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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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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.