Dave Robertson

Veto session
6:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) & Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at the 2013 State of the State Address.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

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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St. Louis on the Air
1:05 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

‘We The People…’ UMSL Professor’s New Book Highlights What The Framers Were Really Thinking

A painting of the George Washington leading the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Painter Junius Brutus Stearns, 1856 / via Wikimedia Commons

Encore Presentation: This program's original broadcast was on March 19, 2013.

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.

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Campaign Finance
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Spending 'Arms Race' Makes It A Good Year For TV Stations

A series of attack ads paid for by Governor Jay Nixon labeled his opponent, Dave Spence as a "banker." Spence would later sue Nixon for defamation because of this series of ads.
(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

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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Missouri Presidential Primary
9:51 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum win presents problems for Republicans according to political scientist

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to supporters after winning the Missouri Primary during a rally in St. Charles, Missouri on February 7, 2012.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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Mo. Governor's race
5:25 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Still no major GOP candidate for Mo. Governor

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R)
(St. Louis Public Radio)

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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Peter Kinder
5:19 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Allegations of Kinder history with ex-stripper could damage his political future, UMSL prof. says

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

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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