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  • 1. 
    If Proposition B passes, how much would the tax on a pack of name-brand cigarettes increase? 
    • A. 

      50 cents

    • B. 

      73 cents

    • C. 

      $1


  • 2. 
    Which candidate for state treasurer founded the Downsizing State Government Committee in 2008?
    • A. 

      Cole McNary

    • B. 

      Clint Zweifel


  • 3. 
    A former journalist, this state Senate candidate thinks many politicians are naive about their accountability to the public and their relationships with the press. He or she tries to remind political leaders that the journalist's role "is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And now I am the comfortable.” 
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 4. 
    This state Senate candidate wants to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri through the federal Affordable Care Act. He or she believes that more people getting preventive care would ultimately save the state money. "And there's the added benefit that more people (would) get health care. That's a sideline that nobody seems to care about, but it's also a reality.”
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 5. 
    Which state Senate candidate worked as a doorman, bartender and later manager at the Blue Note while earning an undergraduate degree at MU? 
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 6. 
    “For everything you regulate, there is a corresponding cost," this state Senate candidate said. A former prosecuting attorney who earned a master's degree in environmental law in Vermont, this candidate believes many environmental regulations suffer from the law of diminishing returns and end up costing more than they're worth.
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 7. 
    This state Senate candidate thinks mental health has taken disproportionate funding cuts over time. “There are a lot of policies that would be nice to fund, but you have to look at those areas where, if you don’t fund it, people are literally left out in the cold...We have to fund mental health.”
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 8. 
    This state Senate candidate is an outspoken opponent of high-interest “payday” loans.
    • A. 

      Mary Still

    • B. 

      Kurt Schaefer


  • 9. 
    This candidate for Northern District Boone County commissioner takes care of horses in his or her free time.
    • A. 

      Don Bormann

    • B. 

      Janet Thompson


  • 10. 
    This candidate for Northern District Boone County commissioner thinks that working as a surveyor has given him or her a deep knowledge of county development issues.
    • A. 

      Don Bormann

    • B. 

      Janet Thompson


  • 11. 
    This candidate for 4th District U.S. representative works the graveyard shift at Walmart.
    • A. 

      Thomas Holbrook

    • B. 

      Vicky Hartzler

    • C. 

      Teresa Hensley


  • 12. 
    Which candidate for the 4th District U.S. representative said: “I can say, in the House, we passed five bills that say 'let’s use the resources our county’s been blessed with. It’s time to do it.”
    • A. 

      Thomas Holbrook

    • B. 

      Vicky Hartzler

    • C. 

      Teresa Hensley


  • 13. 
    Which candidate for the 4th District U.S. representative said about Paul Ryan’s proposed budget: “When they go out in public, they (members of Congress) ought to be ashamed about this mean-spirited budget.” 
    • A. 

      Thomas Holbrook

    • B. 

      Vicky Hartzler

    • C. 

      Teresa Hensley


  • 14. 
    This lieutenant governor candidate thinks a balanced budget cannot be achieved through spending cuts alone.
    • A. 

      Susan Montee (D)

    • B. 

      Cynthia Davis (C)

    • C. 

      Matthew Copple (L)

    • D. 

      Peter Kinder (R)


  • 15. 
    This lieutenant governor candidate has the maximum number of Facebook Friends allowed for a personal page, which is 5000.
    • A. 

      Susan Montee (D)

    • B. 

      Cynthia Davis (C)

    • C. 

      Matthew Copple (L)

    • D. 

      Peter Kinder (R)


  • 16. 
    Which candidate for Southern District Boone County commissioner used to be a farmer?
    • A. 

      James Pounds

    • B. 

      Karen Miller


  • 17. 
    Which candidate for the 44th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives has four degrees, all of which he earned at MU?
    • A. 

      Ken Jacob

    • B. 

      Caleb Rowden


  • 18. 
    Which candidate for the U.S. Senate is the only one to clearly state support for gay marriage?
    • A. 

      Todd Akin

    • B. 

      Claire McCaskill

    • C. 

      Jonathan Dine


  • 19. 
    Do U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill differ in their opinion on whether to extend the Bush era tax cuts?
    • A. 

      Yes: Claire McCaskill does not support extending the Bush era tax cuts. Todd Akin does.

    • B. 

      Yes: Todd Akin does not support extending the Bush era tax cuts. Claire McCaskill does.

    • C. 

      Yes: Both candidates support extending the Bush era tax cuts, but McCaskill believes the extensions should apply only to families earning less than $250,000.

    • D. 

      No: The candidates do not differ. Neither candidate supports extending the Bush tax cuts.

    • E. 

      No: Both candidates support extending the Bush era tax cuts and do not differ in how to apply the cuts.


  • 20. 
    What would Proposition E on the Nov. 6 ballot do?
    • A. 

      Raise the license fees on Missouri casinos and direct the new revenue toward education.

    • B. 

      Restore caps on campaign contributions

    • C. 

      Prohibit the state from establishing a state-based health insurance exchange

    • D. 

      Establish a committee to draft a home-rule charter for Boone County


  • 21. 
    This candidate for the 46th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives is earned his Eagle Scout rank with Boy Scout Troop 707 in Columbia.
    • A. 

      Stephen Webber

    • B. 

      Fred Berry


  • 22. 
    What would Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot do?
    • A. 

      Eliminate state oversight of the St. Louis Police Department.

    • B. 

      Establish a countywide sales tax to fund mental health services for children.

    • C. 

      Establish a city sales tax to pay for parks and recreation projects.

    • D. 

      Raise the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.


  • 23. 
    This candidate for the 47th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives is fluent in several languages and is manager and owner of Show-Me Language Services.
    • A. 

      John Wright

    • B. 

      Mitch Richards


  • 24. 
    This candidate for the 46th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives said one of his priorities would be to "stand in the way of the federal government that puts mandates on states that can't afford it."  
    • A. 

      Stephen Webber

    • B. 

      Fred Berry


  • 25. 
    This candidate for the 47th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives helped establish a Montessori preschool at Grant Elementary School.    
    • A. 

      John Wright

    • B. 

      Mitch Richards


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