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Politically Speaking: Sen. Nasheed Discusses Tax Cuts And Photo ID

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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. JamilahNasheed, 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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Follow Jamilah Nasheed on Twitter: @senatornasheed

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.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.

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