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Election officials in Missouri’s Bootheel are requesting a new election for the Missouri House’s 150th district.

Low Voter Roll Off In Election

Nov 17, 2012
Map Courtesy of Wikimedia / KRCU

Missouri voter roll off was relatively low in this year’s election. Most voters who voted for President also voted for down-ballot candidates and issues.

Senator Blunt On Farm Bill And River Navigation

Nov 15, 2012
Sam Powers / KRCU

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt hopes to get movement on the Farm Bill soon.

In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the Missouri Republican indicated he hopes the Farm Bill will be resolved before the end of the year, and perhaps before the Senate resolves “the fiscal cliff” crisis.

Blunt voted for the Senate’s earlier version of the Farm Bill, and says he would vote in favor of an extension of the current Farm Bill into the spring to let farm families plan for the coming year.

Ashley Books / KRCU

  As Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle prepares to move to a federal prosecuting position at the U.S. Attorney’s office, his replacement has yet to be named.

Swingle has been Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney for 25 years.

No local political parties have yet made any official recommendations for Swingle’s replacement to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Swingle says regardless of whom the Governor appoints to take over the position, the office is in capable hands.

Frank Morris / KCUR

Missouri’s Hispanic population is small but growing. Hispanics only account for 3.5% of the state’s population, but that’s an increase of 79% since 2000.

The Democratic party has successfully courted Hispanics, and that strategy paid off with Presidential wins in western states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

But Missouri’s Hispanic population is still too small to have much of an impact, according to Dr. Marvin Overby, who teaches political science at the University of Missouri.