The Politically Speaking crew this week once again conducts a “split show” format. On the first part of the show, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies discuss the fallout from the General Assembly’s successful override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the tax-cut bill.
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In the second half, the crew welcomes state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, who offers up her take on the GOP’s successes, and the challenges facing the Democratic legislative minority.
Nasheed’s observations include:
- She called the successful override vote to put the tax cuts in place “a very sad day for the state of Missouri,’’ and predicted that public education, Medicaid recipients and the elderly will face cuts in state government programs as a result.
- She contends that Republican legislative leaders will be embolden to press other key issues during the final days of the session. “They are desperate to push their right-wing agenda…and shove it down our throats,’’ the senator said.
- She is promising to lead a Democratic filibuster in the state Senate if Republicans follow through with plans to press for passage of a ballot proposal that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. Nasheed said that the limited number of IDs that would be allowed are part of a GOP effort to curb Democratic turnout statewide, and reduce statewide Democratic victories.
- She predicts that a “right-to-work’’ proposal, which would curb union rights, is dead this session.
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