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Politically Speaking: Rep. Butler On Ethics Reform, Boeing And Crime

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The fully-merged Politically Speaking crew welcomes Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, to the podcast.

The first-term lawmaker made the transition this year from being a legislative staffer to representing portions of north, central and south St. Louis. In addition to discussing life in the legislature, Butler talked about Gov. Jay Nixon’s latest push for ethics reform, the recent special session to woo Boeing, controversy around state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and his desire to bring state funds for crime prevention.

On the show, Butler said:

  • He may sponsor legislation prompting lawmakers to not vote on bills that impact campaign contributors.
  • While he voted for the incentive package to lure Boeing's 777X to Missouri, he was dismayed by an ancillary deal involving low-income housing tax credits.
  • He is sponsoring state legislation that could bring state funding for the city’s Neighborhood Ownership Model.

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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