State Sen. Lauren Arthur returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Arthur is a Democrat who represents a portion of Clay County. She won a special election in 2018, bringing a traditionally Republican seat into the Democratic column. Arthur won election to a full term in 2020, and will get to serve through the end of 2024 when term limits will prevent her from running again.
Sen. Paul Wieland returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about some of the big policy fights of the 2021 legislative session. Wieland represents Missouri's 22nd Senatorial District, which takes in a portion of Jefferson County. He was first elected to his post in 2014 after serving in the Missouri House and re-elected in 2018. Wieland is one of the few Missouri lawmakers who served in the General Assembly when Democrats controlled the legislature, as he represented a Jefferson County-based House district in the 1990s.
Aviva Okeson-Haberman died earlier this week after being shot in her Kansas City apartment. Her death has left a tremendous void amongst her family and friends, as well as people who worked with her. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum pays tribute to Aviva, who embodied the spirit of collaboration, tenacity and kindness that all of us should strive for in our lives. If you want to donate to a fund in Aviva's name that will go to help aspiring journalists, please click here: https://kcurwebdonate.umkc.edu/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=AOHEN&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=labM9KtPxqPiQl%2byqVkEd4HJipnY8PNT
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, joined Politically Speaking, talking with St. Louis Public Radio's Eric Schmid, Jia Lian Yang and Lauren Brown about her environmental justice legislation. Duckworth was first elected to the Senate in 2016, defeating incumbent Republican Mark Kirk in a landslide. Before becoming a senator, Duckworth served in the House for four years representing a suburban Chicago district. She's up for re-election in 2022.
State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the Kansas City Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about election-related bills being considered in the Missouri General Assembly and other pressing issues to come in the last month of session. Bland Manlove is the chairwoman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus. She was first elected to the Missouri House in 2018, easily winning a Democratic primary to succeed House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty. She was re-elected in 2020 without serious opposition.
Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz returns to Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about a host of issues the Missouri General Assembly could take up in the second half of the 2021 session.