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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
          AP:  Prosecutor declines to press charges related to alleged conflict of interest between state agencies and HELP Inc.
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 20, 2018
          P-D:  Survivor's network still skeptical as Hawley's office forges ahead with investigation of Catholic Church X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley should distance himself from Trump X
          Kraske:  Jeff Smith's tweet regarding potential Greitens comeback causes stir X
          P-D op-ed:  Urban leader Starsky Wilson supports minimum wage hike X
          Messenger:  Missouri superintendents 'floored' by plans from Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) to change K-12 funding X
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        Thursday, September 20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill says she will oppose Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination
          SNL:  McCaskill says she's voting 'No' on Kavanaugh X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill opposes Kavanaugh;  Hawley says McCaskill "has forgotten where she's from"
          P-D:  McCaskill to vote 'No' on Kavanaugh:  Hawley:  "no surprise here" X
          P-D:  Hawley talks of Dems' "ambush" on Kavanaugh X
          KC Star:  McCaskill plans to vote against Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat X
          CDT:  Hawley urges swift vote on Kavanaugh nomination X
          KOMU:  Hawley calls Kavanaugh hearings a "circus"
          Missourinet:  Missouri State University gearing up for Trump's visit
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Writer Jonah Goldberg on the perils confronting American democracy
          KC Star:  Judge goes heavier on former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' sentence:  His harm 'hard to measure and hard to repair' X
          AP:  Former Missouri Democratic Party chairman sentenced for campaign fund abuse
          KWMU:  Feds give Missouri $29 million to fight opioid abuse
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In St. Joseph, Kehoe advocates for Prop D
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court agrees with decision to toss Bradshaw's lawsuit against rival ballot measure
          SNL:  Liberal think tank supports minimum wage increase X
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway campaigns against Greitens at screening of "Dark Money"
          P-D:  State rep/activist/battle-rapper Bruce Franks files for bankruptcy;  Assets include $947 cash, $350 worth of bowling balls, and $350 9mm handgun
          The Missouri Times:  NGA executive director optimistic about Parson, workforce development in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson says Microsoft's new St. Louis technology center will help retain more Missourians
          KWMU:  Parson, Krewson among those celebrating Microsoft Tech Center opening
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considering if workplace arbitration agreements can prevent employees from suing
          Brownfield Ag News:  State ag department leaders ask EPA not to require cut-off date for dicamba applications;  Comments from MO Dept. of Ag's Sami Jo Freeman
          KC Star:  Missouri's first West Nile death of 2018 was in Jackson County, not St. Louis X
          KC Star op-ed:  Josh Hawley is out of the faith mainstream on political activity in churches X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou students:  Hawley wrong on Obamacare impact
          P-D op-ed:  Women's environmental group opposes EPA and NHTSA efforts to roll back regulations X
          SNL op-ed:  Brad Bradshaw misleads on medical marijuana X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  SE Missourian recognized by Missouri Press Association as best newspaper its size +
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        Wednesday, September 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump set to be in Springfield on Friday;  Liberals plan protest
          Clayton Times:  Unions endorse Ann Wagner
          KWMU:  Rate of Missourians without health care in line with national average, Census finds
          SNL:  Chronic pain patients hold small rally, say they are being punished by new opioid guidelines X
          Missourinet:  'Clean Missouri' to go before Missouri Court of Appeals on Thursday
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  Proposed gas tax increase will cost average Missouri family $1.25 per month
          The Missouri Times:  With new members, Board of Education approves DESE FY20 budget, plans search for new commissioner
          KWMU:  DESE wants to rev up school transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Education budget aims to help hundreds of Missouri families with early childhood development
          Missourinet:  DESE commissioner job to post today
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air recap:  A discussion with leaders of three local charter schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court, for second time, hears appeal from man sentenced to death for killing state trooper
          KC Star editorial:  Prosecutors shouldn't add to families' pain by delaying lawsuits in duck boat tragedy X
          P-D editorial:  Decision time on West Lake. EPA may consign residents to a radioactive future. X
          Waters:  Hawley's campaign relies on "dog whistle," but Missourians should vote for moderate Claire McCaskill X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff (D):  Clean Missouri will help clean up Show-Me politics X
          Priddy:  Don't erase history - let Eric Greitens have a portrait
          P-D's Blythe Bernhard:  MO DHSS hiding West Nile virus information X
          SNL letter:  Nixa septuagenarian calls Billy Long a "eunuch," wants congressman to critize "Hitler-like" Trump;  Ozark sexagenarian wants Long to put a stop to telemarketers' robocalls X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur sexagenarian responds to feminist's anti-Kavanaugh letter, says single-issue voters are illogical X
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        Tuesday, September 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says Kavanaugh allegations need to be reviewed before committee votes
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt call for inquiry into Kavanaugh allegations
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt want to investigate Kavanaugh allegations before Senate vote X
          SNL:  Liberals plan protest at Trump event this week X
          P-D:  McCaskill pushing to name post office after late Missouri vet exposed to mustard gas in World War II X
          The Missouri Times:  Oral arguments set for Thursday in Clean Missouri appeal
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Sen. Jim Talent talks with journoduo about campaign opposing Clean Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics complaints fly in SD 34 race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 10, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey named chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission
          Missourinet:  DESE to request $140 million state funding boost
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  A discussion with leaders of successful charter schools in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Missouri's drought has lessened, but farmers still struggle
          The Missouri Times:  Report finds red tape hindering funding for domestic violence shelters
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Government red tape is creating a shortage of services for domestic violence victims
          AP:  Galloway finds issues with domestic violence funds
          KC Star editorial:  Just vote no:  If Brett Kavanaugh is guilty, Claire McCaskill can't support him X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Judge makes an easy call on poorly-written "Clean Missouri"
          P-D editorial:  Keep the 'Clean Missouri' initiative alive for November X
          KC Star editorial:  Voters deserve a say. Clean Missouri initiative belongs on the November ballot. X
          P-D op-ed:  Rob Schaaf, Jim Lembke, Bob Johnson:  Amendment 1 pits Missourians versus lobbyists X
          P-D op-ed:  Decision time for EPA on St. Louis' radioactive waste X
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        Monday, September 17
       
P-D:  Partisans disagree over whether Obama's re-emergence helps or hurts McCaskill X
          P-D:  Ten votes that help define Claire McCaskill's record in the U.S. Senate X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler challenger, Democratic state legislative candidates attend local climate-change rally
          The Missouri Times:  Technology advances give Missouri farmers hope amidst drought and economic uncertainty
          KC Star:  Feds wants delay in duck boat lawsuits X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Charlie Shields, Todd Graves, Victor Callahan, Sean Nicholson talk special session, Clean Missouri, education, McCaskill-Hawley
          AP:  Judge bars "Clean Missouri" in win for GOP
          JCNT:  Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation to recognize Kehoe, others on Friday X
          KC Star's Rick Montgomery:  Journey has been long, but Missouri lawmakers and schools should embrace LGBTQIA* rights X
          KC Star influencer series:  LGBTQIA* rights X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man wants Medicaid expansion on ballot in 2020 X
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        Sunday, September 16
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farmers Union on farm bill priorities at fly-in
          Washington Missourian:  Election overview:  Galloway faces first election challenge X
          JCNT:  Election overview:  Five seek state auditor position X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Campaign fundraising updates:  Luetkemeyer vs. Rucker;  Sheila Solon, Bill Falkner, Brenda Shields elections
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Reisch "sick of the left being dirty";  Hallsville Republican will raise campaign funds to help fight lawsuit over Twitter blocking X
          KC Star editorial:  No woofing kidding, a Missouri Republican just called her female opponent a dog;  Saundra McDowell usurps Todd Akin as Missouri GOP's most embarrassing candidate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens deserves to have a portrait in the Missouri Capitol X
          Washington Examiner's Philip Wegmann:  Claire McCaskill refuses to come clean about how her husband got his money
          P-D letter:  Chestefield liberal responds to feminist's screed on Kavanaugh, says McCaskill should not feel pressured to cast futile "No" vote X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian responds to Thomas B. Fordham op-ed on math standards X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters sexagenarian vegetarian dislikes Missouri's real-meat law X
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        Saturday, September 15
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley talk tariffs, taxes and Trump
          AP:  McCaskill, Hawley square off at first debate
          Columbia Missourian:  Health care, Kavanaugh and tariffs highlight first McCaskill-Hawley debate
          P-D:  Hawley, McCaskill face off in first debate X
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley pull no punches in first debate X
          KWMU:  Auditor candidates Galloway, McDowell trade jabs at debate
          Missourinet:  Galloway, McDowell squabble during Missouri Press Association forum
          AP:  Galloway, McDowell exchange harsh words at debate;  Incumbent says challenger might accept dark-money bribes, while challenger says incumbent is "just a dog"
          KC Star:  Missouri auditor candidates question each other's qualifications in first debate X
          SNL:  Trump to visit Springfield this Friday X
          AP:  Trump heading to Missouri as Republicans seek McCaskill's seat
          KWMU:  Judge tosses Clean Missouri initiative off the November ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Judge orders Clean Missouri amendment removed from November ballot
          Missourinet:  Judge orders 'Clean Missouri' measure to be removed from Missouri ballot;  appeal filed
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean Missouri swept from November ballot
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Jackson chambers endorse gas-tax measure +
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives final approval to STEM and treatment court bills, signs off on nearly all of Parson's appointments
          KWMU:  Revised STEM and treatment court bills pass Missouri special session
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass computer science, drug court bills
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes treatment court, STEM bills to finish special session
          The Missouri Times:  Herschend appointment withdrawn;  Senate expects Parson to appoint him again
          KWMU:  Nasheed blocks Herschend from State Board of Education
          SNL:  Branson's Peter Herschend removed from state school board - for now X
          KC Star:  Wallethub study ranks Missouri high for school bullying X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman supports Obamacare, opposes Hawley X
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        Friday, September 14
       
AP:  Hawley resists pressure from McCaskill and media to criticize Trump on trade
          Missourinet:  McCaskill vs. Hawley on tap for Missouri Press Association forum today - followed by Galloway-McDowell matchup
          P-D:  Missouri was once a possible contender to host 2020 Republican National Convention X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), who wished for Trump's assassination, wants required psych exams for presidential hopefuls
          KC Star:  Feds reject former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' leniency plea, say he should spend up to 2 years in prison X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe advocates for fuel tax increase at launch of pro-Prop D campaign
          JCNT:  Fuel tax issue touted as vital for safer roads X
          KY3:  SaferMO.com lauches campaign in favor of motor fuel tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Austin's treatment court bill unanimously passes out of Senate committee
          Missourinet:  Senate expected to vote today on treatment court expansion bill
          Missourinet:  Special session bill to boost STEM and computer science education progressing
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee moves appointments to chamber floor
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn shares financial needs estimate
          KC Star editorial:  Jeff Sessions left one thing out of his KC speech on violent crime;  AG should have called for gun control X
          P-D:  Finally, banks are providing competition to payday lenders on short-term loans X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jonathan Kessler:  Yes, I urged Missouri Democrats to request and waste Trump event tickets, but everybody else does it too +
          Waters:  Missouri law at center of latest abortion battle would add inconvenient step to terminating child's life X
          Messenger:  Missouri once invested in its future by protecting its past:  A lesson from Leopold Cabin X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist wants McCaskill and Blunt to oppose Kavanaugh X
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        Thursday, September 13
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley releases full set of tax return documents;  McCaskill releases two (2) pages
        KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley tangle over income tax returns
        CDT:  Hawley calls McCaskill 'out of touch' during Columbia visit X
        Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Hawley lawsuit could help end Obamacare
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  2nd Congressional District candidate Cort VanOstran (D) on Obamacare, gun control, and opposing Trump's tax cuts
        P-D:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal's 2016 campaign against Lacy Clay fined for federal election violations X
        Missourinet:  Feds give Missouri extension to comply with Real ID
        The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court declines to take up fuel tax legal challenge
        The Missouri Times:  Brad Bradshaw drops lawsuit against rival medical marijuana measure
        The Missouri Times:  September 2018 tip sheet:  State Senate, House races
        P-D:  Ethics complaint highlights $16,000 in campaign contributions never reported by Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) X
        The Missouri Times:  Exit interview:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
        The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country)
        The Missouri Times:  Senate rejects House veto overrides
        Missourinet:  Five of Parson's budget vetoes will stand, but showdown possible next year
        AP:  Lawmakers fail to override Parson vetoes
        KWMU:  No veto overrides, but Missouri lawmakers more than halfway done with special session
        KC Star:  Parson avoids rare veto override by his own party X
        The Missouri Times:  STEM, treatment court legislation moving to Senate
        Missourinet:  Legislation expanding treatment court system heading to Missouri Senate
        Columbia Missourian:  Bills adjusting state treatment courts, STEM education pass House
        Missourinet:  Cornejo, Nodler appointments to be considered by Senate this week
        The Missouri Times:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard's official portrait unveiled at the Capitol
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 12, 2018
        The Missouri Times endorsement:  First-ever editorial from The Missouri Times encourages "Yes" vote on Proposition D
        P-D editorial:  Our newspaper deserves all the credit for McCaskill and Hawley releasing tax returns X
        SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Cape Girardeau County Democrats' attempt to disrupt Trump rally selfish and self-defeating +
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) and Thomas Bradbury:  Tort reform of the future:  How Missouri can become a leader in legal clarity
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Maybe one day Greitens' portrait will hang in Capitol, or maybe not X
        P-D letter:  Rock Hill feminist threatens to thwart McCaskill's re-election unless senior senator votes "No" on Kavanaugh X
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        Wednesday, September 12
       
SE Missourian:  Trump visit to Cape is canceled as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Task Force One deploys to Hurricane Florence area
          CDT:  Local first responders deploy to assist with Hurricane Florence X
          SNL:  McCaskill:  On Kavanaugh, 'dark money' outweighs abortion questions X
          KC Star:  McCaskill continues to position herself as moderate in re-election race X
          The Missouri Times:  Pre-existing conditions continue to take spotlight in U.S. Senate race
          CDT:  McCaskill makes campaign stop at Mizzou X
          P-D:  When it comes to releasing tax returns, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates stay silent X
          KWMU:  SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes brief stop in St. Louis to peddle books
          KWMU:  EPA may expedite cleanup for Sporlan Valve Plant Superfund site in Washington
          KC Star:  'Cushy' prison or probation? Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' sentencing nears X
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw, who targeted rival medical pot backers in court, yanks his lawsuit X
          KY3 (Springfield):  Missouri's fuel tax hike gets bipartisan backing
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshment 2018:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Departing Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater's STEM bill moves to House floor with little effort
          The Missouri Times:  Treatment court bill soars through committees, heads to House floor
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers focus on drug courts, education as special session rolls on X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Unclaimed Property Auction to have nearly 4,000 items
          P-D:  Missouri reports first death from West Nile virus this year X
          KWMU:  Ferguson protester DeRay Mckesson returns to St. Louis to peddle book
          SE Missourian editorial:  President made right decision to cancel rally, focus on Hurricane Florence +
          P-D editorial:  Liberals should give McCaskill a pass on upcoming Kavanaugh vote;  Political survival for red-state Democrat is more important than ideology X
          Jensen:  The message to the President I would have given +
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  Gov. Parson's callous action hurts neighbors of landfill X
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        Tuesday, September 11
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says southeast Missouri is "Trump Country"
          SE Missourian:  Cape police chief:  Presidential visit security "very daunting" +
          SE Missourian:  Time change for Trump rally +
          KWMU:  Election officials work to protect against hacking, and bolster voter confidence
          Missourinet:  Election Security Summit draws officials, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Federal courts rule in favor of Missouri abortion restrictions
          Missourinet:  Federal appeals court rules in favor of stronger abortion clinic safety requirements
          KC Star:  Federal court ruling could help limit abortions in Missouri, including at KC clinic X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri to begin enforcing abortion regulations after ruling in lawsuit, officials say
          SNL:  Hawley's duck boat 'littered with factual inaccuracies,' lawyers for owners say X
          SNL:  Area millennials plan "#MeToo" rally for October;  Organizer says women must "excitedly" agree to sex or else it is assault X
          KWMU:  Court affirms major blow to Missouri amendment restricting campaign donations
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's PAC-to-PAC donation ban held unconstitutional in federal appeals court
          P-D:  Appeals court says Missouri campaign finance law violates 1st Amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), a pioneer of marijuana legislation, opposes ballot questions
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington)
          The Missouri Times:  20 Questions with Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  20 Questions with Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Romine touts experience in bid for Majority Floor Leader
          KWMU:  Lawmakers trying to pass STEM education and treatment court bills in special session
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers start a special session that coincides with annual veto session
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers return to work for special session
          P-D:  Legislature returns to action X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee unanimously approves parolee-focused nursing facility
          CDT:  University of Missouri to go on trial over Sunshine Law practices X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri System lawsuit over open records will move forward
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley should distance himself from President Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Thwarting PAC shell games in Missouri X
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  Mr. President, we welcome you +
          P-D op-ed:  National Taxpayers Union's Bryan Riley:  Missouri pays for Trump adviser Peter Navarro's failed trade strategy X
          P-D op-ed:  Conservative think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute:  Missouri's math, English language standards don't make the grade X
          The Missouri Times' Rachael Herndon Dunn:  On the Fall 2018 Missouri Times Magazine, the Show Me Missourah podcast, and the power of relationships
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        Monday, September 10
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill mum on Kavanaugh vote;  Comments from Gregg Keller, others
          KWMU:  Trump casts large shadow on Missouri's nationally-watched Senate race
          P-D:  Nationwide prison strike attracts nearly 40 activists to St. Louis Workhouse X
          P-D photo gallery:  Prison strike rally:  Activist reads talking points from smartphone;  Caucasoid in Soviet hammer-and-sickle shirt raises "Black Power" fist;  Morbidly obese woman plops onto grass;  More X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Saundra McDowell addresses criticisms of personal finances;  Panel of Mike Hafner, Jeff Roorda, Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County), Anne Schweitzer talk Parson and legislative issues, Galloway vs. McDowell, St. Louis City prosecutor's anti-cop positioning
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Paris, Mo. city council supports Proposition D
          P-D:  Retrospective:  Gov. Parson's first 100 days in office X
          Missourinet:  Parson:  We are behind on workforce development
          KWMU:  Missouri special session begins today
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed overhaul of treatment courts will get a second chance this week
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers will try again to boost computer science, STEM education
          Missourinet:  MO Dept. of Revenue says state will get extension to comply with Real ID law
          Columbia Missourian:  MU professor's report distinguishes racial disparity from bias;  Race activists unhappy with use of facts, data
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri prison riot, staffing linked
          P-D op-ed:  Moms Demand Action gal expresses anger about NRA's strength, thinks supporting Missouri liberals will make a difference X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  SLU Law students Brian Earll and Sarah Jones:  Finding our roots in 'Professor' Schmitt's 21st Century American Civics
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Parson wrong to trust Missouri Farm Bureau members on farm issues
          KC Star influencer series:  Unions, businesses and economic growth X
          KC Star influencer series:  Individual thoughts on union issues X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis liberal wants Missouri congressional delegation to spend more taxpayer money on food handouts X
          KC Star letters:  KC man says legislators should visit Crossroads Correctional Center;  KC woman mocks McDowell's financial troubles X
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        Sunday, September 9
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week X
          P-D:  Trump to hold fundraiser for Hawley when the two visit Cape Girardeau next week X
          Columbia Missourian:  Climate-change activists angry about being ignored;  Local environmentalists express frustration at media, political candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester)
          St. Joseph News-Press:  During veto session, lawmakers to reconsider new versions of bills
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol renovation under wraps
          JCNT:  As is, state's health forecast looks bleak X
          P-D:  A look back at St. Louis' 2018 race riots;  Mob used court ruling as opportunity to loot stores, destroy property, assault police officers X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators should not raise money during veto session X
          KC Star op-ed:  Independent candidate for U.S. Senate:  Please let me on stage with Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Former Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl achieving success in the public policy realm too soon X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian supports McCaskill over Hawley, shouts her key takeaways IN ALL CAPS X
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        Saturday, September 8
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump plans third campaign event for Josh Hawley, this time in Cape Girardeau
          SE Missourian:  Trump rally tickets available through campaign website +
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley skeptical of anonymous NY Times op-ed X 
          KC Star:  Liberals unhappy with McCaskill's 'hedging' on Kavanaugh nomination X
          AP:  Unions heavily outspent opposition on 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  State auditor candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  Missouri Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  Missouri House candidates
          The Missouri Times:  New rule causes federal PACs to register with Missouri Ethics Commission
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Detailing next week's special session - and a proposed gas tax hike
          The Missouri Times:  Hollywoood's Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses "Clean Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 3, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Parson addresses the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen
          KWMU:  Parson touts cooperation on tour of St. Louis City
          P-D:  Parson, Small Business Administration's Linda McMahon, KC Mayor Sly James make stops throughout St. Louis City X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Teresa Parson:  From small-town farm girl to Missouri's First Lady
          Missourinet:  Fired DPS Director Drew Juden criticizes replacement and Gov. Mike Parson
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt promotes Show Me Checkbook website
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Words matter in meat debate
          JCNT op-ed:  Blaine Luetkemeyer:  Kavanaugh would be an asset to high court X
          KC Star's Mike Hendricks:  Advocacy series preview:  Feds should impose more regulations on the trucking industry X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou coed says Hartzler is wrong on school lunches
          CDT op-ed:  Raise Up Missouri op-ed:  Raising minimum wage will strengthen Missouri's economy X
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        Friday, September 7
       
SE Missourian:  Trump to visit Cape next week +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill "very uncomfortable" Trump traitor remains anonymous
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Delta Center Field Day draws McCaskill, Blunt, Smith, Ag Director Chris Chinn, every statewide elected official except Nicole Galloway +
          The Missouri Times:  New Madrid, Mississippi, and Stoddard counties hit hardest by drop in soybean price
          Missourinet:  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to speak in Missouri about election security
          CDT:  Democrat challenging Vicky Hartzler promotes "debates," but host sites say no events are booked X
          Missourinet:  Plaintiffs in lawsuit over gas tax ballot measure petitioning Missouri Supreme Court to hear case
          SNL:  Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses "Clean Missouri" ballot measure X
          The Missouri Times:  No new election in House District 102, recount looms
          The Missouri Times:  Decline in revenue numbers called 'concerning,' budget director says time still needed for a more accurate forecast
          The Missouri Times:  Workforce Development takes lead in special session as Legislature debates STEM education bill
          Missourinet:  Parson to address St. Louis Board of Aldermen today
          KC Star:  Missouri awaiting next Real ID extension +
          The Missouri Times:  Annual Constitution Project kicks off
          The Missouri Times:  Port near Jefferson City gains approval from state transportation commission
          KC Star:  'Unprecedented' riot, lockdown leave scars as Missouri prison struggles to recover X
          KCUR:  ACLU sues Missouri Commission on Human Rights;  Private employer did not want woman using men's restroom
          P-D editorial:  To escape Trump's shadow, Josh Hawley should start criticizing the president X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Eric Schmitt:  Claire McCaskill needs to support Kavanaugh X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Grow Missouri's Travis Brown:  Fueling Missouri's next growth wave begins and ends with smart partnerships in agriculture
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man critical of Post-Dispatch's reliance on wire stories rather than local reporting X
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        Thursday, September 6
       
SNL:  Billy Long goes into auctioneer mode when activist disrupts hearing X
          AP:  Billy Long helps drown out congressional protester
          AP:  Feds bust Mexicans growing $10 million of marijuana in northwest Missouri
          Twitter:  Springfield News-Leader reporter Will Schmitt leaving Missouri to report for California's Santa Rosa Press Democrat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking pocast:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on Parson's first few months, 'right to work' and November ballot issues
          AP:  Liberals in Missouri, Michigan drive efforts to change redistricting
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell's claims about Clean Missouri gerrymandering rated "Mostly False"
          KOMU:  Appeals court sides with state in fuel tax lawsuit
          SE Missourian:  Cape Council passes resolution informing voters of Prop D;  SaferMO.com's Scott Charton says measure would provide Cape nearly $600,000/year in additional revenue +
          P-D:  No new election in St. Charles County, where two state rep contests were decided by fewer than 15 votes X
          AP:  Parson sets limits on Missouri special session
          The Missouri Times:  Special session to put spotlight on treatment courts
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to examine Department of Agriculture funding levels next week
          SNL:  MSU to host talk from Jenna Bush X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  September 5, 2018
          P-D:  Deadly Missouri swimming hole stayed open despite Hawley's efforts to close it X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley shills for votes while trying to inject politics into the pulpit X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian angry at Josh Hawley for support of Trump X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield liberal applauds Danforth's latest "non-partisan" screed X
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        Wednesday, September 5
       
KWMU:  Hawley wants to revamp federal earned income tax credit
          KC Star:  Hawley calls Kavanaugh hearing a 'circus,' declines to take bait of criticizing Trump X
          The Missouri Times:  NBC poll shows McCaskill-Hawley neck-and-neck
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff nail company seeks exemptions from steel-wire tariffs
          AP:  Dark-money group gives $3 million to Missouri minimum wage campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court rules lawsuit challenging fuel tax referendum is 'not ripe'
          AP:  Judge tosses lawsuit against proposed Missouri gas tax hike
          JCNT:  Appeals court tosses challenge to proposed fuels tax X
          P-D:  Appeals court tosses attempt to remove gas tax increase from November ballot X
          KWMU:  Parson touts working with lawmakers to improve two bills he vetoed
          Missourinet:  Parson:  STEM education and Missouri drug treatment courts are related
          SNL:  Drug court bill from Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) gets second life in special session X
          AP:  Parson:  Special session issues vital to Missouri's future
          AP:  Parson expresses concern over prosecutor's exclusion list
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri law focuses on accurate labeling of meat
          Missourinet:  Animal Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, et al. complain about Missouri's meat labeling law
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri completing $53 million reliability upgrade to Bagnell Dam
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  MO DHSS offers tips to combat bed bugs +
          JCNT:  ACLU sues Missouri Commission on Human Rights;  Woman who worked at Dollar General distribution center wanted to use men's restroom X
          AP:  Woman sues Missouri human rights panel
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Hawley on religion, calls pro-life statements "dog-whistle" politics X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Hawley's op-ed, mocks his farm roots X
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        Tuesday, September 4
       
SNL:  McCaskill:  Joplin businessman David Humphreys is "the #1 enemy of working labor" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt gear up for vote on Kavanaugh
          SNL:  Medical marijuana on Missouri ballot:  A Q&A X
          Show Me Missourah podcast:  Miller County edition:  Host Scott Faughn talks with Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark), former Director of Agriculture Don Steen and Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources' Fletcher Bone talks sinkholes
          Missourinet:  New rankings from WalletHub place Kansas City, St. Louis City low on "best cities to live in" survey
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri prisoners are living in inhumane conditions X
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth:  Things were so much better in my era X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Parson's veto of STEM measure a gentle - and appropriate - chastising of Legislature
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Annual "legislators hold Jefferson City fundraisers during veto session" piece X
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        Monday, September 3   Labor Day
       
Columbia Missourian:  Union members wish 'right to work' defeat would help reverse decades of decline
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on McCaskill-Hawley, Missouri FIRST, and more;  Panel of Chris Kelly, Joe Lakin, Pat White, Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) talk McCaskill-Hawley, "Clean Missouri", more
           Missourinet:  Standing-room-only crowd hears "Clean Missouri" lawsuit case in Jefferson City
           KWMU:  Eric Schmitt's new website aims to show how Missouri's government spends money
           KC Star:  Missouri education board has two new members X
           KRES/KWIX:  In Missouri, hunters and fishermen must keep permits on their person
           Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation puts Missouri in middle of the pack for child well-being
           JCNT editorial:  Josh Hawley is wrong on the Johnson Amendment X
           KC Star editorial:  Financial woes, residency issues - is Saundra McDowell the best GOP could do for Missouri auditor? X
           P-D editorial:  Legislature's zombie law rises from the dead to suppress labor rights X
           KC Star op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Thoughts on trade deals, the "college monopoly," and improving the earned income tax credit X
           P-D letter:  Wildwood woman wants Blunt to oppose Kavanaugh X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says anti-Hawley piece on Johnson Amendment was misleading X
           P-D letter:  Fenton man says Hawley won't be objective in investigating church X
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        Sunday, September 2
       
Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Democrats eliminate "committeeman" and "committeewoman" designations to elect first transgender, want Missouri Democratic Party to follow suit
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats hope for victory on minimum wage;  "Raise Up Missouri" took $1 million in dark money from liberal group in May X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Mike Bernskoetter vs. Nicole Thompson for Mike Kehoe's seat X
          Washington Missourian:  New state laws in effect, some from local lawmakers X
          SE Missourian:  State grant aids effort to boost passenger boardings at Cape airport +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  State getting ready for bicentennial celebration
          KWMU:  St. Louis police chief contradicts Gardner's claim on 'exclusion list;'  Hawley says move could lead to criminals getting off scot-free
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature provides some relief to crime victims
          Waters:  Josh Hawley favors politics in the pulpit X
          SNL op-ed:  Brad Bradshaw:  New Approach Missouri is trying to deceive voters X
          SNL letter:  Gravois Mills man wants state legislators to pass "some stiff laws" on animal abuse;  Springfield woman gets emotional about Josh Hawley, wants Missouri voters to "stay angry" and support McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes Hawley's position on religious liberty X
          P-D letter:  Veteran Libertarian Tim Barnhart says Post-Dispatch is hypocritical to chastise GOP voters for selecting McDowell, when paper ran zero substantive articles on auditor primary X
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        Saturday, September 1
       
September 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum, reporter Rachel Lippmann talk minimum wage proposal and impact of Trump tariffs on U.S. Senate contest
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race a top target of outside spending, nationwide;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)  X
          P-D:  Hawley undecided on November minimum wage question X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear (I)
          SNL:  Branson duck boat company sued by AG Josh Hawley X
          KC Star:  Hawley sues Ride the Ducks in Branson, alleging company tried to avoid refunds X
          Missourinet:  Hawley files petition urging shutdown of duck boat operation
          AP:  Hawley sues over deadly duck boat sinking
          SNL:  FCC:  95,000 rural Missouri homes and businesses will soon get broadband Internet X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears arguments in lawsuits challenging Clean Missouri ballot initiative
          JCNT:  Judge promises quick ruling on Clean Missouri initiative X
          AP:  Clean Missouri facing court challenge
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean Missouri ballot initiative challenged
          The Missouri Times:  Judge tosses Brad Bradshaw's attempt to remove competing Amendment 2 from ballot
          P-D:  Judge tosses Brad Bradshaw's attempt to get competing marijuana question off ballot X
          SE Missourian:  Cities, counties look to benefit from fuel-tax measure on November ballot +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gas tax gets local support
          SE Missourian:  Parson joins Vargas in SEMO accreditation announcement +
          KWMU:  Screening students for dyslexia now required for early grades
          SNL:  With Schaaf gone, Missouri lawmakers may pass prescription drug tracking in 2019 X
          P-D:  St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner says police asked for 'exclusion list' of officers;  Hawley wants copy of list X
          AP:  Union leaders, Hawley concerned by exclusion list;  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney won't accept testimony from 28 police officers
          P-D editorial:  Insurers should be forced to cover air ambulance expenses X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Trade battles showing signs of improvement for Missouri's farmers
          KC Star op-ed:  KCP&L's Chuck Caisley:  KCP&L is committed to helping customers understand their bills X
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        Friday, August 31
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley hit St. Louis, challenge each other on minimum wage and Supreme Court
          AP:  McCaskill, Hawley both say they support higher minimum wage
          SE Missourian:  Hawley visits Cape Girardeau, hears from small-business owners +
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity ad highlights McCaskill's support for Obamacare
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Gary Marshall:  Proposed tariff payments too little, too late
          Missourinet:  IRS reminds Missourians to check tax withholdings
          Missourinet:  Judge delays decision on whether lawsuit against Greitens' nonprofit will move forward
          AP:  Parson calls special legislative session
          Missourinet:  Parson calls special session during veto session to reconsider bills he vetoed
          KC Star:  Parson calls Missouri lawmakers into special session on STEM, drug treatment X
          KC Star:  Legislators seek to fund time-critical diagnosis program X
          AP:  Parson names two new education board members
          SNL:  With appointments, Parson fills out once-hamstrung state school board X
          AP:  Parson touts new appeals court judge's rural background
          P-D:  Initial inspection of diocesan records in Hawley's abuse probe nearing completion X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture issues meat law guidelines
          KC Star:  Dept. of Corrections' Anne Precythe wants to meet with Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) before he visits with Crossroads Correctional Center prisoners X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers will be visible this weekend
          SNL:  Hough renews call for state audit X
          Missourinet:  Greene County Commissioner Lincoln Hough calls for Galloway to investigate commission's support of tax ballot measure
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature should boost STEM and drug courts;  Jeff Mazur's LaunchCode leads the way in tech training
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area liberal opposes Kavanaugh and Josh Hawley
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        Thursday, August 30
       
CDT:  Missouri Democratic Party's solicitation attempt at MU leads to phishing attempts, e-mail shutdown X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Democratic Party causes 'Reply-All Apocalypse,' leads to phishing scam
          SNL:  Missouri Democratic Party's spam prompts MU e-mail chaos X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Ad check:  Pro-Hawley ad on rape kits doesn't tell the whole story X
          SNL:  After Hawley voices support, Missouri Baptists opine on repeal of ban on church politics X
          SNL:  Hawley will review Springfield Catholic files X
          Columbia Missourian:  FCC allocates over $254 million to support broadband expansion in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Federal investigation targets two Duck Boat captains, seeks delay in lawsuits after Branson tragedy
          KC Star:  Two Duck Boat captains from Table Rock Lake tragedy targeted in federal investigation X
          AP:  Court motion in boat sinking seeks to aid criminal probe
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City) on Lacy Clay's influence, goals for serving in Democratic minority, more
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  State Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City)
          Missourinet:  Arguments made in lawsuit alleging State Auditor Nicole Galloway violated Sunshine Law
          JCNT:  National criminal-sentencing activist speaks at Lincoln University, mocks state legislators who support overhaul:  "These legislators who champion this stuff love to be patted on the back" X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT earns regional awards for two transportation projects
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raytown) says referees and sports officials need more protection
          SE Missourian:  Southeast students begin reporting partnership with local NPR affiliate +
          KC Star:  Mailing error by Medicaid contractor causes appointment reminders to be sent to wrong addresses X
          Columbia Missourian:  Staff shortage, heightened complaints delay state dicamba investigations
          KC Star:  KCP&L adds flexibility to payment arrangements, updates budget billing;  Some customers complain to PSC X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of August 28, 2018
          KWMU:  Restoring historic flood patterns could make Missouri wildlife refuge better for birds
          KC Star editorial:  KCP&L customers are experiencing sticker shock this summer. Here's what you can do. X
          KC Star op-ed:  Lathrop Gage's Jean Paul Bradshaw:  Lift the veil on dark money's corrosive effects X
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        Wednesday, August 29
       
P-D:  Blunt:  McCain had "explosive energy in a place that is not necessarily energy-filled" X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Trade aid welcome, but drought pain remains
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill, Blunt support opening more Conservation Research Program (CRP) acres for drought relief
          CDT:  During Columbia stop, Hawley says he's ready to debate McCaskill X
          P-D:  Hawley says religious liberty is under attack:  "Claire McCaskill and her Democrat allies need to stop trying to muzzle people of faith" X
          SE Missourian:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt unveils online 'checkbook' of state finances +
          Missourinet:  Two weeks until veto session, some lawmakers digging in on a few budget issues with the governor
          Missourinet:  Parson indicates a special session is possible
          AP:  Dozens of new laws now in effect
          SNL:  Springfield maker of vegan burgers caught up in Missouri restriction on the word 'meat' X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge temporarily halts part of meat law from going into effect
          JCNT:  Karsten named state public safety director X
          JCNT:  Judge hears closing arguments in Galloway Sunshine suit X
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Natural Resources challenges Adminstrative Hearing Commission in court, says AHC overstepped its authority
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri bans all tobacco use on campus
          CDT:  University of Missouri to extend tobacco ban X
          Columbia Missourian:  Illinois' new in-state tuition deal not a concern for MU
          P-D editorial:  Hawley seeks to breach the wall between church and state X
          JCNT editorial:  Eric Schmitt's office increases transparency X
          KC Star letter:  Local octogenarian wants legislators to set age limit for jury duty, says olds' "judgement and opinions have been altered by (their) age" X
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        Tuesday, August 28
       
KWMU:  Missouri's U.S. Senate contest is favorite destination for outside money
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, Jason Smith differ on trade tariffs +
          KWMU:  Latest McCaskill media tour features criticism of Trump on trade
          Missourinet:  KC lawyer to take up U.S. Senate ballot space as Independent
          P-D:  "Clean Missouri" group wants transparency in Missouri donations. And it's taking dark money. X
          SNL:  Brad Bradshaw sues competing marijuana proposals X
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Parson has changed the tone in Jefferson City for the better
          JCNT:  Parson considering special legislative session X
          JCNT:  Beetem hears evidence in lawsuit challenging Galloway Sunshine Law compliance X
          Missourinet:  Top 10 bills becoming law today
          The Missouri Times:  Unions challenge 'paycheck protection' in St. Louis County court
          AP:  Unions seek to block new Missouri labor group restrictions
          KWMU:  Karsten named new public safety director
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sex offenders able to have names removed from registry under new law X
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri's laws on meat facing two court challenges
          AP:  Vegetarian food-maker sues to stop Missouri law over meat terminology
          P-D editorial:  In state auditor race, GOP is hobbled by train wreck of a candidate X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  "Clean Missouri" proposal leaves too many unanswered questions
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        Monday, August 27
       
P-D:  U.S. Chamber ad highlights McCaskill's 'No' vote on Trump tax cuts X
          AP:  Emergency water pipelines planned to help address drought's impact on drinking water
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  New Labor & Industrial Relations Commission Chairman-to-be Robert Cornejo;  Panel of HRCC Director Casey Wheat, Jeff Mazur, Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Flotron McIntosh's Keith Willis talk McCaskill-Hawley, Trump, more
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Proposition D (fuel tax) preview:  Comments from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) (page 61)
          P-D:  General election preview:  Three state rep races could be key to GOP veto-proof majority;  Comments from Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City), HRCC's Casey Wheat X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 20, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation Chairman Michael Bugalski pleased with Parson's emphasis on workforce development
          Missourinet:  Jasper County sheriff voices concern about changes to sex offender registry
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Corrections Director Anne Precythe still working to address union complaints, morale challenges
          AP:  State considering nontoxic shot rules in more hunting areas
          AP:  State responses to "#MeToo" complaining lean toward transparency, fairness;  In Missouri, senators and staff must sit through online training
          Washington Post's Glenn Kessler:  Criticisms of McCaskill's spouse are misleading X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Preview of B Magazine issue:  U.S. Senate contest, fuel tax proposal, more +
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on "political corruption" X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood septuagenarian says GOP's state tax cuts will lead to "small children be(ing) beaten or raped" X
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        Sunday, August 26
       
P-D:  Missouri pols remember John McCain X
          SNL:  Unclear if Hawley will seek local Catholic sex abuse files X
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party adds diocese investigation to list of Hawley criticisms X
          CDT:  Proposition B overview:  Liberals, unions spent more than $1 million to get minimum-wage measure on ballot X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democratic candidates rally at union hall;  Comments from state Senate candidate Martin Rucker II, other November runners-up
          JCNT:  State ready to implement merit-system overhaul X
          KWMU:  Missouri one of four states that don't allow teachers to be lawmakers
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports emerald ash borer found in 11 new Missouri counties
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) part of group protesting Ferguson convenience store where Michael Brown stole items and assaulted minority business owner;  Group threatens continued boycott until owners sell store to activists X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" proposal X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says initiative petition is a poor process X
          P-D letter:  Women's Business Development Center sexagenarian Jacinta Witherspoon:  Missouri should elect more gals to office X
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        Saturday, August 25
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  The Trump factor:  How the president will affect Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          SNL:  At rally at Teamsters building, McCaskill still noncommital on Kavanaugh X
          SNL:  Blunt blocks bill to bolster election cybersecurity while voicing his support X
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party board member calls GOP central committee chairman "piece of (excrement)" for shooting-gallery game at local street fair X
          The Missouri Times:  Colonel Sandra Karsten announces retirement, effective Sept. 1
          AP:  Highway Patrol leader to lead Dept. of Public Safety
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol leader to retire Sept. 1
          Missourinet:  Judge delays implementation of order that would reinstate Missouri trooper
          SNL:  Galloway accused of allowing deletion of public records X
          SE Missourian:  Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese launches inquiry in wake of reported sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's new initiative aids data geeks
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley warns Catholic bishops:  "If we get any pushback, we'll go to the public" X
          Waters:  Vote 'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" X
          Messenger:  Minimum-wage campaign features endorsements from urban business owners X
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        Friday, August 24
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt helps guide appropriations bill
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley walk tightrope in response to Manafort and Cohen X
          JCNT:  Judge sets hearing for medical marijuana proposals for Sept. 14 X
          AP:  Greitens has yet to switch voter registration to Warren County
          KWMU:  Galloway calls for more oversight of Community Improvement Districts
          P-D:  Hawley launches investigation into clergy sex crimes X
          KWMU:  Hawley launches investigation into how St. Louis Archdiocese handled sex abuse allegations
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri Catholic dioceses to let Hawley investigate potential sex crimes
          JCNT:  Jefferson City bishop invites Hawley to review clergy files X
          AP:  St. Louis Archdiocese agrees to open files to AG's office
          Columbia Missourian:  New research from MU prof shows flaws with claims of "racial profiling" in police stops
          Missourinet:  Missouri to allow Empire District to move aggressively toward wind power
          P-D:  Anthem health insurance makes deals with two main air ambulance companies to cover airlifts for Missouri customers X
          Missourinet:  New agreement covers medical costs of Anthem insurance holders to be airlifted
          SE Missourian:  Former mayor's defamation case proceeds against Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) +
          P-D editorial:  Hawley chooses the wrong side in Trump's trade war X
          KC Star op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  We will continue to fight for 'right to work' for the benefit of Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Danforth's latest anti-Trump screed X
          P-D letter:  Olivette septuagenarian attempts punchline involving Missouri drought and socialism X
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        Thursday, August 23
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt quiet on abortion conversations with Kavanaugh X
          Fox News:  Video:  Hawley says McCaskill should "quit hiding" and stand up to Democratic Party on Kavanaugh
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Leaders with Mid-Continent Nail meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
          SE Missourian:  Clean Missouri campaign comes to Cape Girardeau;  Comments from supporters Paul DeGregorio, League of Women Voters, NAACP +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) on her defeat of Jake Hummel, city schools, more
          Missourinet:  Parson visits replica Vietnam veterans wall in southeast Missouri
          KWMU:  Parson taps Cornejo for labor commission
          The Missouri Times:  Cornejo appointed to labor commission, resigns seat
          Missourinet:  Cornejo appointed to Labor Commission
          P-D:  Some small tax districts could collect forever without state law changes, Galloway finds X
          Missourinet:  Galloway report says city taxpayers on the hook for projects they didn't OK
          P-D:  Advocacy group wants Hawley to investigate church sexual abuse statewide X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 22, 2018 X
          The Missouri Times:  American Gaming Association report expects Missouri gaming landscape to remain stable
          P-D:  Attorneys make plea for man who killed former Post-Dispatch reporter X
          KWMU:  Marcellus Williams death penalty review panel hears new evidence
          Missourinet:  Man who helped O.J. Simpson evade murder conviction visits Missouri to help Marcellus Williams
          KC Star editorial:  Special taxing districts are ripping off Missouri taxpayers, and KC should hit the brakes X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Farm Bureau straw poll predicts Hawley victory
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        Wednesday, August 22
       
KWMU:  McCaskill raises familiar topics as she sits down with Kavanaugh
          P-D:  After meeting with Kavanaugh, McCaskill offers no hints X
          SNL:  Trump plans return to Missouri during fiery fall Senate race X
          AP:  Missouri Democrats hope minimum wage measure helps McCaskill
          CDT:  Bernie Sanders supporters win control of Boone County Democratic Party X
          Missourinet:  Missouri farmers can expect more details soon on trade relief package
          SNL:  Group of eight (8) urges mayor to 'end all cooperation with ICE,' compares immigration enforcement to Holocaust; July raid nabbed illegal alien with gun X
          KC Star:  Duck boat probe heads to feds;  Coast Guard points to possible criminal activity X
          P-D:  Fatal Branson duck boat sinking referred to federal proscutors;  daughter of St. Louis victim sues X
          Missourinet:  Blunt briefs Branson reporters about duck boat tragedy
          P-D:  Court records show GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell had Kansas address in 2013 X
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches one-stop-shop for state's financial data
          JCNT:  Schmitt launches transparency website X
          KRCG:  Schmitt launches accountability website X
          KOMU:  Missouri aims at government transparency with new spending website
          The Missouri Times:  New audit shows rural taxpayers forced to repeat steps due to Dept. of Revenue's system inefficiencies
          Missourinet:  System glitch leads to continual errors in car title and sales tax issues in 15 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Legislators considering overrides of Parson vetoes
          SE Missourian:  Central High School student scores 36 on ACT, tutors on popular YouTube channel;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success +
          KWMU:  Missouri asks to add addiction treatment to St. Louis health program for poor, uninsured
          Missourinet:  Missouri's community health services get $3 million in performance-based federal funding
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley must investigate sex abuse, cover-ups by Catholic clergy X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature should restore in-home care funds X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Geneva Lee:  Missouri's Annual Peformance Report is among the least stringent in the country - to the detriment of students
          SNL letters:  Springfield septuagenarian disappointed by Missouri GOP, local chambers for failure of Prop A;  Springfield sexagenarian hopes "Clean Missouri" puts an end to legislators' free "liquor" and "steak dinners" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Ameren's Russell Burger responds to letter criticizing company's tax rates +
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        Tuesday, August 21
       
KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders faces up to five years in prison for campaign fund theft X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley urges Mexican-owned company to keep Poplar Bluff factory open
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft launches probe into St. Charles County polling place, possibly changing election results
          P-D:  Investigation, recount coming in St. Charles County GOP state rep primary X
          AP:  Ashcroft investigating why polling place opened late
          JCNT:  Legal battle continues over 'A New Missouri' X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri opening up water and lands for drought relief
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri opening up public resources to aid farmers suffering through drought
          CDT:  State grass, water to help drought-stricken farmers X
          KWMU:  Missouri offers farmers help to get through drought
          AP:  Missouri opens hay, water programs for farmers amid drought
          JCNT:  Parson announces programs to help farmers X
          P-D:  Missouri officials opening up state lakes to help drought-battered ranchers X
          Missourinet:  Parson announces relief package for Missouri farmers impacted by drought
          Columbia Missourian:  Farmers impacted by the summer drought can get state and federal assistance
          Missourinet:  Missouri school transportation budget running on fumes with $200 million funding gap
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill will do what Republicans would not in 2016 - consider a Supreme Court nominee X
          P-D editorial:  After kid-gloves treatment of Greitens, prosecutor gets his comeuppance X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should pass more laws to protect domestic violence victims X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Missourians deserve quality health care at affordable prices X
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        Monday, August 20
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Claire McCaskill on Obamacare, Kavanaugh, dark money, more
          AP:  Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers' crops, cattle
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ethics Commission closes Greitens case after prosecutor declines to file charges
          KC Star:  Dark money having a big impact on 2018 campaigns;  Comments from conservatives James Harris, Jeff Roe, John Hancock, liberal Sean Nicholson X
          Missourinet:  Libla wants more funding to support Missouri State Fair
          Missourinet:  New law expected to reduce Missouri's sex offender registry count
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's new license tag law unlikely to help
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) and Susan B. Anthony List's Marjorie Dannenfelser:  McCaskill should vote to confirm Kavanaugh +
          Messenger:  Lawmakers, competitor await answers from Missouri on questionable Medicaid bid X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man wants Missouri Republican Party to criticize Trump X
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        Sunday, August 19
       
Sedalia Democrat:  McCaskill, Hawley talk agriculture during Missouri State Fair visit
          KC Star:  Hartzler leading effort to attract USDA jobs to Missouri X
          KNPG (St. Joseph):  Video:  Three's a crowd with medical marijuana measures
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony and Lucinda Luetkemeyer among those appearing at Buchanan County GOP office grand opening
          P-D:  Staffing shortages widespread in Missouri nursing homes X
          SNL op-ed:  Raise Missouri's minimum wage to boost businesses X
          KC Star letters:  Responses to Star joining coordinated anti-Trump editorial campaign X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian criticizes Hawley for hemming and hawing on ballot issues X
          P-D letter:  Area senior citizen claims to have gathered "hundreds" of signatures for Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, August 18
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down McCaskill's vote on Kavanaugh, liberals' dark money for minimum-wage hike, and Saundra McDowell's residency issue
          The Missouri Times:  GOP poll has Hawley leading McCaskill by 7
          Missourinet:  Nail company's temporary predicament underscores trade differences in McCaskill-Hawley race
          SNL:  Dinesh D'Souza coming to town Aug. 30 for Springfield Pro-Life Event X
          The Missouri Times:  Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson declines to file charges against Greitens, again
          JCNT:  Ethics Commission closes Greitens case after Richardson declines to prosecute X
          P-D:  Greitens again avoids prosecution in Cole County after allegedly lying in campaign report X
          AP:  Prosecutor won't charge Greitens despite ethics panel review
          KC Star:  Prosecutor won't file charges in Greitens case X
          KWMU:  Activists' "Dark Money" video to be viewed for total of six (6) days at Delmar Loop theatre
          The Missouri Times:  Long-term growth figures have Missouri's labor force surpassing 3 million in 2026
          Missourinet:  At State Fair, Ashcroft praises Missouri's farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Drew Juden departing Department of Public Safety, Sandra Karsten to serve as acting director
          Missourinet:  Parson drops Missouri's top cop
          P-D:  Parson ousts Missouri's top cop X
          AP:  Drew Juden stepping down as Missouri public safety director
          KWMU:  Juden out as public safety director;  Parson names Karsten as interim leader
          Missourinet:  Legislative path for 'right to work' redo unclear
          CDT:  Hawley responds to execution appeal X
          JCNT editorial:  The tangled issues of hair braiding X
          KC Star editorial:  City dumps $100,000 to bring Missouri Black America Pageant to town, but blacks aren't any safer than last year X
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club officer wants McCaskill to vote "No" on Kavanaugh X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian says Josh Hawley supports "religious discrimination" X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian dislikes Hawley's support for Christian issues X
          P-D letter:  Area liberal organizes September "fun run" for Clean Missouri X
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        Friday, August 17
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley on trade and tariffs
        Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn talk Missouri's drought
        KWMU:  Parson talks infrastructure and drought at Missouri State Fair
        Missourinet:  USDA designates 25 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought
        Missourinet:  Drought is the talk of Ham Breakfast;  Comments from Cleaver, Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg), MO Ag Director Chris Chinn
        KC Star:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver wants Congress questioning banks asking for proof of citizenship X
        Missourinet:  More duck boat lawsuits pour in;  Man who jumped in water from nearby showboat sues for "emotional distress"
        SNL:  Mapped:  Greene County election results for Prop A, other races X
        JCNT:  League of Women Voters support "Clean Missouri" amendment;  Area seniors shuffle through Kirkpatrick lobby, serve as backdrop for mini-rally X
        JCNT:  Callahan to hear arguments in challenge to voter ID law X
        The Missouri Times:  Politicos lament passing of Sam Richardson
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 15, 2018
        Columbia Missourian:  Emerald ash borer invades ash trees in 11 more Missouri counties
        SNL:  They may be cute, but wild otters have been 'on a rampage' at Taneycomo trout businesses;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Conservation X
        AP:  Hawley sues over conditions at St. Louis housing complex
        KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft should support early voting X
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Aaron Baker:  Cindy O'Laughlin proves the state Senate isn't reserved for just state representatives
        Columbia Missourian's Katherine Reed:  Trump to blame for "trickle-down hate" aimed at journalists;  Anonymous coed spins yarn about men spitting on her at polling place
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        Thursday, August 16
       
KWMU:  McCaskill under pressure from both sides of the aisle as she considers Supreme Court vote
          Missourinet:  McCaskill opposes Hawley's Obamacare-repeal effort
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley continue debate over debates
          KWMU:  EPA tests more homes in St. Francois County for lead pollution;  Self-described "crunchy mom," others excited for results
          KWMU:  Feds dump $3 million into Missouri community health centers
          The Missouri Times:  "Nonpartisan" League of Women Voters in Missouri endorses "CLEAN Missouri"
          SNL:  Financial woes, residency question become early focus in Missouri state auditor's race X
          KC Star:  GOP auditor candidate Saundra McDowell's campaign prepares to deal with quibbling over residency X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Local historian and political leader Sam Richardson passes away Wednesday
          Missourinet:  Governor's Ham Breakfast takes place this morning in Sedalia
          P-D:  Special prosecutor to investigate Al Watkins for violating gag order X
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to lowest rate since June 2000
          P-D:  Cole County jury awards Missouri prison guards $113 million in back pay X
          AP:  Missouri corrections officers win $113.7 million in lawsuit
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley drops defense of old law, encourages Board of Cosmetology to implement new hair braiders' law
          KC Star editorial:  Nationwide anti-Trump editorial campaign:  Kansas City Star version X
          P-D editorial:  Nationwide anti-Trump editorial campaign:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch version X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Missouri's cruel cuts will send some disabled into nursing homes X
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        Wednesday, August 15
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Scout-TJP Strategies (D) poll shows McCaskill-Hawley tied, McDowell leading Galloway
          Columbia Missourian:  Concerned Women for America support Kavanaugh as Supreme Court judge
          The Missouri Times:  Kander's book tour makes stop in Jefferson City
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Scout-TJP Strategies (D) poll shows support for initiative petitions
          Joplin Globe:  Marijuana initiative organizer sues to get other two removed from ballot
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw seeks to snuff out competing medical marijuana questions on Missouri ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to remove fuel tax increase from ballot
          KWMU:  Proposed fuel tax increase remains on Missouri ballot
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit to block public vote on Missouri gas tax hike dismissed
          JCNT:  Judge keeps gas tax on November ballot X
          AP:  Missouri judge rules for gas tax hike on Nov. 6 ballot
          KRCG:  Judge rules gas tax ballot question can proceed
          KMIZ:  Court dismisses lawsuit challenging gas tax ballot measure
          P-D:  Judge says Missouri gas tax question can stay on ballot X
          AP:  Missouri Democratic Party cuts tenet welcoming pro-life candidates
          KWMU:  State of Missouri flush with cash - for now
          P-D:  Greitens case goes on, as special prosecutor will investigate Clayton lawyer Al Watkins X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Parson makes important tour
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cindy O'Laughlin:  Don't let the liberal Missouri Rural Crisis Center dictate agriculture policy in Missouri
          Messenger:  Cole County prosecutor ignored Hawley, Galloway in public corruption case X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Softening online scourge of long-past indiscretions +
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        Tuesday, August 14
       
The Missouri Times:  New radio show "Show Me Missourah" to highlight state's counties;  Show is sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau, hosted by Scott Faughn
          Clayton Times:  On new "Show Me Missourah" radio show, Jay Nixon talks 'right to work'
          SE Missourian:  Pro-life activists rally outside McCaskill's office, urge senior Senator to support Kavanaugh +
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley differ on Obamacare
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley have sharp divide on border wall
          P-D:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley on medical marijuana and other November ballot issues X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jason Kander's book tour makes stop in St. Louis
          Riverfront Times:  Missouri Democrats delete platform's pro-life welcome, reversing July vote
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, Reps. Mike Revis and Becky Ruth talk defeat of 'right to work,' more
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway campaign calls McDowell's finances into question;  McDowell says attacks are 'wildly inappropriate'
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson talks transportation, workforce issues at several stops in area;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan
          Missourinet:  Nine new faces to join Missouri Senate in January
          Missourinet:  DESE updating accountability measures on charter school sponsors
          KC Star:  North Kansas City school district installs gender-neutral bathrooms X
          AP:  New law to curb expired license tags in Missouri
          CDT:  Trinity Lutheran seeks $884k in legal fees;  Hawley takes issue with hourly rates, "luxury travel accomodations and dinner for plaintiff's representatives" X
          KWMU:  New report from Auditor Nicole Galloway addresses Ferguson municipal court changes
          AP:  Audit finds changes took place at Ferguson municipal court
          P-D:  Galloway reports changes made to Ferguson court system X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Democrats impose pro-choice purity test ahead of midterms X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Bill Clay Sr. says some Democrats are fighting with the wrong people X
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        Monday, August 13
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley have similar positions on rural post offices
          JCNT:  Jason Kander's book tour to make stop in Jefferson City X
          AP:  North Dakota, feds battle with Missouri over river project
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democrat Martin Rucker II thinks he has a chance to win state Senate seat
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Film insiders push for Missouri tax incentives
          Columbia Missourian:  New advocacy group to lobby Missouri legislators on behalf of the disabled
          KC Star editorial:  A McCaskill-Hawley flatbed-truck debate? We'd be so lucky X
          SE Missourian editorial:  A big 'thank you' to election workers +
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on health care X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas liberal disagrees with Missouri conservatives on Kavanaugh X
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        Sunday, August 12
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  General election profile:  Claire McCaskill is a bold, raging centrist X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  General election profile:  Josh Hawley uses his office to sue over religious issues X
          SE Missourian:  Prop A draws "no" votes from area Republicans +
          JCNT:  Auditor's race generates early heat X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Turnout and ballot issues:  Labor in August, marijuana in November
          CDT:  Dems, GOP weigh in on what primary turnout numbers mean for general election X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Dems interpret election turnout as "blue wave;"  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Ameren trying to game system, forgo $20 million in taxes owed +
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        Saturday, August 11
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Josh Hawley
          JCNT:  McCaskill, Hawley discuss federal policy, goals with Missouri Farm Bureau PAC members X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Josh Hawley by 82-4 vote
          KC Star:  After Farm Bureau endorsement defeat, McCaskill makes stop at Boulevard Brewing Company X
          AP:  Hawley wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement
          JCNT:  McCaskill media event features criticism of Trump tariffs X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jason Kander to promote his book, "Outside the Wire," and take calls Monday afternoon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lindell Shumake says Republicans will rally around Cindy O'Laughlin in state Senate race
          Washington Missourian:  John Simmons wins 109th House District primary, defeating two opponents X
          KC Star:  Fringe GOP candidate running in safe Democratic district racked up more than $12,000 in child support debt X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ethics Commission subpoenas for Greitens' non-profit bank records
          KWMU:  Dome of Missouri Capitol closes for two years of renovation
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill vs. Hawley - it's going to be a mudslinger X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  'Right to work' supporters took lackadaisical approach X
          KC Star editorial:  GOP nominee who said 'Hitler was right' ran on anti-Muslim, anti-gay platform X
          Priddy:  A brief history of the origins of Missourinet (2,202 words)
          KC Star letter:  Liberty man angered by suggestion that 'right to work' could make a legislative comeback X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says 'right to work' legislative passage was due to "gratuities, contributions and dark money" X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian attemps analogy involving 'right to work' and 2010 dog-breeding referendum X
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit man says Missouri initative petition system leads to "mop [sic] rule" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man thanks County Clerk Kara Summers, her staff, and volunteers for another well-run election +
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        Friday, August 10
       
P-D:  Hawley talks Kavanaugh, media, more at St. Charles stop X
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley disagree over debate logistics X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves talks trade, river issues ahead of November re-election
          Missourinet:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expected in Kansas City in December for national conference on violent crime
          P-D:  Jason Kander to sign copies of his book Monday in Clayton X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Gov. Jay Nixon talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Gov. Parson, Ferguson race riots and fallout, dealing with the media, more
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage hike to appear on November ballots
          JCNT:  Lawsuit challenges 'Clean Missouri' amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' could be revisited by Legislature
          CDT:  McDowell victory in auditor primary surprises GOP X
          P-D:  Galloway slams McDowell over debts and court cases X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  After O'Laughlin victory, other GOP state Senate candidates react to primary defeat
          P-D:  Two recounts could be on tap in on St. Charles County Missouri House district;  Comments from candidates, Rich Chrismer Sr., Paul DeGregorio, Ashcroft's Maura Browning X
          KC Star:  Man who won GOP primary in safe Dem district critical of Islam, Judaism;  Steve West to fill GOP ballot slot in Rep. Jon Carpenter's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue Director Joel Walters elected to Multistate Tax Commission Executive Committee
          P-D:  Millions in settlement money from Volkswagen emissions scandal to fund upgrades to Missouri school buses, other vehicles X
          KWMU:  Missouri Hospital Association study says more Missouri health workers are leaving their jobs behind
          KWMU:  Missouri's clean energy industry is growing but some employers say hiring isn't easy
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation celebrates "Appointments Project" milestone with 90th Missouri or Kansas appointee
          P-D editorial:  To win re-election, Hawley must distance himself from Trump X
          KC Star editorial:  Organized labor won big in Missouri 'right to work' election. What should unions do next? X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers won't save KC. What will city leaders do to reduce gun violence? X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. prof says state legislators should pass "Safe Harbor" laws for sex-trafficking victims X
          Columbia Missourian group op-ed:  Mizzou coeds say state government is easing up on CAFO regulations, and it's totally not fair
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says defeat of Prop A a victory for "crooked idiots" X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville pipefitter pleased by defeat of 'right to work' X
          KC Star letters:  Peculiar, Mo. septuagenarian calls for revenge on state legislators who supported 'right to work';  KC man says Prop A vote will ultimately hurt Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Man who voted against 'right to work' wonders why Post-Dispatch didn't get in a tizzy about photo featuring white male union leadership X
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        Thursday, August 9
       
Rosenbaum:  Taking stock of some historic, and confounding, primary results
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann talk McCaskill-Hawley, Proposition A, Ann Wagner's re-election opponent, more
          The Missouri Times:  Wading through Tuesday's results:  Increased turnout, wave of diversity, and a few surprises
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley agree on need to debate but differ on particulars
          SNL:  Senate race between McCaskill, Hawley will be brutal X
          P-D:  McCaskill-Hawley battle will be, in part, a referendum on Trump X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley weigh in on tariffs
          CDT:  Pro-life activists rally outside McCaskill's office;  Groups want McCaskill to support Kavanaugh X
          Missourinet:  Holly Rehder looks ahead after 'right to work' defeat
          P-D:  After rout, some Missouri Republicans suggest taking a breather on 'right to work' X
          Columbia Missourian:  "Right to work" defeat margin thinner in Boone County than statewide
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri agencies continue to explore how to help drought-impacted farmers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 8, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Paper rolls out new policy for "de-listing" some crime stories after 6 years +
          KWMU:  Four years after Michael Brown's assault on officer Darren Wilson, activists still unhappy with "racial equity"
          KC Star editorial:  'Right to work' rejected loud and clear;  Missouri lawmakers should respect voters' decision X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators should respect the peoples' will on 'right to work' X
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        Wednesday, August 8   Primary election results
       
KWMU:  Hawley and McCaskill set for November collision course;  Clay easily beats Bush
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Mannies & Rosenbaum to break down yesterday's election results
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Hawley primed for November election;  Debate over debates begins
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley exchange barbs after securing nominations
          KC Star:  McCaskill-Hawley matchup set X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley primary wins set up nationally-watched U.S. Senate race X
          AP:  Primary sets up McCaskill-Hawley clash in November
          P-D:  Clay, Wagner win primary races X
          SNL:  Jamie Schoolcraft to fill Democratic ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election X
          CDT:  Renee Hoagenson edges Hallie Thompson in 4th District Democratic primary X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hoagenson wins Democratic primary to take on Vicky Hartzler
          The Missouri Times:  McDowell locks down GOP nomination in auditor primary
          KWMU:  Missouri voters deliver big win for unions with repeal of 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voters shoot down 'right to work' measure
          SNL:  'Right to work' rejected by popular vote X
          AP:  Missouri voters reject law banning compulsory union fees
          Missourinet:  Unions win major victory with failure of Proposition A
          P-D:  Voters reject 'right to work' measure X
          KC Star:  Voters give unions a victory with 'right to work' defeat X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer's big lead in Platte County makes difference in primary win
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Harry Roberts says he has "no sour grapes" after election loss
          The Missouri Times:  Tony Luetkemeyer defeats Harry Roberts in ugly battle for Schaaf's seat
          Missourinet:  Cindy O'Laughlin wins GOP state Senate primary for Munzlinger's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Justin Brown wins three-way primary for father's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Brian Williams wins Democratic primary to replace Chappelle-Nadal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sheila Solon wins House District 9 primary
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears arguments in lawsuit challenging fuel tax ballot measure
          KWMU:  Judge weights whether to strip fuel tax increase from Missouri's November ballot
          SNL:  NTSB releases 'preliminary' duck boat report X
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals reverses PSC's decision on electronic vehicle charging stations
          Helling:  Trump will loom large in Missouri's midterm election X
          Messenger:  After long battle to change Missouri law, hair-braiders still being blocked by state X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian wants Sam Graves to support Bernie Sanders' Medicare proposal X
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        Tuesday, August 7   Primary Election Results (available after 7 p.m.)
       
KWMU:  What to watch for in today's primary elections
          Missourinet:  Labor has large spending advantage heading into today's Proposition A vote
          CDT:  Missouri officials look to improve election security X
          Missourinet:  Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID and minimizing voter fraud
          SE Missourian:  Federal program to provide free meals for all Cape district students for 4 years +
          SE Missourian:  Sheriff John Jordan announces resignation, will be confirmed by U.S. Senate for federal marshal post +
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians will have three options for legalizing marijuana on November ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit filed to keep "Clean Missouri" off November ballot
          P-D:  After moving to Warren County, Greitens yet to update voter registration X
          The Missouri Times:  State workers' premiums set to rise in 2019;  Legislators' delays of state worker raises set to keep rates from further increases
          KWMU:  School district uses Missouri law to arm staff for first time
          AP:  Missouri agency not referring many new dog breeders to state
          AP:  Ex-judges to review evidence in Missouri death penalty case
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Michigan transplant unhappy with Missouri's election laws
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        Monday, August 6   Primary Eve
       
NBC News:  Meet the Press:  Roy Blunt talks Trump and media bias, election hacking, more (transcript)
          NBC News:  Meet the Press:  Video clip of Blunt interview
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Paul Curtman;  Debate between Senate District 18 GOP candidates Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake, Nate Walker
          Washington Missourian:  Union Mayor Mike Livengood says he did not endorse candidate in GOP state rep primary X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to speak at opening of State Fair on Thursday
          Columbia Missourian:  Timeline:  First two months of the Parson administration
          SNL:  Missouri Highway Patrol steps up presence in schools X
          KWMU:  Wash U. hosts gun-control symposium
          KC Star endorsement:  Josh Hawley in GOP U.S. Senate primary X
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Proposition A X
          CDT endorsement:  No on Proposition A X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Finally, progress for St. Joseph Regional Port Authority X
          SNL op-ed:  Don't limit access to air medical support X
          P-D letter:  Steelville man says McCaskill's bill on air ambulances could harm constituents X
          KC Star letter:  Belton man says duck boat accident was due to bad decision-making, not boat design X
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven septuagenarian plans to prove a point at polling place Tuesday by refusing to show ID X
          P-D letter:  Entrepreneur Martin Casas says losing an election isn't the end of the world X
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        Sunday, August 5
       
Columbia Missourian:  Spending a day with two political canvassers:  Young conservative woman, who converted from liberalism, promotes GOP candidates;  Liberal Minnesota man, sporting man bun, imported into Missouri for the week to oppose Proposition A
          AP:  Unions outspend 'right to work' supporters 3-to-1 ahead of Tuesday's vote
          St. Joseph News-Press:  A $1 million race for state Senate seat:  Tony Luetkemeyer vs. Harry Roberts hits the final stretch
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 30, 2018
          KC Star:  Lawmakers question Greitens-era consulting contracts X
          SNL:  Despite Idaho trouble, Missouri to provide prisoners with free JPay tablets X
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B, November's minimum-wage ballot measure X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill doesn't deserve smears and disrespect from Hawley camp X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Attack on McCaskill straight from the gutter X
          SNL op-ed:  State Treasurer Nicole Galloway:  How we work to protect taxpayers X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man says Proposition A means more freedom for workers X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood octogenarian says Proposition A will lead to buildings falling down and electrocutions X
          The Missouri Times letter:  Former Sen. John Cauthorn:  Cindy O'Laughlin flakes on candidate debates and won't show up for northeast Missourians either
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Making tax cuts permanent would help Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  New MU J-School prof misses primary election registration deadline, blames Missouri election laws
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        Saturday, August 4
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill visits Cape, talks tariff 'damage' +
          Missourinet:  Graves, Long, Smith weigh in on tariffs
          P-D:  McCaskill to meet with Kavanaugh later this month X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  David Steelman talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about University of Missouri leadership, 2015 race agitation, how Greitens put presidential run ahead of the interests of Missourians, more
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Paul Curtman
          CDT:  Curtman takes aim at GOP primary opponent David Wasinger X
          The Missouri Times:  More than $10 million total spent on 'right to work' battle
          The Missouri Times:  Local Democratic legislative candidates oppose 'right to work'
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 97 GOP primary:  Phil Amato vs. Mary Elizabeth Coleman vs. David Linton
          P-D:  Ad check:  GOP state rep candidate Ron Hicks misrepresents primary opponent Bryan Cooper's Missouri Right to Life endorsement X
          P-D:  Primary previews:  Local Democratic state rep primaries X
          KWMU:  Beyond the Headlines:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk Prop A, Ann Wagner's re-election, state legislative races, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group pushing November minimum wage issue begins business-owner endorsement media campaign X
          SNL:  Some local businesses back November minimum-wage proposal X
          Missourinet:  Missouri shoppers hit retail stores for tax-free "Back to School" weekend
          SNL:  What to know about Missouri's sales tax holiday X
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County, other counties sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid problem;  Presiding commissioner says state government needs monitoring program +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri S&T student named to UM System governing board
          Dunklin Daily Democrat:  MO DHSS' Bed Bug Task Force to provide information on avoiding infestations X
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants Parson to pardon arsonist;  Joshua Williams was caught on video trying to set fire to QuikTrip
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        Friday, August 3
       
KWMU:  Missouri to see modest Obamacare rate increases
          P-D:  ICE investigating van full of illegal aliens in Eureka;  Driver still on the loose X
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says Donald Trump is only world leader willing to stand up to China on trade
          SE Missourian:  Hawley:  U.S. needs to invest in drug treatment programs for opioid addiction +
          KWMU:  Q&A with Congressman Bill Clay:  On his primary opponent's dark money, "rookie mistakes" of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Primary preview:  6th Congressional District Democratic primary:  Three candidates compete for right to lose in November
          KWMU:  Five statewide issues - including three legalizing medical marijuana - will be on November ballot
          SNL:  Medical marijuana approved for November ballot X
          AP:  Minimum wage hike, medical pot make Missouri's November ballot
          P-D:  Voters will decide medical marijuana, "CLEAN Missouri," minimum wage on November ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          SNL:  In Springfield, Parson urges support for 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Primary preview:  Senate District 18 (Brian Munzlinger's seat)
          The Missouri Times:  Cindy O'Laughlin responds to attack ads;  Missouri Chamber says MATA is trying to buy Senate seat
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 79 (Michael Butler's seat):  LaKeySha Bosley vs. J.P. Johnson vs. Reign Harris
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 109 (Paul Curtman's seat):  Kevin Juergens vs. Bob Oreskovic vs. John Simmons
          Washington Missourian:  Primary preview:  House District 109 X
          The Missouri Times:  David Willis joins Catalyst's government relations team
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Jones named assistant CEO for Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, will succeed Barry Hart as CEO in January
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson tours KC with Sly James, Lyda Krewson X
          KWMU:  It's time for Missouri's back-to-school tax-free weekend
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, reports drop in third-quarter earnings and revenue X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson should be applauded for meeting with urban mayors X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Big shopping weekend in store with tax holiday +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former Rep. Myron Neth:  On political discourse and the obsession with disagreement
          Messenger:  Some Trump supporters upset that Missouri GOP anointed Hawley before the primary X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  Missouri can't afford to miss economic opportunities 'right to work' offers
          P-D's Jesse Bogan:  Pope Francis' new effort to abolish the death penalty worldwide reaches Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says 'right to work' would make Missouri more competitive X
          P-D letter:  Glendale man dislikes Missouri Chamber, Sinquefield, Humphreys, 'right to work' X
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        Thursday, August 2
       
KWMU:  Primary preview:  GOP U.S. Senate primary
          KWMU:  Q&A with 1st Congressional Democratic candidate Cori Bush
          P-D:  Primary preview:  GOP state auditor race X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          KC Star:  Primary preview:  Unions enjoy large cash advantage in Prop A battle X
          Drebes:  Billionaires for Clean Missouri
          KC Star:  Dark money flows in race for Schaaf's seat X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 73 (Courtney Curtis' seat):  Floyd Blackwell vs. Raychel Proudie vs. Lee Smith
          AP:  Monthly survey:  Midwest economy growing slower
          The Missouri Times:  Lamar soon to be home of new seed coating plant;  Comments from Parson, Missouri Partnership's Steve Johnson
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Parson tours Guard facility in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) cautions lawmakers about drafting duck boat regulations
          AP:  Inspection terms indicate duck boat was in violation
          KC Star:  Duck boat battled winds twice what Coast Guard allowed X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri names new director of motor carrier services
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri, the state's largest utility, is the first to pass corporate tax cut on to customers
          SNL:  Hawley sues gun-concealing furniture company X
          P-D editorial:  GOP state rep candidate Hardy Billington's position on LGBTQIA* issues proves he's a bigot X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Obamacare rates rise 4 to 7 percent in Missouri as Trump tries to undermine predecessor's heroic efforts X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Chuck Hatfield:  Democracy gone wild:  The good and bad of Missouri's initiatives and referenda
          SE Missourian letter:  National Right to Work's Mark Mix:  Yes on Prop A means freedom for workers, more jobs +
          SE Missourian letter:  Oran septuagenarian disagrees with Holly Rehder on 'right to work' +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man disagrees with Parson on abortion X
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        Wednesday, August 1
       
August 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt says Kavanaugh nomination will move forward
          AP:  Blunt backs Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
          SNL:  ICE nabs six illegal aliens working at Marshfield Mexican restaurant X
          Missourinet:  Following announcements of lawsuit and criminal investigation, McCaskill introduces duck boat bill
          P-D:  Duck boat safety target of measure introduced by McCaskill after Table Rock tragedy X
          KC Star:  KC man submits signatures to appear on U.S. Senate ballot as independent X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Lacy Clay's primary challenger to appear on air today
          P-D:  Hawaii congresswoman endorses Mark Osmack in four-way Democratic primary for Ann Wagner's re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Neither 4th District Libertarian candidate has filed FEC reports
          The Missouri Times:  August primary:  What we learned from the 8-Days-Out reports
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Saundra McDowell
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Kevin Roach
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Lindell Shumake
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 86 (Joe Adams' seat):  Maria Chappelle-Nadal vs. others
          CDT:  Contribution limits not affecting local House races X
          SE Missourian:  State's annual sales tax holiday coming up this weekend +
          AP:  Ameren customers to see rate decrease starting today
          SNL:  City Utilities shouldn't pay lobbyists, says Springfield Sierra Club X
          Missourinet:  Hawley says The Offsets recreational area "poses a serious danger to the public"
          SNL:  Ash tree-killing beetle found in Springfield;  Invasive species infests area, destroys property X
          AP:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) seeks pardon for rioter;  Joshua Williams was caught on video attempting to set QuikTrip on fire
          KC Star editorial:  Club for Growth ad against McCaskill is disgusting X
          Priddy:  Text of speech to Missouri Broadcasters Association about "fake news," corporate ownership influencing reporting, etc. (1178 words)
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City):  Missouri's prevailing wage law helps all workers, and the state X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon septuagenarian angered by Missouri GOP congressional delegation's "cowardly" votes X
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        Tuesday, July 31
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Josh Hawley talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about Kavanaugh, tariffs, Russia, more
          CDT:  Hartzler urges patience on trade, Russia X
          CDT:  Eight (8) days before primary election, 4th Congressional Democratic candidate holds anti-hacking education session;  Crowd of ten (10) seasoned citizens joke about inability to remember passwords X
          SNL:  Family sues after couple killed in duck boat X
          SNL:  $100M lawsuit calls duck boats "death traps" X
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches criminal investigation into Branson Duck Boat incident
          KWMU:  Public housing residents no longer allowed to smoke in facilities
          SE Missourian:  Missouri spending millions on election security +
          SNL:  SOS Jay Aschroft weighs in on McCaskill and Russian hacking hubbub X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission names Liz Ziegler as new director
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before-primary reports:  State auditor candidates
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf files ethics complaint, says dark money trying to influence state Senate election
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf files complaint against Darlington Road Corporation, saying billboards were meant to influence voters in SD 34 election
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before-primary reports:  Missouri Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Cindy O'Laughlin
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Nate Walker
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before primary reports:  Missouri House candidates
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri House District 110:  Dottie Bailey vs. Matt Doell for Kirk Mathews' seat
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri House District 87:  Steve Butz vs. Travis Estes for Fred Wessels' seat
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission takes action to assist counties facing severe drought
          P-D:  Hawley sues to close popular recreation cove after two more drowning deaths X
          AP:  Hawley sues owners of eastern Missouri quarry after drowning deaths
          P-D endorsement:  'No' on Proposition A X
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  St. Louis Public Radio has too many experienced white male reporters, and we're working to change that;  New hiring approach includes non-binary gender humanoid recruiting, whites-need-not-apply "Sharing America" grant, more
          SE Missourian letter:  Construction worker opposes Proposition A +
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        Monday, July 30
       
Washington Examiner: Club for Growth targets McCaskill with hard-hitting ad about Shepard, domestic violence
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  VA secretary, federal spending, health care policies, more X
          Missourinet:  New U.S. attorney for Western Missouri sworn in;  Tim Garrison talks importance of locking up members of Mexican drug cartels
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dave Schatz, Steve Stenger debate Proposition A;  Senate District 14 Democrats Joe Adams, Sharon Pace, Brian Williams talk priorities
          SE Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition A +
          KC Star op-ed:  Trump campaign's Brad Parscale:  McCaskill can side with Missouri - or extremist Democrats - on Kavanaugh X
          Messenger:  Americans for Prosperity's Proposition A mail piece is deceptive X
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on gun control X
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner should oppose adoption bill that's not pro-LGBTQIA* enough X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian applauds Aisha Sultan column on Democratic "pink wave;"  Gaggle of liberal gals will totally win their elections in Trump terrritory X
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        Sunday, July 29
       
KWMU:  Gov. Parson, Ann Wagner rally grassroots troops as part of GOP's National Week of Action
          SNL:  Primary preview:  McCaskill, Hawley expected to roll to wins in U.S. Senate primaries X
          KC Star:  Labor rallies against 'right to work' measure;  Local boss says unions importing muscle from Los Angeles, Kansas to defeat Missouri's Proposition A X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th Senate District candidates answer Prop A, tax cut questions X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60 Democrats weigh in on smoking at the Capitol X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries seeks president & CEO
          CDT:  Law professor to publish 'lessons' from 2015 University of Missouri race agitations X
          P-D editorial:  Lack of regulatory action to blame for duck boat tragedy, local traffic death X
          P-D editorial:  Russia meddles in Missouri elections. Where does Josh Hawley stand? X
          JCNT editorial:  Parson takes welcome steps to address drought X
          SNL op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  Missouri supports Branson, families X
          CDT op-ed:  Improving K-12 education through school choice programs X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal wants Missouri Hospital Association to push Medicaid expansion ballot initiative X
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        Saturday, July 28
       
SE Missourian:  On farm tour, Smith backs Trump's tariffs, urges patience +
          P-D:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon weighs in on Trump tariffs X
          KWMU:  McCaskill calls for tougher federal response to Russian hackers
          SNL:  How does digital "screen time" affect kids? Blunt supports funding for research X
          KC Star:  Congress didn't act after 1999 duck boat accident;  Some say action needed after Branson X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), family work with U.S. Coast Guard and State Patrol to retrieve sunken duck boat
          Columbia Missourian:  U.S. Congressional District 4 Democratic candidate profile:  Renee Hoagenson
          Columbia Missourian:  U.S. Congressional District 4 Democratic candidate profile:  Hallie Thompson
          KC Star:  U.S. attorney clears David Humphreys of wrongdoing in pay-to-play controversy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jack Cardetti, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) debate Proposition A
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 87:  Sam Gladney vs. Ian Mackey for Stacey Newman's seat
          The Missouri Times:  House District 87 candidate profile:  Sam Gladney
          P-D:  GOP state rep candidate Hardy Billington maintains consistent views on LGBTQIA* issues X
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield re-emerges
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 23, 2018
          CDT:  Choi gets two-year contract extension from curators X
          AP:  University of Missouri President Mun Choi given 2-year contract extension
          KC Star:  UM System President Mun Choi refuses pay raise on contract extension X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Appeals court rules on school attendance challenge X
          Washington Missourian:  Paramedics can become public safety officers thanks to Senate Bill 870 X
          P-D:  More funding for public defenders, push for clemency among measures to be pursued to stem mass incarceration in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  National groups call for inmates to go on strike August 21
          KC Star editorial:  Whether you love or loathe Claire McCaskill, Russia's attempted hack is an outrage X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington octogenarian opposes Proposition A X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian wants state lawmakers to fund Maternal Mortality Review Board X
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