Politically Speaking: Is Eric Greitens Coming Back Into The Political Fray?
On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking weekly news roundup, St. Louis Public Radio’s team of political reporters talks about the re-emergence of former Gov. Eric Greitens and efforts in Jefferson City to pass a prescription drug monitoring program.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum discussed how a PDMP once again passed the Missouri House despite loud opposition from some Republicans. It faces a tough reception in the Missouri Senate, where the program aimed at stamping out opioid abuse has failed to advance previously.
Here’s what else was discussed on this week’s show:
- Driscoll brought us up to speed on how Missouri lawmakers are responding to reports of the state’s children being thrown off Medicaid. That’s become a major issue among Missouri Democrats, who see the enrollment decline as a failing of Gov. Mike Parson.
- Rosenbaum talked about a Missouri Ethics Commission decision that fined Greitens’ campaign $178,000 (though, in actuality, the campaign will pay only $38,000). He also talked about Greitens’ re-emergence after months of silence — and efforts in Jefferson City to discover the true source of money linked to the reveal of his scandal.
- O’Donoghue led a discussion about the sentence commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — whose criminality throughout the late 2000s captured national attention and landed him a cameo on Donald Trump’s "Celebrity Apprentice."
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