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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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        Friday, October 26
       
KMBC:  McCaskill, Hawley trade barbs in final debate before the election
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley trade rhetorical barbs in debate over civility, health care and more X
          KCUR:  McCaskill, Hawley clash in final debate before the election
          P-D:  In final debate, McCaskill says Trump "lies all the time" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley blast each other's positions during final U.S. Senate debate
          AP:  At debate, Hawley targets vitriolic public discourse
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill, Hawley talk illegal immigration, taxes in final debate
          Missourinet:  McCaskill leads Hawley in fundraising, spending
          Missourinet:  USDA designates 38 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas from drought
          The Missouri Times:  VFW of Missouri endorses Amendment 2
          Columbia Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 4
          KWMU:  General election overview:  Proposition D
          Columbia Missourian:  Local state rep candidates weigh in on Proposition D
          Washington Missourian:  Campaign spending on local state legislative races increases X
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton files defamation lawsuit against Walsh, HRCC, radio company over radio ad
          Missourinet:  Absentee voting sees an increase in southeast Missouri
          KC Star:  St. Louis attorney still criticizing investigation of Greitens by Hawley X
          Missourinet:  Deer in southern Missouri tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate X
          SE Missourian endorsement:  No on all three marijuana proposals +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Farm Bureau and its members are rubes for supporting President Trump X
          P-D classical music columnist Sara Bryan Miller:  What the world needs now is compassion, and it starts with Missourians legalizing medical marijuana X
          SNL op-ed:   Nixa mayor Brian Steele:  Vote yes on Proposition D X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian says Hawley should not be elected to higher office until he ends robocalls X
          SE Missourian letter:  Scott City man responds to letter accusing Clean Missouri of blatant partisanship +
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian opposes Prop D, wants higher tax on alcohol instead X
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        Thursday, October 25
       
CNN's Rebecca Berg:  McCaskill's closing pitch:  She's not one of those "crazy Democrats"
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley is endorsed by free-speech group
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign to donate $2,500 check it received from pro-police PAC accused of scamming donors
          P-D:  Illegal mailers target Ann Wagner X
          KWMU:  International Institute of St. Louis gets taxpayer-funded grant to help legal immigrants assimilate into workforce
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill owner wants Mallinckrodt on hook for part of cleanup
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill owner sues Mallinckrodt to help pay for nuclear waste cleanup
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 4 +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Republican McDowell expounds on Missouri auditor campaign
          SNL:  General election overview:  House District 136:  Craig Fishel (R) vs. Jeff Munzinger (D) X
          JCNT:  Political ad sparks lawsuit from Michela Skelton X
          CDT:  Walsh points out that she cannot stop independent expenditure targeting opponent X
          CDT:  Local state rep candidates talk issues at candidate forum X
          SNL:  Parson signs treatment court bill in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Missouri education wins big in Mega Millions lottery
          KWMU:  Missouri education officials warn fewer students will pass new, harder state tests
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at constitutionality of 2014 change to workman's compensation law
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves three expedited Certificate of Need applications
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City Star endorsements are no secret - this is how we do it:  Five (5) Caucasoids, one (1) black guy listen to candidates for an hour X
          P-D editorial:  Judge's ruling against Missouri's voter ID law warns against GOP overreach X
          SE Missourian publisher Jon Rust:  Hawley, Galloway are best for Missouri +
          Jensen:  Candidates grovel for newspaper endorsements but few advertise in print;  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith one of the few to appreciate the value of newspapers +
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), three seasoned citizens explain why GOP voters should support Amendment 1 X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Sen. Joan Bray (D-University City):  Prop D is a tax even a liberal can't support X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon conservative wonders why Post-Dispatch gives op-ed space to Lacy Clay but not Ann Wagner or Blaine Luetkemeyer X
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        Wednesday, October 24
       
KC Star:  Health care policy takes a starring role in McCaskill-Hawley race X
          P-D:  A look at McCaskill and Hawley donors:  Hollywood types, hardworking Missouri entrepreneurs, more X
          KC Star:  Anti-gun group files FEC complaint against Hawley and NRA PAC X
          KWMU:  Wagner-VanOstran race hinges on political experience, health care
          CDT:  Hartzler takes big fundraising lead into final weeks X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves visits Hillyard technical center
          P-D:  Owners of West Lake Landfill sue Mallinckrodt to help pay costs of EPA cleanup X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge clarifies decision on voting requirements, says no sworn statements required
          P-D:  Missouri voters without IDs won't have to sign an affidavit to cast a ballot, judge rules X
          KWMU:  Judge clarifies ruling on voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft critical of ruling that gutted voter ID requirement
          AP:  Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter ID law
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway on her record, dark money, "Clean Missouri" gerrymandering power, and potential 2020 gubernatorial bid
          CDT:  Michela Skelton cries foul over radio ad;  Spot focuses on Democrat's support for protesters during annual St. Louis City riots X
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 145:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) vs. Ronald Pember (D) +
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign treatment court bill today in Liberty and Springfield
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education considers four finalists for commissioner job
          The Missouri Times:  New nonprofit forms to support bringing Hyperloop to Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  State Senate elections:  Tony Luetkemeyer (R) and Dan Hegeman (R)
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner has co-sponsored bills to protect patients with pre-existing conditions once Obamacare is repealed X
          Messenger:  Voting in the age of Trump, when 'policy difference don't matter':  McCaskill and Hawley both wrong to embrace Trump's policies X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  If McCaskill loses, it's because she didn't do enough to embrace liberalism
          Priddy:  Prop D is merely a band-aid solution, but I'm voting for it
          Waters:  Amendment 2 is the best medical marijuana choice X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Brad Bradshaw, the man who would be Missouri's marijuana king X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says Hawley is lying about plans for Social Security and Medicare X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes Dan Mehan and Missouri Republicans, supports "Clean Missouri" X
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        Tuesday, October 23
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill:  "I actually think I'd win this election in a walk" if people knew about pharma's dark-money conspiracy against me
          KC Star:  Liberals, conservatives disagree on McCaskill's "moderate" positioning;  Comments from John Hancock, James Harris, others X
          P-D:  In St. Louis County, liberals hope anti-Trump "resistance" powers Ann Wagner's opponent;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local restaurant breaks federal law by offering financial incentives to vote
          KWMU:  Clean Missouri puts redistricting front and center, limits lobbyist influence
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis County NAACP neutral on Amendment 1
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Kehoe stresses need for more highway funding via Prop D
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  General election overview:  18th District Senate:  Cindy O'Laughlin (R) vs. Crystal Stephens (D)
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson to head MO HealthNet
          KWMU:  Todd Richardson to run state Medicaid insurance program
          Missourinet:  Richardson will be Missouri's new Medicaid director
          AP:  Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson to become Medicaid chief
          P-D:  Parson taps Richardson to run Medicaid program X
          KC Star:  Richardson to oversee state's $11 billion Medicaid program X
          KWMU:  Appeals court decision could mean hepatitis treatment for thousands of Missouri inmates
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Ann Wagner on League of Women Voters' liberal bias X
          SE Missourian letter:  Local immigrant supports higher minimum wage +
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        Monday, October 22
       
Washington Missourian:  McCaskill:  Ugly Kavanaugh fight won't hurt Democrats at polls:  "I hope Missourians will notice I stayed out of it" X
          NY Times:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley oversees an attorney general office in turmoil
          KCUR:  In Kansas City, illegal aliens lament inability to vote
          KCUR:  Campaigns use digital ads to target cord-cutters
          P-D:  General election overview:  Proposition B X
          SNL:  General election overview:  Proposition D X
          Missourinet:  Parson on gas tax:  "Sometimes, you've got to step up and do what's right for Missouri"
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Senate District 34 candidates Tony Luetkemeyer, Martin Rucker II talk policy priorities
          CDT:  Longtime Tribune political reporter Rudi Keller tapped to be news editor X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Sam Graves for U.S. House
          SE Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D +
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D X
          CDT's Hank Waters:  Monthy endorsement of Claire McCaskill:  Josh Hawley would be "a dependable supporter of Trump's worst instincts" X
          SNL op-ed:  Fifth-generation rancher Kalena Bruce:  Josh Hawley understands Missouri farmers and ranchers, and their hardships X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Hawley's list of accomplishments is short, and always accompanied by self-promotion X
          KC Star's Lindsay Wise:  By not using e-mail the public can see, Josh Hawley is a hypocrite X
          KC Star influencer series:  Term limits for judges X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian wants Ann Wagner to opposes changes to Medicare X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Defiance, Mo. retired engineer opposes "Clean Missouri," says it would create a new class of entitlement - "language minorities"
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        Sunday, October 21
       
Washington Missourian:  McCaskill says Hawley's ads are false, blames media for unfavorable coverage X
          JCNT:  General election overview:  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) vs. Katy Geppert (D) X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  General election overview:  Sam Graves (R) vs. Henry Martin (D)
          JCNT:  General election overview:  Nicole Galloway (D) vs. Saundra McDowell (R) X
          Washington Missourian:  Prop D has roots in Franklin County X
          JCNT:  House District 50 profile:  Sara Walsh X
          JCNT:  House District 50 profile:  Michela Skelton X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local parties make GOTV push
          KRES/KWIX:  Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis warns voters about long ballot, suggests they read up on initiatives before they get to polling place
          SE Missourian:  Mining company to locate in county;  Delta Regional Authority approves $300K grant for road to proposed facility +
          KCUR:  Recovering addicts say rural Missouri's meth 'explosion' is a warning to the country
          Columbia Missourian:  Milked dry:  Missouri's diminishing dairy industry at a crossroads
          JCNT:  State's seismic safety commission struggles to fill vacancies X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D X
          KC Star editorial:  Project Veritas' undercover videos and lies have no place in Missouri Senate race X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Consider the negatives of marijuana before voting on November propositions X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  As attorney general, Josh Hawley ran Democrat lawyers out of office and lacks work ethic;  Feelings from McCaskill campaign lawyer, other Democrats X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian liberal supports Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, October 20
       
KWMU;  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down Hawley and McCaskill's first one-on-one debate
          KWMU:  Fact-checking a few claims from McCaskill-Hawley debate
          CDT:  McCaskill calls Project Veritas activist "fraudster" in talk to Columbia Dems X
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill continues 'Your Health Care, Your Vote' tour in Columbia
          AP:  Ad running in Missouri, Arkansas aims to warn black voters about Kavanaugh fallout
          P-D:  Hawley campaign does not support African-American activist's ad about Kavanaugh X
          KC Star:  Ad on urban radio warns black voters about danger of false "harassment" allegations X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn meets with Trump and Perdue in D.C.
          P-D:  Tariffs and drought weight heavily on farmers X
          SE Missourian:  Multiple marijuana issues make for confusing ballot +
          The Missouri Times:  Catholic bishops cite 'potentially unethical biomedical research" in opposition to Amendment 3
          St. Joseph News-Press:  District 9 overview:  Sheila Solon (R) vs. Bob Bergland (D) X
          Missourinet:  Judge's ruling on Missouri voter ID law remains in place through November election
          Columbia Missourian:  New weapon in campaign sign battle:  Neighborhoods can't ban them
          KWMU:  Mapping tool helps St. Louis County voters better understand election results
          The Missouri Times:  Arts advocates applaud Holsman, Hoskins for leading legislative successes
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of October 17, 2018
          SNL:  Conservation Department proposes new rules to help slow CWD in Missouri deer population X
          Columbia Missourian:  March for "marginalized" groups draws fewer than 70 participants;  Self-described "queers," select minorities defeat oppression by chanting
          CDT editorial:  Don't confuse James O'Keefe's espionage with journalism X
          JCNT editorial:  With Capitol renovations, continue to prioritize accessibility X
          SE Missourian's Lucan Presson:  Josh Hawley is the right choice for Missouri Senate +
          Washington Examiner's Tiana Lowe:  Abuse allegations surface against Claire McCaskill's husband
          Messenger:  More St. Louis residents help bust third-party marketing group sending bogus "constituent" letter to state legislators X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman agrees with Michael Wolff on Amendment 2 X
          P-D letter:  Springfield's Steven L. Reed supports Amendment 3, says revenue will benefit unions, education and roads X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman surprised by inability of newspaper's beauty-product reviewer to write objective political column X
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        Friday, October 19
       
KWMU:  Health care, party independence are major themes in McCaskill-Hawley Senate debate
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley trade barbs, compliments in Missouri Senate debate X
          P-D:  Outside Senate debate, St. Louisans listen closely and take notes;  Photo of frowny women at University City bar X
          CDT:  McCaskill, Hawley spar in Senate debate X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley clash at Missouri U.S. Senate debate
          KC Star:  In Senate debate, Hawley says McCaskill is too liberal X
          AP:  Fact check:  McCaskill, Hawley debate statements
          KC Star:  Conservative activist who captured McCaskill campaign policy statements had access to voter info, campaign claims X
          KC Star:  Liberal "Lord of the Rings" actor tweets endorsement of Hartzler's Democratic opponent, gets 'ticked off' at lack of interest X
          SNL:  Greene County near record voter registration X
          Missourinet:  National GOP group sends out inaccurate absentee information to GOP voters in southeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Saundra McDowell rolls out 'Every Dollar Works' platform
          CDT:  Parson promotes Prop D at Columbia stop X
          Missourinet:  Amendment 4 would give bingo organizations a boost
          Missourinet:  82 Missouri students get perfect ACT score;  West St. Louis County's public schools have strong showing
          Clayton Times:  Introducing a new mode of transportation spearheaded in Missouri:  The Hyperloop
          KWMU:  St. Louis Port Authority seeks land and revenue beyond the banks of the Mississippi;  Changes to district's geography require approval from MoDOT
          P-D:  KFNS owner wants to focus on sports, but also pursues Jamie Allman X
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol Dome to be lit pink to honor breast cancer patients
          KC Star editorial:  The McCaskill-Hawley race is bringing millions of dollars to Missouri. That's bad news. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Promote and buy Missouri products
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  If getting under McCaskill's skin was Hawley's goal, then he won St. Louis debate X
          Kraske:  'Clean Missouri' proposal will finally clean up Jeff City X
          Messenger:  Missouri ballot initiatives offer hope for broken political system X
          SNL op-ed:  NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri:  Not all Missouri medical marijuana efforts are created equal - Amendment 2 puts the interests of patients first X
          KWMU op-ed:  Sharing America's Ashley Lisenby:  Too many Missourians living in poverty
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenerian dislikes Ann Wagner, says Missouri is not extraordinary and League of Women Voters is an objective group X
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        Thursday, October 18
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill accuses drug companies of 'unbridled greed' at Cape campaign rally +
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  McCaskill campaign unhappy with hidden-camera videos, wants AG's office to investigate;  Comments from "St. Louis based Republican operative Ed [sic] Keller"
          AP:  McCaskill-Hawley race turns nastier over policy-disparity videos
          KC Star:  McCaskill demands Hawley's office investigate hidden-camera videos of her campaign X
          KWMU:  McCaskill-Hawley debate to be streamed live at 7 p.m. Central tonight
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley to debate tonight in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Annual youth voting piece:  22-year-old calls herself a "super liberal," earns cash making calls for Hartzler opponent X
          Missourinet:  Saundra McDowell addresses legal and financial issues
          The Missouri Times:  Governor calls Prop D supporters to action at Kansas City northland rally
          Joplin Globe:  Parson makes second Joplin stop to stump for proposed fuel tax increase X
          Columbia Missourian:  State House incumbents outraise challengers
          The Missouri Times:  "Best of the Legislature" profile:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester)
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  High-speed Internet crucial to attract next-generation Missouri farmers
          Missourinet:  Annual Missouri ACT results:  Asian students dominate Caucasoids with 23.2 vs. 20.9 average;  Hispanics manage 18.7, with blacks pulling up rear at 16.5
          KWMU:  Hyperloop supporters say project would boost Missouri economy
          P-D:  Hyperloop group says St. Louis-KC high-speed connection would be a bargain at $10 billion - or less X
          KC Star:  Study says I-70 hyperloop could work X
          Missourinet:  Almost half a million Missourians to participate in "ShakeOut" earthquake prep event today
          The Missouri Times editorial:  It's time for the governor to fill the expired terms of the Bi-State board of directors
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must offer former teen offenders the chance to show they've changed X
          KC Star op-ed:  Children's Mercy Hospital Chief Toxicologist Jennifer Lowry:  Medical marijuana shouldn't be an easy 'Yes' for Missouri voters X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce CEO Dan Mehan:  "Clean Missouri" will inject raw partisanship into nonpartisan redistricting process X
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        Wednesday, October 17
       
KWMU:  Profile:  Urban, rural and everywhere in between, McCaskill casts wide net in re-election bid
          Washington Times:  Staffers laud McCaskill for hiding gun-control view in undercover video:  'She's really good about strategy'
          Clayton Times:  Conservatives critical of Wagner's opponent for fundraiser at "anti-cop" establishment
          The Missouri Times:  What we learned:  October 2018 quarterly reports
          CDT:  Missouri House:  Republicans outraise Democrats 10-to-1 X
          JCNT:  PACs contribute heavily to local state legislative candidates in final weeks of general election X
          SE Missourian:  Parson calls on community leaders to push Prop D for future of Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Proposed gas tax would cost the average motorist $1.25 a month
          Missourinet:  Prop D receives support from business and labor
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri hits airwaves with first TV commercial
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Liberal groups make stop in Kennett to support "Clean Missouri";  Group of three (3) holds "press conference" at Dunklin County Courthouse +
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign finance complaint against Vescovo dismissed by Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Bicentennial license plates now in circulation
          Missourinet:  Missouri replaces bluebird license plates to showcase historic birthday
          AP:  Missouri releases new bicentennial vehicle license plates
          SE Missourian:  Ameren building power into its solar grid +
          P-D endorsement:  Cort VanOstran for U.S. Congress X
          JCNT editorial:  Kehoe stumps for Missouri-made products X
          Jensen:  The left has abandoned values-based Democrats;  Many Southeast Missouri Democrats hold nothing in common with violent protesters +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill-Hawley attacks remind us that politicians do have families - and feelings X
          KWMU op-ed:  Center for Public Integrity's Lateshia Beachum:  Anti-Trump "Abandonded in America" series:  Stream of consciousness on HUD, Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson, McCaskill, Hawley, Lacy Clay, St. Louis City voters, etc. (4,772 words)
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville):  Clean Missouri is a wolf in sheep's clothing +
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Judge Michael Wolff:  Among three medical marijuana initiatives, Amendment 2 is the best choice X
          P-D letter:  Warren County man suggests Post-Dispatch stop wasting time and effort on endorsement editorials, should simply state that it endorses any and all Democrats X
          P-D letter:  Olivette octogenerian praises Post-Dispatch for "insightful" endorsement of McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man unsurprised by liberal bias in McCaskill endorsement, says Hawley is correct on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions X
          P-D letter:  Urban restaurant owner supports Prop B for higher minimum wage X
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        Tuesday, October 16
       
KWMU:  Hawley has slight financial advantage over McCaskill in U.S. Senate contest
          AP:  McCaskill brings in another $8.5M for Senate re-election bid
          P-D:  Hawley enters October with more campaign cash than McCaskill X
          KWMU:  Hawley banks on conservative principles, and Trump, to get the win over McCaskill
          KC Star:  McCaskill and Hawley fight over pre-existing conditions gets personal X
          KWMU:  Urban liberals oppose Hawley's plan to appeal voter ID ruling
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay, others criticize Hawley for supporting voter ID law
          KRES/KWIX:  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says neither chamber likely to flip, says Dems' anti-Kavanaugh behavior helped GOP
          P-D:  2nd Congressional District Dem, Libertarian speak to liberal group X
          The Missouri Times:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction's St. Louis chapter raises concerns regarding medical marijuana ballot measures
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Proposition B, the minimum-wage issue
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson voices support for Proposition D, preparing people for the workforce
          JCNT:  Parson launches statewide tour to support Proposition D X
          KOMU:  Fact Check:  Proposition D ad rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway outraises McDowell 50-to-1 in bid for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          Columbia Missourian:  Disabilities group to hold state legislative forum Thursday
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  It's important to bring young people into agriculture
          Missourinet:  Parson hopes to see more young people involved in agriculture
          JCNT:  Parson proclaims October 'Pork Month' X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson, state officials stress importance of public role in conservation
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri files brief supporting Arizona's ban on businesses that boycott Israel
          Clayton Times:  Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) announces legislative awards at annual meeting
          Missourinet:  Missouri prison system reaches potential record of 800 correctional officer vacancies
          AP:  Judge orders Missouri to give juvenile lifers parole chance
          P-D editorial:  Attention West Lake residents:  EPA says radiation is good for you X
          P-D op-ed:  Hansen's Tree Service President Chad Hansen:  Voters' pocketbook issues favor Hawley X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City feminist says McCaskill will be re-elected X
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        Monday, October 15
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Josh Hawley talks Kavanaugh, Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          AP:  On "Meet the Press," Hawley mentions liberals' "mob behavior"
          KWMU:  Politcally Speaking podcast:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner on Obamacare, sex trafficking, minimum wage, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on McCaskill Bootheel comment, Prop D, problems with "Clean Missouri";  Panel of Dan Kleinsorge, David Barklage, Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City), Tishaura Jones talk McCaskill-Hawley, Prop D, Clean Missouri
          Missourinet:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna:  I-270 in St. Louis area "in desperate need of repair," says passage of Prop D is crucial
          Missourinet:  Lieutenant governor's program showcases Missouri-made items to buy
          P-D:  Missouri violated rights of inmates convicted as juveniles who are serving life without parole, judge says X
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 1, "Clean Missouri" X
          McClellan:  Maybe Missouri's sex offender registry should just be for sex offenders X
          KC Star influencer series:  Medical marijuana X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with concept of provisional ballots, says every voter should get regular ballot X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Prop D spends too much on law enforcement, not enough on roads X
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        Sunday, October 14
       
P-D:  A look at the top individual donors, PACs funding the McCaskill-Hawley matchup X
          KC Star:  Company facing closure after tariffs is at center of McCaskill-Hawley battle X
          NBC:  Josh Hawley on "Meet the Press" this morning
          P-D:  Missouri abortion activists ramp up for a fight after Kavanaugh appointment to Supreme Court X
          Washington Missourian:  New ruling on voter ID law impacts election prep, so expect big turnout;  Comments from Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door (R) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Taxing questions surround medical marijuana proposals
          JCNT:  General election overview:  House District 59:  Rudy Veit (R) vs. Linda Greeson (D) X
          The Missouri Times:  Beloved CEO Barry Hart reflects on 42 years with Missouri Association of Co-Ops
          P-D:  Data shows Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources following through on promise for "red tape reduction" X
          CDT:  Missouri State Public Defender Director Michael Barrett:  Public defenders can't 'keep up' with caseloads X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation's targeted culling a voluntary, effective program against CWD, official says +
          P-D endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate X
          P-D endorsement video:  McCaskill hits stump-speech bullet points;  Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson says editorial board embraces "centrism" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian supports Amendment 1 and Proposition B X
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        Saturday, October 13
       
Washington Times:  Fact check:  Liberal MSNBC host's claim that McCaskill voted for Neal Gorsuch is incorrect
          JCNT:  Judge to decide on Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee complaint against Hawley X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt gathers information on opioid crisis
          KWMU:  International Institute of St. Louis gets 3-year grant to combat human trafficking
          JCNT:  Clean Missouri supporters rally at Capitol X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Hashing out the details of Missouri's 3 medical marijuana initiatives
          AP:  General election overview:  The three medical marijuana initiatives on Missouri's November ballot
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) vs. Renita Green (D) +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Green Party, Democratic state legislative candidates talk climate change
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Oct. 8, 2018
          KWMU:  A land of shrimp, wine and honey:  Missouri funds agriculture beyond cows and corn
          The Missouri Times:  George Mason University report ranks Missouri 15th in fiscal health
          The Missouri Times:  Greggory Favre resigns as deputy director of Department of Public Safety
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 10, 2018
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be alert on roadways during fall harvest season
          SNL:  Chronic wasting disease threatens $1B deer hunting culture X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley shouldn't be surprised about Springfield pastor's comments on gay men X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says GOP state reps are mischaracterizing Clean Missouri X
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        Friday, October 12
       
MSNBC:  Midterms 2018:  State of politics in Missouri:  Jo Mannies, John Hancock and Mike Kelley talk McCaskill-Hawley, more
          MSNBC:  Midterms 2018:  The role of race in Missouri politics:  Antonio French says African-Americans 'don't feel very strongly' about voting for McCaskill
          Washington Times:  McCaskill shuns Missouri's rural 'Bootheel' voters in cellphone video
          Washington Times:  Hawley rips McCaskill over census citizenship question opposition
          SNL:  Springfield friends of Texas U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke to host fundraiser next weekend
          P-D:  Ann Wagner receives anti-sex-trafficking award
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Bob Holden, Sheena Greitens talk China tariff impacts
          The Missouri Times:  State seeks emergency stay on voter ID law ruling
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign advocating for fuel tax increase launches statewide ad campaign
          Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  Statewide ballot initiatives
          KCUR:  General election overview:  Mike Cierpiot (R) vs. Hillary Shields (D)
          KCUR:  General election overview:  Q&A with Tony Luetkemeyer (R), Martin Rucker II (D)
          The Missouri Times:  Unions file lawsuit challenging overhaul of state's merit system
          Missourinet:  State officials look to boost pay for some Missouri veterans home workers
          The Missouri Times:  Quaker Window Products' $65M expansion to create 300 new jobs in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Company to build massive manufacturing facility in rural Missouri town
          KCUR:  Missouri school districts still don't know how students did on new math and English tests
          KCUR:  New York-based company says St. Louis and Kansas City haves some of the worst nursing homes in the country
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2 for medical marijuana
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear won't win, but he's addressing the ills of government
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  On pro wrestling, Donald Trump and Josh Hawley
          KC Star op-ed:  Veteran Democratic leader Jane Dueker:  Vote 'No' on Clean Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider:  Proposition D is essential to maintain safe highways
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man disagrees with Hawley on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          P-D letter:  University City man disagrees with Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson on minimum wage
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        Thursday, October 11
       
KWMU:  St. Louis region's 2nd Congressional District looms large in McCaskill-Hawley race
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Morning Consult poll shows McCaskill's approval drop 7 points in third quarter, with a 48% disapproval rating
          P-D:  Reuters poll shows McCaskill-Hawley neck-and-neck
          SNL:  At Minnesota campaign stop, Trump boasts of strong turnout at Hawley rally in September X
          KC Star:  Hawley takes part in ag tour with Missouri Farm Bureau;  Reporters ask for reaction to Springfield pastor's comments on gay men's life expectancy X
          JCNT:  Voters to decide on fuels tax increase X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft says judge's decision creating "mass confusion" at polls
          CDT:  Mizzou's Planned Parenthood advocates dislike pro-life group's photo display;  Created Equal shows body parts of aborted babies X
          P-D:  Attorney keeps pushing for Greitens secrecy probe, months after Hawley found no wrongdoing X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) to join Missouri Probation and Parole Board
          AP:  Missouri lawmaker appointed to state parole board
          KWMU:  Tourism officials across Missouri hope for more money from Parson
          JCNT:  3 unions sue state over Merit System change X
          P-D:  Missouri making plans for renovation of state Capitol - with price tag unknown X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at invalid probation imposed by lower courts
          P-D endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Vote yes on Proposition B to improve quality of life X
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        Wednesday, October 10
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill hit for silence as Democrats 'smeared' Justice Kavanaugh
          Washington Times:  Outside cash floods nasty Missouri race that could determine control of Senate
          AP:  Flooding closes Missouri roads and threatens to top levees
          SE Missourian:  Voter registration grows in advance of today's deadline, says Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers +
          KC Star:  Jackson County voter registrations reach record highs X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge orders injunction against portions of Missouri's voter ID law
          KWMU:  Judge rejects portion of Missouri voter ID law, but allows most of it to continue
          Missourinet:  Judge strikes down portions of Missouri voter ID law, state to appeal
          P-D:  Judge calls Missouri voter ID advertising 'misleading'
          KC Star:  Judge tosses part of Missouri voter ID law, chides state over advertising X
          AP:  State to appeal ruling against voter ID law
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Three competing marijuana initiatives
          AP:  Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in Missouri, other states next month
          Columbia Missourian:  If Prop D passes, nine area projects might be possible, Columbia officials say
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway highlights tenure as auditor in first TV advertisement
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 146:  Barry Hovis (R) vs. Gayla Dace (D) for Donna Lichtenegger's seat +
          AP:  Union slams prison chief for photo of her holding beer at charity fundraiser
          P-D:  A beer at a golf outing draws outcry from union X
          Missourinet:  UMKC will no longer sponsor its eight KC charter schools in May
          Missourinet:  MoDOT director says key I-70 bridge in mid-Missouri should be replaced
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft recognizes Stanley the Bulldog's work as anti-bullying advocate
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation considering regulation changes to curb chronic wasting disease (CWD) +
          Columbia Missourian:  Tuesday SCOTUS decision formally makes Missouri hair-braiding lawsuit moot
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale:  Hawley wrong on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  Clean Missouri is a lemon of a deal
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  It's time to join 30 states and legalize medical marijuana
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Becky Willard:  Missouri and the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad campaign finance reform
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Terry Ganey:  Chuck Basye (R) vs. Adrian Plank (D) is a snapshot of Missouri politics
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        Tuesday, October 9
       
SNL:  Pence, Hawley praise Kavanaugh at Springfield event X
          SNL:  Video:  Pence praises Kavanaugh X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Pence at Hawley event in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Pence stumps for Hawley in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Hawley critical of McCaskill's "No" vote on Kavanaugh
          KC Star:  McCaskill says she would 'never consider' ousting Kavanaugh as Hawley slams her vote X
          The Missouri Times:  NRA, Emily's List spend big in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Unions oppose Trump's suggestion to bring efficiency to postal service through privatization
          Reuters:  Local gun groups flex muscle in U.S. state politics, sidestepping the NRA;  Comments from Eric Burlison, Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa)
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Amendment 1, the "Clean Missouri" initiative
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw, who is self-funding medical pot initiative, landed in tax collectors' crosshairs X
          P-D:  In race for Missouri auditor, Galloway hitting the airwaves first X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats say poll shows Robert Butler within margin of error against Paul Wieland
          The Missouri Times:  MEC dismisses complaints about Martin Rucker in SD34
          AP:  Tomorrow is voter registration deadline in Missouri
          P-D:  Democratic politico 'Button' Bob Levine dies at 67 X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Missouri Sheriffs' Association clash over sex offender report
          Daily American Republic:  Stoddard, Butler County officials:  Galloway refused to release full list of noncompliant sex offenders +
          KWMU:  Finding a suitable schoolhouse in St. Louis can be 'the real snag for charter schools'
          Columbia Missourian:  Lack of funding, staff afflicts Missouri's public defender system, state officials say
          P-D editorial:  If Hawley's health care plan is for real, he should call for a debate on it X
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        Monday, October 8   Columbus Day
       
Missourinet:  Columbus Day is a federal and Missouri holiday
          KWMU:  Black Lives Matter, Indians, others to protest Christopher Columbus today
          P-D:  Festival on the Hill focuses on Italian-American heritage;  Activists will protest at Columbus statue today X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hartzler:  Work requirements, conservation, politics are farm bill sticking points
          SNL:  ACLU hosts "10 Days of Trans Demands" protest in Springfield X
          KWMU:  Voter registration applications rise in St. Charles County as deadline nears
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City);  Panel of Carpenters' Mark Dalton, Gregg Keller, state rep candidate Aaron Griesheimer, state Senate candidate Bob Butler talk Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, more
          JCNT:  Voters to decide fate of "Clean Missouri" initiative X
          Columbia Missourian:  Cancer survivor campaigns for medical marijuana
          JCNT:  Missouri Amendment 4 would change laws governing bingo gaming X
          KWMU:  Missouri sees record number of female candidates;  Analysis from UMSL political science icon Terry Jones
          KWMU:  Special motorized chairs making it possible for the disabled to enjoy Missouri's state parks
          KWMU:  Missouri stream restoration projects use nature's strength to prevent erosion
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's voter ID law was designed to discourage voting. It should go. X
          P-D op-ed:  The Heritage Foundation's David Ditch:  Roy Blunt comfortable with big spending and big debts X
          KC Star influencer series:  Clean Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man unhappy with Hawley over support for Kavanaugh X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington septuagenarian opposes Clean Missouri X
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        Sunday, October 7
       
SNL:  Springfield's "#MeToo" protest draws smaller crowd than first anti-Trump rally in 2017 X
          SNL:  Anti-Kavanaugh rally photo gallery:  Signs include "Rapist Judge," "Grab 'Em By the Balls," other inspirational and uplifting slogans X
          SNL:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Ozark) declines invitation to speak at anti-Kavanaugh rally:  "Profanity and wanting to castrate and kill white men is extremely barbaric and won't get those groups anywhere." X
          P-D:  Anti-Kavanaugh protests in Clayton lead to about a dozen arrests;  Group blocks intersection, smashes "patriarchy pumpkin," other efficacious acts X
          P-D:  Anti-Kavanaugh photo gallery:  Woman flaunts unshaved armpits whilst blocking traffic;  Male holds sign reading "KavaF@ckNaw;"  Other persuasive messages X
          P-D:  McCaskill and Hawley reference Kavanaugh - subtly and obtusely - in fundraising appeals X
          Washington Missourian:  Candidate profile:  U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear X
          The Missouri Times:  AFL-CIO dumping money into black and Mexican radio in St. Louis, other cities
          Columbia Missourian:  "10 Days of Trans Demands" fuels rally of nearly 30 in Peace Park;  Jay-Marie "Brownboi [sic]" Hill sings "Here, Queer & Staying" (audio)
          KC Star:  Galloway's campaign says Saundra McDowell exaggerates experience in attorney general's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Tax tardiness an issue for candidates of both parties
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) on business issues X
          CDT:  Boone County House seats key to Democratic hopes X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County aggressive in sex offender checks;  Sheriff comments on Galloway's report X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley wants to end Obamacare, but he doesn't have a better idea X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sex offender registry is working in St. Joe
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature should centralize help for domestic violence victims X
          KC Star's Bill Turque:  Kander's PTSD announcement positions himself well for next bid for office X
          KC Star op-ed:  NAACP chapter president supports Clean Missouri, minimum-wage hike X
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        Saturday, October 6
       
P-D's Raasch:  Trump delivers on a campaign promise that may be more important than the presidency itself;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          P-D's Raasch:  Impact of Kavanaugh vote on McCaskill, other endangered Dems X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Socialists organize anti-Kavanaugh rally;  Socialist coed recounts "crawling out of depression" over Kavanaugh to lead fellow anti-capitalists to rally
          Columbia Missourian:  Ad-check series:  Hawley wrong about "Keep Families Together Act"
          Columbia Missourian:  Ad-check series:  McCaskill half-right about sanctuary cities
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum assess McCaskill vs. Hawley on pre-existing conditions;  St. Louis County turnout;  Jason Kander and depression/PTSD
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 1, 2018
          JCNT:  Eric Schmitt's MO ABLE program expanded to allow greater savings X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission swears in new members, signs off on FY2019 budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri's oversight to be examined after $1 billion lawsuit alleges sexual assault at nursing home
          Clayton Times:  In Maryland Heights, MoDOT discusses future transportation opportunities
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway says schools should be required to perform background checks on volunteers X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City says common sense needed when considering minimum wage versus "living wage" X
          P-D letter:  Marthasville man says Hawley's church investigation unlikely to get to the truth X
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        Friday, October 5
       
AP:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Hawley shares message of Christian faith during Hannibal-LaGrange University chapel service X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley choose to prioritize issues other than "climate change" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gina Loudon talks Trump at Boone County Pachyderms' annual chili supper
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Law prof angry that fellow liberals didn't send him anti-Kavanaugh letter to sign:  "I've never felt less relevant in my life"
          P-D:  Daily gallery of anti-Kavanaugh protest:  Obese woman in combat boots detained after chaining herself to fellow protester;  Mob stands in busy Clayton street while police maintain order;  Other protester activities taking place during work day X
          The Missouri Times:  Munzlinger urges votes against Amendment 3, citing concerns of eminent domain violations
          P-D:  Add 'unpaid tax bill' to financial questions about Republican candidate for Missouri auditor X
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway seeks dismissal of lawsuit against A New Missouri, says Democrat 'has no skin in the game'
          KWMU:  Greitens' former non-profit campaign group wants lawsuit seeking records tossed out
          Missourinet:  Hanaway trying to get lawsuit against 'A New Missouri' dropped
          P-D:  Nonprofit tied to Greitens tries to thwart Democrat's lawsuit X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Black woman hopes to get more black women to the polls
          The Missouri Times:  House Chief Clerk and Administrator Adam Crumbliss moving to executive branch
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announces MO Able to Work Initiative during Disability Employment Awareness Month
          The Missouri Times:  National report shows progress in Missouri's mission to provide high-speed Internet to schools
          P-D:  State board approves tax credits to remake shuttered hospital on Delmar X
          P-D editorial:  Effort from "grassroots" group on tort reform has elements of blatant fraud X
          JCNT editorial:  Missourians should attend MoDOT forums X
          Kraske:  Kander has made it okay for vets, others to ask for help X
          SNL's Andrew Jansen:  Missourians should vote to legalize medical marijuana and help area child's life X
          KC Star letter:  Sedalia octogenarian attempts punchline involving Hartzler's "pointed high heel shoes" and welfare X
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        Thursday, October 4
       
SNL:  Vice President Mike Pence coming to Springfield for Hawley event X
          P-D:  Ad check:  Josh Hawley on pre-existing conditions X
          KWMU:  Woman who designs handbags manufactured in China unhappy with Trump tariffs
          Missourinet:  Jack Cardetti shares thoughts on Jason Kander's announcement
          KMIZ:  General election overview:  Proposition D
          P-D:  Report from Prop D group says 22 of St. Louis' major roads are in poor condition X
          KC Star:  Prop D campaign report:  Here's how much driving on bad, congested roads is costing you in KC X
          KRCG:  New report says drivers in mid-Missouri are losing money while driving on roads
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Few fireworks, but Tony Luetkemeyer and Martin Rucker II spar over 'dark money'
          The Missouri Times:  State Senate candidate Ryan Dillon (D) touts support for Medicaid expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri revenues stabilizing as taxpayers could see increase in withholding
          AP:  Missouri down to one abortion clinic
          Missourinet:  Judge declines to block safety requirement for abortion clinics
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 3, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  If the truth mattered to Roy Blunt, he'd vote 'No' on Kavanaugh X
          KC Star editorial:  Sorry, Pat Roberts. You once praised Claire McCaskill. You can't take it back X
          P-D editorial:  Jason Kander's determination to address PTSD and depression should inspire others X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians still in the dark about REAL ID will need a crash course in compliance X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Obamacare isn't needed to protect preexisting conditions X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Martin:  Unintended consequences and the minimum wage:  Proposition B will lead to job losses X
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        Wednesday, October 3
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Business evolves to benefit from Trump tariffs
          Clayton Times:  Liberals hold anti-Kavanaugh protest outside Blunt's Clayton office
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Male holds sign with punchline involving intercoursing position;  Democratic congressional primary silver medalist Cori Bush yells;  Rotund protest journeywoman Elizabeth Vega fluffs sign;  More X
          P-D:  McCaskill touts independence in new ad, but Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) demands he be removed from it X
          Missourinet:  CNN claims McCaskill holds lead over Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Former SOS Jason Kander drops out of KC mayoral race, sites PTSD and depression
          KC Star:  Kander ends campaign for mayor to focus on his depression, PTSD X
          Missourinet:  Proposition D's Scott Charton:  Gas tax boost would create jobs, send money to Main Street
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Robert Butler hopes Jefferson County voters make state Senate seat Democratic
          JCNT:  6th District Senate candidates Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) stake out positions at forum X
          JCNT:  House District 60 candidates Dave Griffith (R), Sara Michael (D) square off on hot-button issues X
          The Missouri Times:  State sends 22k mailers to comply with judge's order following Motor Voter violation
          JCNT:  Ashcroft notifies voters of registration deadline following court ruling X
          P-D:  Missouri revenue lags, but budget cuts not on horizon X
          Missourinet:  Soybean plant planned for Bootheel expected to create 60 new jobs;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) calls opening a "real shot in the arm" to area
          CDT:  Abortions end at Columbia clinic X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim Education Commissioner Roger Dorson praises Parson, talks about search for new commissioner
          KC Star editorial:  Kander's withdrawal from mayor's race is the bravest choice X
          KC Star editorial:  Voter registration deadline is quickly approaching X
          Messenger:  Veteran who helps others with PTSD says Kander's note will save lives X
          KC Star letter:  KC man blames Parson, Hawley, local GOP officials for lack of movement on clergy investigations X
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        Tuesday, October 2
       
P-D:  Urban church posts video of McCaskill, a dark-money critic, praising dark-money groups helping her campaign X
          KWMU:  Hawley wants special counsel to investigate Feinstein
          AP:  Hawley says he believes Kavanaugh was 'falsely accused'
          AP:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services gives University of Missouri Extension grant to expand programs for elderly
          The Missouri Times:  AARP endorses "Clean Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  National group buys billboards in support of "Clean Missouri"
          JCNT:  Jefferson City Council supports Prop D X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on why his re-election bid is tougher than ever before
          The Missouri Times:  Primary opponent backs Tony Luetkemeyer for state Senate
          Missourinet:  General election preview:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) vs. Sarah Semple;  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) vs. Maren Bell Jones
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) to separate legal defense, campaign funds X
          JCNT:  Judge expects to rule on voter ID case next week X
          KWMU:  Arguments wrap up in Missouri's voter ID lawsuit
          P-D:  Missouri's voter ID law under microscope X
          AP:  Judge raises concern about Missouri voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Final arguments made in lawsuit challenging voter ID law
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action holds gun-control forum
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri granted REAL ID extension until August 1, 2019
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets REAL ID extension
          Columbia Missourian:  State gets last REAL ID extension it should need
          P-D:  Missouri gets another extension to comply with airport ID rules X
          KC Star:  Missouri gets another extension to comply with REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian:  Deadline looms for Planned Parenthood fetus terminations in Columbia
          Missourinet:  Galloway says law enforcement must step up efforts to capture 1,200 missing sex offenders
          AP:  Whereabouts of almost 1,300 Missouri sex offenders unknown
          P-D:  Sex-offender tracking in St. Louis City among worst in the state, audit shows X
          P-D:  Missouri officials are dropped from wrongful-death lawsuit of disabled man found in concrete X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office reports 5,424 untested 'rape kits'
          JCNT editorial:  Parsons start new tradition at mansion X
          KC Star editorial:  The sex offender next door:  1,300 missing Missouri criminals must be found quickly X
          P-D op-ed:  Sierra Club's Jennifer Conner:  Eleven Point River marks 50 years as a wild and scenic river X
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        Monday, October 1
       
October 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jim Talent on Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, and more;  Panel of John Hancock and Reps. Tracy McCreery, Derek Grier and Bruce Franks talk McCaskill-Hawley, Clean Missouri, more
           SNL:  Area feminists to hold "#MeToo" protest Saturday;  Gabfest to feature "music, poetry, dance and testimony" X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  General election preview:  Proposition D X
           Missourinet:  The inaugural Parson Family Fall Festival set for Saturday in Jefferson City
           JCNT:  MoDOT meetings in seven districts planned for October X
           Missourinet:  1,200 Missouri sex offenders not complying with law, including failing to check in with officers
           KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants Parson to pardon arsonist;  Joshua Williams was caught on video attempting to set QuikTrip on fire during riot
           Waters:  Monthly endorsement of Clean Missouri X
           CDT op-ed:  Chip Cooper:  Vote 'Yes' on Clean Missouri X
           KC Star op-ed:  Former O'Reilly Auto Parts CEO endorses Proposition B X
           Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  To help the poor, earned income tax credit better than minimum wage hike
           KC Star influencer series:  Minimum wage X
           KC Star letter:  Pleasant Hill man irked that McCaskill rushed to judgment on Kavanaugh X
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        Sunday, September 30
       
P-D:  Despite unspecified time frame, EPA and outside experts do not anticipate delays, snags in West Lake cleanup X
          CDT:  Competing plans complicate medical pot legalization X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer shrugs off Dems' "blue wave" hopes ahead of first debate
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Senate District 6 candidates discuss state employee pay X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 49 candidates advocate raising state employee pay X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Increasing state pay is challenge to District 59 candidates X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 59 candidates field questions X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 60 candidates share plans for improving state employee pay X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 24, 2018
          P-D editorial:  West Lake landfill solution marks an incomplete victory for residents X
          JCNT editorial:  Parson should sign STEM bill X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri is failing domestic violence victims. The good news is, it's fixable. X
          Messenger:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated "StandUnited" sends lawmakers e-mails from fake constituents, uses others' names without consent X
          SNL letter:  Area liberal lists grievances against Billy Long, including a 2011 tweet about Amy Winehouse X
          P-D letter:  Labadie man says tax money should go to repair existing infrastructure X
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        Saturday, September 29
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum discuss Jefferson County's importance to November elections, Kavanaugh and McCaskill-Hawley, Clean Missouri
          AP:  Hawley to speak at university chapel, despite IRS guidelines
          AP:  McCaskill:  Missouri nail company could close, and Trump is to blame
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  KWMU reporter Ryan Delaney talks charter schools
          CDT:  Rock Bridge seniors achieve perfect ACT scores;  Minority students choose to work hard, achieve success X
          JCNT:  Missouri to receive $2.2 million in Uber data breach settlement X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Support grows for gas tax hike X
          Washington Missourian's Monte Miller:  Thoughts from Trump's rally in Springfield last week X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Incoming state Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R):  McCaskill attacks Missouri business owners, men
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal calls Ann Wagner a coward X
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        Friday, September 28
       
KWMU:  As nation watches Kavanaugh hearing, Hawley decries Supreme Court process as 'a circus'
          AP:  McCaskill cheers Ford testimony, calls accuser "courageous"
          KC Star:  National liberal groups bankroll effort to register blacks in Missouri;  Jobs With Justice, Missouri Faith Voices, other liberal Missouri groups taking marching orders from D.C. X
          AP:  Muslim activist labels pro-Hawley ad "Islamophobic"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill calls Trump's car-tariff rationale "a stretch"
          Missourinet:  Hawley active as litigator heading toward election
          The Missouri Times:  EPA decides to remove majority of radioactive waste from West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  EPA approves plan to remove nuclear waste from West Lake landfill after years of complaints
          Missourinet:  EPA plan draws widespread applause as breakthrough
          KWMU:  Q&A on West Lake landfill cleanup
          Washington Missourian:  Fuel tax hike would make roads safer, Prop D proponents say X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) changes mind on marijuana ballot measure, to vote for Amendment 2
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Patrice Billings, filling Democratic ballot slot for Bob Onder's re-election, talks minimum wage, abortion, etc.
          KSMU:  Election preview:  Interview with one (1) area liberal, one (1) conservative activist
          P-D:  Jay Nixon gives pointers - literally - to Jefferson College;  Former governor's father collected Indian arrowheads X
          P-D:  Missouri state Board of Education is looking for its next education commissioner X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 27, 2018
          Missourinet:  Galloway forwards report about missing money in rural Missouri town to FBI
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley needs full authority to investigate the Catholic Church in Missouri X
          Kraske:  Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri may be fading prospects for GOP X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Term Limits National Field Director Scott Tillman:  No wonder the "Missouri Influencers" don't like term limits X
          SNL op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayers deserve boon, not boondoggle, from Community Improvement Districts X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disagrees with Lucan Presson column disagreeing with Post-Dispatch and KC Star editorials disagreeing with Hawley on Johnson amendment +
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        Thursday, September 27
       
SNL:  Hawley refutes McCaskill's health-care criticism X
          P-D:  EPA reaches cleanup decision for West Lake Landfill Superfund site X
          KWMU:  EPA approves final plan to dig out contaminated waste at West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Recreationists, environmentalists wary of EPA's cleanup plan for rivers in Old Lead Belt
          Columbia Missourian:  General election preview:  A closer look at Missouri's three marijuana ballot choices
          KOAM (Joplin):  Breaking down both sides of Proposition D
          KODE (Joplin):  Voters to decide fate of fuel tax
          KZRG (Joplin):  Motor fuel tax set for ballot
          CDT:  Political candidates congregate for youth health forum X
          P-D:  Democrat filling state Senate ballot slot once had police called on him during college-roommate dispute;  GOP's Justin Brown says he won't seek to capitalize on 12-year-old incident X
          Missourinet:  Missouri makes its case in third day of court battle over voter ID
          Show Me Missourah:  St. Clair County:  Scott Faughn talks with County Commissioner Robert Salmon and County Farm Bureau President Garry Noakes about Civil War legacy, Clint Eastwood's "The Outlaw Josey Wales," Truman Lake, area attractions and much more
          Missourinet:  There's optimism in the Bootheel about jobs
          JCNT:  'Hackathon' beefs up state's IT repertoire X
          Missourinet:  SNAP wants Parson to order Hawley to question Catholic Church officials under oath
          JCNT:  Survivor group asks for deeper investigation of priests X
          P-D:  Advocates want Parson to give Hawley subpoena power in Catholic clergy probe X
          CDT:  Hawley asks for 'full court' review of execution ruling X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri makes strides toward ending poverty X
          P-D op-ed:  Obamacare bill author/Massachusetts academic Jonathan Gruber:  Hawley wrong about Obamacare and pre-existing conditions X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long's general-election opponent:  Trump, Long wrong about tariffs X
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  Sure, Ozark took some creative license with Missouri politics. But a casino at the lake? X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action septuagenarian plans to vote for Democrats in November X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notes that CBD is already legal in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  University of California Berkeley coed wants Missouri to expand Medicaid
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        Wednesday, September 26
       
P-D:  Dems uneasy about lack of black motivation to help McCaskill;  Obama, Schumer groups pay for digital ads X
          P-D:  Teenagers who vandalized Barack Obama Elementary and Normandy High School caught;  3 more sought X
          KCUR:  Clay County a Missouri bellwether;  Voter-on-the-street interviews
          AP:  Missouri border mail issue resolved, McCaskill says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves favors an earmarks comeback
          KC Star:  Screenshots show Greitens staffers conducting state business on Confide;  Andy Blunt, others help Team Greitens avoid paper trail X
          CDT:  "Clean Missouri" campaign benefits from dark money X
          Columbia Missourian:  A look at the legal paths for Clean Missouri, Prop D ballot issues
          JCNT:  Candidate forum:  Rudy Veit (R), Linda Ellen (D) face off for Mike Boernskoetter's state rep seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Incoming state Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) praises state's leaders, says Missouri is "moving in the right direction as a state"
          Missourinet:  Liberals' lawsuit against Missouri's voter ID law enters second day in court
          JCNT:  University of Wisconsin-Madison professor opposes Missouri's voter ID law X
          AP:  Parson calls for change to low-income housing tax credits
          Clayton Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) organizes health fair this Saturday;  Local Dem and Republican state reps pitch in
          P-D editorial:  Hawley should begin denouncing third-party ads;  Stars and Stripes PAC radio ad is "Islamophobic" X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley wrong to demonstrate loyalty to Trump X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  A vote for Amendment 1 will help protect state from gerrymandering
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Trial lawyers' incessant TV commercials a sign of Missouri's fertile lawsuit grounds;  Legislature must make things right next year X 
          Messenger:  Ameren holds rural taxpayers hostage;  Will Kraus (R), Victor Callahan (D) among those to blame X
          Washington Post (6/18/18):  League of Women Voters' Chris Carson:  Current federal system is "undermining our representative democracy, giving politicians the power to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the power to choose their politicians"
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian Louise Wilkerson:  Vote for Clean Missouri, because current Missouri system is "undermining our representative democracy, giving politicians the power to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the power to choose their politicians" X
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        Tuesday, September 25
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley takes aim at McCaskill with new statewide tour
          KWMU:  Hawley reaffirms support for Kavanaugh, calls for Senate to vote soon
          Missourinet:  NY Times piece quotes Jay Nixon, Jay Barnes on impact of Kavanaugh in U.S. Senate race
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Jefferson County to be pivotal in McCaskill-Hawley race;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) +
          SNL:  Profile:  Craig O'Dear (I):  KC lawyer brags about income ("a crazy amount of money"), legal acumen ("I have a great track record ... I tend to win trials") and communications wizardry ("a superior message") X
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner on legislative accomplishments, Kavanaugh, 2019 priorities
          Corporation for Public Broadcasting's "Sharing America" race series:  Local black activists, with mixed record in St. Louis-area primaries, hope to channel rage into November elections
          KWMU:  <X things> jouromeme:  5 (five!) things potential U.S. Census Bureau job applicants should know
          AP:  Missouri high court to let Clean Missouri stay on ballot
          KWMU:  Court says Clean Missouri to stay on ballot
          KC Star:  Clean Missouri will be on November ballot X
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge lets contentious measure go to public vote
          Washington Missourian:  State legislative candidates spar at East Central College forum X
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit from liberal group challenging Missouri's voter ID law being heard in Jefferson City
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's voter ID requirement takes center stage as trial begins
          KWMU:  Missouri's voter ID law challenged in circuit court
          P-D:  Democrat unhappy with price tag after requesting 13,659 public records X
          SE Missourian:  County Commissioners Association to honor Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), five others +
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue updating state's tax tables to make filing taxes more predictable
          P-D:  Normandy High closes for at least three days after two students spray fire extinguishers, break glass and trash classrooms X
          Missourinet:  New report from Wallethub ranks Missouri among best states for teachers
          AP:  Hawley defends duck boat lawsuit in latest court filing
          P-D:  Reginald Clemons, given five consecutive life terms in Old Chain of Rocks double murder, could be free by 2020 X
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        Monday, September 24
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on her recent union endorsements, upcoming re-election and top legislative accomplishments;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Jack Cardetti, Scott Dieckhaus, and Raychel Proudie on McCaskill and Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, more
          KWMU:  Alien update:  Honduran illegal still hiding out in Maplewood
          P-D:  Popular politico Charlie Hinderliter nearly died from flu last winter, now he's a flu shot fan X
          CDT:  Drivers lament road conditions ahead of Nov. 6 fuel tax vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol renovation:  Under wraps
          Missourinet:  Missouri emergency responders urge hunters to use boating app
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Real ID delays harmed the public
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri DNR slides closer to the side of industry
          KC Star influencer series:  Term limits X
          KC Star letter:  Supporters of 4th Congressional District Democrat:  Renee Hoagenson's campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train, and only stolen yard signs can stop it X
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        Sunday, September 23
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt U.S. Senate votes for the week:  Fighting opioid sources, pharmacy 'gag clauses' X
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe visits Branson to promote gas tax increase
          Washington Missourian:  SaferMo.com's Scott Charton to speak in Washington tomorrow
          SNL:  Overview:  Amendment 1, the "Clean Missouri" initiative X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Overview:  Proposition B, the minimum-wage initiative
          P-D:  Parson names Silvey new chairman of Public Service Commission X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway's audit finds women's shelters miss out on funding
          JCNT:  Specialists conserve Capitol artwork X
          KC Star:  Westport argument begins with allegations that man's black-and-yellow polo shirt symbolizes racist beliefs;  Hoosier street fight, replete with cigarettes and exposed bellies, ensues X
          P-D editorial:  In a surprising move, the Supreme Court allows light to shine on dark money X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Post-Dispatch and KC Star editorial boards wrong on Hawley and Johnson Amendment +
          SNL's Giacomo Bologna and Alissa Zhu:  Trump Jr. wrong to suggest President Trump helped Springfield's economy X
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        Saturday, September 22
       
SNL:  Trump, Hawley fire up GOP crowd in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery from inside rally:  Trump, Hawley, Billy Long, joyful men and woman, American flags X
          SNL:  Photo gallery from street protesters:  Woman holds sign celebrating "Resistane [sic]"; Latina muchacha asserts Trump should respect her culture for the gift of tacos;  Special appearance by local cross-dressers Crystal Methyd [sic] and Lux X
          SNL:  Interviews with protesters:  Immigrant from Ecuador has lived in United States for seventeen (17) years, refuses to learn English;  Other inspirational tales X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk McCaskill's calculus in voting "No" on Kavanaugh;  Ann Wagner vs. Democrat Cort VanOstran
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Democrat Cort VanOstran's assertion that Ann Wagner has "never" held a town hall rated "Mostly True"
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court puts Clean Missouri back on ballot, overturning lower court's decision
          Missourinet:  Latest Missouri court ruling puts Clean Missouri back on November ballot
          Columbia Missourian:  Appeals court ruling keeps Clean Missouri on ballot
          Washington Missourian:  At last week's candidate forum, McDowell took aim at Galloway:  "If you're not being a watchdog, then you're just a dog." X
          KWMU:  Franklin County candidate forum features state legislative candidates, more:  Schatz vs. John Kiehne, Aaron Griesheimer vs. Pamela Menefee, John Simmons vs. James Cordrey, Dottie Bailey, Marcie Nichols, woman filling Dem ballot slot against Luetkemeyer
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 17, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  No charges to be filed related to two agencies' practices with HELP, Inc.
          The Missouri Times:  Judicial review committee to announce findings on judges up for retention elections
          SE Missourian:  State encourages hunters to help curb spread of CWD +
          KWMU:  State report:  Current emissions from landfill are not harmful
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens still a phony, but that doesn't mean voters couldn't be fooled again X
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        Friday, September 21
       
SNL:  Last-minute details, logistics for Trump's Springfield rally X
          AP:  Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to the left
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Notes on McCaskill, Kavanaugh and outside spending in U.S. Senate race X
          KC Star:  Local minority business owner says McCaskill's criticisms are unfair X
          KWMU:  Surgeon general visits Missouri to bring attention to opioid abuse
          P-D:  U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams praises school for students in recovery X
          Missourinet:  HHS deputy secretary says Missouri particularly impacted by opioid crisis
          AP:  Planned Parenthood threatens to stop terminating pregnancies at Columbia site unless federal judge acts
          KCUR:  Appeals court considers whether to toss Clean Missouri initiative from November ballot
          KC Star:  Clean Missouri hangs in the balance until appeals court rules X
          CDT:  Galloway takes on 'dark money' groups during campaign stop X
          JCNT:  Activists at "Poverty Summit" claim Missouri has failed the poor X
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Leader Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) pleased with Legislature's special session
          SNL:  Branson's Peter Herschend returns to state school board for third time X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson reappoints Herschend to State Board of Education
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers studying Missouri Dept. of Ag funding levels to submit report by November