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Vehicle Sales Tax Continues in Mid-Missouri Cities

Apr 6, 2016
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  Several cities in mid-Missouri will continue a vehicle sales tax after an election on Tuesday. The tax renewal was on the ballot in Centralia, Harrisburg, Sturgeon, Wardsville and New Bloomfield.

Cities will still collect a local sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors purchased outside of Missouri.

The ballot said if the tax was discontinued, it would have resulted in lower revenue for city services.

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In last night’s municipal election Fulton residents approved a half cent sales-tax that will generate funding for city wide projects and to make improvements to the city’s storm water management system.

Fulton Interim City Engineer, Kyle Bruemmer, said he wasn't sure how the community would vote on the sales tax heading into last night’s election.

“You know with all of our public meetings it seemed kind of split. So, I was maybe a little surprised and overwhelmed by the election results and how positive it was,” Bruemmer said.

Clay Defeats Incumbent for Ward One Alderman

Apr 6, 2016
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When Danny Clay decided to run for Ward One alderman in Ashland, he drove every street in the area with his son and put a tally mark in his notebook for every house. There were 330. Every week for five weeks before the April 5 elections, he went door to door. By the election, he had secured 92 commitments.

Clay was elected alderman Tuesday with 94 votes, replacing incumbent George Elliot, who received 45 votes.

Clay said when he checked the voter registration for his ward in 2014, there were only 62 registered voters, so he was “dumbfounded” by the election results.

Cole County Sales Tax Renewed

Apr 6, 2016
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  Cole County residents voted to continue a half-cent sales tax on Tuesday. Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce President Randy Allen said the chamber has supported the tax for 30 years.

Almost 80 percent of voters approved the tax. Allen said he is pleased with the voters’ decision.

“That is a phenomenal result for us. In the county, it’s an important issue for us,” Allen said.

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Dozens of people gathered in support of Brian Treece at Broadway Brewery on Tuesday night. They gathered to eat, talk and watch the votes for mayor being tallied.

Treece said he believed they ran a great campaign effort and brought together many volunteers who had never volunteered with a campaign before.

“They say campaigns are the ultimate team sport and I thought we put together a great team,” Treece said.

Treece said they knew it would be a close vote, so he and his supporters, friends and family gathered to wait and see what the final verdict would be.

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.

 

 


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The Missouri Senate has voted to give the secretary of state the authority to prosecute election crimes. 

A state audit says Missouri isn't doing enough to check eligibility for federally subsidized child care. 

A revised version of a proposed fuel tax hike has received first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.

A substitute version of Senate Bill 623 was adopted Wednesday evening, which would raise the tax on both gasoline and diesel fuel to 23 cents per gallon from 17.

 

Supporters of the coal industry have criticized President Barack Obama’s administration as it attempts to establish stricter environmental regulations on coal-fired plants in the U.S.

The Clean Power Plan is the administration’s latest initiative to combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency proposes restrictions on coal-fired plants to reduce carbon emissions.

The Missouri Senate will take up the state budget when it reconvenes from spring break.

The $27 billion budget was passed by the House the same week Democratic senators orchestrated a 37-hour filibuster to stop a vote on a bill that would provide legal protections for businesses that refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples. Due to the high tensions that resulted, Senate leaders decided to wait until after vacation to start discussing the budget.

A few months ago, Starsky Wilson ended his time on the Ferguson Commission with stirring and strong words for politicians who would have to do the work ahead.

“If the win for you is getting elected, we don’t need you,” said Wilson, the president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation. “If you eat steak because you got what you wanted in the community that’s still fighting for a generation, you’re not the one.”

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A new study suggests that a community's affluence plays a role in determining a person's municipal court experience. 

Columbia City Council Candidate Drops Out of Race

Mar 24, 2016

 Fourth Ward Columbia City Council candidate Daryl Dudley is suspending his campaign because of distractions.

Missouri School of Journalism students found themselves in the center of the Brussels terror attacks early this morning. We’ll talk about the challenge of reporting during traumatic events. Also, President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, on-going violence at Donald Trump rallies, and a big win for Hulk Hogan in his privacy suit against Gawker. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

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Missouri School of Journalism students found themselves in the center of the Brussels terror attacks early this morning. We’ll talk about the challenge of reporting during traumatic events.

Jenna Middaugh, KOMU-TV: "16 Students, 1 MU professor safe in Brussels amid terror attacks"

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.


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 Minors who want an abortion in Missouri would need to tell both their parents under a bill that has passed the House.

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 A top Missouri business association is opposing legislation to create religious protections for some businesses objecting to gay marriage.

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 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' rivals want him to return $1 million to a donor accused of sexual abuse.

In most presidential election years, primary voters in Missouri and Illinois often wouldn’t have that much impact on picking potential commanders in chief.

But 2016 isn’t like most presidential years.

Updated March 15, 12:15 p.m. -- The slow-down in the Missouri Senate has entered its third day and forced Republicans to adjourn Tuesday after less than an hour in session.

Democrats began by forcing another full reading of the prior day's journal, which only took about 14 minutes.  Monday's journal reading was much longer, taking nearly an hour.

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Many presidential candidates and their relatives are traveling through Missouri today and tomorrow. Heidi Cruz, the wife of Ted Cruz, was be in Columbia Friday evening, and in Maryland Heights near St. Louis Saturday.

Rene Artman is the Vice Chair of the St. Louis County Republican Central Committee, the organization hosting Heidi Cruz on Saturday. She said the flurry of visits to Missouri has made a positive impact and has been encouraging more people to vote.

Frustrated Missouri Democrats Delay Senate

Mar 10, 2016
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Democrats are slowing down work in the Missouri Senate after Republicans broke up a 37-hour filibuster. 

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 A Missouri Senate committee has considered a bill that would allow public colleges and universities to launch a new post-graduate degree program without approval from another school.

Missouri Primary Turnout Projected at 34 Percent

Mar 10, 2016
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Missouri election officials are projecting that 34 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next week's presidential primary.

It was a big weekend for the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the True/False Film Festival. “Concerned Student 1950,” a film produced by three documentary students, premiered Saturday night. And, professor Robert Greene’s award-winning film “Kate Plays Christine” had its local debut. But, it was filmmaker Spike Lee’s appearance that stole the show. Also, a jury awards Erin Andrews $55 million in damages after a stalker filmed her through a hotel peephole, Hulk Hogan’s testimony in his defamation case against Gawker, and how Hugh Hefner single-handedly saved his high school newspaper. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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It was a big weekend for the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the True/False Film Festival. “Concerned Student 1950,” a film produced by three documentary students, premiered Saturday night. And, professor Robert Greene’s award-winning film “Kate Plays Christine” had its local debut. But, it was filmmaker Spike Lee’s appearance that stole the show.

True/False: “Addition to the line up: Concerned Student 1950

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Lawmakers are considering whether to tax Missouri's drug dealers.

Sen. Wayne Wallingford told a Senate panel Thursday that dealers would face an additional charge of tax evasion if they are caught with more than 35 grams of marijuana, a gram of other drugs or a dosage of illegal substances without paying a tax. 

The run up to the Super Tuesday primaries was full of media news – from Donald Trump’s call to open up libel laws, to the Secret Service’s takedown of a TIME photographer, to a fake New York Times article announcing a key endorsement for Bernie Sanders. Also, Chris Rock’s performance at the Oscars, MSNBC cancels Melissa Harris-Perry and transparency into the firing of former MU professor Melissa Click. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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