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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.


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 Missouri's attorney general race is heating up as major donors pick sides in an expected Republican primary.

 

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Joplin School District officials say the district spent about $222 million rebuilding several schools and community safe rooms after the 2011 tornado.

The Joplin Globe reports district officials told the Board of Education on Tuesday the district is also financially stable.

Paul Barr, chief financial officer, says the district accumulated about $222 million in revenue after the May 2011 tornado, which killed 161 people and destroyed schools, homes and businesses.

For 62 years, people have been saying they read Playboy for the articles, but do they really? We’ll find out soon enough, now that the magazine’s decision to eliminate nude photographs. Also, Jason Rezaian’s guilty verdict in Iran, BuzzFeed goes “native” and a look back on the Democrats first debate. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Reuben Stern: Views of the News.

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For 62 years, people have been saying they read Playboy for the articles, but do they really? We’ll find out soon enough, now that the magazine’s decision to eliminate nude photographs.

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Playboy to drop nudity as internet fills demand

New York Times: “Playboy in popular culture

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 - 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.

In Roseburg, Ore., the Douglas County Sheriff says the public won’t ever hear him utter the shooter’s name so as not to give him the fame and attention he sought. As the ‘No Notoriety’ campaign gains steam, journalists find themselves at odds with it. Also, President Obama the nation’s assignment editor-in-chief, Hillary Clinton’s NBC appearances and covering the “1,000-year flood” in South Carolina. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Reuben Stern and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

In the hours and days following the last week's massacre at Umpqua Community College, many called on the media not to name the shooter. The idea? Not to give him the attention and fame he was seeking in carrying out the act. But, there are many in the journalism community who say that while they can respect the concept of the 'No Notoriety' campaign, we'd be betraying the basic tenants of our profession if we adhered.

Talking Politics - List of Governor GOP Candidates Grows

Oct 6, 2015
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The list of GOP candidates for Missouri's gubernatorial election continues to grow as John Brunner announced his candidacy yesterday via a video message posted on his campaign website.

Marshall Griffin and Jo Mannies have the story.


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Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl has left his job at a suburban St. Louis law firm months after admitting to exchanging sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern and resigning from public office.

Husch Blackwell Office Managing Partner Bob Tomaso confirmed Monday that Diehl resigned from the firm Oct. 1.

Diehl resigned as speaker and his elected job as a Republican representative in May on the last day of the legislative session. His resignation came after he acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a college intern.  

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Retired businessman John Brunner has joined the crowded Republican field seeking to be Missouri's next governor. He's touting himself as a political outsider with the leadership experience to bring change to state government.

Brunner is a former Marine captain and retired CEO of Vi-Jon, Inc., his family's hand-sanitizer and personal care product company.

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When property owners in commercial neighborhoods want to clean up their block, they sometimes turn to creating special tax districts.  These districts use tax hikes to pay for aesthetic and safety improvements. But what happens when you cut out the public from having a voice on those taxes?

That public exclusion has created a mess in Columbia’s Business Loop District and locals are irked about the process.

  Was the coverage too much? Too little? Or just right? Also, farming out editorials, lessons learned after a tv station used a Nazi emblem in a Yom Kippur graphic, a boo boo in Yogi Berra’s obituary and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Pope Francis made his first trip the United States. For five days, he met with dignitaries, church officials, Catholics and members of the public. And, for those five days, the cable networks were practically wall-to-wall. Was the coverage too much? Too little? Or just right?

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
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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.


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Sheriff’s departments in Cole and Callaway counties have refused to remove decals that state “In God We Trust” in response to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

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Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner says he's ready to move forward with a campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.

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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A former Missouri Democratic state lawmaker has formed a campaign committee for a bid for treasurer in 2016.

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Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he's still reviewing legal uncertainties surrounding a proposal to enact one of the nation's most restrictive unemployment laws in Missouri.

Nixon said Thursday that he has questions about legal issues surrounding the measure. The law cuts unemployment benefits to as few as 13 weeks if the unemployment rate drops below 6 percent.

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Creators of Columbia’s Business Loop Community Improvement District, or CID, say the borders of the district were drawn specifically to include parcels of land fronting the Business Loop 70 – not to explicitly cut out voters. Critics of the CID have said borders were drawn keep voters from having a say in a sales-tax election.

Chairman Tom May said Thursday at a board meeting that the properties included in the district were meant to include the businesses on plots of land that sat directly on Business Loop 70.

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A majority of the 14 registered voters living in Columbia’s Business Loop Community Improvement District, or CID, have been casting ballots over the past few years.

If the CID board were to pursue a half-cent sales tax increase, these 14 voters could cast the deciding votes. Without voters in the district, property owners could push through the tax hike. After one voter was discovered, the board postponed the election. A recent KBIA investigation revealed an additional 13 voters in the district bringing the total to 14.

  The hunter is being the hunted. Donald Trump is still the clear GOP front runner, at least according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.  But, that same poll suggests six in ten Americans think Trump is not qualified to hold the job. Still, he's getting a ton of media coverage. Is he too rich to ignore? Also, turmoil for Tribune Publishing, stormy times at the Weather Channel, why the Washington Post is rethinking it video strategy and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The hunter is being the hunted. Donald Trump is still the clear GOP front runner, at least according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.  But, that same poll suggests six in ten Americans think Trump is not qualified to hold the job. Still, he's getting a ton of media coverage. Is he too rich to ignore?

Gabriel Arana, Huffington Post: “Even the CNN staff is sick of the wall-to-wall Trump coverage

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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.

Updated 4:32 p.m., Sept. 16 with vote The Republican push to bring "right to work" to Missouri failed in a 96-63 vote in the Missouri House. Up until the veto session started it was unknown whether Republicans legislative leaders would attempt the override. As it was, the GOP picked up four votes and fell short of the 109 needed to counter Gov. Jay Nixon's clear stand against the measure.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, says that a final decision on whether to bring up House Bill 116 could be decided right before the noon start.

The push to make life better for women inside the Missouri Capitol strikes a chord for people like Kelly Schultz. One of the main lessons she learned about dealing with harassment is the importance of having a structure in place.

Before she embarked on a 16-year career in and around the Missouri Capitol, Schultz worked at a central Missouri police station. There, Schultz faced sexual harassment from one of her male officers.

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Supporters of medical marijuana in Missouri have hired a prominent political consultant to help with a campaign to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum is flying solo, so to speak, for this week’s edition of Politically Speaking. He’s welcoming state Rep. Kip Kendrick to show to talk about changing legislative policies toward interns, the upcoming veto session and northeast Missouri politics.

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