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Congresswoman Cori Bush on why she combines activism with legislation

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, U.S. Rep Cori Bush, D-St. Louis County, talks about her reelection campaign in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District.

Bush was elected to represent the district in 2020. It includes all of St. Louis and some of St. Louis County, and it’s the only congressional district in Missouri with a plurality of Black residents.

Bush is locked in a competitive Democratic primary with state Sen. Steve Roberts, D-St. Louis. Roberts recorded an episode of Politically Speaking that can be found here.

Here’s what Bush talked about on the show:

  • Why she should be elected to another term. Bush pointed to her support of the American Rescue Plan Act, which brought back hundreds of millions of dollars to St. Louis and St. Louis County.  And she responded to Roberts’ criticism that she should focus less on activism.
  • What can be done to protect abortion access if Democrats lose control of Congress.
  • Why she opposed certain sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. 
  • The House bill to ban assault weapons. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a vote while the episode of Politically Speaking was being recorded. Bush then expounded upon what she would want to do to restrict guns.

Bush is a native of Northwoods in St. Louis County, where her father, Errol Bush, has served as a councilman and mayor. A nurse by trade, Bush participated in the protest movement that arose after Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson.

Bush first ran for office in 2016, when she lost to then-Secretary of State Jason Kander in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. She then challenged U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay in 2018 but lost by a decisive margin.

Bush, who ran a well-funded campaign, beat Clay in 2020. The win ended the Clays’ roughly five-decade hold over the 1st Congressional District seat and guaranteed that a Black woman would be elected to a Missouri U.S. House seat for the first time.

Bush is a key ally of Sen. Bernie Sanders and was a surrogate for his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. She’s also a member of a group of representatives known as “The Squad” who advocate progressive policy positions.

The winner of the Bush-Roberts contest will be likely to head to Congress next year, since the seat is heavily Democratic.

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Follow Cori Bush on Twitter: @CoriBush 

Congresswoman Cori Bush on why she combines activism with legislation
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/podcast/politically-speaking/2022-07-29/congresswoman-cori-bush-on-why-she-combines-activism-with-legislation
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St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days on lack of rapport with Page

St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking podcast to discuss her bid for a full four-year term to represent the county council’s 1st District, which takes in a slew of municipalities in central and north St. Louis County.

The Bel-Nor Democrat is running against Jennings Councilman Terry Wilson in the primary. Wilson’s episode of Politically Speaking is available here.

Here’s what Days discussed on the show:

  • Why she hasn’t gotten along with St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. She’s served as the leader of an opposition coalition that’s been critical of Page’s administration.
  • The stakes for her contest with Wilson. If she loses, Page would likely have majority support on the council if he wins reelection to a full four-year term.
  • How she handled the public forum section of council meetings during debate over mask mandates. Some speakers expressed misleading or false information about vaccines or the virus.
  • How the county council should spend some of the American Rescue Plan Act funds and money from a settlement over the St. Louis Rams departure.

Days is a Lincoln University graduate who won a Missouri House seat in a 1993 special election. In 2002, Days became the first Black person ever elected to the state Senate from St. Louis County. She served as a senator until term limits forced her to retire from the legislature in 2010.

After working for then-St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Days served as Democratic director for the St. Louis County Board of Elections from 2011 to 2015. Before running for the county council in 2019, Days worked for the Missouri Housing Development Commission, which issues tax credits designed to cultivate housing for low-income people.

Days became the 1st District councilwoman in 2019, winning a special election to succeed the late Hazel Erby. She was chosen by the council to be its chair in 2021.

Since the 1st District is heavily Democratic, the winner of the Days-Wilson primary will almost certainly be elected in November to serve on the county council through 2026.

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Follow Rita Days on Twitter: @ritadays1

St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days on lack of rapport with Page
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/podcast/politically-speaking/2022-07-28/st-louis-county-councilwoman-rita-days-on-lack-of-rapport-with-page
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Terry Wilson wants to bring consensus to the St. Louis County Council

Terry Wilson, who is running for the 1st District St. Louis County Council seat, is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Jennings City Councilman talked about his primary challenge against Council Chairwoman Rita Days.

Here’s what Wilson discussed on the program:

  • He said he’ll be able to build more consensus on a council that’s been divided between allies and adversaries of St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. “The arguments and the dysfunction is so bad right now,” he said.
  • And while Page gave Wilson his endorsement, Wilson notes that he hasn’t always agreed with the county executive’s policies. He said Page could have done a better job getting COVID-related resources to north St. Louis County.
  • Wilson was supportive of mask mandates that were aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in public indoor spaces. That proposal generated controversy among the county council and in the community.
  • Planning on how to appropriate money from the American Rescue Plan Act should have occurred sooner. I think more detail and attention and planning should have started way before an election year,” he said. “And I think a lot of this planning is coming around because there is an election year and people want to make promises to their friends.”

Wilson also served on the school board for the Jennings district. Besides his political pursuits, he works for Beyond Housing’s Pagedale Family Support Center.

Days is slated to record an episode of Politically Speaking next week to talk about her campaign for a full four-year term on the council.

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Follow Terry Wilson: @TerryWilsonSTL

Terry Wilson wants to bring consensus to the St. Louis County Council
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/podcast/politically-speaking/2022-07-21/terry-wilson-wants-to-bring-consensus-to-the-st-louis-county-council
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County Executive Sam Page hopes voters appreciate leading in tough times

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page made his case for a full four-year term on the latest episode of Politically Speaking.

The Democratic official spoke about his challenging tenure as county executive. Since taking the post in 2019, Page has had to deal with contentious disputes over his COVID-19 pandemic response and an increasingly hostile county council.

Page is squaring off against Jane Dueker in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary. You can listen to her Politically Speaking episode here. The winner of the Page-Dueker contest will likely face state Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, in the November general election.

Here’s what Page discussed during the program:

  • How high-profile scandals involving his appointees affect perceptions of his administration. He also responded to criticism about working as an anesthesiologist while serving as county executive. 
  • His philosophy toward the COVID-19 response and how his administration would respond if there’s another surge. 
  • How he would approach crime prevention if he’s given another four years in office.
  • Where the county should spend the remaining federal coronavirus relief funds.
  • Whether members of the county council should be paid more.

Page is a veteran on the region’s political scene. After serving on the Creve Coeur City Council, he won a hotly contested Democratic primary in 2002 for a Missouri House seat representing central St. Louis County.

Despite impressive fundraising, he lost a close statewide contest in 2008 to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican. Two years later, then-St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City, easily defeated Page in a Democratic primary for a state Senate seat.

After St. Louis Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, D-Overland, died of cancer in 2014, Page won the seat representing central and north St. Louis County. He was selected by the council to replace Steve Stenger as county executive in 2019, then won a special election to fill out the rest of Stenger’s term in 2020.

If he wins this year, Page would serve as county executive through 2026.

Follow Rachel Lippmann on Twitter: @rlippmann

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Sam Page on Twitter: @DrSamPage

County Executive Sam Page hopes voters appreciate leading in tough times
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/podcast/politically-speaking/2022-07-18/county-executive-sam-page-hopes-voters-appreciate-leading-in-tough-times
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We Live Here Auténtico! | Tania Interian | Opening Doors Fully, Bilingually and Authentically for Community

[WLHA 006]: We Live Here Auténtico! | Tania Interian | Opening Doors Fully, Bilingually and Authentically for Community

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, the second of four children, Tania earned her law degree in Mexico City and worked there as an attorney until she moved to the United States in 2000, where she currently lives with her family.

After arriving in the USA, Tania worked as a volunteer at C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) working as a sworn-in-officer of the court. In court, she represented abused and neglected children that were in need of a safe and permanent home. She also worked as a volunteer for the Family Justice Center as an interpreter for non-English speaking victims of domestic violence.

In 2008, Tania started her career at State Farm, first as a team member, where she proved to be a valuable employee who distinguished herself with her attention to customers’ needs. State Farm recognized her potential and the need for a bilingual agent in the St. Louis metropolitan area and after a challenging and competitive selection process, she was chosen to start a demanding training program that took over 3 years. She consistently had to prove to the company through different competencies that she would be a long time, engaged and productive State Farm agent. 

Tania opened the doors to Tania Interian Agency in 2013 and in July 2014, Tania finally signed her lifetime contract with State Farm. As a State Farm agent, Tania has built a strong presence in the fast-growing Hispanic community in Illinois and Missouri with a fully bilingual team. Her entire team shares a passion for educating the community about risk and insurance.

Tania is actively involved in community through sponsorships of events as well as educational seminars. She is always looking for ways to give back and strengthen the community where she lives and works.

She has been closely involved with the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois for many years and currently serves on the board. While Tania’s main work is an insurance agent, she also sees the need to serve as a reliable resource and advocate for the Hispanic community.

Outside of work, Tania enjoys spending time with her husband and her two beautiful daughters, who are always the inspiration for everything she does, as well as her rescued dogs Lola and George.

For several years, Tania has been involved through the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois, in many events to help the community come together in a safe family environment and provide resources for necessities and comforts that are beyond their economic means. Most recently, in 2020, Tania led an effort to win a grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program for Fairmont City, Illinois, with the purpose of bringing internet connectivity to this underserved community. 40 grants were awarded from more than 2,000 applicants with worthy causes from all over the country. Tania’s motivation for applying for the grant was to honor the residents of Fairmont City, Illinois, with two important purposes: provide the connectivity needed in today’s world and to show the residents of Fairmont City that they are important, valued and not forgotten. Thanks to winning this grant and the noise that it generated, Charter Spectrum decided to bring internet wiring to Fairmont City. after many years of failed attempts. (You can find out more about this specific effort in Fairmont City by listening to Katie Heaton’s episode from last week)

Tania’s Agency has served as an insurance educator for the Hispanic Community, guiding and helping them as a resource for both customers and non-customers since the first day the agency opened their doors. The whole team is involved in many events throughout St. Louis and Illinois that give back to the communities and has been one of the main Sponsors of the Hispanic Festival in St. Louis since 2013.

Tania is the only State Farm Agency with a fully bilingual team (English/Spanish) in the entire state of Missouri and serves the state of Illinois as well.

Things to know in this episode:

C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

The National CASA/GAL Association for Children supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
nationalcasagal.org

Tania Interian Insurance Agency
gowithtania.com
tania.interian.ko5q@statefarm.com

Mexico City, Mexico
https://www.visitmexico.com/en/mexico-city
#ThinkMexico

Fairmont City Library Center
4444 Collinsville Road
Fairmont City, IL 62201
618-482-3966
Learn more at https://mvld.org/fairmont_info

Fairmont City
City Hall Annex
2568 N 41st St, Ste C
Fairmont City, Illinois 62201
(618) 274-6306
info@fairmontcityil.com
Learn more at fairmontcityil.com

Mississippi Valley Library District
Learn more at mvld.org
For all inquires, contact: kylaw@mvld.org

The Latino Roundtable Southwestern Illinois
The Latino Roundtable Southwestern Illinois is a group of community organizations, businesses, colleges, universities and agencies unified in purpose to develop and expand resources of social services to the Latino community in St. Louis Metro East area.
FB: @latinoroundtable
thelatinoroundtable@gmail.com
(618) 482-3966

Connections:
Connect with Tania Interian:
Facebook: Tania Interian, Agent, State Farm
Instagram: gowithtaniainterian

Thank you so much for listening to this episode of “We Live Here Autentico”. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts. It will help us to keep delivering life-changing information for you every week!

We Live Here Auténtico! | Tania Interian | Opening Doors Fully, Bilingually and Authentically for Community
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