary Bauwens and Lara Green during the April 7 election...
Jackson School Board incumbent faces three challengers (03/25/15)
Four candidates are competing for two posts on the Jackson School Board in the April 7 election. Incumbent Paul Stoner, completing his third year on the board, is facing challenges from Kelly Waller, Sheila King and Brad Noel for a three-year term. Current board member Brent Wills did not file for re-election...
Three running for two slots on Cape school board (03/24/15)
Three candidates are vying for two posts on the Cape Girardeau School Board in April, including incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele. The two candidates with the most votes April 7 will win three-year terms. Keele, a family physician at Cape Family Practice, said he disagrees with how the school board has managed taxpayers' money over the past several years...
Mayoral hopefuls talk about Jackson issues (03/23/15)
On April 7, Jackson voters will select their next mayor from a field of two. Incumbent Mayor Barbara Lohr is running for re-election. Her challenger is Jackson resident and retired businessman Dwain Hahs. Lohr has held public office in Jackson for more than two decades, during which time she also served as chairwoman of the planning and zoning committee and as an alderman...
Cape school officials tout bond issue for junior high renovation (03/20/15)
As school district officials stood in front of Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School this week, they envisioned how it will look if voters approve a $20 million bond issue in April. The measure -- Proposition 1 -- would provide about $10 million for renovations at the school. At the front of the building, parking and parent pickup areas would be improved, and the entrance would be more accessible for students with disabilities...
Candidate questionnaire: Jim Below (03/18/15)
Name: Jim Below Age: 46 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Dana (Eggimann) Below Allie Below Alanis Below Alandry Below Occupation: Real Estate Appraiser Employer: Self-Employed Area Wide Appraisal Service Businesses owned, all or part: Area Wide Appraisal Service-All...
Pachyderms Club will host Jackson mayoral candidates (03/17/15)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host the candidates running for Jackson mayor in a public forum Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Dwain Hahs is running against incumbent Barbara Lohr for the position. Voters will determine the next mayor in the April 7 election...
Seven candidates speak at Tea Party forum; more stay home (03/18/15)
Seven candidates running in the April municipal election spoke to voters Tuesday evening at a forum hosted by the Cape Girardeau County Tea Party, but many more stayed home. From mayoral hopefuls to fire protection board candidates, seven people spoke at the event, with about 20 in the audience at the Cape Girardeau Public Library...
Tea Party group to host political candidates (03/17/15)
The Cape County Tea Party will host a candidate forum at its monthly meeting tonight. Invited to participate in the event are candidates running in local municipal races to be decided in the April 7 election. Time permitting, a review and discussion of ballot questions will follow the forum...
Local candidates should contact newspaper (03/15/15)
With the April 7 election approaching, the Southeast Missourian is contacting candidates in contested races in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties so they may be included in our election questionnaire section April 5. If you are seeking office and have not been contacted by the Southeast Missourian, please email managing editor Lindsay Jones at ljones@semissourian.com with the words "local election candidate" in the subject line...
New machines will help visually impaired voters cast ballots (03/13/15)
A purchase approved Thursday by the Cape Girardeau County Commission will allow visually impaired voters a little more autonomy when it comes to casting ballots. Starting with April's election, the county's accessible voting units will have larger screens -- 15 by 15 inches versus the 7-by-3-inch screens currently in use...
Local candidates should contact newspaper (03/12/15)
With the April 7 election approaching, the Southeast Missourian is contacting scores of candidates in contested races in Cape, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties so they may be included in our election questionnaire section Sunday, April 5. If you are seeking office and have not been contacted by a Southeast Missourian writer, please email managing editor Lindsay Jones at ljones@semissourian.com with the words "local election candidate" in the subject line. ...
Danforth aide describes conversation with Schweich (03/06/15)
Statement provides details about the moments before his death JEFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An aide to former U.S. senator John Danforth said Thursday she was on the phone with Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich -- discussing his angst over perceived rumors about his religion -- just moments before he killed himself...
Several questions on April ballot in Scott County (02/27/15)
A number of races are coming up in April's general municipal election in Scott County, Missouri. One of the largest questions on the ballot asks if the county should impose a countrywide sales tax and do away with the county property tax. The other proposed question, in Morley, is whether Morley should have to partake in a certain election if the race is uncontested...
Small towns could opt out of uncontested elections (02/25/15)
Several Cape Girardeau County villages are taking advantage of a change in state law allowing them to forego certain annual elections if there are no contested races. Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas, Allenville and Whitewater have all placed questions on the April ballot asking voters to approve the measure...
Democrat Kander to challenge GOP's Blunt for U.S. Senate seat (02/20/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander launched a Democratic challenge Thursday to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, criticizing the Republican's long political career and asserting, "it's time for a new generation of leaders" in Washington...
Ed Martin stepping down as chairman for Missouri GOP (02/03/15)
Missouri Republican Party chairman Ed Martin announced Monday he will soon leave the position and serve as president of the Eagle Forum, a conservative, pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly. Martin was elected chairman in 2013 and will not seek re-election at the party's Reagan Lincoln Days meeting Feb. 20 in Kansas City, according to a news release from the Missouri Republican Party...
McCaskill says she won't run for Missouri governor in 2016 (01/13/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she won't run for Missouri governor in 2016, avoiding a potential Democratic primary with Missouri's attorney general in favor of a continued role in Washington. McCaskill said she considered a gubernatorial bid but ultimately decided she could accomplish more in the Senate, even though Democrats are now in the minority...
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...
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...
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...
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...
November 2014 election results roundup (11/04/14)
This story provides the results for state and local races, as well as links to stories.
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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."...
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. ...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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. ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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: 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...
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: 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...
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: 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...
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)...
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. ...
Candidates sound off about issues at political forum (09/24/14)
Candidates seeking nomination to Missouri's 8th Congressional District and the 147th State Representative District answered submitted questions from voters about poverty, spending, medical marijuana, health care and immigration during a Tuesday forum sponsored by radio station KRCU and the League of Women Voters...
League of Women Voters to host candidate forum (09/18/14)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri and local public radio station KRCU will host a forum Tuesday designed to give voters an opportunity to learn more about candidates in the 8th Congressional District and 147th State Representative District races...
Congressional candidate's residency under scrutiny (09/15/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois congressional candidate Ann Callis' previous out-of-state residence has come under scrutiny, with a published report Sunday saying she signed mortgage documents while a judge in Illinois that listed her home as in Missouri...
Missouri veto session starts Wednesday (09/08/14)
The Missouri General Assembly will have no shortage of issues to consider during its Wednesday veto session. The largely Republican Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon clashed repeatedly over bills approved in the 2014 legislative session. Sales tax cuts, agriculture and an extended abortion waiting period are among the key issues that divided the two. They are among the more than 30 bills vetoed by the governor over the summer...
Downtown improvement district vote coming soon (09/02/14)
For more than three years, residents, businesses and organizations have worked together to establish a downtown community improvement district in Cape Girardeau. Whether their longtime dream becomes a reality is up to a group of fewer than 200 people...
Right-to-farm amendment vote to be recounted (08/26/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Election officials across Missouri will conduct a recount of the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm, as opponents of the measure seek to reverse the results. The recount on Constitutional Amendment 1 is expected to begin in the coming days. The secretary of state on Monday was officially certifying the results of Missouri's Aug. 5 primary elections...
Missourians can track right-to-farm recount effort (08/27/14)
There will be a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, known as right-to-farm, and Missourians will have the opportunity to stay updated on the process. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the request for a recount of the amendment that appeared on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot...
Scott City School District bond issue to appear on Nov. ballot (08/21/14)
Scott City School Board members approved placing a $1.75 million no-tax increase bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot during their meeting Wednesday evening. If voters approve, bond proceeds would go toward constructing and renovating the entrances of the existing school buildings to enhance security, renovate the cafeteria area and complete a few roof repairs, superintendent Diann Ulmer said in an email...
Front and center: Amendment 3 pushes teacher tenure into the spotlight (08/12/14)
Tenure in Missouri public schools recently has come under pressure with a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would, among other things, require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance system. The item stipulates that each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding...
Analysis: Farming rights vote reveals changes in Missouri (08/11/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many Missouri farmers own guns. Yet the right to bear arms is more valued than the right to farm, based on Missouri's recent election results. Voters last week approved a constitutional amendment enhancing the state's right to keep and bear arms by 61 percent of the vote. A constitutional amendment creating a right to farm squeaked by with 50.1 percent support...
Judge candidate's residency challenged (08/11/14)
The Butler County prosecuting attorney's office filed a petition last week challenging Rocky Kingree's qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in the county. Ted Thompson, an assistant prosecuting attorney, filed a three-count petition against Kingree and Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall in an attempt to have Kingree removed from the general election ballot...
Right-to-farm opponents weigh recount (08/07/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Opponents of Missouri's right-to-farm constitutional amendment were weighing a recount request Wednesday, a day after the measure appeared to pass by the slimmest of margins. The unofficial tally from Tuesday's election showed that with nearly 1 million votes cast, Amendment 1 carried by just over 2,500 votes, a margin of 0.2 percent. ...
Results for judge race could result in recount (08/07/14)
Should a recount be requested in the Circuit 32, Division I judge race, it would qualify under state statutes. Missouri statute allows a recount for candidates who filed with the secretary of state's office that were defeated by less than one-half of one percent, but only if they file a request with that office. ...
After tax defeat, what next for Missouri roads? (08/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri voters have said they don't want to hike sales taxes to pay for roads and other transportation projects. But there appears to be no immediate Plan B for plugging a looming gap between the state's available highway funding and its anticipated needs...
Transportation tax struck down; voters rally around personal liberties (08/06/14)
Missouri voters said yes to three of five statewide ballot measures Tuesday, but a proposed transportation tax was not one of them. The Associated Press reported that voters rejected Amendment 7, which would have prompted a 0.75 percent increase in Missouri's sales and use tax to fund transportation projects such as state and local highways, roads and bridges...
Kamp narrowly defeats Dix for Division III judge (08/06/14)
Judge Gary Kamp narrowly held on to his seat in the Cape Girardeau County Division III court against local lawyer Jeffrey Dix. Kamp won by about 1 percent. The incumbent, who has held the position of associate circuit judge for 20 years, received 6,732 votes, or 50.57 percent. Dix received 6,579 votes which equalled 49.43 percent...
Gardner to take Syler's place as circuit judge (08/06/14)
When Judge William Syler retires from his position in Circuit 32, Division I, Michael Gardner will take his place. The circuit covers Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties. The local lawyer won the position with 35.33 percent of the vote in one of the area's closest races...
Rehder retains District 148 seat; Rowland-Hubrecht wins 151st (08/06/14)
Incumbent Holly Rehder will keep her state House seat in the 148th District after receiving 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Rehder, of Sikeston, faced Illmo Special Road District board member Duston Stone of Scott City on the Republican ballot...
Blattner unseats Clark in hotly contested recorder's race (08/05/14)
Drew Blattner was voted Cape Girardeau County's next recorder of deeds in one of the county's most contentious August races. The local archivist, who garnered about 60 percent of the vote, will take the seat from his opponent, Scott R. Clark, who will complete his first term in the office this year...
Cape County voters give thumbs down to Prop K (08/06/14)
Proposition K, the only local issue to appear on Tuesday's ballot, was soundly defeated by Cape Girardeau County voters. The measure proposed that a quarter-of-a-cent tax be levied across the county to fund a gap in children's mental health services. ...
'Big races' draw nearly 45 percent turnout in Perry County (08/06/14)
A trio of hotly contested races boosted turnout to nearly 45 percent Tuesday in Perry County, Missouri, as voters chose replacements for some longtime public servants who are retiring at the end of their terms. "We had some big races. ... It's been an interesting day, to say the least," said County Clerk Randy Taylor, who is one of the officeholders retiring this year in Perry County, where 44.84 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls Tuesday...
Enderle to keep treasurer seat in Scott County (08/06/14)
Glenda Enderle will hold her seat as the Scott County Treasurer after winning the primary election Tuesday night, according to unofficial election results provided by the Scott County Clerk's office. Enderle, of New Hamburg, received 59 percent of the vote, overtaking Joe Bill Davis of Benton, who received 41 percent...
Bollinger County elects new prosecutor (08/06/14)
Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Gray lost his bid for re-election Tuesday night. Newcomer Heath Robins of Southern Bollinger County unseated Gray by a vote of 1,548 to 883. "I worked hard," Robins said Tuesday night after the ballots were counted. "It's a vast county. There's a lot of area to cover."...
Gunn chosen to fill Ward 3 seat on Cape Girardeau City Council (08/06/14)
Victor R. Gunn will be the newest member of the Cape Girardeau City Council. He was elected the Ward 3 representative over challenger Evan Trump Tuesday. Trump is the former Cape Girardeau County Republican chairman and the district manager for Bi-State Southern Convenience Stores...
Bloomfield to vote on $10M bond issue (08/05/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Bloomfield residents will go the polls today to vote on a $10 million revenue bond issue for improving the city's water and wastewater systems. The city plans to replace all its water lines -- nearly 80,000 linear feet -- and to install new hydrants, gate valves and meters at an estimated cost of $5 million. Work on the wastewater lagoon includes upgrades to the treatment plant and is expected to cost $3.5 million...
Democratic hopefuls set sights on 147th (08/04/14)
Voters in the 147th District will have a decision to make among two Democratic candidates running for the state House seat. The position is held by Republican incumbent Kathy Swan. Gary L. Gaines and Blake Hopper both hope to see their name on the November ballot, where they will go up against Swan and Libertarian candidate Greg Tlapek...
Tuesday's election will bring in 'new blood' (08/04/14)
Perry County, Missouri, is about to see a significant changing of the guard as five longtime elected officials retire, taking with them 114 years of combined experience. County Clerk Randy Taylor, Treasurer Veronica Hershey, Recorder of Deeds Susan Oster, Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck and Circuit Judge William Syler all are stepping down after long careers...
Election turnout expected to be marginally higher (08/03/14)
Local county clerks say they expect to see a few more voters turn out for the primary election Tuesday, but not many. Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said she based her estimate on numbers from the 2010 and 2012 primaries, where voter turnout was 29 percent and 30 percent, respectively...
Recorder candidates disagree on access to records (08/01/14)
The Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds race is among the only contested county races that will appear on Tuesday's ballot. Local archivist Drew Blattner faces incumbent Scott R. Clark in the primary election. Both candidates are Republicans. Clark said when he took over the office in 2011, he did an assessment of what was working in the office and what needed to be improved. Some of the needs were obvious, he said...
Dunklin County installing new voting machines (08/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Dunklin County voters will notice a big change when they head to the polls next week for the Aug. 5 statewide primary race. The County Clerk's office is installing $97,000 worth of new voting machines at all polling stations in the county...
Reitzel, Blattel run for Delta committee (08/01/14)
Voters in Delta will elect precinct committeeman Tuesday. Chris Blattel will face incumbent Mark Reitzel for the position to represent voters. Reitzel, 45, is a self-employed farmer in Whitewater and said he enjoys being an active committeeman and strives to make sure people are educated on the candidates and issues...
Experience deemed essential in judge race (08/01/14)
Judge William Syler has presided over the 32nd Judicial Circuit for more than two decades. But on Tuesday, voters will be tasked with selecting his replacement. Trae Bertrand, Michael Gardner and Allen Moss are the Republicans running to fill the retiring judge's seat, and all agree on one thing: It's important the next circuit judge have the right experience...
Supporters say ballot item could boost children's services in county (07/31/14)
A measure that supporters say has been four years in the making will be up for voter approval in next week's election. If approved, Proposition K would levy a one-quarter-cent tax to create a community children's services fund that would support mental-health services for children living in Cape Girardeau County...
Judge candidates call for swift justice (07/31/14)
In the race for Division III associate circuit judge, efficiency seems to be key. Local lawyer Jeffrey Dix and incumbent Gary Kamp are vying for the position, with the winner to be selected by voters Tuesday. Dix said the question of efficiency was among the factors that persuaded him to run for associate judge. He pointed to the hundreds of disqualifications against Kamp every year and said they "have basically turned Division III into a part-time job."...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Mark Reitzel (07/30/14)
Name: Mark Reitzel Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Daughter: Lydia Occupation: Farmer Employer: Self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Self-employed farmer Previous offices held or sought: Previous office held:Current Delta Precinct Committeeman...
148th Missouri House district candidate Holly Rehder (07/30/14)
Name: Holly Rehder Age: 44 Place of birth: Memphis, TN Spouse's, children's names: My spouse of 20 years is Ray Rehder. Children are Raychel Smart, Johnny Griswell Jr., Christian Rehder and one grand-baby, Kayden Talley. Education: Graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Kim Wingerter (07/30/14)
Name: Kim Wingerter Age: 49 Place of birth: Belleville IL Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Kurt (Sam) Wingerter Children - Shawn, Cody & Brittany Grandson - Colton Occupation: Team driver operation with my husband Employer: Gilster Mary-Lee Corp Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Michael Gardner (07/30/14)
Name: Michael Gardner Age: 35 Place of birth: I was born in St. Louis but grew up in Kelso Spouse, children's names: I have been married to the former Kristi Hillman for 11 years. We are the parents of Jack, Addie and Paige Occupation: Attorney Employer: Self-employed...
148th Missouri House district candidate Duston Stone (07/30/14)
Name: Duston Stone Age: 32 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse's, children's names: Son - Laythan Education: Scott City High School Graduate Occupation: Railroad conductor, Farmer Employer: Union Pacific Businesses owned, all or part: Landowner...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Douglas K. Martin (07/30/14)
Name: Douglas K. Martin Age: 53 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Martin Children: Emily Johnson, Ava Johnson, Lillian Johnson, Kora Martin, and Elli Martin Occupation: Owner of Martin Landscaping, Alderman (Ward II) Perryville, licensed real estate agent...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Victor R. Gunn (07/30/14)
Name: Victor R. Gunn Age: 68 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife, Mary V. Gunn Adult daughter, Alexia Gunn Sander. Occupation: Retired Deputy Chief of Police Employer: Retired Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: I have never sought local elected office...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Diane Geile (07/30/14)
Name: Diane Geile Age: 49 Place of birth: Perryville, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Joseph Geile son -Tristan Geile Occupation: Supervisor/Marketing Director Employer: Perryville E-Z Pump/KB's Custard Businesses owned, all or part: Joe Geile Excavating, LLC...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer (07/30/14)
Name: Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer Age: 55 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: David J. Schumer Children: Kristen(Brad)Renner, Lauren, Tim Grandchildren: Brynn, Mila, Levi Parents: Virgil(Doc) & Dorothy Wibbenmeyer Daughter-In-Law: Norbert Schumer and the late Alma Schumer...
Town hall meeting to address right to farm (07/30/14)
A town-hall meeting about Amendment 1, or right-to-farm, will be hosted at 7 p.m. today at Flickerwood Arena, 3019 Larch Lane in Jackson. The event features guest speakers Larry Miller of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau and state Rep. Kathy Swan. The amendment is up for voter approval on the Aug. 5 ballot. For more information, contact Dan Hutton at 573-703-4998 or dlhutton1s@gmail.com...
Host of candidates running for 149th District House seat (07/30/14)
District 149 voters will have several choices on the Democratic and Republican ballots Tuesday. Four candidates have filed in the primary election to fill the seat held by state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat. The Democratic candidates are Bill Burlison and Diedra Freeman, and Republican candidates are Don Rone and Neal E. Boyd...
Ballot item aims to shield personal electronic data (07/30/14)
Among the issues to be considered by voters Aug. 5 is an amendment that seeks to strengthen privacy protection for electronic communications and data. Amendment 9 asks voters whether the Missouri Constitution should be amended "so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?" State and local governments expect no significant costs or savings from the amendment, the ballot language adds.. ...
Millions spent on Missouri road, farm proposals (07/29/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of a pair of Missouri ballot proposals have spent millions promoting the measures that would raises taxes for transportation and create a state constitutional right to farm, far outspending opponents, according to state finance reports...
Stone, Rehder want to bring conservative values to House (07/29/14)
The two candidates vying for the House seat in the 148th District both want to bring their conservative values to the state Legislature. Because no candidates filed for the position in other parties, voters will select either Duston Y. Stone or Holly Rehder on the Aug. 5 Republican ticket to be the district's next representative...
Gun rights, vets' lottery on primary ballot (07/29/14)
As the Aug. 5 election draws near, some of the lesser known amendments on the ballot are receiving more attention. Compared to the amendments dealing with farming rights and a transportation tax, those calling for stronger gun rights and the creation of a lottery ticket to benefit veterans services have garnered far less notice...
Cape County Associate Circuit Judge Division III candidate Gary Kamp (07/29/14)
Name: Gary Albert Kamp Age: 62 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: My wife is the former Gail Friedrich. We have two children, Christopher Kamp and Cassandra Kamp Occupation: Associate Circuit Judge, Division III, Cape Girardeau County...
Perry County Clerk candidate Mina Hoehn (07/29/14)
Name: Mina Hoehn Age: 48 Place of birth: E St Louis, IL Spouse, children's names: Mark Hoehn, Husband Amy and Taylor Hoehn, daughters Occupation: Secretary, School Bus Driver, Realtor Employer: PCSD#32, Meyer Bus Lines, Re/Max Realty Experts Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Congressional hopefuls run on low budgets (07/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Together, Missouri's eight Congress members were sitting on nearly $5 million in campaign cash heading into the final few weeks before the Aug. 5 primary elections. Their 38 challengers' campaigns had less than $100,000 combined...
District rep races head toward primary election (07/28/14)
Missouri House District 151 voters will vote two times on the seat in the Aug. 5 primary election. Ryan William Holder and Tila Rowland Hubrecht are vying to fill the vacant seat, but they're also candidates in the primary for the new term representative...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Allen Moss (07/28/14)
Name: Allen Moss Age: 53 Place of birth: Chula Vista, CA Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Katie; Children: Courtney, Allen III (Trey), and Thomas Occupation: Attorney and municipal judge Employer: Moss, Stillwell & Surratt (private practice), Scott City (municipal judge)...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Trae Bertrand (07/28/14)
Name: Trae Bertrand Age: 36 Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma Spouse, children's names: Wife - Rachel Daughters - Laura, Camille & Stella Occupation: Attorney Employer: Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens Businesses owned, all or part: Partner at Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens, L.C...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Chris Blattel (07/28/14)
Name: Chris Blattel Age: 38 Place of birth: Chafee MO Spouse, children's names: Hunter Blattel -son Samantha Blattel - daughter Occupation: Teacher Employer: High school Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: No political office. I am Vice President of SEMO 10 a pro-constitution group with which I have made several trips to the state capital...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Lisa Lukefahr (07/28/14)
Name: Lisa Lukefahr Age: 44 Place of birth: Perryville Missouri Spouse, children's names: Husband: Delvin Lukefahr, children: Zachary Lukefahr 18 and Hannah Lukefahr 15 Occupation: Bookkeeper Employer: Loida Ag Service, LLC Businesses owned, all or part: none...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/28/14)
Name: Scott R Clark Age: 29 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff, Missouri Spouse, children's names: NA Occupation: Recorder of Deeds Employer: Cape Girardeau County Businesses owned, all or part: NA Previous offices held or sought: Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds...
Primary election to decide treasurer in Scott County (07/28/14)
The Scott County treasurer race, although contested, will be decided Aug. 5 in the primary election. Incumbent Glenda Enderle and Joe Bill Davis are battling for the democratic seat. Missouri is an open primary state, which allows for all registered voters to vote. ...
Aug. 5 primary campaign finance numbers released (07/24/14)
Quarterly fundraising reports have been released for candidates running in the Aug. 5 primary. The reports are filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Candidates are required to report the formation of a campaign committee and any fundraising activities when they receive or spend $500 or more...
Aug. 2014 Election: Perry County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Dana (Ballman) Pritchard Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband(of 21 years): Mark Pritchard Daughter: Samantha Son: Hunter Occupation: Perry County Deputy Recorder of Deeds Employer: County of Perry, Missouri...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Drew Blattner Age: 31 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Wife Ashley of seven years. Daughter Ava Grace due 20 days after the election. Occupation: Archivist Employer: Cape Girardeau County Archive Center Businesses owned, all or part: Blattner Properties, LLC and B&B Properties...
Perry County Clerk candidate Steven C. King (07/24/14)
Name: Steven C. King Age: 53 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife- Julie (Ochs) 30years Daughters- Natalie and Emily Occupation: Retired Educator- 25 years-Agriculture Education, 5 years Director of Perryville Area Career & Technology Center...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Evan Trump (07/24/14)
Name: Evan Trump Age: 39 Place of birth: El Dorado Springs, MO Spouse, children's names: Lori - wife Keegan - step-son Occupation: District Manager Employer: Bi State Southern Convenience Stores Businesses owned, all or part: N/A Previous offices held or sought: N/A...
151st Missouri House district candidate Ryan Wm. Holder (07/24/14)
Name: Ryan Wm. Holder Age: 56 Place of birth: Advance, MO Spouse's, children's names: Nancy (wife), 2 Daughters Leah and Jesse, 2 sons in the military, Ethan (Army) and Zachary (Navy) Education: Graduated High School at Advance High in 76, joined Air Force for 4 yrs., then 2 years at SEMO...
Perry County Clerk candidate Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe (07/23/14)
Name: Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe Age: 47 Place of birth: St Louis, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband- Shannon Stumpe Daughter-Jordan Stumpe Son- Brendan Stumpe Occupation: Customer Service Representative Employer: MFA Oil Company Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Brian C. Brickhaus (07/23/14)
Name: Brian C. Brickhaus Age: 37 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife, Amy (Winkler), Alex 12, Luke 11, Garrett 8 and Adam 5 Occupation: Financial Planner / Advisor Employer: Saxony Securities Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Council discusses initiative to empower neighborhoods (07/22/14)
City staffers and members of the Cape Girardeau City Council expressed their excitement over a new program to improve and empower neighborhoods at the council's regular meeting Monday night. Jennifer Criblez of the city's Planning Services Division said the neighborhood development initiative "really brings together all of our services." The idea was discussed at the council's retreat in April as a way to help people overcome problems specific to their neighborhoods, but Criblez said it would do more than that.. ...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Samantha Schremp (07/22/14)
Name: Samantha Schremp Age: 52 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Rodney Schremp Aaron & Josh Hudson, Kyle, Jordan, Ashley & Josh Schremp Occupation: Owner/Manager of Schremp Electric & Licensed Real Estate Agent Employer: Self Employed...
Aug. 2014 Election: Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner (07/21/14)
Name: Larry Fadler Age: 58 Place of birth: Perryville, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Lisa Fadler Larry Fadler,Jr. Jenny Horncamp Occupation: farmer Education: Patton High School Employer: self Businesses owned, all or part: farm Public offices held or sought: Presiding Commissioner...
Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney candidate Stephen Gray (07/21/14)
Name: Stephen Gray Age: 46 Place of birth: Joplin, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I have been married to Carol Gray since 1992. We have two sons, John Gray, 16, and David Gray, 13. Occupation: Attorney Education: Neosho High School, 1985 Missouri State Univ., B.A. 1990...
Aug. 2014 Election: 147th Missouri House district (07/21/14)
Name: Gary L. Gaines Age: 68 Place of birth: Dexter, MO Spouse's, children's names: Wife: Darlene Son: John Education: Three engineering degrees from the University of Missouri at Rolla, now Missouri S&T Occupation: Retired engineer/manager Employer: I volunteer several hours a week at both St. Francis and Southeast Hospitals...
If history repeats itself, fate of transportation tax not favorable (07/20/14)
Southeast Missouri has an interesting history when it comes to supporting state transportation funding. As voters prepare to vote on Amendment 7, the latest measure designed to increase the state transportation department's funding, proponents have sought to persuade them the three-quarter-cent sales tax is the best way to maintain and improve the state's aging infrastructure...
Scott County Treasurer candidate Joe Bill Davis (07/18/14)
Name: Joe Bill Davis Date of birth: 4-9-52 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse-Jackie, Children- Adam (Andrea), Matt (Meagan), Kassie. Grandchildren- Hudson, Hayden & Kami. Occupation: Station Manager - B97.9, Rock107 & Country Legends KRHW...
Pachyderms to discuss right-to-farm (07/17/14)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host B.J. Tanksley of the Missouri Farm Bureau to discuss Amendment 1 in a public forum today at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. The amendment, also known as right-to-farm, will appear on the ballot in the Aug. 5 election...
Candidates try to woo voters at Tea Party forum (07/16/14)
With the Aug. 5 primary weeks away, candidates running in contested races in Cape Girardeau offered their best pitches to voters at a Tuesday night forum. Hosted at the Cape Girardeau Public Library by the Cape County Tea Party, candidates answered a question about how they would reduce the size of government and cut spending and explained to voters why they should be elected to their respective offices...
Candidates to appear at Cape County Tea Party meeting (07/15/14)
The Cape County Tea Party will host a candidate forum at its monthly meeting today. The forum, which is open to the public, will feature candidates running in contested races on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. Those expected to attend are Jeffrey Dix and Gary Kamp for Associate Circuit Judge; Scott R. ...
Aug. 2014 Election: Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney (07/11/14)
Name: Heath Robins Age: 37 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Occupation: Attorney and Farmer Education: Graduate of Advance Missouri High School. B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University, 2007; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2012. Employer: Self-employed Attorney and Farmer. City of Miner prosecutor...
Tax-funded transportation project list finalized (07/10/14)
Missourians can now view the finalized list of transportation projects to be funded by the Amendment 7 transportation sales tax, pending voter approval in August. The list was created as a joint effort between the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and local planning agencies and transportation groups. ...
Bollinger County Clerk candidate Brittany Hovis (07/08/14)
Name: Brittany Hovis Age: 24 Place of birth: Marble Hill, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I am married to Jake Hovis and we have two children Tyson Hovis who is three years old and Lillie Hovis who is one. Occupation: Deputy Clerk Education: I graduated from Woodland High School...
Missouri updates list of projects to be funded by transportation tax (07/08/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials have added money for streetcars in Kansas City and more highway projects around the state as part of a revised project list that would be funded if voters approve a three-quarter- cent sales tax next month...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Ronald Reagan (07/08/14)
Name: Ronald Reagan Age: 57 Place of birth: Southeast Missouri Hospital Spouse, children's names: Vickie Welker--fiancÚ Jason Reagan Jeff Reagan Occupation: farmer--business owner Education: Meadow Heights--1-12 Employer: Proctor and Gamble--retired...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Travis Elfrink (07/08/14)
Name: Travis Elfrink Age: 29 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Occupation: Presiding Commissioner Education: Graduated from Woodland High School in 2003 Graduated SEMO in 2008 with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration Employer: Bollinger Counuty...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Kenny Trentham (07/08/14)
Name: Kenny Trentham Age: 59 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau MO Spouse, children's names: Cathy (Simmons) Trentham, spouse Kyle Trentham and Cory Trentham, sons Cassie (Lincoln) Trentham (Cory), daughter-in-law Faith and Jacob Trentham, grandchildren...
Bollinger County Clerk candidate Misty Stevens (07/08/14)
Name: Misty Stevens Age: 37 Place of birth: Chaffee, MO Spouse, children's names: Jerry Stevens - Spouse Jake Thele - Son Jordan Thele - Son Madison Stevens - Daughter Occupation: Office Administrator Education: 1995 Graduate of Woodland High School - Marble Hill, MO...
Scott County Treasurer candidate Glenda K. Enderle (07/08/14)
Name: Glenda K. Enderle Date of birth: 10/5/55 Place of birth: Wyatt, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Randy Enderle Tammy (Shannon) Haley & Landon Cureton Brian (Rhonda Medlin) Madison Enderle Occupation: Scott County Treasurer Education: High School Graduate...
Council votes to extend fire sales tax ordinance (07/08/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council took its first step Monday in calling a November election for the fire sales tax. The question to extend the one-eighth-cent portion of the fire tax, initially planned to appear on the August ballot, was moved to November after Gov. Jay Nixon placed the three-quarter-cent state transportation tax question on the August election...
Cape council to move forward on fire sales tax (07/07/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council will take its first action toward calling an election for the fire sales tax at its regular meeting tonight. The question to extend the one-eighth-cent portion of the fire tax initially was planned to go before voters in August. ...
Debate grows around right-to-farm measure as election approaches (07/07/14)
Jeremie Nothdurft has farmed all his life. He still remembers his first farm job and sitting behind the wheel of a tractor at age 5. His daughter, Eve, isn't quite old enough to help harvest this year's winter wheat, but he said there will be plenty of room for her to join the family farm one day...
Despite grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers (06/30/14)
WASHINGTON -- Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year's election, right? Nope. Mostly they're not...
GOP establishment hails Cochran, unusual alliance (06/26/14)
JACKSON, Miss. -- From Mississippi to the U.S. Capitol, mainstream Republicans expressed relief Wednesday at Sen. Thad Cochran's comeback primary victory over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, highlighting anew the fissures between traditional GOP powers and challengers determined to pull the party further rightward...
Supporters stump for transportation sales tax (06/24/14)
Proponents of a state transportation sales tax kicked off their "Yes on Amendment 7" campaign today, touting it as the best option to fund needed transportation projects while placing the least financial burden on the working class. The amendment goes before Missouri voters Aug. ...
Judge candidates answer questions at public forum (06/20/14)
Voters curious to learn more about the candidates for the 32nd Circuit Court and Associate Circuit Court stopped by Dexter Bar-B-Que on Thursday night to listen to the five men participate in a public forum at a meeting of the Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club...
Pachyderms to host judicial candidates (06/18/14)
The SEMO Pachyderms will host candidates for the 32nd Circuit Court and Associate Circuit Court in a public forum Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. Trae Bertrand, Michael Gardner and Allen Moss are the candidates running for Circuit Court judge. Jeffrey Dix and Gary Kamp are running for Associate Circuit Court judge. All candidates are Republicans...
Judicial candidates vie for Circuit Court job (06/15/14)
Candidates for Division III associate circuit judge presented their cases before the Cape County Republican Women's Club Friday afternoon at Dexter Bar-B-Que. Lawyer Jeffrey Dix will face incumbent Gary Kamp in the Republican primary on Aug. 5. Division III of the Circuit Court primarily handles misdemeanor and felony criminal cases through preliminary hearings, as well as domestic relations, some city traffic cases and small claims...
Nixon stops in Jackson to garner support for tax-break vetoes (06/13/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon met with Cape Girardeau County leaders this afternoon to discuss how sales tax-cutting bills approved by the General Assembly might impact local budgets. Nixon on Wednesday vetoed 10 bills he said gave tax breaks to special interest groups, including power companies, laundromats, restaurants and grocery stores. Hours after the Democratic governor announced the veto, Republican legislators across the state began promising an override later this year...
Planners unveil potential transportation tax-supported projects (06/13/14)
Improvements to roads and interchanges and a new bicycle trail are among the local projects that could be funded if voters approve a transportation sales tax in August. The Missouri Department of Transportation held an open house at the Osage Centre on Thursday evening to give people the opportunity to view a draft list of projects created as part of the proposed Constitutional Amendment 7 and speak with regional planning partners and MoDOT representatives...
Black ministers start anti-voter ID campaign (06/10/14)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Several Wichita-area black ministers have announced plans to encourage a get-out-the-vote campaign to fight voter ID laws. The ministers are members of the Midwest Conference Fifth Episcopal District, which represents 120 churches in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. They met last week for their annual Midwest conference in Wichita, The Wichita Eagle reported...
Political parties fight to manipulate voting times (06/09/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Election Day is approaching, and you've made up your mind. There's no need to wait. In many states, you now can vote early. Yet what's convenient to you is increasingly an opportunity for political gamesmanship to the candidates on the ballot...
Downtown CID board meets, selects officers (06/05/14)
The board of directors of the proposed Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District gathered for its first meeting tonight to discuss appointment of officers, adoption of bylaws and calling the elections for the property and sales tax that would be imposed within the district's boundaries...
GOP convention site selection committee visits Kansas City (06/05/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City is trying to put its best foot forward Wednesday and today as officials try to persuade a Republican committee that the city should host the GOP's presidential nominating committee in 2016. The Republican party site selection committee was scheduled to get a tour of the city to judge its ability to host the convention, which would attract an estimated 45,000 people and thousands of media...
Rep. Smith touts state's 'right-to-farm' proposal (06/04/14)
If U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and a number of agriculture groups have their way, farming will be a state right protected on the same level as speech and religion. The Republican congressman said during a visit to Cape Girardeau this afternoon that Constitutional Amendment 1, the "Keep Missouri Farming" Amendment, is an issue he's felt passionately about since his time in the statehouse...
Fire tax vote moved to November ballot (05/28/14)
Cape Girardeau voters now will determine the fate of a fire tax during the November election rather than the August one. Gov. Jay Nixon announced over the weekend that five of the eight measures approved by the General Assembly -- including a three-quarter-cent transportation tax -- would appear on the August ballot, prompting the Cape Girardeau City Council to vote in a special meeting Tuesday to place the fire tax vote on the November ballot...
Opponents consider referendum drive on Mo. income-tax cut (05/22/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some opponents of a Missouri income-tax cut say they are weighing whether to pursue a referendum petition that would put the issue before voters. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the tax cut earlier this month by overriding a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income-tax rate and phase in a new business income deduction starting in 2017, as long as state revenue keeps growing...
Victor Gunn, Evan Trump to face off for Ward 3 council seat (05/21/14)
Residents of Ward 3 in Cape Girardeau will select their next city council representative Aug. 5. When the filing period closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Victor R. Gunn and Evan Trump were the only candidates to apply for the position. To become qualified candidates, each had to gather signatures from 50 registered voters in the ward, all verified by the city clerk...
Lawmakers send voters 8 issues (05/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters will have a lot to think about this year when they step in the ballot booth. There will be choices to be made about farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes, to name just a few. That's because legislators referred an unusually large number of issues to the ballot -- the most in 16 years...
Recorder candidates speak at Pachyderms meeting (05/16/14)
Improved technology and public access were the main topics of the night when the candidates for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds spoke before the Southeast Missouri Pachyderms on Thursday night. Scott R. Clark is the current recorder and Drew Blattner is assistant director of the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center. The Republicans will face off in the primary election Aug. 5...
Missouri lawmakers endorse early voting measure amendment (05/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An early voting measure Missouri lawmakers endorsed Wednesday could wind up competing on the ballot with a more expansive version proposed through a petition drive. The constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature would allow ballots to be cast on six business days ending the Wednesday before an election. ...
Missouri lawmakers to consider voter ID measure (05/13/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers plan to debate a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the state to enact a voter photo identification requirement. The legislation cleared the House earlier this year, but is stalled in the Senate as the annual session enters its final week. If passed by the Legislature, the amendment would head to the November ballot...
Missouri lawmakers endorse March presidential primary (05/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri would hold presidential primary elections in March instead of February under a bill on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon. House members approved the legislation Monday on a vote of 101-47. The Senate passed it 25-7 in April...
Cape City Council selects temporary Ward 3 representative (05/06/14)
The temporary Ward 3 representative was appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council at it's Monday night meeting. Four men turned in applications for the position, including two who also announced their intent to run for the elected position. The council ultimately selected Patrick Koetting during the regular session when Charles DiStefano announced during the study session his decision to step down...
Teacher tenure, early voting measures submitted (05/05/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of eliminating teacher tenure and allowing early voting submitted thousands of signatures Sunday to get the separate constitutional amendments on the November ballot, before this weekend's deadline. Teach Great, the group supporting the proposal to eliminate tenure and base teacher employment on student achievement, said it turned in more than 275,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office...
Mo. House endorses June primary elections (04/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June. Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June...
New members sworn in to Cape Girardeau City Council (04/15/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council gathered in a special meeting Monday afternoon to administer oaths of office to new and returning members. John Voss surrendered his council seat to Joseph Uzoaru, the new Ward 1 representative elected last week. Shelly Moore replaced Meg Davis as the new Ward 2 representative...
Union vote focuses on absent lawmakers (04/14/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In legislative lingo, it's called "taking a walk." A lawmaker walks out of the chamber -- sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town -- and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue. During eight years in office, Missouri Rep. Rick Stream said he never walked out on a vote -- until this past week, when it came time for the state House to vote on a measure that could limit union fees...
Hendricks elected as mayor of Marble Hill (04/09/14)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Incumbent Nick Hendricks won Tuesday's election as Marble Hill Mayor, defeating his opponent -- former mayor, administrative assistant and chamber of commerce president Rick Jones -- with nearly 72 percent of the votes. The unofficial vote count from Tuesday gave Hendricks 154 votes to Jones's 61...
Incumbents keep seats in Jackson School Board race (04/09/14)
Three incumbents retained their seats on the Jackson School Board on Tuesday night and all said they feel fortunate to have done so, according to unofficial election returns on the Cape Girardeau county clerk's website. Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas won their races, beating out challengers Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper, Larry L. Koenig, Kristi Uhrhan, Brad Noel and Will Adams...
Rediger re-elected as Cape Girardeau mayor (04/09/14)
Voters in Cape Girardeau elected two new city council members and re-elected Mayor Harry Rediger in Tuesday's election. Rediger garnered 76.05 percent of the vote, compared to opponent Walter White's 23.03 percent. "It's very rewarding to have the confidence of our citizens to do another four years," said Rediger. "We have a lot of things going on, and I'm very positive as we move ahead with the new council and new energy."...
Baer in as Perryville mayor; Hunt elected chief (04/09/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The "interim" tag is coming off Perryville police chief Direk Hunt's title, but he will be serving under a new mayor when he takes office. Challenger Ken Baer unseated incumbent Mayor Debbie Gahan with 63 percent of the vote Tuesday night, while Hunt won the race for city marshal with 1,101 votes to Joe Martin's 471, giving him 69 percent of the vote...
Three use taxes fail by wide margin in region (04/09/14)
Of the three local use tax questions on the ballot this year, none managed to gain voter approval in Tuesday's election. In Cape Girardeau County, the city of Cape Girardeau and the city of Jackson, the measures failed roughly 2 to 1. Election judges at the New McKendree Church polling location said the use tax issue, combined with the city's crowded school board race, brought a heavier stream of voters to their booths than was typical of an April election. ...
Tax increases pass for rural Scott County towns (04/09/14)
A tax increase in the Village of Kelso passed with 95 percent of voters approving the increase. In a vote of 61 for and 3 against, voters passed an increase of 13 cents per $100 assessed valuation for general municipal purposes and for four years, beginning in 2014, for fire protection...
Bond issue passes for Chaffee School District (04/09/14)
Voters in the Chaffee R-II School District passed a no tax increase bond initiative to allow additions and renovations to the district's buildings, according to unofficial election results from the Scott County Clerk's office Tuesday night. In a vote of 302 for and 53 against, voters passed the issue allowing the district to borrow $2.9 million to fund the construction of two storm safe classrooms at the elementary school and an addition to the high school industrial arts shop; to repair and replace roofs at the high school and elementary school; and to upgrade lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at both schools.. ...
Bollinger County voters reject library tax (04/09/14)
Bollinger County voters clearly conveyed they are not willing to pay higher taxes to get a new library. Bollinger County voters rejected the proposed new building 1,437 to 317 -- nearly 82 percent. The Bollinger County Library Board and library director Eva Dunn tried to convince voters that the 66-year-old library in Marble Hill needed to be replaced and moved out of its flood-prone location near Crooked Creek. ...
Senciboy wins Oran mayor's race (04/09/14)
After 18 years with the same mayor, the city of Oran has voted Gary "Petey" Senciboy as the next Mayor of Oran. In a vote of 244 to 160, Senciboy beat out rival Leroy Eftink to replace the retiring mayor, Tom Uhrhan, taking 60 percent of the vote. Both candidates campaigned on addressing infrastructure issues within the town...
Expected jump in turnout yields only a fraction of voters (04/09/14)
A mere 14 percent of registered voters turned out to vote Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County -- 7,311 out of 51,649. Some Cape Girardeau county precincts reported lower or "steady" turnouts throughout the day, but numbers were expected to jump during the evening...
Illmo Special Road District: Duston Stone (04/08/14)
Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Grandson of Von and Della McAlister. Son of Becky McAlister. I have a 2-year-old little boy, laythan Employer: Union Pacific Railroad Businesses owned, all or part: Landowner Previous offices held or sought: Current Director of the Illmo Special Road District...
Illmo Special Road District: Rennie Phillips (04/08/14)
Place of birth: Nebraska Spouse, children's names: Marge is my wife Victor and Tait are our sons Employer: self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Phillips Construction; Sandhills Vineyard & Produce Previous offices held or sought: none What is the most important issue facing the Illmo Special Road District?...
Council to address election item, crime task force (04/07/14)
Election schedules and crime fighting will be among the issues voted on by the Cape Girardeau City Council at its meeting today. After the resignation March 31 of Ward 3 councilman Trent Summers, who is moving out of the city, the council was left with the task of nominating his temporary replacement to serve until an election can be organized to select a representative who will hold the position for the remainder of his term, which was set to expire in 2016...
Illmo Special Road District Board: Rennie Phillips (04/07/14)
Name: Rennie Phillips Date of birth: 1-06-1950 Place of birth: Nebraska Spouse, children's names: Marge is my wife Victor and Tait are our sons Occupation: retired Employer: self employed Businesses owned, all or part: Phillips Construction; Sandhills Vineyard & Produce...
Larger turnout expected within county Tuesday (04/06/14)
Those casting votes in the election Tuesday may notice larger-than-normal crowds at their polling locations. April elections typically draw about 8 percent to 12 percent of the county's registered voters, but this year she expects to see a bump in those numbers, said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers...
City marshal one of three contested posts in Perryville (04/06/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- For the first time in two decades, Perryville voters will have a choice when they go to the polls Tuesday to select their next city marshal to serve as police chief. The position is one of three up for grabs in contested races. Multiple candidates also filed for mayor and Ward 2 alderman...
Common Core cited in crowded Jackson School Board race (04/06/14)
In what's turned into an unusually intense race, eight people are running for three spots on the Jackson School Board in Tuesday's election. The field includes incumbents Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas, and challengers Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper, Larry L. Koenig, Kristi Uhrhan, Brad Noel and Will Adams...