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Politically Speaking: Republican Hanaway Discusses Why She Wants To Be Governor

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week their guest is Republican Catherine Hanaway, the former speaker of the Missouri House and former U.S. attorney for Missouri's eastern district. She's now running for governor in 2016.

On the show, Hanaway talks about her political past and her hoped-for future. Among other things she said:

-- If governor, she would sign "right to work'' into law. "Right to work" bars unions and employers from requiring all workers to pay dues or a fee if a majority decides to join a union.

-- She learned some lessons from her 2004 loss for Missouri secretary of state, in that she "worked a little too hard and not smart enough."

-- She announced for governor early because she believes that's the only way the GOP can catch up with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, the likely Democratic nominee for governor and who has already amassed a lot of money.

-- She supports cutting or eliminating most state tax credits, if that's coupled with cutting state taxes. Hanaway believes tax cuts can help fuel more jobs for Missourians.

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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.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.