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Politically Speaking: Stephen Webber on piecing the Missouri Democratic Party back together
Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies for a candid episode of the Politically Speaking podcast. Webber is a former state representative from Columbia who was elected last year as party chairman. He took on that role after narrowly losing a state Senate race to Republican Caleb Rowden. By Webber’s own admission, 2016 was a debacle for Missouri Democrats. All of the party’s statewide candidates lost. Most legislative candidates in competitive districts were swamped by Republicans. And perhaps most distressingly, Democrats performed exceptionally poorly in rural Missouri – where the party must at least be competitive to win statewide elections. Webber has been traveling all over the state in recent months, including to many of Missouri’s rural counties. He’s trying to get more people to run for state House and state Senate seats, especially after several cycles where GOP candidates faced no Democratic opposition.
Politically Speaking: St. Charles County's 2 state senators praise special session
St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking podcast team of Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies were on the road again Wednesday, this time to Picasso’s coffeehouse in the historic downtown of St. Charles. The two welcomed state Sens. Bob Onder and Bill Eigel, Republicans who represent much of St. Charles County. Onder, of Lake St. Louis, and Eigel, of Weldon Spring, focused on a variety issues and fielded a number of tough questions from the audience. Each praised Gov. Eric Greitens for calling a special legislative session, now underway, to deal with the abortion issue. Both are outspoken opponents of abortion.
Politically Speaking: Alderwoman Megan Green says state lawmakers should stay out of St. Louis’ way
St. Louis Alderman Megan Ellyia Green joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies for a second time on the Politically Speaking podcast. Green has represented the city’s 15th Ward, which is just south of Tower Grove Park, since her special-election victory in 2014. She first was elected as an independent, rankling some Democrats, but now is a bona fide Democrat and holds state and national party posts.
Politically Speaking: GOP consultant Gregg Keller on the fight over politically active nonprofits
On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome back Gregg Keller for the second time. Keller is a St. Louis-based, Republican consultant who runs his own firm, Atlas Strategy Group. He’s worked for a number of Missouri’s prominent GOP officials, including former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent.
Politically Speaking: St. Louis-based Rep. Franks details his first year as a state lawmaker
On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies shook things up, recording the show with state Rep. Bruce Franks on Wednesday in front of a live audience at Yaquis on Cherokee in St. Louis. Franks, a St. Louis Democrat, was elected to the Missouri House last year to represent the 78th District, which stretches from Carr Square to Dutchtown in the eastern part of the city.
About Politically Speaking
St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies, and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week's politics. Station website