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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.


Barring another sex scandal, the Missouri General Assembly could be facing a low-key final week.

The thinner-than-usual final schedule reflects, in part, legislators' success this year — and last — in passing the state's bloc of budget bills early. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was required to approve or veto by last Friday the state's planned spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He only used his line-item veto on two items on Friday; lawmakers overrode last week his earlier veto of their new school-funding formula.

For now, it’s all over but the counting. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office will be busy the next few weeks determining whether five initiative-petition proposals collected enough valid signatures to get on the state’s August or November ballot.

The rest of Missouri's budget for the next fiscal year has been signed into law.

Last week, Gov. Jay Nixon signed the budget bill for the Department of Higher Education into law, and on Thursday he signed into law the budget bill for the departments of Mental Health and Health and Senior Services. On Friday, he sign the remaining budget bills into law.

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  The Missouri Legislature has authorized nearly $1 billion for maintaining state property and constructing new buildings.

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 The Missouri House has passed a controversial "personhood" measure opponents say could ban abortion, including in cases of rape and incest.

You’d never say that to someone’s face, so why do people think it’s okay to tweet vile threats to journalists? On this week’s show, we’ll look at the #MoreThanMean campaign and how two female sports journalists hope to change the narrative. Also, who was Larry Wilmore really roasting at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, GQ’s profile of Melania Trump, an whether Arianna Huffington can strike a balance between her business and editorial roles. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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You’d never say that to someone’s face, so why do people think it’s okay to tweet vile threats to journalists? On this week’s show, we’ll look at the #MoreThanMean campaign and how two female sports journalists hope to change the narrative.

Juliet Macur, New York Times: “Social media, where sports fans congregate and misogyny runs amok

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Personal care attendants in Missouri will not be getting a pay raise.  The Nixon administration had sought to implement a pay hike agreed upon by home health care workers, but state lawmakers passed a bill blocking the pay hike, saying the legislature alone has the power to authorize pay raises.  

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How does it feel to be the core focus of a small but impassioned protest?

Senator Kurt Schaefer—who was the subject of Friday’s protest against his visit to the MU College Republicans—believes it shows that he’s making an impact. “When you’re not effective, people don’t pay any attention to you, and when you are effective, they do. And that’s just how it works,” Schaefer said Friday.

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.

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 The leader of Missouri's House says he doesn't expect there will be an effort to revive a contested measure to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage.

After years of shedding debt, what prompted Gannett to make a hostile bid for Tribune Publishing? We’ll look at the $815 million deal, what it might mean for news consumers and why the Tribune executives are fighting it. Also, Prince’s imprint on the record industry, why Kelly Ripa took a few days off from her ABC syndicated show, and cutting commercials from “Saturday Night Live” to keep an engaged audience. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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After years of shedding debt, what prompted Gannett to make a hostile bid for Tribune Publishing? We’ll look at the $815 million deal, what it might mean for news consumers and why the Tribune executives are fighting it.

Roger Yu, USA Today: “Gannett offers $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing

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.


 

  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is running for Missouri governor with the promise of maintaining law and order if he were elected.

He tweeted a promise to accomplish this in the city of St. Louis in February.

“STL named most dangerous city in U.S. This is unacceptable. As #mogov, you can trust me to restore law and order,” Kinder tweeted on Feb. 9.

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 The Missouri Senate has passed legislation to increase penalties for some immigrants who enter the country illegally and commit crimes.

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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Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposed ban on donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

House members voted 120-34 Thursday to outlaw the practice. The vote follows Republican outcry over undercover videos released last summer that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts.

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A six-month waiting period before Missouri lawmakers could lobby is a few steps away from a final vote.

House members voted 131-19 Thursday to limit when lawmakers can lobby after the end of their terms.

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to summon a regional Planned Parenthood CEO to explain why she should not be held in contempt of the state Senate for defying a subpoena that demanded documents on how the organization handles fetal remains.

What will our newspapers look like one year from now, if Donald Trump is elected president? That was what editors at the Boston Globe wanted readers to see when they published a “fake” front page Sunday. Was it effective? Also, the emotional challenges that come with taking a journalism job far from family and friends, the 9-year-old ace reporter breaking big stories in her Pennsylvania hometown, and some thoughts on the end of “American Idol.”  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Republican Josh Hawley says he would create a public corruption unit if he is elected Missouri attorney general.

Hawley told The Associated Press the new unit would help make fighting corruption among public officials a top priority.

The proposal is part of an ethics plan Hawley says he wants to implement if he wins the election. Hawley is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and an attorney.

What will our newspapers look like one year from now, if Donald Trump is elected president? That was what editors at the Boston Globe wanted readers to see when they published a “fake” front page Sunday. Was it effective?

Hadas Gold, POLITICO: “Boston Globe to publish fake front page on Trump presidency

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 A proposal to censure a Planned Parenthood official is advancing to the floor of the Missouri Senate.

More than 400 journalists from around the world collaborate, spending a year combing through 11 million documents. At the end, a detailed report that connects how a law firm in Panama could be behind hundreds of shell companies funding illegal activity around the globe. We’ll talk about the lasting impact that may come from the Panama Papers. Also, a new British newspaper that’s print-only, the NFL strikes a deal with Twitter to live stream Thursday Night Football games, and the latest from the campaign trail. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The Missouri Secretary of State's office and the St. Louis County Council are both seeking answers after a ballot shortage plagued several polling places during Tuesday's municipal elections.

Democratic elections director Eric Fey says shortages occurred in 63 precincts that required ballots for multiple jurisdictions such as school board and municipal government elections. Those polling places require two different styles of ballots. Somehow, the number of ballots needed for each style was reversed. The result was too many ballots in some styles, too few in others.

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Missouri lawmakers would need to wait six months after their term ends before lobbying under a compromise reached by a legislative panel.

House and Senate members Wednesday hashed out a tentative agreement on a bill to limit when lawmakers can lobby in the Capitol.

Legislators now can immediately lobby their former colleagues after leaving office. The push to close that revolving door comes as lawmakers are trying to tighten ethics policies following resignations last year of two lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior toward interns.

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Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he has no plans to meet with President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, though nearly 20 other Republican senators have said they are willing to do so.

Blunt told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he sees no need to meet with appeals Judge Merrick Garland because he doesn't believe Garland should be confirmed.

Obama nominated Garland last month after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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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