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Commentary: The Art of the Acceptance Speech

Jul 26, 2016

I am not a convention junkie.  Mostly I read the day after about what went on.  But I do watch two events live: the presidential nominee acceptance speeches.

At the conclusion of each speech I turn off the TV and write down my impressions.  I am not interested in what the talking heads have to say.  Sometimes the next morning when I catch the analyses I wonder aloud: “Did those people watch the same speech I did?”

Commentary: How to Judge the Party Conventions

Jul 12, 2016

Want to be a political pundit?  Why not?  Everyone else is.

Here’s a starting place: Grading the success of the party nominating conventions.  Timing’s good – the Republican convention starts next Monday.

Commentary: How the GOP is Kinda Like J.C. Penney

Jun 28, 2016
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My wife and I like to shop at JC Penney.  I know, I know – we are not hipsters but, hey, they have great sales.  Penney has been through a lot lately.  Former Apple executive Ron Johnson was hired in 2010 to “update the brand.”  After eighteen months of wrecking the brand, Johnson was fired and the old president rehired.  JC Penney is still struggling as a retailer.

Commentary: Trump and the Media

Jun 14, 2016
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I just finished an interesting book entitled The Republic of Spin by historian and journalist David Greenberg.  It is a history of how presidents have managed mass media.

Finding Humor in the Presidential Primaries

May 24, 2016

I’ve followed American politics since I was a kid.  I teach classes in it at Columbia College.  I talk to you occasionally about it.

Last fall and winter I was telling people, with a fair amount of confidence, that Hillary Clinton was on a glide path to a coronation and with only slightly less confidence that she would beat Jeb Bush in the general election.

Talking Politics - Election Clichés

May 10, 2016
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There has been no shortage of clichés to describe this presidential campaign.  But clichés are not necessarily wrong; they’re just tiresome.  Here are three of my favorites:

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”  Actually, for the Democrats, it is over.  Clinton will be the nominee.


Over Half of Missouri House Seats Go Unopposed

Apr 29, 2016

In the 2016 general election, there will only be 70 races in which Missouri voters will have a choice to vote for a Republican or a Democrat for state representative. In the other 93 state house districts, there will only be a candidate from one party or the other.

University of Missouri Political Science Professor Peverill Squire says this brings questions of democracy to light.

Talking Politics - Presidential Dynasties

Apr 26, 2016
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The 1980 election took place a generation ago – an eternity in politics -- and is remembered as the year Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter’s bid for reelection.  What is less well remembered is that earlier in 1980, in the Democratic convention, Senator Ted Kennedy tried to defeat Carter for renomination.  His quest ended shortly after a disastrous television interview during which he could not sensibly answer the question about why he wanted to be president.


Talking Politics - Reality Show Campaigns and Negative Ads

Apr 19, 2016
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I suppose it is possible for the 2016 presidential campaign to get more strange, and I expect it will.  It is the best reality show ever.  Here are some of the juicy parts:

  • Millions of voters Feeling the Bern
  • Trump and Cruz trading insults – about each other’s wives
  • A Clinton campaign that has been declared too big to fail
  • College students getting the vapors because some mean person chalked the word “Trump” on a sidewalk

Even The Donald and Megan have made up.  You can’t make this stuff up.


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Homelessness is never easy, and that’s especially true in the wintertime when temperatures drop and shelters fill up. Sid Howard and his wife Patricia know this firsthand.

 

“Me and my wife became homeless Christmas Eve of 2014,” Sid said. “We didn't know what we was going to do.”

 

“We stayed in hotels,” Patricia said. “Spent up all our money there.”

 

Talking Politics - Gubernatorial Republican Debate

Apr 5, 2016

The four republican gubernatorial candidates took part in a televised debate in late March, where they answered questions from moderators and from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. 

 

The first question focused on Missouri’s unemployment and poverty rate, and what each candidate would do to attract higher paying jobs to Missouri.

 

 


Talking Politics - A Huey Long Analogy

Mar 22, 2016
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Earlier this year I compared Donald Trump to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi because no American came to mind.  Since then an American has come to mind.

This American was definitely a populist, finding passionate support among the dispossessed, discouraged and disillusioned.  He had an outsized personality.  He was unusually effective with his use of media.


Talking Politics - Anthony Weiner Documentary

Mar 1, 2016
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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When directors Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman heard that former New York congressman Anthony Weiner was planning to run for mayor of New York City, they saw it as an opportunity to create a documentary with the classic theme of “redemption.” Weiner was looking to rebuild his reputation after a sex scandal had forced him to resign from Congress two years earlier.

What no one, not even Steinberg or Kriegman, would have guessed was that in the middle of this comeback story, a second sex scandal would break and that their film “Weiner” would end up documenting the collapse of Weiner’s political aspirations once again.

I spoke with Sternberg and Kriegman on their film and how they were able to get Anthony Weiner to be so candid.


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A newly filed piece of legislation that would protect the first amendment rights of student journalists in Missouri public schools and colleges is making its way through the State House. Abby Kempf is a senior at Rock Bridge high school, and one of the editors-in-chief of the school’s journalism program.


Talking Politics- Ribbon Clerks Commentary

Feb 16, 2016
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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. On this week’s show Dr. Terry Smith, KBIA’s regular political commentator and a political science professor at Columbia College is back in the studio with a commentary on what the term “ribbon clerks” means in the political arena. 

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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. Last week, the University of Missouri began its 18 month lecture series it’s calling The African American Experience in Missouri.


Talking Politics - Analogy on Presidential Politics

Feb 2, 2016
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Welcome to Talking Politics, KBIA’s Weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. Today Terry Smith, a Columbia College political science professor and regular political commentator for KBIA, returns to the show for a commentary about an analogy he sees between a childhood passion of his and today’s presidential politics. The transcription of Terry Smith's commentary is below.


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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. On this week's Talking Politics, KBIA’s Sara Shahriari speaks with Missouri Senate President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, and got his take on some of the Missouri legislature’s most pressing issues. 

Talking Politics - Voter Decision Making

Dec 8, 2015
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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics.

On this week’s Talking Politics, Columbia College political science professor, Dr. Terry Smith, is here with a political commentary on voter’s choices and his thoughts on why some people seemingly vote against their own interests.

Dr. Smith is a regular political commentator for radio and television stations throughout Missouri, and has a vast knowledge surrounding the political arena.


Talking Politics - Political Commentary

Oct 20, 2015
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This week on KBIA's "Talking Politics" we’ve brought back a familiar voice and contributor, Dr. Terry Smith.

Dr. Smith is a regular political commentator for radio and television stations and is a political science professor at Columbia College.

Today, he tells us how the 2016 presidential election is shaping up and what some of the major differences are between the 2012 and the 2016 presidential race.


Talking Politics - Kinder Gift Announcement

Oct 13, 2015

Last week, the University of Missouri received a multi-million dollar gift. This gift coincided with the university's public fundraising campaign called "Mizzou: Our Time to Lead." The campaign has the university setting out to raise $1.3 billion dollars in order to advance its "educational and research goals."

KBIA's Abigail Coursen reports.

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
Attorney General's Office

Last Thursday, the University of Missouri Health Care System announced it would be eliminating "refer and follow" privileges.

On the heels of this decision, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the results of his office's investigation into the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic and its handling of fetal tissue.  

Marshall Griffin has the story.


Talking Politics - Nuns on the Bus

Sep 22, 2015

What do you think of when you think of nuns? Do you think of economic equality? Do you think of social justice? What about a bus full of nuns traveling the mid-west?

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Lawmakers return to the Missouri Capitol tomorrow for their annual veto session. Aside from attempting to override several of Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes, Republicans in the Missouri Senate willl also be choosing a new leader.

Attorney General's Office

This week, Eli Yokley joins us to discuss Attorney General Chris Koster's testimony in front of a special legislative committee Monday. Koster turned the tables on members of the legislature, saying they participated in some of the same conduct but later refused to answer some questions from reporters.

Talking Politics: Nixon's Ferguson Trouble

Nov 19, 2014

In a phone interview Monday, Governor Jay Nixon stumbled when asked if the buck stops with him on the Ferguson response.  Eli Yokley joins us to discuss the politics surrounding Nixon's response.  

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In this week's Talking Politics we tackle the difficult and commonly misunderstood interaction between city, state and federal laws.  Ginny Chadwick voted against an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of marijuana plants at a city council meeting in October after saying she would vote for the measure during her campaign.

Talking Politics: Amendments, amendments, amendments

Oct 28, 2014
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In this episode of Talking Politics, Prof. Terry Smith gives us an overview of what to expect from next week's midterm elections.

Eli Yokley of PoliticMo joined us this week to discuss Amendment 2, Amendment 6 and Amendment 10, which will each appear on ballots across Missouri next week.  They deal with everything from the use of certain types of evidence in court to the governor's ability to limit spending.

Talking Politics: 2014 Election Preview

Oct 27, 2014
State of Missouri

 

In this episode of Talking Politics, Prof. Terry Smith of Columbia College gives us an overview of the upcoming 2014 election.  Marshall Griffin gives us a look at Tom Schweich’s bid for state auditor that appears to be turning into a bid for governor. Finally, KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith will walk us through the Columbia Police Department’s implementation of body cameras.

Talking Politics: Data in elections

Oct 27, 2014
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This week two Missouri political consultants joined the show to talk about how campaigns in Missouri utilize data. John Hancock, a Republican, is starting a Super PAC that will focus on micro-targeting voters through consumer data in 2016.  Patrick Lynn, a Democrat, is a consultant with Show Me Victories.  Hancock and Lynn discussed the advantages of this new method of voter targeting.

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