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    Political observers say Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder’s political future could be in jeopardy, if reports alleging his pursuit of a former stripper and nude model are true.

    The St. Louis Riverfront Times published an interview with Tammy Chapman, who worked as a stripper in the St. Louis area in the 90’s and claimed that the then-State Senator was “one of her best customers.”


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    Election Day 2012 is just under a year away, and there’s still no major Republican challenger to Democrat Jay Nixon in next year’s Missouri Governor’s race.

    GOP Lt. Governor Peter Kinder still has not announced his intentions, despite raising over a million dollars for a potential gubernatorial run.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He says allegations about Kinder’s past visits to a strip club may have harmed his ability to financially keep pace with Nixon.


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    Rick Santorum is the winner of Missouri's presidential primary. The primary was held Tuesday and is non-binding.

    Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were on the ballot, Newt Gingrich was not.

    Early this morning, St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach interviewed University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson about the results.

    What does a Missouri win mean for Santorum’s campaign?


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    It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.

    This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.


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    Having existed and endured for more than 225 years, the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who created it continues to be a hotly contested topic.

    While the Constitution is often thought of the nation’s founding document, it did not go into effect until 1789, more than ten years after the Declaration of Independence of 1776.  The Articles of Confederation loosely governed the states prior to 1789, though it lacked several key provisions including distinct branches of government and the ability of the government to tax.


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    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.

    According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.


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    Political observers say Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder’s political future could be in jeopardy, if reports alleging his pursuit of a former stripper and nude model are true.

    The St. Louis Riverfront Times published an interview with Tammy Chapman, who worked as a stripper in the St. Louis area in the 90’s and claimed that the then-State Senator was “one of her best customers.”


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    Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan Waters says she likely would have been oblivious to the internet uproar over her Facebook comments about the president if she hadn’t set up a Twitter account a few months ago.

    Waters claims that she had forgotten about her Facebook post – which appears to ask why the military hasn’t ousted President Barack Obama -- until she was at a radio station for an interview on Oct. 10.


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    Missouri lawmakers are set to return to the State Capitol next week for a special legislative session.

    Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders estimate it’ll take no more than two weeks to debate and pass bills dealing with a dozen issues, including air cargo tax credits, social media communications between teachers and students, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.


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    When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s political adversaries used a subcontract for the county’s police lab as campaign fodder, the Democratic official saw it as more than just a run-of-the-mill attack. 

    Dooley said the attacks were part of a racially motivated effort to make him look corrupt – a tactic he said is an effective way to discredit black politicians. He went so far as to call county prosecutor Bob McCulloch a “liar” who played the “race card” and county executive-elect Steve Stenger as a dutiful patsy that perpetuated an untruth.


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    When Scott Sifton bowed out of the attorney general’s race last week, Democrats appeared to avoid a resource-draining primary battle between the Affton state senator and St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman. 

    Well, at least for a few hours.

    Before the preverbal ink (or, in this site’s case, pixels) dried on Sifton’s departure from the 2016 statewide scene, former Cass County Teresa Hensley announced she would enter the Democratic scramble for attorney. It showed that if the goal of getting Sifton out of the attorney general’s race was to avoid a primary, that plan didn’t really succeed.


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    Political observers say Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinders political future could be in jeopardy, if reports alleging his pursuit of a former stripper and nude model are true. The St. Louis Riverfront Times published an interview with Tammy Chapman , who worked as a stripper in the St. Louis area in the 90s and claimed that the then-State Senator was one of her best customers.

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    Missouri lawmakers are set to return to the State Capitol next week for a special legislative session. Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders estimate it’ll take no more than two weeks to debate and pass bills dealing with a dozen issues, including air cargo tax credits, social media communications between teachers and students, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.

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    Election Day 2012 is just under a year away, and theres still no major Republican challenger to Democrat Jay Nixon in next years Missouri Governors race. GOP Lt. Governor Peter Kinder still has not announced his intentions, despite raising over a million dollars for a potential gubernatorial run. Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis. He says allegations about Kinders past visits to a strip club may have harmed his ability to financially keep pace with Nixon.

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    Rick Santorum is the winner of Missouris presidential primary. The primary was held Tuesday and is non-binding. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were on the ballot, Newt Gingrich was not. Early this morning, St. Louis Public Radios Julie Bierach interviewed University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson about the results. What does a Missouri win mean for Santorums campaign? Its an important symbolic win for Santorum because its an important Midwestern state, he won by a margin of two-to-one and he won in caucuses in a couple of other states. All those factors together have put Santorum front and center for a little while and have given the Republicans a chance to look at him as an alternative to Mitt Romney. Santorum was the only candidate who thought it worth the time and money to campaign here in Missouri. Did those efforts propel him to a win and was it a mistake for Newt Gingrich to forgo Missouri? I think this was not Newt Gingrich territory,

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    It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago. This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads. “It was a very good year," University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist Dave Robertson said. "Particularly in the swing states like Ohio, like Nevada like Florida – where lots of ads appeared on the air. This has been a great help to the media strapped for advertisers in the past year. The recession was a terrible blow. This hasn’t helped newspapers that much, but television has really benefited." Citizens United But Missouri was not a presidential swing state this year, and so TV stations didn’t get the presidential ad spending they’re used to. But things have changed after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United

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    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September. According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate. Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. "They're going to have to hold together, because even though they have a 2/3rds majority, not everybody in the Republican caucus is going to agree with all of the bills the majority would like to see passed," Robertson said. "They may have to scramble to get enough votes." This year's list of vetoed bills include the controversial income tax cut measure (HB253) and the bill forbidding enforcement of federal gun control laws in Missouri (HB 436). "Opposing gun control laws is pretty popular in this state, so I'd expect that has a better chance (of being reversed) than the effort to override the

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    Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan Waters says she likely would have been oblivious to the internet uproar over her Facebook comments about the presiden t if she hadn’t set up a Twitter account a few months ago. Waters claims that she had forgotten about her Facebook post – which appears to ask why the military hasn’t ousted President Barack Obama -- until she was at a radio station for an interview on Oct. 10. As she checked her smartphone, “my email ‘notifications’ went berserk,’’ Waters said. Then the press started calling. That’s when she found out that she was attracting a national audience and that screenshots of her Facebook post were everywhere , especially on Twitter. A few days later, Waters caught the attention of the progressive Huffington Post. Waters’ experience is a perfect example of Politics 2014. Social media – especially Twitter – is king. And if you are not on social media, you are missing lots of what is going on in a campaign. Politicians’

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    When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s political adversaries used a subcontract for the county’s police lab as campaign fodder, the Democratic official saw it as more than just a run-of-the-mill attack. Dooley said the attacks were part of a racially motivated effort to make him look corrupt – a tactic he said is an effective way to discredit black politicians. He went so far as to call county prosecutor Bob McCulloch a “liar” who played the “race card” and county executive-elect Steve Stenger as a dutiful patsy that perpetuated an untruth. Throughout the campaign, Stenger and McCulloch lambasted Dooley after a company owned by the then-head of the county police board – Greg Sansone – received a subcontract for work on the crime lab. Appearing in an ad for Stenger, McCulloch went so far to call it an example of “corruption” that was “a disgrace.” These attacks clearly damaged Dooley, as evidenced by his reaction this week after U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan announced that no

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    When Scott Sifton bowed out of the attorney general’s race last week, Democrats appeared to avoid a resource-draining primary battle between the Affton state senator and St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman. Well, at least for a few hours. Before the preverbal ink (or, in this site’s case, pixels) dried on Sifton’s departure from the 2016 statewide scene, former Cass County Teresa Hensley announced she would enter the Democratic scramble for attorney. It showed that if the goal of getting Sifton out of the attorney general’s race was to avoid a primary, that plan didn’t really succeed.

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