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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Talking red: Politically Speaking joins Statehouse Blend Missouri to discuss state GOP's new era

State troopers stand outside the Missouri State Capitol at the start of the ceremony on Jan. 9, 2017.
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State troopers stand outside the Missouri State Capitol at the start of the ceremony on Jan. 9, 2017.

Eric Greitens just became the 56th governor of Missouri. And two of Missouri’s preeminent political podcasts have joined forces to analyze this historic day.

Right after Greitens took the oath of office, Brian Ellison of Statehouse Blend Missouri and Jason Rosenbaum of Politically Speaking interviewed the leaders of the Missouri House. First, the two podcasters interviewed House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, and state Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia.

Beatty and Kendrick are leading a Democratic superminority with little power to stop bills they oppose – but with faith that Republicans will let them have a significant say in piecing together legislation.

Later in the show, Ellison and Rosenbaum interviewed House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Poplar Bluff Republican who is leading a historically large GOP caucus. With Greitens in office, legislative leaders like Richardson have the opportunity to enact longstanding Republican priorities, including “right to work.” It may be more challenging for the legislature to curb lobbyist gifts and delay legislators from becoming lobbyists.

After you listen to this monumental collaboration, be sure to subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri on iTunes. And if you haven’t already, you should also subscribe to Politically Speaking on iTunes as well.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Brian Ellison on Twitter: @ptsbrian

Follow Gail McCann Beatty on Twitter: @GailBeatty

Follow Kip Kendrick on Twitter: @Kip_Kendrick

Follow Todd Richardson on Twitter: @rep_trichardson

Music: “Take You On a Cruise” by Interpol and “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

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