General Election 2014

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are celebrating their increased supermajorities in the State House and Senate, especially with the passage of a constitutional amendment to limit Gov. Jay Nixon's authority over the budget.

Nixon, a Democrat, has temporarily withheld money each year from various state agencies. He has said the withholds are necessary because the GOP-controlled legislature keeps sending him unbalanced budgets. 

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Voters in Newton and Jasper Counties approved a $16.5 million bond issue for Carl Junction Schools.  The district plans to build a classroom for early childhood to first grade, a multi-purpose cafeteria and kitchen for second through sixth grade and a multi-purpose facility for seventh through 12th grades.  Two of those facilities will serve as tornado safe rooms for the school and the community. 

The district’s current debt levy will go up ten cents to 99 cents.  Property taxes on a $100,000 home will increase $19 a year. 

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Willard voters said no to a $15.2 million bond issue for schools.  The ballot measure was defeated by nearly 61 percent.  If passed, the bond would have increased the 92-cent debt service levy by 15 cents.  Property taxes on a $100,000 home would have gone up $28.44 a year.

Ozarks Votes Back Incumbents to State Senate, House

Nov 5, 2014
Scott Harvey / KSMU

It was a good night for House and Senate incumbents from southwest Missouri on Tuesday night. While more than a dozen Republican candidates in the area had no challenger, current legislators that did fared well.

The mood was overwhelmingly positive at the GOP watch party in southwest Springfield, as Sonya Anderson, Elijah Haahr, and Lincoln Hough celebrated victories against their opponents. Hough, who defeated Democratic challenger Angie Filbeck with 58 percent of the vote, says he gets back to work on Wednesday in Jefferson City.                      

Julie Greene

Republican Bob Cirtin will become the new presiding commissioner of Greene County, tallying 63 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election. KSMU’s Briana Simmons spoke with the winning candidate and has this report.

“I’m feeling very good. It looks like we prevailed in the election. I’m very grateful to the voters of Greene County who decided to put their trust in me,” Cirtin said.