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Missouri's political newsmakers talk candidly with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O'Donoghue and Rachel Lippmann.
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U.S. Rep. Cori Bush on whether Biden should stay — and her closely watched re-election bid

Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush is no stranger to confronting powerful political and civic institutions. After all, Bush challenged, and eventually defeated, Congressman Lacy Clay in 2020 — and before that became well known in St. Louis for her time in the protest movement that arose after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. Now, Bush is facing another challenge on Aug. 6. She’s trying to outflank St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell and former state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal in a nationally-watched contest. Bush spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum on the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air. Rosenbaum also talked with state Sen. Karla May on her bid to take on GOP U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley in the fall.
7/12/202450 minutes
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Andrew Bailey (2024)

Before he became attorney general, Andrew Bailey served in a number of roles — including a soldier, a security guard, a prosecutor and general counsel to Gov. Mike Parson. And as the GOP statewide official faces a tough primary battle with St. Louis County attorney Will Scharf for the right to keep his job, Bailey is hoping that Republican voters see his collective experience inside and outside of politics as a compelling drawing point. “I care about the state because it's home,” Bailey said on an episode of the Politically Speaking podcast. “I got to grow up in a Missouri that enjoyed freedom, safety, prosperity. And I want my kids and your listeners' kids and grandkids to enjoy those things as well.”
7/10/202436 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jamie Corley

Republican Secretary of State candidate Jamie Corley joins the show. Corley speaks with St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about her candidacy, why she filed an initiative petition that would have reversed Missouri's abortion ban and why she thinks her position isn't out of line with Missouri Republicans.
7/8/202437 minutes, 41 seconds
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Will Scharf

Over the past few months, Missouri attorney general hopeful Will Scharf became a familiar face on national news for his legal advocacy for former President Donald Trump. Now, over the next few weeks, the St. Louis County attorney is hoping to make the case to GOP primary voters that he should replace Attorney General Andrew Bailey. “I never really thought this was something that I would do,” Scharf said on an episode of the Politically Speaking podcast. “Friends of mine approached me about running and said that they thought it was really time to shake up Jefferson City and get more conservative outsiders, as opposed to establishment politicians and establishment people in the office.”
7/2/202439 minutes, 11 seconds
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MO1 isn't NY16. But Wesley Bell hoping for a similar outcome

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with STL County Prosecutor Wesley Bell about his bid to represent Missouri's 1st Congressional District. Bell is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cori Bush and former state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. At the beginning of the show, Rosenbaum talks with GOP gubernatorial contender Jay Ashcroft about he plans to stand up above the pack in a competitive Aug. 6 primary.
6/28/202450 minutes, 10 seconds
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Vivek Malek

Malek is definitely getting a crash course in Missouri politics this summer. After Gov. Mike Parson appointed him to the treasurer’s office after Scott Fitzpatrick became state auditor, Malek is running for a full four-year term against five other GOP candidates in the Aug. 6 primary: House Budget Chairman Cody Smith, state Sen. Andrew Koenig, Springfield resident Lori Rook, St. Joseph resident Tina Goodrick and Berkeley resident Karan Pujji. Malek has raised by far the most money for the statewide contest that typically flies below the radar. He’s making the case that he’s done a capable enough job thus far in office, including returning record amounts of unclaimed property and expanding a program called MoBUCK$ that provides low-interest loans to certain businesses. “When I became treasurer, my whole purpose was to do the job — not to get the job,” Malek said. “I have done great in my professional career and the business that I had. And now it was time for me to take some time off from my regular occupation, come to this field, and do my service as a public servant with a servant’s heart.”
6/25/202439 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dean Plocher (2024)

House Speaker Dean Plocher joins STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about his bid to become Missouri's next secretary of state — and also the ethics controversies that have followed him over the last few months.
6/20/202439 minutes, 17 seconds
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Shane Schoeller (2024)

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller is no stranger to crowded primaries — including to be the GOP nominee for secretary of state. The GOP countywide official defeated two well-funded and well-organized Republican opponents in 2012 to become the party’s candidate to succeed then-Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. But thanks, perhaps in part, to Republican Todd Akin’s implosion in his race against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Schoeller narrowly lost to Democrat Jason Kander. Two years later, Schoeller became Greene County clerk — which means he’s the top elections official for the fast growing southwest Missouri county. And he contends that experience helps him stand out in a secretary of state field that includes seven other GOP contenders. “I think what distinguishes me from everyone else is I've actually been administering elections for the past 10 years,” Schoeller said on an episode of the Politically Speaking podcast. “It’s no different than when you think about voting for sheriff, you want someone who has law enforcement experience before they become the sheriff of your county. I strongly believe we need someone who has election experience to become the next Secretary of State.”
6/18/202436 minutes, 49 seconds
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What would Crystal Quade and Mike Kehoe bring to the Missouri governorship?

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum interviews TWO Missouri gubernatorial hopefuls — GOP Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Democratic House Minority Leader Crystal Quade. The two are trying to maneuver through primaries that are slated to take place on Aug. 6. Rosenbaum also talked with STLPR's Sarah Kellogg about the high-stake governor's contest.
6/14/202450 minutes, 1 second
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Mike Carter

Mike Carter, a municipal judge from Wentzville, said he filed to be Missouri’s next Secretary of State because of its electability. “I identified the Secretary of State's office is having the least amount of competition, the least amount of dollars dedicated to it, and the largest opening for me to repeat what I did in the past and just ascend right to the position,” Carter said. However, the day Carter filed, two other Republicans joined the race the same day, bringing the number of Republican candidates running for Secretary of State up to eight. Along with Carter, other Republican candidates for the race include House Speaker Dean Plocher, state Senators Mary Elizabeth Coleman and Denny Hoskins, Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller, state Rep. Adam Schwadron, St. Louis County resident Jamie Corley and St. Louis resident Valentine Gomez. House Rep. Barbara Phifer is the most well-known Democrat candidate who filed.
6/14/202437 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mary Elizabeth Coleman (June 2024)

State Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman was the first candidate to jump into the GOP fray for the now-open 3rd Congressional District seat. And she ended up being one of the last contenders to file to be the next secretary of state. During an episode of St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking, Coleman detailed why she chose to switch up races — contending that the statewide post that oversees business registration, securities regulation, and elections is a better fit for what she wants to accomplish in state government. “I have always had a hard race, I have always been a proven fighter,” Coleman said. “And I have never run in a race that wasn't a multi-candidate primary, a scrum. Now, this is certainly the place that I've had the most opponents in. But when you're in a race, really what your focus is talking to the voters, getting to know them, talking about the issues that matter most to you so that they get to know you. And I don't think that the number of competitors or candidates really changes how you run that race.”
6/11/202437 minutes, 15 seconds
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What would Bill Eigel do as Missouri's governor?

State Sen. Bill Eigel spent his roughly two terms in the Missouri Senate going against the grain of GOP leaders. But the Weldon Spring Republican doesn’t believe his clashes with fellow GOP elected officials will be a detriment to his gubernatorial bid. On the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, Eigel said his anti-establishment posture puts him in a good position in a competitive GOP primary that includes Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. In addition to Eigel's interview, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg discuss the Missouri governor's race. And Rosenbaum sits down with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore about his first year in office.
5/31/202450 minutes, 4 seconds
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John Danforth

Former Missouri U.S. Sen. John Danforth witnessed lots changes to politics over his lifetime. Danforth, added his age 87, who served in the Senate from 1976 to 1995 and as Missouri’s attorney general from 1969 to 1976, was at the cutting edge of turning Missouri from a state that voted for Democrats for statewide posts to a bellwether that was somewhat evenly divided between the parties. But Danforth is now decrying a force that helped Missouri Republicans take unprecedented power throughout state: Former President Donald Trump. “It's possible to be a Trump Republican. It's possible to be a Reagan Republican. But the two are not compatible. They're inconsistent,” Danforth said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio. “It's really impossible to be both at the same time.”
5/22/202433 minutes, 10 seconds
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The chaotic 2024 Missouri legislative session is done

Missouri's 2024 session is over. And in some respects, the divides between Missouri Republicans, especially in the Senate, were more noteworthy than the things that were actually passed. STLPR's Sarah Kellogg joins The Politically Speaking Hour to talk about what passed — and why the supermajority era may be coming to an end. Later in the show, STLPR's Rachel Lippmann discussed St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones' State of the City address.
5/20/202449 minutes, 48 seconds
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DSS director Robert Knodell talks next steps after startling fentanyl report

Missouri child abuse investigators missed warning signs of fentanyl use among parents before their young children died of accidental overdoses from the drug, according to a new state report. It found that Children's Division investigators, who are tasked with following up on claims of abuse and neglect, “lacked essential procedures, missed warning signs and left vulnerable children at risk.” St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum spoke with Department of Social Services director Robert Knodell on how Children's Division could change course after the report.
5/10/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Missouri investigators failed to heed warnings of fentanyl use. And children died.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum talks with child welfare advocate Jessica Seitz about a startling new reporting detailing how Children's Division investigators missed warning signs of fentanyl use among parents before those parents' children died. Rosenbaum also talks to Congressman Mark Alford about his recent trip to Taiwan and Richard Von Glahn about a ballot item aimed at raising the state's minimum wage.
5/4/202450 minutes, 2 seconds
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Sarah McCammon

NPR National Political correspondent Sarah McCammon recently released The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church. It is part memoir and part exploration into the role Evangelicals play in politics. In a conversation with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, McCammon first talked about how her book connected with a wide audience — including people who didn’t grow up Evangelical like her.
4/24/202449 minutes, 17 seconds
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Missouri may be close to ending sports betting impasse

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum talks to Missouri Independent's Jason Hancock about the ethics investigation into House Speaker Dean Plocher. Rosenbaum also spoke with Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo about Senate Democrats' expectations about the final weeks of session. And he also discussed a ballot item legalizing sports betting with Jack Cardetti of Winning for Missouri Education.
4/19/202449 minutes, 26 seconds
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Brian Williams (2024)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Missouri state Sen. Brian Williams discusses the state budget process and the 2024 election cycle. Williams represents Missouri’s 14th District, which takes in several dozen municipalities in St. Louis County. Williams was first elected to his post in 2018 and reelected with no opposition in 2022.
4/10/202441 minutes, 36 seconds
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What's causing voter apathy in Missouri — and across the USA?

Yes, political can be interesting and exciting. But in the latest episode of The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum talks with Saint Louis University's Ken Warren about what's driving increased voter apathy. Rosenbaum also speaks with state Rep. Tony Lovasco of St. Charles County about his call for Gov. Mike Parson to commute Brian Dorsey's death sentence. And in an exclusive interview, fashion icon and philanthropist Karlie Kloss talks with Rosenbaum about her passion for abortion rights.
4/5/202450 minutes, 17 seconds
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Denny Hoskins (2024)

State Sen. Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg returns to Politically Speaking to talk about his campaign for secretary of state — and the prospects of being able to legalize sports betting in Missouri. Hoskins is one of eight GOP contenders seeking to succeed Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.
4/4/202441 minutes, 47 seconds
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Karlie Kloss

Webster Groves native Karlie Kloss took the modeling world by storm in the 2010s before launching a highly successful effort to connect young women with computer coding and, more recently, helping relaunch Life Magazine. But on Monday, Kloss discussed another passion in an exclusive interview with St. Louis Public Radio: Her advocacy for abortion rights in Missouri and around the Midwest. “I'm one of four daughters. I grew up here in the Midwest. My father is a physician. The idea of reproductive care was never political in my house,” Kloss said. “It's devastating to me the reality of what is happening and how it has become so politicized. Because to me, this is a conversation that belongs between an individual and their physician and an individual and their loved ones. To me, politicians should not be involved.”
4/2/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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Caleb Rowden (2024)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about his decision to depart from the secretary of state’s contest. The Columbia Republican had announced his statewide bid last year. He had the most campaign money out of any of the GOP competitors for the post and had experience winning tough elections.
3/25/202435 minutes, 53 seconds
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Metro East GOP goes for change and the status quo — while MO voters consider abortion initiative

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum discusses the Illinois primary results with STLPR's Will Bauer and Brian Munoz. Rosenbaum also chats with SLU's Steven Rogers and STLPR's Jo Mannies about the SLU/YouGov poll and what it could mean for the 2024 election cycle
3/22/202439 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tony Luetkemeyer (2024)

Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg on the latest episode of Politically Speaking. The Platte County Republican is the sponsor of an omnibus bill dealing with public safety. Luetkemeyer breaks down his bill, as well as discusses other topics like sports betting, his bill last session creating a property tax freeze for seniors and how he's felt the 2024 Legislative Session has gone so far.
3/18/202438 minutes, 5 seconds
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Scott Cupps

State Rep. Scott Cupps joins STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about his pathway from the agricultural business to the Missouri House. The Shell Knob Republican also talked about his explosive committee hearing with state Treasurer Vivek Malek, which featured bipartisan criticism of his decision to place unclaimed property decals on Torch's controversial gaming machines.
3/14/202438 minutes, 1 second
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Senate Majority Leader O'Laughlin on navigating a turbulent Missouri Senate

On the latest episode of The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with Senate Majority Leader Cindy O'Laughlin of Shelbina about the state of the Missouri Senate. Rosenbaum also discussed what to expect in the second half of the Missouri General Assembly's session with STLPR's Sarah Kellogg. And in the final segment of the show, St. Louis Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier talks about her bill to make it easier to open homeless shelters in the city.
3/8/202450 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kurt Schaefer (2024)

After a long hiatus from electoral politics, former Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer is re-entering the fray with his entry into Missouri's 3rd Congressional District contest. The Columbia Republican talked with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum earlier this week about why he decided to run — and provided his stances on a slew of foreign policy and domestic issues.
3/1/202423 minutes, 2 seconds
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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones wants to bank some of the Rams settlement

The latest episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air features an extensive interview with St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones. Jones talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about crime prevention, regional homelessness policies, and how city policymakers shouldn't spend the St. Louis Rams settlement. Later in the program, Rosenbaum and STLPR's Will Bauer talk with IL Sen. Jil Tracy about Governor JB Pritzker's State of the State and budgetary address.
2/23/202450 minutes, 5 seconds
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Eric Burlison (2024)

Missouri Congressman Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum on Saturday Feb. 17, 2024, at Missouri Republican Party Lincoln Days in Kansas City. Burlison talked about his support for former President Donald Trump's policies, his opposition to providing military aid to Ukraine, and why Republicans should embrace early voting strategies instead of constantly complaining about them.
2/21/202432 minutes, 10 seconds
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Missouri Children’s Division head sees progress on St. Louis abuse and neglect case backlog

The leader of Missouri’s agency responsible for investigating child abuse and neglect says its St. Louis office is making progress in eliminating a massive case backlog. Last year, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the troubles in the Children’s Division office in St. Louis, which serves the city and St. Louis County. A combination of high turnover and inability to hire people created a backlog of 6,124 cases of abuse or neglect allegations that remained open after 45 days. And the staff’s 16 investigators had an average caseload of 150 — when federal guidelines say it should be closer to 10 to 12. In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday, Children’s Division Director Darrell Missey said that increased hiring should play a major role in eliminating overdue cases over the next few months. Missey said the agency is close to reaching its goal of having 60 investigators to look into abuse and neglect claims in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
2/15/202432 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mike Bost (2024)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, last faced a primary opponent in 2018 when the longtime lawmaker cruised to victory with nearly 84% of the vote. However, this year former GOP gubernatorial nominee and former state legislator, Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, is hoping to unseat Bost from the 12th Congressional District when voters go to the polls next month. “He says I'm a professional politician,” Bost said of Bailey on the Politically Speaking podcast. “Well, he's a professional candidate.”
2/13/202434 minutes, 59 seconds
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Missouri prepares for possible vote on abortion — and the March presidential selection process

On the latest episode of The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum takes a closer look at two complex, but important civic events: The Democratic and Republican presidential contents in March and an effort to get voters to decide on the future of abortion access in the state. Rosenbaum also talked with St. Louis on the Air host Elaine Cha about her recent segments about the dearth of civic education in the state and the nation.
2/13/202449 minutes, 49 seconds
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Darren Bailey

Darren Bailey, the former Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate, is banking on his deeply conservative values and unwillingness to sacrifice them to propel him to victory against U.S. Rep. Mike Bost in the 12th District primary next month. “As a Republican — and as a conservative Republican — I cannot compromise my values,” Bailey said on the Politically Speaking podcast.
2/12/202429 minutes, 19 seconds
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Kathy Steinhoff

Democratic state Rep. Kathy Steinhoff is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she spoke to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about education legislation. The freshman lawmaker was first elected to her post in 2022, representing a district that includes a portion of the city of Columbia.
2/6/202436 minutes, 47 seconds
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As Parson reflects on legacy, Missouri Democrats navigate troubled legislature

The latest episode of The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air is a first: It's the first ever episode of St. Louis on the Air to be recorded entirely in the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg interviewed Gov. Mike Parson and Democratic state Rep. Ashley Aune. The duo also broke down Parson's final State of the State speech — and the recent legislative dysfunction.
1/26/202451 minutes, 2 seconds
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Jason Smith on bipartisan bill boosting child tax credit, business incentives

Missouri Congressman Jason Smith is hoping to inch his colleagues toward future bipartisan collaboration with a bill that increases the child tax credit and provides incentives for business research and development and low-income housing. The Salem Republican joined forces with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden to put forward the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. While Smith noted in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio that neither side of the political spectrum is completely happy with the bill, the agreement could provide some guidance for federal lawmakers struggling to come up with legislation around immigration or aid to Ukraine or Israel.
1/23/202413 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mary Elizabeth Coleman (2024)

State Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Arnold Republican spoke about her decision to run for Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District contest. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer announced his retirement earlier this month. The district includes parts of Jefferson, St. Charles, Cole, Boone, Callaway and Warren counties.
1/22/202425 minutes, 7 seconds
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Blaine Luetkemeyer (2024)

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer threw a bit of a curve to Missouri’s already crowded primary season when he announced he wouldn’t run for another term. The St. Elizabeth Republican hasn’t been shy about expressing his disdain about high-profile infighting within his party, culminating in Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as speaker and a marathon melodrama to pick his replacement. But Luetkemeyer stressed his decision to retire after 16 years is based on a legitimate desire to stop working. “I’m going to be 72 years old in May. And so people ask me about my health … is that the reason I'm retiring? I say: ‘No, my health is good. That's why I'm retiring,’” Luetkemeyer said in a wide-ranging interview.
1/17/202429 minutes, 24 seconds
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Schmitt says Congress needs to change spending mentality as another budget fight looms

U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt has more experience as a Missouri state senator than a U.S. senator, but after his first year in Washington, he says he’s seen a big difference with how Congress handles government funding. During a wide-ranging interview Friday on The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, the Missouri Republican discussed the latest budget standoff. If Congress doesn’t act in the next week, there could be a government shutdown. Schmitt said he doesn’t like how his colleagues don’t vote on multiple bills funding the federal government, which is the standard for Missouri.
1/13/202423 minutes, 2 seconds
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Kelli Dunaway (2024)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway expounds on her decision to not run for another term this year. The Chesterfield Democrat represents the council’s 2nd District, which includes municipalities like St. Ann, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Bridgeton and Hazelwood. She was first elected to her post in a 2019 special election and won a full four-year term in 2020.
1/9/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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Aaron Crossley

The Independence Democrat joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum to talk about helping the state's child abuse investigators — and whether the 2024 session deserves its low expectations.
1/3/202439 minutes, 36 seconds
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St. Louis Aldermanic President says workers’ rights and traffic safety are 2024 priorities

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen went through a major political and structural transformation in 2023. On “The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air,” St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Megan Green talked about some of the highlights of the past year and what to expect from her aldermanic colleagues in 2024. This interview was recorded on Dec. 18, 2021.
12/22/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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Musk’s fight against Media Matters gets backup from Missouri Attorney General Bailey

Missouri’s attorney general is intervening in a highly-publicized legal fight between billionaire Elon Musk and a left-leaning media watchdog group documenting antisemitic content on his social media platform. Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced last week he’s initiating an investigation against Media Matters for America, a Washington, D.C.-based group that writes articles critical of conservative media outlets and personalities. Media Matters also showcased some of the alleged deficiencies of Musk’s stewardship of X, the new name for Twitter, including how extremist accounts were thriving on X.
12/18/202314 minutes, 4 seconds
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Keri Ingle (2023)

State Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee's Summit, joins STLPR's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum on the latest episode of Politically Speaking. Ingle provided her thoughts about what to expect for the legislature's 2024 session — and Democratic prospects for next year's election cycle.
12/13/202334 minutes, 49 seconds
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Radiation exposure funding isn’t in the final defense bill. What’s next for St. Louisans?

St. Louis Public Radio's senior environmental reporter Kate Grumke talks with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley about the next steps now that a proposal compensating St. Louis area residents who became sickened due to radioactive waste exposure isn't in a critical national defense bill.
12/12/202316 minutes, 37 seconds
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Scott Fitzpatrick (2023)

State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about his first year in office. Fitzpatrick became state auditor earlier in January after winning election to the post over Democrat Alan Green. He previously served as state treasurer and also was House Budget Committee chairman when he was a member of the Missouri House.
11/29/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ian Mackey (2023)

State Rep. Ian Mackey is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked about his concerns around the upcoming legislative session and the 2024 elections. Mackey represents Missouri’s 99th House District, which takes in St. Louis County cities like Clayton, Ladue and Olivette. He was first elected to the Missouri House in 2018, and won reelection in 2020 and 2022.
11/21/202337 minutes, 57 seconds
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Crystal City prepared Bill Bradley for sports and politics

As he prepares to accept the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship on Saturday at the Musial Awards, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley said his family and teachers in Crystal City taught him “discipline, selflessness, courage, imagination and responsibility.” “And the more you succeed, the more fuel that provides to the fire — and the harder you work,” Bradley said on The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air. “And so, some people say that's the origin of my workaholism. But it's also the origin of the way you make your way through life.”
11/17/202319 minutes, 20 seconds
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Daniela Velázquez

St. Louis Alderwoman Daniela Velázquez is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to discuss her first few months in office. Velázquez represents the city’s 6th Ward, which takes in Compton Heights, Compton Hill, Shaw, Tower Grove South and portions of Dutchtown. She was first elected to her post in 2023, and became the first Latina ever to serve on the Board of Aldermen.
11/15/202337 minutes, 14 seconds
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Adam Schwadron (2023)

Missouri House Rep. Adam Schwadron, is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The St. Charles Republican is running to be Missouri's next Secretary of State. He joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum to speak on his candidacy and offer his thoughts on the upcoming session.
11/1/202335 minutes, 9 seconds
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Missouri House Speaker-to-be Jon Patterson took unusual pathway to power

Missouri House Majority Leader Jon Patterson is slated to become speaker in 2025 — and he’s receiving more attention this week after current House Speaker Dean Plocher became embroiled in a controversy over his expense reimbursements. In the debut episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR Political Correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talks with Plocher. STLPR statehouse and politics reporter Sarah Kellogg for analysis, and we open up the mailbag to answer listener questions about local government and politics.
10/27/202350 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ken Waller

State Rep. Ken Waller is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Herculaneum Republican talked about his first year in the Missouri House. Waller is a longtime county official who was elected to Missouri’s 114th District last year. The district includes Pevely, Herculaneum and Festus.
10/25/202339 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mike Haffner

State Rep. Mike Haffner is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Pleasant Hill Republican talked about efforts to curtail some foreign-based companies from owning Missouri agricultural land.
10/19/202336 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mark Matthiesen

State Rep. Mark Matthiesen, R-O'Fallon, talks with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about his journey back to the Missouri House, compensating people who have become sickened due to nuclear waste exposure, and how to tackle rising personal property tax bills effectively.
10/12/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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Peter Merideth (2023)

Rep. Peter Merideth joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss why the Missouri Legislature has yet to pass legislation on gun control in the almost year since the shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Additionally, the St. Louis Democrat shares his opinions on this year's budget, the current examining of earnings and personal property taxes by a House committee and Republicans' effort to make it harder to amend Missouri's constitution.
10/4/202336 minutes
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Tracy McCreery (2023)

State Sen. Tracy McCreery is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the St. Louis County Democrat spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about her first year in office. McCreery represents Missouri’s 24th District, which includes cities such as Kirkwood, Sunset Hills, Valley Park and Creve Coeur. Before getting elected to her post in 2022, McCreery served two stints in the Missouri House: The first was for roughly a year in 2012. The second was from 2015 to 2023.
9/28/202335 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jim Murphy (2023)

State Rep. Jim Murphy, R-St. Louis County, joins STLPR's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about veto session, a committee examining the earnings tax, and what to expect during the 2024 legislative session.
9/21/202337 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bill Eigel (2023)

State Sen. Bill Eigel talks with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about his bid for governor — as well as how he'd approach a host of issues as Missouri's chief executive. The Weldon Spring Republican also discussed fallout from veto session.
9/18/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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Rasheen Aldridge (2023)

St. Louis Alderman Rasheen Aldridge joins STLPR's Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his transition into aldermanic life. The 14th Ward Democrat previously served as a state representative for the 78th District House seat — and now has more opportunities to make a policy impact after departing from a chamber where Democrats are in the superminority.
9/14/202337 minutes, 21 seconds
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Paula Brown

Rep. Paula Brown makes her appearance as a guest on Politically Speaking for the first time. The Hazelwood Democrat joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss topics like the upcoming veto session, what education issues she expects to return in the upcoming session as well as the 2024 election.
9/8/202334 minutes, 31 seconds
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Karla Eslinger

Sen. Karla Eslinger makes her debut on Politically Speaking. The Wasola Republican joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the upcoming veto session. Eslinger also spoke on education, foreign acquisition of farmland as well as the 2024 session and election.
8/31/202336 minutes, 45 seconds
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Doug Clemens (2023)

The latest episode of Politically Speaking features state Rep. Doug Clemens talking with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg on the public policy response to radioactive waste contamination. Clemens represents Missouri’s 72nd House District, which takes in portions of northwest St. Louis County. He was first elected to his post in 2018.
8/23/202336 minutes, 7 seconds
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Melanie Stinnett

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, state Rep. Melanie Stinnett discusses her entry into the Missouri General Assembly. The Springfield Republican represents Missouri’s 133rd District, which takes in portions of Greene County. She was elected in 2022 to succeed Curtis Trent, who vacated the seat to run for the state Senate.
8/17/202336 minutes, 40 seconds
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Could St. Louisans be made whole for radioactive waste exposure?

Earlier this summer, a consortium of media agencies dropped a bombshell report: The federal government spent decades downplaying or ignoring the risks of radioactive waste in the St. Louis area. And while the issue has been prominent in places like north St. Louis County and St. Charles County for quite some time, the spotlight on the documents revealed in the media reports — and the work of activists who have sought to bring attention to it — sparked fresh calls for governmental action. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has been particularly outspoken on the issue. He managed to get an amendment attached to a critical national defense bill that could compensate people in St. Louis who became sick. Hawley spoke with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum about the unusual legislative trajectory of his proposal — and whether it can survive tough legislative headwidns.
8/16/202324 minutes, 59 seconds
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Andrew Koenig (2023)

State Sen. Andrew Koenig joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his candidacy for state Treasurer. The Manchester Republican also spoke on why lawmakers need to try again at making the state's constitution harder to amend.
8/9/202333 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why Jay Nixon joined No Labels

Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon jumped back into the political fray. The longtime Democratic official is joining the political group "No Labels" as the director of the organization's Ballot Integrity Project. He said he joined the group that emphasizes centrist political views because he was upset that some Democratic groups are trying to block a potential presidential ticket from certain states. “It deeply, deeply troubled me that we were in a situation in which you had folks working against the public's ability to get things on the ballot,” Nixon said.
8/3/202319 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hannah Kelly (2023)

State Rep. Hannah Kelly of Mountain Groves returns to Politically Speaking to talk about changes to Missouri's Children's Division, expectations for the 2024 legislative session and why she supports raising the threshold to amend the state's constitution.
8/1/202337 minutes, 50 seconds
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Michael Burton

State Rep. Michael Burton is the latest guest on “Politically Speaking,” where he spoke about his impressions of the 2023 legislative session. Burton is a Lakeshire Democrat who represents the state’s 92nd District. He was first elected in 2020 and reelected in 2022. His district, which takes in a slice of south St. Louis County, is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats.
7/27/202337 minutes
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Ashley Aune (2023)

The Platte County Democrat talks with STLPR's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about Gov. Mike Parson's budget vetoes, her expectations for the 2024 session — and why she's running for House Minority Leader.
7/21/202337 minutes, 43 seconds
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Cody Smith (2023)

Missouri Treasurer Vivek Malek will have competition next year as he seeks a full four-year term. House Budget Chairman Cody Smith said on an episode of Politically Speaking that he will run in the GOP primary for the statewide office. The Carthage Republican said his experience leading the committee that helps craft the state’s budget sets him up well to be treasurer.
7/13/202336 minutes, 40 seconds
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Steve Ehlmann (2023)

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann is not running for a sixth term in 2026. He sat down with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum to explain what's changed in Missouri politics since he started out in the late 1980s — and what needs to be done in the St. Louis region.
7/5/202338 minutes, 11 seconds
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Steve Butz

State Rep. Steve Butz joins STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about effort to clamp down on gun violence in the city of St. Louis. The Democrat from south St. Louis also discussed what to expect in the 2024 legislative session — and how his party is gearing up for a pivotal election cycle.
6/28/202339 minutes, 23 seconds
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Mike Jones (2023)

Mike Jones returns to Politically Speaking to talk about St. Louis Prosecutor Wesley Bell’s entrance into the U.S. Senate race — and the state of the St. Louis region’s politics. Jones numerous titles throughout the past few decades include service as a St. Louis alderman, a corporate executive, the head of the St. Louis housing authority and an adviser to a St. Louis mayor and a St. Louis County executive. He also served on the state Board of Education.
6/20/202340 minutes, 31 seconds
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Mark Alford

The latest episode of Politically Speaking features GOP Congressman Mark Alford of Raymore talking with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum. Alford talks about his agenda for Ft. Leonard Wood, fallout from the debt ceiling vote and much more.
6/15/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bill Hardwick (2023)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, state Rep. Bill Hardwick talks about fallout from the 2023 legislative session and what next year may bring. Hardwick is an attorney who was first elected to the Missouri House in 2020. The Waynesville Republican represents a portion of Pulaski County, including Fort Leonard Wood.
6/6/202338 minutes, 37 seconds
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Joe McCulloch

Joe McCulloch recently took over as St. Charles County prosecutor after his predecessor Tim Lohmar resigned. If McCulloch’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the brother of former St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch — who served in his post from 1991 until the end of 2018.
6/2/202335 minutes, 25 seconds
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Crystal Quade (2023)

Minority leader for the Missouri House of Representatives Crystal Quade returns as a guest. The Springfield Democrat speaks to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about her thoughts on the 2023 Missouri Legislative Session as well as her predictions on the 2024 General Election, including if she plans to run for governor.
6/1/202339 minutes, 53 seconds
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Eric Schmitt (2023)

The latest episode of Politically Speaking features U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt discussing his initial impressions of federal legislative service and the ongoing standoff over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. After serving as a state senator, state treasurer and attorney general, Schmitt was elected to the U.S. Senate last year to succeed Roy Blunt. He currently serves on the Senate Armed Services and Commerce Committee.
5/22/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Tom Oldenburg

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, 2nd Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg discusses chairing a committee on red tape, finding common ground with the growing progressive bloc at City Hall, and plans for his political future.
5/18/202331 minutes, 56 seconds
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Lauren Arthur (2023)

Sen. Lauren Arthur, a Democrat from Kansas City, is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Arthur speaks with St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about this year's session so far, as well as her opinions on the final week. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Arthur also speaks on what she liked about this year's budget and what she was disappointed in.
5/8/202326 minutes, 43 seconds
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Kim Gardner's out. What will Andrew Bailey to do help the STL Circuit Attorney's office?

On a special edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with Attorney General Andrew Bailey about whether his office, and regional prosecutors, can help stabilize the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office. He also talked about why he's not ready to drop his quo warranto case against Kim Gardner, who announced her resignation earlier this week.
5/6/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mike Bost (2023)

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, of Illinois’ 12th District, recently returned to Washington, D.C. after a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, where the border patrol is struggling with an uptick in agent suicide, he said. Many of those agents are veterans. As chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Bost said that’s concerning. More broadly, figuring out how to make the system at the border better is a tough subject, Bost said.
5/1/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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Why the "castle doctrine" may not help Ralph Yarl's shooter

When an 84-year-old white man shot 16-year-old African-American Ralph Yarl in Kansas City earlier this month, people around the state and country were outraged. And now, Andrew Lester is facing felony charges. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum talked with Saint Louis University Law School professor Anders Walker about how Missouri’s castle doctrine and stand your ground laws likely won’t help Lester.
4/19/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jay Ashcroft (2023)

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg on the latest episode of Politically Speaking to talk about a host of issues confronting his office and the state. That includes Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s rules restricting gender-affirming care for minors and adults.
4/17/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Nikki Budzinski

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Democratic U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski, whose 13th District includes a portion of the Metro East, reflects on her first 100 days in office.
4/12/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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Maggie Nurrenbern

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, state Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern talks to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about the state budgetary process — and how Missouri lawmakers should approach education policy. Nurrenbern represents Missouri’s 15th House District, which takes in a portion of Clay County. She was first elected in 2020 and then re-elected last year. The former teacher serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.
4/10/202338 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lane Roberts

Rep. Lane Roberts joins Politically Speaking for the first-time. The Joplin Republican speaks to St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his legislation that Republicans say will reduce crime in Missouri. Included in the bill is language allowing for the governor to appoint a special prosecutor to handle violent crime cases in jurisdictions that exceed a specified murder case rate.
4/3/202337 minutes, 27 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Carol Howard

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, outgoing 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard discusses raising aldermanic pay, what it might take to lift a residency requirement for city employees, and how the digital age changed everything about being an alderperson.
3/29/202333 minutes, 31 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Annie Rice

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking podcast, Annie Rice, the outgoing alderwoman of the 8th Ward, talks about setting up a charter commission, her political legacy, and what it was like to serve on the board.
3/22/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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Russ Carnahan takes over as Missouri Democratic Party chairman

Former Congressman Russ Carnahan was elected as Missouri Democratic Party chairman over the weekend. And the St. Louis Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the challenges and opportunities for a party that's been in an electoral slump since 2012.
3/20/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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What could drastically change legislation on transgender health care? The Missouri Senate filibuster.

Republican-led states all over the country are passing bill restricting transgender rights, particularly the ability for minors to access health care procedures like puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgeries. But Missouri may actually pass a less restrictive version of that idea, thanks to the fact that the Missouri Senate has a tradition of a strong filibuster. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with Democratic Sen. Greg Razer of Kansas City about how the filibuster can reshape the debate over bills affecting transgender people.
3/16/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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Rusty Black

State Sen. Rusty Black, R-Chillicothe, joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about a multitude of issues during the 2023 legislative session. That includes bills that would curtail the purchase of farmland by some foreign corporations and efforts to extend Medicaid to postpartum mothers.
3/7/202335 minutes, 22 seconds
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David Tyson Smith (2023)

House Rep. David Tyson Smith makes his return on Politically Speaking. The Columbia Democrat joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the 2023 Legislative Session as it begins its third month. Smith sits on the House Elections and Elected Officials committee, meaning he has heard not only bills changing the election process but also numerous resolutions that would make it harder to amend Missouri's constitution.
3/2/202327 minutes, 52 seconds
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What's a quo warranto? Joe Dandurand knows the answer.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is facing the fight of her political life after a man on house arrested seriously injured a 17-year-old girl. Republicans and Democrats are calling for her to resign, contending she has neglected her duties in office. Gardner has refused to step aside, adding that St. Louis' judges bare responsibility for what happened to Janae Edmondson. Attorney General Andrew Bailey subsequently filed what's known as a quo warranto motion aimed at ousting her from office. This is not unprecedented. Back in 2009, Joe Dandurand played a major role in then-Attorney General Chris Koster's efforts to remove Dent County Prosecutor Jessica Sparks from office. Dandurand also was a Cass County judge when the Missouri Supreme Court decided a landmark quo warranto case known as Fuchs v. Foote. Dandurand talked with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum what the quo warranto process entails and why Gardner's fate could be hugely significant to the legal profession.
2/28/202314 minutes, 55 seconds
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Barbara Phifer (2023)

State Rep. Barbara Phifer, D-Kirkwood, joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about the contentious nature of the 2023 General Assembly session. Phifer represents portions of St. Louis County in the Missouri House. Prior to serving in the legislature, Phifer was a United Methodist pastor for more than 40 years.
2/16/202336 minutes, 15 seconds
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Phil Christofanelli (2023)

State Rep. Phil Christofanelli is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where he talked about his legislative priorities and key issues of the 2023 session. Christofanelli represents Missouri’s 104th House District, which takes in a portion of St. Charles County. He was first elected to his post in 2016, and will be unable to run again for the House after 2024 due to term limits. Christofanelli announced he’s running for a Missouri Senate seat that’s currently held by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, in 2024.
2/8/202339 minutes, 21 seconds
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Donna Baringer (2023)

State Rep. Donna Baringer is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about legislation around St. Louis’ ability to fight crime. Baringer is a Democrat who represents Missouri’s 82nd District in the Missouri House. After redistricting, that district takes in a number of neighborhoods in southwest St. Louis.
2/1/202330 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sam Graves

Missouri Congressman Sam Graves Graves talked to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about his goals and expectations as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Tarkio Republican represents Missouri's 6th Congressional District.
1/26/202314 minutes
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Parson State of the State praise comes from unlikely source

Gov. Mike Parson won plaudits from an unlikely group of people: Missouri legislative Democrats. To break down why, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg look at some of the highlights of his 2023 speech — and what the GOP chief executive's legacy in office could be.
1/20/202335 minutes, 33 seconds
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Richard Brown

Richard Brown, Assistant House Minority Floor Leader, is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Kansas City Democrat joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the priorities for House Democrats during the 2023 legislative session, which includes childcare, tax policies that support working families and gun control measures.
1/17/202337 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jon Patterson

House Majority Leader Jon Patterson is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about the start of the 2023 legislative session. Patterson is a Republican from Lee’s Summit who was recently elected as majority floor leader. He first won election to the 30th District House seat in 2018, and was subsequently re-elected in 2020 and 2022. His district includes a portion of Jackson County.
1/10/202336 minutes, 5 seconds
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The top Missouri political stories of 2022

Missouri politics in 2022 featured a little bit of everything: High-stakes elections, nasty legislative fights and landmark court decisions. And all of the storylines that defined 2022 stoked enough contention and conflict to likely affect events in 2023 and beyond. So as we always do this time of year, the STLPR politics team counts down the stories that defined the last 12 months.
12/29/202247 minutes, 4 seconds
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Doug Beck (2022)

Sen. Doug Beck is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The south St. Louis County Democrat talked about what to expect in the 2023 session and some of his priority legislation. Beck represents the 1st Senate District, which takes in most of unincorporated south St. Louis County and municipalities like Webster Groves and Crestwood. He will be up for reelection for a second term in 2024.
12/27/202239 minutes, 3 seconds
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Roy Blunt looks back at his life and career

After close to 50 years in public life, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is heading into retirement. He leaves behind a substantial political and policy legacy in Missouri — much of what the Republican attributes to working with Democrats on major issues. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum talked with the two-term senator about the big takeaways from his life and career.
12/21/202222 minutes, 17 seconds
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Denny Hoskins (2022)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Sen. Denny Hoskins talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about an issue that’s bedeviled lawmakers over the past few years: Legalizing sports betting — and allowing for businesses to have video lottery terminals. Hoskins is a Republican from Warrensburg who was first elected to represent Missouri’s 21st Senatorial District in 2016. He was re-elected to his post in 2020.
12/19/202239 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mary Elizabeth Coleman (2022)

Current Missouri House Representative and incoming State Senator Mary Elizabeth Coleman joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss her legislative goals ahead of the 2023 state session. Other topics discussed include the possibility of a constitutional challenge to Missouri's abortion ban, the dynamics of the Missouri Senate and how Coleman feels Republicans fared this past election cycle.
12/6/202236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Marlene Terry

State Rep. Marlene Terry is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Democrat from Bellefontaine Neighbors talked about her pathway to the Missouri House and her goals as chairwoman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
11/29/202237 minutes, 6 seconds
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Emily Weber

Rep. Emily Weber joins Politically Speaking as a first-time guest. The Kansas City Democrat joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss House Democrats' success at picking up three new seats this past election. Weber also speaks on the work House Democrats are doing to build their party and what some of their priorities may be for the upcoming session.
11/22/202239 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dennis Hancock

St. Louis County Councilman-elect Dennis Hancock is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Fenton Republican talked about his win in this month’s 3rd District County Council race and his expectations for when he takes office in 2023. Hancock will represent the council’s 3rd District, which includes municipalities like Fenton, Kirkwood, Valley Park and Manchester. He defeated Democrat Vicki Englund in what was the most competitive county council race of 2022. Hancock will succeed Tim Fitch, a Republican who chose not to run for another term after his residence was drawn out of the 3rd District.
11/18/202238 minutes, 28 seconds
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Missouri's 2022 election cycle is done! What did we learn from it?

Missouri Republicans won the two statewide races on the ballot yesterday. But calling the 2022 election cycle a disaster for Missouri Democrats would be a stretch — even though the party still has a lot of work to do to win statewide elections.
11/9/202238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ann Wagner (2022)

Congresswoman Ann Wagner is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her re-election campaign in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Wagner has represented the 2nd District since 2013. The district changed after redistricting, and now contains parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Warren Counties — as well as all of Franklin County. For the past few years, Wagner has served on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She serves as the vice ranking members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — and she could gain influence if she wins re-election and the GOP takes control of the House.
10/31/202238 minutes, 38 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Megan Green

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, Megan Green, 15th Ward St. Louis alderwoman, talks about getting asked by the mayor to run for board president, setting a new tone at the board, and getting it ready to be a body of 14, rather than 28.
10/27/202235 minutes, 55 seconds
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Jay Ashcroft (2022)

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about Missouri’s new law that requires a government-issued photo ID to vote. Ashcroft also talked about his proposed rule on state library funding, which would include oversight of the material in libraries.
10/27/202232 minutes, 2 seconds
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Marilyn McLeod

Marilyn McLeod is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The President of the League of Women Voters of Missouri joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg on why the League joined the Missouri NAACP in suing against Missouri's new election law. In addition to the barriers McLeod says the new photo-ID requirement creates for voters, she also speaks on how the law's new language on voter registration and absentee ballots is already impacting the League's work.
10/24/202231 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jack Coatar (2022)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Seventh Ward Alderman Jack Coatar explains why he is the best person to fill a leadership vacuum left by indictment and resignations.
10/20/202237 minutes, 58 seconds
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John Payne on why Missourians should embrace Amendment 3

John Payne is with Legal Missouri 2022, the group trying to legalizing marijuana for adult use. He talked with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about the ins and out of Amendment 3 — and whether Missourians want to legalize cannabis products.
10/17/202237 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ashley Bland Manlove on why she's against Amendment 3

Democratic Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. She joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the reasons why, despite being a co-sponsor of the Cannabis Freedom Act this past legislative session, she is against Amendment 3, which would legalize adult-use of marijuana in Missouri.
10/14/202235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Lisa McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy is running for the open 122nd District House seat. She talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Jonathan Ahl about running as a Democrat in territory that's become increasingly GOP-friendly. McCarthy is running against Republican Tara Peters, who also recorded an episode of Politically Speaking.
10/6/202233 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tara Peters

Politically Speaking takes a close look at a race for the 122nd House District, which takes in parts of Phelps County. St. Louis Public Radio's Jonathan Ahl talks with GOP nominee Tara Peters about her bid for the seat. Democratic nominee Lisa McCarthy's episode will be posted later this week.
10/5/202232 minutes, 12 seconds
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Scott Fitzpatrick (2022)

Republican state auditor nominee Scott Fitzpatrick is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked about his plans for the office if he prevails in November. Fitzpatrick won a hotly-contested GOP primary earlier this year against Republican state Rep. David Gregory. He’s facing off against Democrat Alan Green on Nov. 8. Green served in the MIssouri House from 2014 through the end of 2020.
9/27/202233 minutes, 21 seconds
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LaKeySha Bosley (2022)

With a special session on income tax cuts and agricultural tax credits still ongoing, state Rep. LaKeySha Bosley returned to Politically Speaking and talked about why she feels the debate thus far has been a “disaster.” Bosley represents Missouri’s 79th District, which takes in a portion of St. Louis. She is running unopposed in November for her seat – which means she will serve in her third term since getting elected to the Missouri House in 2018.
9/26/202236 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mark Mantovani (2022)

Mark Mantovani ran twice for St. Louis County executive as a Democrat. But now the retired businessman is the GOP nominee under unusual circumstances. He talks about his return to electoral politics — and his views on a wide range of pertinent issues.
9/23/202240 minutes, 49 seconds
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Sarah Kendzior (2022)

St. Louis-based author Sarah Kendzior spoke with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum earlier this week about her new book They Knew: How a Culture of Conspiracy Keeps America Complacent. Rosenbaum and Kendzior spoke in front of a live audience at the Ethical Society in Ladue. The event was organized by Left Bank Books
9/16/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds
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George Hruza

Republican George Hruza is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his bid for the 24th state Senate district. Hruza is seeking to represent the St. Louis County-based district that includes Fenton, Maryland Heights and Kirkwood. He’s running against Rep. Tracy McCreery, an Olivette Democrat who has served in the Missouri House for roughly nine years.
9/15/202238 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lis Smith

Lis Smith is the author of the best-selling book "Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story." Much of it talks about her life and career around political communications work, including her tenure with Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign. But she also spent time in Missouri working for Democratic heavyweights like Claire McCaskill and Chris Koster. Smith spoke extensively with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about her time in the Show Me State — and other major points in the best-selling book.
9/12/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tracy McCreery (2022)

Democratic Rep. Tracy McCreery is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. She joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about not only the upcoming special session, but her candidacy to be the state Senator for Missouri's 24th District, which is considered to be the most competitive Senate race this election cycle.
9/7/202234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Alan Green

Democratic state Auditor nominee Alan Green is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he discussed his campaign for state auditor with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg. Green served as a member of the state House from 2014 through the beginning of 2021. He is squaring off against state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick in November. Fitzpatrick is planning on appearing on an episode of Politically Speaking at a later date.
8/31/202237 minutes, 2 seconds
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Lincoln Hough (2022)

Republican Sen. Lincoln Hough of Springfield joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about a litany of topics, including the upcoming special session dealing with tax cuts and credits. Hough, vice-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee says he wants to pass an income tax cut Missouri can afford in the years to come. Hough also spoke on the August 2nd Primary, the upcoming November election and how he thinks the Missouri Senate may function after the dissolution of the Conservative Caucus.
8/29/202235 minutes, 37 seconds
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John Kiehne

Democrat John Kiehne is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about his bid for the 26th Senatorial District. Kiehne is seeking to represent a district that includes a small part of St. Louis County and all of Franklin, Osage, Gasconade and Warren Counties. He ran in 2018, losing decisively to Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz. Republican Ben Brown won the GOP contest to succeed Schatz, who cannot run for another Senate term because of term limits.
8/25/202238 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ben Brown

Ben Brown is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where the Washington native talked about his win in the Republican primary for the 26th Senate District. Brown beat four other GOP candidates in the race to represent a seat that includes part of St. Louis County and all of Franklin, Osage, Warren and Gasconade counties. He will face Democrat John Kiehne in November.
8/18/202232 minutes, 54 seconds
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Travis Fitzwater (2022)

State Rep. Travis Fitzwater is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. He joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about his recent victory of securing the Republican nomination for Missouri's 10th Senate District. Fitzwater faced a tough primary with four Republican opponents. In addition to his own election, Fitzwater shares some of his thoughts on the upcoming November election as well as what he plans to focus on as a Senator.
8/9/202235 minutes, 20 seconds
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John Wood

For John Wood, Tuesday’s results in Missouri’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race doesn’t change much about his candidacy for the post as an independent. Wood recently turned in signatures to appear on the ballot in the race to succeed Roy Blunt. The former U.S. attorney and counsel for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection believes he can provide a different option for voters who generally hold conservative political views but don’t like how many Republicans embraced the idea that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
8/5/202236 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Eric Schmitt won a massive Missouri primary victory

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Sarah Kellogg and Rachel Lippmann break down the results of Tuesday's primary. And the trio takes stock in a span of time that included a lot of wild moments, everything from a former governor's attempted comeback to a controversy around the Ying Yang Twins' suspicious endorsement of Mark McCloskey
8/3/202238 minutes
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Cori Bush (2022)

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, U.S. Rep Cori Bush, D-St. Louis County, talks about her re-election campaign in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. Bush was elected to represent the district in 2020. It includes all of St. Louis and some of St. Louis County, and is the only congressional district in Missouri with a plurality of Black residents.
7/29/202223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Rita Days (2022)

St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days talks about her bid for a full four-year term with St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum. Days is being challenged in the 1st County Council District Democratic PRIMARY
7/28/202234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Terry Wilson

Terry Wilson, who is running for the 1st District St. Louis County Council seat, is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Jennings City Councilman talked about his primary challenge against Council Chairwoman Rita Days.
7/21/202234 minutes
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Sam Page (2022)

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann about his re-election campaign — and how he would approach the powerful post if he's elected a full four-year term.
7/18/202234 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jill Schupp (2022)

State Sen. Jill Schupp talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum her time in state legislative politics. The Creve Coeur Democrat came on the legislative scene in 2008 by winning a seat in the Missouri House. She eventually was elected to two terms in the Missouri Senate, and is departing in early 2023 because of term limits.
7/14/202237 minutes, 40 seconds
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Jane Dueker (2022)

St. Louis County Executive hopeful Jane Dueker, the latest guest on the Politically Speaking. Podcast, talked about why she’s challenging incumbent St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Aug. 2. Dueker is an attorney who previously served as chief of staff during part of Gov. Bob Holden’s administration. Until recently, Dueker was a lobbyist — most notably representing state and local police unions. She ended her registration as a lobbyist to be able to raise money for her campaign committee.
7/12/202238 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jason Kander (2022)

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about his new book Invisible Storm: A Solider's Memoir of Politics and PTSD.
7/8/202253 minutes, 53 seconds
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Lucas Kunce

Democratic candidate for Missouri's open U.S. Senate seat Lucas Kunce joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about his candidacy. Kunce is one of three major candidates on the Democrat side and has directly raised more than $3.3 million for his campaign. On this episode of Politically Speaking, Kunce shares his policy ideas related to abortion, gun control and other topics.
7/7/202237 minutes, 29 seconds
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Steven Roberts (2022)

State senator and candidate for Missouri's 1st Congressional District Steven Roberts is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. He joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about why he decided to run against incumbent Cori Bush as well as his policy ideas including on abortion, gun control and the economy.
7/5/202236 minutes, 38 seconds
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Vicky Hartzler (2022)

U.S. Congresswoman and candidate for Missouri's open U.S. Senate seat Vicky Hartzler is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Hartzler joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to speak on her campaign as well as policy topics including abortion, inflation and the Jan. 6th committee.
6/30/202235 minutes, 41 seconds
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Billy Long (2022)

U.S. Congressman and Senate candidate Billy Long is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Long joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about why he should be Missouri Republicans' choice in the upcoming primary on Aug. 2. Long also spoke about inflation, gun control, the Jan. 6. committee and other policy topics.
6/23/202236 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ray Reed

Missouri 2nd Congressional District hopeful Ray Reeds talks with STLPR's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about why he's the best person to be the Democratic nominee for the seat that includes parts of St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Warren Counties.
6/20/202227 minutes, 25 seconds
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Trish Gunby (2022)

Missouri House Representative and a Democratic candidate in the race to be Missouri's 2nd Congressional District representative joins the latest episode of Politically Speaking. Gunby talks to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about the challenging task of flipping the district as well as her policy positions on gun control, the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and more.
6/16/202233 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mark McCloskey

Attorney and Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mark McCloskey is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. McCloskey, who gained national attention in 2020 after he and his wife brandished firearms at protestors who marched past their home, joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about his stances on topics such as gun control, abortion and the United States' actions over the war in Ukraine.
6/13/202230 minutes, 22 seconds
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Indictments rock St. Louis politics

St. Louis' political world was turned upside down over the past week or so when three key officials were indicted on bribery charges. STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum talks with Rachel Lippmann and Kavahn Mansouri about what these legal proceedings mean for both politics and legislating in the city (and St. Louis County).
6/10/202237 minutes, 10 seconds
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Spencer Toder

Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Spencer Toder joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to share why he is running to replace outgoing Sen. Roy Blunt, as well as his positions on a litany of topics impacting both Missouri and the United States including gun control, abortion and the current elevated inflation rate.
6/9/202235 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dave Schatz (2022)

Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to break down his campaign for the U.S. Senate. The Sullivan Republican is part of a crowded field angling to succeed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt later this year.
6/6/202233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Drew Dampf

Drew Dampf joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about a new state Senate map — and the lay of the land for 2022 races for seats in the Missouri General Assembly's upper chamber.
6/2/202237 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kevin Windham (2022)

State Rep. Kevin Windham Jr., talks with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about the 2022 session — and how Democrats made a mark during the budgetary process.
5/31/202237 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ben Samuels

Ben Samuels makes an announcement about his participation in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District contest.
5/27/202226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Joe Adams (2022)

State Rep. Joe Adams returns to Politically Speaking to talk to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about the now completed 2022 Missouri General Assembly session. The University City Democrat represents a portion of St. Louis County in the Missouri House. After redistricting, his district will consist of University City and portions of Clayton.
5/20/202237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Legislative Mailbag

With the 2022 Missouri Legislative Session finished, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg spend this episode of Politically Speaking answering your questions about the legislature. What does the redistricting process look like now that the legislature has passed a map? How will the contentiousness that happened this year impact future sessions? What song best describes this session? Those questions and more answered in this mailbag episode.
5/18/202236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Crystal Quade (2022)

House Minority Floor Leader Crystal Quade joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the last week of the 2022 Missouri Legislative Session. In addition to reflecting on this year's session, Quade spoke on the recently passed $49 billion state budget, the possibility of the legislature passing a congressional redistricting map and more.
5/9/202225 minutes, 39 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Tina Pihl

The 17th Ward Alderwoman joined Politically Speaking to talk about equitable development, efforts to reduce opioid overdoses, and a varied athletic and professional career.
4/28/202232 minutes, 4 seconds
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Zora Mulligan

Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg, Jason Rosenbaum and Kate Grumke to talk about the state of higher education in Missouri. Mulligan spoke on current challenges the state is facing in regards to higher education, how the COVID-19 pandemic left its mark, as well as how the state plans to spend some of its funding from the American Rescue Plan Act on capital improvement projects for colleges across Missouri.
4/26/202233 minutes, 13 seconds
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John Lamping (2022)

After a nearly eight year hiatus, former Missouri state Sen. John Lamping returns to Politically Speaking to discuss this year’s unpredictable U.S. Senate primary. Lamping represented the 24th Senate district from 2011 to 2015. Since then, he’s moved to St. Charles County but knows many of the contenders to succeed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt well. He noted that he hasn’t endorsed any of the candidates and doesn’t plan to at this point.
4/20/202237 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sarah Unsicker (2022)

Democratic Rep. Sarah Unsicker, whose district includes both St. Louis City and St. Louis County is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Unsicker joins both St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss not only the 2022 Missouri Legislative Session, but also the state budget. Unsicker serves on the House Budget Committee and believes the budget that House members passed a few weeks ago underutilizes the surplus Missouri has in its treasury. Unsicker also spoke on her efforts to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the state.
4/18/202233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Robin Carnahan

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with General Services Administration Administrator Robin Carnahan about her first few months on the job — and how her agency will help execute the federal infrastructure bill.
4/13/202222 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bill Eigel (2022)

Missouri Senator and member of the Conservative Caucus Bill Eigel is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Eigel joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his thoughts on how Missouri should draw its congressional redistricting map. Eigel has been a proponent of a 7-1 majority Republican map, though he ultimately did vote on a map that would likely send six Republicans and two Democrats to Washington. Eigel also spoke on the state of the Senate as well as what he hopes to accomplish this session.
4/11/202234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bill Hardwick (2022)

Republican Rep. Bill Hardwick is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. He joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg to talk about how he feels the 2022 legislative session has gone so far. Unlike some of his colleagues in the House, Hardwick is less concerned about the pace of the Missouri Senate, saying its doing its job of being more deliberative. Hardwick also spoke on congressional redistricting as well as his bill that bans public entities from issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
3/29/202235 minutes, 39 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Anne Schweitzer

The 13th Ward Alderwoman joined Politically Speaking to talk “Zooming while driving,” spending the Rams settlement dollars, and running for re-election.
3/15/202230 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ron Hicks

On this episode of Politically Speaking, Rep. Ron Hicks joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg to talk about his bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state. Hicks, a St. Charles Republican, is serving his last year in the House. He also spoke on how he feels the 2022 legislative session is going, including the lack of action on the congressional redistricting map that the House passed in January.
3/4/202233 minutes, 28 seconds
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Peter Merideth (2022)

On this episode of Politically Speaking, Rep. Peter Merideth joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg to talk about the current session, including the Missouri budget. The legislature has more to do this year money-wise, including passing an extra supplemental budget bill and allocating billions in federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act. Merideth also talked about the series of proposed constitutional amendments that have either passed the House or received first round approval.
2/21/202235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Brian Williams (2022)

Democratic Sen. Brian Williams joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg to talk about the Missouri Senate, which spent almost all of last week talking about redistricting without reaching a conclusion. Despite the delays and continued tensions, Williams is still optimistic about the 2022 Legislative Session. Williams also spoke on recent House activity, including the passage of a supplemental bill and a proposed constitutional amendment regarding the initiative petition process.
2/15/202226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Caleb Rowden (2022)

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg to talk about how the 2022 Legislative Session has progressed one month in. Rowden also spoke on the redistricting process and also about the Senate's decision to essentially kill the appointment of Don Kauerauf to serve as Missouri's health director on a permanent basis.
2/4/202220 minutes, 43 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Bill Stephens

The 12th Ward alderman joins Politically Speaking to discuss Zoom board meetings, why he wants to focus on river issues, and what it means to be a gay atheist representing a portion of south St. Louis.
1/27/202230 minutes, 2 seconds
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Garrett Hawkins

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jonathan Ahl and Sarah Kellogg to talk about the agriculture agency's 2022 agenda.
1/18/202238 minutes, 41 seconds
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Karla May (2022)

The St. Louis Democratic senators joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg to talk about the 2022 session — as well as what she would like to see in terms of redistricting for the 1st Congressional District. This episode also features an announcement at the end from Rosenbaum.
1/12/202236 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dirk Deaton

In the first episode of the new year, Republican Rep. Dirk Deaton joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum on Politically Speaking. Deaton talked about the legislative session, redistricting and the billions Missouri must eventually allocate in federal coronavirus aid. Deaton serves as the vice-chair of the House Budget Committee.
1/7/202238 minutes, 11 seconds
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What were the top Missouri political stories of 2021?

Can you feel it the end of 2021 coming ever so close? If you're listening to this episode, there are only a few hours left in a year that served a transition period for Missouri and St. Louis politics. Join STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum, Sarah Kellogg, Jonathan Ahl, Rachel Lippmann and Eric Schmid in discussing the top political stories of 2021.
12/30/202140 minutes, 37 seconds
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John Rizzo (2021)

On this edition of Politically Speaking, Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo speaks with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg. Rizzo talked about his expectations for the 2022 session, how an election year brings more legislative obstacles as a result of political ambition, and the likelihood of Republicans drawing a 7-1 congressional redistricting map.
12/15/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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The first ever Politically Speaking mailbag episode!

On a first of its kind episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum answer your questions about Missouri policy and politics. Kellogg and Rosenbaum solicited queries from various social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and, most successfully, Reddit’s Missouri Politics page.
12/7/202136 minutes, 2 seconds
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Holly Rehder (2021)

During this episode of Politically Speaking, Sen. Holly Rehder, a Republican representing part of southeast Missouri, speaks about a letter she cosigned calling for a special session to pass legislation barring private companies from issuing mask mandates. Rehder also spoke about a recent hearing on missing foster children in the state, the statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program she helped pass after years of prior attempts, as well as her expectations for the 2021 legislative session.
11/29/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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School board members reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Kate Grumke interview three school board members about how they made big decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guests include Maplewood-Richmond Heights Board member Katie Kaufmann, Parkway School Board member Kristy Davis and Jennings School Board member Miranda Jones.
11/24/202140 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Illinois Democrats reshaped Metro East congressional districts

On this edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with STLPR's Eric Schmid and the Belleville News-Democrat's Kelsey Landis about how Illinois Democrats reshaped Metro East congressional districts.
11/22/202137 minutes, 45 seconds
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Donald Kauerauf

On this edition of Politically Speaking, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Donald Kauerauf speaks with St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Sarah Fentem. He began the job in September. The two Sarahs talk with Kauerauf about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the strides Missouri still needs to make to further combat the virus as well as his goals for public health beyond the coronavirus.
11/15/202131 minutes, 11 seconds
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Michael O'Donnell

In this episode of Politically Speaking, Rep. Michael O'Donnell, who represents part of south St. Louis County, talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about the upcoming 2022 legislative session, including its larger than normal to-do list. O'Donnell also speaks on a bipartisan town hall he participated in centered on south St. Louis County.
11/10/202137 minutes, 22 seconds
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Cori Bush (Nov. 2021)

Congresswoman Cori Bush talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about why she voted against a federal infrastructure bill — and what the future holds for a broader spending plan known as the Build Back Better proposal.
11/8/202112 minutes, 35 seconds
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Doug Richey

State Rep. Doug Richey, a Republican from Clay County, discusses his role as chairman of a committee determining where federal stimulus funds go — and how he's leading a committee of representatives and senators who study education policy.
11/2/202138 minutes, 20 seconds
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Farrakhan Shegog

In this "bonus" episode, Farrakhan Segog talks to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about his work on a commission tasked with drawing Missouri Senate districts. Shegog was interviewed for a larger story on the state legislative redistricting process, which has historically deadlocked. Shegog, though, is optimistic.
10/28/202118 minutes, 11 seconds
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Robert Sauls

During this episode of Politically Speaking, Rep. Robert Sauls joins St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the newly established Missouri Latino Caucus, of which he is one of two House representatives who are members. Sauls also gave his thoughts on the 2022 session, including why redistricting is going to be major focus. Sauls is a Democrat, representing the 21st district, located in Jackson County.
10/27/202134 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ashley Aune

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, Rep. Ashley Aune speaks to St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg about recently revealed security risks on a state-run website that left thousands of school employees' social security numbers vulnerable and why this incident proves Missouri needs to further prioritize the security of its online infrastructure. Aune is Democrat, representing the 14th District, located north of Kansas City.
10/19/202127 minutes, 28 seconds
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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about what Medicaid expansion could mean for the state's people and budget. This interview was conduct on October 4, 2021.
10/5/20217 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bill White

The Joplin Republican talks about a committee that could produce proposals affecting Planned Parenthood in Missouri. He also talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about acrimony in the Missouri Senate.
10/4/202136 minutes, 58 seconds
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Eric Michael Garcia

Continuing St. Louis Public Radio political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum's partnership with Left Bank Books, Rosenbaum talks with journalist Eric Michael Garcia about his new book "We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation." The two discuss how the politics of autism have changed, how the vaccine panic of the 1990s and 2000s sowed the seeds of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation — and how pop superstar Sia screwed up royally with how she portrayed nonverbal autistic people.
9/30/202141 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ian Mackey (2021)

The Richmond Heights Democrat talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum about some of the potential conflicts ahead for the 2022 legislative session.
9/28/202136 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Missouri Senate veto showdown

The Missouri Senate spent over four hours of its veto session debating a procedural tradition over who exactly gets to motion to override a veto. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg spoke with both Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden and Sen. Bob Onder on their thoughts about the issue and if the disagreement will carry over into the 2022 general session.
9/23/202136 minutes, 26 seconds
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Keri Ingle & Rudy Veit

State Reps. Keri Ingle and Rudy Veit are the latest guests on Politically Speaking. They talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about a recently-enacted law that provides oversight for unlicensed residential youth homes. Ingle is a Lee’s Summit Democrat and Veit is a Wardsville Republican.
9/16/202138 minutes, 12 seconds
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How Missouri and Illinois are tackling redistricting

St. Louis Public Radio's Sarah Kellogg and Eric Schmid interview both St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and NPR Illinois' Hannah Meisel about how Missouri and Illinois are taking different approaches to redistricting. While Illinois has already created and amended their state legislative map, Missouri has yet to begin the bulk of the process. Meisel, Schmid and Rosenbaum then answer listener questions on redistricting.
9/13/202140 minutes, 32 seconds
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Carla Power

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum interviewed St. Louis native Carl Power, the author of the new book Home, Land, Security. It was part of an ongoing partnership that Rosenbaum has had with Left Bank Books to interview authors of fascinating books. Power's book details the concept of deradicalization by traveling around to world to talk to people affected personally by terrorism and white supremacy.
9/8/202152 minutes, 55 seconds
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Missouri got a boatload COVID-19 money. So what's the state doing with it?

St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Sarah Kellogg makes her Politically Speaking debut by breaking down how Missouri has received a ton of money over the past year or so from the federal government. Some of which came from the CARES Act, which was passed in 2020 to combat COVID-19. Other funds are coming from the American Rescue Plan, which lawmakers approved earlier this year. State Budget director Dan Haug and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman serve as guest for the podcast.
9/2/202137 minutes, 31 seconds
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Donna Baringer (2021)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, state Rep. Donna Baringer returns to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about congressional and state legislative redistricting — and some election-related items that could be up for discussion in 2022. Baringer is a St. Louis Democrat who represents the 82nd District, which takes in a number of southwestern wards in the city.
8/24/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mike Jones (2021)

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, Mike Jones returns to the podcast to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about the state of St. Louis and St. Louis County politics — and how redistricting may play a role in reshaping both environments. Jones is a man of many titles, but most recently was a member of the state Board of Education. He’s also served as a St. Louis alderman, a corporate executive, the head of the St. Louis housing authority and an adviser to a St. Louis mayor and a St. Louis County executive. He retired from public life recently but is still a sought-after analyst of regional politics.
8/16/202134 minutes, 53 seconds
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Greg Razer (2021)

The Kansas City Democrat talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid expansion and congressional redistricting. He also discussed whether the Missouri legislature needs to change how it structures its session.
8/9/202137 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mike Parson (2021)

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum interviewed Missouri's governor in his office in Jefferson City. The two talked about the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid expansion, the 2021 legislation session and Missouri's 200th birthday.
8/2/202146 minutes, 33 seconds
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Lincoln Hough (2021)

State Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Fentem to talk about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting southwest Missouri — and what political leaders can do to convince people to get vaccinated. Hough represents the 30th District. He was elected to his post in 2018 after spending time as a Greene County commissioner and a member of the Missouri House. He is the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which makes key decisions about the state budget.
7/27/202137 minutes, 58 seconds
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Rita Days (2021)

St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Rita Days is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Bel-Nor Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how the council wants to spend the latest round of federal relief money — and whether more COVID-19 related restrictions are on the horizon.
7/21/202135 minutes, 41 seconds
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Scott Fitzpatrick (2021)

State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about a ballot item that could bolster his office’s ability to invest the state’s money. Fitzpatrick is a Republican who was easily elected to a full four-year term last year. He was appointed to his post in 2019 after spending about six years in the Missouri House, including a lengthy stint as House Budget Committee chairman.
7/15/202135 minutes, 12 seconds
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David Tyson Smith

State Rep. David Tyson Smith talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about how he received a crash course in the legislative process. The Columbia Democrat also discussed the recently completed FRA special session — and some of his key priorities in future sessions.
7/7/202135 minutes, 59 seconds
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Cindy O'Laughlin (2021)

The Shelbina Republican talks with STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum and Jonathan Ahl about how the Missouri Senate's women changed the course of a special session around a critical tax that funds Medicaid.
7/1/202136 minutes, 39 seconds
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Phil Christofanelli (2021)

Rep. Phil Christofanelli of St. Charles County talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the passage of Empowerment Savings Accounts, new law surrounding HIV, and special sessions on the FRA and redistricting. This show was recorded on June 24, 2021 while the FRA special session was still going on in the Missouri Senate.
6/27/202135 minutes, 42 seconds
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Taking the pulse of Missouri's wild 2022 U.S. Senate contest

With more than a year to go before Republicans head to the polls to choose their nominee for the U.S. Senate, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum talks with The Kansas City Star's Jeanne Kuang and Jonathan Shorman about the current status of the field — and what dynamics could influence the outcome.
6/24/202135 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tracy McCreery (2021)

State Rep. Tracy McCreery of Olivette joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies on the special sessions over the federal reimbursement allowance and congressional redistricting. Note: This podcast was recorded before Gov. Mike Parson put down a deadline at noon on June 22, 2021, to come up with a FRA special session deal.
6/22/202131 minutes, 13 seconds
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What's the future hold for Missouri politics — and Missouri journalism?

On this unusual episode of Politically Speaking, former state Rep. Stephen Webber steps in as host to talk with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about what's changed in Missouri politics and journalism over the past 15 years. Rosenbaum and Webber have had a professional relationship since 2005 — when Rosenbaum interviewed Webber when he was signing a book about his experiences in Iraq. Webber served as a state representative from 2009 to 2017 and then as Missouri Democratic Party chairman after the 2016 election cycle. He's currently the political director of the Missouri AFL-CIO
6/15/202142 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dean Plocher (2021)

House Majority Leader Dean Plocher talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum for a discussion about the twists and turns of the 2021 legislative session. Plocher's appearance on the definitive show about Missouri politics marks the 500th episode that's focused on interviewing a guest. That's an admittedly arbitrary milestone, since the show went over 500 episodes one or two years ago if you include "roundup" or "chat" shows.
6/8/202137 minutes, 1 second
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Jason Chipman

The Steelville Republican talks about why Missourians should vote on a gas tax hike — and what could happen during multiple special sessions this year.
6/3/202137 minutes, 13 seconds
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What Illinois Values go into the state's redistricting process?

The latest episode of Politically Speaking takes a bit of a break from Missouri political happenings and instead looks at what's going on in Illinois with redistricting. STLPR's Eric Schmid and NPR Illinois' Hannah Meisel explain what's going into Illinois Democrats' thinking — and whether it chafes with national Democratic rhetoric on redistricting.
5/28/202135 minutes, 18 seconds
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Claire McCaskill (2021)

In an extensive interview with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, the former Democratic senator from Missouri talks about her role at MSNBC, the state of the media, social media, the Jan. 6 insurrection and the way forward for Missouri Democrats. McCaskill recorded the interview at a Kirkwood St. Louis Bread Company, and the conversation came about after Rosenbaum lost a bet with her over Joe Biden's performance in St. Louis County.
5/26/202158 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jay Ashcroft (2021)

Missouri's secretary of state explains why he wants a special session for election-related issues — including a requirement for a government-issued photo identification to vote.
5/19/202130 minutes, 45 seconds
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Missouri Legislature 2021: It Was Something!

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jonathan Ahl and Rachel Lippmann provide their takeaways of the 2021 legislative session, which was saw dramatic success and a lot of frustrations among lawmakers.
5/17/202134 minutes, 45 seconds
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Lauren Arthur

State Sen. Lauren Arthur returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Arthur is a Democrat who represents a portion of Clay County. She won a special election in 2018, bringing a traditionally Republican seat into the Democratic column. Arthur won election to a full term in 2020, and will get to serve through the end of 2024 when term limits will prevent her from running again.
5/10/202136 minutes, 21 seconds
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Paul Wieland (2021)

Sen. Paul Wieland returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about some of the big policy fights of the 2021 legislative session. Wieland represents Missouri’s 22nd Senatorial District, which takes in a portion of Jefferson County. He was first elected to his post in 2014 after serving in the Missouri House and re-elected in 2018. Wieland is one of the few Missouri lawmakers who served in the General Assembly when Democrats controlled the legislature, as he represented a Jefferson County-based House district in the 1990s.
5/3/202134 minutes, 23 seconds
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Thank You, Aviva

Aviva Okeson-Haberman died earlier this week after being shot in her Kansas City apartment. Her death has left a tremendous void amongst her family and friends, as well as people who worked with her. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum pays tribute to Aviva, who embodied the spirit of collaboration, tenacity and kindness that all of us should strive for in our lives. If you want to donate to a fund in Aviva's name that will go to help aspiring journalists, please click here: https://kcurwebdonate.umkc.edu/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=AOHEN&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=labM9KtPxqPiQl%2byqVkEd4HJipnY8PNT
4/29/20219 minutes, 7 seconds
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Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, joined Politically Speaking, talking with St. Louis Public Radio’s Eric Schmid, Jia Lian Yang and Lauren Brown about her environmental justice legislation. Duckworth was first elected to the Senate in 2016, defeating incumbent Republican Mark Kirk in a landslide. Before becoming a senator, Duckworth served in the House for four years representing a suburban Chicago district. She’s up for re-election in 2022.
4/29/202114 minutes, 57 seconds
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Cori Bush

Jason Rosenbaum collaborates with We Live Here Host Jia Lian Yang and Lauren Brown to interview Congresswoman Cori Bush about some of her environmental legislation.
4/26/202120 minutes, 25 seconds
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What's Lyda Krewson's legacy as mayor?

Lyda Krewson spent four eventful years as mayor of St. Louis. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann sort out the Democratic chief executive's ups and downs in office.
4/19/202135 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ashley Bland Manlove

State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Kansas City Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about election-related bills being considered in the Missouri General Assembly and other pressing issues to come in the last month of session. Bland Manlove is the chairwoman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus. She was first elected to the Missouri House in 2018, easily winning a Democratic primary to succeed House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty. She was re-elected in 2020 without serious opposition.
4/16/202133 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dan Shaul (2021)

State Rep, Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, talks extensively about election administration and redistricting policy with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum.
4/12/202133 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Tishaura Jones became St. Louis' mayor

On this episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann break down Tishaura Jones' historic win as the first Black woman to become St. Louis' mayor.
4/7/202136 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dave Schatz (2021)

Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about a host of issues the Missouri General Assembly could take up in the second half of the 2021 session.
4/4/202136 minutes, 32 seconds
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Cody Smith (2021)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, House Budget Chairman Cody Smith talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about this year’s budget process — which has drawn more attention than usual because of the battle over expanding Medicaid. Smith represents Missouri’s 163rd District, which takes in parts of Jasper County. The Cartharge Republican has served as chairman of the powerful Budget Committee since the 2019 legislative session.
4/2/202136 minutes, 19 seconds
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Kamala Harris

The Vice President of the United States talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the mass vaccination site in St. Louis — and why Missouri should expand Medicaid.
3/30/20217 minutes, 36 seconds
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Gregory F.X. Daly

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann, Corrine Ruff and Jason Rosenbaum about the campaign to preserve the city’s earnings tax. Daly, who was first elected collector of revenue in 2006, has provided $50,000 from his campaign bank account to help keep the earnings tax. Every five years, St. Louis voters have to decide on whether to renew the 1% tax on income for people who either live or work in the city.
3/22/202133 minutes, 15 seconds
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Barbara Washington

The Kansas City Democrat talks about her thought on the 2021 session, including a bid to remove the residency requirement for the Kansas City Police Department.
3/16/202128 minutes, 54 seconds
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Roy Blunt

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt talked about his decision to not seek re-election with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum.
3/12/202112 minutes, 32 seconds
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How did Covid-19 change Missouri politics and policy? A lot.

It’s been one year since COVID-19 fundamentally changed how Missourians, and the rest of the world, lived. And the pandemic also transformed politics in Missouri and in the St. Louis region. It fostered divisions on a multitude of fronts, from whether policymakers should reopen schools to if local or state governments should require masks. And it also shone a spotlight on executive leaders — and public health officials who typically stay out of the media’s glare. On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, five St. Louis Public Radio reporters gave their takeaways about how the virus changed politics and them.
3/11/202132 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tony Lovasco

State Rep. Tony Lovasco is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Republican House member from St. Charles County talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the big issues that his colleagues are dealing with during the 2021 session. Lovasco represents Missouri’s 64th House District, which takes in parts of St. Charles and Lincoln Counties. Some of the cities he represents include O’Fallon, Moscow Mills, St. Paul, Josephville and St. Paul.
3/9/202133 minutes, 55 seconds
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Melee For Mayor 2021!

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann break down the results of the March primary for St. Louis mayor — and look to how the candidates stack up with each other in April.
3/3/202133 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jo Doll

State Rep. Jo Doll of Webster Groves is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the freshman Democratic lawmaker talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her first few weeks in office. Doll represents Missouri’s 83rd district, which takes in portions of Richmond Heights, Webster Groves, Brentwood, Maplewood and St. Louis. In addition to being a state lawmaker, Doll is also a member of the Webster Groves Board of Education.
2/24/202133 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bill Hardwick

State Rep. Bill Hardwick is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Waynesville Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jonathan Ahl about his first impressions of being a member of the Missouri House. Hardwick represents Missouri’s 122nd District, which takes in Fort Leonard Wood and other portions of Pulaski County. He was first elected in November, succeeding Steve Lynch who was term limited.
2/15/202133 minutes, 50 seconds
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Brian Williams (2021)

Sen. Brian Williams is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the University City Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about his legislation changing some police practices. Williams represents the 14th Senate District, which takes in St. Louis County municipalities such as Clayton, Normandy, Ferguson and Northwoods. He was elected to his post in 2018.
2/8/202132 minutes, 46 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Lewis Reed

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed discusses executive power, leasing St. Louis-Lambert International Airport and marketing the city with Rachel Lippmann
2/4/202131 minutes, 52 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Andrew Jones

Utility executive and mayoral candidate Andrew Jones talks to Rachel Lippmann about his plan for the city.
2/2/202131 minutes, 45 seconds
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Peggy McGaugh

State Rep. Peggy McGaugh is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Carrollton Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about what’s next for absentee voting in Missouri. McGaugh also discussed her reaction to Gov. Mike Parson’s State of the State speech, including the impending expansion of Medicaid.
2/1/202131 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Strange State of the State

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll break down Gov. Mike Parson's 2021 State of the State speech, which was defined by a change of venue and his promise to deliver on Medicaid expansion.
1/28/202128 minutes, 50 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Tishaura Jones

The St. Louis treasurer and candidate for mayor speaks to St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann
1/28/202134 minutes, 24 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Cara Spencer

The 20th Ward alderwoman and candidate for mayor joins us to talk about her plan to tap into the city's "endless potential"
1/22/202135 minutes, 20 seconds
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Barbara Phifer

State Rep. Barbara Phifer is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Kirkwood Democrat talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her first couple of weeks in the Missouri General Assembly. Phifer was elected last year to represent the 90th District after then-Rep. Deb Lavender vacated her seat in an unsuccessful run for the state Senate. Her district includes places like Kirkwood, Glendale, Rock Hill and Oakland.
1/20/202133 minutes, 10 seconds
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Jamilah Nasheed (2021)

Former Sen. Jamilah Nasheed looks back at her legislative career — and talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the future of St. Louis politics.
1/14/202129 minutes, 52 seconds
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1/6/21

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jaclyn Driscoll and Eric Schmid sort out what Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol means for federal politics in Illinois and Missouri. And it examines the backlash over U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley being the first senator to object to Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.
1/12/202132 minutes, 3 seconds
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal (2021)

The former state lawmaker looks back at her 16 years of service in the Missouri House and Missouri Senate.
1/5/202134 minutes, 22 seconds
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What were the biggest Missouri political stories of 2020?

St. Louis Public Radio's politics team breaks down the top five stories of 2020 (and some honorable mentions that didn't make the cut). Featuring analysis from St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jonathan Ahl, Jaclyn Driscoll, Eric Schmid and Rachel Lippmann.
12/31/202043 minutes, 24 seconds
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Peter Merideth (2020)

State Rep. Peter Merideth is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to talk about his effort to legalize recreational marijuana. The St. Louis Democrat also discussed how he thinks his party will fare next year in the Missouri House, where Republicans hold a commanding majority for yet another year.
12/21/202035 minutes, 19 seconds
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Shalonda Webb

St. Louis County Councilwoman-elect Shalonda Webb is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her priorities for the north St. Louis County-based 4th District. The Democrat won the race to represent the district in November. It includes municipalities like Florissant, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Black Jack, as well as unincorporated communities like Spanish Lake. She’ll take office in January.
12/15/202034 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chad Perkins

State Rep.-elect Chad Perkins joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum on the latest episode of Politically Speaking to talk about his election to the Missouri House and northeast Missouri’s political metamorphosis The Bowling Green Republican won an election to represent Missouri’s 40th District, which takes in portions of Pike, Ralls, Monroe and Lincoln Counties. He is succeeding state Rep. Jim Hansen, a Frankford Republican who was barred from running again due to term limits.
12/13/202034 minutes, 6 seconds
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Elijah Haahr (Dec. 2020)

House Speaker Elijah Haahr reflects on his eight years in the Missouri House, which included two years as the Missouri House's top Republican leader.
12/11/202034 minutes, 22 seconds
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Betsy Fogle

State Rep.-elect Fogle was the only Democrat or Republican to flip a state legislative seat during the 2020 election cycle. And Springfield Republican with experience in public health care wants to focus on expanding Medicaid and access to health care services in the Missouri House.
11/30/202034 minutes, 38 seconds
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Kip Kendrick (2020)

State Rep. Kip Kendrick returns to the definitive program about Missouri politics to talk about why he's leaving the Missouri House, and why term limits played a role in his decision to go work for state Sen.-elect Greg Razer, D-Kansas City.
11/24/202033 minutes, 29 seconds
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Adam Schwadron

State Rep.-elect Adam Schwadron is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his election to the Missouri House, and some of his priorities and expectations. Schwadron is a St. Charles County Republican who defeated Democrat Cindy Berne earlier this month to represent the 106th District. That includes a portion of St. Charles that is more politically competitive than other parts of the county.
11/16/202029 minutes, 55 seconds
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Scott Sifton (2020)

The Affton Democratic senator reflects on his party's dismal showing in this month's elections. Missouri Democrats got walloped in statewide contests, and also fell short in key congressional and state legislative races.
11/12/202036 minutes, 35 seconds
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The 2020 Election is OVER

St. Louis Public Radio's political team goes in-depth on the results and takeaways from Tuesday's Missouri and Illinois elections.
11/5/202035 minutes, 14 seconds
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No on Amendment 3 (Sean Soendker Nicholson)

Sean Soendker Nicholson, who is leading the campaign to defeat Amendment 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot, is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. Nicholson talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about why voters should reject the measure that overhauls Missouri’s state legislative redistricting system.
10/26/202034 minutes, 24 seconds
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Yes On Amendment 3 (Blake Hurst)

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst makes his case for why the state's voters should back Amendment 3, which would overhaul the state legilsative redistricting procedures.
10/25/202028 minutes, 13 seconds
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Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan joins St. Louis Public Radio's Jaclyn Driscoll and Eric Schmid to discuss the highly-competitive 13th District Congressional Race in Illinois.
10/23/202034 minutes, 55 seconds
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Mike Parson (2020)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he spoke to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum about his campaign for a full four-year term. Parson became governor in June 2018 after ascending to the post from the lieutenant governorship following Eric Greitens’ resignation. He easily won a GOP primary earlier this year and is squaring off against state Auditor Nicole Galloway in one of the most competitive gubernatorial elections in the nation.
10/22/202037 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jay Ashcroft (2020)

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum his re-election campaign. Ashcroft was first elected to the statewide posts that monitors elections, securities and libraries in 2016. He’s running this cycle against Democrat Yinka Faleti, who recorded an episode of Politically Speaking earlier this year. Since the four other Republicans running for statewide offices either ascended to or were appointed to their posts, Ashcroft is the only GOP hopeful running for a second term in the office he was elected to in 2016.
10/20/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Eric Schmitt (2020)

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt joins St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his attention-grabbing lawsuits, fighting violent crime, and the race for his old state Senate seat.
10/19/202033 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rodney Davis (2020)

Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jaclyn Driscoll and Eric Schmid about his high-profile race for re-election in the state's 13th Congressional District.
10/16/202030 minutes
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Ann Wagner (2020)

Congresswoman Ann Wagner is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Ballwin Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her competitive race for re-election against state Sen. Jill Schupp. Wagner represents Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, which takes in portions of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties. Her contest against Schupp is considered one of the more competitive House matchups in the nation, which some political prognosticators signaling the race is a tossup.
10/15/202040 minutes, 39 seconds
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Richard Orr (2020)

Democrat Richard Orr talks about his re-match with Sen. Bill Eigel in a race to represent parts of St. Charles County in the Missouri Senate.
10/14/202033 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bill Eigel (2020)

The Weldon Springs Republicans join STLPR's Jason Rosenbaum in a majestic Cottleville St. Louis Bread Company patio to talk about his bid for re-election.
10/13/202034 minutes, 42 seconds
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Mike Kehoe (2020)

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to talk about his campaign for a full-four year term. Kehoe is running against Democrat Alissia Canady on November 3. He was appointed to his post in 2018 after then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson ascended to the governorship. This is Kehoe’s first statewide contest.
10/12/202033 minutes, 14 seconds
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Andrew Koenig (2020)

Sen. Andrew Koenig returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his re-election campaign in Missouri’s 15th Senate District. Koenig represents cities like Ballwin, Manchester, Valley Park and Kirkwood. He’s squaring off against state Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood, in a contest most observers believe is the most competitive legislative race in the state this year.
10/8/202032 minutes, 1 second
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Nicole Galloway (2020)

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Nicole Galloway joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to talk about some of the key issues in the closely watched contest against Gov. Mike Parson.
10/2/202035 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ernie Trakas (Oct. 2020)

St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas talks about why voters in the 6th District should give him another four years in office.
10/1/202033 minutes, 53 seconds
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David Lenihan

David Lenihan is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the GOP candidate talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum on his candidacy for the 1st District Missouri Senate seat. Lenihan is running against Democratic state Rep. Doug Beck in the district that takes in parts of unincorporated south St. Louis County, Crestwood, Maplewood and Webster Groves. That part of St. Louis County has typically been competitive.
9/30/202033 minutes, 29 seconds
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Doug Beck (2020)

State Rep. Doug Beck is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his bid for the 1st Senate District. The Affton Democrat is running against Republican David Lenihan for the seat, which takes in parts of unincorporated south St. Louis County, Crestwood, Maplewood and Webster Groves. The district is widely seen as one of the more competitive in Missouri. Lenihan also recorded an episode of Politically Speaking that will be posted in the coming days.
9/29/202034 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jill Schupp (2020)

State Sen. Jill Schupp is the latest guest on Politically Speaking for the record-tying sixth time to talk about her bid against Congresswoman Ann Wagner in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Schupp has served as a state senator in the St. Louis County-based 24th District since 2015. She is seeking to represent portions of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties in Congress. Wagner has been invited to record an episode of Politically Speaking in the coming days.
9/28/202032 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bob Burns

State Rep. Bob Burns is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to talk about his campaign for the St. Louis County Council’s 6th District seat. In the Missouri House Burns represents the 93rd District, which takes in portions of Affton, Lemay and Bella Villa. He’s running against Councilman Ernie Trakas for the right to represent the south St. Louis County-based district. That race is the most competitive general election for a county council seat in November.
9/25/202034 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rich Finneran (Sept. 2020)

Missouri Democratic attorney general nominee Rich Finneran is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. He joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss his campaign against Republican incumbent Eric Schmitt. Finneran defeated Elad Gross in the August Democratic primary for attorney general. He and Schmitt will square off in the Nov. 3 general election. Schmitt has been invited to record an episode of Politically Speaking in the coming days.
9/23/202030 minutes, 57 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Kim Gardner

The Democratic circuit attorney joins host Rachel Lippmann to talk about long-term solutions to crime and the November general election.
9/22/202022 minutes, 11 seconds
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Raychel Proudie (2020)

State Rep. Raychel Proudie joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to talk about the jarring end to the 2020 special session on violent crime, which saw some of Gov. Mike Parson’s policy priorities fall by the wayside. Proudie is a Ferguson Democrat who represents the 73rd District, which includes parts of Ferguson, Berkeley, Kinloch, St. Ann and Hazelwood. She was first elected in 2018 and is unopposed for re-election in November.
9/20/202038 minutes, 34 seconds
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Vicki Englund (2020)

Former state Rep. Vicki Englund joins Politically Speaking to discuss her state treasurer bid. Englund served two non-consecutive terms in the Missouri House.
9/17/202034 minutes, 37 seconds
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Scott Fitzpatrick (2020)

Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about his bid for a full four-year term. The Republican statewide officeholder is squaring off against Democrat Vicki Englund in November. Englund is planning on recording an episode of Politically Speaking in the coming days.
9/16/202036 minutes, 40 seconds
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Lisa Clancy (2020)

St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about efforts to drum up more money for early childhood education programs. Clancy is a Maplewood Democrat who was elected to represent the St. Louis County Council’s 5th District in 2018. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the council.
9/15/202035 minutes, 52 seconds
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Deb Lavender (2020)

State Rep. Deb Lavender is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where she talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about running in the competitive 15th District Senate contest. The 15th District takes in portions of south central and southwest St. Louis County, which includes cities like Kirkwood, Ballwin, Manchester, Twin Oaks and Valley Park. Lavender is squaring off against Sen. Andrew Koenig, a Manchester Republican who won his general election in 2016 by nearly 20 percentage points. Koenig is slated to record an episode of Politically Speaking in October.
9/14/202034 minutes, 56 seconds
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Politically Speaking - Daniel Zdrodowski

The Republican candidate for St. Louis Circuit Attorney discusses his philosophy for the office and what he sees as his path to victory.
9/10/202030 minutes, 22 seconds
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Alissia Canady

Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Alissia Canady is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to discuss her run against GOP incumbent Mike Kehoe. Kehoe is slated to record an episode of Politically Speaking in the coming weeks. Canady easily won the Democratic nomination for the post last month against Greg Upchurch.
9/8/202034 minutes, 38 seconds
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Paul Berry III (2020)

Republican St. Louis County Executive nominee Paul Berry III is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his campaign. Berry is running against incumbent Sam Page. Also on the Nov. 3 ballot are Green Party nominee Betsey Mitchell and Libertarian Theo Brown, Sr.
8/28/202044 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bob Onder (2020)

State Sen. Bob Onder returns to Politically Speaking to talk to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the stalled special session on violent crime and the future of the Conservative Caucus in the Missouri legislature. Onder has represented the 2nd Senate District since 2015. The district covers the western part of St. Charles County, including Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon and Wentzville.
8/20/202039 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dwinderlin Evans

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Alderwoman Dwinderlin Evans joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to discuss her first few weeks on the board. Evans represents the 4th Ward, which encompasses all or part of The Ville, Greater Ville, JeffVanderLou, Kingsway East and Vandeventer neighborhoods. She won a special election in June without opposition to fill out the term of the late Sam Moore.
8/16/202030 minutes, 43 seconds
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LaKeySha Bosley (2020)

State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the St. Louis Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the special session on violent crime — and primary results that showcased the power of Black women in Missouri politics. Bosley was elected to represent Missouri’s 79th House District in 2018. She is unopposed for re-election, so she will represent the district that includes parts of St. Louis through at least 2022.
8/13/202037 minutes, 21 seconds
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Black Girl Magic in St. Louis

After easily winning in a challenge for re-election on Tuesday night, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones chose to reflect on one of the unmistakable themes of the 2020 Missouri primary: Black women prevailing in bruising, and often, personal elections. For Jones, Tuesday was about “a wave of Black girl magic that’s hit Missouri.” She pointed to Democratic wins by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, Lt. Gov. nominee Alissa Canady and, of course, 1st Congressional District nominee Cori Bush. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jaclyn Driscoll and Rachel Lippmann break down Tuesday's pivotal primary election.
8/5/202038 minutes, 42 seconds
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Larry Tye

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum teams up with Left Bank Books' Shane Mullen once again to interview author Larry Tye. Tye is the author of the new book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy. It's the definitive biography of the Wisconsin senator who gained historical infamy for his ill-fated crusade against communism. You can buy Tye's book at Left Bank Books by going to left-bank.com — or copying and pasting this address (https://www.left-bank.com/book/9781328959720) into your browser.
7/30/202052 minutes, 15 seconds
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Mary Elizabeth Coleman (2020)

State Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Arnold Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the 2020 special session on violent crime. Coleman was first elected in 2018 in a hotly-contested race for the 97th District, which encompasses parts of Jefferson County and St. Louis County. She is unopposed for re-election in 2020.
7/28/202041 minutes, 26 seconds
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Mary Pat Carl

Mary Pat Carl returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum about her bid for St. Louis Circuit Attorney. Carl is running against incumbent Kim Gardner. Carl and two other Democratic candidates lost to Gardner in the 2016 race to succeed Jennifer Joyce. You can listen to Gardner’s episode by clicking here. Those interviews occurred before Gardner made national news by charging Mark and Patricia McCloskey with unlawful use of a weapon when they confronted protesters outside their home. That issue will be addressed in a story next week.
7/24/202029 minutes, 30 seconds
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Kim Gardner

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Democratic official talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum about her re-election bid. Gardner is running against Mary Pat Carl in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary. Carl recorded an episode of Politically Speaking that will be posted later this week. This interview occurred before Gardner made national news by charging Mark and Patricia McCloskey with unlawful use of a weapon.
7/23/202033 minutes, 24 seconds
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Jason Kander

Former Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked about his efforts with the Veterans Community Project to end homelessness among veterans. Kander joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum for a special edition of the podcast that was livestreamed on Twitch. Kander also discussed national efforts to make it easier to vote from home and protests decrying police killing Black people.
7/16/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sam Page (July 2020)

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Democrat spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about why he’s seeking two more years in office. Page is one of four Democrats running. All four will appear on Politically Speaking in separate episodes released this week. This episode was recorded in late June.
7/10/202041 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jake Zimmerman (2020)

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his bid for county executive. Zimmerman is one of four Democrats seeking the post. All four candidates will appear on Politically Speaking in separate episodes released this week. This episode was recorded in mid-June.
7/9/202037 minutes, 52 seconds
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Mark Mantovani (2020)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Mark Mantovani joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his campaign for St. Louis County Executive. Mantovani is one of four Democrats seeking the post. All four candidates will appear on Politically Speaking in separate episodes released this week. This episode was recorded on June 29, 2020.
7/8/202045 minutes, 12 seconds
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Jamie Tolliver

St. Louis County Executive hopeful Jamie Tolliver is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The University City resident talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her bid. Tolliver is one of four candidates running in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary. All four candidates will appear on Politically Speaking in separate episodes released this week.
7/7/202035 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kevin Windham, Jr. (2020)

State Rep. Kevin Windham, Jr., is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Hillsdale Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how the legislature expanded absentee balloting this session — and the prospects for policy change amid protests for police accountability. Windham represents the 85th District, which takes in roughly 20 municipalities in central and north St. Louis County. When he won his seat in 2018 at age 25, he became the youngest African American man ever to get elected to the Missouri House.
6/29/202035 minutes, 16 seconds
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Elizabeth Shackelford

Earlier this week, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum spoke with Elizabeth Shackelford — the author of the new book The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age. It was part of a live event for Left Bank Books. You find out more about Shackelford's work by going here: https://www.left-bank.com/event/elizabeth-shackelford-dissent-channel
6/26/202053 minutes, 41 seconds
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Elad Gross

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Democratic Missouri attorney general candidate Elad Gross talks about his bid for the office — and the steps he would take to reshape the post. Gross is a former assistant attorney general who currently runs his own law firm. He’s also served as a special public defender in St. Louis. He started a nonprofit called Education Exchange Corps that primarily helps students in the St. Louis Public School system. Gross received his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his law degree from Washington University.
6/23/202039 minutes, 52 seconds
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Rich Finneran

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Democratic attorney general candidate Rich Finneran talks about his bid to unseat Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt — and his priorities for the office. Finneran is a University City resident who most recently worked for the Bryan Cave law firm. Before that, he served as an assistant U.S. Attorney during most of Richard Callahan’s tenure as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Finneran grew up in St. Louis County and got his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He then received his law degree from Washington University.
6/22/202035 minutes, 38 seconds
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James Knowles III

James Knowles III was taking down tents with his father at the Ferguson Farmers Market on August 9, 2014, the day one of his city’s police officers shot and killed Michael Brown. He learned about the shooting that would spark months of protests in his town and elsewhere through a phone call from Ferguson’s city manager. “It was one of those things at 12:30 or so on an August, Saturday… if the city manager’s calling me, it’s probably nothing good,” Knowles said. Nearly six years after Brown’s death sparked change and protests in the north St. Louis County city, Knowles is stepping down as mayor tomorrow due to term limits and turning the job over to Ella Jones. On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Knowles reflected on a consequential tenure in office that changed his town — and his life.
6/15/202046 minutes, 40 seconds
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Yinka Faleti

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Yinka Faleti, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state joins the program to discuss his bid for the office — and the burgeoning protest movement for police accountability. Faleti’s appearance on the podcast kicks off an effort to have all of Missouri’s major statewide candidates on Politically Speaking. The two Democratic contenders for attorney general, Elad Gross and Rich Finneran, are slated to record episodes later this month — and we’ll be reaching out to GOP and Democratic candidates to come on the show in the coming weeks.
6/10/202036 minutes, 39 seconds
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Barry Glantz

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz joins the show to talk about his run for the 2nd District St. Louis County Council seat. Glantz is facing incumbent Kelli Dunaway in the Aug. 4 primary. Dunaway was elected to represent the district that takes in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Overland and St. Ann in 2019. She filled the seat vacated by Sam Page when he was named County Executive. Dunaway was on Politically Speaking last week.
6/3/202034 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kelli Dunaway (2020)

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how the county is spending federal coronavirus funding — and how county police should respond to protests over George Floyd’s death. Dunaway is a Chesterfield Democrat who represents the council’s 2nd District. That takes in cities like Creve Coeur, St. Ann, Maryland Heights and Chesterfield. She was elected to her post in 2019, filling out the rest of Sam Page’s term on the council after he became county executive.
5/29/202030 minutes, 50 seconds
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Joe Vollmer

A conversation with 10th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer
5/21/202030 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ernie Trakas

St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The south St. Louis County Republican joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the split between the council’s Republican and Democratic members. Trakas was elected to represent the council’s 6th District in 2016. His district includes a part of largely unincorporated south St. Louis, which means that he makes many of the development and zoning decisions for the area.
5/12/202035 minutes, 29 seconds
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Crystal Quade

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Springfield Democrat joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to provide her impressions of how the Missouri General Assembly is faring after it was idle for weeks due to the coronavirus. Quade represents a House district that takes in part of Springfield. As the leader of the House Democrats, Quade is largely responsible for crafting her party’s message and strategy in the Missouri House.
5/6/202036 minutes, 26 seconds
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Josh Hawley

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley wants to force a paradigm shift in how the United States handles mass employment during an economic calamity. The Missouri Republican senator wants the federal government to step in to help pay for an employee’s wages at companies negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis. It’s a move he says will substantially tamp down on economic anxiety among workers and employers. Hawley’s proposal, which mirrors what some European countries are doing to deal with the economic downturn, has some fans among economists and Democrats. But it’s an open question whether his GOP colleagues that run the U.S. Senate will make it a priority.
4/29/202024 minutes, 22 seconds
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Elijah Haahr

House Speaker Elijah Haahr is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Springfield Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about why the General Assembly is coming back into session on Monday — and what issues lawmakers plan to discuss. Haahr, a Springfield Republican, became Missouri House speaker in 2019 after serving two years as House Speaker Pro Tem. Term limits will bar Haahr from running again for his House seat.
4/23/202032 minutes, 27 seconds
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Shane Schoeller and Brianna Lennon

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum talks with Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller and Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon about how Missouri elections should proceed amid the COVID-19 crisis. Schoeller, a Republican, and Lennon, a Democrat, have been working on a public policy response together since the coronavirus outbreak came to the state. Their main objective is to make absentee ballots more available to people during a pandemic or emergency.
4/17/202035 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sarah Kendzior Part One

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis-based author Sarah Kendzior talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her new book Hiding in Plain Sight — which chronicles President Donald Trump’s rise to power from the 1980s to present day. Kendzior, who holds a doctorate in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, has become a nationally-known voice in opposing Trump’s presidency. Her last book, The View From Flyover Country, was a New York Times-best seller. Kendzior’s episode is split into two parts. The first part features Kendzior talking about the key points of her book, as well as her experience living in St. Louis during the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson.
4/13/202035 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sarah Kendzior Part Two

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis-based author Sarah Kendzior talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her new book Hiding in Plain Sight — which chronicles President Donald Trump’s rise to power from the 1980s to present day. The second part features Kendzior answering questions about Donald Trump, the 2020 presidential election, and the media.
4/13/202034 minutes, 49 seconds
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Steve Ehlmann and Demetrius Cianci Chapman

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has dealt with a lot of challenges since he became the fast-growing county’s top political leader in 2007. But it’s likely the GOP official has never dealt with something as impactful as the coronavirus outbreak. Ehlmann and St. Charles County Public Health Director Demitrous Cee-ance-ee-Chapman talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue about how their county is dealing with the pandemic.
4/7/202035 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lyda Krewson

The mayor talks about the city's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
4/6/202031 minutes, 11 seconds
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Caleb Rowden

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Columbia Republican talked about how coronavirus upended the Missouri General Assembly’s legislative session. Rowden represents Missouri’s 19th District, which takes in all of Boone and Cooper counties. As majority leader, Rowden is responsible for what the Senate debates — making him one of the more powerful and influential lawmakers in Jefferson City.
3/31/202036 minutes, 41 seconds
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Heather Navarro

St. Louis Alderwoman Heather Navarro is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the 28th Ward alderwoman talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum on how the city of St. Louis is handling coronavirus. Navarro represents portions of the Central West End, Skinker-Debaliviere, Hi-Pointe and Wydown Skinker neighborhoods. She was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in a 2017 special election to succeed Lyda Krewson, who represented the ward before she was elected mayor.
3/26/202031 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sam Page

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue about his county's response to coronavirus. Page and O'Donoghue spoke remotely using the videoconferencing program Zoom.
3/25/202031 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tony Luetkemeyer

Luetkemeyer talks with Julie O'Donoghue about what Coronavirus means for the 2020 legislative session. He also walks her through a bill he has sponsored to lengthen prison sentences for violent offenses and the prescription drug monitoring program legislation.
3/18/202032 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dan Guenther

Dan Guenther, the first-term alderman for St. Louis’ 9th Ward, is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. Before being elected in 2017 to represent the ward, which covers part of seven south St. Louis neighborhoods including Soulard, Benton Park and Kosciusko, Guenther worked for Operation Brightside and with former Mayor Francis Slay’s Office of Sustainability. He says his three years on the Board of Aldermen have been “quite an adventure.”
3/12/202032 minutes, 19 seconds
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Joementum!

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O'Donoghue and Jo Mannies break down former Vice President Joe Biden's huge win in Missouri Democratic presidential primary.
3/11/202027 minutes, 29 seconds
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What Missourians should know about coronavirus

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum takes a look at some of the week’s biggest news stories — including what state and local officials are doing to prepare for the coronavirus. Rosenbaum talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem about how state and local health officials are monitoring the coronavirus. There have been no recorded cases of the virus in Missouri, but there have been five confirmed cases in Illinois. Here's what else is on this week's roundup show: - St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll talks about legislation in the Missouri General Assembly on LGBTQ issues. - Rosenbaum and Driscoll also discussed some of the developments in the Democratic presidential campaign — and how they affect Missouri’s primary Tuesday. - St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann broke down the resignation and federal indictment of St. Louis Alderman Larry Arnowitz, who is accused of using campaign money for personal use. Lippmann also explained the process for filing aldermanic vacancies.
3/6/202028 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tim Fitch

St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The St. Louis County Republican joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to talk about some of the biggest issues circulating throughout county government. Fitch, a former St. Louis County police chief, was first elected to the county council in 2018, succeeding longtime Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger. He represents the council’s 3rd District, which includes Town and Country, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Des Peres, Fenton and Sunset Hills.
3/3/202034 minutes, 58 seconds
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Missouri's Democratic presidential primary is tricky, tricky, tricky

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies try to wrap their arms around Missouri’s Democratic presidential primary — which will take place on March 10. One of the reasons why that contest is difficult to handicap right now is because Missouri’s delegates are up for grabs a week after Super Tuesday. And it’s unclear how many of the seven major candidates will still be in the race by the time the Show Me State goes to the polls.
2/28/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Brian Williams

State Sen. Brian Williams is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The University City Democrat joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his priorities for the 2020 session — and what to expect when the General Assembly hits the home stretch. Williams represents Missouri’s 14th Senatorial District, which takes in a slew of municipalities in central and northern St. Louis County. That includes places like University City, Ferguson, Normandy, Bridgeton and Hazelwood.
2/24/202032 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can Eric Greitens make a comeback? Let's find out!

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking weekly news round-up, St. Louis Public Radio’s team of political reporters talk about efforts in Jefferson City to pass a prescription drug monitoring program — and the reemergence of former Gov. Eric Greitens. St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum discussed how a so-called PDMP once again passed the Missouri House despite loud opposition from some conservative Republicans. It faces a tough reception in the Missouri Senate, where the program aimed at stamping out opioid abuse.
2/21/202033 minutes, 14 seconds
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A St. Louis County double feature

The latest edition of Politically Speaking’s weekly round-up show zeroes in on two big stories that made waves in St. Louis County government: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar’s retirement and the settlement of Lt. Keith Wildhaber’s discrimination case. Those two events occurred within hours of one another. And St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Rachel Lippmann explained how they’ll impact county government going forward.
2/14/202032 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kip Kendrick and Martha Stevens

The Democrats from Columbia talk gas tax, free tampons, Medicaid expansion and Clean Missouri with Jason Rosenbaum.
2/11/202029 minutes, 34 seconds
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How St. Louis is struggling to get the Board of Freeholders kickstarted — and Trump's Chiefs tweet

Here's some highlights from this week's weekly roundup podcast: -St. Louis Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll joins the program to talk about what Galloway’s audit was trying to convey — and how people from across the political spectrum are reacting to the findings. -Rosenbaum talked about his story this week that broke down the continued deadlock to start the Board of Freeholders. That 19-person panel can offer up big changes to St. Louis and St. Louis County governance, but it hasn’t done anything due to St. Louis’ inability to approve its members. -The Kansas City Star’s Jason Hancock talked with O’Donoghue about complaints around Missouri’s medical marijuana program. -O’Donoghue and Rosenbaum reacted to President Donald Trump sending out a tweet that incorrectly congratulated the “Great State of Kansas” after the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The Chiefs, of course, play in Kansas City, Missouri in a stadium that Jackson County taxpayers funded.
2/7/202035 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dave Schatz

Senate President Pro Tem David Schatz talks legislative redistricting, gambling restrictions, St. Louis police residency requirements and Medicaid expansion.
2/3/202032 minutes, 42 seconds
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On Hawley-Galloway, Kim Gardner and state legislative pay

On the latest Politically Speaking weekly roundup, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O'Donoghue dive into how an unreleased audit of Josh Hawley's tenure as attorney general is getting state legislative attention. O'Donoghue talks about how an oversight committee that monitors the St. Louis County's jail is not happy with transparency at the facility. Rosenbaum and O'Donoghue also talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann about St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's lawsuit — and her political future. And Rosenbaum and O'Donoghue talk about whether Missouri's state lawmakers make enough money.
1/31/202032 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mark Harder

St. Louis County Councilman Mark Harder is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum talked with the Ballwin Republican about a multitude of issues, including the ongoing saga of the Loop Trolley. Harder represents the council’s 7th District, which takes in most of western St. Louis County. He is the council’s longest serving member after Hazel Erby resigned to take a post in St. Louis County Executive Sam Page’s administration. Since he’s not up for election this year, Harder could run in a special election for St. Louis County executive as a Republican and not give up his council seat. He said he hasn’t made a decision on whether he will run.
1/29/202031 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Loop Trolley gets revived! Oh wait, nevermind...

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum take a look at some of the local, state and national stories that made news this week. That includes the unsuccessful proposal from the head of the Bi-State Development Agency to revive the Loop Trolley, which shut down after a string of financial difficulties. Here's what else is touched on during the show: - O’Donoghue and Rosenbaum talked about how the St. Louis County Council is trying to retool its vagrancy laws. - The Kansas City Star’s Bryan Lowry returns to the program to talk about how Missouri Sens. Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt are maneuvering through President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. - And for the final segment, Rosenbaum and O’Donoghue discuss legislation spurred on by Drag Queen Story Hours at libraries throughout the state.
1/24/202031 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dan Hegeman

Sen. Dan Hegeman returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum about Missouri’s finances and his proposal to change state legislative redistricting. The Cosby Republican represents Missouri’s 12th Senate District, which takes in a huge swath of northwest Missouri. He represents the largest Senate district in the state of Missouri.
1/21/202030 minutes, 48 seconds
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On Gov. Parson's State of the State Speech — And Cara Spencer's 2021 Mayoral Run

On the first Politically Speaking round-up show of 2020, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll recap Gov. Mike Parson’s State of the State address. During Parson’s speech, the GOP chief executive focused on the effort to get a handle on violent crime in Missouri’s biggest cities — and discussed how his administration is managing the state’s Medicaid program. Here’s what else was discussed on this week’s show: -St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann joined the program to discuss what Alderwoman Cara Spencer’s entry into the 2021 St. Louis mayor’s contest means for Mayor Lyda Krewson’s re-election chances. -St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jack Suntrup discussed a Missouri Ethics Commission decision that led an unsuccessful medical marijuana campaign to publicize its formerly secret donors. -Rosenbaum touched on how a documentary about former St. Louis state Rep. Bruce Franks was nominated for an Academy Award this week.
1/17/202031 minutes, 32 seconds
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Cody Smith

State Rep. Cody Smith is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Carthage Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue about his role as House budget chairman — and his thoughts on overhauling Missouri’s criminal justice system. Smith was first elected to the Missouri House in 2016 to a seat encompassing parts of Jasper County in southwest Missouri. He became House budget chairman after his predecessor, Scott Fitzpatrick, was appointed as state treasurer.
1/14/202034 minutes, 12 seconds
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Rasheen Aldridge

Missouri House Rep. Rasheen Aldridge represents the 78th district in St. Louis, which includes Hyde Park, Old North St. Louis, Carr Square, downtown, Soulard, Benton Park and LaSalle. At 25, he's one of the youngest elected officials in the statehouse.
1/10/202031 minutes, 7 seconds
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Previewing The Missouri General Assembly's 2020 Session

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue, Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum take a look at the big issues Missouri lawmakers may take on during the 2020 session. Some of the topics could include overhauling a recently-enacted change to Missouri state legislative redistricting, as well as measures to curb gun violence and expand gambling.
1/6/202032 minutes, 12 seconds
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Jim Murphy

State Rep. Jim Murphy is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The south St. Louis County Republican joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue to talk about what to expect in the 2020 legislative session. Murphy represents Missouri’s 94th House District, which includes places like Mehlville and Green Park. It is one of the most competitive House seats in the state, as it famously flipped between Democrat Vicki Englund and Republican Cloria Brown for roughly a decade.
1/2/202029 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Top 10 Missouri Political Stories of the 2010s

The 2010s brought about immense change to the world of Missouri politics. At the beginning of the decade, the Show Me State was a competitive electoral battleground where both political parties had a chance to make significant gains. By 2019, Republicans took near complete control of state government and key federal posts. So how did we get here? On the last episode of Politically Speaking of the 2010s, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Rachel Lippmann and Jo Mannies join me to break down the 10 stories that defined the decade.
12/31/201940 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dan Shaul

State Rep. Dan Shaul joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum on the latest edition of Politically Speaking. The Imperial Republican represents the 113th District in the Missouri House. That takes in a portion of northern Jefferson County, particularly parts of Arnold, Imperial and Barnhart. Shaul is the chairman of the Special Interim Committee on Gaming. That committee held hearings over the summer on the proliferation of gaming machines in truck stops and gas station — and the expansion of sports betting.
12/23/201934 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Mini-Episode On The Demise of St. Louis Airport Privatization

There was some pretty big news that dropped right after our weekly round up show hit the Internet: St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced on St. Louis Public Radio's St. Louis on the Air that a bid to bring a private operator to run St. Louis Lambert Airport was dead. We felt this was big enough news to create a mini-episode where St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum talk with Corinne Ruff, who had been closely following airport privatization for months.
12/20/201910 minutes, 50 seconds
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Politically Speaking: The Impact Of Legal Marijuana In Illinois — And A Tumultuous Year In St. Louis

On the final Politically Speaking roundup show of 2019, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum look at some of the headlines that made an impact in the waning days of the year. O’Donoghue talked with St. Louis Public Radio reporter Eric Schmid about impending legalization of marijuana in Illinois. It’s a move that will have a profound impact on towns in the Metro East — and on neighboring states like Missouri.
12/20/201932 minutes, 16 seconds
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Keri Ingle

State Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee’s Summit, joins public radio political reporters Julie O’Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum and Aviva Okeson-Haberman to talk about her first year in office and what she expects in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Ingle has a background in social work and has investigated child abuse and neglect. She won election in 2018 in a district outside Kansas City. She flipped her House seat from Republican to Democrat.
12/17/201933 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bringing Back Red Light Cameras — And Getting The Pulse on Impeachment

The latest episode of Politically Speaking features St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum talking with Kae Petrin about red light cameras. This show also features The Kansas City Star's Bryan Lowry talking about the impending impeachment of President Donald Trump — and how MIssouri's congressional delegation is reacting.
12/13/201932 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ray Price

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum about his legal career and his new role as chairman of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page appointed Price to the board that oversees the county police department earlier this fall. Page has now appointed four out of the five members — and could potentially replace former county executive Steve Stenger’s final appointee at any time.
12/10/201934 minutes, 16 seconds
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Medicaid Waivers, Public Defenders and Missouri's 2nd Congressional District

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking's Friday round up show, St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum talk about Missouri's 2nd Congressional District race. O'Donoghue also talks with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Kurt Erickson about how Missouri is handling Medicaid waivers. And we also discuss the turmoil in Missouri's public defender system with The Kansas City Star's Katie Moore.
12/6/201931 minutes, 36 seconds
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Trish Gunby

State Rep.-elect Trish Gunby is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The St. Louis County Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jo Mannies about her victory in the 99th House District special election that flipped the seat. Gunby defeated Republican Lee Ann Pitman to serve out an unexpired term in a district that takes in Valley Park, Manchester, Twin Oaks and unincorporated St. Louis County.
12/3/201932 minutes, 5 seconds
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Christine Ingrassia

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann chat with St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, of the 6th Ward, about airport privatization, MetroLink and the city's new soccer stadium.
11/29/201933 minutes, 33 seconds
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Vaping, Police Residency and General Motors Tax Incentives

St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Jaclyn Driscoll and Julie O'Donoghue discuss vaping, St. Louis police residency requirements and General Motors' tax incentives. Associated Press reporter Summer Ballentine also appears in this episode.
11/22/201932 minutes, 43 seconds
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Becky Ruth

State Rep. Becky Ruth joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum on the latest episode of Politically Speaking. Ruth represents a portion of eastern Jefferson County, which includes cities like Festus, Herculaneum, Pevely and Hematite. The Festus Republican is the first woman to ever lead the House Transportation Committee.
11/18/201932 minutes, 39 seconds
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Breaking Down Freeholder Struggles, Bell’s Budget And Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Program

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum and Jacyln Driscoll review some of the week’s biggest stories in state and local politics. One of the big topics on the show is the first meeting of the Board of Freeholders, which can propose consolidating services in St. Louis and St. Louis County — or even combining city and county governments.
11/15/201931 minutes, 22 seconds
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LaDonna Appelbaum

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll welcome state Rep. LaDonna Appelbaum to Politically Speaking for the first time. The discussion includes her effort to improve health care. Appelbaum represents Missouri’s 71st House District, which takes in portions of Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Olivette, Overland and unincorporated St. Louis County. She was first elected in 2018.
11/11/201928 minutes, 32 seconds
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Airport Privatization, Sports Betting and Tax Credit Controversy

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O'Donoghue and others talk about the St. Louis airport privatization efforts, sports betting and the ongoing controversy over Paul McKee's city development plans.
11/8/201930 minutes, 25 seconds
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ArchCity Defenders Blake Strode and Jacki Langum

Blake Strode, executive director of ArchCity Defenders, and Jacki Langum, the organization’s advocacy director, talk about the group’s 10th anniversary on the latest edition of Politically Speaking.
11/3/201931 minutes, 52 seconds
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St. Louis County’s Policing And Politics Are Under The Microscope

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum take a closer look at some of the biggest political stories of the week. Topping the headlines was turmoil in the St. Louis County Police Department after a jury awarded a nearly $20 million verdict to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber in his discrimination suit. That decision is prompting calls for sweeping change in one of Missouri’s largest local law enforcement agencies.
11/1/201931 minutes, 49 seconds
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Donna Baringer

Baringer talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about the need to regulate vaping and other topics during this episode of Politically Speaking.
10/31/201930 minutes, 16 seconds
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Public Surveillance, Campaign Cash and City/County Merger Discussions

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann and others talk about efforts to curb surveillance in St. Louis, how legislators adapt to lobbyist descriptions and efforts to merge the city and the county.
10/25/201932 minutes, 14 seconds
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Shamed Dogan

State Rep. Shamed Dogan returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum about his efforts to change how Missouri handles criminal justice. The Ballwin Republican represents the 98th House District, which includes parts of Ellisville, Fenton, and Wildwood.
10/21/201932 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Loop Trolley is in trouble — so what's next?

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll break down some of the week’s biggest stories in federal, state and local politics. Of particular interest for many St. Louis area residents is the financial peril surrounding the Loop Trolley.
10/18/201930 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sarah Martin

St. Louis Alderwoman Sarah Martin returns to Politically Speaking to talk about some of the big issues percolating in city government. That includes bringing crime under control and an impending debate on having a private operator run St. Louis Lambert Airport.
10/17/201931 minutes, 19 seconds
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On impeachment, gambling devices and the struggle of Missouri open government

The latest episode looks at how U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is reacting to the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump. The Politically Speaking team also examines a hearing where lawmakers asked sharp questions about gambling devices that are showing up around Missouri. We also talked with The Kansas City Star's Jason Hancock about his story showcasing how much money that state's spent on defending a lawsuit over self-destructing texts. You can read that story here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article235795407.html
10/11/201932 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tim McBride

Tim McBride is a professor at Washington University’s Brown School, where he focuses on health care policy. He’s also served on a board that oversees Missouri’s Medicaid program — so he has a lot to say about the possibility of expanding the health care program. McBride joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll on the latest episode of Politically Speaking, so let’s hit the music.
10/8/201934 minutes, 21 seconds
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Our brand new round-up show!

St. Louis Public Radio's Julie O'Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll talk about the news that matter during the week of Sept. 30, 2019. We also talked with St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jeremy Kohler on his latest story about St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson conversed with a Centene business executive about fighting crime.
10/4/201932 minutes
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Bill Eigel

Sen. Bill Eigel is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll about the future of the Conservative Caucus in the Missouri legislature. The St. Charles County Republican is a member of a six-person Senate faction which has questioned GOP proposals involving transportation spending and economic development.
9/30/201934 minutes, 6 seconds
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John Kerry

Former Secretary of State John Kerry spokes with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum ahead of his Oct. 1, 2019, speech in St. Louis. Kerry is taking part in Maryville University's St. Louis Speakers Series.
9/26/201917 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ian Mackey

Missouri House Rep. Ian Mackey is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Democrat from Richmond Heights talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum. Mackey won his first election to the state house in 2018. His district includes Richmond Heights, Clayton and University City.
9/25/201931 minutes, 28 seconds
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Looking at the arrival of the Board of Freeholders

The latest edition of Politically Speaking takes a closer look at what’s historically known as the Board of Freeholders, a 19-person body that could present a plan merging St. Louis and St. Louis County to local voters. Earlier this week, the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis submitted its last batches of signatures in St. Louis and St. Louis County to jumpstart the freeholders process. St. Louis County Board of Elections Democratic director Eric Fey said the county’s signatures will likely be certified on Monday.
9/20/201928 minutes, 23 seconds
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John Rizzo

State Sen. John Rizzo is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Democrat from Independence talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll. Rizzo has been a state senator since 2017 and previously served as a House member from 2011 to 2017. His district includes parts of Kansas City.
9/17/201934 minutes, 23 seconds
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Wrapping up Missouri's 2019 special session

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll and The Kansas City Star’s Crystal Thomas review this past week’s special session. Gov. Mike Parson wanted lawmakers to deal with a vehicle sales tax technicality as they gathered for veto session. Legislators ended up following through on that request without too much trouble.
9/13/201933 minutes, 31 seconds
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Lincoln Hough

Sen. Lincoln Hough is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Springfield Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the upcoming special session — and what to expect when lawmakers come back to Jefferson City in January. Hough represents Missouri’s 30th Senatorial District, which takes in a big chunk of Springfield and Greene County. He was sworn into office in early January for a four-year term.
9/10/201934 minutes, 52 seconds
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Kelli Dunaway

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Chesterfield Democrat talked to St. Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue about her childhood in rural Illinois and her first month in office. Dunaway’s district includes Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Overland and Hazelwood. She joined the St. Louis County Council in after a special election to replace Sam Page in August.
9/9/201931 minutes, 57 seconds
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Can we save St. Louis' children?

The latest episode of Politically Speaking takes stock of how political and community leaders are responding to St. Louis children getting killed in an outbreak of gun violence this summer. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue, Rachel Lippmann, Chad Davis and Andrea Henderson look into how city and state leaders are feeling the pressure to act — especially when it comes to implementing more stringent gun laws.
9/4/201929 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hannah Kelly

State Rep. Hannah Kelly is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Mountain Grove Republican talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue about some of the important issues for her rural Missouri district. Kelly represents portions of Wright and Webster Counties. She has served in the Missouri House since 2017.
8/27/201946 minutes, 48 seconds
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Missouri Democrats at a crossroads

The latest episode of Politically Speaking explores the state of the Missouri Democratic Party — and what some of the party’s leadership feels needs to be done to reverse its decline. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies, Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll chart out why Missouri Democrats went from dominating the state’s politics to being nearly completely out of power. Many Democrats believe that state Auditor Nicole Galloway’s 2020 gubernatorial bid is the first big step towards engineering a comeback.
8/23/201931 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mark Harder

St. Louis County Councilman Mark Harder is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue about the titanic changes in county government. Harder represents the council’s 7th District, which includes Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville and Wildwood. With recent departures of council members, the Ballwin Republican is now the most senior member of the council.
8/21/201947 minutes, 54 seconds
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Rita Days

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis County Councilwoman-elect Rita Days talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue about her impending service on the St. Louis County Council. Days was elected to fill out the rest of Hazel Erby’s term in the 1st District, which takes in more than 40 cities in central and north St. Louis County. The Bel Nor Democrat’s term goes until the end of 2022.
8/15/201947 minutes, 55 seconds
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The rise and fall of Steve Stenger

On this edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum reflect on the rise and fall of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. The Democratic official was sentenced to 46 months in prison last week for his role in a pay-to-play scheme. He’s been the subject to public scorn after a sentencing memo detailed vulgar and boorish comments about his political enemies. But there’s more to Stenger’s story than just his rapid departure from office. A number of interest groups, such as organized labor, business leaders and top elected officials, played a key role in his rise to power. After entering office with the power to radically change St. Louis County government, most of Stenger’s tenure devolved into heated confrontations with the St. Louis County Council.
8/13/201934 minutes, 29 seconds
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How far have we come since Michael Brown's death in Ferguson?

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Rachel Lippmann take a look at how politics and policy has changed in five years since Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. This show looks at how the slow progress picked up last year with the election of Wesley Bell as St. Louis County prosecutor. That ushered in a new political coalition that’s affecting other parts of county government. But progress has been slower in state and national politics.
8/8/201930 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bret Narayan

St. Louis Alderman Bret Narayan is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his first few months on the Board of Aldermen. The 24th Ward Democrat represents the neighborhoods that encompass Dogtown in southwest St. Louis. He won election to the seat earlier this year.
8/5/201946 minutes, 11 seconds
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David Wood

State Rep. David Wood is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Versailles Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum Wood was elected to Missouri’s 58th House District in 2012. He’s currently serving his final term in the General Assembly’s lower chamber, where he’s chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Health, Mental Health and Social Services.
8/1/201945 minutes
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Doug Clemens

The latest episode of Politically Speaking features state Rep. Doug Clemens talking to St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum about his first impressions of legislative life. The St. Ann Democrat represents the 72nd House District, which takes in portions of Maryland Heights, St. Ann and Breckenridge Hills. He was first elected to his post in 2018.
7/25/201954 minutes, 12 seconds
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Derek Grier

State Rep. Derek Grier is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how Missouri is approaching economic development policy. The Chesterfield Republican represents the 100th District in the Missouri House. That St. Louis County-based district takes in parts of Chesterfield, Town & Country, Winchester and Ballwin. Grier is a St. Louis County native who first entered the local electoral scene in 2011 when he won a seat on the Chesterfield City Council. Aside from his political pursuits, Grier has spent time working in the real estate industry. When Rep. Sue Allen departed from the Missouri House due to term limits, Grier jumped into the GOP primary for the 100th District House seat. He ended up defeating Allen’s husband, Michael Allen, by roughly 1,000 votes — which was tantamount to election since no Democratic candidate filed to run for the seat.
7/18/201946 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chuck Basye

State Rep. Chuck Basye is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Rocheport Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about some of his accomplishments during the 2019 session — and some agenda items that remain unfinished. Basye represents a portion of Boone, Howard, Cooper and Randolph counties in the Missouri House. He was first elected to the General Assembly’s lower chamber in 2014. Basye is a Marine Corps veteran who spent roughly 30 years as an air traffic controller. The St. Charles County native also was the president of the Columbia Pachyderm Club, which often hosts lunches featuring prominent political figures. After years of working behind the scenes in Mid-Missouri Republican politics, Basye entered the electoral arena in 2014 when he challenged Democratic Rep. John Wright. Wright spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money in 2012 to win the 47th House District, which includes counties that are historically Democratic.
7/11/201939 minutes, 3 seconds
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Gina Walsh

Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about Gov. Mike Parson’s first year in office, as well as the lay of the land for organized labor. The Bellefontaine Neighbors Democrats represents Missouri’s 13th Senatorial District, which takes in a portion of north St. Louis County. Walsh will leave the Senate after 2020 because of term limits, completing a 16-year legislative tenure that began in the early 2000s. As minority leader, Walsh is often the spokeswoman and chief negotiator for the 10-person Democratic caucus. While Democrats are heavily outnumbered in the Missouri Senate, they often have a lot more power to make a mark on major bills because of the state’s tradition of a strong filibuster.
7/2/201950 minutes, 54 seconds
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Karla May

Sen. Karla May is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where the St. Louis Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about a bipartisan push to overhaul the criminal justice system. May represents parts of St. Louis and St. Louis County. She was elected to the Senate in 2018 after spending eight years in the House. Among the things May worked on during the 2019 session was an effort to pare down mandatory minimum sentences. She worked with Republican Sen. Ed Emery ADD on legislation that gives people convicted of certain crimes a chance to be paroled. It doesn’t affect major offenses, such as sexual assault.
6/27/201951 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jean Evans

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about the state of her party going into next year’s election cycle. Evans served for one term in the Missouri House before resigning earlier this year to take on the executive director position in the state party. She’s in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Missouri GOP, including helping organize the process to select state delegates for next year’s Republican National Convention.
6/17/201942 minutes, 18 seconds
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Scott Fitzpatrick

State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his first few months in the statewide office. Fitzpatrick is a Republican who served three full terms in the Missouri House, including two years as the chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. Gov. Mike Parson appointed the Barry County Republican to be treasurer after Eric Schmitt was picked to be attorney general. Fitzpatrick is a native of Shell Knob, a Barry County community that’s about 40 miles away from Branson. He started a dock repair business while he was in high school, a company that grew dramatically while he was in college. After state Rep. David Sater termed out of the Missouri House, Fitzpatrick prevailed in a contested Republican primary for his seat – the real contest in the heavily Republican district. He became House Budget Chairman in 2017, which gave him a major say over how to craft Missouri’s spending priorities.
6/13/201947 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jill Schupp

Sen. Jill Schupp returns to Politically Speaking to talk about the aftermath of the 2019 legislation session, which saw passage of a ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy and other aspects of Gov. Mike Parson’s workforce development agenda. The Creve Coeur Democrat is serving her second term in the Missouri Senate. The 24th Senatorial District includes St. Louis County cities like Creve Coeur, Town and Country, Maryland Heights, Olivette and Ladue. During the 2019 session, Schupp alternated between handling pieces of legislation that got to Parson’s desk — and trying to either stop or force compromise on GOP priority legislation. For instance: Schupp ended up passing what’s known as Nathan’s Law, which restricts capacity at in-home daycares. Schupp also was a key participant in debate over the abortion legislation, which also bars the procedure except for medical emergencies if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Senate Democrats chose not to filibuster the final legislation after hours of negotiations.
6/10/201956 minutes, 15 seconds
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Shameem Clark Hubbard

St. Louis Alderwoman Shameem Clark Hubbard is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her transition onto the Board of Aldermen. Hubbard represents the 26th Ward, which takes in a portion of western St. Louis. That ward includes neighborhoods like Skinker DeBaliviere, the West End, Hamilton Heights and Kingsway West. Hubbard is a second generation member of the Board of Aldermen. Her grandfather, Joseph Clark, represented the 4th Ward. He also served as the head of the St. Louis NAACP and was the city’s first African American public safety director. Back in 2012, Hubbard successfully ran for 26th Ward committeewoman — but decided against running for re-election four years later. When Alderman Frank Williamson chose not to run for another term, Hubbard jumped into a Democratic primary against Leata Price-Land and Jake Banton.
6/4/201945 minutes, 32 seconds
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Andrew Koenig

State Sen. Andrew Koenig is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Manchester Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum on the end of the 2019 session, including passage of the state’s abortion ban. Koenig represents Missouri’s 15th District, which takes in a portion of St. Louis County. He represents cities like Kirkwood, Wildwood, Manchester and Ballwin. Koenig was first elected to the Missouri House in 2008 and served for four terms. He defeated former state Rep. Rick Stream in a highly competitive primary in 2016 for the 15th District seat, and easily defeated Democratic candidate Stephen Eagleton in the general election.
5/29/201940 minutes, 9 seconds
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LaKeySha Bosley

State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The St. Louis Democrat spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her first year as a member of the Missouri House. Bosley represents the 79th District, which takes in portions of north, central and south St. Louis. She was first elected to her seat in 2018. Bosley comes from a prominent political family in St. Louis. Her father, mother and two brothers have all served in elected office. Her brother Freeman Bosley, Jr. was elected as St. Louis’ first African American mayor in the 1990s. Her father, Freeman Bosley, Sr., served on the Board of Aldermen for decades. Her brother Brandon Bosley is currently the alderman for St. Louis’ 3rd Ward. And her mother, Lucinda Frazier, is a longtime Democratic committeewoman.
5/27/201950 minutes, 54 seconds
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Breaking down the ups and downs of the 2019 Missouri General Assembly session

On a special edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio links up with KCUR’s Statehouse Blend to review the ins and outs of the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann joined KCUR’s Samuel King and Brian Ellison to talk about the final week of the legislative session. That’s when the legislature sent a wide-ranging economic development bill to Gov. Mike Parson over the objections of conservative senators. The General Assembly also passed a far-reaching abortion ban that bars the procedures after eight weeks of pregnancy. There are no exceptions in the bill for women who become pregnant because of rape or incest. And the legislation would ban abortion completely with the exception for medical emergencies if Roe versus Wade is overturned.
5/21/201937 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jack Coatar

Alderman Jack Coatar joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann and Jason Rosenbaum in talking about what to expect in the next few months at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Coatar represents the city’s 7th Ward, which includes neighborhoods like downtown St. Louis, Soulard, Lafayette Square and Compton Heights. He was elected to a full term on the board in 2017 after winning a 2015 special election.
5/13/201943 minutes, 54 seconds
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Maria Chapelle-Nadal

State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal returned to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about the leadership change in St. Louis County — and several issues percolating in the Missouri General Assembly. The University City Democrat represents the 86th District in the Missouri House, which takes in parts of University City, Wellston, Pagedale and Hanley Hills. After spending eight years in the Missouri Senate representing a slew of municipalities in central and north St. Louis County, Chappelle-Nadal chose to run for another term in the Missouri House last year.
5/6/201943 minutes, 9 seconds
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Eric Schmitt

Attorney General Eric Schmitt is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the GOP statewide official talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his first few months in office. Gov. Mike Parson appointed Schmitt to succeed Josh Hawley, who resigned as attorney general after being elected to the U.S. Senate. Before taking on the role of attorney general, Schmitt served as state treasurer and as a state senator. Soon after taking over as attorney general in early January, Schmitt announced a number of high-profile initiatives. One included deputizing assistant attorneys general as special assistant U.S. attorneys. Schmitt said that’s allowed his office to work with federal authorities more closely on cracking down on violent crime. He’s also soliciting information from Missourians to help with lawsuits against the opioid industry launched under Hawley’s administration.
5/1/201943 minutes, 57 seconds
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Matt Blunt

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, Jo Mannies reunites with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum for a special edition of the show featuring former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt. Blunt served as the state’s chief executive from 2005 to 2009. He was the first Republican governor to serve with a GOP-controlled General Assembly in modern history. Blunt was a third-generation elected official. His father is U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who also served as congressman, secretary of state and Greene County clerk. His late grandfather, Leroy Blunt, was a state legislator representing part of southwest Missouri. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993, Blunt embarked on a career in the Navy that lasted for 14 years. He served for six months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during his tenure as secretary of state, which made him the first statewide official in Missouri history to be called in for military service. Blunt served as a state representative for one term before being elected secretary of state in 2000. Blunt then won a closely contested race for governor in 2004 against then-Auditor Claire McCaskill.
4/23/201935 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bruce Franks

Rep. Bruce Franks returns for his third appearance on Politically Speaking, where the St. Louis Democrat talked about how he’s been faring during his third year in the Missouri House. Franks first burst on the Missouri political scene in 2016, when he defeated (after a high-profile redo election) incumbent Penny Hubbard. He was elected to another term last year without opposition, getting another two years to represent a part of eastern St. Louis. After a first term that saw a decent amount of success for a Democrat in the super minority, Franks said that he’s had a more frustrating 2019 session. For one thing, his effort to get more money for summer jobs programs in the state budget faltered. That comes amid increasing scrutiny of SLATE, a St. Louis agency that helps connect people with jobs.
4/22/201953 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dean Plocher

Rep. Dean Plocher is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Des Peres Republican primarily talked about a potential merger between St. Louis and St. Louis County. Plocher represents the 89th House District, which includes parts of Town & Country, Huntleigh, Des Peres and Country Life Acres. Plocher, an attorney by trade, is the chairman of the influential House General Laws Committee. A group called Better Together unveiled a plan earlier this year to createa metro government overseeing St. Louis and St. Louis County. Among other things, the new entity would have a mayor, assessor, prosecutor and 33-person council government what is now the city and the county. Organizers are seeking to get the Better Together plan before statewide voters in November 2020. They contend a constitutional amendment is necessary to implement key elements of the plan, such as consolidating police departments and municipal courts. But that decision has sparked bipartisan criticism, because it means that a city-county merger could happen if it passes statewide, even if St. Louis and St. Louis County residents vote against it.
4/15/201928 minutes, 40 seconds
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John Wiemann

House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the O’Fallon Republican discussed some of the issues that may consume the Missouri House’s time over the next few weeks. Wiemann is part of the GOP leadership team that runs the Missouri House. As speaker pro tem, Wiemann often presides over the Missouri House — and is part of some key policy discussions among the Republican supermajority. Originally from Phelps County, Wiemann is an insurance broker who first won election to the House in 2014. But he’s been involved in Missouri politics for several decades. He worked for then-Secretary of State Roy Blunt in the early 1990s. And he also helped out on his father’s unsuccessful state Senate campaign in 1990 against then-Democratic state Sen. Mike Lybyer.
4/12/201941 minutes, 23 seconds
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Josh Hawley

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum spoke with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley about his first few months in the United States Senate. The Republican senator was elected to a six-year term last November. Saturday will mark his 100th day in office, which has been jam-packed with some big debates over President Donald Trump’s agenda and administration. Hawley first burst onto the Missouri political scene in 2016, when he was elected as the state’s attorney general. Roughly two years later, he unseated U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the most expensive and high-profile federal contests of the 2018 election cycle. After being sworn into office in January, Hawley was assigned to a number of key committees — including the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees. The Judiciary Committee is responsible for voting on a president’s nominees to the federal bench. Thus far, Hawley has introduced legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, placing more safety measures on duck boats and creating a grant that would pay for programs to reduce law enforcement suicides.
4/11/201930 minutes, 46 seconds
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Wiley Price

State Rep. Wiley Price is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The St. Louis Democrat talked extensively about his first few months in the Missouri House, as well as a slew of bills he’s sponsored to overhaul the state’s elections. Price was first elected last year to represent Missouri’s 84th House District, which takes in portions of the western part of St. Louis. It includes largely African-American neighborhoods in north St. Louis, as well as primarily white parts of south St. Louis. Price comes from a civically-minded family. His father, Wiley Price III, is a photographer for the St. Louis American and a recent inductee into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. His mother Leata Price-Land is a longtime community activist who recently ran for the 26th Ward aldermanic seat, losing narrowly to Shameem Hubbard. When the 84th District House seat became open after state Rep. Karla May ran for the state Senate, Price ran against attorney Brad Bakker in the August 2018 Democratic primary. He emerged victorious by about 800 votes, a win that was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic district.
4/1/201938 minutes, 41 seconds
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Deb Lavender

State Rep. Deb Lavender returns to Politically Speaking to talk about upcoming debate over the Missouri budget, which is slated to take place over the next few weeks. Lavender, D-Kirkwood, is currently serving her third term in the Missouri House. She serves on the House Budget Committee, and has sought to make her mark on the panel responsible for mapping out the state’s spending priorities. Missouri has been experiencing a decline in revenue for months compared to the previous fiscal year. But the state has a fairly large surplus to fill in the budget gap this year. One of the other major initiatives going through the House Budget Committee is a plan from Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith, R-Carthage, to steer $100 million in general revenue funds to repair the state’s bridges. That’s in contrast to Gov. Mike Parson’s bonding plan, which Republicans like Smith worry will saddle the state with interest payments.
3/26/201935 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mike Kehoe

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe joins Politically Speaking to talk about his first few months in office — and some of the issues that his Republican legislative colleagues are dealing with during the 2019 session. Kehoe spent nearly eight years as a state senator representing several Mid-Missouri counties, including Cole. After he became chief executive last year, Gov. Mike Parson appointed Kehoe as lieutenant governor. In many respects, the lieutenant governor’s office doesn’t have a lot of defined duties. The officeholder presides over the Senate and sits on a number of key boards and commissions. But the lieutenant governorship came into greater focus last year when Gov. Eric Greitens became embroiled in scandal.
3/18/201932 minutes, 23 seconds
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Kevin Windham, Jr.

State Rep. Kevin Windham is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where the Hillsdale Democrat talked about his first few months as a member of the Missouri House. Windham represents the 85th District, which takes in roughly 20 municipalities in central and north St. Louis County. When he won his seat in 2018, he became the youngest African-American man ever to get elected to the General Assembly’s lower chamber. Windham is a graduate of Southeast MissourI State University. After college, he worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. It’s a similar to path to former state Rep. Stephen Webber, who, like Wi