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Talking Politics: Unopposed mid-Missouri Candidates Pay the Price for Political Marketing

Nov 7, 2016

The Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns had spent an estimated $150 million combined on advertisements by September of the 2016 presidential election, according to Advertising Age. It’s safe to say politics and marketing go hand in hand, especially when clear opposition exists between candidates.

But the close relationship between politics and marketing is tricky. A single marketing choice can have lasting consequences, and candidates will pay a pretty penny to avoid a choice that results in a campaign catastrophe.

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Columbia area legislators agree that youth drug use could be stemmed by establishing a better way to track adult drug users.

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State Representatives from the Columbia area said they may be divided on some details, but for education, they cross the aisle.

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Three local candidates ran unopposed for state legislature seats this election.  Democrat Stephen Webber will serve his fourth term representing Missouri’s 46th District.

Caleb Jones, a Republican will serve his third term representing the state’s 50th district.  He’s thankful for the support of his constituents through his first two terms. 

“I’ve tried to do what’s best for the district and keep the voters thoughts and desires in mind whenever we were making decisions down there,” he said.

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Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on commercial websites that post police mugshots of people who have been arrested, then demand money to have the photos removed.

A House bill given first-round approval Wednesday would require the operators of such websites to delete the photos for free within 30 days of a request. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl is promising to raise money for the Republican cause — not his personal political aspirations — if colleagues nominate him as the next House speaker.

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A leadership competition is brewing within the Republican caucus that has controlled the Missouri House for the past decade.

Caleb Jones, of California, Mo., said Monday he is running for House speaker. That top leadership post also is being sought by current House Majority Leader John Diehl, of St. Louis County.

Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the House. Current House Speaker Tim Jones is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in November 2014 to the House.