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        Wednesday, January 20, 2021
       
Politico:  Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick
          P-D:  Franklin County woman in Capitol riot turns herself in to FBI;  Attorney describes 21-year-old Emily Hernandez as "the girl next door"
          AP:  Missouri woman seen at Capitol riot has court appearance
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Cape Girardeau) helps lead censure action against House member accused of sex with intern
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) disappointed that Democrat caucus - "who seems to be pushing the #MeToo movement" - won't punish member who allegedly threatened to kill his secretary for reporting alleged intern intercoursing
          SNL:  House rebukes lawmaker who lied to committee about calling and texting intern
          AP:  Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins (D-St. Louis City) gets COVID
          The Missouri Times:  COVID liability bills heard in Senate committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Freshman Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) files COVID-19 liability bill
          P-D:  Senate begins debating COVID liability protections
          KWMU:  State overpaid some unemployment benefits, seeks to arrange payment plans with recipients;  Union, Mo. woman complains that she burned through cash and can't pay her debt
          P-D:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) says state may have to "eat" unemployment overpayments;  Local community college theater costume designer says receiving reminder letters from state is "extremely stressful"
          Missourinet:  Missouri senators hear testimony about Second Amendment Preservation Act
          Missouri Independent:  Bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) would hold accountable officers who infringe on Second Amendment rights
          P-D:  Senate General Laws Committee could vote on Burlison legislation next time panel meets
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Education Committee considers charter school expansion in Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag groups urge renewal of Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) tax credits;  Comments from Missouri Soybean Association's Casey Wasser
          P-D:  Rex Sinquefield, Jennifer Bukowsky urge Gov. Parson to reduce clemency backlog
          Missourinet:  COVID vaccine eligibility:  What to know
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          SNL:  After NAACP complains, Springfield police chief reluctantly bans safe and effective restraint technique:  "Appearance-sake outweighed even the usefulness at this point"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) offers hope for higher education
          P-D op-ed:  Free & Fair Markets Initiative's Robert Engel:  Rebuilding Main Street in Missouri begins with reevaluating subsidies
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills octogenarian urges Post-Dispatch to move on from its anti-Trump and anti-Hawley hate
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman wants Ann Wagner censured for criticizing Democrats in fundraising letter
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        Tuesday, January 19, 2021
       
Missourinet:  Conservative publisher lands Hawley book after hubbub
          AP:  Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for 'Big Tech' book
          SNL:  What's next for Josh Hawley? Top consultants, grassroots leaders, local academic assess junior senator's options
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local Hawley donors weigh in on recent controversy
          KC Star:  'We will not tolerate violence,' U.S. attorney in Kansas City warns ahead of inauguration
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) talks riots, Wiley Price;  Reps. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) and Trish Gunby (D-Manchester), Kurt Witzel and Jamey Murphy talk Legislature's coronavirus precautions, Capitol riots vs. urban riots, Wiley Price
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City):  Price 'was a scapegoat'
          Missourinet:  Legislation appointing Missouri House and Senate marshals to be heard today
          Missourinet:  Missouri K-12 community prepares for eventful legislative session;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan
          The Missouri Times:  What to know about "065 agreements" and accompanying legislation
          KC Star:  Missouri law raises age for adult charges, but funding for juvenile caseloads remains
          Missouri Independent:  Legislators wait for court to clarify 2018 law on trying 17-year-olds as adults;  Thoughts from Organization for Black Struggle employee who assaulted fellow high schooler
          SE Missourian:  COVID-19 vaccine clinics begin in region
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's 'reckless disregard for truth' should cost him Missouri law license
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  NFIB's Brad Jones:  Missouri small business owners need COVID liability protection
          P-D op-ed:  Generate Health STL's Michelle Witthaus:  Gov. Parson must protect health by implementing a shut-off moratorium
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian says Rush Limbaugh to blame for U.S. Capitol riots, wants state lawmakers to remove bust from state Capitol
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian mocks state lawmakers' concerns about safety, says their comments must be "tongue and [sic] cheek"
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        Monday, January 18, 2021   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day
       
SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau native Brock Murphy, confidential assistant at OMB, reflects on White House tenure
          JCNT:  Second Paycheck Protection Program round expands access to farmers, other businesses
          SNL:  Despite rumors of armed protests, peace and quiet at Missouri Capitol
          KWMU:  Missouri sends National Guard troops to D.C. for inauguration, increases security at state Capitol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) to chair committee on higher education
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) ready for new experience on education committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) named to House Budget Committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislation proposes ban on using phone while driving in some areas
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State launches Phase 1B Tier 2 coronavirus vaccinations
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe:  Wind farms nearing completion in southwest Missouri
          Missouri Independent:  Phill Brooks:  I'm restricting my presence in the Missouri Capitol "because so many legislators refuse to wear face masks"
          Joplin Globe letter:  St. Louis attorney Elad Gross disputes Hawley's constitutional law points, encourages readers to "look me up"
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        Sunday, January 17, 2021
       
KC Star:  Loews Hotels cancels Hawley fundraiser in Orlando
          SNL:  Loews Hotels cancels Hawley fundraiser at Florida property
          KC Star:  Business PACs reconsiding approach to political contributions
          KC Star:  Man-on-the-street interviews in Lexington, Mo.:  "What do you think of Josh Hawley?"
          CDT:  Kip Kendrick shares budget outlook with Columbia Chamber, reflects on time in Legislature
          JCNT:  State, federal funds to help families, child care providers
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Added security is a start, but Gov. Parson should address the myth of voter fraud
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Republican voters will be the check on Hawley's ambitions
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian wants Josh Hawley and Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) to resign
          P-D letter:  Reading, Penn. sexagenarian mocks Missourians for electing Josh Hawley and supporting "clown" Donald Trump
          SNL letter:  Four letters criticizing Josh Hawley
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Cori Bush is a hypocrite for supporting Ferguson rioters and looters
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        Saturday, January 16, 2021
       
Politico:  Ex-staffers from Claire McCaskill's failed 2018 re-election bid create new anti-Hawley PAC
          KC Star:  McCaskill encourages donations to ex-staffers' new startup
          Missourinet:  Cleaver wants financial companies to stop serving U.S. Capitol rioters
          KC Star:  Missouri woman seen with broken name plate from Pelosi's office faces federal charges
          P-D:  Franklin County woman was in Capitol riot, had House Speaker Pelosi's broken sign
          KC Star:  Union organizes rally at local McDonald's;  Mayor Quinton Lucas delivers "that ain't right!" pep talk on minimum wage
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New suit brought in Missouri River flooding
          P-D:  Gov. Parson reports raising $369,000 for inaugural festivities, discloses donors
          The Missouri Times:  3 Democrats vying for HD 45 seat in special election
          The Missouri Times:  Jessica Piper seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Allen Andrew's open seat in 2022:  "It's very uncomfortable running, especially as a Democrat in a district where the last one lost by 80 points."
          Missouri Independent:  Todd Graves, Blake Hurst vie for seat on University of Missouri curators
          SE Missourian:  With support from Gov. Parson, lawmakers proposing "Wayfair" sales tax measure
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin), hospice advocates seek legislation for end-of-life care homes
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) would allow for lifetime protection orders in some extreme cases
          P-D:  Probe of Missouri's medical marijuana program may resume, new committee head says
          P-D:  Runaways, criminal charges challenge fast-growing Missouri child welfare firm
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate stays in session next week as House pauses amid COVID-19 cases
          P-D:  Missouri Senate plans to stay in session next week
          P-D:  DPS Director Sandy Karsten tests positive for COVID
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri map shows where you can get vaccine
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state regional China virus update
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri purchases second wind energy facility in northwestern Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri needs to do more to administer vaccine doses at local level
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  What I witnessed
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri Right to Life wrong to defend U.S. Capitol invaders
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Barbara Shelly:  How Eric Greitens and Josh Hawley soared so quickly in Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Limestone Producers Association's Dan Kleinsorge:  Thank you to the best boss I have had - Dave Schatz
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau octogenarian says Josh Hawley, Jason Smith to blame for U.S. Capitol violence
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says Danforth concerned only with his own image
          P-D letter:  Maplewood man analogizes Hawley and Capitol riot with Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick
          P-D letter:  Ellisville septuagenarian wants to see Hawley and Cruz cosplaying as police officers
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        Friday, January 15, 2021
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri National Guard deployed to DC amid security concerns
          Missourinet:  Missouri National Guard heads to D.C. to help with safety efforts
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Event promo:  Urban march tomorrow
          KWMU:  A conversation about Trump and racism:  Reporter Eric Schmid and Anti-Defamation League's Karen Aroesty share their personal opinions on "clear double standard" on riots, "structural racism", other areas of agreement
          P-D:  18-year-old black man arrested in connection with "racist" graffiti at Kirkwood high, middle schools;  White 18-year-old and a juvenile also charged
          P-D:  St. Louis lawyer Al Watkins representing accused U.S. Capitol rioter
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jamilah Nasheed reflects upon her legislative service
          SE Missourian:  GOP Reps. Wayne Wallingford, Rick Francis named to Missouri House chairmanships
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers get security briefing in Jeff City after D.C. unrest
          The Missouri Times:  House cancels session next week amid rising coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Missouri House takes coronavirus-induced break
          SNL:  COVID-19 shuts down Missouri House for a week;  Senate to decide schedule today
          Missouri Independent:  COVID cases force shutdown of Missouri House
          JCNT:  Missouri House cancels work week due to COVID-19
          P-D:  COVID-19 spread in Capitol shuts down Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Phase 1B of coronavirus vaccine distribution begins
          JCNT:  Local health officials hail news of vaccine expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri's next COVID-19 vaccination phase underway
          SE Missourian:  State enters next segment of COVID-19 vaccine rollout
          Missouri Independent:  First responders, anyone over 65, those with certain conditions to start receiving COVID vaccine in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri emergency workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, those 65 and older soon
          Missourinet:  Missouri K-12 community waits its turn to get COVID-19 vaccination
          KC Star:  Kansas City area teachers prepare for vaccines as students return to classrooms
          JCNT:  Survey finds rural towns more hesitant to get vaccine
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Missourinet:  Rural northern Missouri county leads state in wind generation capacity, as Ameren closes on major project
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) thinks now would be a good time to honor Trump. Is she serious?
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville):  It's time for real school choice in Missouri
          CDT op-ed:  Jay Atkins:  School choice overhaul needed to help Columbia families
          P-D letter:  Crestwood man wants voters to "suspend" Hawley and stop his paychecks
          P-D letter:  San Francisco, Calif. octogenarian wants Missouri to declare Trump its "hereditary monarch" and secede from the union
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        Thursday, January 14, 2021
       
KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers vote along partisan lines on impeaching Trump
          Missourinet:  Missouri U.S. House members vote along party lines to impeach Trump
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith describes Capitol riot in Washington as a terror attack
          SNL:  Missouri representatives split by party on second Trump impeachment vote
          KCUR:  After recent hubbub, Hawley loyalists express love for Missouri's junior senator
          KC Star:  KC's Cerner Corp. suspends donations to Josh Hawley and others who 'incited violence'
          KC Star:  Legal experts weigh in on state AGs' election challenges;  Top Dem attorney Chuck Hatfield says amicus brief not to blame for Capitol riots
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Event promo:  Urban march on Saturday
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House candidates to address Democratic Party groups today, tomorrow
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) censured, but not expelled, after alleged inappropriate relationship with intern
          KWMU:  Missouri House votes to censure Price, effort to expel fails;  Price explains that he "panicked" and lied to committee because alleged victim was a white woman
          Missouri Independent:  House votes to censure, but not expel, Democrat accused of sex with intern
          Missourinet:  For the first time in state history, Missouri House censures a member
          SE Missourian:  Cape Chamber leader gives thumbs-up to state legislative '21 wish list
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) outlines why sportsbook legislation should be passed
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association support transportation tax increase
          SE Missourian:  Effort to ban "chokeholds" to have little effect on Cape PD;  Police sergeant:  "It's easy to craft ... rules for physical combat on paper while you are in a leather chair in a climate-controlled office"
          P-D:  Some Missouri lawmakers already in quarantine amid outbreak
          Missouri Independent:  Committee advises Missouri's vaccine rollout. Now the public can watch its meetings
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies rehearing on request to bar winter shut-offs
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Josh Hawley:  Why I objected
          KC Star letters:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler says Star editorial board continues to misrepresent her election objections;  Columbia woman calls David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield "pork barrell pimps;"  Lee's Summit man says free market cost Hawley book deal
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood octogenarian says Hawley makes him feel embarrassed
          P-D letter:  Oakville septuagenarian says St. Louis radio station KMOX to blame for U.S. Capitol riot
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        Wednesday, January 13, 2021
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Lincoln Project founder promotes its new anti-Hawley fundraising campaign
          SNL:  Anti-Trump super PAC wants Hawley to resign
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) on Hawley's lessons and critics "howling for his scalp"
          P-D:  Local companies latest to pause political donations after Capitol riot
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol beefs up security;  Highway Patrol, Natural Resources send officers
          Missourinet:  Missouri House heightens security after FBI warning of planned protests;  House discusses emergency plans
          Missouri Independent:  Lawmakers discuss improving Capitol security measures
          P-D:  Lawmakers discuss Capitol security
          The Missouri Times:  House adopts rule changes amid security talks
          The Missouri Times:  Here are the new House committee chairs
          P-D:  Financial help for foster and adoptive parents advances in Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education President Charlie Shields wants state to explore bonuses for teachers who stick around next school year
          Missourinet:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) wants Missouri House to investigate Giuliani
          SE Missourian:  Greenlight medical marijuana dispensary seeks green light from DHSS
          KC Star:  American Viewpoint/Missouri Hospital Association poll:  23% of Missourians will choose to avoid vaccine, with political conservatives most wary
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Republicans in Congress who attacked democracy deserve censure, not removal
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers look to expand gambling again
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Prayers for Rush Limbaugh on his 70th birthday - plus some memories from Peter Kinder
          Joplin Globe letters:  Joplin sexagenarian says David Humphreys misinterpreted Hawley;  Carl Junction sexagenarian says Humphreys is trying to manipulate lawmakers;  Joplin octogenarian wants Hawley to apologize for his actions
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman calls President Trump a "monster," wants Blunt to support impeachment
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man calls Sen. Hawley a "monster," wants Danforth to apologize to McCaskill for her 2018 defeat
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man calls Sen. Hawley a fascist, suggests Congress garnish his wages
          P-D letter:  Clayton man feels embarrassed by Gov. Parson
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        Tuesday, January 12, 2021
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview:  Lincoln Project co-founder to promote group's anti-Hawley fundraising campaign
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Local illegal cheers Biden victory;  Honduran alien Alex Garcia, an adult male, blames President Trump for making him feel "mentally not very well"
          Missouri Independent:  Hallmark wants Josh Hawley to return contributions the company's PAC made to his campaign
          KC Star:  KC's Hallmark PAC demands Hawley return contributions
          KWMU:  Cori Bush wants to kick out colleagues who raised election objections
          P-D:  Cori Bush files resolution to expel Republican lawmakers who challenged election results
          SNL:  Missouri small businesses may be eligible for second round of COVID-19 relief PPP loans
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri educators eye changes by Biden nominee
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson officially sworn in as Missouri's 57th governor
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson officially sworn in as Missouri's 57th governor
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson lists workforce development, infrastructure among priorities of first term
          JCNT:  Family, faith part of leaders' inaugural ceremonies
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson, GOP statewide officials officially embark on 4-year terms
          Missouri Independent:  Gov. Parson inaugurated after dominant 16-point victory
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson focuses on issues within his control, declines reporter's invitation to weigh in on D.C. political battles
          P-D:  'Sunny days are ahead':  Gov. Parson pledges to work for all Missourians as he begins full term as governor
          Missourinet:  Missouri, other states prepare for hypothetical 'uprising' at all state capitols
          Missourinet:  Remote testimony will likely be up to the discretion of Missouri House committee chairs this session
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  Stop the lie:  Missouri Republicans must state publicly that the election wasn't stolen
          P-D editorial:  President Trump will never learn. But GOP leaders like Blunt should.
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson promises 'sunny days,' doesn't spend enough time lamenting COVID
          Missourinet's Bob Priddy:  Remembering January 2017's inaugurations - and celebrating the decline of Donald Trump, Josh Hawley and Eric Greitens
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  U.S. Capitol unrest makes Missouri NAACP's Nimrod Chapel very emotional - "almost too angry to talk"
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  National Association of Truck Stop Operators Chairman of the Board Delia Moon Meier:  Why a biodiesel mandate is bad for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Albuquerque, N.M. man dislikes Josh Hawley, criticizes Missouri
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian feels embarrassed by Josh Hawley
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian compares Josh Hawley to Aaron Burr and Benedict Arnold
          P-D letter:  Oakville sexagenarian criticizes editorial praising Ann Wagner
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        Monday, January 11, 2021   Watch live:  Missouri Inauguration Ceremony, 11:30 a.m.
       
SE Missourian:  Blunt among lawmakers announcing Capitol attack hearings
          CBS:  Face the Nation video and transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt on Capitol violence, Trump, Hawley
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks with Scott Faughn about D.C. unrest, Hawley, legislative priorities, motor fuel tax, more;  Panel of Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City), Lane Koch, Frank Catanzaro, Garrett Webb talk Capitol violence, Hawley, early voting, Missouri legislative session
          KWMU:  St. Charles County threw out more ballots in November than any other Missouri county
          Missouri Independent:  Number of straight white men serving in Missouri Legislature hits all-time low
          AP:  Civil rights bills show promise in Legislature;  Measures would take unemployment handouts away from rioters, protect citizens trapped in their cars during mob scenes;  Other lawmakers support anti-"chokehold" measures
          KWMU:  2020 was a banner year for Missouri's outdoor recreation areas
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Hawley's political fortunes go up in flames with Trump's Capitol self-immolation
          KC Star's Dave Helling:  Josh Hawley, Eric Greitens, Eric Schmitt, Jay Ashcroft, and "a dozen lesser lights" to blame for "subculture of destruction"
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Law enforcement actions exposed 'white privilege' as mob stormed Capitol
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly):  COVID-19 lessons:  Outbreak highlights need for education overhaul in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City septuagenarian thinks Hawley will resign from U.S. Senate
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian drama professor wants Missouri Republicans to turn their back on Hawley
          P-D letter:  Hillsboro septuagenarian says liberals cannot produce a single quote from Hawley inciting rioters
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        Sunday, January 10, 2021
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says staging of inaugural sends important message to the world, says Capitol unrest detracts from President Trump's accomplishments
          KC Star:  Area activist expresses outrage that Hawley raised a fist to Trump supporters, says gesture "is an African-American expression of solidarity"
          KWMU:  Area liberals congregate downtown for anti-Trump/anti-Hawley rally
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Woman with "All Cops Are Bastards" face mask holds sign depicting Hawley in Nazi regalia;  other rational and efficacious messages
          P-D:  Video:  Liberals chant "No Hawley, No KKK, No Facist USA!"
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt says he had no knowledge of GOP attorneys general group's robocalls ahead of U.S. Capitol unrest
          P-D:  Schmitt had no knowledge of AG group's robocalls prior to Capitol unrest, spokesman says
          Missouri Independent:  Schmitt condemns violence at U.S. Capitol, says he had no knowledge of group's robocalls to supporters
          KC Star:  The Kansas City Star removes the name and image of its founder William Rockhill Nelson;  Prominent businessman supported developer J.C. Nichols, whose neighborhoods had restrictive covenants
          KMIZ:  Democratic Central Committee to choose between three contenders to fill Kip Kendrick's safe Dem House seat
          JCNT:  Monday's inauguration events to mark Missouri's bicentennial
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson to begin first full term tomorrow;  Guests at swearing-in will go through health and security screenings
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  COVID precautions being taken as the Missouri legislative session begins
          The Missouri Times:  New rules on remote testimony, committees move forward in House
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Thanks to Gov. Parson releasing withholds, MACC's state appropriation for fiscal year fully restored
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools legislative platform:  More local control, no changes to board set-up
          SNL:  Missouri's medical marijuana czar Lyndall Fraker says state 'working hard' to get dispensaries, cultivators operating
          JCNT:  State nearing next vaccination phase
          JCNT:  Herd immunity will end pandemic, but not COVID-19's effects, Missouri health director says
          Columbia Missourian:  MU scientists team up with DHSS, DNR on wastewater COVID-19 project
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe Editor Andy Ostmeyer:  If Josh Hawley had read the Globe's letters to the editor early this week, he would have "read the tea leaves" and avoided trouble
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman blames Hawley for Capitol violence
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian offers psychoanalysis of Trump, blames Hawley for empowering "maniac"
          KC Star letters:  Lee's Summit woman hopes Capitol unrest scared Blunt and Hawley into denouncing NRA and supporting gun control;  Florida man mocks Missouri voters for choosing Hawley over McCaskill;  Kansas City man inaccurately suggests Josh Hawley will face primary challenge in 2022
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        Saturday, January 9, 2021
       
Washington Missourian:  Blunt:  'It is time to move on'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt slams Trump removal effort as Democrats say they'll file for impeachment
          KC Star:  Joe Biden compares Josh Hawley to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels
          P-D:  Hawley on defense as Republicans turn their back
          Missouri Independent:  GOP donor Sam Fox accuses Hawley of 'reckless pandering'
          KC Star:  Sam Fox disavows Hawley, calling early support 'my mistake'
          Wall Street Journal:  Hawley endures backlash from colleagues, donors
          P-D:  St. Louis City aldermen condemn Hawley;  Alderman Joe Roddy (D) reminds board that urban protest mob threw bricks and paint at Mayor Lyda Krewson's home
          KC Star:  Activists wants Rockhurst High to criticize alum Josh Hawley
          AP:  St. Louis prosecutor's appeal in McCloskey case turned away
          Brownfield Ag News:  Full flood control capacity on Missouri River reservoir system
          KC Star:  Two years after duck boat disaster, new 'unsinkable' water tours planned in Branson
          AP:  State capitols reassess safety after unrest at U.S. Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  General Revenue remained healthy through the end of 2020, December report says
          JCNT:  Latest Missouri revenue report shows growth
          The Missouri Times:  Sheila Solon named acting director of Division of Professional Registration
          P-D:  Sheila Solon named acting director of Division of Professional Registration
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll previews the 2021 legislative session
          CDT:  Columbia Chamber outlines priorities for legislative session;  Thoughts from Gov. Parson's Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell, Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), GOP Reps. Chuck Basye and Sara Walsh
          CDT:  Video:  Robert Knodell speaks to Columbia Chamber
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on his budget priorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Taylor (R-Bunceton) talks committee preferences, hopes to be "a blocking force" against any "bad legislation"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raymore) could help protect from mail and package theft
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New Year's Eve riot damages state's Maryville Treatment Center;  Drunken jailbirds break windows, smash vending machines, cause structural damage to building
          KWMU:  Missouri officials say all health workers will get coronavirus vaccines this month
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Trump must go - and take Hawley with him
          JCNT editorial:  Another session, another chance to fund state roads
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  With perfect staging, Hawley becomes 'The Face of Sedition'
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Trump is like Joseph Goebbels, and Josh Hawley and Billy Long are like Joseph McCarthy
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  On Trump, Hawley and "white privilege"
          Columbia Missourian's William Skipworth:  Josh Hawley lying about Antifa's attack at his Virginia residence
          Bob Priddy:  Stop the Steal - Missouri, 1941:  When Democrats claimed "vote fraud" with no evidence
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin octogenarian wants Hawley to know she will not be voting for him if she is around in 2024
          P-D letter:  Texas septuagenarian, who left Missouri three decades ago, mocks Missouri voters for turning state into "north Arkansas"
          P-D letter:  Jennings man blames state lawmakers for St. Louis City's homicide rate
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        Friday, January 8, 2021
       
KWMU:  Reaction roundup:  Hawley faces flak from two ex-senators, one (1) GOP state rep, local state-school academic, others
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Claire McCaskill, whom Hawley retired in 2018 election, criticizes man who defeated her
          KC Star:  Jack Danforth, who left the U.S. Senate in 1995, says he regrets mentoring Hawley
          Missouri Independent:  Hawley donor David Humphreys calls for senator to be censured by the U.S. Senate
          CDT:  Area liberals pile on Hawley, blame senator for Capitol riots
          Columbia Missourian:  MU law students call for Hawley's resignation
          Missourinet:  Former MOGOP Executive Director Jean Evans says Dem and GOP leaders should oppose violent behavior
          SE Missourian:  Local Dem, GOP leaders weigh in on D.C. chaos
          SE Missourian:  Liberals cancel "#ResignHawley' protest planned for Cape Girardeau
          AP:  Simon & Schuster drops book by Hawley
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph woman took peaceful stroll through Capitol during hubbub, says she saw elderly people shuffling around with their walkers
          P-D:  President of St. Louis postal union stole $80,000;  Former treasurer Yvette Luster indicted on same charge in October after stealing $184,000
          Brownfield Ag News:  Army Corps makes Missouri River levee repair progress in mild weather
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson signs executive order expanding media use in correctional facilities, eliminating past orders
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson releases $127 million, says state is in top 10 in economic recovery efforts
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll to preview 2021 legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  New year, new rules:  Missouri Senate adopts rule changes
          JCNT:  Paper or PC:  Senate debates how it should conduct its business
          P-D:  Missouri Senate decides not to scrap paper copies of legislation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) talks budget challenges, funding for county jails
          KCUR:  With public education resources stretched thin, Missouri charter schools ask the state for more dollars
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) discusses broadband and telehealth
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers to consider allowing dentists to administer coronavirus vaccine
          P-D:  Missouri flu numbers remain low, easing fears of 'twindemic' crowding hospitals
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Antifa's protest at Hawley's home crossed a line
          KC Star editorial:  If Hawley had a conscience, he'd resign. He'll have to be removed.
          P-D editorial:  Hawley should resign. Silent enablers must now publicly condemn Trumpism
          KC Star's Katie Bernard:  Photo of Hawley raising fist will haunt him
          P-D's Tony Mesenger:  Danforth calls his support of Hawley the 'worst mistake' of his life
          JCNT letter:  Jamestown octogenarian applauds Hawley for standing up for Missourians
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says he does not understand why northern Missouri flipped from Democrat to Republican
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        Thursday, January 7, 2021
       
KWMU:  Missouri's federal, state officials condemn violence at U.S. Capitol
          SNL:  Here's what Missouri officials said about violence at U.S. Capitol
          P-D:  Missouri politicians denounce violence at U.S. Capitol
          KC Star:  In floor speech, Hawley thanks law enforcement and decries violence
          KC Star:  Fundraising text from Hawley draws ire of liberals;  Reactions from retired Sen. Claire McCaskill, U.S. Senate runner-up Jason Kander, "No on Amendment 3" architect Sean Soendker Nicholson
          Missourinet:  Graves says riots are no way to solve America's disputes
          KC Star:  Cleaver, Hartzler weigh in on Capitol unrest
          P-D:  Cori Bush says she wants GOP House members expelled, wants Trump impeached
          KC Star:  Cori Bush wants Trump impeached
          Missouri Independent:  Cori Bush joins calls for Trump impeachment
          JCNT:  Area congressmen intended to object to electoral votes
          Missouri Independent:  Trump should 'absolutely not' be blamed for U.S. Capitol riots, Gov. Parson says
          The Missouri Times:  Demonstrators hold peaceful rally in Jefferson City
          JCNT:  Peaceful rally at Missouri State Capitol shows support for President Trump
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers pray for guidance during new General Assembly
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) officially elected Speaker of the House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House chooses Vescovo as Speaker
          Missourinet:  New Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo focusing on education and adoption:  "I will work with any member from any party"
          The Missouri Times:  Mini-profiles:  New state senators
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers return, outline priorities for new year
          JCNT:  Missouri General Assembly convenes
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers return to work
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  First day of Missouri Senate, House
          JCNT:  Nearly $127 million in withholds released in state budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces federal funding for higher ed, releases millions in restricted 2021 money
          AP:  Gov. Parson unblocks $127M, announces $68M for Missouri colleges
          Missourinet:  Missouri is building a COVID-19 vaccine-specific dashboard
          Missouri Independent:  COVID wastewater project could ID arrival of UK strain in Missouri
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Opinion editor Colleen Nelson quits, takes job with The Sacramento Bee
          KC Star editorial:  Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt
          P-D editorial:  Trump, with a Hawley assist, incites supporters to insurrection
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Closed primaries are the wrong move for Missouri
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  Hawley sets the Constitution on fire, and chaos ensues
          P-D letter:  Woodson Terrace octogenarian apologizes to Walmart for company's apology for anti-Hawley tweet
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        Wednesday, January 6, 2021
       
The Missouri Times:  Here's where Missouri's congressional delegation stands on certifying election results
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says a Biden administration would stymie economy, likely over-regulate and over-tax Americans
          SE Missourian:  Hawley's Virgina home vandalized, family terrorized by Antifa
          KC Star:  "Shutdown DC" says it did not vandalize Hawley's home during bullhorn protest
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal looks back at 16 years in the Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Dave Berry joins Tom Dempsey's First Capitol Advisors
          P-D:  New federal aid package will give Missouri more time and money in pandemic response
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 2021 legislative session to start today;  Rob Vescovo set to become House Speaker
          Missourinet:  What the new legislative session will look like in a pandemic
          Missouri Independent:  Legislative session preview:  Budget, COVID liability, education, gas tax, marijuana, ethics
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) talks legislative priorities, says government can't rely on "manna from above"
          KC Star:  Lawmakers to consider COVID liability, county health orders
          SNL:  Missouri State Teachers Association survey:  94% of teachers support suspending state tests this spring
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri teachers wants state standardized tests suspended for 2020-21 school year, survey says
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unveils new coronavirus wastewater testing project
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Veterans Commission report says Cameron Veterans Home didn't immediately isolate COVID-19 patients
          JCNT:  COVID-19 pandemic, flu season look similar
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner, in a welcome switch, supports the people's will over democracy defiance
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Hawley, other Republicans simply stating what's on the minds of tens of millions of Americans
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley, other Republicans' objection to election certification has long-term consequences for American democracy
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  A tribute to Kip Kendrick
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Citizens for Modern Transit Executive Director Kimberly Cella:  Only 2 of 34 Missouri transit agencies to receive funds;  state assistance needed
          Priddy:  State legislators should give themselves a pay raise
          P-D letter:  Los Angeles, CA man mocks Missouri for electing Josh Hawley
          P-D letter:  Northwoods woman worries that Hawley is making Missourians look like "dumb hicks"
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man calls Hawley "a hack and a charlatan," says senator "should resign in shame"
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin octogenarian applauds Hawley for standing up for honest elections
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City septuagenarian says Danforth should have supported Claire McCaskill over Hawley in 2018 election
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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
       
P-D:  Ann Wagner breaks with other Missouri Republicans on certifying election results
          Missouri Independent:  Ann Wagner bucks Missouri GOP colleagues on electoral vote objections
          Missourinet:  Ann Wagner says she will not object to election certification
          KC Star:  After receiving national attention, Cleaver says his "a-woman" statement was "a lighthearted pun"
          P-D:  Former Sen. Jack Danforth, who left office in 1995, criticizes Josh Hawley
          SNL:  Here's where pandemic unemployment programs, $300 boost stand in Missouri
          KWMU:  Local theaters, live music venues want federal money
          The Missouri Times:  David Jackson joins Gamble and Schlemeier leadership team
          SE Missourian:  Profile:  Wayne Wallingford ready to go back to House
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sen.-elect Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City)
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to take part in legislative prayer service tomorrow in Jefferson City
          Joplin Globe:  Legislative session preview:  Local lawmakers expect COVID, budget to be in the spotlight
          KWMU:  Legislative session preview:  Medicaid budget burden, COVID liability, Zoom logistics, more
          P-D:  Legislative preview:  Bill from Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) could allow dentists to volunteer as vaccinators during emergencies
          Joplin Globe:  List of bills pre-filed by local lawmakers for the 2021 session
          Missourinet:  Vandeven says boosting teacher pay remains at top priority
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri failing to reimburse counties for incarceration costs, audit finds
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview:  Bill from Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) takes aim at "police accountability"
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley shamelessly maneuvers to lure Trump supporters to his camp
          KC Star editorial:  Call the D.C. offices of Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler and complain about stance on election certification
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Legislature should adjourn "for a few weeks or even months until more vaccinations have been administered"
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Use Missouri Veterans Commission report as lauching point for overhaul
          Phill Brooks:  A time for setting legislative priorities
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man applauds Josh Hawley for standing up against election fraud
          P-D letter:  Affton man calls Hawley a "reverse Robin Hood"
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian calls Hawley a "right-wing extremist"
          KC Star letter:  Lowry City octogenarian wants news outlets to "cease publishing" Josh Hawley's photo
          P-D letter:  Dogtown man expresses displeasure with Hawley, acknowledges vote against Hawley in 2024 will have no consequence
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        Monday, January 4, 2021
       
KWMU:  Cori Bush promises to "use this voice and not back down," votes for Pelosi on first day in office
          Fox News:  Rep. Cleaver ends opening prayer for new Congress:  "Amen and awoman."
          SE Missourian:  March for Trump bus tour makes stop in Cape Girardeau
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) addresses vaccine distribution
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  VA rate increasing, hospital bills resuming
          Missourinet:  Career retrospective:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) reflects on 14 years at Capitol, emphasizes bipartisanship
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) outlines budget challenges, anticipates "hard choices" for 2021 session
          P-D:  Legislative preview:  Medicaid burden, gas tax, redistricting, more
          Missouri Independent:  Legislative preview:  Party registration, closed primaries
          KWMU:  Democrats will seek to loosen absentee voting requirements
          KWMU:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) wants recreational cannabis program, no caps on dispensaries
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says Vizient partnership is expanding Missouri's hospital capacity
          KC Star:  Missouri prisoners complain about COVID, share tall tales:  "The nurse don't [sic] check on you for 14 days!"
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman unhappy with Hawley over election certification stance, threatens to vote against him in 2024
          Joplin Globe letter:  Webb City octogenarian unhappy with Hawley over election certification stance, threatens to vote against him in 2024
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        Sunday, January 3, 2020
       
USA Today:  11 GOP senators to join Hawley in objecting to election certification
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers prepare for start of General Assembly
          Washington Missourian:  State's minimum wage increases to $10.30
          JCNT:  Missouri employers project job growth in food service, hospitals
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Medical marijuana here - finally
          KC Star's Humera Lodhi and Kaitlin Washburn:  "Missouri Gun Violence" advocacy series, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health and Report for America:  Missouri saw deadliest year ever;  State gun laws, racism to blame
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        Saturday, January 2, 2021
       
AP:  New U.S. attorney takes over in eastern Missouri;  Sayler Fleming replaces Jeff Jensen
          SNL:  Missouri's minimum wage hits $10.30/hr on the way to $12 in 2023
          Missourinet:  Missouri social services workers develop plan to help more youth aging out of foster care system
          KC Star:  Kansas City dispensaries finally got marijuana gummies. But they're already all gone
          P-D:  Report provides detailed timeline of state's response to COVID in veterans homes
          SE Missourian:  Community COVID-19 testing events will continue throughout Missouri for next two weeks
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          CNN's Gregory Krieg:  Trump and Hawley set off Republican meltdown with Georgia elections looming
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel:  Missouri Department of Corrections must act now to control virus, offer inmates better care
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        Friday, January 1, 2021   Happy New Year!
       
January 2020 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          The Missouri Times:  Jean Evans finishes her successful tenure as executive director of the Missouri Republican Party
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) will object to electoral vote certification
          Missourinet:  Four U.S. House members join Hawley in objecting to certification of Electoral College results
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Kathy Swan reflects on her eight years in the General Assembly
          Missouri Independent:  Profile:  House Majority Leader Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country)
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bill Owen (R-Springfield) returns to the Missouri Capitol after 40 years
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's minimum wage set to increase yet again
          Missourinet:  Missouri Veterans Commission releases detailed report on COVID-19 outbreak in 7 veterans homes
          Missourinet:  Missouri Veterans Commission chairman resigns
          P-D:  Missouri Veterans Commission releases full virus report, chairman resigns
          KWMU:  COVID-19 vaccinations begin at rural Missouri hospitals
          SNL:  Edible marijuana products go on sale in Springfield, statewide
          Joplin Globe:  Neosho's first medical marijuana dispensary draws big turnout on opening day
          P-D:  St. Louis City homicide rate in 2020 highest in 50 years with 262 killings
          KC Star:  Kansas City achieves deadliest year ever with 180 killings, 625 nonfatal shootings
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Blunt and Graves right, Hawley wrong on defense spending vote
          Washington Missourian editorial:  St. Louis City's 'historically awful' violent crime rate caps unprecedented year
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Reps. Jason Smith, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves and Billy Long:  We will object to election certification
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  It's time to overhaul and improve Missouri's Medicaid program
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  Release of investigative report is a win for veterans and government transparency
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas calls Missouri's Josh Hawley "GOP's champion grandstander"
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        Thursday, December 31, 2020
       
Rosenbaum:  How 2020 completely reshaped Missouri and St. Louis' politics:  Cleaner Missouri, GOP statewide romp, Medicaid expansion, Cori Bush, much more
          SE Missourian:  Hawley says he will object to electoral votes during certification process
          Missouri Independent:  Josh Hawley to object to election certification
          KWMU:  Hawley to object to electoral college results
          KC Star:  Hawley becomes first senator to say he'll object to election certification
          Joplin Globe:  Local GOP leaders weigh in on Hawley's statement regarding election certification
          KC Star:  Walmart apologizes to Hawley after company's social media account mocks him
          Columbia Missourian:  Walmart apologizes for tweet calling Sen. Hawley 'sore loser'
          The Missouri Times:  David Chayer named Missouri KidsFirst executive director
          P-D:  Bipartisan success:  Jason Kander (D), Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), former House Speaker Steve Tilley (R) team up to secure funding for Veterans Community Project
          JCNT:  Missouri extends CARES spending deadline
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson pleased with progress on Missouri COVID vaccinations;  emphasizes importance of second dose
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson pleased with vaccine progress despite lag
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri long-term care residents begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson applauds continued COVID-19 vaccine rollout, child care funding
          CDT:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri vaccine rollout "going well"
          Missourinet:  Governor orders flags in Laclede County at half-staff to honor Lebanon police officer who died of COVID
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood soldiers are on the same timeline as civilians to receive COVID-19 vaccine
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) wants Veterans Commission to release full Armstrong Teasdale report
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          JCNT:  Cole County judge rules in state Sunshine Law cases
          The Missouri Times:  PSC waives in-person hearing requirements for Ameren Transmission
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Grain Belt Express to open office in St. Joseph
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's plan to challege Biden's victory desperate - and dangerous
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Josh Hawley fails to make the case for his action
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Hawley's anti-democracy stunt will force GOP to vote on Trump's lies
          P-D op-ed:  Shane Schoeller (R) and Brianna Lennon (D):  2020 shows need for change in Missouri election laws
          KC Star letter:  Three letters opposing Hawley's stand on presidential election
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        Wednesday, December 30, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley split on veto override, $2,000 stimulus
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley offer differing views on COVID-19 payments
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long to file Corps bill again;  three kayakers have died in same spot in past 17 months
          KWMU:  New Missouri Democratic Party leaders weigh in on rebuilding after disastrous 2020, unionized staff battle, more
          P-D:  Former GOP Sen. John Lamping says media just can't quit Eric Greitens:  "Everybody loves to talk about him - especially the Democrats. The media loves to talk about him."
          Missourinet:  Missouri's virtual job fairs yield thousands of job seekers, hundreds of employers
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT 'back on track' despite COVID-19, but a long road lies ahead
          AP:  State lawmakers in Missouri, other states face showdown over COVID powers and spending
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Rep.-elect Alex Riley (R-Springfield) hopes to ease business regulations this session
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla) seeks to extend expired tax credit to help businesses clear waste
          P-D:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) files marijuana legalization bill
          The Missouri Times:  Dogan files bill to legalize marijuana
          Missourinet:  Missouri experiences mild flu season so far
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Keep increased voter access
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  Ste. Genevieve:  The rich history of America's newest National Park
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  Head of Missouri Veterans Commission won't release full report on COVID-19 deaths
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        Tuesday, December 29, 2020
       
KC Star:  How Missouri's congressional delegation voted on relief payments, veto override
          Missourinet:  Career retrospective:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on 16 years in Legislature fighting for Bellefontaine Habilitation Center, labor unions, more
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) ignites talk for biodiesel minimum with new bill
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) tackles rural broadband in new bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) talks about areas of agreement with Holly Rehder on PDMP legislation
          Missouri Independent:  Bills would empower citizens to recall school board members, alongside officials in fire districts and ambulance districts
          KWMU:  Public colleges and universities face budget realities
          SE Missourian:  National Hero Day - who deserves that title?  Thoughts from Cape Girardeau GOP Reps. Barry Hovis and Kathy Swan
          P-D:  In first Missouri elk hunt in modern history, Winfield resident takes one
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update with nursing home vaccine rollout details
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley should be commended for reaching across the aisle on COVID relief checks
          P-D letter:  Velda Village Hills parents support new Normandy charter school
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        Monday, December 28, 2020
       
P-D:  From dumplings to drumsticks, federal aid boosts Missouri's meat processors
          KWMU:  Additional $10 million to go to Missouri's A+ scholarship program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley talks legislative priorities
          Missourinet:  DESE wants extra $200k in budget for "Grow Your Own" teacher recruitment program in black and poor school districts
          JCNT:  Restorative justice program helps inmates make amends
          Missouri Independent:  Recertification interviews suspended for those receiving SNAP handouts
          SE Missourian:  Coronavirus causes Cape airport's drastic cut in state promotion funding
          KWMU:  Creighton University study shows pandemic hurting rural economies more than big cities
          SNL:  Missouri colleges, universities receive 77k+ rapid-result COVID-19 antigen tests
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans dominated 2020 thanks to "coordinated campaign of ignorance-exploitation"
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis septuagenarian "incensed" by Justin Hill's election resolution
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man mocks Post-Dispatch editorial board's desire to punish success and legalize recreational marijuana
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        Sunday, December 27, 2020
       
SNL:  Rep. B.J. Marsh (R-Springfield) gave cross-country bus tours and renamed Missouri State
          KC Star:  Legislative advocacy series:  Religious boarding schools find favorable regulatory environment in Missouri;  Former Sen. Pat Dougherty (D-St. Louis City) explains Democratic majority's failure to pass licensing laws
          KC Star:  Legislative advocacy series:  Ex-Alabama cop on a crusade to pass religous boarding school legislation in Missouri
          KC Star:  Legislative advocacy series:  Girls reform school left three states before settling in Missouri;  Assorted tales of forced jumping jacks, spankings, etc.
          JCNT:  Pharmacies prepare for roles in COVID-19 vaccination distribution;  Insights from Missouri Pharmacy Association CEO Ron Fitzwater
          Joplin Globe:  State, local officials lay out vaccination plan
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  2020 in review:  Criticizing McCloskeys and Cori Bush
          SNL op-ed:  League of Women Voters:  Please sign our petition urging Gov. Parson to relax voting laws
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City septuagenarian mocks Hawley's interest in vote fraud, says she wants Claire McCaskill back
          P-D:  Maplewood sexagenarian mocks Hawley's interest in vote fraud, suggests constitutional law professor "look up" the Constitution
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg woman accuses U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler of "throwing shade" on liberal states California and New York
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        Saturday, December 26, 2020
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) explains new role as majority caucus chair
          P-D:  Top local stories of 2020:  China virus, race agitation, Medicaid expansion, "Black Girl Magic" in 3 urban elections, soaring homicide count
          P-D:  Christmas Eve killings bring St. Louis City homicide total to at least 257;  Homicides per 100k residents sets modern-era record
          SE Missourian:  B Magazine:  Why are people fleeing urban areas and moving to Cape Girardeau? Four residents discuss embracing Cape's strong schools, safe environments, cultural diversity
          St. Joseph News-Press:  PSC says consumer group fails to show "immediate danger" of utilities collecting payments from derelict customers
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial brief:  Credit to Missouri AG Eric Schmitt for shutting down massage-parlor prostitution rings
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian says Hawley thinks constituents are "stupid"
          P-D letter:  NORML wants Missouri to legalize recreational marijuana
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        Friday, December 25, 2020   Merry Christmas!
       
The Missouri Times:  'Tis the season:  Missouri officials' favorite Christmas traditions
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. B.J. Marsh (R-Springfield) passes away at age 80;  Memories from U.S. Rep. Billy Long
          Missourinet:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) announces that Missouri Prime Beef Packers to open beef processing plant in southwest Missouri
          CDT:  First Columbia medical marijuana dispensary opens
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          JCNT editorial:  Valued A+ program gets needed boost
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian says Ann Wagner and Eric Schmitt officially killed the Republican Party
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        Thursday, December 24, 2020   Christmas Eve
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith calls for special counsel to investigate allegations of voter fraud
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area farmer awarded more than $3 million from flooding damages
          Missourinet:  DOJ releases Missouri's "Operation Legend" results
          The Missouri Times:  Dan Kleinsorge named Missouri Limestone Producers executive director
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Legal Roundtable recap:  Panel says attorney for Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) could face potential criminal charges for "underhanded" tactic of recording committee's closed-door discussion;  Thoughts on duck boat case, medical marijuana and state residency, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
          Missourinet:  Names released of 24 people pardoned, 4 others getting sentences commuted in Missouri
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson releases the names of 24 inmates pardoned
          JCNT:  Missouri Highway Patrol opens new shooting range, training center
          P-D:  Missouri disaster agency head gets full-time appointment
          Missourinet:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) wants Gov. Parson to extend relaxed voting procedures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri issues new rule allowing pharmacy technicians to administer coronavirus vaccine
          P-D:  Missouri eases pharmacy rule in bid to boost capacity for vaccinations
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri pharmacies prep for COVID vaccine
          SNL:  Three things to know about vaccine distribution in Missouri
          Missouri Independent:  DHSS' Adam Crumbliss explains the ins and outs of vaccine distribution
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri purchases first wind energy facility
          P-D:  Ameren takes ownership of newly built wind farm in northern Missouri - the state's largest
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State of Missouri website helps refute vaccine myths
          P-D op-ed:  Ladue octogenarian believes her local Zoom calls helped elect Joe Biden president, says she regrets praising Ann Wagner in a letter to the editor
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gabriella Hoffman:  Science prevails in Missouri black bear saga, triumphs over HSUS smear campaign
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian opposes vote fraud lawsuit, says Ann Wagner and Eric Schmitt should "go back to the first grade"
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        Wednesday, December 23, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  White House taps College of the Ozarks president for 1776 Commission
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Legal Roundtable preview:  McCloskey case, medical marijuana lawsuits, duck boat criminal charges
          Missourinet:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) proposes to close some underperforming K-12 schools
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series;  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) advocates for equal custody arrangements in new bill
          P-D:  Missouri Senate embracing technology, installing audio systems in committee hearing rooms so public can listen in
          SNL:  Judge rejects key challenge to Missouri's medical marijuana system;  Callicoats to appeal
          JCNT:  Judge:  Parts of new state sexual assault law unconstitutional
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Housing Development Corporation OKs affordable housing proposal for Cape
          KWMU:  New semester means more in-person learning options for St. Louis area schools
          Missouri Independent:  State China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  Spire should let derelict customers keep getting energy without paying, at least until March
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        Tuesday, December 22, 2020
       
Politico:  How the stimulus bill got done;  Missouri's Josh Hawley teamed with Bernie Sanders, spoke to President Trump frequently
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus response:  Missourians receive about $4.8B in unemployment aid
          The Missouri Times:  Empower Missouri activist Kendall Martinez-Wright seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Rep. Louis Riggs' (R-Hannibal) 2022 re-election
          Missourinet:  Rowden expects 2022 state budget to be tough, but not as tough as 2023
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) files bill dealing with struggling schools
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) refiles sportsbook legislation
          Missouri Independent:  Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Missouri medical marijuana license caps
          P-D:  Missouri judge rejects lawsuit questioning state's medical marijuana laws
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson grants 24 pardons
          P-D:  Gov. Parson pardons 24, commutes the sentences of 4 offenders
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway's office receives "pass" rating from national auditors association group
          KC Star:  Urban Outfitters chooses Kansas location over KC urban site;  Mayor Quinton Lucas says racism to blame
          JCNT:  Missouri dips below national average for new COVID-19 cases
          KWMU:  CVS to begin vaccinations at Missouri long-term care facilities next week
          Missouri Independent:  State China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury):  Managed care for Medicaid recipients
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        Monday, December 21, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt says Missouri River management plan in need of adjustment
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about presidential election resolution, state budget realities, bill to legalize recreational marijuana, more
          KCUR:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) experiments with TikTok, says he enjoys conservative humor
          Missourinet:  Sen. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) files bill to improve access to mental health services
          KRES/KWIX:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to refile IEP bill this session
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New bills target texting while driving
          KWMU:  Additional hospital staff to begin working today in Missouri
          KMIZ:  DHSS' Williams authorizes medical professionals to give Moderna vaccine
          KC Star:  Missouri using 'honor system' to stop people from cutting in line for vaccine
          KC Star:  Here's when nursing homes in Missouri will get COVID vaccine
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Army Corps should settle flood claims
          P-D editorial:  Legalized pot is becoming the norm in America. Missouri should get on board.
          P-D editorial:  State and local officials should enforce Missouri gaming laws
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Jeff Smith:  Summarizing the most annoying post-election phone calls:  Delusional Dems thinking they'll open a Jeff City lobbying shop or work for Biden, statewide silver medalists tilting at U.S. Senate windmills, solipsism, more
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes House bill to protect drivers from protest mobs
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        Sunday, December 20, 2020
       
KC Star editor Mike Fannin:  Newspaper offers official apology for 140 years of excessive whiteness;  Paper debuts "advisory board," promotes white-guilt series, will make online access to victimhood-themed stories free for minority zip codes
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  KC Star founder - who died 105 years ago - helped build upscale neighborhoods with restrictive covenants
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  1920s KC Star reporters did not cover officer-involved shooting fairly
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  1940s KC Star reporters should have dedicated more coverage to Jackie Robinson, saxophonist Charlie Parker
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  1950s KC Star reporters should have helped promote race protests, boycotts
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  1960s KC Star reporters should have fought harder against KC Schools during desegregation debate
          KC Star:  Whiteness confessions:  1970s KC Star reporters focused flood coverage on property damage, should have profiled black victims
          JCNT:  A+ program funding boost helps more than 800 State Tech students
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Legislative preview:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) on penalties for yard sign and property damage
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  Whiteness confesssions:  Too often, Kansas City Star editorial board has been silent on race
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  By talking about vote fraud, Hawley chips away at public's faith in democracy
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon septuagenarian questions Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) logic on voter fraud
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        Saturday, December 19, 2020
       
KC Star:  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) blocks Hawley's proposal for direct aid to individuals, families
          AP:  Federal government ordered to pay landowners on lower Missouri River
          JCNT:  NAACP, ACLU, League of Women Voters, et al. want Missouri to permanently lower voting standards
          AP:  "Missouri Voter Protection Coalition" wants Missouri to relax voting laws
          P-D:  Gov. Parson marks 100th bridge replacement since launching loan plan
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to carry liability legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) wants alternative path to graduation for some students
          KC Star:  Bipartisan bills would crack down on unlicensed boarding schools
          KC Star:  KC company that threatened to leave Missouri without more incentives decides to stay put
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri utility companies offer coronavirus, winter relief programs
          SE Missourian:  Coronavirus vaccine developments coming fast in recent days
          JCNT:  Anticipation rises as mid-Missouri nursing facilities await arrival of COVID-19 vaccine
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Maryland Heights septuagenarian says Gov. Parson's support for in-person schooling "outrageous" and "irresponsible"
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        Friday, December 18, 2020
       
SNL:  79,000 Missourians could see jobless payments cut off without new stimulus
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley pushes for further stimulus dollars as Congress strikes deal
          KWMU:  St. Louis-area illegal aliens celebrate federal court program reinstating DACA
          P-D:  U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen announces he's resigning post
          P-D:  LaunchCode, others approved for federal tax credits
          P-D:  Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) won't resign
          SNL:  Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) maintains his innocence in intern intercoursing/snitch-shaming case, says he won't resign
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks budget consequences of Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Missouri awards millions in state low-income housing tax credits
          Missourinet:  Thanks to Missouri Works program, Missouri recreational equipment maker to expand and create 82 new jobs
          P-D:  First charter school in St. Louis County to open in Normandy next fall
          The Missouri Times:  DESE approves first charter school outside of major city
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's first charter school wins state approval
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson touts safety of COVID vaccine, says changes must be made at Missouri veterans homes
          SE Missourian:  Area VA facility expecting COVID vaccine soon
          Missourinet:  Williams says Missouri will receive "a little bit less" in next vaccine shipment
          KC Star:  Vaccine supply expected to be dynamic, DHSS' Williams says
          Missouri Independent:  A look at COVID response at mental health centers;  Comments from Missouri Department of Mental Health's chief medical director, AFSCME boss and capo, others
          P-D:  Missouri Lottery moves to ban bulk ticket purchases
          P-D:  St. Louis area utilities voluntarily suspend shutoffs through holidays
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft returns Missouri emancipation ordinance after cleaning
          P-D editorial:  Disgraced Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) should resign
          Columbia Missourian's Simone Esters:  Gov. Parson's statement on COVID data and safety in schools rated "Mostly True"
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  Area woman who complained about technical difficulties with food stamp hotline finally gets through - and finds out she makes too much money to get handouts anyway
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Acquisitive Des Peres firm sees opportunity in troubled water utilities;  Thoughts from Missouri Office of Public Counsel, Consumers Council of Missouri
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian unhappy that Blunt did not refer to Biden as "president-elect" sooner
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        Thursday, December 17, 2020
       
P-D:  2020:  The year in pictures:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) "delights House members" (#4);  Black Lives Matter agitators vandalize St. Louis City streets (#41), trespass in neighborhood of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (#42);  Shorthair Caucasoid BLM vandal resists arrest by Florissant police (#43);  Firefighters extinguish fire at BLM looting/arson scene (#44);  City police officer catches looter in the act (#45);  BLM agitators shoot fireworks at Ferguson police (#46);  BLM agitators throw paint on Catholics (#53), sucker-punch prayer rally attendee (#54);  Cori Bush celebrates primary victory (#84)
          SNL:  St. Louis official, Neosho organizer will lead Missouri Democratic Party
          SNL:  Gov. Parson announces inauguration plans, will start with prayer at Southern Baptist University in Bolivar
          JCNT:  Missouri's jobless rate dips again
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson celebrates first vaccine shipments, rollout plan
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri may get less of its second dose of Pfizer's COVID vaccine
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  SSM Health to get staffing assistance
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP activist Jennifer Bukowsky donates $300,000 to help with public defender case overload
          The Missouri Times:  House pursuing censure of Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) for allegedly having sex with a House intern, threatening staff member for snitching
          Missouri Independent:  Bipartisan House panel votes unanimously to seek censure of Missouri Democrat accused of having sex with House intern
          KWMU:  Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) accused of having sex with House intern
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee investigates Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City) for allegedly having sex with a House intern
          P-D:  Ethics panel rebukes St. Louis lawmaker accused of having sex with intern
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) files bill dealing with superintendent salaries
          KC Star:  Hearing held in MOSERS lawsuit against Canadian private equity fund
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri PSC will not order a moratorium on utility shutoffs for derelict customers
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies liberal groups' request to bar shut-offs
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  POST commission adds minority policing history to academy curriculum
          Missouri Indpendent:  Missouri police recruits will be forced to sit through lectures on minority-policing history
          P-D editorial:  Missouri GOP's resolution to overturn the election is worse than baseless
          KC Star editorial:  Sen. Josh Hawley was right to push for second stimulus check
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian expresses anger at Hawley, Wagner and Schmitt over their desire to investigate vote fraud claims
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man "disturbed" by Schmitt's support for vote fraud lawsuit, concedes Schmitt will earn re-election in 2024
          P-D letter:  Octogenarian former Post-Dispatch liberal columnist supports Spire's request for rate hike
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        Wednesday, December 16, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler wants President Trump to sign defense bill, citing importance to Missouri
          The Hill:  Josh Hawley, Bernie Sanders embrace odd couple status in push for stimulus checks
          SE Missourian:  Area man votes in the Electoral College
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local reps:  Swing states classified as Biden victories should be investigated
          KWMU:  Missouri liberals unhappy with Biden's selection of Tom Vilsack for USDA chief
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson, DPS Director Sandy Karsten launch state - and nation's - first HBCU-based police academy
          P-D:  Missouri police leaders push to curb 'muni shuffle';  Comments from DPS' Sandy Karsten
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) seeks to improve Missouri's child abuse hotline
          The Missouri Times:  Committee questions slow implementation of child protection law
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) previews budget cuts, foundation formula, seeks to allow parents to reord IEP meetings with school districts
          P-D:  Bill from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) would make take-home cocktails permanently legal in Missouri
          Missouri Independent:  Lawsuit targets residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses
          The Missouri Times:  DSS team wins this year's 'Show Me Challenge'
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri state departments compete in 'Show Me Challenge'
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  How Missouri became 'Bear Country' again after near depletion
          P-D:  Gov. Parson prepared to make announcements on prisoner clemency cases;  Activist wants preference given to females, including murderer Patty Prewitt
          Columbia Missourian:  DHSS answers common COVID-19 vaccine questions
          SE Missourian:  State receives first COVID-19 vaccine doses
          CDT:  Truman VA begins coronavirus vaccinations
          SE Missourian:  Local long-term care facilities expect COVID vaccine soon
          Missourinet:  Missouri Veterans Commission says homes need transformation
          JCNT:  Jefferson City hospitals report no post-Thanksgiving surge
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe editorial:  The presidential election is over, Missouri, so let's move on
          CDT:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center's Roger Allison:  Biden's selection of Vilsack for ag secretary is wrong
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Commitee for Affordable Technical Education Chairman Rich Payne:  The proposal to develop Missouri's 13th community college
          Bob Priddy:  What President Trump could learn from an old Sen. Danny Staples (D-Eminence) tale
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian calls Missouri GOP congressional delegation and AG Eric Schmitt cowards
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        Tuesday, December 15, 2020
       
P-D:  St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler elected to lead Missouri Democrats
        KC Business Journal:  Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves to lead new Stanley M. Herzog Foundation in Smithville
        KC Star:  As chair of bipartisan inauguration committee, Blunt says he'll work with Biden's team on ceremony
        JCNT:  Missouri electors cast votes for president, vice president
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri electoral college members cast votes for Trump
        AP:  Missouri presidential electors formally cast votes for Trump
        SNL:  Missouri electors cast 10 votes for Trump as GOP calls for inquiries in other states
        The Missouri Times:  House resolution passes committee, but Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) won't call a meeting to send to full House
        Missouri Independent:  After testy debate, Missouri GOP bill on presidential election likely dead
        Missourinet:  Missouri House committee approves resolution;  Democrats criticize Giuliani
        P-D:  Missouri committee approves resolution calling on six states to investigate voter fraud
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rick Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) barred from House Republican Caucus
        SNL:  Missouri House Republicans bar incoming lawmaker accused of abuse from caucus
        Missouri Independent:  Roeber denied membership in House GOP caucus
        AP:  Missouri House to investigate abuse claims against lawmaker
        KC Star:  Republicans bar Roeber from party caucus
        The Missouri Times:  First shipments of coronavirus vaccine arrive in Missouri
        Missouri Independent:  Missouri's health care workers receive first doses of COVID vaccine
        AP:  Health care workers in Missouri get coronavirus vaccine
        KWMU:  First workers in St. Louis receive coronavirus vaccine
        P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
        KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
        The Missouri Times:  Evergy pauses disconnections, promotes winter assistance programs
        KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  How black bears became a 'huge conservation success story' in Missouri
        P-D editorial:  Blunt must demand that Trump acknowledge defeat
        Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Blunt, Hawley and Schmitt should acknowledge Biden as president-elect
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says Hawley battles Facebook because it doesn't spread lies
        P-D letter:  Kirkwood couple says Schmitt's support of fraud investigations makes him "an embarrassment to Kirkwood"
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man expresses anger over GOP attempts to investigate voter fraud
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says Ann Wagner's support of Texas lawsuit proves she doesn't believe in bipartisanship
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        Monday, December 14, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Eric Schmitt talks with Scott Faughn about presidential election lawsuits, cold case unit, more;  Panel of Reps. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant) and Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), STL County NAACP's John Bowman, Galloway for Governor campaign architect/Steve Stenger consigliere Patrick Lynn talk local shutdown laws, 2020 reflections, 2021 predictions
          KC Star:  Missouri farmers went for Trump, but Biden spurs hope for increased trade;  Thoughts from Blake Hurst, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D)
          SNL:  Q&A:  What's next for Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr?
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Chad Perkins (R-Bowling Green) talks GOP's ascendance in northeast Missouri, criminal justice overhaul, COVID, rural broadband
          P-D:  State affordable housing tax credit returns
          P-D:  Wannabe marijuana peddlers who failed to earn license still complaining about process
          KWMU:  What you need to know about coronavirus vaccine shipping to Missouri this week
          Missouri Independent:  State seeks to bust myths about China virus vaccine
          P-D:  Federal data showed increase in China virus cases and deaths in Missouri nursing homes in November
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Another court calls out Missouri's stifling of abortion-rights efforts
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman expresses anger at AG Eric Schmitt for election lawsuit and Gov. Parson for not forcing statewide mask mandate
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        Sunday, December 13, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Michael Butler elected Missouri Democratic Party chair
          KRES/KWIX:  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer plans to run again in 2022
          P-D:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) mum on FBI probe of tracking devices
          JCNT:  Profile:  Former casino worker Chenae Marble helps lead Missouri anti-fraud bureau
          KRES/KWIX:  Gov. Parson praises health care workers, says he has confidence in them
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Conservation Commission approves black bear hunting season
          P-D:  Homicides fell in St. Louis City after Operation LeGend;  Liberal UMSL professor says drop is due to seasonal nature of criminal behavior
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner seeks to overturn the will of voters in presidential election
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri House must overturn the will of District 34 voters and deny Rick Roeber the seat he earned
          KC Star's Jonathan Shorman:  In CAFO debate, state sides with big ag
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian says Schmitt's lawsuit will define career
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        Saturday, December 12, 2020
       
P-D:  Trump chalked up big gains in rural Missouri;  Two SE Missouri Dems say Trump supporters have "systemic racism down in them," are "brainwashed"
          Washington Missourian:  John Kiehne seeking Missouri Democratic Party vice chair post;  Dems' quota rules require a woman to serve as either chair or vice chair
          KWMU:  Elijah Haahr reflects on an eventful eight years in the Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson OKs supplemental budget bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal from Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) calls for "full and fair investigation" of election procedures in battleground states
          Columbia Missourian:  Clearing crime scenes more quickly the goal of Walsh's legislation
          P-D:  Missouri officials predict significant drop in revenue
          Missouri Independent:  State economic update:  Unemployment insurance, unemployment rate, hard-luck stories
          JCNT:  Pfizer vaccine could begin arriving in Missouri as early as Monday
          SE Missourian:  DHSS:  COVID-19 vaccine arrives next week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's phased COVID vaccinations could start next week
          KWMU:  Missouri health workers expected to receive coronavirus vaccine next week
          KC Star:  Missouri's first COVID-19 vaccination expected on Thursday
          Missourinet:  These are the Missouri K-12 schools participating in the first-ever COVID-19 study
          Missouri Independent:  State, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  State China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  Spire seeks to invest in Missouri infrastructure in PSC filing
          KC Star:  Spire asks regulators for permission to increase rates in 2021
          P-D:  Spire asks state to approve an increase in natural gas rates
          P-D:  First-ever bear hunt in Missouri moves forward with Friday's vote
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Eric Schmitt's Hail Mary
          JCNT editorial:  A Christmas miracle - Gov. gives state off for Christmas Eve
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina):  Fix Medicaid now before it sinks Missouri
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Lincoln County woman says she regrets voting for Gov. Parson after her husband got COVID
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        Friday, December 11, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  As vaccine looms, Hawley introduces stimulus bill
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate unanimously approves Hawley's duck boat bill
          P-D:  St. Louis judge disqualifies Gardner, her office from prosecuting McCloskey case
          The Missouri Times:  Representatives to take up resolution on presidential election results next week
          JCNT:  3 mid-Missouri state reps backing election resolution
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri GOP lawmakers call on battleground states to investigate 2020 election results
          SNL:  Resolution from Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) calls for "full and fair investigation" into fraud claims
          P-D:  Missouri House may return to Capitol next week to address resolution
          The Missouri Times:  Montgomery City receives $1.7 million federal broadband infrastructure grant
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson and legislative leaders announce consensus revenue estimates
          JCNT:  Missouri expects $418M less revenue in next year's state budget
          KCUR:  Up to Date podcast:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D-Kansas City) says Kansas City needs local control of police
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman Tim Noonan talks next steps after critical report
          KCUR:  Some Kansas City-area hospitals decline to participate in state plan to provide more workers
          KCUR:  Missouri hospitals failed to follow coronavirus reporting guidelines
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri rental aid program begins in January
          P-D:  Liberal groups file for new utility disconnection moratorium;  Hazelwood woman rationalizes failure to pay Ameren bill
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Local legal nonprofit explains racist-pollution lawsuit;  Comments from Missouri DNR
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A voice for rural Missouri:  Blake Hurst's success was to the benefit of all of us
          P-D op-ed:  "Stand Up Republic" rep Lynn Schmidt:  Missouri Republicans should have done more to criticize President Trump
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  GOP members of Missouri's congressional delegation seek to subvert the will of voters in four swing states
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian praises Ann Wagner for work on human trafficking and recent comments on election integrity
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman wants Gov. Parson and state lawmakers to stop Schmitt's support of election lawsuit
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        Thursday, December 10, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans dive into presidential election challenges
          Missouri Independent:  Schmitt joins lawsuit challenging presidential election procedures in four states
          P-D:  Schmitt joins Texas suit over presidential election
          KWMU:  No excuse? No problem - that's where some want to move Missouri's absentee ballot system
          KC Star:  Hawley bill would enable victims to sue porn sites for hosting their images
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's inauguration to celebrate Missouri's rich history
          P-D:  Pandemic alters swearing-in ceremonies for top Missouri officials
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri general revenue continues to outperform last year, November report says
          JCNT:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) hopes for cost-saving Medicaid changes, expects tough budget year
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) files bill aimed at helping forensic investigators at crime and crash scenes
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislative preview:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) would protect law enforcement and their families from doxxing
          Missouri Independent:  Legislative preview:  GOP bills would protect drivers trying to flee riots and mob attacks
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen.-elect Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) hopes to tackle mental health parity among insurance coverage
          Missourinet:  CDC, Missouri officials begin work on first-ever COVID-19 study within K-12 schools
          SE Missourian:  State-mandated report addresses coronavirus issues at veterans homes
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview:  Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman Tim Noonan to discuss results of investigation
          JCNT:  White House Coronavirus Task Force report shows fewer counties in Missouri in red zone
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Briefs:  State China virus update; derelict utility customers
          The Missouri Times:  Liberal group wants PSC to bar utilities from taking action against derelict customers this winter
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC moves forward with Grain Belt Express complaint case
          P-D:  Missouri stops printing income tax forms in bid to go online-only
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt joins stunt to throw away presidential votes - and wreck democracy
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt signs on to baseless lawsuit over presidential election
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri State Historical Society's Gary Kremer:  As state celebrates bicentennial, ask yourself:  What does it mean to be a Missourian?
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian calls Sen. Roy Blunt a coward, says 74 million Americans who voted for Trump deserve "slap upside the head"
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        Wednesday, December 9, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Hawley ask U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to restore 800+ jobs in Kansas City
          JCNT:  Blunt announces FCC awarding more than $346 million to high-speed Internet expansion in Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt talks COVID-19 vaccine availability
          AP:  Missouri officially certifying election showing Trump win;  Gov race certified, with Mike Parson defeating Nicole Galloway by 17 points
          KC Star:  Gun-control series event recap:  Panelists says income inequality, racism to blame for criminals' behavior;  Defunding police will help reduce crime
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview:  ACLU's Tony Rothert to celebrate victory in ballot proposal case
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Missouri Ethics Commission fines "Jefferson City Area Indivisible" for failing to report pro-Medicaid-expansion mailing
          Missourinet:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) reflects on time served in superminority, takes credit for "educating (her) district" on Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  State gambling regulations
          KWMU:  Missouri's medical marijuana program sees 67k eager customers wanting more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Firearms become illegal with medical marijuana possession
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri students will take standardized tests, but results won't factor into accountability measures
          The Missouri Times:  DESE alters rules on state exams amid coronavirus shakeups
          Missourinet:  Missouri K-12 statewide testing to move forward, but results won't be used for accountability purposes
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri board waives school accountability piece of spring testing
          KCUR:  Newly-formed "Music Entertainment Alliance" asks Gov. Parson and lawmakers for CARES Act money
          JCNT:  Missouri commission announces rent payment program to prevent evictions
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson remains consistent, says he won't force statewide mask mandate or shut down businesses
          P-D:  Missouri prisons install air purifiers, disinfectant machines
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Corrections deploys coronavirus-killing technologies
          P-D:  State reports 14 China virus deaths among St. Louis Veterans Home residents
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Hawley must adopt McCaskill's commitment to tackle child sexual exploitation
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Veterans Commission has let our veterans down
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Local decisions shouldn't be second-guessed by state legislators
          KCUR intern Lucas Cuni-Mertz:  Sen. Hawley, Gov. Parson follow Trump's rhetorical lead in attacking Missouri media
          Columbia Missourian's Simone Esters:  Blunt quote about President Trump's percentage of minority vote off by 2%
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Gov. Parson continues to ignore White House virus-fighting recommendations
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian says she is "ashamed" Blunt won't criticize President Trump
          Joplin Globe letter:  Town and Country woman wants Blunt and Hawley to support spending for "rental assistance," global food handouts to third-world countries
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        Tuesday, December 8, 2020
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer says Dems are "scared to death" of Pennsylvania case, predicts 80% chance Biden is president in January
          Missourinet:  Missouri's congressional delegation votes along party lines to decriminalize marijuana
          The Missouri Times:  FCC approves $340M for rural broadband in Missouri
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks with Scott Faughn about COVID vaccine, liability legislation and highway funding;  Panel of Sens. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield), Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg), John Rizzo (D-Independence), Brian Williams (D-St. Louis) talk mask mandates, shutdowns and local control
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap
          AP:  Missouri's referendum petition laws ruled unconstitutional
          P-D:  Court rules ACLU should have had more time to circulate proposed ballot initiative
          KC Star:  Event promo:  RSVP now for third lecture in newspaper's gun-control series;  Learn why "poverty, inequality and housing insecurity" are to blame for criminal behavior
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on sports betting
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Sen.-elect Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) on HIV morning-after medication
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Department of Corrections installing air purifiers, mist cleaners
          SNL:  Report details multiple failures in COVID-19 responses at Missouri veterans homes
          P-D:  Office of Administration offers state employees guidance on personal contact tracing
          Missourinet:  White House coronavirus task force issues new report
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals could see a Thanksgiving-fueled corona surge, or not
          KC Star:  State, regional China virus update
          P-D:  State, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri's federal and state lawmakers need to spend more money to help economy
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Sam Graves is correct - Congress needs to authorize PPP payments
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson right to delay liability protection legislation
          P-D op-ed:  New York City human rights attorney:  Blunt and Hawley should criticize Trump
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  SLU academics:  Missouri can do more to safely keep schools open during COVID surge
          KC Star letter:  KC woman wants others to complain to Missouri PSC about Evergy's use of coal
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        Monday, December 7, 2020   Pearl Harbor Day
       
Roll Call:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith plans focus on 'security' issues in new Budget panel role
          The Missouri Times:  Garrett Hawkins chosen as next Missouri Farm Bureau president
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson cites positive economic news for Missouri
          JCNT:  Missouri's largest public retirement funds continue recovery
          Missourinet:  New statewide report shows 57% of Missouri K-12 students have access to school-based health care
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Focus shifts to funding as special session concludes
          JCNT:  COVID liability among topics of 600 pre-filed legislative bills
          SNL:  Gas tax proposed to fund 'needs, not wants' for highways
          Missourinet:  Federal funds to help Missouri school districts dealing with COVID;  lawmakers say resources are needed
          SNL:  Three reasons local mask mandates are more common now
          KC Star:  KC plant makes Missouri's first marijuana edibles
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Josh Hawley's populist demagoguery is a smoother form of Trumpism. That's dangerous.
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian mocks rural Missourians, suggests "hog-tying people and making them watch ... cautionary videos" on COVID
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        Sunday, December 6, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  At Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting, President Blake Hurst looks back;  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves calls Hurst an icon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says he's recovered from tick bite, COVID
          KWMU's Jason Rosenbaum's "On the Trail" column:  Some Missouri election officials want more time to prepare absentee ballots for counting
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County clerk reports resounding absentee voting success
          KC Star:  Missouri health officials prepare for questions on China virus vaccine
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Suzie Pollock (R-Lebanon) wrong to voice skepticism over China virus vaccine
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur sexagenarian mocks Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) for lack of public health knowledge
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights man says Missouri not prepared to distribute COVID vaccine
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        Saturday, December 5, 2020
       
L.A. Times:  COVID in Missouri:  Maryland Heights couple who chose to earn college degrees, work hard and save money prospering during pandemic;  other St. Louisans blame racism, "income inequality" for personal failure to thrive
          The Missouri Times:  AG Eric Schmitt's office unveils new cold case unit
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep.-elect Betsy Fogle (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Sen.-elect Jason Bean (R-Holcomb) files bill to establish renewable natural gas program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) plans to tackle how initiatives are placed on ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Bill from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) would mandate employers grant unpaid time off to family/household members of domestic violence victims
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview series:  Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City) wants local governments to regulate plastic bag use
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri holds 'all hands on deck' coronavirus vaccine drill
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri expects to receive over 300,000 initial doses of COVID vaccine this month
          KWMU:  Missouri plans to give coronavirus vaccine to health workers within weeks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  339,000 to be vaccinated by the end of the month, officials say
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri to distribute 339,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of December
          KC Star:  Missouri anticipates COVID-19 vaccines for all nursing home residents by end of 2020
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri may see post-Thanksgiving COVID cases in the coming weeks, state health director says
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          JCNT editorial:  Highway Patrol's crime lab expansion is a welcome step toward crime-fighting
          Phill Brooks:  Residency issues have long history in Missouri:  Jet Banks, Josh Hawley, Nick Schroer
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph):  Let's end the cycle of abuse at unlicensed boarding schools
          Columbia Missourian's William Skipworth:  Conservatives' criticisms of Missouri Independent are wrong
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Doctor from Oregon angry over Gov. Parson's refusal to force statewide mask mandate, threatens to leave Missouri for a state where she feels more appreciated
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        Friday, December 4, 2020
       
KWMU:  Lacy Clay makes farewell address after 20 years in Congress
          Missourinet:  Congressman Lacy Clay says goodbye to Congress, constituents
          P-D:  End of federal unemployment benefits could affect 85,000 Missourians
          SE Missourian:  Army Corps of Engineers says low water shouldn't disrupt Mississippi River barge traffic
          KCUR:  Federal judge throws out criminal charges in duck boat disaster that took 17 lives
          The Missouri Times:  30 days after November 2020 election filing reports:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  30 days after November 2020 election filing reports:  PACs
          The Missouri Times:  30 days after November 2020 election filing reports:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  30 days after November 2020 election filing reports:  Missouri House
          SE Missourian:  Sen.-elect Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) talks legislative priorities for next year
          KWMU:  AG Eric Schmitt launches cold case unit with charges in Franklin County
          KC Star:  AG Eric Schmitt announces new unit to investigate unsolved homicides across the state
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri sets plan for vaccine distribution
          Missourinet:  The latest on Missouri's upcoming distribution of COVID-19 vaccines
          P-D:  Missouri health chief says additional COVID vaccine doses coming
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri schools, CDC partner on COVID-19 mitigation
          SNL:  CDC coming to Springfield in pilot project to track COVID-19 transmission in K-12 schools
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson names hospitals, systems to receive out-of-state aid
          SNL:  State contracting out for more nurses to handle COVID surge
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson reacts to investigative report he ordered on COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Veterans Commission failed to respond to COVID-19 outbreak in homes, report says
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          JCNT:  Christmas evergreens celebrated at Capitol
          P-D editorial:  "Defund the police" mantra from Cori Bush and other liberals is counterproductive to Democratic objectives
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Federal, state vaccine distribution plans make sense
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Lanie Black represented the best of politics - and accomplished the impossible;  Memories from Peter Kinder, Lloyd Smith, Jason Crowell
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Black and "Latinx" Missourians feeling pain of China virus;  Blunt and Hawley should support more handouts
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        Thursday, December 3, 2020
       
KC Star:  Hawley will vote against defense bill, says legislation "should not be hijacked for the Democrats' woke leftist agenda"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley:  50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses could be coming within 10 days
          SNL:  Missouri Senate OKs $1.3B plan to spend remaining COVID-19 relief money
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes COVID-related supplemental budget amid local control talks
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri Senate approves COVID spending bill, closing action in special session
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate approves $1.3 billion budget bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators pass COVID-19 budget, look ahead to regular session
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) supports brief delay in passing coronavirus liability protection bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Liability protection legislation on hold until next month
          P-D:  Gov. Parson ask Legislature to hold off on liability protection until regular session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson says Missouri is in better shape than surrounding states, talks COVID vaccine and resource website
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri partnering with Texas-based company to increase hospital staffing across state
          JCNT:  Out-of-state workers to help staff hospitals
          Missouri Independent:  Company bringing hundreds of staff to Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri hiring company to provide nurses to relieve pressure on overtaxed hospitals
          KWMU:  Missouri hires Texas company to provide workers for overburdened hospitals
          Missourinet:  Missouri hires company to boost hospital staffing levels during COVID-19 surge
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson hires firm to boost hospital staffing
          Missourinet:  Armstrong Teasdale:  Missouri veterans homes should undergo a COVID-19 reset
          Missourinet:  Report:  COVID-19 outbreak showed failures of Missouri Veterans Commission leadership, planning and response
          P-D:  Investigation ordered by Gov. Parson details Missouri Veterans Commission's 'failure to recognize the outbreak' in homes
          P-D:  China virus hits Missouri's controversial program for sexually violent predators
          KC Star:  White House task force says China virus spread across Missouri remains "significant"
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Missourinet:  Sen.-elect Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) urges Missourians to get involved to pass PDMP legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Legislative Black Caucus wants Gov. Parson to make "immediate" call for special election to fill Kip Kendrick's safe Dem House seat
          SNL:  Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick urges Missourians to snag unclaimed cash for the holidays
          KWMU:  Court ruling revives limits on fines and fees, police standards in St. Louis County
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Highway Patrol unveils crime lab expansion
          JCNT:  Missouri State Highway Patrol expands crime lab
          The Missouri Times:  PSC offers feedback on coronavirus late payments
          KWMU:  How a Missouri Department of Conservation project has saved Missouri's hellbenders for another generation
          SE Missourian:  Gun-control group issues state rankings on women murdered by men
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson faces leadership conundrum amid push to rein in local pandemic powers
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield):  A pathway for Medicaid expansion implementation and improvement
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants Gov. Parson to force statewide mask mandate
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Gov. Parson to force statewide mask mandate, says St. Louis area hospitals should start rejecting rural patients
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        Wednesday, December 2, 2020
       
AP:  Missouri senators advance $1.2B coronavirus aid package
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate set to vote on COVID-19 funding after committee approval
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri Senate poised to give Gov. Parson power to spend unused federal stimulus money;  Comments from "Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Springs [sic])
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson asks lawmakers to consider COVID liability during regular session
          JCNT:  Fate of COVID-19 liability bill uncertain
          Missourinet:  Proposed COVID-19 liability protections for Missouri businesses will wait until next year
          Missouri Independent:  Gov. Parson wants lawmakers to take up liability legislation in January
          The Missouri Times:  2021 legislation:  A look at what's on deck for the Missouri Senate next year
          KWMU:  Legislative preview:  Medicaid expansion
          KWMU:  After St. Louis County Executive Sam Page's COVID-19 restrictions, GOP lawmakers take aim at local mandates
          The Missouri Times:  Koenig introduces legislation to restrict county powers amid COVID-19 shutdowns
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers seek ability to review, cancel local health orders
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri lawmakers hope to curb city and county authority on health orders
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would curb local control over COVID-19 response
          AP:  Confidence in Midwest economic future plummets in monthly Creighton University survey
          KC Star:  KC may lobby Missouri lawmakers to grant local control of KCPD
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers promote legislation to 'decriminalize HIV' on World AIDS Day
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri lawmakers file HIV bills
          KWMU:  Missouri DNR investigates odors coming from GM's Wentzville plant, others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT reminds drivers to travel safely this winter
          JCNT:  State's local death count is higher than Cole County's tally
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          SNL outdoor reporter Wes Johnson:  Retirement column:  A few last words at the end of a 40-year journalism career
          KC Star op-ed:  Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" rep Ty Gorman:  Missouri's derelict utility customers are entitled to keep receiving energy
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says Livingston County residents who complain about CAFOs are getting what they deserve
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        Tuesday, December 1, 2020
       
December 2019 Missouri political news headlines
        December 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft:  Missouri 'showed rest of the country' how to handle elections
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Betsy Fogle (D-Springfield) on joining House superminority, Cleaner Missouri, Medicaid expansion, absentee balloting, more
        Missourinet:  $1.2 billion supplemental budget heading to Senate floor today
        The Missouri Times:  Senate pre-filing:  What to know about the legislative process
        P-D:  GOP lawmakers to debate local coronavirus restrictions when session begins in January
        Missourinet:  Missouri Bicentennial leaders say every county and town has a story to tell
        Missourinet:  Missouri to launch 'Project Echo' to help reduce COVID-19 strain on hospitals
        SE Missourian:  More students return to classrooms in Cape public schools
        P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
        KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
        Missouri Independent:  State China virus update
        P-D:  Some St. Louis City aldermen sign letter to Gov. Parson urging statewide mask mandate;  Aldermanic President Lewis Reed does not sign letter
        KC Star editorial:  Sen. Blunt's double-talk on election fraud is downright dangerous
        P-D editorial:  Blunt's refusal to say three words - 'president-elect Biden' - is a slap at 80 million voters
        P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, other politicians chose votes over saving lives. Hospitals confront the aftermath.
        Missouri Independent op-ed:  Aligned VP Linda Rallo:  As they navigate a pandemic, grant public school officials some grace
        KC Star op-ed:  Sen.-elect Greg Razer (D-Kansas City):  Let Missouri pharmacists give drugs to stop new HIV infections
        P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian responds to Show-Me Institute op-ed on gas tax, says voters have shown preference for Republicans and no tax increases
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        Monday, November 30, 2020
       
CNN:  Blunt says Biden "likely" to be sworn in as president on Jan. 20
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves bill to end FEMA 'clawbacks' passes House
          Missourinet:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering):  state employees and teachers should receive pay raises, not elected officials
          SE Missourian:  Missouri November firearms deer harvest smallest in six years, MDC says
          KWMU:  UMKC associate psychology professor:  Missouri gun laws to blame for increase in suicides
          Missouri Independent:  Missourians asked to contact trace on their own
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP wanted local COVID rules. Now, Rep. David Gregory (R-Sunset Hills) wants local control. Which is it?
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Jim Anderson:  State lawmakers should hand out $1,000 checks to people who already burned through regular unemployment benefits
          P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to pass stimulus bill for restaurant workers
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Gov. Parson's option to have National Guard help with pandemic is "disgusting"
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        Sunday, November 29, 2020
       
SNL:  Meet Greene County's new state reps:  Democrat Besty Fogle, Republicans Bishop Davidson, Bill Owen, Alex Riley
          JCNT:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) talks COVID liability legislation
          KC Star:  Former reform school students claim Agape's ties to law enforcement stifle investigations
          JCNT:  Mental health services reaching Missouri consumers through federal program
          KC Star:  "COVID slide":  Forcing students into online environment leaves many behind
          JCNT:  Details still to be finalized in Gov. Parson's plan to aid hospital staffing
          KC Star:  A look at China virus' impact on rural Missouri hospitals
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Blunt should more clearly, and loudly, criticize President Trump
          P-D letter:  Veteran news reporter Terry Ganey:  Blunt, Hawley are Trump abettors and lack integrity
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian expresses anger at how President Trump, Gov. Parson have managed spread of COVID
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        Saturday, November 28, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Army Corps of Engineers working on funding repair issue for Missouri River
          P-D:  After state sets aside CARES Act cash for workforce development, COVID-19 paved way for new careers
          The Missouri Times:  Child support payments main concern of special session, Hegeman says
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Kendrick looking forward to role as chief of staff for Kansas City senator
          JCNT:  Missouri high court upholds life sentence in juvenile murder case
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Deer census not needed within Cape
          P-D:  State will be ready for first 50,000 doses of COVID vaccine
          The Missouri Times:  CDC to begin coronavirus study in Missouri schools next week
          SNL:  Missouri state park indoor areas temporarily closing due to coronavirus
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial briefs:  Against legalized sports betting and CAFOs
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Kathy Swan:  Congress is running out of time to support frontline doctors
          Messenger:  Former corrections officer criticizes how state handled China virus in prisons;  Kerri Fowler lasted nearly two (2) months on the job
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Gov. Parson should force statewide mask mandate
          P-D letter:  Manchester septuagenarian says he is embarrassed by St. Louis native Emily Murphy
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson sexagenarian wants Gov. Parson to force statewide mask mandate
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian woman named Karen wants Gov. Parson to force statewide mask mandate, say it would cost "practically nothing"
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian says Missourians should not blame county officials for restaurant restrictions, wants people to direct "anger and frustration" at Gov. Parson instead
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        Friday, November 27, 2020   Black Friday
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  The elephant in Buchanan County:  How Missouri Democrats lost what was once a stronghold
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri Senate to vote next week on COVID funding;  fate of liability bill uncertain
          KRES/KWIX:  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) previews legislative session:  budget challenges, in-school learning, remote workforce study, more
          SNL:  Hunters killed more than 176,000 Missouri deer despite lousy weather
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  While Gov. Parson stubbornly refuses to issue mask mandate, rural Missourians need to comprehend seriousness of coronavirus
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian wants to hear Blunt and Hawley say that Biden was elected president
          P-D letter:  Overland sexagenarian cheers Jack Danforth for criticizing President Trump
          P-D letter:  Crestwood sexagenarian wants 2017 executive order on prescription drug monitoring to be rescinded
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        Thursday, November 26, 2020   Happy Thanksgiving!
       
P-D:  Inside Ann Wagner's victory over Jill Schupp
          P-D:  Rep. David Gregory (R-Sunset Hills) exploring run for statewide office;  GOP auditor primary could pit Gregory vs. Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold)
          P-D:  St. Louis City continues racking up homicides, hits 241;  Single-season record is 267 slayings (1993)
          JCNT:  Liberal groups criticize state's handling of COVID inside prisons
          P-D:  SLU law prof wants Gov. Parson to set criminals loose;  Fewer than 30 Missouri inmates have died due to COVID
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          SNL:  State, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Federal judge denies ACLU request to keep landlords from evicting derelict renters
          KC Star:  Federal judge denies KC Tenants lawsuit over derelict renters
          Priddy:  Inspiration for freshmen legislators:  You will be forgotten in ten (10) years, and no one will remember what you said or did
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Alex Smith:  Rural areas in Missouri send their sickest patients to cities, straining hospitals
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        Wednesday, November 25, 2020
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) on his departure from Legislature, term limits, Medicaid expansion, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri unveils new COVID-19 vaccine website
          Missourinet:  CDC in Missouri Monday to begin COVID-19 study within schools
          Missourinet:  Veterans Commission homes continue to fight coronavirus
          SNL:  Marshfield cites local-control guidance from Gov. Parson, DHSS in issuing mask order
          Missouri Independent:  Under Gov. Parson's model, some local governments are choosing to mandate masks
          P-D:  St. Louis County Council Democrats tell Gov. Parson to issue statewide mask mandate, ask him for more money
          P-D:  SEIU holds COVID media event to push for hazard pay
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  State, regional China virus update
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues key ruling involving juvenile murderer
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Empire fuel rate increase
          Missouri Independent:  Five years after Ferguson Report, race activists still complaining;  MOGOP's Jean Evans, Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) on liberals' "defund the police" campaign
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Sam Panettiere:  Kit Bond and Gov. Parson show how to replace populism and pity parties with persuasion and pragmatism;  Lawmakers should focus on working together and not launching petty personal potshots
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep.-elect Ashley Aune (D-Kansas City):  On freshman bus tour, new GOP colleagues sent a message:  "Your health and safety are of no concern to me."
          KC Star letter:  Raymore woman wants to see Gov. Parson "work and worry and cry" over COVID
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        Tuesday, November 24, 2020
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Blunt says initial round of vaccine will be available soon
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Blunt talks COVID vaccine, election results and Trump legacy
          KC Star:  Blunt secures federal funding for UMKC to partner with local churches on COVID testing
          AP:  Execution scheduled for killer of pregnant woman in Skidmore, Mo.;  Lisa Montgomery murdered Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then used kitchen knife to cut baby from mother's womb
          P-D:  Voter turnouts in St. Louis were large, but not record-breaking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  No polling problems in Missouri elections
          P-D:  Inauguration Day 2021 to look different than swearing-in of past years
          The Missouri Times:  Social justice activist David Tyson Smith (D) wants Kip Kendrick's open seat
          CDT:  David Tyson Smith wants Democratic Central Committee nod for Kip Kendrick's safe Dem seat
          Missourinet:  Schatz:  Missouri Senate to return next week;  two senators who tested positive for COVID have recovered
          SE Missourian:  Regional China virus update
          KC Star:  State, regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  State, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Missouri drop suits against KC homeowners associations after removal of antiquated language from documents
          KC Star editorial:  Why are Missouri senators still afraid to say it? Joe Biden won the election
          P-D editorial:  Rural Missourians learn that voting Republican has consequences as big hog farms move in
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  "The Buzz" column:  D.C. gossip:  Liberal CNN analyst Carl Bernstein says Roy Blunt doesn't like Donald Trump
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Conservative, liberal groups want legislative leaders to create "meaningful virtual option" for public to participate in hearings
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Project Coyote's Vicki Markus:  It's time to protect Missouri black bears
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City man expresses anger over President Trump, threatens to cast votes against Blunt, Hawley
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian expresses anger over President Trump, calls Blunt and Hawley "unpatriotic" and "suckers"
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian expresses anger over President Trump, says Blunt, Hawley and Ann Wagner have no conscience
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        Monday, November 23, 2020
       
P-D:  Cops catch man who looted pawn shop where David Dorn was slain;  Budding criminal Kyri Morgan, 19, caught on video during George Floyd riot while facing separate felony gun charge
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) goes after unlicensed youth facilities in new report
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers propose regulating religious boarding schools
          P-D:  Livingston County activists complain about planned animal operation
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  The case against Google may be valid, as long as Hawley/Schmitt ideology is kept out of it
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a dang mask mandate. Now.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The case for flip-flopping:  Gov. Parson should capitulate on mask mandate
          Phill Brooks:  What's next for Gov. Parson's agenda?
          Tony Messenger:  Gov. Parson opposes local control when China corporation donates to his campaign, but supports it when China virus sweeps Missouri
          P-D's Michele Munz:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chair Roy Temple, others express anger at Gov. Parson over lack of statewide mask mandate, China virus cases at old folks' homes, etc.
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise's Rik Hafer:  Economic freedom in Missouri improves
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Jakob Puckett:  Raising gas tax, adding toll roads would help Missouri highways
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian St. Charles couple predicts that if Gov. Parson doesn't issue statewide mask mandate, "people will be dying at home or in the streets"
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        Sunday, November 22, 2020
       
JCNT:  Trump supporters rally at state Capitol
          P-D:  Photo and video gallery:  Supporters rally for President Trump downtown:  American flags, pickup trucks, zero assaults on law enforcement officers
          SNL:  State board proposes raise for Missouri lawmakers, would be first since 2007
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri parents' interest in home schooling grows during pandemic
          Washington Missourian:  Gov. Parson:  Vaccines to be distributed next month
          JCNT:  State taking steps to simplify Medicaid application process
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Legal Roundtable preview:  ACLU lawsuits against Missouri over fake-meat law, Office of Public Defenders' use of waiting lists
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe's Andy Ostmeyer:  A wild year for Missouri state parks
          KC Star's Lisa Guttierez:  Missourians who resist mask mandates, question virus hysteria are causing emotional trauma for friends and family
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian Francine Buerke expresses anger at President Trump, wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to resign
          P-D letter, April 2019:  St. Louis County septuagenarian Francine Buerke wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to impeach Trump
          P-D letter:  September 2019:  St. Louis County septuagenarian Francine Buerke calls President Trump a "fascist," wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to resign
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian wants statewide mask mandate, compares China virus spread to a militia kidnapping and killing Missourians
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        Saturday, November 21, 2020
       
P-D:  Resist STL protests Thor Hearne's law firm, blocks traffic in Clayton
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Resist STL protest:  Obese Caucasoid woman and normal-sized pal attempt to twerk in traffic (#11);  "True North Law Firm Suppress [sic] Black Votes" (#10);  More
          P-D:  Levee districts, many controlled by Husch Blackwell, charge millions to taxpayers - and bills keep rising
          Scott Faughn:  Under a Biden Administration, things look up for Missouri Republicans;  Gov. Parson keeping his word on masks;  Urban finger-wagging at Senate GOP caucus;  More
          JCNT:  Empower Missouri outlines state legislative wish list:  More SNAP handouts, removing sentenching enhancements for HIV criminals, minimizing LIHTC benefits for "wealthy communities," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Mandatory background checks, access to abuse complaints among lawmakers' recommendations for youth residential facilities
          P-D:  Gov. Parson considering military to help Missouri hospitals
          SE Missourian:  Regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Regional, state China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Harvard University tool shows counties' "tipping points" for China virus
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Governor calls on counties to make their own decisions on masks, and Franklin County does so
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Georgia runoffs could impact Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale, others:  Coverage under Obamacare critical for Missourians
          Messenger:  COVID-19 brings a death sentence to Missouri prisons, and Gov. Parson looks the other way
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to declare that Biden won presidency
          P-D letter:  University City "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" septuagenarian says GOP state lawmakers to blame for urban street violence
          Washington Missourian letter:  St. Louis City woman wants Gov. Parson to force statewide mask mandate
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        Friday, November 20, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Departing House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) reflects on successes, disappointments
          KWMU:  St. Louis County may get its first charter school
          P-D:  Normandy School District establishment opposes new charter school
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri House committee releases recommendations to protect children at reform schools
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri lawmakers recommend new regulations for religious schools
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers recommend changes to end 'cycle of abuse' at reform schools
          SNL:  Former and current state Children's Division workers complain about budget cuts, leadership
          JCNT:  Constitutionality of sexual assault law challenged
          The Missouri Times:  Constitutionality of Missouri's rape kit law questioned in court
          SNL:  Gov. Parson urges precautions around holiday gatherings
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson issues public health warning to communities on COVID
          The Missouri Times:  What coronavirus executive orders has Gov. Parson signed?
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's COVID-19 briefing
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's administration issues public health warning on coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Missouri issues public health warning for local governments to implement, plus travel advisory
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson extends state of emergency until March 2021
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri residents must make 'tough decisions' regarding COVID-19, holiday gatherings
          P-D:  Gov. Parson calls hospital capacity 'a problem,' calls on Missourians to limit holiday gatherings
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) calls for legislative action on 'unlawful' county mandates
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren, Marriott unveil new electric vehicle charging station in Jefferson City
          JCNT editorial:  Careful balance required for liability protection measure
          P-D letter:  Empower Missouri's Christine Woody wants Blunt and Hawley to push for more stimulus handouts
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Missourians have shown they are irresponsible and therefore need a government mask mandate
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        Thursday, November 19, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley addresses Biden briefings, troop drawdown
          KC Star:  Campaign 2024:  Dems criticize Hawley for having Ozark, Mo. voting address while family's new house is being built in Christian County
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hartzler's tweet regarding unemployment rate is accurate
          KC Star:  A bill to make duck boats safer advances in U.S. Senate, two years after Missouri tragedy
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Cleaver announce legislation to mint Negro Leagues commemorative coin
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri unemployment falls slightly in October
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officials could see first pay raise in 14 years
          KWMU:  Some St. Louis families face unexpected challenges setting up nursing home cameras
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Ameren rate change delay
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri utilities offer handouts to payment derelicts. Will it affect your rates?
          Missourinet;  Gov. Parson explains "Show Me You Care" coronavirus education campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  State job centers now requiring masks, appointments for in-person services
          P-D:  Gov. Parson touts open economy, keeps up busy travel schedule across Missouri
          P-D:  Local China virus task force leader again calls on governor to flip-flop on mask mandate
          JCNT:  Colleges:  Students can stay if in quarantine
          P-D:  Patient in mental hospital is latest COVID-19 victim in state facility
          Missouri Independent:  Daily state China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) won't run for re-election
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley pretends his lack of a real Missourian address is an elitist attack
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson talks a lot about local control. If only he meant it.
          KC Star editorial:  False claims of voter fraud insult Kansas City election workers who make voting safe
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen.-elect Jason Bean (R):  Missouri lawmakers can take one of three roads on Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Liberty Alliance USA's Chris Vas:  The "Missouri Independent" is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Missourians should reject it.
          P-D letter:  Moscow Mills sexagenarian wants Gov. Parson to force a mask mandate
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis named Karen mocks Gov. Parson's pro-life beliefs, says governor "sure doesn't care about babies or their parents and grandparents"
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man applauds Post-Dispatch editorial board for choosing Antonio French as diversity hire, says board should also add conservative woman to group
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        Wednesday, November 18, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Union Strong:  IAFF backed winning Missouri candidates Ann Wagner, Mike Kehoe, Eric Schmitt
          SNL:  Josh Hawley hopes to pass duck boat safety bill in final months of current Congress
          Missourian:  Hawley praises bipartisan movement on duck boat legislation
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Gov. Parson, local officials take part in groundbreaking ceremony at Columbia Regional Airport
          CDT:  State, local leaders break ground in virtual ceremony for new Columbia airport terminal
          KC Star:  Bill from Blunt and Cleaver to commemorate Negro Leagues baseball heads to President Trump's desk
          SE Missourian:  Bow tied on 2020 election results;  Cape County Clerk Kara Clark Summers details final election results, process
          P-D:  Failure to pay Missouri Ethics Commission fine could cost Bruce Franks about $75,000
          Missouri Independent:  Overview:  COVID liability legislation
          KC Star:  Prosecutor:  Gov. Parson directs AG to help investigate Missouri reform school, 'possible charges'
          Columbia Missourian:  Rain, wind hinder hunters on opening weekend of Missouri deer season
          SE Missourian:  Cape County medical director sees 'twinkling of light' in coronvirus tunnel
          Missourinet:  White House Coronavirus Task Force keeps Missouri in red zone
          AP:  Urban teachers union wants Gov. Parson to flip-flop on mask mandate
          Missouri Independent:  Daily state, regional China virus update - plus comments from Rowden on Senate GOP retreat
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri should bolster unemployment insurance
          P-D editorial:  Businesses that want virus liability protection should accept restrictions
          Priddy:  On Missouri's presidential election results, nitpicking Gov. Parson's statement on number of Missouri governors, more
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        Tuesday, November 17, 2020
       
KWMU:  "Report for America" advocacy series:  SLU sociology prof warns of Census data dangers:  "We may not feel this urgency to make Missouri a more inclusive state":  Talk of "historical patterns of discrimination," "social vulnerability index," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  Gov. Parson talks election, "defund police," COVID, more;  Panel discusses Cleaner Missouri's win
          Columbia Missourian:  Departing Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) offers reality check for Missouri Democrats:  "There is reason for Missouri Democrats to be fairly pessimistic at this point ... we took a significant beating on election day."
          The Missouri Times:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles County) on absentee balloting, COVID liability, congressional redistricting, more
          P-D:  Unions to Missouri Supreme Court:  GOP labor law 'rigged' against workers
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson joins three counties to celebrate 200 years of history, vision for the future
          The Missouri Times:  Where Missouri's supplemental budget funds are going
          SNL:  COVID-19 cases in Missouri Senate delay special session
          JCNT:  COVID-19 delays Missouri special session until after Thanksgiving
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate postpones special session due to COVID among members, staff
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri delays meetings for special session
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate postpones special session
          P-D:  Missouri Senate postpones special session
          The Missouri Times:  New House member bus tour postponed;  orientation to continue in Capitol
          JCNT:  Health care provider:  Missouri prisons working with hospitals
          SNL:  Missouri Hospital Association president wants Gov. Parson to force mask mandate
          SE Missourian:  Regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  COVID will shame Gov. Parson and state's Republican leadership for years
          P-D editorial:  Pleas from doctors, hospitals have fallen on Gov. Parson's deaf ears
          Missouri Independent op-ed:  Jeff Smith:  Missouri GOP's dominance in 2020 leaves Democrats wishing for an Eric Greitens comeback
          KC Star's Jonathan Shorman:  GOP senators deal with COVID after refusing to wear masks at Big Cedar Lodge retreat
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to criticize Trump, calls trio "hypocrites"
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        Monday, November 16, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov. Mike Parson talks with Scott Faughn about 2020 elections, "defund police" movement, COVID-19, more;  Panel of Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville), former Rep. Patrick Naeger (R-Perryville), GOP mastermind Tom Burcham, Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz talk election results, more
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats process 2020 beating, say outlook is grim for 2022;  Departing MO Dem Executive Director Lauren Gepford says national Dems unlikey to burn money on quixotic campaign against Blunt:  "Quite frankly, I think we'll be happy to have anybody run in 2022."
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jay Ashcroft reflects on Missouri elections and national issues
          CBS:  60 Minutes:  Josh Hawley talks TikTok sharing data with ChiComs
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County voters topple county turnout records
          AP:  Poll workers in Missouri and other states contract China virus, but Election Day link unclear
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) leaving House superminority to serve as Razer's chief of staff
          Columbia Missourian:  Kip Kendrick announces departure from Missouri House
          SE Missourian:  Health department medical director in tune with governor's guidelines for schools
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Area health care workers complain about workload in profession they chose;  University of Arizona prof predicts flood of "PTSD" claims in coming months
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation offers free CWD sampling for opening weekend
          JCNT editorial:  Welcome push for COVID aid, but is it too late?
          Messenger:  Trish Gunby diagnoses Missouri Democrats' problem:  Voters "have no idea" what Democrats stand for
          KC Star's Humera Lodhi:  "Missouri Gun Violence" advocacy series, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health and Report for America:  Racism, state lawmakers' fiscal discipline to blame for Missouri's gun violence and COVID
          P-D's Robert Patrick:  "Missouri Gun Violence" advocacy series, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health and Report for America:  Gov. Parson, GOP lawmakers ignore root causes of violent criminal behavior
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman hopes to persuade Blunt to turn on Trump, begins by calling senator a coward
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian wants state lawmakers to allow early voting
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves octogenarian responds to piece on GOP's statewide triumphs, calls for Missourians to "get rid of labels" and work together
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        Sunday, November 15, 2020
       
SNL:  Black Lives Matter, other liberal groups turn out dozens of supporters for pro-Biden rally in Springfield
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis), House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) speak;  MSU sociology professor Lyle Foster sings; Caucasoids raise Black Power fists;  more
          JCNT:  Crowd rallies at Missouri Capitol to support Trump
          Columbia Missourian:  'Stop the Steal' rally draws more than 300 in Jefferson City;  Trump supporters hear from host Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina), Jay Ashcroft, Hawley's Dan Hartman
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Looking for common ground after 17-point victory
          KC Star:  Rally speakers decry alleged religious school abuse, say they'll start showing up at Capitol next year
          KC Star:  Video:  Former religous school attendees attend media avail, tell stories
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson wants to use COVID funds to help businesses
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, GOP state lawmakers to blame for urban violence
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson won't listen to police on guns and domestic violence
          SNL's Harrison Keegan and KC Star's Kaitlin Washburn:  Tighter gun control laws would curb domestic violence in Missouri
          KC Star letters:  Smithville sexagenarian expresses anger at Missourians for approving Amendment 3;  Independence septuagenarian expresses anger at Blunt, threatents to cast one (1) vote against him next year
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        Saturday, November 14, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Lauren Gepford resigns as executive director of Missouri Democratic Party
          P-D:  Thor Hearne involved in Trump election integrity efforts in Michigan
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst says new WOTUS rule could be replaced under Biden
          JCNT:  Senate introduces COVID-19 liability protection bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate introduces new legislation regarding COVID-19 liability
          JCNT:  Public survey:  Highway Patrol receives high marks for performance
          P-D:  Guns to blame for St. Louis City shootings;  Giffords Center wants Missouri to ban large-capacity magazines
          JCNT:  Local meat processors prepare for Missouri deer season
          P-D:  Judge orders changes to Missouri's 'unconstitutional' parole system
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Lawyers for convicted murderers say Missouri AG Eric Schmitt wrong to appeal class-action lawsuit
          KWMU:  'Coalition' campaign wants Gov. Parson to flip-flop on mask mandate
          SE Missourian:  In a calm manner, Cape Girardeau health officials encourage taking precautions as COVID cases spike in region;  Logic-based press conference features zero tears or physical stunts
          CDT:  China virus press conference production:  In opening scene, local health director drops large stack of documents on podium before first line of dialogue:  "This is out of control!"
          P-D:  China virus press conference production:  war metaphors, waterworks, other emotional appeals
          P-D's Tony Messenger:  Press conference review:  Notes on theatrical story arc, weeping, role of Gov. Parson as antagonist, backstage tension between Democrat protagonists, other subplots
          Missouri Independent:  State, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies AARP intervention in Evergy case
          P-D editorial briefs:  Mocking the McCloskeys
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Mocking election fraud allegations via Helms vs. Fogle
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  A plea from Cape Girardeau hospital execs on COVID
          P-D letter:  Crestwood septuagenarian dismayed that Post-Dispatch editorial board remains exclusively male
          P-D letter:  Warson Woods man wants Missouri AG Eric Schmitt to "keep his nose out of the Pennsylania election"
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        Friday, November 13, 2020
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about Missouri Democrats' shellacking, and if there is any hope for the future
          SNL:  Anatomy of a blowout:  Four lessons from Missouri GOP's spanking of Democrats
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Wash U. law prof Ronald Levin speculates on why AG Eric Schmitt seeks to uphold election integrity in Pennsylvania
          KWMU:  State and federal efforts to help small meatpacking plants may take time
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft:  'No probable cause' to find Galloway misused office
          SNL:  By 76 votes, Democrat Betsy Fogle flips Missouri House seat;  Republicans now have 114 seats, for veto-proof supermajority
          Missourinet:  Look for Missouri Senate to vote on $1.27 billion supplemental next week
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson adds COVID liability to special session call;  Reaction from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson expands special session
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Governor expands special session to include liability protections
          The Missouri Times:  COVID liability protections:  What to know
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson expands special session call to include liability protections
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri-developed coronavirus vaccine expected by the end of the year
          Missourinet:  Pfizer VP in Missouri optimistic about new vaccine, says "science is winning"
          JCNT:  Governor eases K-12 quarantine policy
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri updates school quarantine guidelines for students, staff wearing masks
          The Missouri Times:  KC Mayor Quinton Lucas, others want schools to ignore new state COVID-19 guidance
          KC Star:  Lucas advises KC schools to not follow updated quarantine guidance
          Missourinet:  Missouri schools update COVID-19 quarantine rules based on exposure
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri updates rules on when students must quarantine after China virus exposure
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Governor updates quarantine guidelines for schools
          SNL:  Missouri updates quarantine rules for masked students, teachers
          P-D:  Gov. Parson updates school guidance on coronavirus quarantines in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson updates quarantine guidelines for schools
          St. Joseph News-Press:  29 veterans have died at Cameron Veterans Home since Oct. 17
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri health care workers complain about fatigue in the profession they chose
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau mayor has COVID, urges masking and social distancing
          SE Missourian:  Regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  State China virus update
          KWMU:  Regional China virus update
          P-D:  Regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Illinois, Missouri approach pandemic differently, but the results are the same
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's COVID guidance for schools is just plain dangerous
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former McCaskill aide Amanda Morrison:  Cori Bush a refreshing change from Missouri's white men like Blunt, Hawley and 2020 GOP statewide ticket
          Priddy:  Mocking GOP efforts to investigate vote fraud
          Messenger:  Gov. Parson employs shifting definition of freedom as COVID-19 crisis deepens in Missouri
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        Thursday, November 12, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Veterans, state lawmakers turn out in Jefferson City for groundbreaking of Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
          SNL:  Top GOP electeds back Trump's call for thorough vote-counting;  Hawley:  "The media do not get to determine who the president is. The people do."
          Missouri Independent:  U.S. Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D) takes aim at Gov. Parson, claims 17-point statewide victory was "racially charged ... that southern strategy," says governor running Missouri "like the chair of the carwash committee"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson reflects on service, next commander-in-chief during local visit
          Jason Rosenbaum:  Missouri Republicans can shape state government and policy for years to come, while Democrats are still in the wilderness
          Scott Faughn:  More election fallout:  Amendment 3, Dems' misplaced state Senate resources, and what Democrats could learn about rebuilding from Peter Kinder
          SNL:  House leaders to investigate claims against GOP Rep.-elect Rick Roeber
          KC Star:  Utah Highway Patrol arrests man for drunk driving;  36-year-old told officers he was high on LSD and Adderall, and wanted to kill Claire McCaskill
          P-D:  Family says Missouri veterans home patient died of neglect, not coronavirus
          Columbia Missourian:  Prospects bright for Missouri firearms deer hunters this fall
          P-D:  Ameren and St. Louis City officials separately announce new solar energy initiatives
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Farm Bureau's 'guerrilla' tactics won Amendment 3, but a court battle awaits
          P-D op-ed:  SLU's Ken Warren (D):  Why has Missouri turned so red?
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Missouri ran free, fair election but maybe other states didn't
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        Wednesday, November 11, 2020   Veterans Day
       
MSNBC:  Video:  U.S. Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D) to police:  We will "defund your butts" (3:10)
          SE Missourian:  Local Dems, Republicans react to presidential election results
          SNL:  Race for Springfield state rep seat goes to recount
          SE Missourian:  City of Cape Girardeau:  Campaign yard signs cannot be recycled
          Missourinet:  Thousands of unemployed Missourians sign up for free online classes
          The Missouri Times:  Ford picks Kansas City for new electric vehicles, adding 150 new jobs
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with supplemental budget
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers 'moving forward with' addressing COVID liability in extraordinary session
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri lawmakers likely to consider COVID liability protection in special session
          SNL:  Missouri House OKs plan to spend remaining COVID-19 relief money
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to $1.2 billion supplemental budget
          Missourinet:  Haahr anticipates addition of COVID liability to Missouri's special session
          KWMU:  Missouri House approves $1.2B supplemental budget, now it heads to Senate
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers retooling budget to target more COVID-19 relief
          Missouri Independent:  Police techniques spark debate in Missouri House committee
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri House leadership vows investigation into allegations of abuse against Rick Roeber
          The Missouri Times:  House Republican Caucus meeting over Roeber allegations next month
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D-Kansas City) named chair of Legislative Black Caucus
          KC Star:  Newspaper can't afford lease on iconic glass building, will move out;  Printing of KC Star will move to Des Moines
          Missourinet:  DHSS says state is prepared to start vaccinating people next month, including transporting long-term patients
          P-D:  Public school enrollment down by 27,500 in Missouri, with majority of decrease from preschool and kindergarten classes
          P-D:  Two facilities for juvenile delinquents see new outbreaks of China virus
          SE Missourian:  2 virus deaths reported in region
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri adds more than 4,000 China virus cases for only third time
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt should be commended for sensible statements on counting legal votes
          P-D editorial:  Trump's fraud claims are false and toxic. Hawley must stop endorsing them.
          KC Star editorial:  After Roeber's children speak out, Missouri Republicans promise inquiry
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  How did Missouri become a Republican stronghold? Thoughts from Lloyd Smith
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        Tuesday, November 10, 2020
       
Missouri Independent:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt joins Republican AGs in challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballot dump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  Dean Plocher on GOP unity and Cleaner Missouri's victory;  Panel discusses demoralizing Dem defeats
          Columbia Missourian:  Phone calls from the final stretch:  Interviews with six (6) Biden supporters, zero (0) Trump supporters
          KC Star:  Nearly half of workers at Jackson County Election Board out sick with COVID-19
          Missouri Independent:  Budget Committee approves $1.3 billion COVID spending bill
          JCNT:  Budget director:  State's intent is to spend all CARES Act money
          The Missouri Times:  Supplemental budget bill advances in the House
          P-D:  House passes spending plan
          Columbia Missourian:  House Budget Committee approves $1.3 billion supplemental budget;  Comments from "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]"
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets $6 million in federal aid to create thousands of tech apprenticeships
          Missouri Independent:  House Committee on Children and Families hears stories from youth residential facilities
          KC Star:  Lawmakers hear complaints about youth facilities
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T looks to a future with more private investment, less state funding
          P-D:  Law enforcement officials address misconceptions around "chokeholds," other tactics
          JCNT:  Missouri House panel seeking consensus on police techniques
          Missouri Independent:  Children of Rep.-elect Rick Roeber (R) want Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) to block rep from being seated
          SNL:  Remember REAL ID? Deadline draws near
          The Missouri Times:  Why COVID Exposure Notifications don't work on phones in Missouri
          KWMU:  China virus pandemic complicates how criminals adjust to life after prison
          KC Star:  State, regional China virus update
          P-D:  State, regional China virus update
          KWMU:  Local activist complains about lack of diversity, high professional standards in Missouri medical marijuana market
          KWMU:  Event promo:  Sierra Club, Arch City Defenders, et al. hold online complaint series about "environmental racism"
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt thinks his job is to fight the 'possibility' of a Biden win
          KC Star's Jonathan Shorman:  After his quixotic China lawsuit, Missouri AG Eric Schmitt signs onto case that won't change election results - and is dangerous for democracy
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  Post-Dispatch finds first black editorial board member since 2007;  Antonio French to join all-male editorial board, write columns
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City liberal criticizes McCaskill for post-election comments, says Missouri Democratic Party needs non-white leadership
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        Monday, November 9, 2020
       
Washington Post:  The pride of Villa Duchesne, St. Louis native Emily Murphy, is in charge of handing transition resoures to Biden - and she's waiting until results are official
          Missourinet:  Blunt says final elections results unlikely to change enough to make a difference
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Incoming House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) talks with Scott Faughn GOP supermajority success, Cleaner Missouri, Ann Wagner's win, more;  Panel of Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County), Victory Enterprises' Joe Lakin, senior Democratic consultant Jane Dueker, Dem attorney Sam Gladney discuss Dems' loss of moderates, Wagner-Schupp, Koenig vs. Lavender, Doug Beck's big margin, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Former MU political science professor David Leuthold:  Increase in Trump votes nationwide "certainly a matter of concern"
          KWMU:  Local environmental group organizes yard sign recycling drive
          KC Star:  KC home lender James B. Nutter & Co. sued by feds for fraud
          Missouri Independent:  Preview:  Gov. Parson's first full term in office, relationships with GOP lawmakers:  Thoughts from top GOP consultant James Harris
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) has big plans for majority whip position
          Missourinet:  Missouri's state budget director to testify today in detail about supplemental budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri's health director to outline vaccine plan and testify about COVID numbers
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          KC Star editorial:  Voters choose Rick Roeber (R) for Missouri House. Lawmakers should expel him.
          Independence Examiner editorial:  Now that election is over, Gov. Parson should force a statewide mask mandate
          JCNT letter:  Ashland septuagenarian wants Blunt, Hawley to criticize Trump on coronavirus response
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man predicts Cori Bush will pass no legislation, will be "just another congressperson collecting a check"
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        Sunday, November 8, 2020
       
P-D:  As Biden strikes concilatory tone, Black Lives Matter agitators block St. Louis City streets, scream "F@ck Trump!"
          Twitter:  Post-Dispatch whitewashes Black Lives Matter protester's language, removes "F@k Trump!" from photo caption
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump protest draws dozens downtown
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally features car parade, dancing;  Obese woman barks "F@ck you!" to two young men peacefully holding Trump sign (1:21)
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump crowd rejoices with Biden win;  Waterworks, attempted rhyming, other performative acts
          Columbia Missourian:  Trump supporters gather for "Stop the Steal" rally
          JCNT:  More votes cast this year in Missouri;  party line solidified
          P-D:  McCloskeys sue UPI, photographer over iconic image defending home
          The Missouri Times:  General revenue report shows high gains over last fiscal year
          JCNT:  Missouri National Guard leader:  Force remains strong during pandemic
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) building national reputation for expertise in licensing and other regulatory rollbacks
          KC Star:  Legislative hearing preview:  Lawmakers to hear stories on Monday about alleged abuse at southwest Missouri boarding schools
          KC Star:  Collection of stories from boarding schools students
          KC Star:  Former boarding school student says experiences led to bad dreams
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County leads state following youth deer season opening weekend
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
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        Saturday, November 7, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  GOP leader details how Missouri Republicans trounced Democrats;  Jean Evans on Dems' lack of ground game, liberals' history of crying wolf on "racism," much more
          Missourinet:  Blunt says all legal votes should be counted
          KWMU:  Blunt, Hawley, Clay weigh in on vote-counting brouhaha
          KC Star:  Former Sen. Jack Danforth - who left office in 1995 - weighs in on vote counting
          SE Missourian:  Military, overseas ballot deadline passes
          The Missouri Times:  What would a presidential recount look like in Missouri?
          P-D:  Inside Gov. Parson's landslide win;  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) potential candidate for state auditor in 2022
          KC Star:  Dave Drebes of the Internet gives preview of Missouri's 2022 U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Missourians' support of Cleaner Missouri could lead to national fight over "one person, one vote"
          P-D:  St. Charles County officials promise change after COVID-positive judge works Election Day
          AP:  Missouri poll worker kept COVID diagnosis mostly to herself
          SE Missourian:  Former U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr. speaks at 2020 Respect for Law banquet
          P-D:  Surveillance of two top aides to Gov. Parson prompts federal probe;  No comment from Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka)
          KC Star:  FBI investigating after GPS devices found on Erdmann, Steelman cars
          AP:  Audit finds $8 million in potential Missouri Medicaid overpayments
          Missouri Independent:  COVID precautions ordered for northwest Missouri hunting site
          Missouri Independent:  State China virus update
          AP:  State China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KWMU:  Regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Regional China virus update
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Dem demise:  Missouri Republicans have the right message at the right time
          KC Star editorial:  Jack Danforth disputes election fraud claims. Blunt and Hawley should join him.
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        Friday, November 6, 2020
       
AP:  AP VoteCast survey:  How Missouri voters split among Trump-Biden and Parson-Galloway by age, education, location
          KC Star:  U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Dems should put McCaskill out to pasture:  "Why do we listen to people who lost elections as if they are experts in winning elections?"
          AP:  Missouri voters dump 2018 redistricting "reforms";  Sean Soendker Nicholson (D) says campaign "worked hard" to persuade voters "someone was trying to dupe them"
          Priddy:  Why won't election day losers simply say, "I wasn't good enough"?
          Columbia Missourian:  Judy Baker:  'We didn't leave anything undone'
          Columbia Missourian:  Inside the Boone County Democrats somber watch party:  Nearly 30 gather to process defeat
          KMOV:  Sarah Steelman, Drew Erdmann tracked by GPS devices;  Private investigator claims Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) and Farmington business owner helped him find Steelman's vehicle
          SE Missourian:  Sen.-elect Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) ready for the next challenge in Jefferson City
          P-D:  St. Charles County poll worker tested positive for China virus, worked Election Day and died
          AP:  St. Charles County election judge worked despite COVID-19 diagnosis, then died
          KWMU:  St. Charles County poll worker infected with China virus dies after election day
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  more than 500 Amazon jobs heading to southwest Missouri's Republic
          SNL:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) re-elected as House superminority leader
          The Missouri Times:  What to expect from this month's supplemental budget session
          The Missouri Times:  Special vs extraordinary session - what's the difference?
          Missouri Independent:  Gov. Parson open to adding COVID liability to special session agenda
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers seek to add businesses protections to special session
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri continues to work on COVID-19 vaccine, increasing testing
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers ask governor to expand special session to include COVID liability
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers consider $1.2B for China virus response
          Columbia Missourian:  Special session focuses on $1.3B in additional COVID-19 funding
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  initial report about COVID deaths in Missouri veterans homes mentions air flow systems
          P-D:  Nearly half of Missouri's COVID deaths occur in nursing homes
          SNL:  200K+ rapid-result COVID-19 tests sent to Missouri public, private schools
          KWMU:  Advocates for handicapped discuss sheltered workshops and changes to subminimum wage policy
          Missouri Independent:  Childcare operators want more money from state
          Missourinet:  White House report:  91% of Missouri counties have moderate to high levels of COVID-19 transmission
          KC Star:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          SE Missourian:  Regional China virus update
          Joplin Globe editorial briefs:  Applauding Roy Blunt for vote-counting statement;  Missouri Republicans dominate on Election Day
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri voters rejected science and competence by choosing Gov. Parson over Galloway
          KC Star op-ed:  Berkeley, California "Earth Land Institute" manager:  Missouri wrong on black bear management
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman thanks Lacy Clay for her cats' happiness after they were released from animal testing lab
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        Thursday, November 5, 2020
       
Jason Rosenbaum:  Answering 11 big questions about a Republican romp in Missouri
          Scott Faughn:  What a night for Missouri Republicans;  Thoughts on Galloway's poorly-run campaign, Wagner vs. Schupp, and what Missouri Dems could learn from their rare white male who supports police
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jason Rosenbaum and UMSL's Anita Manion discuss statewide election results
          P-D:  Ann Wagner thwarts Democrats' bid for St. Louis suburbs;  Jill Schupp underperforms 2018 Dem silver medalist Cort VanOstran
          SNL:  Billy Long re-elected with 69% of the vote
          SNL:  Republicans sweep statewide offices, hold line on supermajorities
          P-D:  Jubilation for Missouri Republicans, "shock" and "disappointment" for Democrats over Galloway's spanking
          SNL:  Missourians support Cleaner Missouri:  A look at the numbers
          P-D:  Video:  U.S. Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D) praises "Resist STL" crowd:  "You showed that you been [sic] all you been [sic] doing is getting like your getting your your [sic] presence in."
          KC Star:  Video:  Anti-Trump rally draws 40;  Pink-haired human named "Jae" says it has been "dreading election day" thanks to "homophobic, racist, fascist dictator" Donald Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans maintain House supermajority
          KWMU:  St. Louis-area counties see high, but not record, turnout for 2020 election
          SE Missourian:  Record number of ballots cast Tuesday in Cape County
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) chosen to be next House Majority Floor Leader
          SE Missourian:  Wayne Wallingford doing well after Monday's kidney transplant, looking forward to returning to Missouri House
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri lawmakers return with $1.3 billion COVID package on agenda
          P-D:  Gov. Parson outlines plan for $1.2 billion in pandemic spending
          Missouri Independent:  White House report suggests Missouri reduce restaurant capacity, urges Missourians to wear masks
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner could enjoy easier re-election campaigns by tempering her conservative positions
          Phill Brooks:  Election night reporting history
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man expresses anger at rural Missourians, says St. Louis and KC hospitals should refuse to provide care to rural patients
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        Wednesday, November 4, 2020
       
KWMU:  Missourians choose Donald Trump for president
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri voters pick Donald Trump over Joe Biden
          Missouri Independent:  On Election Day, Missouri Republicans dominate up and down the ballot
          KWMU:  Wagner beats Schupp in Missouri's nationally watched 2nd Congressional District race
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner holds onto 2nd Congressional seat
          Missouri Independent:  Ann Wagner prevails over Jill Schupp
          P-D:  Ann Wagner defeats Jill Schupp by 7-point margin
          Missourinet:  Graves coasts to re-election, says it's time to get the economy open again
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler wins sixth term in Congress
          KWMU:  Cori Bush wins easily in 1st Congressional
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson elected to full term as Missouri governor
          KC Star:  Parson defeats Galloway by 17 points;  Comments from GOP consultant James Harris, former state Sen. Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis City)
          P-D:  Despite being outspent, Gov. Parson defeats Nicole Galloway
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson defeats Nicole Galloway
          Missouri Independent:  Mike Parson defeats Nicole Galloway in race for Missouri governor
          KWMU:  Mike Parson wins first full term as governor
          SNL:  Mike Parson wins Missouri governor race against Nicole Galloway;  GOP sweeps other statewide offices
          P-D:  Missouri voters choose Republicans for statewide posts
          Missourinet:  Mike Kehoe defeats Alissia Canady, plans to focus on infrastructure and veterans issues
          Missouri Independent:  Jay Ashcroft whips Yinka Faleti
          Missouri Independent:  Scott Fitzpatrick wins Missouri treasurer race over Vicki Englund
          Missouri Independent:  Eric Schmitt stomps Rich Finneran in Missouri attorney general race
          KWMU:  Missourians scrap "Clean Missouri" in favor of Amendment 3
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians approve Amendment 3
          Missouri Independent:  Voters support Cleaner Missouri
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  GOP watch party:  Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, others
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Greene County Democrats watch party:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), potential superminority member Betsy Fogle, others
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri Republicans maintain supermajorities in House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Doug Beck keeps SD 1 under Democrats' control
          The Missouri Times:  Andrew Koenig beats Deb Lavender by 8-point margin
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Rowden keeps Senate seat in victory over Judy Baker
          CDT:  Caleb Rowden secures re-election in 19th District state Senate race
          SNL:  Betsy Fogle (D) leads Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) by 34 votes, with some absentee ballots still remaining
          CDT:  Cheri Toalson Reisch wins re-election to House District 44
          CDT:  Sara Walsh (R) re-elected in 50th District
          CDT:  Chuck Basye (R) wins re-election to a final House term
          SNL:  Extra workers and policing voter attire:  Following Shane Schoeller on election day
          P-D:  Polling place reports:  Long lines, heavy turnout, mostly smooth sailing around St. Louis area polling places
          P-D:  Missouri distilleries fight end of tax break
          SNL:  Young Missouri hunters killed 15,591 deer during youth season
          Missouri Independent:  State, regional China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Missourians wrong on Gov. Parson, Ann Wagner, and Amendment 3
          KC Star editorial:  Mike Parson wins Missouri governor's race. Does he plan to govern the entire state?
          KC Star editorial:  When will Missouri finally update its voting laws?
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        Tuesday, November 3, 2020  Missouri election results (available after 7 p.m. CST)
       
P-D:  St. Louis police union endorses President Trump, Gov. Parson
          KC Star:  Kansas City police say they're ready for any Election Day riots
          Missouri Independent:  Biden campaign releases names of top bundlers:  Joyce Aboussie, Tom Carnahan, Jason Cohen, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson, Nicole Galloway make campaign stops in mid-Missouri
          Missourinet:  Election preview:  SD 31:  Rick Brattin vs. Raymond Kinney for Ed Emery's open seat
          The Missouri Times:  List of election night watch parties
          The Missouri Times:  More than 800,000 ballots already cast in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri turnout expected to hit 75%
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voters who test positive for coronavirus must rely on local election authorities for voting guidance
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) chooses Rep. Dirk Deaton (R-Noel) as new House Budget Committee vice chairman
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dirk Deaton (R-Noel) tapped as House Budget Committee vice chair
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Missouri becomes national model for post-incarceration success
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  There are at least four companies with a cornavirus vaccine - and distribution needs to be funded
          Missourinet:  Missouri Veterans Commission:  12 more COVID deaths at veterans home in Cameron
          SNL:  Schmitt's office files 24 charges against Oregon County woman for dog breeding
          The Missouri Times:  United WE CEO Wendy Doyle on how China virus affects Missouri women
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          SNL:  Regional China virus update
          P-D editorial:  Endorsement summary for federal and state offices:  Six (6) Democrats, zero (0) Republicans
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Missouri should restore voting rights to felons
          P-D letter:  Hermann sexagenarian calls Gov. Parson "a toadie" for President Trump
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        Monday, November 2, 2020   Election Eve
       
Rosenbaum:  11 questions that could shape Missouri's election
          The Missouri Times:  #F150CampaignTour:  Scott Faughn visits Cooper and Boone Counties:  Insight on local state rep race, Judy Baker campaign, Yinka Faleti vs. Jay Ashcroft, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) and Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst debate Cleaner Missouri;  Panel of David Barklage, Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) and LaKeySha Bosley (D), Jeff Rainford talk Trump's margin, Gov. Parson vs. Galloway, Jill Schupp vs. Ann Wagner, legislative races, more
          Joplin Globe:  Life Chain group gathers in Joplin with aim to end abortions
          Missourinet:  Final GOTV schedules for Gov. Parson, Nicole Galloway
          AP:  Final preview:  Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway
          SNL:  November election preview:  Amendment 1
          SNL:  November election preview:  Amendment 3
          Missourinet:  November election preview:  Caleb Rowden vs. Judy Baker
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden says pro-Baker PAC spreading misinformation about his campaign
          SNL:  Election day guide:  Polling places, ID requirements, what you can't wear, more
          KC Star:  More than 700,000 Missourians had voted as of Thursday
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith says absentee votes will make election-night predictions more challenging
          KWMU:  Profiles of local poll workers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby):  School funding retains "challenges," big moves now unlikely
          P-D:  Missouri officials divided on policing of gaming machines
          KWMU:  Deadly infection for deer is spreading in Missouri
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          P-D endorsement:  'No' on Amendment 3
          Messenger:  Led by Josh Hawley, Republicans cry wolf over alleged 'censorship' at Twitter and Facebook
          Columbia Missourian's Paul Schloesser:  Jill Schupp's claims about Ann Wagner's donations rated "Half True"
          Columbia Missourian's William Skipworth:  Galloway campaign correct to criticize Gov. Parson over medical coverage for pre-existing conditions
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Newton County Prosecuting Attorney Will Lynch (R):  Amendment 3 will undo damage caused by Clean Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian, who moved to Missouri from East Coast last year, wants Missourians to reject Cleaner Missouri
          P-D letter:  Old Monroe sexagenarian says state GOP lawmakers are wrong on taxes, Medicaid, labor laws, Second Amendment, and environmental regulations
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        Sunday, November 1, 2020
       
November 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2016 Missouri political news headlines
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          The Missouri Times:  #F150CampaignTour:  GOP statewides rally in St. Peters;  Union lit drop in Ballwin;  Phone chat with woman filling Democratic ballot slot for Jason Smith's re-election;  More
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Pack of Black Lives Matter protesters fails to block Trump Train from parading in Columbia
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP's massive GOTV push draws 15 (fifteen) volunteers in Columbia
          SNL:  History before histrionics:  Stone County presiding commissioner explains artifact display that sparked Dems' recent media activation
          Washington Missourian:  Political yard signs dot region's landscape as election day looms
          CDT:  Political signs are replaceable. It's still a misdemeanor to vandalize them in Missouri, though
          Washington Missourian:  County sets early voting record ahead of Tuesday's election
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri clerks:  Hefty voter turnout possible
          JCNT:  How absentee ballot is submitted dictates when, if it's counted
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Veterans Hall of Fame inducts first class of honorees
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          CDT Executive Editor Jim Van Nostrand:  We don't do endorsements because we don't have an editorial board - but vote against Donald Trump and Caleb Rowden
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Amendment 3 is a wolf in sheep's clothing
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters member opposes Cleaner Missouri
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man encourages 'Yes' vote on Amendment 3, says he voted against leftists' Clean Missouri in 2018
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        Saturday, October 31, 2020   Happy Halloween!
       
The Missouri Times:  #F150CampaignTour:  Stops at Union cafe, Franklin County Clerk's office, Andrew Koenig's house:  Conversations about Trump, Gov. Parson and mask mandate, Koenig vs. Lavender, more
          SE Missourian:  Election predictions:  Cape County Dem Central Committee Vice Chair Linda Sanders "hoping" Biden will get 50% in Cape County
          St. Joseph News-Press:  November election preview:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R) vs. Gena Ross (D)
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Gov. Parson on the campaign trail
          P-D:  Nearly $20 million has flowed so far into hotly contested 2nd Congressional District battle
          KC Star:  November election preview:  Amendment 3
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) can remain on ballot, appeals court says
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats complain about historical display in Stone County clerk's office;  Artifact collection, set up five (5) years ago, shows replica noose from hanging of white man in 1937
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats say historical display, set up five (5) years ago, was designed to "stoke the fires of racial prejudice" of voters in November 2020 election
          P-D:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) wants more special session details from governor
          JCNT:  Decision on medical marijuana suit in judge's hands
          Missouri Independent:  Lawyer for failed medical marijuana applicant blames "insiders"
          Missouri Independent:  In weekly call with hospital leaders, Gov. Parson stresses testing and expresses concern for medical personnel
          P-D:  If needed, alternate care site for China virus patients could be constructed in 11 days
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lab closure sends long-term care providers scrambling
          KWMU:  Fewer coronavirus patients are dying in Missouri
          Missouri Independent:  Statewide China virus update
          P-D:  Daily state, regional China virus update
          KC Star:  Daily regional China virus update
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  'Yes' on Amendment 3
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Right to Life Executive Director Susan Klein:  Want to save babies and protect women? Vote for Ann Wagner and Andrew Koenig.
          P-D's Kurt Erickson and Jack Suntrup:  In final days of campaign, Gov. Parson imitates Trump - while Nicole Galloway inspires state workers and reminds us that every vote matters
          Messenger:  Couple, who carted young children to Black Lives Matter agitation, unhappy about getting arrested on highway ramp
          JCNT letter:  2018 Democratic state Senate primary runner-up Mollie Freebairn urges vote against Cleaner Missouri
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        Friday, October 30, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  #F150CampaignTour:  Scott Faughn talks to voters in St. Louis City and Valley Park about Trump, Ann Wagner, Nicole Galloway, Doug Beck, other races;  Notes from conversation with Deb Lavender at Kirkwood campaign office
          The Missouri Times:  2020 election coverage hub:  Election tipsheets, campaign finance filings, voting/ballot questions answered, more
          SE Missourian:  November election preview:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) vs. Kathy Ellis (D)
          P-D:  November election preview:  Cori Bush (D) vs. Anthony Rogers (R) vs. Alex Furman (L)
          SE Missourian:  Gov. Parson, GOP statewides emphasize conservative values in Cape visit
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson, Galloway make final push in Missouri governor's race
          Missouri Independent:  Gov. Parson, Galloway make final closing arguments in Missouri governor's race
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri governor campaign spending down from 2016 - so far
          SNL:  Defending GOP seat held by Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) a top priority for HRCC
          Missourinet:  SOS Jay Ashcroft predicts 70% voter turnout for general election
          The Missouri Times:  Mail-in ballots, voter queues, poll worker training:  3 election officials weigh in on 2020's challenges
          KWMU:  Following a ballot through the mail-in process in St. Louis County
          JCNT:  Trial over medical marijuana heats up
          JCNT:  State eyes ways to ease COVID-19 strain on hospitals
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson meets with Cox Health in Springfield, discusses challenges local hospitals are facing
          Missourinet:  Free COVID-19 testing continues in Missouri
          KC Star:  Regional China virus update
          Missouri Independent:  Missouri Department of Corrections settles lawsuit with ACLU over hepatitis C treatment for criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Donald Trump for president
          KC Star endorsement:  Alissia Canady (D) for lieutenant governor
          P-D endorsement video:  Tod Robberson and Kevin McDermott discuss their endorsement of Deb Lavender;  Robberson says Andrew Koenig was "very brusque" to him over the phone
          KC Star editorial:  Is Gov. Parson really belitting Nicole Galloway for attending Catholic school?
          JCNT editorial:  Welcome boost for testing rape kits
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Drury University political science professor Dan Ponder:  Vote 'No' on Cleaner Missouri
          Phill Brooks:  My role in breaking the news of the Carnahan plane crash
          Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Mask stockpiling in Missouri, other states hurts nursing homes and small providers
          P-D's Michele Munz:  Politicization of pandemic has frightened female health department heroes;  Some have been called hurtful names, and even criticized in online comments
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Amendment 3 will disenfranchise minorities
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian wants Gov. Parson and state lawmakers to spend more money on veterans homes
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        Thursday, October 29, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  #F150CampaignTour:  Scott Faughn visits with Doug Beck at AFL-CIO hall in Affton, details GOTV phone banking and more
          KC Star:  4Star Politics:  Democrat Jason Grill, Republican Annie Presley predict a Gov. Parson victory (28:00 mark);  Grill says Dems' lackluster statewide ticket lacks "juice" of years past (30:00 mark)
          KWMU:  Rolla liberals hope left-wing ideology grows in region;  Missouri S&T prof acknowledges GOP will spank Biden and Galloway in Phelps County
          SNL:  Gov. Parson, Galloway disagree over state's administration of medical marijuana program
          Missouri Independent:  Democrats criticize Gov. Parson for not wearing mask while visiting Cape Girardeau bakery
          P-D:  Galloway criticizes Gov. Parson for touting his public-school background
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Cleaner Missouri opponents hold news conference;  Comments from Democrats Sly James, Michael Wolff
          Missouri Independent:  November election preview:  Spotlight on competitive state legislative races
          Missouri Independent:  In Missouri, fewer than 70,000 criminals are forbidden from voting in 2020
          Missourinet:  Dozens of Missouri counti