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Politically Speaking: Greitens saga pushes Missouri toward a historic legislative moment

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks with reporters after touring Our Lady's Inn, a St. Louis pregnancy center for women experiencing homelessness, on June 8, 2017.
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks with reporters after touring Our Lady's Inn, a St. Louis pregnancy center for women experiencing homelessness, on June 8, 2017.

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann examine what turned out to be a very busy week in the legal and political saga of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

This week’s edition of the podcast zeroes in on a historic special session to possibly consider impeachment — and a second House committee report regarding the acquisition of a fundraising list from the Mission Continues.

Lawmakers ended up gathering more than enough signatures to start a special session after the regular session ends on May 18. That’s never happened before in Missouri history. House Speaker Todd Richardson says that will give a committee looking into the governor’s conduct more time to complete its work.

This announcement came after that House committee released a second report that contended Greitens lied about how he obtained the Mission Continues fundraising list. He was charged earlier this year with felony computer data tampering in connection with that incident.

Here’s what else was discussed on the show:

  • An analysis of why the impending special session is so politically significant for the governor’s future.
  • How the Mission Continues controversy could extend to Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
  • How a newspaper publisher got entangled in the Greitens’ case — and why it matters from a public policy perspective.
  • What to expect next week for Greitens’ felony invasion of privacy case.

Rosenbaum was a guest on Friday's St. Louis on the Air:

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Music: “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider

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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.
Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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