Politically Speaking: New Year, New Challenges For Missouri Legislature, St. Louis County
This week, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies use the Politically Speaking podcast have decided to look into their crystal balls to discuss what’s ahead for Missouri politics in 2015.
It’s a time of transition for both the Missouri General Assembly and St. Louis County government. The legislature comes back into session on Wednesday with some new members, and an even stronger Republican majority, while a new county executive has taken over in the state’s largest county.
On the show, we talked about:
- How the GOP-controlled legislature is coming into session without any specific agenda, which is unusual. It remains to be seen whether bills responding to the Ferguson unrest gain any traction.
- How St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is making the transition into his new office. The Affton Democrat will have a friendly county council and the power to get quite a few things done, but many African-American political leaders are still skeptical after a bitter primary and general election.
- How a grand juror in the Darren Wilson case filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to be allowed to comment on the case freely. McCulloch – who recently won another term in office – was under intense criticism for how he handled Wilson’s case.
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