George Connor

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Southwest Missourians on Tuesday will choose among four constitutional amendments, a congressional seat, and various county positions, among others. And among the state Senate and House seats on the ballot, many have already been decided.

It should be a relaxing evening for incumbent senators Bob Dixon and Jay Wasson, as well as incumbent representatives Eric Burlison and Jeff Messenger, among others. All are among more than a dozen area candidates– all Republican – running unopposed on Tuesday.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones Monday revealed the names of four inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians, including a former U.S. Congressman from Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.   

Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday reiterated his proposal for $34 million in additional funding for higher education during a stop in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor first made the announcement for the performance-based model during last week’s State of the State Address.

Wednesday morning, he congratulated MSU for achieving all five of its performance criteria, which makes the school eligible for an additional $4.3 percent in funding, or $3.3 million.

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Political pundits couldn’t help but weigh in on Democrat Claire McCaskill’s 15 point victory Tuesday night over Republican challenger Todd Akin, a race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat that gained a tremendous amount of attention following Congressman Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

An Evolution of Elections in the Ozarks

Nov 6, 2012

In our local history series, Sense of Place, we look to our past to find answers for the present. With the presidential election upon us, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us a brief look at how elections have changed in the history of the Ozarks region.

In 2008, Missouri was hotly contested and Springfield hosted presidential candidates on several occasions. Not so this year. The change from Missouri’s status as a political battleground may be symptomatic of a gradual shift in political ideology of the state.