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Politically Speaking: On Roy Blunt, Gambling Machines And Open Records

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Tim Bommell
Missouri House Communications
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., isn't saying much about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

In this week’s Political Speaking news roundup, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Jo Mannies discuss Sen. Roy Blunt’s reaction to the Democratic House’s move toward impeaching President Trump and the Ukraine controversy.

We also chat about the ongoing discussion over new gambling machines that have popped up in gas stations, fraternal lodges and convenience stores across the state. House lawmakers held a hearing in Jefferson City on Thursday regarding whether the new machines are legal and the challenges with regulating them.

We then talk to the Kansas City Star’s lead political reporter Jason Hancock about his recent story regarding the cost to the state of fighting a lawsuit over former Gov. Greitens’ administration use of a self-deleting text application. Hancock found legal expenses related to the lawsuit have cost the state over $340,000.

The final segment takes a look back at the 2016 debate at Washington University between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Articles and events referenced in this podcast:

  • You can find “The Daily Show” skit featuring John Oliver at the Washington University 2008 vice presidential debate here.
  • You can find Jason Rosenbaum's favorite political debate moment here

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Jason Hancock on Twitter: @J_Hancock

Outgoing Music: “Time Of my Life” by Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

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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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