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Missouri Democratic Party chairman Stephen Webber at Democrat Days 2017. Webber is now the political director for the AFL-CIO.
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Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber at Democrat Days 2017. Webber served as the guest host for the latest edition of Politically Speaking to talk with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about how Missouri politics and journalism have changed.

The latest episode of Politically Speaking flips the script, so to speak.

That’s because former Rep. Stephen Webber is guest hosting so that regular host Jason Rosenbaum can talk about the changes to Missouri politics and media — and what the future holds for both.

The show also touches on some of the major themes in Missouri politics that both witnessed throughout the past few years, such as:

  • The collapse of the Missouri Democratic Party in rural Missouri, including places like northeast Missouri where the party had historically strong electoral performances.
  • How Missouri politics and elections have centered less around discourse over issues and are more focused around personalities.
  • Which stories have remained relevant or faded into the background.
  • How the lack of institutional memory in Missouri political journalism affects how issues or people are perceived by the general public.

Webber represented a Boone County-based House seat from 2009 to 2017. After losing a state Senate contest, he became the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party and served in that position until after the 2018 election cycle. He currently is the political director for the Missouri AFL-CIO.

Follow Stephen Webber on Twitter: @s_webber

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

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

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