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Politically Speaking: How The Board Of Freeholders Is Struggling To Start — And Trump’s Chiefs Tweet

Members of the Board of Freeholders listen to concerns from St. Louis aldermen during the board's first meeting earlier this year.
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Members of the Board of Freeholders listen to concerns from St. Louis aldermen during the board's first meeting in 2019.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum take stock of the events that made headlines this week.

At the top of the list is the release of state Auditor Nicole Galloway’s audit of Josh Hawley’s tenure as attorney general — which had made waves in Jefferson City several weeks before it was publicly released.

Here are highlights from the show:

  • St. Louis Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll joins the program to talk about what Galloway’s audit was trying to convey — and how people from across the political spectrum are reacting to the findings.
  • Rosenbaum talked about his story this week that broke down the continued deadlock to start the Board of Freeholders. That 19-person panel can offer up big changes to St. Louis and St. Louis County governance, but it hasn’t done anything because St. Louis hasn't approved its members.
  • The Kansas City Star’s Jason Hancock talked with O’Donoghue about complaints around Missouri’s medical marijuana program.
  • O’Donoghue and Rosenbaum reacted to President Donald Trump sending out a tweet that congratulated the “Great State of Kansas” after the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The Chiefs, of course, play in Kansas City, Missouri, in a stadium that Jackson County taxpayers funded.

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jaclyn Driscoll on Twitter: @DriscollNPR

Follow Jason Hancock on Twitter: @j_hancock

Music: “INTRO” by DaBaby

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