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Richardson hugs his father, Mark Richardson, right after he was elected as speaker of the  Missouri House.
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House Speaker Todd Richardson’s legislative career is full of defied expectations.

Before he was elected to House leadership, Richardson helped bring substantial changes to Missouri’s embattled Second Injury Fund – an issue that bedeviled lawmakers for years. And after the misdeeds of his predecessor, the Poplar Bluff Republican rose to the speakership much earlier than anybody expected.

Steve Tilley and Jamilah Nasheed
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On this week's edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are pleased to host a special edition* of the show with former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley and Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed.

(*From a technical standpoint, all Politically Speaking podcasts are recorded live and then disseminated throughout the Internet. But this week's show was recorded in front of an audience in St. Louis Public Radio's community room at Grand Center.)

The Missouri General Assembly placed most of this year's amendments on the ballot.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

If there was one big lesson that John Lamping learned during his tenure in the Missouri Senate, it was that it’s very difficult to pass a bill – but very simple to kill one. 

Case in point: The former GOP lawmaker proposed two-year ban on lawmakers going into lobbying, something that’s taken hold in other states and throughout the U.S. Congress. But Lamping’s proposal never got off the ground.

Former House Speaker Steve Tilley
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On this week’s extra edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome back former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley to the show.

The Perryville Republican – who now has a residence in Chesterfield – was previously on the show in 2013, and provided candid insights into his tenure as speaker.  We asked him back to discuss two big stories percolating throughout the Missouri political universe – the resignation of Republican House Speaker John Diehl and the fight over “right to work.” 

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(Updated 1 p.m., Wed., Feb. 11)

By a voice vote, the Missouri House gave first round-approval Wednesday to a bill to bar construction unions and employers from requiring all employees to join a union and pay dues if a majority votes to organize. The bill, HB 582, is sponsored by Rep. Courtney Curtis, D-Berkeley.

----- Our earlier story

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When Republican Steve Tilley was speaker of the Missouri House, he flatly told fellow Republicans that he would not bring up any bills to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state.

At the time, Tilley said publicly that he viewed the issue as too divisive and potentially destructive to Missouri Republicans. He also discounted the arguments of "right-to-work" advocates who said that such a law would create jobs.

Now, the Missouri AFL-CIO has hired Tilley as a lobbyist to block this session’s "right-to-work" efforts of his successor, Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Former state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, and prominent St. Louis businessman Doug Albrecht were among the top Republicans who headlined an event in Clayton on Thursday to raise money for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat under siege from some within his own party.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 6, 2012 - Former state Sen. Jeff Smith, who lost his political career over a felony conviction, is happy to look ahead now that his probation has ended 10 months early.

"It's over, baby,'' Smith said in a email interview Friday from New York, where he now lives with his young family and teaches in a graduate program at the New School, a private university.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2012 - After a contentious and at times unproductive 2011 session, the Missouri General Assembly officially returned Wednesday to tackle familiar issues -- and new challenges. The session runs until mid-May

The opening day was largely symbolic. Both House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, and Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, addressed their chambers. Then members of the House spent the early afternoon reading portions of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 22, 2011 - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer and House Speaker Steve Tilley met over dinner a few days ago to discuss the particulars for the next legislative session that begins Jan. 4.

After the acrimony during the General Assembly's generally unproductive special session this fall, the two Republicans are seeking to forge a new alliance based on their common future.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 6, 2008 - When U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., ran for governor against Matt Blunt in 2004, she wound up regretting that she'd paid too little attention to rural voters in the state. She swamped Blunt in urban areas, but he beat her by about 3 percentage points because he carried rural Missouri by a landslide.

Governor-elect Jay Nixon didn't make that same mistake.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - In some ways, this is a dream year for political junkies, with spirited, competitive presidential and gubernatorial races plus an array of talented politicians vying for the other statewide offices. In fact, for some candidates, this election cycle might be just too much of a good thing.