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Politically Speaking: Kavanaugh’s views on murky political money prompt a McCaskill ‘no’ vote

Senator Claire McCaskill speaks at Lona's Lil Eats in St. Louis on Aug. 30, 2018.
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Senator Claire McCaskill speaks at Lona's Lil Eats in St. Louis on Aug. 30, 2018.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s decision to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a key topic of the latest Politically Speaking podcast.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies look into how undisclosed political money is playing into the contest between McCaskill and GOP Attorney Josh Hawley. It comes as millions of 501(c)(4) cash is going to support Hawley’s bid — and to ensure McCaskill wins a second term.

Rosenbaum and Mannies also talk abouta court decisionto not oust Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-South St. Louis County, from office. A special prosecutor contended that Trakas was violating the charter because he was doing legal work for school districts. But a judge ruled that Trakas didn’t run afoul of a prohibition against a council member working for a governmental agency.

And Politically Speaking’s weekly analysis of a competitive election on the Nov. 6 ballot turns to Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, is taking on Democrat Cort VanOstran.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Music: “Brain Damage/Eclipse” by Pink Floyd

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.