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Morning Newscast for November 10, 2016

Nov 10, 2016

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Republicans have completed a 15-year rise to power in Missouri.

Led by President-elect Donald Trump, GOP candidates rolled to victory in all of Missouri's major offices Tuesday.

When the newly elected officials begin work in January, Republicans will hold the Missouri governor's office, nearly all of its other statewide executive offices and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

That means Republicans can enact virtually any measure they want, so long as they work together.

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Missouri's voter turnout is slightly up from the 2012 elections but didn't meet record-breaking predictions by election officials.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced the unofficial turnout in Tuesday's election was a little less than 67 percent. More than 2.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the state.

Those numbers don't include provisional and overseas absentee ballots.

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In District 44, Democratic incumbent Kip Kendrick won his race for District 45 Missouri State Representative against independent William Lee with more than 70 percent of the vote. Kendrick says that the parties need to come together now more than ever.

“There are so many issues facing this state, facing this nation that are non-partisan that affect everyone. We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve got to turn down the rhetoric. We’ve got to start healing this nation and healing this state," Kendrick said.

Forget the pollsters, forget the prognosticators, forget the pundits.

They were all wrong.

Now that the election is behind us, our panel breaks down what happened in America’s newsrooms – how the coverage came together and where so many natural storylines were dropped. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Missouri voters passed Amendment 6 Tuesday to become the eighth state to require a photo ID to vote. 

Amendment 6, which requires voters to show a state, federal or military issued ID to cast a ballot, passed with 63 percent of the vote.

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Residents all over the state of Missouri cast their ballot for the next president on Tuesday. In what’s been called one of the most polarizing elections in history, Residents at watch parties in Columbia and Jefferson City talked to KBIA reporters about their reactions to Donald Trump winning the presidency.

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“This is crazy.”

The words of 10-year-old Elena Hoffman seemed to echo the sentiment of many of the partygoers at Ragtag Cinema’s election night watch party on November 8.

The party, which was billed as a bi-partisan gathering, drew mostly Clinton-supporters. Attendees could spend their evening waiting for results at either the bar, the large theater that aired CNN coverage or the small theater that aired the PBS telecast.

Tracy Lane, the executive director of Ragtag, estimated that nearly 200 people were in attendance by 8 p.m.

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Republican state Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar is Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor-elect.

He beat out former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan with 55 percent of the vote to 39.9 percent last night.

Parson says the election came down to Christian and moral values and called for a prayer during his victory speech.

"I would like for all of us to have a moment of silence and prayer, however you communicate with the person upstairs," Parson said. "I said that right, yeah, see I'm inclusive."

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A former Navy SEAL will be the next governor of Missouri. Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democratic attorney general Chris Koster by a wide margin.

Despite polling well behind Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the Missouri, Greitens rode the same wave of anti-establishment anger to a convincing win.

“Tonight we did more than win an election," Greitens said. "We restored power to the people and we took our state back.”

But Greitens pledged to serve those who had supported his opponent as well. Koster, for his part, urged the two parties to cooperate.

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GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri fended off a tough challenger to keep his job Tuesday.

The 66-year-old Blunt beat Democrat Jason Kander, the Secretary of State, in what had been a close race.

Blunt met his supporters at a Springfield hotel early Wednesday morning and talked about that remarkable Republican sweep.

“Never in the history of the state, have we reelected majorities in the Missouri General Assembly, the House and the Senate, reelected a senator and elected five statewide Republican officials,” Blunt said.

Residents in Missouri's 47th District voted to reelect state Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to his second term in political office. The victory came after his opponent, Democratic retired teacher Susan McClintic, conceded the race to the incumbent representative on Tuesday's election night. But memories of Basye's of his narrow win over John Wright in 2014's race had him a bit uneasy before the election. 

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Democrat Judy Baker lost the race for Missouri State Treasurer to Republican Eric Schmidt.

Baker is not new to running for political office having served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008. During this time Baker served on the Healthy Missouri Caucus. She then served as the Health and Human Services regional director of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska from 2009 to 2011.

Baker had hoped to combine this experience with her experience as a former economics professor to address the causes poverty in Missouri.

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The Cole County Republican watch party at the Millbottom in Jefferson City saw many different candidates and elected officials make appearances.  Jeff Hoelscher was there for the whole night and was reelected as the Eastern District Commissioner for Cole County.  He said that he was thankful people trusted him enough to give him a third term.  When asked about goals, he said “I think one of them is going to be the employee salaries, we want to be competitive try and keep good employees.

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Nearly 11 million new people have become eligible to vote since the last presidential election. On a university campus, they’re easy to come by.

At the MU student center, students gathered to watch as the results rolled in from their first-ever presidential vote.

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has been elected as the Representative for the Fourth District of Missouri. She based her campaign on a platform of agricultural issues, healthcare, and federal government involvement.

She is critical of the Affordable Care Act and seeks to limit the powers of the measure. Hartzler is a member of the Armed Services committee in the Missouri House of Reps.

Hartzler,  a supporter of Donald Trump says she thinks he will "bring real change that Washington needs and so I hope that by the end of the night, he ends up prevailing. We don’t need four more years of the economy being stagnant, and with failed foreign policy that Hillary Clinton will bring with her.”

Afternoon Newscast for November 8, 2016

Nov 8, 2016

Kander Casts His Vote in Columbia

Nov 8, 2016
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Missouri Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander started out his Tuesday campaigning in St. Louis, then began making his way to Kansas City to finish his statewide campaign. He did make one pit stop, though, in his home town of Columbia to cast his own ballot.

Kander, a Democrat, cast his vote around noon at Community Methodist Church in Columbia. He has returned to this location to vote for several years and says that he recognizes many of the volunteers.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he said.” We have all the momentum in the race. We really feel that we have the lead in the race. It’s really about making sure people get out to vote,” Kander said he was happy to vote with his wife and son. “My three year old has been wishing everyone a happy election day so, we’re having a pretty good time,” Kander said.

New Poll Predicts Close Races for Missouri Elections

Nov 8, 2016
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A new poll predicts Missouri election results for may come down to the wire.

According to a Monmouth University Poll, Missouri elections are so close, candidates for the U.S. senate and governor are polling within 1 percent or less of each other.

The poll places incumbent Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, holding a 1 percent lead to Democrat Jason Kander. The numbers show Blunt polling at 47 percent, Kander at 46 percent and Libertarian Jonathan Dine at 2 percent of the vote.

The race for governor is even closer: a virtual tie. The poll has Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican Navy SEAL Eric Greitens each at 4

6 percent of the vote and 2 percent for Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

The races are so close it has many voters choosing people instead of parties.

Many MU students stopped by multiple voting stations on MU campus including Memorial Union and Reynolds Alumni Center to make their voice heard in a crucial election that can reshape the country’s political climate.

Some of the students waiting in line were first-time voters for president. Industrial engineering sophomore Conner Brown said participating in the general election made him “feel like an adult.” Brown holds a negative view on this year’s candidates. “I think that the candidates this year just don’t accurately represent the American population,” he said.

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Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened. Across the state, The Kansas City Star reports unusually long lines in some areas. Fifty-six-year-old Jim Duff says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

Commentary: Predicting Election Day Winners

Nov 8, 2016
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Here are some predictions about the election.  The sell-by date is close-of-business today, no refunds, and the product is guaranteed to be either delicious or rotten.

Partly because Trump will run strongly in Missouri, Senator Blunt will be narrowly reelected.  Jason Kander has run an impressive race and has a promising future in Democratic politics, win or lose.

All of Missouri’s U. S. Representatives will be comfortably reelected.

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The white-tailed deer grabs our attention in November, perhaps more than any other animal except the thanksgiving turkey.

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Professor of law and journalism at the University of Missouri Richard Reuben discusses Constitutional Amendment 6 in Missouri, which appears on ballots today. KBIA's Molly Olmstead spoke with Reuben about how the proposed amendment could impact identification requirements for future voters, and how it relates to past voter ID laws. 


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It's Election Day! To celebrate(?), Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They sing and perform Pete Seeger and Lee Hays's "If I Had a Hammer" on banjo and guitar. Enjoy! November 8, 2016

Missouri School Districts Receive Annual Report Card

Nov 8, 2016
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Just like students, Missouri school districts receive grades. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2016 Annual Performance Report for Missouri school districts Monday.

Each K-12 district receives points in five different categories: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates.

The points are added together and divided by 140, the total amount of points possible, creating a final percentage that is used to measure each school district's performance.

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