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Politically Speaking: Top Stories Of 2013, Looking Ahead To 2014


The Politically Speaking podcast team -- Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies -- discuss the top political stories of 2013 and what lies ahead for 2014.

Among the key points:

  • The proposed income tax cuts, which dominated the General Assembly's debate for 2013, will be back for 2014. At issue is whether legislators will make enough changes to satisfy Gov. Jay Nixon, who vetoed the 2013 version, or to attract more votes to override any potential veto.  
  • Initiative-petition proposals could dominate the 2014 ballots, beefing up what otherwise would be slim statewide ballots.  The state auditor's contest, in which Republican incumbent Tom Schweich is an early favorite, is the only statewide race in 2014.  The battles for several legislative seats -- notably the 22th District state Senate seat in Jefferson County and the 2nd District in St. Charles County -- will be among the top local contests. The top local contest is indisputably for St. Louis county executive.
  • St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's disclosure of more problems with the state's execution protocol, and the drugs used,  may ignite legislative action soon after the General Assembly reconvenes.
  • St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's election to a fourth term, and his status as the city's longest-serving mayor, could have national and local impact.


Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter@jrosenbaum

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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