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        January 22, 2019
       
KWMU:  Martin Luther King, Jr. rally draws fewer than 50 downtown
          P-D:  MLK march is brief, with sparse crowd X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Impeach Trump Now," "Trump Kidnaps Babies," other unifying and uplifting messages X
          SNL:  Mayor on MLK Day:  "Progress continues to be made" X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Protect Black Trans Women," "No Human is Illegal," etc. X
          CDT:  MLK march draws crowd of 40;  Speaker at rally praises unsigned NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for heroic acts in the face of rampant patriotism X
          JCNT:  Dozens attend MLK tribute;  Speaker criticizes push to protect country's borders, blames Missouri prison system for black incarceration rate, other outrages X
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP wants TV newscaster Kevin Steincross fired for mispronouncing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name X
          AP:  St. Louis County NAACP wants newscaster fired for flubbing MLK's name
          KWMU:  Leader of local airport employees group claims federal workers won't stop showing up for their jobs
          Missourinet:  New State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick receives bipartisan praise
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) plays key role in Gov. Parson's workforce development plan +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Michael Bugalski, interim president of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, pleased by Parson's DED reorg
          The Missouri Times:  House leaders standing firm on new rule regarding open records
          KC Star:  Democrats push for no-reason absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Lawmakers seek funding source for pre-K expansion
          Missourinet:  No plans for Missouri prison space after inmates and workers move out
          AP:  Urban prosecutors end most pot cases
          CDT:  Settlement could bring close to Mamtek saga X
          JCNT editorial:  Proposed state pay raises a good start X
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        January 21, 2019   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day - A state holiday, per Gov. John Ashcroft
       
P-D:  Farmers weigh in on trade deal, government shutdown X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) gives perspective on Elijah Haahr and Rob Vescovo, shares thoughts on Parson's agenda and Todd Richardson's Medicaid overhaul, initative petition changes;  Panel of Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville), Joe Lakin, Jane Dueker, and NAACP's John Gaskin III talk Parson's State of the State, LGBTQIA* proposal from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), St. Louis County letting chronic deadbeat dads abdicate their responsibility as fathers, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers learn committee assignements
          P-D:  Historic tax credit bottleneck stalling redevelopment projects, delaying reimbursement X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri PSC to hold hearing on billion-dollar wind farm X
          AP:  Man who took part in murderous robbery wants out of jail;  Budding criminal Norman Brown joined a pal in robbing Chesterfield jewelry shop, where the duo killed owner and left owner's wife for dead
          KC Star editorial:  KC families on the dole could see handouts cut if shutdown continues X
          Messenger:  Thanks to GOP legislators, when it comes to Sunshine Law, Missouri is Show-Me State no more X
          SNL letter:  Ozark septuagenarian says Blunt is a "commie sympathizer";  Springfield septuagenarian says ALEC has purchased GOP state legislators, uses ALL CAPS to emphasize IMPORTANT POINTS X
          KC Star letters:  KC man unhappy with Blunt over vote on Russia sanctions;  KC septuagenarian unhappy with gas tax proposal's language, says he wants "clean" proposal to vote on X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian expresses anger at GOP state legislators over election success X
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        January 20, 2019
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 100 X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Feminist holds sign proclaiming "Right too [sic] choice" X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump march draws smaller crowd than previous years;  Comments from Florissant woman who calls herself "Emmett," others X
          KWMU:  Feminists march in St. Louis City;  Black feminist hopes more black women show up next year
          KC Star:  Feminists hold anti-Trump rally downtown X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump immigrant group joins feminists for rally;  Former state rep runner-up/Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Michela Skelton attempts to lead crowd in chant about breathing
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) talks with Rosenbaum about "Bryce's Law," criminal justice proposals, statewide vote on city-county merger, more
          JCNT:  Capitol awash in 'Clean Missouri' concerns X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana cultivation site proposed for Sarcoxie X
          SNL:  "Answer Man" feature:  Why does Missouri require two license plates when many other states only mandate one? X
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), targeting transparency in state government contracts, is worthy of passage X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should pass ban on texting while driving X
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        January 19, 2019
       
AP:  Temporary government shutdown means SNAP recipients will get their handouts early
          SNL:  Local charities discuss new mission:  Explaining to SNAP recipients why they're receiving two (2) months of taxpayer-funded handouts at one time X
          SE Missourian:  Smith apologizes for chiding Democrats about Puerto Rico junket +
          SNL:  Profile:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Salem) X
          KWMU:  Organizers of 3rd annual feminist march say chilly weather won't negatively impact hefty crowd:  "We're women, come on"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 14, 2019
          SNL:  Parson:  Education a 'key factor' in fighting Missouri opioid crisis;  House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Superminority Leader Crystal Quade join governor at event X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Mike Parson at Discovery Center X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) likes Parson's talk of trimming government, emphasizing workforce development, building emergency fund
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) hopes to see $10 million allocated for rural broadband expansion
          JCNT:  Officials:  Prison merger to improve pay, safety X
          Columbia Missourian's Laura Murgatroyd:  New minimum wage offers relief for workers;  Comments from two (2) advocates of wage increase, zero (0) perspectives from small-business owners
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Western spared from minimum wage increase - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Court preliminarily halts feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens
          KC Star editorial:  No more shutdowns. Sen. Roy Blunt's bipartisan plan could help avert future budget disasters X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers rush to undo Clean Missouri open records regulations. That's unconstitutional X
          CDT editorial:  Gov. Parson's budget gambit X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Parson wrong on allowing legal guns at Capitol;  Dept. of Revenue wrong to request office move to protect employees X
          Phill Brooks:  Parson a far more substantive governor than Greitens;  New gov should make himself available for interviews after State of the State X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man says those who oppose LGBTQIA* employment laws are the same religious types who supported slavery X
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        January 18, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley to keep home in Springfield, will bring wife and sons to D.C. so family can be together while Senate is in session
          Politico:  Jason Smith chides House Democrats for taking 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico during shutdown
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs executive order initiating major restructuring of four state agencies
          KWMU:  Parson pares Economic Development Department's portfolio to sharpen purpose
          JCNT:  Parson reorganizes DED, narrows focus X
          AP:  Parson plans to move several hundred employees from Dept. of Economic Development to Dept. of Higher Education
          Missourinet:  Parson to vastly reorganize numerous state agencies
          P-D:  Parson revamps Missouri's economic development efforts X
          P-D:  Missouri government makeover includes moving state oversight of public radio and TV X
          The Missouri Times:  State plans to shutter Crossroads Correctional Center, transfer inmates and employees to Western
          Missourinet:  Parson to provide details on prison plan today
          The Missouri Times:  State leaders applaud appeals court decision upholding Safe at Home address confidentiality program
          AP:  Missouri court reverses ruling on victim protection program
          CDT:  MNEA legislative forum focuses on funding, charter schools X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of January 9, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley right, Blunt wrong on Russia-sanctions vote X
          P-D editorial:  Parson's infrastructure focus is correct, but debt-funding it is a mistake X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Trump touts work for farmers at American Farm Bureau Convention
          Messenger:  Parson wants to close a prison. It's a good start. X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  If you teach sex ed in Missouri public schools, you must discuss consent X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man irked by Missourinet reporter's blatant anti-Trump bias X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch subscriber highlights the company's inability to consistently deliver the newspaper on time X
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        January 17, 2019
       
P-D:  'It's such an inconvenience':  Illinois mom drags kids to Arch before comprehending shutdown effects X
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Local artist devastated by impact of federal goverment shutdown;  Kirkwood man, traipsing around the country to photograph national parks, describes emotional hardship caused by "Park Temporarily Closed" signs
          KC Star:  Missouri medical marijuana:  Bills from KC Dems Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, Barbara Washington would give preferential treatment to minorities, women X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) to speak to Clayton Township Democrats next week
          KWMU:  Parson pledges to 'chart Missouri's future' in State of the State speech
          JCNT:  Parson proposes 3 percent pay raise for all Missouri state employees X
          JCNT:  Parson finds efficiency in closing Cameron's Crossroads Correctional facility X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2019:  Parson focuses on infrastructure, workforce development
          P-D:  Bridge repair tops Parson's budget plan, along with money for schools X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address:  Curtain jerkers, preliminary festivities and the main event X
          AP:  Parson proposes $351 million bond for bridges
          AP:  Democrats respond to Parson's speech by taking digs at former Gov. Eric Greitens
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Mike Parson's 2019 State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Parson calls for state worker pay hike, spending on bridge repairs
          Missourinet:  Parson proposes shuttering Missouri prison
          Missourinet:  Republicans, Democrats react to Parson address
          CDT:  Higher ed to maintain funding levels in state budget X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson emphasizes infrastructure, workforce development in first State of the State
          Joplin Globe:  Parson outlines 'bold' policy goals in State of the State address X
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz names committee chairs
          KC Star:  UMKC professor resigns amid allegations he used students as 'slave labor' X
          The Missouri Times:  Martin Luther King Jr. celebration delivers on theme of legacy and focus
          KC Star editorial:  Report from gun-control group shows cost of firearms to Missouri;  Legislators should pass gun-control laws, dump more money into urban governments for anti-violence programs X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's vision includes more spending for infrastructure but not much else;  Governor should push to expand Medicaid, raise taxes X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to alter Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators wrong to pass document-confidentiality protections X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Thoughts on 4th Congressional District silver medalist Renee Hoagenson, campaign fundraising, and Caleb Rowden's "new potion [sic] as Senate floor majority leader"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri's death penalty jury deadlock provision is unconstitutional X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville septuagenarian mocks Post-Dispatch's hypocrisy regarding statewide vote on city-county merger X
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        January 16, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley defends Trump, calls accusations against president 'stomach turning'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley joins in questioning of AG nominee
          Missourinet:  McCaskill reports to work at MSNBC, will join group of panelists criticizing Trump's State of the Union on January 29
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  19-year-old from St. Louis suburb says he's running against Jay Ashcroft in 2020 GOP secretary of state primary
          Joplin Globe:  (Jay) Nixon hall opens to students at Missouri Southern X
          P-D:  Preview:  Gov. Mike Parson's State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looks at case claiming Legislature writes bills too broadly
          JCNT:  State high court considers legislative powers X
          The Missouri Times:  First bill moving through the House honors the late Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate leaders pan proposal for statewide vote on city-county merger
          P-D:  Missouri House votes to protect privacy of constituent case files, declines to advance LGBT proposal X
          AP:  House takes voice votes on document confidentiality, expanding LGBT "protections," more
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner, other Republicans wrong to minimize effects of shutdown X
          KC Star editorial:  With investigations and tough questions looming, will Josh Hawley learn from his mistakes? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley attacks FBI, uses attorney general confirmation hearing to steal spotlight X
          Jensen:  Requiring Medicaid recipients to work is a smart move - and, predicitably, the Post-Dispatch hates it +
          Waters:  The Missouri Department of Revenue's fortuitous tax mistake X
          Messenger:  Thoughts on Twitter discussion with Robert Cornejo regarding "Clean Missouri" and beer X
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        January 15, 2019
       
KSDK:  McCaskill joins MSNBC as political analyst
          KSMU:  Shutdown means Missouri food stamp recipients will get taxpayer-funded handouts early
          SNL:  Federal employees can use temporary government shutdown to get zero-interest loans at local credit union X
          SE Missourian:  Shutdown causing temporary cash-flow crunch for some Missouri farmers +
          KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party wants investigation into Jean Peters Baker;  Executive Director Ray Bozarth says union's strong-arming amounts to "pay to play politics" X
          AP:  GOP:  FBI should review union's pay-to-play demands on Dem chair
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "Government works for the people, not the other way around"
          AP:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as Missouri state treasurer
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick, Galloway sworn in X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway begins second term as auditor, announces Public Corruption and Fraud Division
          AP:  Galloway sworn in for another term as Missouri auditor
          Missourinet:  Galloway sworn into office:  "If you steal from taxpayers, my office will find you"
          Missourinet:  Galloway slams Missouri Dept. of Revenue mistake
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway, lone statewide Democrat in Missouri, sworn into four-year term X
          P-D:  Parson's budget does not include funds for DOR office move;  Agency wants to move from St. Louis City to Clayton to protect employees from crime X
          AP:  House looks to undo some minimum sentences
          AP:  Springfield News-Leader publisher gets $1.36 billion buyout bid
          P-D:  New House rules largely forbid dogs;  Ban on smoking in offices a possibility X
          P-D editorial:  Young futures hang in the balance as Warren County adopts four-day school week X
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        January 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  MoDOT warns of slick roadways as melting snow refreezes
          Missourinet:  MoDOT brings in extra crews for Monday;  Missouri troopers assist about 1,800 stranded motorists
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer-to-be Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Scott Faughn about getting the call, priorities as treasurer, advice for rookie legislators, more;  Panel of freshman Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), Dirk Deaton (R-Noel), Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City) and Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City) on legislative priorities, Speaker Elijah Haahr's leadership, federal government shutdown, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on playing defense in Legislature, split with black Dems on effects of "Clean Missouri," DOR's tax withholding error, more
          JCNT:  Profile:  Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones embraces fast pace of governor's office X
          JCNT:  At session-opening speech, Jay Ashcroft challenges leaders to act with integrity, humility, grace X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer dives into the Senate
          JCNT:  State agencies still considering red-tape cutbacks X
          AP:  Meat producers seek to make Missouri's "real meat" bill a model for other states
          P-D:  Warrenton becomes latest Missouri school district to move to four-day school weeks X
          CDT editorial:  Columbia should pay for Trump's campaign stop - this time X
          P-D editorial:  State's secrecy behind medical marijuana permitting is a bad start to new law X
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-death-penalty activist Donna Walmsley:  State lawmakers should give responsibility for capital punishment sentencing to jurors, not judges X
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal says Josh Hawley has no spine X
          P-D letter:  Fenton septuagenarian applauds Schmitt, Tony Messenger for work on 'debtors' prisons' X
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        January 13, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KSMU:  Blunt co-sponsors bill that would change president's role in budget process
          SNL:  New VA clinic in Springfield expects 350,000 outpatient visits by end of first year X
          KC Star:  Poor revenue outlook complicates upcoming budget deliberations for Missouri lawmakers X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy group:  Missouri ranks low in money spent on tobacco prevention X
          CDT:  Inmates seek bill allowing chance for parole or death X
          Joplin Globe:  State regulators yet to play role in reservoir talks X
          P-D editorial:  Let Missouri voters decide on a St. Louis City - St. Louis County merger X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should spend more tobacco-tax settlement money, and voters should support raising taxes X
          SNL letter:  Joplin septuagenarian unhappy with Gov. "Parsos [sic]" over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        January 12, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KC Star:  KC labor leaders claim union-busting by Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker, vow to withhold support X
          P-D:  Federal shutdown leads to early food stamp handouts X
          NY Times:  Shutdown profiles:  St. Louis County woman, who earns nearly $50k as federal government paperwork processor, laments inability to budget past next paycheck
          KWMU:  Local union boss complains about shutdown
          P-D:  Weekly congressional delegation update:  Ann Wagner to White House for anti-trafficking bill;  House votes on rural broadband;  More X
          P-D:  Anti-NRA group claims organization coordinated with Hawley campaign X
          P-D:  Illegal Chinese alien gets time served for employing illegal Mexican aliens, faces possible deportation X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson supports Trump's trade discussions with China
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 7, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Seven new initiative petitions filed, bringing total to 37
          Washington Missourian:  Three rookie lawmakers take oath of office X
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue seeks to protect state workers by moving them from downtown St. Louis City location;  New office in Clayton would provide safer environment X
          AP:  Court:  State of Missouri, governor can't be sued over public defender complaints
          SNL:  DNR promises public meeting on Litton pollution X
          KWMU:  Longtime St. Louis journalist Linda Lockhart reflects on career and current state of journalism:  From good old days of copyboys running errands to present day of too many white men making decisions
          KWMU:  Newspaper veteran Tim O'Neil, formerly of the Post-Dispatch, talks about paper's office downsizing
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Make sure Missouri benefits from sports betting
          KC Star editorial:  How bad are starting salaries for Missouri teachers? Even Mississippi pays more X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Missouri should look to low- and no-income-tax states to experience expansive economic growth
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        January 11, 2019
       
KWMU:  Longtime political journalist Jo Mannies reflects on career, major stories
          P-D:  Local federal workers claim they are delaying retirement, facing other hardships due to one (1) postponed paycheck X
          KC Star:  Local federal workers use free time to protest time off X
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 Legislative Ball's Grand March
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 swearing-in
          Missourinet:  Governor's prayer breakfast draws packed house;  St. Louis City Sheriff Vernon Betts notes that real men "have got to be careful" these days
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Elijah Haahr talks to Rosenbaum about criminal-sentencing overhaul, black legislators' desire to clean up Amendment 1, more
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz stresses quality over quantity for 2019 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates proposal to add four new committee positions
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Senate debates four new committee positions;  Expansion has support of "Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellfontaine [sic] Neighbors) X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS begins rulemaking process for medical marijuana program
          Missourinet:  Early interest in Missouri's legalized medical marijuana is robust
          AP:  Strong interest in medical marijuana in Missouri
          CDT:  Ben Hurst resigns from Missouri Clean Water Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 9, 2019
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  UMSL's Terry Jones gives background on St. Louis City-County merger attempts and challenges of current push
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Tony Messenger to speak at Clayton Chamber of Commerce event Jan. 22
          P-D:  Hawley, other Republicans wrong on pre-existing conditions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should keep their hands off Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers deserve a break after the state's withholding glitch X
          KC Star editorial:  Demand answers to why a 53-year-old man died in a Missouri jail, and why it was kept secret X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:  Facts vs. myths in the debate over immigration X
          Kraske:  No more free meals? Life in the 'Clean Missouri' statehouse will never be the same X
          CDT op-ed:  Missourians can now talk medical marijuana with their doctors X
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson-Florissant School District attorney Cindy Reeds Ormsby responds to editorial advocating fixing elections help prevent white representation X
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        January 10, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley, Clay weigh in on shutdown X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner sees suburban St. Louis district trending blue, urges GOP to stem national tide
          AP:  Government shutdown will keep HUD Secretary Ben Carson from speaking at Governor's Prayer Breakfast
          SNL:  Area union leader complains about shutdown X
          Farm Journal:  Farmers battling the Muddy Missouri and the Army Corps of Engineers
          Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Supreme Court won't hear state animal ag challenges;  Comments from Attorney General Eric Schmitt
          KSMU:  Parson appoints John Russell, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, as Greene County commissioner
          KWMU:  Parson promotes black female judge to Missouri Court of Appeals
          AP:  Parson appoints Robin Ransom to appeals court
          KWMU:  Missouri Legislature opens 2019 with an ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr takes role as Speaker, promises "bold solutions"
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr outlines 2019 priorities
          AP:  Lawmakers convene, pledge to work on improving education and creating jobs
          SNL:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (D), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D) carry Springfield voices to Capitol X
          KSMU:  On Day One in the Missouri House, Greene County takes center stage
          Missourinet:  Springfield will have strong clout in Missouri House in 2019
          JCNT:  State House optimistic about 100th session X
          P-D:  With new leaders in place, Missouri lawmakers launch 100th session of the General Assembly X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers kick off new legislative session with pomp and promises
          Missourinet:  Schatz gives glimpse into GOP's direction this session
          Missourinet:  Schatz says 'right to work' passage this session "probably unlikely"
          CDT:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) assumes new role as Senate majority leader X
          JCNT:  Senate launches session with 9 new members X
          Missourinet:  Democratic legislative leaders hold realistic expectations as superminority
          P-D:  MO DHSS following the law, will not disclose medical marijuana applications despite reporter's request X
          P-D:  Parson's staff does not use "Silent Phone" app;  Missouri Highway Patrol recommended Greitens staff install security app prior to traveling to China and Middle East X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  DESE Deputy Commissioner Roger Dorson says fully funding foundation formula is a priority
          P-D:  State says air ambulance companies overly aggressive in pursuing payments X
          P-D:  Gateway Journalism Review event features impressive liberal lineup:  Environmentalist Kay Drey, former Sen. Wayne Goode (D-St. Louis), PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT to hold informational meeting about proposed construction on bridge on U.S. 63
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Earmarking online sales taxes for transportation
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Suggestions for GOP supermajority:  Fund transportation, create PDMP, don't change Clean Missouri, more X
          JCNT editorial:  Suggestions for GOP majority:  Fund transporation, create PDMP, overhaul criminal sentencing, more X
          P-D editorial:  'Clean Missouri' means what it says, Gov. Parson. Don't mess with it. X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Josh Hawley - unlike his predecessor Claire McCaskill - can't answer questions on his feet;  McCaskill did a better job dishing, spending time with reporters X
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        January 9, 2019   First day of legislative session
       
Priddy:  Convening the session:  Words of wisdom from Jay Barnes and Jeff Smith
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay, black state legislators among those hoping to fix "Clean Missouri" gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Retiring Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) embraces 'my government,' talks term limits and Greitens +
          P-D:  Advice from former legislators Jake Hummel, Jay Barnes, Kevin Engler, Gail McCann Beatty +
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft says he plans to overhaul initiative petition process in a content-neutral way
          Missourinet:  Marijuana bills on the upswing in Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Missouri medical marijuana trade show announced X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) aims to protect minors while combatting sex trafficking
          KWMU:  Missouri Board of Education says you can't buy lower teacher turnover
          Missourinet:  Pennsylvania-based rankings/review site claims most neighboring states pay teachers more than Missouri;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol
          CDT:  Federal shutdown not affecting Missouri school breakfast/lunch handouts X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) would institute instant runoff voting method
          The Missouri Times:  Former MOGOP Chair David Cole joins Health Facilities Review Committee;  5 new Certificate of Need applications approved
          Missourinet:  Capitol renovation project running on schedule
          KC Star editorial:  Temporary government shutdown affecting residents of Missouri, Kansas;  Kansas Indian tribe could face delayed improvements to HVAC system, other harrowing atrocities
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The case for career politicians:  We could use more like Mike Parson and fewer like Eric Greitens
          P-D editorial:  Schmitt's stand against debtors' prisons is an apt start to his new job X
          P-D editorial:  Changing the election system will help prevent voters from choosing white candidates for Ferguson-Florissant school board X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  On the Dept. of Revenue tax-withholding tables snafu
          Messenger:  Schmitt joins the fight against debtors' prisons in Missouri X
          Helling:  Statewide vote on St. Louis area merger is silly;  "Old and poor" St. Louis City combining with "rich and growing" St. Louis County is of little interest to most Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says lobbyists have been purchasing Missouri lawmakers' votes via sports tickets, free food and "who knows what else" X
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        January 8, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to speak at 2019 Missouri Lincoln Days
          P-D:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to keynote Missouri Lincoln Days X
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North to speak at Cape County Lincoln Day in March +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver, Hartzler weigh in on border wall
          AP:  Missouri revenue down 2.9 percent through first half of fiscal year
          Missourinet:  Schmitt wants to stop modern-day 'debtors' prisons'
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt files first amicus brief opposing 'debtors' prisons'
          P-D:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says House Dems looking into allegations against Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City);  KMOV report showed Franks falsified timesheets at taxpayer-funded job, hid income on bankruptcy filing X
          Missourinet:  County officials don't want lawmakers to transfer road maintenance to local governments
          KWMU:  Judge:  15,000 inmates eligible to join lawsuit over Missouri parole practices
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) says higher ed background will be a plus
          AP:  Ferguson school district must change election board method;  Traditional at-large elections resulted in voters choosing too many Caucasoids
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court upholds ruling on Ferguson-Florissant School Board elections
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU responds to Supreme Court denial of elections case appeal
          P-D:  Parkway West eighth grader Wilson Gao earns perfect score on SAT;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          KWMU:  State officials sit through another public meeting on Bridgeton Landfill;  Woman who chose to purchase house near landfill complains about odor
          P-D:  Adam Crumbliss, other public servants hear from landfill neighbors who dislike findings of scientific report X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch to downsize, move to smaller office building in St. Louis City X
          KC Star editorial:  Suggestions for GOP legislative agenda:  Repeal tax cuts, expand Medicaid, leave Clean Missouri's gerrymandering as is, other fantasies X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature bolsters local economy X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Specifics needed from Missouri Department of Conservation on Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wonders why family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan is the sole diversity-quota selection for editorial board - and relegated to "adjunct member" status X
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        January 7, 2019
       
KWMU:  Parson's PAC goes public as it raises big dollars from big donors
          KWMU:  Forecasting legislative issues:  Early childhood education, transportation, low income housing tax credits, redistricting, 'right to work,' more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature opens with new governor, old problems
          Missourinet:  Parson shares thoughts on transportation funding, opportunies presented by Panama Canal expansion
          AP:  Lawmakers to consider redistricting, sports betting
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers to consider sports betting proposals
          P-D:  Annual legislative preview X
          KC Star:  Annual legislative preview X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Reps. Jean Evans, Tracy McCreery and Donna Baringer talk about personalities of Scott Fitzpatrick, Elijah Haahr and Crystal Quade;  Tort overhaul;  "Clean Missouri";  Statewide vote on St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger;  More
          Washington Missourian:  Legislative rookies, veteran head to Capitol for first week of session
          KWMU:  Galloway finds changes to home health care saved far less than expected
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would set limits on how early school districts can begin classes X
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana a step closer to reality today;  Pre-filing for license applications begins X
          Phill Brooks:  The art of Missouri budget compromise:  Lessons from Bob Holden and Mel Carnahan X
          SNL letters:  Area feminist thinks legislators should take Equal Rights Amendment proposal seriously;  St. Louis County liberal opposes Medicaid standards;  Battlefield woman threatens to vote against Parson if he supports Amendment 1 cleanup X
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        January 6, 2019
       
P-D:  Trump supporters rally in Clayton for border wall X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New to Congress, Hawley settles in
          P-D:  U.S. House opens 116th Congress with party-line votes X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Minimum wage increase already costing Missouri jobs;  Local auto shop, hardware store letting employees go due to higher wage costs
          SE Missourian:  Local business leaders discuss negative effects of Missouri's minimum wage increase +
          Lake Sun:  Businesses brace for damage caused by minimum wage increase
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers have filed 10 marijuana bills since Amendment 2 passed. Here's a roundup. X
          JCNT:  100th General Assembly convenes Wednesday X
          JCNT:  Jay Barnes reflects on 8 years in Missouri Legislature:  "I will not miss this at all";  Thoughts on Mamtek, Greitens, life after politics X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) talks primary victory, freshman bus tour
          Columbia Missourian:  State program for special-needs students has failed to help a single one;  Comments from former Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst (R-High Ridge)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) aims to help DNR move faster on business permits
          Joplin Globe:  Federal, state agencies will weigh in on plans for reservoir;  Growing demand from Joplin-area residents requires new water source X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  No timeline for reopening of Wildcat Glades nature center X
          AP:  Joplin Globe has new owner:  Alabama pension fund
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Most counties in Missouri don't look like Kansas City or St. Louis City;  Great Northwest Day at the Capitol provides an important forum for rural issues
          JCNT editorial:  Department of Corrections continues to embarrass our state, and problems need immediate attention X
          McClellan:  On decision to vote for Roy Blunt over Jason Kander, and St. Louis County Republicans hosting Joe Arpaio +
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Missouri lawmakers' days of free meals are over X
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        January 5, 2019
       
KC Star:  Most local federal workers still getting paid during temporary shutdown;  Area woman laments inability to finance new hardwood floors X
          P-D:  Mass protest of federal workers opposing shutdown draws crowd of nearly ten (10) in St. Louis City X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition focuses on voting by mail
          Missourinet:  Parson to address hundreds at Missouri Cattlemen's Association event today in Columbia
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  December 31, 2018
          P-D:  Greitens records show campaign adviser Austin Chambers communicated with governor's official staff X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) jobs bills aimed at helping both military veterans and felons find work
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Southeast Missouri prison inmates nurture a career in agriculture
          P-D:  Anti-gun advocates complain about Capitol policy;  State receives fifty (50) e-mails, letters over one-month period X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 3, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley lectures that Democrats 'need to do their jobs.' But he didn't do his as AG. X
          KC Star editorial:  State screwup could be unpleasant surprise for Missouri taxpayers. Lawmakers should help. X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Hawley's legacy as AG centers on unfinished Greitens investigation;  Limited number of gov office documents have been turned over by "Gov. Mike Paron [sic]" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson woman says Gov. Parson is wrong on Amendment 1 +
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        January 4, 2019
       
P-D:  Sen. Hawley takes oath in D.C. X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mannies, Rosenbaum debate which was the biggest story of the year:  Hawley's defeat of McCaskill, or Greitens' self-defeat
          KWMU:  Local government workers' union official complains about government shutdown, details personal failure to conserve her funds until next paycheck
          KWMU:  Activists not pleased with Trump's efforts to roll back regulations;  Comments from Sierra Club Missouri's John Hickey
          Missourinet:  Missouri hospital groups respond to new federal pricing transparency rule;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri's 43rd attorney general
          AP:  Schmitt sworn in as Missouri's attorney general
          Missourinet:  Eric Schmitt takes office
          P-D:  Missouri gets a new attorney general, officials hope for calm X
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick to be sworn in as Missouri treasurer on January 14
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri conservatives' next generation:  Elijah Haahr and Scott Fitzpatrick step into the spotlight as leaders of tomorrow
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Kim Gardner $63k for campaign violations;  Former Democratic state rep used campaign money for Planet Fitness membership, other personal expenses
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Investigation shows Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) signed falsified timesheets at taxpayer-funded job in St. Louis City
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) calls for boycott of TV station after news story regarding falsified timesheets
          Twitter.com/BruceFranksJr:  "When you really [sic] a 24hr mentor but KMOV doesn't u [sic] Deray's day [sic?] the ripple effect of tearing down black leadership!"
          AP:  Mid-America business index rises in December
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) introduces multiple bills to limit taxation and government spending
          CDT:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce lists MU funding, tax on Internet sales as priorities X
          Columbia Missourian:  Chamber of Commerce 2019 priorities include funding for MU, public education
          CDT:  Dept. of Revenue Director Joel Walters discusses tax refund errors X
          P-D:  Missouri agrees to collect St. Louis Zoo sales tax after weeks of confusion X
          SNL:  Missouri to release student test scores in February X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D), St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) open to using statewide vote to decide upon proposed city-county merger
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis County GOP wrong to invite Joe Arpaio to speak X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State legislature should not cap local sales taxes X
          P-D editorial:  Consolidation proposal for police in smallest St. Louis County towns has merit X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wonders why diversity champions on Post-Dispatch editorial board do not value ideological diversity X
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        January 3, 2019
       
P-D:  Rural Missouri voters hope Hawley remembers the conservative principles that got him elected X
          KWMU:  Southeast Missourian nail manufacturer talks tariffs
          Daily American Republic:  Carter County receives $8.6 million to replace flood-damaged courthouse, jail, sheriff department +
          P-D:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Kim Gardner $63k;  Former Democratic state rep used campaign funds for personal expenses including gym membership, hid numerous contributions and expenditures X
          P-D:  Jefferson City restaurant owner discusses negative effects of "Clean Missouri" on local economy X
          The Missouri Times:  Four lawmakers trade in General Assembly for local government
          KWMU:  Missouri's medical marijuana program has long road ahead
          Missourinet:  Extended deadline proposed for some taxpayers as Missouri recovers from withholding error
          P-D:  State balks on collecting St. Louis Zoo sales tax X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) optimistic about "Hailey's Law" in 2019
          P-D:  Missouri fund can help families of crime victims pay for burials, and the process is now clear X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol:  six motorists killed over New Year's weekend, none wearing seat belts
          SNL:  Greene County says yes to state audit X
          KC Star editorial:  What are KC-area laws for cannabis extract CBD? The answer is still hazy X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Paint for a Cause project to help celebrate state's birthday +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  It's time for legislators to act on PDMP
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City):  PDMP, heat map will help combat drug abuse in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Fred Wessels (D-St. Louis City):  Parson, GOP legislators wrong to propose changes to initiative petition process X
          P-D letter:  Clayton man responds to Dan Mehan, says Missouri Chamber gets what it deserves when out-of-state liberal interests pour money into Missouri initiatives X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man says "Clean Missouri" language was misleading, would taint southeast Missouri districts with urban voters +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says urban schools will improve performance if state legislators stop cutting taxes and stop supporting charter schools X
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        January 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Carter County gets $8.6 million to rebuild from flood damage
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Q&A with St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III
          JCNT:  Number of female legislators hits all-time high in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Margie Vandeven, returning as Missouri's education commissioner, wants to focus on future
          Missourinet:  Margie Vandeven returns to job today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Deputy Education Commissioner Roger Dorson discusses budget work
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan says virtual school bills may resurface
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group backs legislation to cover kids' developmental disabilities
          Missourinet:  SSM:  MU Health Care is the right candidate to purchase St. Mary's Hospitals in mid-Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A spring rise, by any other name;  Congress must take action to protect Missouri farmland
          P-D editorial:  Legislature's to-do list for 2019:  Expand Medicaid, ban Confide, other fantasies X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri petition process needs a tweak, not an overhaul X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Bag-Head Jheri looks ahead to 2019:  Sexagenarian columnist prints fictitious conversation with imaginary homeless man;  Topics include Trump's stupidity, Kansas City Chiefs' upcoming defeat, other cheerful and substantive topics
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says legislators should stop complaining about the cost of Medicaid X
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        January 1, 2019   Happy New Year!
       
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
          KWMU:  "Our favorite photos of 2018":  High school students protest "priveleged [sic] white boys";  Michael Brown Sr. smokes a cigarette while placing objects in the middle of street;  Illegal alien evades authorities in Maplewood;  Anti-Trump protesters march on Delmar Boulevard;  etc.
          KWMU:  Chairman of House committee that investigated Greitens again calls for Ethics Commission action
          The Missouri Times:  House committee investigating former governor releases final report
          AP:  Lawmaker review of Greitens over;  MEC complaint remains
          KC Star:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) says he hopes inquiries into Greitens campaign continue
          P-D:  Committee investigating Greitens releases final report X
          P-D:  Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to headline St. Louis County GOP dinner X
          AP:  GOP Reps. Kurt Bahr, Rick Brattin resign Monday, shortly before terms end;  Both were elected to county offices
          The Missouri Times:  Taylor Burks to head Division of Labor Standards
          SNL:  How the minimum wage increase will affect Missouri's smallest paychecks X
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage hike takes effect today
          Missourinet:  Missouri expects 2 percent revenue hike
          P-D:  Facing a potential tax bill surprise, Missourians could get extension to pay X
          Missourinet:  Missouri still looking to expand rural broadband access
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Parson should give up on attempt to change "Clean Missouri" provisions
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Pat Dougherty:  Four gifts for the 2019 General Assembly
          SE Missourian letter:  Local septuagenarian Democrat unhappy with delay on implementing marijuana law, GOP efforts to clean up Amendment 1, other transgressions +
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        December 31, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  We asked questions at the beginning of the year about Missouri politics - Here are the answers
          AP:  Consumers hit with higher prices as minimum wage increases in several states
          KWMU:  Missouri business owners still divided over minimum wage hike, which takes effect Jan. 1
          CDT:  'Major oversight' on tax withholding tables means many taxpayers may owe state, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says X
          P-D:  State workers in Missouri will see paychecks rise next month X
          Missourinet:  Small, rural Missouri districts driving increase in four-day school weeks
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) offers advice for rookie lawmakers
          KC Star:  Clay County officials says state's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program creates a burden on staff X
          KC Star editorial:  New Year's Resolutions for Missouri Republicans:  Hawley should apologize for criticizing Star's pre-election hit pieces;  Parson should prioritize LGBTQIA* issues;  GOP legislators should acquiesce to Clean Missouri;  Other fantasies X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  <X things> journomeme:  Five (5!) key questions for the St. Louis economy in 2019:  State legislators should focus on road funding, education, and building the economy X
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        December 30, 2018
       
CNN:  Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Smith (D-N.Y.) fires back at McCaskill, calls comments "pretty disappointing"
          CDT:  Trump's visit to Columbia cost city less than $40k;  Three-quarters of funds went to local law enforcement officers X
          SNL:  How EPA's proposed mercury rule changes will affect City Utilities X
          JCNT:  Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Buckner) wants to give seniors a property tax break X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) looks forward to budget work
          JCNT:  Crisis in Missouri's prisons 'downplayed;'  Vacancies, violence against staff greater than portrayed, former warden says X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) aims to help keep guns away from domestic abusers;  Comments from outgoing Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson)
          JCNT:  MoDOT's Jason Shafer repairs the roads, then enjoys them X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Tread lightly when changing Missouri's petition process X
          P-D editorial:  Updated editorial board member profiles:  Ray Farris (Caucasoid male, 62);  Tod Robberson (Caucasoid male, 62); Kevin McDermott (Caucasoid male, 53);  Gilbert Bailon (Hispanic male, 59);  Family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan ("Muslim mom in the Midwest," 44) handed "adjunct member" title X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Thank you for the privilege of being your attorney general X
          CDT's Keller:  Gov. Parson's transparency on Amendment 1 cleanup just one example of his superiority to Eric Greitens X
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        December 29, 2018
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith sees no quick end to partial government shutdown +
          CDT:  Truman VA hospital accused of negligence in veteran's death X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 stories of 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker talks with Scott Faughn about disagreement with far-left feminists regarding pro-life Democratic candidates;  Democratic gov candidate Scott Sifton and also-ran opponents;  rebuilding the party in oustate Missouri;  much more
          The Missouri Times:  Proposed initiative petitions include 'right to work,' Medicaid expansion, protecting Missouri from illegal aliens, more
          JCNT:  Ashcroft:  27 petitions filed since Nov. 6 election X
          P-D:  Lawmakers could vote to raise the bar for initiative petitions X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Capitol City Research's Willis Jones
          P-D:  State spares Wash U. and The Mission Continues from legal action related to misuse of resources X
          KC Star:  Attorney general's office drops further investigations into The Mission Continues X
          The Missouri Times:  State projects increase in general revenue collection for FY 2020
          AP:  Parson, legislative budget leaders predict 2 percent revenue hike
          KCUR:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) wants to cap 'out of control' local taxes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim Education Director Dr. Roger Dorson praises rehiring of Margie Vandeven
          KC Star:  University of Missouri Title IX official:  Male asking out a smaller female can be considered harassment X
          JCNT editorial:  State's child abuse hotline needs to do better X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 opinion pieces of 2018
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury sexagenarian angry at Parson, Schatz over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        December 28, 2018
       
KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith holds public forum in Poplar Bluff on government shutdown;  Comments from Mitch Davis, others
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer discusses Pelosi's approach and left-wing impeachment push
          AP:  Schmitt taps former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristian Stevens to lead criminal litigation
          SE Missourian:  Outgoing Scott County commissioner - a lifelong Democrat - to switch parties, run for Holly Rehder's state rep seat in 2020 +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After minimum wage hike, businesses look for ways to adapt to higher labor costs
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) would free senior citizens of property taxes
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks court order to resume abortions in Columbia X
          Missourinet:  Audit suggests ways for Missouri to fight prescription drug fraud and abuse
          JCNT:  Galloway:  Prescription drug oversight could halt abuse X
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) would protect restaurants from plastic straw bans X
          Missourinet:  Extra state troopers on the road during this New Year's weekend
          KC Star editorial:  Why wouldn't Missouri accept donation for 144-mile hike and bike trail? X
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        December 27, 2018
       
The Hill:  McCaskill on liberal poster girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y):  "I'm a little confused why she's the thing"
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown X
          Columbia Missourian:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown
          AP:  Missourians want action over too-high Illinois river levee
          P-D:  Pro-Parson "Uniting Missouri PAC" attracts contributions from conservative donors, business PACs;  Comments from spokesman John Hancock X
          Columbia Missourian:  Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect January 1
          P-D:  Republicans seek to require some Medicaid recipients to work - or put forth some effort to find work - while enjoying benefits X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would let drivers turn left on red light in certain road configurations
          Missourinet:  Proposed St. Mary's Hospital sales in Jefferson City and Mexico could go before Legislature
          JCNT:  Audit:  Low staffing creates delays at abuse hotline X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Highway Patrol emphasizes gun safety
          P-D editorial:  2018 in review:  Greitens, McCaskill-Hawley, tariffs dominate political news - and people should care more about Confide X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State should begin realizing sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Despite Trump's photo ops, government shutdown is hurting Missourians
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis City sexagenarian eager for Clean Missouri to get more Democrats elected X
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis County septuagenarian hopes Clean Missouri goes uncontested X
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        December 26, 2018
       
Missourinet:  Missouri delegation's support for border wall splits down partisan lines
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podast:  Senate President Pro Tem-elect Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks GOP unity, PDMP, low income housing tax credits, cleaning up Amendment 1, more
          Missourinet:  Clean Missouri regulations force cancellation of annual "Taste of Jefferson City" event
          KC Star:  Advocacy group wants Missouri to spend more money on anti-smoking programs X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Some of the top stories of 2018:  Trump visit, Swan speaking out against Greitens, Parsons stumping for gas tax, local state legislative elections, more +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County liberal wants Parson to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman wants more sex education in Missouri schools X
          P-D letter:  Washington University student Reede Goldberg says Missouri drug laws are racist X
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        December 25, 2018   Merry Christmas!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Farmers' priorities secured in new farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne
          CNN:  McCaskill warns Dems about 'cheap' rhetoric, says GOP senators privately believe Trump is 'nuts'
          Joplin Globe:  Neosho Mayor Ben Baker officially resigns city duties in preparation for state rep job
          Missourinet:  Missouri State to ask Legislature for major spike in funding
          Joplin Globe:  Attorney for veteran Missouri blogger Randy Turner expects judgment to be set aside;  Case alleges wrongful termination by Joplin School District
          Priddy:  On Gov. Parson's office Christmas decorations, and documentation of Legislature working on Christmas Day in the 1800s (1,222 words)
          Joplin Globe letters:  Leslie Holloway says not everyone wants the Rock Island Trail;  Joplin septuagenarian urges caution on Equal Rights Amendment
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        December 24, 2018   Christmas Eve
       
The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Clay calls criminal justice bill "historic bipartisan legislation"
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood addresses regional needs with new hospital and air service
          CDT:  Columbia refugee numbers grow as state shows decline X
          AP:  Parson wants repeal of Democrat-boosting redistricting measure
          KWMU:  Schmitt mulls changes to attorney general's racial-profiling traffic stop report;  Adding zip codes of stopped drivers would help police departments provide context
          P-D:  Missouri officials have yet to decide on new cross-state hiking, biking trail X
          AP:  Public wants elk hunts open to all Missouri residents, Dept. of Conservation biologist says
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State legislators should support an online sales tax
          Messenger:  Efforts by Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) on probation companies, police departments shows common ground is possible in 2019 X
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        December 23, 2018
       
P-D's Raasch:  The big question in 2019 Missouri politics:  What kind of senator will Josh Hawley be? X
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by government shutdown X
          P-D:  Arch, Old Courthouse access affected by government shutdown X
          KWMU:  With Trump's signature, law allows Delta Queen steamboat to again travel the Mississippi
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's political use of staff was definitely hypocritical - and potentially illegal X
          P-D editorial:  Clergy abuse probe should be top priority for Eric Schmitt X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Irl Scissors:  Modern energy policy is delivering results in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian offers fond farewell for Jim Spainhower X
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        December 22, 2018
       
KWMU:  Local effects of the government shutdown are minimal
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Ann Wagner gets two bills passed;  Claire McCaskill casts her final vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office responds, again, to liberal group's allegation that Hawley misused public funds
          AP:  Hawley releases records involving his office staff's work
          KC Star:  Hawley releases 85 pages of records in responds to liberal group's allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 19, 2018
          Joplin Globe:  Cody Smith named Missouri House Budget chief X
          AP:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) chosen as next budget chairman
          P-D:  Missouri heading into budget talks with fresh faces at the helm X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Support local feminists' push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment X
          KC Star editorial:  A movie list for Missouri pols:  McCaskill should watch "anything with her look-alike" sexagenarian Miranda Richardson;  Courageous Democratic hero Nicole Galloway should watch inspirational film "Rocky";  more X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Solid leaders Sam Graves, Dan Hegeman, and Northwest Missouri alum Elijah Haahr will bring home the bacon for northwest Missouri
          KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  'Clean Missouri' will slow the revolving door that turns lawmakers into lobbyists X
          CDT op-ed:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle:  State legislators should spend time focusing on paid family and medical leave X
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        December 21, 2018
       
NY Times podcast:  McCaskill's parting shots:  Young, ungrateful Missouri feminists screeching about pro-choice agenda should, "Shut up! You know, really. This is hard." (8:00)
          P-D:  In closing days as Missouri's senior senator, McCaskill trolls Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake on Twitter X
          JCNT:  Missouri ag experts, officials laud farm bill X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, one of a dozen Republicans who met with Trump, says House GOP steadfast on border-wall funding X
          KWMU:  EPA approves $48 million loan to help prevent sewer overflows in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr discusses Fitzpatrick appointment and Budget Committee chair slot
          The Missouri Times:  20 (or more) questions with Lowell Pearson:  On his upbringing, working for Matt Blunt, proposing to Jane Drummond, and "Hit 'Em With the Hein"
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Leslie Korte, chief of staff to House Floor Leader Rob Vescovo
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Janson Thomas, chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh
          The Missouri Times:  Behind the Lawmaker series:  Mark Schupp, husband of Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur)
          Columbia Missourian:  No consensus among lawmakers on how to pay for state's transportation needs
          The Missouri Times:  Three names submitted to Parson for Van Amburg judicial vacancy
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 19, 2018
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Poor staffing of Missouri's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline puts children at greater risk
          Washington Missourian:  Grace's Place gets state tax credits X
          KC Star editorial:  Despite Fitzpatrick's qualifications, Parson should not have appointed a white male to state treasurer post X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge turns 15, becomes city's iconic image +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Only solution to Franklin County traffic congestion is cost-sharing with the state X
          Kraske:  Politicians say the darndest things - a look at Missouri's notable quotables from 2018 X
          Messenger:  Defendants getting some help in battles against Missouri debtors' prisons X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says southwest Missouri deer poachers should have gotten stiffer sentences X
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        December 20, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley named to key U.S. Senate committees, including judiciary
          Missourinet:  Hawley to join high-profile Judiciary Committee
          MSNBC:  McCaskill gives "last live interview" to Rachel Maddow, criticizes Trump and far-left wing
          Missourinet:  Missouri liberals oppose judge's Obamacare ruling
          KWMU:  Parson picks state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) to be Missouri's next state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Missouri House's top budget leader appointed as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Fitzpatrick has more "knowledge of the state budget than any other elected official"
          AP:  Parson appoints Fitzpatrick as new state treasurer
          P-D:  Parson picks House budget chief to be next Missouri treasurer X
          AP:  Not-for-profit with ties to Greitens campaign raised $6 million in 2017
          P-D:  Greitens nonprofit raised $6 million, spent big on Greitens allies, new records show X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment hits record low
          Missourinet:  Missouri unemployment rate is lowest on record
          The Missouri Times:  Lyndall Fraker to lead medical marijuana unit within DHSS
          AP:  Parson creates committee to promote 2020 census
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri handled federal early childhood funds poorly - in 2016
          P-D:  DHSS tests are positive for Legionnaires' disease at west county Marriott X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee gains 6 new members
          Missourinet:  Missouri regulators consider wind energy project after high court order
          SE Missourian:  Electrical co-ops, DRA will help bring fiber broadband Internet to rural areas +
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is on track with making LGBTQIA* a protected class in Missouri. Now he should stop hedging and lead X
          Priddy:  Remembering Jim Spainhower (1,423 words)
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans unwilling to listen to the voices of voters
          P-D letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Maximilianah Zales":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Missouri entrepreneurs X
          Chicago Tribune letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Geraldine Aglipay":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Illinois entrepreneurs
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        December 19, 2018
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Democrats could avoid government shutdown by embracing compromise
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley, academics weigh in on scrapping Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff nail company awaits tariff certainty
          AP:  Parson wants law for online sales tax collections
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana:  The path from voter approval to a functioning industry
          Washington Missourian:  Despite rise of fentanyl, meth still the top killer drug in Franklin County
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden bill would reduce jail costs;  Area man claims to be too poor to pay bills, drinks premium beer during day
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson, House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) weigh in on proposal to expand protected classes in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt, Hawley disingenuous on Obamacare X
          P-D editorial:  Jay Ashcroft bolsters his credibility with bipartisan probe of Hawley's campaign X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Poaching is a serious offense, and should be treated as such X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph sexagenarian conservative says McCaskill's farewell speech should have included Kavanaugh debacle
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian expresses anger at Missouri voters and Josh Hawley over Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Repealing earnings tax is an issue of fairness, equality X
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        December 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  As she wraps up life as senator, McCaskill forecasts deadlock over health care, border wall
          SNL:  HUD report:  Homelessness in Missouri down in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Charter expansion and voucher issues returning to session;  Thoughts from Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-O'Fallon) to consolidate small municipal police departments earns bipartisan support X
          AP:  Missouri to give away historic bridge for free, with catch
          P-D editorial:  Now that Republicans have put Obamacare on its deathbed, what's Hawley's plan? X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Grant for regional port is good news for economy +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph):  The future of the Republican party in Missouri is promising
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian says Gov. Parson should pardon woman who murdered her husband X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
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        December 17, 2018
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Blunt weighs in on impact of Obamacare decision
          SNL:  How Trump's rollback of Waters of the U.S. rule will affect the Ozarks:  Comments from Blunt, Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl, Sierra Club's John Hickey, others X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of former state Sen. Jeff Smith, GOP consultant extraordinaire Scott Dieckhaus, veteran Democratic commentator Jane Dueker and spokesvixen Brittany Robbins talk Hawley investigation, Missouri Democratic Party's challenges, Scott Sifton as Democratic gov frontrunner, more
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson talks to Jason Rosenbaum about agenda:  Early childhood education, transportation, Medicaid restructuring, state treasurer appointment, more
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Reps from Ameren, KCP&L and Spire talk economic development
          Missourinet:  Public comment period open on state fine arts standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Wisper ISP Inc. wins FCC contract to build broadband across rural Missouri
          P-D:  EPA remediating Missouri properties where lead was found X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Changing times lead to changes in news delivery;  Recent blizzard encouraged some area olds to embrace digital edition
          KC Star editorial:  Bill Eigel - "from little Weldon Spring" - is doing Rex Sinquefield's bidding and should mind his own business X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission's policies benefit consumers
          P-D letter:  State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) applauds Ann Wagner X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man blames Travis Brown for Bill Eigel's earnings-tax legislation X
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        December 16, 2018
       
Joplin Globe:  Voters analyze last month's state and federal election results:  Newspaper reporters visit coffeeshop to interview senior citizens, coeds, etc. X
          Joplin Globe:  Area feminists want state legislators to ratify Equal Rights Amendment;  Gals' gabfest set for Jan. 17 X
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Limbaugh III performs at White House holiday party +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Task Force 1 plans to use rescue dogs in 2019 thanks to a donation
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayers to fund "conviction integrity unit" by St. Louis City Prosecutor Kim Gardner and Midwest Innocence Project
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill's exit further shrinks America's political middle ground X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  U.S. senators should heed McCaskill's parting shots X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri coalition aims to curtail robocalls X
          Joplin Globe editiorial:  Missouri voters have spoken on state parks, now leaders must act X
          Waters:  Reflections on Claire McCaskill's career X
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Surplus sustains state as revenue declines X
          Horrigan:  Probe-o-rama:  Airing of grievances at Missouri GOP electeds:  Parson, Hawley, Ashcroft, Schmitt X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Allison Kite:  Kansas City counts on earnings tax to fund key services, so GOP keeps trying to kill it X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Local woman touts upcoming benefits of Missouri's medical marijuana law
          P-D letter:  Local abortion doctor applauds Stacey Newman's anti-GOP op-ed X
          P-D letter:  Warson Woods man says Stacey Newman distorts pro-lifers' positions X
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        December 15, 2018
       
KWMU:  Galloway to oversee much of the probe into liberal group's complaint about Hawley
          P-D:  Galloway to give 'heightened scrutiny' to left-wing group's allegations against Hawley X
          AP:  Galloway agrees to participate in Hawley investigation
          Missourinet:  Galloway to help Ashcroft with Hawley probe
          KC Star:  Galloway agrees to investigate AG's office with 'heightened scrutiny' X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petition filed aims to revise ethics amendment
          KWMU:  Monday preview:  Gov. Mike Parson to talk with Jason Rosenbaum about workforce development, 'right to work,' health care, Greitens, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 10, 2018
          Missourinet:  Outgoing Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wants successor to know importance of job
          Washington Missourian:  Aging vehicle fleet strains MoDOT budget;  Agency says it needs $10 million boost in FY20 X
          Washington Missourian:  Historic Washington Foundation still has state tax credits to sell X
          P-D:  Feds shoot feral hogs from chopper in southeast Missouri;  Comments from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon), Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation nabs poachers;  Judge orders offenders to watch Bambi once a month while in jail X
          KWMU:  Missouri DHSS investigating Maryland Heights hotel after 2 guests diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease
          SE Missourian:  Attorney general's office successfully prosecutes former Perry County coroner a second time +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP should butt out and stop playing politics with Hawley investigation X
          Phill Brooks:  How partisan will the upcoming legislative session be? Parson could play a major factor. X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former University of Missouri Chancellor and CEO Brady Deaton:  Universities deserve more taxpayer dollars X
          Messenger:  Latest debtors' prison lawsuit straddles Missouri's urban-rural divide X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Sen. Roy Blunt congratulates newspaper staff on journalism awards X
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        December 14, 2018
       
KWMU:  McCaskill slaps Senate in farewell speech:  "We have too many embarrassing uncles in the United States Senate"
          Fox News:  McCaskill blasts 'too many embarrassing uncles' in Senate in final floor speech
          P-D:  McCaskill farewell speech features tears, swipes at Senate colleagues and Trump X
          AP:  McCaskill lectures Senate in farewell
          Missourinet:  McCaskill delivers harsh criticism on Senate floor, mocks Americans for "elect(ing) a reality TV star president"
          KWMU:  St. Louis City transfers land to federal government for new 'transformative' NGA facility
          P-D:  St. Louis City officials hand off NGA land to federal government X
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry permits to be honored at Missouri Capitol;  Service dogs to be allowed as well
          CDT:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna paints grim picture without more funds X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna:  Rehabbing mid-Missouri bridge will cause three- to eight-hour backups on I-70
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to try again on school bus bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver rightly in no rush to impeach Trump X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  New clean water rule gives farmers and ranchers clear guidelines
          KC Star op-ed:  Gov. Parson should pardon woman who shot and killed her husband while he slept X
          P-D letter:  Area deacon responds to Stacey Newman op-ed, says no medical consultation is needed to save a human life X
          P-D letter:  Oakland, Mo. man says Stacey Newman personifies why Democrats have become the minority in Missouri X
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        December 13, 2018
       
P-D:  McCaskill:  I'll never run again, but I'll stay involved in politics X
          AP:  Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP wants lawyer investigating Hawley to step aside
          KC Star:  Attorney's donations to Democrats spur calls for recusal X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's House delegation supports farm bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Roy Blunt is right on military pay increases
          Missourinet:  Jack Danforth, 82, takes to MSNBC to complain about Trump, reminisce on how much better things used to be back in his day
          AP:  Missouri infrastructure projects get $90 million in federal grants
          SE Missourian:  Cape's Emerson Bridge turns 15;  traffic lighter now than old span;  major repairs slated for 2019 +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA rep talks Missouri gas tax proposal's 'bait and switch' language, previews 2019 highway funding debate
          The Missouri Times:  Former State Treasurer James Spainhower passes away at 90;  Comments from Gov. Bob Holden
          Joplin Globe:  Rep.-elect Ben Baker (R-Neosho) to resign mayoral post in January X
          KWMU:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment drops as deadline looms
          KC Star:  Obamacare enrollment down in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Leave the earnings tax alone unless legislators have a better funding source X
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        December 12, 2018
       
The New Yorker:  Exit interview:  Claire McCaskill on Josh Hawley, Trump, Senate Republicans, more
          Politico:  Ann Wagner, other female GOP leaders talk about diversifying the Republican party
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Sierra Club disagree over rollback of Obama's 'Waters of the U.S." rules
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond aims to help students get international experience
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton making moves to become the Democratic frontrunner for governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservative attorney Jennifer Bukowsky hopes personal studio will help broadcast personal message
          JCNT:  State employee charity donations exceed $1 million for 15th year X
          P-D:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wants to phase out earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) to bring back bill to ban texting while driving
          P-D:  Tax Foundation report says Missouri has country's ninth-highest tax on cell phones X
          KC Star editorial:  Roy Blunt has received $19,250 from Saudi lobbyists. Did they get their money's worth? X
          The Missouri Times editorial:  There is no good reason Jean Peters Baker should resign as prosecutor
          JCNT editorial:  Tackling prison overcrowding through drug courts is a worthwhile goal X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  On Ann Wagner and GOP's female congressional candidates X
          Jensen:  Respect the people's vote on 'right to work' +
          Helling:  Missouri should not pay for elected officials' public pensions X
          Messenger:  Missouri appeals court blasts hole in debtors' prison scheme X
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        December 11, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate victory highlights the power of voters versus money
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office calls left-wing group's allegations "frivolous act of political harassment"
          AP:  Ashcroft asks Galloway to check into liberal group's complaints about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft invites Galloway to participate in Hawley probe X
          KC Star:  In KC, deportation can take up to 580 days. That's good and bad for illegal aliens. X
          KC Star:  Veteran died after confrontation at Kansas City VA hospital;  McCaskill and Blunt demand answers X
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Smith announce $20 million federal grant for Southeast Regional Port Authority
          P-D:  Missouri still scrutinizing White House official Nick Ayers' tortured ties to state X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) talk energy infrastructure, transportation funding, initiative petition system changes, more
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) opposes new 'right to work' efforts
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposals would lessen HIV-related penalties, protect needle-exchange programs;  Comments from Holly Rehder, McCreery's Emily O'Laughlin
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisons roll out tablets for inmates to use
          KC Star:  Missouri Clean Water group rejects cattle feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens X
          KC Star editorial:  It shouldn't be a big deal that Jay Ashcroft is investigating Josh Hawley, but it is X
          P-D editorial:  Justice is distorted when courts turn into profit-generating centers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Olympus Political Consulting's Jake Silverman:  Clean Missouri is illegal and immoral
          Washington Post op-ed:  Brookings Institution's Elaine Kamarck:  Watchful eyes are on Missouri's novel approach to redistricting X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  In Missouri, term limits are here to stay
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  GOP's anti-abortion zealots double down with extreme abortion bills X
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        December 10, 2018
       
P-D:  Delegation adapts to Dem House takeover:  Wagner talks Trump, suburban caucus;  Clay says Republicans "have to rely on Cleaver and Lacy ... to actually deliver for Missouri" X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Dave Schatz on role as Senate majority floor leader, tort overhaul, attributes of Caleb Rowden, PQ forecasting, more;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jeff Roorda, Jim Gwinner, UFCW's David Cook on PDMP, St. Louis City's rampant crime, 'right to work,' Parson's appointments, more
          Missourinet:  Parson wants Missouri to be a national leader in preventing Medicaid fraud
          JCNT:  Anne Precythe:  Fixing Missouri Department of Corrections is 'going to take time' X
          Messenger:  By quitting early, several Missouri lawmakers show the need for Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural Missouri's 2019 policy wish list:  Initiative petition system overhaul, rural broadband, more
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        December 9, 2018
       
KC Star:  KC gets $25 million in federal funds for Buck O'Neil Bridge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson:  'We can do better' on drugs, infrastructure
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Budget work to begin early in session;  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) on raising pay of Corrections employees
          CDT:  Prosecuting attorneys differ on enforcement of new Missouri medical marijuana law X
          KWMU:  Missouri schools preparing for students taking online classes
          JCNT:  Department of Corrections looks to reduce prison populations, recidivism X
          Daily American Republic:  Missouri Department of Conservation forming plan for future elk hunting +
          Joplin Globe:  Capitol murals, including those by Thomas Hart Benton, focus of conservation efforts X
          JCNT:  Construction won't hinder Capitol Christmas caroling X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard to fathom why Missouri is so late on PDMP X
          JCNT editorial:  Citizens should pay attention to pre-filed bills X
          P-D editorial:  Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. X
          KC Star op-ed:  KC labor and employment lawyer Lauren Sobaski:  Q&A about medical marijuana and employment law:  Smoking at work, workers showing up high, drug testing, more X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Republicans around the country - like conservative Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) - are kneecapping democracy X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  Republicans should waste no more time on 'right to work' X
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        December 8, 2018
       
KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  Between Twitter rants, Trump turns to familiar issues in KC:  immigration and the wall X
          WhiteHouse.gov:  Remarks by President Trump at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference
          Missourinet:  Audio:  President Donald Trump's comments to hundreds of law enforcement officers at national conference in Kansas City
          AP:  In KC, Trump calls illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community"
          SE Missourian:  Health insurance open enrollment ends Dec. 15;  Comments from Cover Missouri's Nancy Kelley +
          The Missouri Times:  Faced with a purported "Blue Wave," how Mike Parson helped the GOP turn the political tide by November
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  PACs and campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis files four pro-union initiative petitions for 2020
          P-D:  Former Civic Progress boss Tom Irwin joins Centene X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  December 3, 2018
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon on how Best in Midwest and Talent for Tomorrow initiatives are reversing state's negative trends
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schmitt, Richardson look at ways to deal with Medicaid fraud
          The Missouri Times:  Parson urges innovative solutions to improving criminal justice system
          Joplin Globe:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would create Sunshine Law exceptions X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 7, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Trump got city name, other facts wrong in KC speech X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Respect voters' will on highway tax
          Messenger:  St. Charles County points the way as lawmakers seek to end debtors prisons in Missouri X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Self-erasing messages at top of Missouri government are just the tip of the iceberg X
          P-D letter:  Area coed studying social work thinks Missouri should expand Medicaid X
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        December 7, 2018   Pearl Harbor Day
       
AP:  Unsuccessful McCaskill campaign spent three times amount of Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of state's office looking into complaint from liberal D.C.-based group about Hawley
          AP:  Ashcroft will examine liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft's office to investigate liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign X
          KWMU:  Hawley asks General Assembly to give more powers to the attorney general's office
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office preparing for leadership transition
          JCNT:  Schmitt hears AG progress report X
          Missourinet:  Hawley and Schmitt hold joint press conference, address range of complaints from liberals
          P-D:  Hawley, Schmitt talk AG office transition at press conference
          KCUR:  Ashcroft will examine complaints from liberal D.C. group
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael debates two (2) liberals on universal health care
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Reporter Eli Chen, Sierra Institute's John Hickey talk climate change;  Zero (0) contrarian voices included
          CDT:  Renee Hulsof in running for state treasurer X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on 'right to work,' raising the bar for changing the state Constitution, much more
          AP:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) resigns one minute before lobbying restriction kicks in
          SNL:  What to expect as Missouri's medical marijuana law takes effect X
          Washington Missourian:  Local officials attend new bridge opening, want focus now on flooding X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri bicentennial coordinator visits in preparation for 2021 +
          KC Star:  Faculty buyouts at MU and UMKC will gut some departments X
          KWMU:  Appeals court upholds class action status for thousands of Missouri criminals with hepatitis
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley's war against big tech likely to bring down small startups X
          Messenger:  After state pays jail bill of indigent felon, Lewis County seeks even more X
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        December 6, 2018
       
Missourinet:  On Senate floor, Blunt recalls George H.W. Bush's Missouri connections
          P-D:  Blunt, Ann Wagner share thoughts on Bush 41's legacy X
          AP:  Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael to debate two (2) liberal panelists on universal health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker rallies area liberals at "Medicare for All" talk
          The Missouri Times:  Corlew resigns, plans to return to being a full-time attorney
          AP:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) resigns, becomes drug-court commissioner
          AP:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) interested in job as treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Tweet from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) about Clean Missouri rated "mostly false"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner discusses Prop D defeat, what current funding means for road transportation
          KWMU:  Parson calls for 'long-overdue' drug-monitoring database to curb opioid abuse
          AP:  Parson wants prescription drug monitoring program this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's medical marijuana industry will be highly regulated, and highly lucrative
          AP:  Savings from cuts to in-home care fall short of projections
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) designed to save lives of babies with heartbeats
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Prior to August 'right to work' vote, Parson's staff researched how policy could be implemented on county level
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Dec. 5, 2018
          The Missouri Times editorial:  Parson's appointments have been stellar thus far
          P-D editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Incoming AG Eric Schmitt will manage $2.8 million DOJ grant for rape kit tracking X
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        December 5, 2018
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt relieved trade dispute did not escalate
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Trade normalcy will take patience
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jo Mannies shares memories of George H.W. Bush
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sam Graves, George H.W. Bush shared aviation as a love
          KWMU:  Outside money played outsized role in McCaskill-Hawley Senate race
          KWMU:  New Missouri Democratic Party Vice Chair Clem Smith says the party can attract both urban and rural voters;  Scott Sifton, Nicole Galloway, Stephen Webber among potential gov candidates
          AP:  Three Missouri lawmakers resign ahead of new lobbyist limits
          The Missouri Times:  Blake Hurst to continue leading Missouri Farm Bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host business panel discussion in St. Louis about rising health care costs
          KWMU:  Missouri doctors urge new limits on prescribing opioids in hospitals;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, others
          Missourinet:  Incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) brings experience with state budget in flux
          Missourinet:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) to sponsor 'right to work' bill in 2019
          KC Star:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) pre-files 'right to work' bill X
          P-D:  Burlison pre-files 'right to work' legislation X
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage), Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) file first bills for 2019 General Assembly X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau policy addresses rural broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition tackles state's rising prison population
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators must reverse course and raise taxes X
          Rudi Keller:  When George H.W. Bush came to town X
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        December 4, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Lacy Clay's influence on the rise after Democrats' House takeover;  Veteran congressman talks about priorities, young black political leadership and his "haters"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Jones lays out challenges for public education, Missouri Democrats
          KC Star:  Watchdog groups, GOP question Jean Peter Baker's conflicts as prosecutor, Missouri Democratic Party chair X
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on President George. H.W. Bush's legacy
          Missourinet:  President Trump to make stop Friday at conference in Kansas City
          Fox News Sunday:  Video:  Blunt talks trade with China, Russia probe
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Blunt, Sen.-elect Hawley, Gov. Parson, AG-to-be Eric Schmitt speak at Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Chinn, Brian Munzlinger, Bill Reiboldt among Outstanding Service to Agriculture recipients
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) resigns from the Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Hundreds of new bills filed in advance of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) pre-files bill again in response to 2017 education chief shakeup
          JCNT:  MOSERS likely to need more financial help from lawmakers X
          JCNT:  Legislators hope for early start on HIV-specific bills X
          Missourinet:  Rehder, McCreery pre-file bills to change HIV and drug treatment policies
          Washington Missourian:  State investigates controversial photo showing toddler with deer;  Newspaper caption incorrectly stated that 2-year-old shot the buck X
          KWMU:  Hunters could soon have the chance to target elk in southeast Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should ban the use of secretive Confide app X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses anger over Ann Wagner's re-election, says anti-trafficking legislation will impede those using Internet for consensual intercoursing X
          P-D letter:  Doorways CEO Opal Jones supports legislation to change state HIV laws X
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian wants Republicans to raise state income tax to pay for higher ed X
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        December 3, 2018
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Todd Graves on his successful reign as Missouri GOP chairman;  Sean Soendker Nicholson on Clean Missouri's electoral win
          AP:  Missouri first to adopt fairness test against gerrymandering
          P-D:  From opioids to rural hospitals, health care will be focus of Parson this week X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) says Missouri transportation talks are happening behind scenes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to file PDMP legislation;  Sen.-elect Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to file same bill in Senate
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit cashed in using Arkansas program for mental services
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Nonprofit's CFO bundled contributions for Ryan Silvey
          Columbia Missourian's Craig Stevenson:  Missouri's safety net programs help build healthy families
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        December 2, 2018
       
Kraske:  George Bush taught this young reporter a lesson about the business of journalism X
          P-D:  Bush family ties run deep in St. Louis X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  President George Bush at Springfield visit in 1988 X
          Joplin Globe:  Bush was first sitting president to visit Joplin X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Q&A:  Luetkemeyer on President George H.W. Bush's legacy, Barbara Bush, relationship with Reagan, more
          The Missouri Times:  Jean Peters Baker elected chair of Missouri Democratic Party
          KC Star:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to head Missouri Democratic Party X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bankrolling marijuana comes with complications
          KC Star:  Local doctors weigh in on relative medical value of marijuana X
          P-D The Bottom Line:  Business columnists David Nicklaus, Jim Gallagher talk about medical marijuana, experience at Colorado pot shop, forecasts for impact on Missouri X
          CDT:  Lobbyists hired to prevent MU Health monopoly in Jefferson City X
          Washington Missourian:  New Highway 47 may open for traffic tomorrow - weather dependent X
          CDT:  Activists say Catholic Church, Hawley slow to oust sex abusers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Bridge ribbon-cutting marks a historic day X
          KC Star op-ed:  Clean Missouri defense effort:  Op-ed attributed to Bob Johnson, Gwen Grant X
          P-D letter:  Missouri HIV justice coalition praises Reps. Holly Rehder, Tracy McCreery for sponsoring legislation X
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        December 1, 2018   George H.W. Bush dies at 94
       
December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          NPR:  McCaskill blames her defeat on Democrats' 'failure' with rural America
          KWMU:  Missouri Democrats hope new leadership - to be elected today - will improve their future
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 26, 2018
          JCNT:  Parson gives state workers the day off on Christmas Eve X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) wants to streamline permits for business expansion
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for new Route 47 Missouri River bridge
          SNL:  Deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) killed in Stone County;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says first in southwest Missouri X
         AP:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants Missouri Dept. of Public Safety to suspend licenses of four St. Louis City police officers at center of controversy

          KC Star:  Former employee in attorney general's office downloaded Confide app in 2017;  Evan Rosell, who left AG's office nine (9) months ago, used app 3-4 times for personal, non-work conversations X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's GOP state legislators won't listen to voters. Electronic petitions would help change that. X
          CDT editorial:  Make Missouri dull again;  State's politicians should give Missourians a non-dramatic 2019 X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent and Susan Pendergrass:  Margie Vandeven a terrific choice - for those who want the status quo X
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        November 30, 2018
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith will be part of House GOP leadership team again
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt aims to boost services for adoptions
          P-D:  McCaskill:  Cohen's plea deal confirms voters weren't told truth about Trump and Russia in 2016 X
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Graves, Jerry Hunter to chair Schmitt's AG transition team
          KC Star:  Court ruling could force everyday Missourians to register as lobbyists, attorneys say X
          P-D:  State yet to determine policy on medical marijuana and welfare recipients X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to bring back PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's Mansion transforming into Christmas wonderland
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of November 28, 2018
          Missouinet:  Ameren Missouri taking initial steps toward renewable energy
          The Missouri Times:  Local NAACP branch to honor former Rep. Esther Haywood (D-St. Louis County)
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To speed up development of Highway 47, share the cost with the state X
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        November 29, 2018
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill takes parting shot at senators for being more focused on TV hits than legislating
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hires chief of staff, state director
          Missourinet:  Hawley chooses campaign manager as chief of staff
          P-D:  Hawley names campaign manager to run his Senate office X
          KC Star:  Hawley will take up McCaskill's duck boat safety bill after he takes her seat X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to re-introduce McCaskill's duck boat bill
          AP:  U.S. House opens gate for Delta Queen to cruise
          AP:  Congressional proposal seeks to make Route 66 historic trail
          The Missouri Times:  More proposed initiative petitions filed with SOS office
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee holds closed-door meeting
          JCNT:  Freshmen lawmakers make first appearance at Capitol X
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) plans to file seven gun-control bills
          JCNT:  Dept. of Higher Ed report:  LU, State Tech in need of updates X
          AP:  Dept. of Higher Ed:  State's universities need $1.5 billion for repairs
          SE Missourian:  Galloway audit rates Perry County 'good' overall +
          The Missouri Times:  Policy for witnessing executions in Missouri changed following lawsuit
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters nixed gas tax hike, but legislators should still raise gas taxes and fees X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri DSS Acting Director Steve Corsi applauds Vicky Hartzler for her work on SNAP X
          Priddy:  Come January 2019, multiple men will be in statewide offices they were not elected to - but it's happened once before
          SNL op-ed:  Spencer Fane's Paul Satterwhite:  Missouri marijuana amendment creates new challenges for employers X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man says Prop D proposal was chock-full of "gimmicks," "hidden agendas" and "chicanery" +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man bored by Tony Messenger's habitual defense of lawbreakers X
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        November 28, 2018
       
Twitter:  Jo Mannies to end full-time reporting role in January;  Will return in part-time role in March
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Prop D postmortem:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna on why fuel tax measure failed (link fixed)
          The Missouri Times:  Millennials stepping up to leadership within the Missouri General Assembly
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on her legislative priorities, 'right to work' and the demise of working-class Democrats
          SE Missourian:  Governor requests, state auditor agrees to audit past administrative practices of DPS director's office +
          The Missouri Times:  Parson requests audit of Department of Public Safety director's office
          JCNT:  Auditor to examine Department of Public Safety X
          AP:  Concerns lead to Missouri public safety administration audit
          Missourinet:  Galloway to audit DPS director's office;  Parson and Karsten called for audit
          Missourinet:  State Budget Director Dan Haug talks tax and revenue changes
          P-D:  MO Dept. of Higher Education report says colleges and universities need more money for repairs X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to take another crack at legalizing sports betting X
          JCNT:  Hawley defends investigation of alleged clergy abuse X
          AP:  Hawley seeks court order for church files
          AP:  Missouri changes execution media policy after lawsuit
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit dismissed after Missouri changes policy on execution witnesses
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation agents searching for polluters;  Person or persons dumped motor oil into Bourbeuse River
          KWMU:  Activists, academics theorize on impact of climate change on Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should make the anti-transparency Confide app disappear once and for all X
          KC Star editorial:  Medical marijuana users beware:  Working while high could cost you your job X
          Messenger:  Local gun-control advocates express anger at NRA X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says requiring open meetings for legislators might inhibit compromise X
          KC Star letter:  Woman who chooses to live in Kansas thinks Claire McCaskill was a great senator X
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        November 27, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri fallout:  What changes, what doesn't
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Prop D postmortem:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna on why fuel-tax measure failed
          KC Star:  Medicaid expansion could appear on 2020 ballot X
          AP:  Group that gave to pro-Greitens PAC faces IRS complaint
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) looks for state departments to be efficient
          P-D:  Missouri's HIV laws could get an update X
          The Missouri Times:  Appellate judicial commission to interview all applicants for Van Amburg vacancy
          SE Missourian:  Missouri State Public Defender's office in Jackson may move to larger space +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Governor's Mansion spruce arrives
          P-D:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's Chief of Staff Andrew Dziedzic once downloaded the Confide app X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri DNR approves $2.75 million loan for Webb City wastewater plant X
          P-D:  Lawsuit from Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) against police claims physical and psychological injuries after 2014 riot X
          SNL:  Cool weather helped hunters during Missouri firearms season X
          KWMU:  Missouri campuses part of effort to find qualified minorities
          P-D op-ed:  Hawley's investigation overlooks the obvious in church abuse scandal X
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        November 26, 2018
       
Missouri Farmer Today:  Election shows trends among Missouri voters
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missourians vote no on favored fuel tax
          KC Star:  Not just guns - Missouri's medical marijuana law could impact jobs, insurance policies X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers, legislative staff prepare to deal with Clean Missouri's new paperwork requirements X
          KWMU:  As lawmakers mull changing voter-approved proposals, 'right to work' appears to be off the table
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) won't seek third term X
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Steve Kraske talks with Margie Vandeven about her return to education commissioner role
          P-D:  MoDOT invites runners, walkers to bridge event Saturday X
          KC Star letter:  Democratic volunteer responds to Cleaver's criticism of McCaskill, says incumbent congressman is "lethargic" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says road repairs should be paid for by cigarette tax X
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        November 25, 2018
       
P-D:  Flood worries prompt St. Charles County opposition to port plan;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes X
          JCNT:  Corps:  Water releases on Missouri River to slow X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks transportation funding
          AP:  Advocates:  Missouri crime victim aid law is working
          Joplin Globe:  Deferred maintenance at Missouri colleges, universities a 'major challenge' X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  GOP's success in Missouri state legislative races provides an important opportunity X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Higher education needs to be higher priority in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Think crime doesn't pay? Probation-monitoring companies beg to differ X
          Kraske:  KC Public Schools on the verge of a breakthrough, with full accreditation in reach X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice septuagenarian says parents should be scared of guns at state Capitol, thinks snail-mailing complaints to Office of Administration will make a difference X
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        November 24, 2018
       
KC Star:  Motorist killed in head-on collision in KC:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver among those helping at scene X
          SNL:  Family settles duck boat lawsuit with Ripley Entertainment X
          KWMU:  Missouri's general revenue remains down, but officials stay optimistic
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support bills ranging from texting ban to tax credits +
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education says Missouri's public colleges need $1.4 billion in maintenance upgrades
          KWMU:  Missouri deer hunters ease food burden for families statewide
          KC Star letter:  Napoleon man baffled by state's support for conservative candidates and eclectic ballot issues X
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        November 23, 2018
       
JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Reflection on blessing can be 'mind-numbing';  About 250 attend annual prayer breakfast X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana adds variables to legal equation
          AP:  Missouri bingo fans hope vote helps reverse decline in games
          Washington Missourian:  MoDOT invites federal, state officials to Highway 47 ribbon-cutting next Saturday X
          AP:  Missouri Governor's Mansion Christmas trees arriving soon
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Public Service Commission reduces gas, electric rates X
          SE Missourian:  New Madrid County farmer faces federal indictment on charges of illegally applying dicamba herbicide +
          P-D editorial:  The new office of 'state demographer' must truly be nonpartisan X
          P-D editorial:  West Lake problem solved! EPA chief downgrades radioactive urgency X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Latest education commissioner search should have been handled with more transparency X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) and Tishaura Jones:  Legislators must not thwart Clean Missouri X
          Messenger:  Time for Missouri's leaders to put the debtor's prison band back together X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Hawley to flip-flop on Trump support X
          KC Star letter:  Veteran marijuana activist Dan Viets responds to piece on Missouri doctors' opposition to cannabis X
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        November 22, 2018   Happy Thanksgiving!
       
KC Star:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker wants to lead Missouri Democratic Party X
          P-D:  Austin Chambers, former top aide to Eric Greitens, looks to national role X
          JCNT:  Haze of confusion surrounds medical marijuana in Missouri X
          KCUR:  Gas tax defeat forces lawmakers to look for alternative sources of funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Deer harvest just shy of record
          KWMU:  Missouri farmer first in U.S. to face charges related to intentional misuse of herbicide
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri forgoes additional state regulatory label for dicamba herbicide in 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft should investigate Josh Hawley's use of campaign consultants X
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian wishes Prop D campaign was more honest about gas tax proposal X
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        November 21, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Who wants to be a treasurer? Parson has a large group of Republicans to choose from
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Medical marijuana and gun purchases
          The Missouri Times:  Parson ups executive ethical standards through executive order
          AP:  Parson revises Greitens' ethics order
          Missourinet:  Parson issues executive order modifying code of conduct started under Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Margie Vandeven rehired as Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
          KWMU:  Vandeven gets her old job back as Missouri's education commissioner
          P-D:  Missouri school board rehires Margie Vandeven X
          AP:  Fired Missouri education commissioner rehired
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Paris Superintendent Aaron Vitt reacts to Vandeven's rehiring
          KC Star:  In response to newspaper advocacy series, UMKC professor suspended for 'slave labor' of graduate students X
          Columbia Missourian:  For some sex offenders, new law ends lifelong registration
          Clayton Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) to file gun-control bills
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to be visible on roads throughout Thanksgiving holiday
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence for murderer Terrance Anderson
          P-D:  Missouri farmer who misused herbicide could face 20 years in prison;  Parma's Bobby David Lowrey violated EPA guidelines, lied to Missouri Dept. of Agriculture X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Democrats need new ways to reach black voters, but that's not why McCaskill lost X
          P-D editorial:  Vandeven's rehiring is light at the end of the dark tunnel where Greitens left Missouri schools X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Remembering Harry Rust +
          KC Star op-ed:  Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City's Bob Jacobi wants proper respect paid to Claire McCaskill X
          Rudi Keller:  Short-timer John Sundvold to lead curators without long-term role X
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man says potential medical marijuana users should think twice before sacrificing Second Amendment rights +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Put pro-businesses policies first X
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        November 20, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Todd Graves cites GOP successes in farewell statement
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party sits in a dark place after November's election;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, others
          KWMU:  Missouri farmers feeling impact of tariffs, bumper crop
          Show Me Missourah:  Scotland County:  Scott Faughn talks with Presiding Commissioner Duane Ebeling, others about first civilized settlers, Confederate vs. Union split, the Bushwhackers, current attractions and much more
          Missourinet:  Federal law to block Missouri medical marijuana users from owning gun
          Missourinet:  Parson signs executive order giving most state employees a holiday this Friday
          P-D:  Former Missouri school chief Margie Vandeven seeking old job X
          Missourinet:  Familiar faces seeking Missouri education commissioner job
          P-D:  Missouri's unofficial state holiday - deer season - nets 248,000 animals so far X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missourians should be cautious about Big Marijuana's dubious claims X
          Priddy:  A goddess comes to Earth:  Reflection, observations and pontifications on Ceres statue (3,135 words)
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man expresses gratitude to Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, her staff and volunteers for a smoothly-run election +
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        November 19, 2018
       
FOX News:  Sunday Morning Futures:  Blunt on McCaskill-Hawley, Trump's popularity, Senate Republicans' agenda, China and defense spending, more (transcript)
          ABC News:  This Week:  Blunt on Saudi Arabia sanctions, Mueller investigation, more (video)
          ABC News:  This Week:  Blunt on Saudi Arabia sanctions, Mueller investigation, more (transcript)
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Attorney general appointee Eric Schmitt on priorities as AG, thoughts on Josh Hawley, more;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Reps. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) and Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), J.P. Johnson on Eric Schmitt, state treasurer appointee, Clean Missouri court challenge, House Dem leadership, more
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder speaks at gathering celebrating the life of Neal Boyd, who died in June +
          AP:  St. Louis Fed report shows farm income on the decline
          KWMU:  Holiday travel expected to be up in Missouri this Thanksgiving
          Missourinet:  Finalists to interview today for top Missouri education spot
          KC Star:  UMKC widens investigation into professsor who used fellow Indians for household chores X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver should vote to dump Nancy Pelosi X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson batting 1.000 with appointments X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff;  Josh Hawley opposed successful November ballot initiatives;  ipso facto, he is mentally ill
          P-D's The Bottom Line video series:  Business columnists Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus debate impact of Missouri's higher minimum wage X
          KC Star op-ed:  St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar:  Most of those in Missouri's prisons have earned their place;  Debunking feel-good "criminal justice reform" myths X
          Messenger:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) targets probation-for-profit companies in Missouri X
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        November 18, 2018
       
SE Missourian:  Smith gets leadership role in House, Blunt in Senate +
          JCNT:  Business sector braces for negative impact of minimum wage increase on prices, staffing X
          KWMU:  Completing the Rock Island Trail brings opportunity - but with a cost;  Comments from Missouri State Parks Deputy Director Mike Sutherland
          KC Star:  Former UMKC graduate students complain that professor abused "cultural kinship" with Indian students, forced them to dog-sit and perform other household tasks X
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources offers free well testing for TCE contamination in northwest Springfield area;  Comments from Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) X
          JCNT editorial:  Eric Schmitt a good pick for attorney general X
          KC Star editorial:  Medical marijuana or your gun? In Missouri, you'll have to make a choice X
          CDT Editor Rudi Keller:  Maybe Prop D wasn't ambitious enough X
          Waters:  Another road tax mystery X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  $12 minimum wage may hurt young Missourians and rural areas X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man outraged at Missouri Legislature for not expanding Medicaid X
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        November 17, 2018
       
KC Star:  U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, Lacy Clay blame McCaskill loss on poor black outreach, mock her ads X
          P-D:  Briefs:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith re-elected to leadership post;  McCaskill casts lame-duck votes in Senate X
          KC Star:  Liberal "American Democracy Legal Fund" insists its Election Day lawsuit against Hawley should be taken seriously X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door addresses voter concerns:  TurboVote's failure to successfully register voters, anti-"right to work" group's voting-record gimmick X
          The Missouri Times:  MEC dismisses wide-ranging complaint regarding activity during Tony Luetkemeyer-Harry Roberts primary
          Missourinet:  Medicaid expansion among first submissions for Missouri ballot measures in 2020 election
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft says initiative petition process needs attention X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 12, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Director of Insurance Chlora Lindley-Myers named treasurer of the nation insurance compact
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  November 5, 2018
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian has low expectations for Josh Hawley X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Anonymous author taunts Republicans over "Clean Missouri" passage, asks for name to be withheld due to "political intensity" X
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        November 16, 2018
       
Clayton Times:  J.P. Johnson to run for chairman of Missouri Democratic Party
          Kraske:  Republicans dominate Missouri politics now - and maybe for years to come X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Foreign doctor living in St. Louis complains about U.S. gun laws, cuts 27-minute promo against National Rifle Association
          The Missouri Times:  Activists already filing ballot initiative petitions for 2020 cycle
          AP:  Missouri unemployment ties for record low
          P-D:  Parson restores concealed-carry rights in Missouri Capitol X
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Priority pitches from Reps. Travis Fitzwater (R-Potosi), Sara Walsh (R-Ashland), Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights)
          JCNT:  Gala speaker:  Missouri's foster care progress saves lives X
          P-D:  BioGenerator seeking up to $1.5 million in state tax credits for new lab space X
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres descends from perch atop Missouri's Capitol
          JCNT:  Ceres statue leaves perch for year-long renovation X
          AP:  Missouri Capitol's Roman goddess statue removed for repairs
          Missourinet:  Historic statue atop Missouri capitol building is brought down for renovation with fanfare
          CDT:  UM curators discuss future retirement plan, online strategy X
          P-D editorial:  Cracks on I-44, and in the funding structure for Missouri highways X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  An eclectic but selective election:  Hawley, Galloway, marijuana, and reporting delays X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  By refusing to expand Medicaid, Missouri Republicans are making the state an outlier
          P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian unhappy with Schatz for accepting lobbyist tickets to Cardinal and Mizzou games, playing three (3) rounds of golf, other lavish indulgences X
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        November 15, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Roy Blunt, Jason Smith re-elected to party leadership positions in Congress
          P-D:  Lacy Clay supporting Nancy Pelosi as speaker +
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Ashley Lisenby:  Immigrants have positive effect on economy, but national and state Republicans are unwelcoming;  Comments from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), "Rep. Terry [sic] McCreery"
          SE Missourian:  Gun-control rally draws eight (8) in Cape +
          KWMU:  Eric Schmitt highlights his family as he prepares to be Missouri's attorney general
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber won't seek another term
          KNPG (St. Joseph):  Local prosecutors will still charge marijuana cases
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana dispensaries unlikely to open in Missouri before late 2019 X
          P-D:  Maplewood already getting queries about medical marijuana dispensaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Former Sen. Gary Nodler receives MSSU's Richard Webster Medallion X
          Missourinet:  Incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz previews legislative agenda
          KWMU:  Hiring the middle-aged is the next gambit to attract - and keep - teachers in St. Louis Public Schools
          Columbia Missourian:  For MLK event, MU chooses woman who climbed South Carolina flagpole to capture Confederate flag
          SE Missourian obituary:  Harry Rust, brother of SE Missourian Chairman of the Board Gary Rust, dies at age 84 +
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri making progress in foster care X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Manufacturing surge pushes Missouri GDP growth to 5-year high X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis County man suggests creation of third political party;  Republicans and Democrats are too extreme, "the people" are "searching" for middle ground, etc. X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests remedy for Prop D failure:  Issue traffic tickets to those who use windshield wipers without headlights on X
          P-D letter:  Farmington conservative irked by Post-Dispatch's liberal condescension X
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        November 14, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson appoints Eric Schmitt as next attorney general
          AP:  Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Missouri attorney general
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins:  Schmitt a good choice for attorney general
          P-D:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt to become Missouri attorney general X
          KCUR:  Missouri's next attorney general will be state treasurer Eric Schmitt
          JCNT:  Schmitt named to be new AG X
          Missourinet:  Parson appoints Schmitt as attorney general
          Missourinet:  State Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit), Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) react to Schmitt appointment
          Clayton Times:  Lathrop Gage applauds Schmitt being appointed attorney general
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri agriculture associations support new U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement
          The Missouri Times:  With passage of Amendment 2, Jackson Country Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will no longer prosecute marijuana cases
          KC Star:  Jackson County prosecutor to stop charging marijuana cases, with exceptions X
          KCUR:  Jackson County will stop prosecuting most pot cases after Missouri passes medical marijuana
          CDT:  Gov. Parson wants two University of Missouri curators to stay when terms expire X
          Missourinet:  Missouri recognizes public safety officers, civilians for extraordinary acts of bravery
          KWMU:  MoDOT puts cork in I-44 bridge construction due to cracks
          P-D:  Cracks found in new I-44 bridge in Shrewsbury bring MoDOT work there to a halt X
          KC Star:  Missouri hunters had banner opening weekend, harvesting nearly 10,000 deer X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Ashley Lisenby:  St. Louis NAACP adds Lambert aiport to travel warning list
          P-D editorial:  In a state still reeling from Greitens' chaos, Eric Schmitt is a solid choice for attorney general X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should follow Florida's lead and restore voting rights to criminals X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Southeast Missourian joins Google in test to elevate civility +
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        November 13, 2018
       
AP:  Parson to announce new attorney general today
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana in Missouri:  when - and if - you can get it X
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  Gas tax still an option to fund road and bridge projects +
          JCNT:  Clean Missouri opponents consider options X
          Washington Missourian:  Recap of last week's county and statewide Amendments 1-4 results X
          Washington Missourian:  Recap of last week's county and statewide Prop B, Prop C, Prop D results X
          Missourinet:  Recap of last week's state Senate results
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney Elad Gross (D), who graduated from law school four years ago, says he's running for attorney general in 2020
          JCNT:  Elad Gross says he's running for attorney general X
          KC Star:  Bill Turque named politics editor;  24-year-old Allison Kite gets moved from state politics beat to City Hall;  Hunter Woodall now covering Missouri Legislature X
          The Missouri Times:  Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Workgroup schedules first working session
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Deer disease a concern for Missouri Dept. of Conservation
          P-D editorial:  Parson, new majority leader signal meeting of the minds on priorities;  Comments from "Senate minority leader Gina Walsh of Bellefontaine [sic]" X
          KC Star editorial:  Overturning the voters' decision on Clean Missouri would be dirty politics X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Todd Richardson is right - make Medicaid more efficient, don't expand it just because other states are doing so
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        November 12, 2018
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jeff Smith, Jeff Mazur, David Barklage, state Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) dissect McCaskill-Hawley, state demographics, national media's anti-Trump obsession helping Republicans, more;  Guest Rep. Steve Roberts Jr. (D-St. Louis City) talks about 2019 legislative session
          Kraske:  McCaskill was a master of policy, politics - and we may not see the likes of her again X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on education, tossing Clean Missouri, legislature's relationship with Gov. Parson, more
          P-D:  Prop D's defeat leaves officials searching anew for MoDOT funding cure X
          Missourinet:  Departing state Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) predicts Legislature will tackle transportation in 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) wins re-election, joins Senate leadership X
          Washington Missourian:  GOP wins four local state rep seats X
          Waters:  Caleb Rowden as Senate Majority Leader good news for Columbia and University of Missouri X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian says Hawley's election proves that Missourians are racist, misogynst, and hate immigrants X
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        November 11, 2018
       
P-D:  Jack Danforth's advice to Josh Hawley:  Move your family to Washington and befriend the Beltway crowd X
          SNL:  ICE says Mexican immigrant's three Springfield murders were preventable, but New Jersey sanctuary county let criminal flee;  Illegal alien Luis Perez boasted that his gun was "ment [sic] to be blasting mofos" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local marijuana supporters in high spirits after Tuesday's election
          CDT:  Options for highway funding narrow with defeat of fuel tax X
          Washington Missourian:  Tuesday's turnout one of the largest in Franklin County history X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's Medicaid-expansion activists fantasize of a receptive state legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  MU women's group plans to lobby state legislators to remove taxes on tampons and washable "menstrual cups";  Leader of national group says some men and non-binary humanoids also menstruate
          P-D:  Cost to park a camper at Missouri state park going up an extra $2 each day X
          P-D editorial:  Missourians elected Josh Hawley because they don't know who he is X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Prop D defeat tough to stomach X
          P-D editorial:  Prop D failure shows pitfalls of ballot measures, but organizers must try again X
          CDT News Editor Rudi Keller:  You don't really know what I think - yet X
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        November 10, 2018
       
Missourinet:  On Fox News, Cleaver says he's worried Democrats will get bogged down with impeachment
          KC Star's Allison Kite, Jason Hancock and Lindsay Wise:  Missouri Democrats try to rebuild;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City), "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]" X
          KWMU:  'Never forget':  St. Louis veterans will call roll of Missourians who died in World War I
          SNL:  Missouri will have 192 medical marijuana dispensaries by 2020, backers of Amendment 2 say X
          P-D:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) leaves Black Caucus after her alleged rapist is elected caucus chairman X
          KWMU:  John Gaskin III becomes new president of St. Louis County NAACP
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 5, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of November 5, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters elect too many white men X
          Messenger:  Fifty years after Danforth revived the Missouri GOP, the script has been flipped X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  Missouri employers disappointed by failure of Prop D, passage of Prop B
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        November 9, 2018
       
Kraske:  With McCaskill defeat, Missouri Democrats have hit rock-bottom. Now what? X
          Missourinet:  Hawley drew overwhelming support from non-urban areas
          KWMU:  Parson to pick Missouri's next attorney general soon
          KWMU:  In Missouri, historic number of women candidates doesn't translate to historic number of winners
          July 23: 
P-D columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  A pink wave of female Democratic candidates in Trump-friendly St. Charles County;  Gals gab about dreams of winning elections to Congress, state Legislature X
          SNL:  Guns and medical marijuana - you can't have both, despite Amendment 2 X
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana distribution outlined as advocates speak out
          Joplin Globe:  No clear alternative for road funding after Prop D fails;  Rep.-elect Lane Roberts (R-Joplin):  "We may have to decide, what are we not going to fund in order to fund road repairs?" X
          SE Missourian:  Area counties' results on some ballot issues differ from statewide outcomes +
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz selected to lead Senate Republicans;  Gina Walsh re-elected as minority leader
          KWMU:  Two St. Louis-area lawmakers elected to legislative leadership posts
          AP:  Republicans pick Schatz as Senate president pro tem
          The Missouri Times:  Both parties elect new leadership in the House
          SNL:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to be next superminority leader of Missouri House of Representatives X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State, local focus remains on workforce development
          Missourinet:  Sculpture of goddess on top of Missouri Capitol to be renovated
          The Missouri Times:  Newly-elected Black Caucus leadership to focus on criminal justice reform
          SE Missourian:  Business opportunities with MoDOT subject of workshop held in Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to deer hunters:  Get those deer tested +
          Missourinet:  Opening of deer season means increased traffic expected today
          SNL:  Criminal indictments filed in duck boat tragedy X
          AP:  Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill owner continues attempt to spread cost of cleanup
          P-D:  It's time to talk about a legislative response to GOP voter suppression X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri should allow early voting X
          P-D editorial:  Republicans who voted for Saundra McDowell are guilty of blind partisanship X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Be careful as another deer hunting season begins +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri voters send mixed messages on candidates and ballot initiatives X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Ridiculous attack ads put Republican Lincoln Hough in a hot tub of money and portrayed Democrat Rob Bailey as a bad dad X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood liberal says McCaskill would have won if she moved further left X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Prop D played games with gas tax X
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake woman wants candidates and campaigns to remove their yard signs immediately X
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        November 8, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Answered:  8 big questions about Tuesday's historic elections
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dissecting the impact of Missouri's election results
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and UMSL polisci prof Anita Manion field listener questions about election results
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  As Missouri turns red, Democrats search for relevance;  Comments from 100% of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          P-D:  Hawley netted enough rural votes to sink McCaskill, despite her strength in Missouri cities X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about U.S. Senator-elect Josh Hawley X
          Faughn:  Election fallout:  Likely (and unlikely) candidates to fill Hawley's AG slot;  HRCC's performance, McCaskill's legacy, more
          KC Star:  Friends and foes reflect on McCaskill's political legacy X
          KSMU (Springfield):  Doctors, hospitals raise questions on dosage, training after Missouri legalizes medical marijuana
          SNL:  Local law enforcement concerned with pot vote X
          AP:  Rollout of medical marijuana will take several months
          KWMU:  Next steps unclear after Missouri gas tax increase fails
          P-D:  How Missouri's vote on ballot initiatives will affect you X
          Missourinet:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr pleased with election results
          The Missouri Times:  MO Farm Bureau, Missouri Right to Life, EMILY's List, Missouri Chamber react to election results
          AP:  Missouri voter turnout highest for midterm since 1994
          KC Star:  Clay County vote machines stopped for hours when staff didn't press button X
          P-D:  Election officials in St. Louis, St. Charles County defend voting snafus X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) to serve as next House Speaker pro tem, Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) as caucus chair
          AP:  Missouri House Republicans pick Wiemann for leadership spot
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in legal challenge to Kehoe's appointment as lt. gov.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at Democrats' challenge to Gov. Parson's lt. gov. appointment
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee meets behind closed doors at statehouse
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley won by "kowtowing to Trumpism" and lying about health care X
          KC Star editorial:  Rejection of gas tax was the worst decision Missouri voters made on Tuesday X
          P-D letter:  Des Peres sexagenarian liberal offers McCaskill feedback on campaign mistakes X
          KC Star letter:  Independence septuagenarian says he supports higher fuel tax but disagreed with Prop D wording X
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        November 7, 2018  Missouri Secretary of State Election Results
       
KWMU:  Hawley ousts McCaskill to help Republicans keep control of U.S. Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley defeats McCaskill, flipping a blue seat red
          SE Missourian:  Hawley overtakes incumbent McCaskill X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill on defeat:  "My record ends at 22-2. Not a bad record."
          P-D:  Hawley topples McCaskill in nationally watched U.S. Senate race X
          KC Star:  Hawley beats McCaskill to capture U.S. Senate seat in Missouri X
          KC Star:  Hawley's victory destroys Democratic foothold in Missouri;  Cleaver:  "People don't want checks and balances. They want Trump and want Trump only." X
          AP:  Hawley's victory secures Republican dominance in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Hawley beats McCaskill by 6 points
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner, other local congressional incumbents win
          P-D:  Ann Wagner holds off newcomer VanOstran to return to Congress X
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler cruises to victory X
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wins re-election with 74 percent of vote, same as two years ago +
          SNL:  Voters pick Billy Long for 5th term in Congress X
          AP:  AP "VoteCast" captures views of Missouri voters and nonvoters
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway pulls out victory over McDowell in state auditor race
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway wins Missouri state auditor's race
          KWMU:  Galloway takes state auditor's race, Missouri's lone Democratic statewide winner
          P-D:  Democrat Galloway fends off GOP challenger in race for Missouri auditor X
          The Missouri Times:  Voters reject fuel-tax increase while approving medical marijuana, Clean Missouri, minimum wage increase, and bingo changes
          SE Missourian:  Gas tax headed for defeat;  medical marijuana, minimum-wage hike pass +
          KWMU:  Missourians back Clean Missouri, minimum wage hike, medical marijuana, reject gas-tax hike
          KC Star:  Missouri voters pass Clean Missouri, minimum wage, but not gas tax X
          P-D:  Medical marijuana, Clean Missouri, minimum wage questions victorious, but gas tax gets doused X
          Missourinet:  Clean Missouri passes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri becomes 31st state to legalize marijuana
          AP:  Missouri voters say yes to medical marijuana
          KC Star:  Missouri voters approve medical marijuana with a constitutional amendment X
          Missourinet:  Minimum-wage hike passes
          Missourinet:  Missouri's gas-tax proposal voted down
          KWMU:  Two Jefferson County seats go Republican;  Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Paul Wieland victorious
          SNL:  Eric Burlison, Lincoln Hough wins state Senate races X
          SE Missourian:  Republicans Rick Francis, Kathy Swan, Barry Hovis win state rep elections +
          CDT:  Incumbents win in Boone County's state rep races X
          SNL:  Fishel, Helms, Quade among state rep winners X
          The Missouri Times:  No 'Blue Wave' as Republicans maintain supermajority in Missouri General Assembly
          SE Missourian:  Turnout nearly double that of 2014 midterm in Cape County +
          KC Star:  'Every vote matters':  Missouri election results not released until last ballot was cast X
          KC Star:  In Clay County, about a dozen electronic voting machines experience malfunctions X
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court hears murderer Russell Bucklew's request for change in execution method
          KC Star editorial:  After failing to do his last job, Josh Hawley must be more serious about U.S. Senate X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          P-D editorial:  On most ballot propositions, GOP and Democratic voters see eye-to-eye X
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        November 6, 2018  Election Night Reporting (results available after 7 p.m. CST)
       
SE Missourian:  Trump brings conservative star power to Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  In his hometown, Rush Limbaugh introduces Donald Trump +
          SE Missourian:  Trump rally attendees:  Why is it important for you to be here? +
          The Missouri Times:  GOP heavyweights campaign for Hawley in tight U.S. Senate race
          AP:  Trump in Cape Girardeau:  "In a sense, I am on the ticket"
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Vicky Hartzler (R) vs. Renee Hoagenson (D)
          Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) vs. Katy Geppert (D) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau opposes Amendment 1
          P-D editorial:  Electronic voting is fast and convenient - but beware the drawbacks X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Trump misleads during Cape Girardeau speech, hogs stage time from Hawley
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  The issue that Blunt says will decide McCaskill-Hawley race - the economy - has barely been mentioned X
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  My daughter, who attends an elite school in upper Manhattan, mailed in a Missouri absentee ballot - isn't she a hero? X
          KC Star letter:  KC conservative wonders why any conservative candidate would waste time meeting with KC Star editorial board X
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        November 5, 2018   Election Eve
       
SE Missourian:  Rush Limbaugh, Lee Greenwood, Sean Hannity to accompany Trump at rally tonight +
          SE Missourian:  Rallygoers to face 'wind and wet' weather tonight +
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Interview:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and his views of the president +
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  How Missouri goes, so goes the nation;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          Rosenbaum:  Eight things to look for in tomorrow's pivotal Missouri midterm elections
          Columbia Missourian:  A day on the campaign trail:  Liberal nonprofit draws seven (7) volunteers to push Amendment 1, Prop B at doors
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft:  November 2018 ballot is one of the longest in Missouri history
          P-D:  Election boards make attempts to accomodate the handicapped X
          KWMU:  Missouri steps up effort to control feral pigs
          KC Star endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Welcome to Southeast Missouri, Mr. President +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  SEMO political science professor Dr. Jeremy Walling:  President's visit is significant for Senate, Trump's re-election +
          Waters:  Endorsements for federal and state offices:  Seven (7) Democrats, zero (0) Republicans X
          KC Star influencer series:  Prop D X
          SE Missourian letter:  Peter Kinder:  The historical component to President Trump's visit +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau sexagenarian unhappy about Trump vists, says president makes her "cringe" +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian crestfallen that Missourians have elected Donald Trump, Josh Hawley and Blaine Luetkemeyer X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says Amendment 1 has fatal flaws X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian says marijuana measures are unneeded X
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        November 4, 2018
       
AP:  NRA President Oliver North campaigns for Josh Hawley
          AP:  McCaskill tries to reach right in GOP-leaning Missouri
          KC Star:  Area union bosses, members weigh in on McCaskill-Hawley X
          SE Missourian:  What to know about Trump's visit tomorrow night +
          Clayton Times:  Cort VanOstran tells supporters he is "statistically tied" with Ann Wagner
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri ballots feature several heated races X
          AP:  General election overview:  Nicole Galloway (D) vs. Saundra McDowell (R)
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  8th Senate District:  Mike Cierpiot (R) vs. Hillary Shields (D)
          P-D:  Missouri's magnificent Capitol is home to the people's art collection X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  No on all three marijuana proposals X
          CDT endorsements:  Cheri Reisch (R), Martha Stevens (D), Adrian Plank (D), Michela Skelton (D) X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley and McDowell declined to seek our endorsement, and that makes us very frustrated X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri voters should send Trump a message by electing McCaskill, VanOstran X
          P-D editorial:  Trump stumps in Missouri, oblivious to the pain his trade war caused X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Hawley running from questions about our week-before-election expose X
          Waters:  Choosing Nicole Galloway (D) over Saundra McDowell (R) is a no-brainer X
          P-D letter:  Democratic donor/former Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark supports Prop B X
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        November 3, 2018
       
KCUR:  Pence rallies for Hawley in Kansas City
          AP:  Pence lauds economy at GOP rally in Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  GOP calls for federal investigation into anonymous anti-Hawley mailers
          P-D:  McCaskill-Hawley race is also a high-stakes, big-bucks fight between Schumer and McConnell X
          P-D:  Campaign profile:  Claire McCaskill wraps up her final campaign X
          P-D:  Campaign profile:  Hawley invokes Trump in disciplined bid to unseat McCaskill X
          CDT:  McCaskill rallies troops in Columbia X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill tells supporters she's "statistically tied" with Hawley
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Proposition D +
          CDT:  General election overview:  House District 47:  Chuck Basye (R) vs. Adrian Plank (D) X
          KC Star:  General election overview:  Local state legislative races X
          AP:  Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) resigns to join Tourism Commission
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 29, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) recognized by Republican State Leadership Committee
          P-D:  Greitens switches voter registration to Warren County X
          The Missouri Times:  To spread cost of cleanup, West Lake Landfill owner adds another company to lawsuit
          P-D:  Fire at Bridgeton Landfill is extinguished;  authorities say no contamination X
          KWMU:  Fire breaks out on surface of Bridgeton Landfill is put out;  Activists flock to inhale fumes at site of "public health emergency"
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  A presidential visit is something to celebrate +
          P-D op-ed:  American Society of Civil Engineers - St. Louis President Chad Schrand says Prop D will provide taxpayers with safety and savings X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action member expresses outrage over Ann Wagner's presence at vigil honoring Jews killed at synagogue X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Jobs With Justice's Richard von Glahn responds to Dan Mehan's letter on Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Springfield man supports Brad Bradshaw's Amendment 3 X
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        November 2, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump rallies Republicans in Columbia, says Dems "have gone totally loco"
        Columbia Missourian:  Greeted by thousands of Missourians, Trump campaigns for Hawley in last-minute election push
        Columbia Missourian:  Experts say Trump's Columbia visit likely to ramp up GOP support across ballot
        Columbia Missourian:  Local transgenders protest Trump visit;  Local "genderqueer" woman wants 12-year-old son to transition to a female;  Local schoolteacher says he is "agender," which means he thinks he is neither male nor female
        Missourinet:  Trump rally draws thousands to Columbia
        AP:  Trump urges Missourians to choose Hawley over McCaskill
        KC Star:  'Just pretend he's one point down,' Trump says in stump speech for Hawley X
        SNL:  Trump's visit to Springfield in September cost city less than $125k;  Largest portion went to law enforcement for overtime X
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  McCaskill touts accomplishment:  "There are a hundred things I got for you and your families ... all different kinds of stuff." +
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Hawley makes campaign stop near Portageville +
        P-D:  General election overview:  2nd Congressional District;  Ann Wagner vs. Cort VanOstran X
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  At Kennett stop, MDP Chair Stephen Webber says Democrats will flip legislative seats in Trump territory +
        AP:  Liberal Texas billionaire bankrolls gerrymandering initiatives in Missouri, other states
        KWMU:  Missouri voters face confusing options in battle over marijuana proposals
        Missourinet:  Among marijuana proposals, Amendment 2 most popular among newspaper editorial boards;  Opponents of initiatives begin raising profile
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life opposes Amendment 3
        The Missouri Times:  Prop D gains support of Missouri School Boards' Association, Municipal League, Association of Counties
        Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 61:  Aaron Griesheimer (R) vs. Pamela Menefee (D) X
        Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 110:  Dottie Bailey (R) vs. Cody Kelley (D) X
        The Missouri Times:  Parson, Ashcroft talk election security preparedness
        Missourinet:  Ashcroft predicts safe, hack-free election
        P-D:  St. Louis County Election Board says 253 voters got letter mistakenly saying they can't vote X
        JCNT:  Parson, Schmitt tout information transparency X
        P-D:  West Lake Landfill owner targets another company to help shoulder costs at Superfund site X
        KC Star endorsement:  Claire McCaskill (D) for U.S. Senate X
        KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 1 X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Research doesn't support marijuana as medication
        SE Missourian letter:  Jackson liberal unhappy about Trump's upcoming visit to Cape Girardeau +
        KC Star letter:  Independence man opposes Prop B, says government should not dictate wages X
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        November 1, 2018
       
November 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  Biden rallies buoyant Democrats ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections
        P-D:  Character on the ballot, Biden tells crowd at rally for McCaskill X
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Former Vice President "Joe Bidden [sic]" stumps for McCaskill in St. Louis:  Special appearances by rising Democratic stars Jean and Rusty Carnahan, others X
        Missourinet:  Biden rallies in St. Louis area for McCaskill
        KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley disagree on immigration - but neither will comment on Trump's position on anchor babies X
        Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley weigh in on illegal immigration
        AP:  Hawley backs Trump's push to end "chain migration"
        CDT:  Missouri Dems' anti-Hawley tour makes stop in Columbia X
        Missourinet:  Outside money in Missouri's U.S. Senate race tops $70 million
        KC Star:  National group sends anonymous mailers targeting Hawley, other GOP U.S. Senate candidates X
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  November pre-election expose:  One of Josh Hawley's first moves as Missouri AG was scrapping environmental division X
        KC Star's Jason Hancock:  November pre-election expose:  Out-of-state political consultants helped direct Josh Hawley's AG office X
        KWMU:  Raising Missouri's minimum wage has widespread support but voters might not have final say
        Washington Missourian:  House District 119 overview:  Nate Tate (R) vs. Marcie Nichols (D) X
        CDT:  House District 44 overview:  Maren Bell Jones (D) vs. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R) X
        The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit alleging insufficient funding for implementing voter ID law can move forward
        Clayton Times:  State touts improved transparency through Show-Me Checkbook, Missouri Budget Explorer
        AP:  Video catches teachers cheering on violence at urban day care's 'fight club';  MO DHSS did not respond to phone calls
        CDT endorsement:  Vicky Hartzler (R) for U.S. Congress X
        P-D editorial:  Missouri could benefit from Illinois' experience with medical marijuana X
        P-D op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Amendment 1 would weaken African-American representation X
        Waters:  Only vote for Democrats this year X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says McCaskill is a perfect senator - for New York or California
        SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man says "Clean Missouri" is a tool to gerrymander more districts in favor of Democrats, socialists +
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Prop D will hurt the poor +
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        Wednesday, October 31   Happy Halloween!
       
SE Missourian:  Area election officials:  Senate race, ballot issues may spark higher voter turnout +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Former St. Louis-area Democratic candidates Sam Gladney, Mark Osmack show support for McCaskill at St. Joseph event
          P-D:  Ad watch:  Ann Wagner's campaign, liberal D.C. group spar over illegal campaign mailer X
          Reuters:  If GOP maintains control of U.S. House, Luetkemeyer could get top finance role
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Stephen Webber on Missouri Democrats' climb back from electoral oblivion
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves on next week's election
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Medical marijuana initiatives
          P-D:  Marijuana backers preparing for victory after years of disappointment in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Proposition B
          The Missouri Times:  November general election:  What we learned from the 8 Day Out reports
          The Missouri Times:  8 Day Out filings:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 Tip Sheet:  Senate and House
          JCNT:  House District 50 candidates Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton talks education, infrastructure X
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on higher ed costs
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on rural Missouri's needs
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on race complaints and perceived discrimination
          Missourinet:  Missouri appeals court allows 2017 challenge to state voter ID law to move forward
          AP:  Appeals judge OKs lawsuit on Missouri voter photo ID funding
          Missourinet:  Parson signs Missouri STEM education bill into law
          AP:  Parson signs bill on high school computer science
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City) looks to serve as Assistant Minority Floor Leader
          Missourinet:  Lucrative deer hunting season kicking into gear in Missouri as worries of disease persist
          The Maneater (MU) endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for "state Senate [sic]"
          Rust:  Trump's visit offers us all a chance to show some hospitality +
          Jensen:  McCaskill may not be a "crazy Democrat," but she votes with them far too often +
          Messenger:  Hawley wants transparency in government, except in his own office X
          P-D op-ed:  NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson:  Missouri Legislature tries to silence black voices, so vote 'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau's Jeff Glenn:  Vote 'Yes' on Prop D for safer roads +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Joan Bray, urges 'Yes' vote on Prop D X
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        Tuesday, October 30
       
SE Missourian:  Trump to hold rally Nov. 5 in Cape Girardeau +
          P-D:  Trump will end final campaign blitz in Cape Girardeau Monday night X
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley zero in on central themes as U.S. Senate contest hits home stretch
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race draws in heavy-hitting national politicians
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) vs. Kathy Ellis (D) +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Nicole Galloway on her accomplishments and re-election;  Panel of Scott Charton, Mike Kelley, Mike Hafner, Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talk November ballot issues and more
          P-D:  8-days-out campaign finance reports:  Galloway vs. McDowell, statewide ballot measures, more X
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Amendment 1, "Clean Missouri":  Benjamin Singer vs. Jim Talent
          Columbia Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 1
          KWMU:  Pro & con:  Prop D, the gas tax measure on Nov. 6 ballot:  Scott Charton vs. Gwen Moore
          P-D:  Dems, Republicans size up opportunities in state legislative contests X
          KC Star:  Daughter of anti-Semitic state rep candidate urges vote against her dad;  Steve West fills GOP ballot slot in Jon Carpenter's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Out-of-state Democratic political committee uses postcard gimmick for volunteers unwilling to knock doors
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Marrs remembered as legislative institution and strong advocate for southwest Missouri
          SNL:  Scott Marrs, lobbyist for Springfield, remembered for his integrity X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide whether Parson had authority to appoint a lieutenant governor
          KWMU:  St. Louis school board election comes months ahead of return to power
          Missourinet:  MoDOT schedules winter operations drill on state roads
          The Missouri Times editorial:  Hawley's policies trump McCaskill's personality for U.S. Senate
          SE Missourian endorsements:  No on Amendment 1;  No on Amendment 2;  No on Amendment 3;  Yes on Amendment 4;  No on Proposition B;  No on Proposition C;  Yes on Proposition D +
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  No on Proposition B
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsements:  Missouri House:  Bob Bergland (D), Bill Falkner (R) and Brenda Shields (R)
          P-D editorial:  Biennial "We believe that children are the future, teach them to vote and let them lead the way" promo X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ron Richard:  Missouri conservatives should support Prop D for Missouri roads
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  Let Bryce's Law live up to its potential in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit octogenarian says she is tired of attacks on McCaskill, says McCaskill should be proud she chose to marry into money X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man claims to be mentally ill, endorses McCaskill over Hawley
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says expanding Medicaid will fix opioid crisis X
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        Monday, October 29
       
KC Star's Katy Bergen:  VP Mike Pence to visit KC on Friday in support of Josh Hawley, "Vickey [sic] Hartzler," others X
          P-D:  Biden to attend GOTV rally for McCaskill on Wednesday in Bridgeton X
          P-D:  General election overview:  Proposition D X
          KWMU:  General election overview:  House District 97:  Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) vs. Mike Revis (D)
          CDT:  General election overview:  House District 46:  Martha Stevens (D) vs. Cathy Richards (R) X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Medicaid director Todd Richardson to examine rural health care
          Missourinet:  DHSS says personal information of 10,000 people breached
          KWMU:  Search for next Missouri education commissioner narrows
          CDT:  DESE wants feedback on child-care rating system X
          Sedalia Democrat:  Katy Trail to connect with $2.3 million project
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed USDA offices seen as benefit to city
          CDT endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 1, Yes on Proposition B X
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to make it easier for voters to register on Election Day X
          KC Star influencer series:  Local control X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian opposes Hawley and "his cronies" on Obamacare, makes her key points in ALL CAPS X
          P-D:  League of Women voters sexagenarian supports Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Hartsburg military veteran supports Amendment 2, says it will relieve PTSD
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man says Missouri Legislature abdicated its responsibilities with Prop D X
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        Sunday, October 28
       
KWMU:  Bob Kelley, retired regional labor leader and father of Mike Kelley, dies
          P-D:  Robert Kelley, longtime president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, dies +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          JCNT:  Prop D would exempt Olympians' medals from tax X
          JCNT:  State Senate candidates Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 49 candidates Travis Fitzwater (R) and Lisa Buhr (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 59 candidates Rudy Veit (R) and Linda Ellen Greeson (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 60 candidates Dave Griffith (R) and Sara Michael (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  Local legislative candidates answer reader question on abortion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate profile:  Sara Walsh
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate profile:  Michela Skelton
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on medical marijuana
          JCNT:  Absentee voting is brisk in Cole County X
          CDT endorsement:  Claire McCaskill (D) for U.S. Senate X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          SNL endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 1, Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3, Yes on Proposition B, Yes on Proposition C, Yes on Proposition D X
          P-D editorial:  Anonymous mailers against her should convince Ann Wagner to start fighting 'dark money' X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  As FBI closed in on 'MAGA Bomber,' Hawley blamed Clinton for encouraging violence X
          SNL op-ed:  Local higher education officials, K-12 superintendent support Proposition D X
          KC Star op-ed:  Dark Money casts a shadow over Missouri's minimum wage debate X
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        Saturday, October 27
       
CDT:  Trump to rally GOP in Columbia on Thursday
          P-D:  Campaigning Trump to visit Columbia on Thursday
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Morning Consult polls and McCaskill's unpopularity
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's claims about Trump tariffs and Missouri soybeans
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life comes out in opposition to "Clean Missouri"
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Proposition B
          SNL:  General election overview:  House District 135:  Steve Helms (R) vs. Rob Bailey (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on gun control
          KWMU:  Absentee, early balloting is on the rise in the St. Louis area
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 22, 2018
          P-D:  Bills to taxpayers for Greitens prosecutions exceed six figures;  some not yet released
          P-D:  Greitens defense team says it had 'unlimited' budget, no political directives
          The Missouri Times:  Former state contractor breached personal data of 10K Missourians
          P-D:  DHSS says contractor improperly stored information for 10,400 people
          AP:  DHSS alerts of security breach
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  No on Amendment 1
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3 and Proposition C
          KC Star endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3 and Proposition C
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Dave Schatz (R) for state Senate
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans are playing dirty in their bid to beat Claire McCaskill in November
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Yes on Amendment 2
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Yes on Prop D
          P-D letter:  Des Peres liberal urges "No" vote on all sales tax amendments, wants "the rich" to pay more across the board
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