U.S. Rep. Cleaver On Ferguson, 'Taxation By Citation' And Hillary Clinton
This week on Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s political podcast, reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies use the magic of radio to interview U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver from his Washington, D.C. office.
The Democratic congressman represents portions of Kansas City as well as several rural counties in mid-Missouri. For many years, Cleaver was a pastor at the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City which probably explains why he’s one of Missouri politics’ most celebrated orators.
After serving for more than a decade on the Kansas City City Council, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African-American mayor in 1991. He presided over a number of major projects in the city, including the South Midtown Roadway.
After a stint as a radio host for KCUR, Cleaver jumped back into the political fray in 2004 when he ran for – and won – an open congressional seat. Since that time, he’s won re-election in his heavily Democratic district somewhat easily – although his vote totals declined in the GOP wave elections of 2010 and 2014. Among other things, Cleaver was the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2011 to 2013.
In March, Cleaver proposed legislation aimed at barring cities from engaging in revenue-based policing. It would make it a civil rights violation to enforce criminal or traffic laws solely to raise revenue. This bill came about after Ferguson received some scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice for running a police department that was overly concerned with accumulating fine revenue.
During the show, Cleaver said:
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Music: “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” by Radiohead