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Politically Speaking: What Happened — And What Didn’t Happen — During The 2019 Special Session

House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, speaks with reporters on Wednesday about the special session on a vehicle sales tax measure.
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House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, speaks with reporters on Wednesday about the special session on a vehicle sales tax measure.

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll and the Kansas City Star’s Crystal Thomas review this past week’s special session.

Gov. Mike Parson wanted lawmakers to deal with a vehicle sales tax technicality as they gathered for the veto session. Legislators ended up following through on that request without much trouble.

But some Democrats contended that lawmakers should have been called back into session to deal with a rash of gun violence in St. Louis and Kansas City. Parson declined to do that, though both the governor and GOP legislative leaders have promised to tackle the issue when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Here are some of the things talked about during the podcast:

  • What Republicans and Democrats had to say about the vehicle sales tax legislation that passed on Friday.
  • What House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, plans to do to have a gun-violence proposal ready by next January.
  • The reaction to Parson’s decision to run for a full four-year term.
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The podcast is sponsored by the St. Louis-based law firm of Capes Sokol

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jaclyn Driscoll on Twitter: @DriscollNPR

Follow Crystal Thomas on Twitter: @bycrystalthomas

Music: “I’ll Get By” by Eddie Money

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Since entering the world of professional journalism in 2006, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon.
Jaclyn Driscoll is the Jefferson City statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. She joined the politics team in 2019 after spending two years at the Springfield, Illinois NPR affiliate. Jaclyn covered a variety of issues at the statehouse for all of Illinois' public radio stations, but focused primarily on public health and agriculture related policy. Before joining public radio, Jaclyn reported for a couple television stations in Illinois and Iowa as a general assignment reporter.
Crystal Thomas