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Politically Speaking

Joe McCulloch

54 minutes 17 seconds ago
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.

Crystal Quade (2023)

18 hours 50 minutes ago
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.

Eric Schmitt (2023)

1 week 4 days ago
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.

Tom Oldenburg (2023)

2 weeks ago
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.

Lauren Arthur (2023)

3 weeks 3 days ago
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.

Kim Gardner's out. What will Andrew Bailey to do help the STL Circuit Attorney's office?

3 weeks 6 days ago
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.

Mike Bost (2023)

1 month ago
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.

Why the "castle doctrine" may not help Ralph Yarl's shooter

1 month 1 week ago
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.

Jay Ashcroft (2023)

1 month 2 weeks ago
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.

Nikki Budzinski

1 month 2 weeks ago
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.

Maggie Nurrenbern

1 month 3 weeks ago
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.

Lane Roberts

1 month 4 weeks ago
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.

Politically Speaking - Carol Howard

2 months ago
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.

Politically Speaking - Annie Rice

2 months 1 week ago
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.

What could drastically change legislation on transgender health care? The Missouri Senate filibuster.

2 months 2 weeks ago
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.

Rusty Black

2 months 3 weeks ago
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.

David Tyson Smith (2023)

2 months 4 weeks ago
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.

What's a quo warranto? Joe Dandurand knows the answer.

3 months ago
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.

Barbara Phifer (2023)

3 months 1 week ago
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.