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Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students

All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday’s ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

Backer, Fitzwater battle for 49th House District seat

Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the 49th House seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue

Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial

It’s easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition

Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned

Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which — if passed — would prohibit tenure and tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance.

Missouri mailer grades neighbors' voting records

A voter report card mailer is grading residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors and some Missourians aren't happy.

LU to host candidate forum tonight

Lincoln University's Student Government Association will host a candidate forum tonight for the four contested Cole County offices: circuit judge, prosecutor, recorder of deeds and county clerk.

Bernskoetter faces challenge in 59th House District

Republican incumbent Mike Bernskoetter is being challenged for a Missouri House seat by a Constitution Party candidate, who has raised little cash and has not responded to media requests.

Incumbent, challenger vie for state Senate 6th district

Incumbent state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, wants to serve a second, four-term representing Mid-Missouri’s seven-county 6th District.

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Rotarians 'speed meet' with some Cole County candidates

One Jefferson City Rotary Club’s members met four of the Cole County candidates on next week’s ballot in an unusual way Monday.

Missouri auditor revels in Hollywood, history

It's just a few weeks before the election, and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is talking animatedly about a big success that's been years in the making. The subject isn't his re-election, which appears all but assured.

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Incumbent Cole County prosecutor challenged by former assistant

Incumbent Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, 55, wants voters on Nov. 4 to give him a third, four-year term in the office. But Anji Gandhi, 44, who was an assistant prosecutor under Richardson, thinks her nearly 22 years of legal and courtroom experience is enough for the public to change the person at the top.

New postcard questions Joyce’s ‘qualifications’

Cole County voters on Friday received another postcard from the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee, promoting arguments for voting against incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce in her re-election bid for a third six-year term as a circuit judge.

Jamestown school district seeking tax levy increase

Voters in the Jamestown C-1 School District will vote Nov. 4 on a tax levy increase for updates and improvements to district facilities.

Poll: Cole County voters concerned about ‘outside money’ in judge’s race

At least two-thirds of Cole County’s voters are concerned about “outside, special interest money pouring into” the county’s circuit judge’s race, according to a poll released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based “Justice at Stake” group.

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Another postcard accuses Joyce of being ‘weak’ on sexual predators

Cole County voters received two more postcard advertisements this week, questioning Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce’s record in deciding controversial cases.