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Politically Speaking: Speaker Richardson tackles the House's future policy challenges

House Speaker Todd Richardson
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio
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On this edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome back House Speaker Todd Richardson to the program.

When he was on the show earlier this year, the Poplar Bluff Republican was serving as the House majority leader. But things changed drastically during the last week of the Missouri General Assembly’s session: House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, resigned after the Kansas City Star revealed that he had been exchanging sexually suggestive texts with a 19-year-old intern. Richardson was then elected to become speaker of the Missouri House on the last day of session.

Since Diehl’s resignation, Richardson established a task force to review the House’s policies surrounding interns. He’s also promising to make “ethics reform” a major priority next year, including curbing lobbyist gifts and establishing a timeline when legislators can become lobbyists. He’s also expected to deal with some major issues during the September veto session — including whether to override “right to work” legislation.

Richardson talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies before a taping of the Politically Speaking podcast.
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Richardson talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies before a taping of the Politically Speaking podcast.

Here’s what Richardson had to say during the show:

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Follow Todd Richardson on Twitter: @rep_trichardson

Music: “Two-Headed Boy Part 2” by Neutral Milk Hotel 

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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