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Politically Speaking: On Roy Blunt, Gambling Machines And Open Records

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Tim Bommell
Missouri House Communications
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., isn't saying much about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

In this week’s Political Speaking news roundup, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Jo Mannies discuss Sen. Roy Blunt’s reaction to the Democratic House’s move toward impeaching President Trump and the Ukraine controversy.

We also chat about the ongoing discussion over new gambling machines that have popped up in gas stations, fraternal lodges and convenience stores across the state. House lawmakers held a hearing in Jefferson City on Thursday regarding whether the new machines are legal and the challenges with regulating them.

We then talk to the Kansas City Star’s lead political reporter Jason Hancock about his recent story regarding the cost to the state of fighting a lawsuit over former Gov. Greitens’ administration use of a self-deleting text application. Hancock found legal expenses related to the lawsuit have cost the state over $340,000.

The final segment takes a look back at the 2016 debate at Washington University between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Articles and events referenced in this podcast:

  • You can find “The Daily Show” skit featuring John Oliver at the Washington University 2008 vice presidential debate here.
  • You can find Jason Rosenbaum's favorite political debate moment here

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Jason Hancock on Twitter: @J_Hancock

Outgoing Music: “Time Of my Life” by Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

Send questions and comments about this podcast to feedback@stlpublicradio.org

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.