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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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        Friday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Trump touts tariffs at Granite City steel mill
          P-D:  Trump touts tariffs at Granite City steel plant +
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Trump's Granite City speech
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt request drought help for Missouri farmers and ranchers
          JCNT:  DNR drought committee begins discussions X
          P-D:  From drinking water to farms, drought's effect creeping across Missouri X
          KC Star:  Missouri's federal and state lawmakers weigh in on Duck Boat tragedy and proposed legislation X
          Missourinet:  Russians sent phishing e-mails to McCaskill's U.S. Senate staffers
          AP:  McCaskill confirms Russian hacking attempt on her Senate office e-mails
          KC Star:  'Putin is a thug,' McCaskill says after reported Russian hacking attempt X
          Columbia Misssourian:  Primary preview:  Vicky Hartzler's re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  John Webb mounts his third Dem congressional campaign
          SNL:  Missouri unions winning 'right to work' money battle - and it's not close X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jack Cardetti, Bob Onder to debate Proposition A today
          Misssourinet:  Overview:  Proposition A
          P-D:  St. Louis police union wants former president Gary Wiegert to stop stumping for Proposition A X
          P-D:  GOP state legislative candidates hold diverse positions on Proposition A X
          AP:  Jim Talent leads effort to oppose Clean Missouri's "gerrymandering"
          CDT:  Local union official organizes socialist group meeting;  Democratic state rep candidate, others mastermind plan to "chip away at and eventually abolish capitalism" X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party hands daughter of former mayor the title of "Southern Missouri Political Director";  Idealistic young woman set to burn summer, fall trying to turn Bootheel blue +
          Columbia Missourian:  Area youngster overcomes dyslexia, lobbies state legislators on behalf of disabled little brother
          Drebes:  State looks for help in identifying "federal revenue enhancement opportunities"
          The Missouri Times:  Americans for Prosperity, ACLU bring together bipartisan panel to discuss "mass incarceration"
          The Missouri Times:  State reimbursements to county jails questioned in new lawsuit over jail bills
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers plan September hearing on state Department of Agriculture funding concerns
          KWMU:  Missouri could offset emissions from agriculture by conserving the soil, climate-change group says
          P-D editorial:  Hawley should drop Obamacare lawsuit X
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        Thursday, July 26
       
Morning Consult:  America's most and least popular senators;  Trump's approval rating in Missouri six points higher than McCaskill
          Missourinet:  McCaskill one of only two vulnerable senators trailing Trump's approval rating
          P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen giving away a machine that makes gun parts X
          KC Star:  Petersen giving away machine which can build part of AR-15 X
          Missourinet:  Petersen campaign benefits from media freakout over giveaway
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt split on $12 billion payout to farmers impacted by trade negotiations X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri farmer says trade issues 'not just China'
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt receives Brewers Association Legislative Champion Award
          P-D:  Ann Wagner responds to lawsuit, First Amendment criticisms of new anti-sex-trafficking law X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  1st Congressional District:  Lacy Clay vs. Cori Bush
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  2nd Congressional Democrats line up to fill ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          The Missouri Times:  Wasinger hits the TV airwaves with new ad
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri Senate District 18:  Cindy O'Laughlin vs. Craig Redmon vs. Lindell Shumake vs. Nate Walker
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Craig Redmon (R-Canton)
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  House District 110 GOP primary for Kirk Mathews' seat:  Dottie Bailey vs. Matt Doell
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson meets with colleagues in Colorado
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of July 25, 2018
          Missourinet:  Hawley issues new subpoena to Google for possible violations of Missouri antitrust laws
          KWMU:  Cortex MetroLink station set to open;  "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]" recommends change to ticket policy
          Columbia Missourian:  MU law professor pens law journal article on 2015 campus race agitation and harm to university image
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill is vulnerable, and Hawley's attacks on her are desperate X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jeff Roorda:  Both parties would do well to open their tent flaps;  It's hard out here for a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-police Democrat
          P-D letter:  Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis opposes Proposition A
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        Wednesday, July 25
       
Missourinet:  Trump in Kansas City:  Biggest winner in trade talks will be farmers
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Trump's full speech in Kansas City
          WhiteHouse.gov:  Remarks by President Trump at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Kansas City, MO
          AP:  In Kansas City, Trump says he's ready for a new deal with Iran
          KMBC:  Video:  Trump pays tribute to victims of duck boat tragedy
          P-D:  At VFW event, Trump praises Josh Hawley X
          KC Star:  Trump, speaking at VFW convention in KC, urges patience on tariffs X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt make back-to-back statements on Senate floor about Duck Boat tragedy
          P-D:  Lawmakers from Missouri eye duck boat safety after Table Rock Lake deaths X
          The Hill:  10 dark horse candidates for Speaker of the House:  Ann Wagner, others
          Missourinet:  August 'right to work' measure is a referendum, which is rare
          P-D:  Louisiana resident John Goodman opposes Missouri's Proposition A X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate 34 update:  Chamber PAC endorses Luetkemeyer, race gets heated over attack ads as Schaaf weighs in
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Forum features GOP candidates for Brian Munzlinger's state Senate seat
          SNL:  Primary previews:  Upcoming victories for Elijah Haahr, Lynn Morris, Steve Helms against also-rans X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 95 GOP primary:  Joe Patterson vs. Michael O'Donnell
          JCNT:  House District 60 Democratic candidates weigh in on Medicaid, taxes and NRA X
          Drebes:  Drebes on "zombie committees":  Don Gosen, Robin Smith, Brian Nieves, John Diehl
          CDT:  Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks:  Before voter ID, voter fraud happened 'all the time' X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) elected to executive board of Women's Legislative Network
          P-D editorial:  Missourians should use petitions to go around lawmakers on Medicaid expansion X
          Jensen:  McCaskill walking a fine line to position herself against Democratic activists' socialism +
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  ICE isn't the enemy X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Both sides cherry-pick when it comes to Proposition A
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  We want reader input on draft policy regarding reporting of - and search engine access to - misdemeanor crimes +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Prop A would lower wages +
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        Tuesday, July 24
       
KC Star:  Businesses linked to McCaskill's husband get $131 million in federal dollars X
          AP:  ICE success story:  Agents capture illegal alien living in Kansas City, send her back to Mexico
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff plant requests tariff relief
          The Missouri Times:  Liberals want Hawley to drop lawsuit against Obamacare provision
          P-D:  Democrats wants Hawley to withdraw from Obamacare lawsuit X
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' ballot initiative +
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  GOP state auditor candidates
          SNL:  Primary preview:  GOP primary for Crystal Quade's state rep seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Legal battle over gas tax lands in court August 3
          Missourinet:  Parson says mayors across Missouri support gasoline tax increase
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Bar seeks deputy government relations counsel
          The Missouri Times:  Career retrospective, Part I:  Ron Richard talks about growing up, his start in local politics, and why a certain member of the Democratic superminority can kiss his grits
          SNL:  Obscure 167-year-old law governs boat lawsuits X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT joins other transportation stakeholders in signing pledge to fight human trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT signs human trafficking pledge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Law could change districts' approach to snow days X
          CDT:  University of Missouri concealed weapons lawsuit to start tomorrow X
          SE Missourian letter:  Leopold sexagenarian opposes 'right to work' based on unions' support of Democrats and abortion policies +
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        Monday, July 23
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Briefs:  Lacy Clay on Bruce Franks' unquenchable thirst for attention;  "Secretary of State Richard [sic] Pompeo," other foreign policy leaders have Blunt's trust X
          SNL:  Primary preview:  Billy Long's re-election X
          SNL:  Primary preview:  7th Congressional District Democratic primary X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Tracy McCreery and Rocky Miller, Mike Colona, Mary Elizabeth Coleman talk McCaskill-Hawley, state auditor race, Clean Missouri, more
          Drebes:  MOSERS seeks legislative & policy coordinator
          KC Star:  The Mission Continues moves out of shadow cast by Greitens X
          P-D:  Advocates fantasize about Medicaid expansion in Missouri;  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr provides reality check X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law designed to let counties collect mobile fees for 911 services
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau alarmed by court decision on Grain Belt Express
          P-D columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  A pink wave of female Democratic candidates in Trump-friendly St. Charles County;  Gals gab about dreams of winning elections to Congress, state Legislature X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian encourages 'Yes' vote on Prop A +
          P-D letter:  Local union official responds to Mehan letter on Prop A X
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        Sunday, July 22
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Carbon tax, election authority funding, immigration-law enforcement, more X
        KWMU:  Up-and-coming liberal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stumps for Lacy Clay's primary opponent
        Missourinet:  Billy Long discusses Table Rock Lake tragedy and possible congressional action
        SNL:  Hawley urges duck boat owner to cooperate X
        Missourinet:  Hawley:  There are multiple investigations into deadly Table Rock Lake incident
        KWMU:  Wash U. study finds no increase in youth marijuana use in states with reduced penalties
        St. Joseph News-Press:  'Right to work' issue generates strong emotions X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf endorses Harry Roberts, slams Tony Luetkemeyer and 'dark money' X
        JCNT:  State legislative candidates differ on transportation issues X
        JCNT:  Videos:  Forums for 6th Senate District Dems, House District 60 Dems, House District 60 Republicans X
        JCNT editorial:  Jay Barnes led Greitens committee with fairness and professionalism X
        KC Star letter:  Republic man defends union dues, opposes Prop A X
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        Saturday, July 21
       
SNL:  Branson duck boat tragedy:  17 dead;  Reactions from President Donald Trump, McCaskill, Blunt X
          P-D:  At press event hours after tragedy, reporters repeatedly question Gov. Mike Parson and Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) on Missouri life preserver laws X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri pork, cattle associations endorse Hawley for U.S. Senate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosebaum analyze latest in McCaskill-Hawley, Lacy Clay vs. Cori Bush, 2nd Congressional Dem primary
          P-D:  Blunt leadership PAC has spent less than $120k since 2013;  Ann Wagner's leadership PACs spent less than $25k over three years X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  House District 97 Republicans:  Phil Amato, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, David Linton
          KWMU:  Primary Preview:  House District 84 Democrats:  Brad Bakker vs. Wiley Price IV
          Drebes:  Justin Alferman empties campaign account
          Drebes:  Joe Engler leaving Vescovo's office for Sen. Mike Bernskoetter's office
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 16, 2018
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri slashes budget for awarding property restoration tax credits X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State lawmakers notice prison concerns about overstaffing X
          P-D:  St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online;  Missouri's status as one-party consent state provides cover X
          CDT endorsement:  Yes on "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature made the right move on marriage age X
          P-D editorial brief:  State Highway Patrol trooper and 2014 drowning X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Drive to feed kids gearing up at Missouri State Fair
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis octogenarian dislikes "the corporations, big banks and industrialists" and their newfangled "right to work" X
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        Friday, July 20
       
The Missouri Times:  Pence fundraises for Hawley in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Pence champions Trump, Hawley in St. Louis visit
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jo Mannies to recap, analyze Pence visit
          Missourinet:  During St. Louis visit, Pence highlights tax cuts and Trump's performance on Russia
          P-D:  In St. Louis visit, Pence touts promises made and kept X
          P-D:  McCaskill sponsors Senate move to oppose Hawley-backed lawsuit challenging Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  MU's Peverill Squire on importance of SCOTUS vote to McCaskill's liberal base
          KWMU:  Protesters occupy ICE office downtown
          P-D:  About 70 protesters block downtown intersection, 21 arrested;  Crowd delivers persuasive immigration message by creating traffic jam, screaming in Spanish X
          P-D:  Immigration protest photo gallery:  Obese woman with buzz cut blocks car with hocks;  Androgynous human jumps on hood of moving car, makes vulgar hand gesture;  Middle-aged woman hangs Trump pinata;  Other efficacious acts X
          AP:  Six black bears killed on Missouri roads this year;  Wild animals got in path of automobiles, met painful demise
          The Missouri Times:  Trial attorney cash in the spotlight;  GOP state Senate candidate Cindy O'Laughlin, Missouri Chamber both critical of lawyers' campaign contributions
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  GOP candidates Jim Murphy and Ron Rammaha for the late Cloria Brown's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th Senate District Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Rep. Bill White's campaign shows candidate leading in GOP primary for Ron Richard's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60 Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats fire back at Republican megadonor David Humphreys' cease-and-desist letter
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to resign Sunday to take county government job
          SE Missourian:  Parson talks agriculture, opportunity at Farm Bureau event +
          KWMU:  Parson explains line-item vetoes in Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law intended to provide check on Anthem's ER policy
          CDT:  Criminal age raised to 18 in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 19, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Hawley's office files criminal charges in Wayne County public corruption case +
          The Missouri Times:  Audit discovery leads to AG Josh Hawley filing public corruption charges against former Greenville City Clerk
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's foolish, penny-pinching veto will put stroke, heart attack patients at risk X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton):  Missouri's education policy is failing our children, our future X
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        Thursday, July 19
       
P-D:  VP Pence to speak at forum, attend fundraiser for Hawley today +
          AP:  Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City
          KC Star:  Trump will visit KC on Tuesday to address veterans, raise money for Josh Hawley X
          AP:  Americans for Prosperity releases anti-McCaskill ads
          AP:  Democratic PAC slams Hawley again over claims against donor
          Missourinet:  Third-party ads in U.S. Senate race hit simultaneously
          P-D:  Pro- and anti-McCaskill ads hit TV, digital screens X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Missouri would be hurt by U.S. Postal Service privatization
          P-D:  Troubled St. Louis City housing slum was at center of drug-trafficking ring, federal indictment alleges;  Area resident eats police's free ice cream handout but won't accept police's anti-crime flyer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  GOP primary for state auditor:  David Wasinger vs. Paul Curtman vs. Saundra McDowell vs. Kevin Roach
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Tony Luetkemeyer's campaign shows candidate with 9-point lead in GOP state Senate primary
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri's 14th Senate District Democratic primary:  Three-way dance between Sharon Pace, Brian Williams and Joe Adams
          Drebes:  16th Senate District:  Justin Brown ad touts "rural values," protecting U.S. from illegal aliens and other anti-American types
          The Missouri Times:  Dems to take lt. gov. challenge to Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party appealing judge's decision in lawsuit involving Kehoe appointment
          AP:  Democrats appeal lt. gov. ruling
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee discusses messy managed care changes, DSS admits mistakes were made
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers blast 'bungled' rollout of controversial Medicaid amendment X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) is new House Budget Committee vice-chair
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves certificates of need for new assisted living facilities in Farmington, Lee's Summit
          KWMU:  UMSL Title IX coordinator/"Chief Equity Officer" criticizes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for emphasizing rights of the accused
          KWMU:  EPA rule to give more power to states;  Missouri environmental activists unhappy
          The Missouri Times:  Parts of northern Missouri now on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Parson places 47 Missouri counties on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Report shows car thefts on the rise in Missouri, especially urban areas
          P-D editorial:  Eric Greitens is gone, but his dark-money legacy lives on X
          P-D op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  We're delivering for Missouri X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  After 30 years, time to reauthorize National Telecommunications and Information Administration X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Franklin County GOP Central Committee disagrees with state group's decision to support Josh Hawley before primary X
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        Wednesday, July 18
       
SNL:  McCaskill:  Bass Pro's boat business endangered by President Trump's aluminum tariff X
          AP:  McCaskill calls for end to trade war, cites harm to Missouri
          P-D:  Blunt, Clay weigh in on Trump and Putin X
          CDT:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic slot in 4th Congressional District holds "impromptu news conference" to criticize Hartzler, Trump X
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic primary hopeful Renee Hoagenson asks if Hartzler is on "Team America"
          AP:  Hawley campaign spokeswoman calls Russia 'bad actor'
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tip Sheet:  Statewide, state Senate and House
          The Missouri Times:  End-of-quarter briefs:  Greitens, 'right to work,' state auditor, SD 34, Schupp
          AP:  Unions pour millions into Missouri to fight 'right to work'
          P-D:  New 'Nothing to See Here' investigative series:  Medical marijuana push in Missouri gets help from secret donations pouring in X
          JCNT:  Local legislative candidates release fundraising totals X
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee lambastes DHSS and Parson administration over trauma care program
          AP:  Missouri stroke, heart attack program in limbo after gubernatorial veto
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "There will be hell to pay" if DHSS attempts budget shell game
          Missourinet:  Parson says Missouri time-critical diagnosis funding will come from DHSS budget, despite veto
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court renews Grain Belt Express with unanimous decision
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision that blocked massive wind power line
          CDT:  Boone County officials, state lawmakers seek solution to fireworks wars;  Comments from Sen. Caleb Rowden, "Chuck Bayse [sic]" X
          AP:  Ex-trooper in handcuffed-drowning case loses officer permit
          P-D editorial:  Blunt must stand up to Trump and refuse to work with him X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers offer weak bleating after Trump drools on Putin X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Handicapping the 4th Congressional District primary:  Analysis based upon yard signs and "online posts"
          P-D op-ed:  Former union rep:  'Right to work' is a big lie X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man believes liberal group's theory that 'right to work' would hurt working people X
          KC Star letter:  ACLU's Sara Baker responds to editorial on Ferguson and municipal fines, says state lawmakers should spend more money on courts X
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        Tuesday, July 17
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt critical of Trump's comments on Russia and Putin X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt back finding of Russian interference
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Trump, Russia
          Missourinet:  Hartzler supports Trump's attempt to get NATO countries to boost defense spending
          P-D:  Ann Wagner releases new ad X
          KWMU:  Campaign roundup:  Ann Wagner's new ad;  State auditor finance reports;  Greitens' legal bills
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 filings:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with rural leaders, says he'll be supporting 'right to work' campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri digital ad features Schaaf
          AP:  Greitens' campaign spent $610k on legal fees in final months
          P-D:  Campaign spending:  Highlights from Greitens, Parson reports X
          KC Star:  Greitens' campaign fund spends cash on legal fees, still has $1.1 million on hand X
          P-D:  Campaign finance report summaries:  State auditor, select local state legislative races X
          Drebes:  Jill Schupp set to roll to re-election
          AP:  John Stormer, popular conservative author who moved to Missouri in the 1950s, dies at 90
          SNL:  Lawmakers' plan to replace Thomas Hart Benton statue refers to wrong Benton, governor says X
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee hearing to focus on Medicaid reimbursement
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee to discuss time-critical diagnosis (TCD) funding today
          CDT:  Reisch unblocks constituent on Twitter, calls lawsuit "frivolous" X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should spend more money on schools X
          Priddy:  A Modest Proposal:  Eliminate all sales taxes, including Internet, to boost Missouri income tax revenue
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says changing state motorcycle helmet laws will encourage tourism X
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        Monday, July 16
       
SNL:  Missouri farmers see long-term benefits of trade realignment, stay optimistic through tariff hubbub X
          CDT:  Primary preview:  4th Congressional Democratic primary:  Renee Hoagenson vs. Hallie Thompson X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bernie Sanders supporters going door-to-door for liberal causes in St. Joseph X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on working with the Parson administration, what it was like to work with Ron Richard, much more
          AP:  Missouri groups clash over "Clean Missouri" plan
          Drebes:  Humphreys vehicle winds down, sends leftover cash to HRCC
          P-D:  Supporters of time-critical diagnosis (TCD) system to attend budget hearing tomorrow in Jefferson City X
          Missourinet:  Company's scheme at Missouri hospital prompts legal action, call for federal probe;  Comments from Auditor Nicole Galloway
          SE Missourian editorial:  On local election races and paid letters X
          CDT editorial:  New tuition-hike law gives higher ed stability X
          KC Star op-ed:  Wickr platform's Audra Grassia:  Greitens misused private messaging, but secure communications are vital in government X
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on universal pre-K, other education issues X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman wants McCaskill and Blunt to vote for women-and-children bill X
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer responds to Dan Mehan letter on 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, July 15
       
P-D:  Key congressional votes for the week X
          CDT:  McCaskill, Hawley make stops in Columbia X
          P-D:  Pence to attend fundraiser for Hawley on Thursday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 9, 2018
          CDT:  Movement might start soon on child-care rating system X
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections has logged 1 million hours of overtime in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Wallethub:  Missouri's two biggest cities are poorly managed
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition A, 'right to work' X
          JCNT editorial:  Have a say in hemp's future in Missouri X
          KC Star letter:  Eldon man thanks Blunt for cancer-research funding, wants Luetkemeyer to vote for bill X
          P-D letter:  Retired union carpenter accuses Mehan of wanting to "knee-cap" unions X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian responds to Mehan op-ed on 'right to work,' says business owners seek to hurt workers in exchange for profits X
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        Saturday, July 14
       
AP:  Pence to fundraise for Hawley in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  4th Congressional District Democrats attend forum;  Renee Hoagenson and Hallie Thompson battle to fill Dem slot for Hartzler's re-election
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe
          The Missouri Times:  Proponents of fuel tax increase announce leadership team;  Dan Kleinsorge to serve as campaign manager
          P-D:  Overview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' proposal X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down the 'right to work' campaigns and the GOP primary for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  GOP candidates for state auditor square off at forum, debate qualifications for the office
          Drebes:  Early fundraising numbers:  State Senate and House numbers
          Drebes:  Eric Wilson leaves Missouri Bar, joins Veterans United Home Loans
          P-D:  Parson OKs changes to prevailing wage law for construction projects X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson vetoes two bills, one resolution
          AP:  Glitch leads to veto of Truman statue swap
          AP:  Parson signs bill to raise marriage age in Missouri
          KC Star:  Parson signs law banning marriage of 15-year-olds X
          KWMU:  Watkins wants a different judge for contempt claim against him in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies analyzes former Gov. Greitens' latest legal issues
          P-D:  Missouri prison guard loses harassment suit against state X
          Messenger:  Former inmates point to Missouri prison guard and say #MeToo X
          KC Star letters:  Kansas woman wants McCaskill to vote 'No' on Kavanaugh;  KC octogenarian expresses anger at Pence and support for McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  American Cervid Alliance says MO Dept. of Conservation shows bias with deer-farm regulations X
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        Friday, July 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill heavily outspending Hawley as U.S. Senate contest heats up
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Blame President Trump for intensity of McCaskill-Hawley messaging X
          P-D:  Congressional primary previews:  Clay and Wagner vs. also-rans X
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay urges ICE to temporarily drop plans to deport illegal alien living in Maplewood
          P-D:  Pence scheduled to be in downtown St. Louis next week to tout tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tipsheet:  Statewides and state Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-'right to work' campaign to spend more than $13 million this cycle
          The Missouri Times:  Fuel tax proponents want opportunity to defend measure in court
          P-D:  GOP state auditor candidates share views at St. Louis Area Young Republicans Club X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary update:  Tony Luetkemeyer vs. Harry Roberts for Schaaf's seat
          SNL:  Governor signs Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Parson signs bill to cut Missourians' taxes X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs income tax cut into law, individual income tax rate lowered to 5.4% starting in 2019
          Missourinet:  Parson signs income tax cut in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Parson attends Dollar Tree ribbon-cutting in Warrensburg;  Distribution center will service stores in 11 states
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Agriculture is top industry in the state, must be adequately funded
          SE Missourian:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Sen. Wayne Wallingford talk tariffs, education, skilled workforce issues at press event;  Richardson:  "We don't have a shortage of English majors. We have a shortage of nurses." +
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) headed to new role in Jackson County
          KC Star:  Hospitals fear budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients X
          KC Star editorial:  Creative mail piece from Americans for Prosperity could trick simple-minded voters X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man suggests McCaskill's SCOTUS vote will be based on her own political survival X
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Olivette feminist says McCaskill and Blunt must oppose Kavanaugh because he is wrong on LGBTQIA* and gals' issues X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Prop A will provide worker freedom and a stronger economy +
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        Thursday, July 12
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump to attend Hawley fundraiser on July 24
          KC Star:  At KC event, Pence promotes Hawley and criticizes McCaskill;  Agitators' disruptions drowned out by patriots chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt on same side for tariff vote
          KC Star:  As opioids poured into Missouri, the DEA failed, McCaskill says X
          P-D:  Inconsistent government oversight fuels opioid crisis, McCaskill report says
          Missourinet:  McCaskill report says 1.6 billion opioids entered Missouri in five years
          SNL:  E-mails suggest Missouri COO Drew Erdmann raised money for Greitens;  Erdmann says no X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) on Greitens investigation and the need for all nonprofits - including liberal ones - to reveal their dark-money donors
          Drebes:  Courtney Curtis may run as Independent in Senate 14
          The Missouri Times:  Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Kehoe's appointment, says action is within governor's authority
          KWMU:  Lawsuit to toss Kehoe from lieutenant governor's office tossed out
          P-D:  Judge dumps Democratic bid to oust Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill today in Springfield
          CDT:  Missouri DED, Dept. of Higher Ed convene "Talent for Tomorrow" regional meeting X
          Columbia Missourian:  State business, education leaders emphasize student workforce prep
          Missourinet:  New state law provides start to examining radioactive waste at Missouri sites
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves maintenance-focused five-year plan
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 11, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Putnam County hospital ends questionable billing practices, financials still in poor condition
          Missourinet:  Galloway's follow-up reveals end to hospital's questionable lab billings, but poor financial state continues
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley lacks substance, is too conservative X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens put Missouri government up for sale to anonymous millionaires X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights liberal mocks value of Elijah Haahr's tax cut X
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        Wednesday, July 11
       
AP:  McCaskill polling her supporters on Supreme Court decision
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill stalls on making SCOTUS decision, Hawley pushes for confirmation
          AP:  Hawley seizes on SCOTUS vacancy in first ad
          KWMU:  Wash U. law prof weighs in on McCaskill's SCOTUS dilemma
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill's SCOTUS stalling, Politico's puff piece featuring overdone down-home cursin', more X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill in tough spot on Kavanaugh X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Times poll, conducted by Jeff Roe's Remington Research (R), shows Hawley with slight edge over McCaskill, 'right to work' failing in August
          KC Star:  National unions already positioning Prop A result as "turnaround" for labor X
          The Missouri Times:  Liberal group Economic Policy Institute opposes 'right to work'
          AP:  Pence to speak today in Kansas City
          P-D:  Lacy Clay calls on ICE to stay a deportation order against illegal alien X
          KWMU:  Greitens accused of intentionally skirting state election laws
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit could face huge fines X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes files MEC complaint against Greitens for Missouri, A New Missouri
          JCNT:  Ethics complaint filed against Greitens X
          AP:  Complaint filed by Barnes accuses Greitens of concealing donors
          Missourinet:  Complaint alleges Greitens, campaign teams violated laws
          P-D:  Nick Ayers targeted in new ethics complaint X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to host Justin Brown fundraiser on July 16
          SE Missourian:  Primary preview:  Barry Hovis vs. Tony LaForest for Lichtenegger's seat +
          Drebes:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty takes Jackson County government job
          Missourinet:  Parson to meet with rural Missouri mayors today
          KWMU:  New law gives charter schools leeway to enroll more poor and badly-behaved students
          AP:  Prison guard receives $800,000 settlement from state in harassment case
          P-D:  Former Missouri prison guard who sued for sexual harassment, poisoning gets $800,000 settlement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local legislators sit through youth forum, answer questions about favorite food and movies
          KC Star editorial:  Pence's to-do list should include spending more taxpayer money on KC infrastructure X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill has yet to take a clear stand on flood study X
          KC Star op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  The Trump agenda is working for Kansas City X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  The importance of a conservative Supreme Court justice X
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        Tuesday, July 10
       
AP:  Reaction to Kavanaugh nomination:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hawley
          Politico:  A rollicking ride with Claire McCaskill:  Reporter joins McCaskill on campaign trips by land, not air
          The Missouri Time:  Hawley releases first TV ad;  McCaskill fires back
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer says Scott Pruitt did "a great job," talks about liberal/media attacks on former EPA chief
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Trade wars have never benefited any nation
          JCNT:  Jaycees fair abandons theme amid political concerns;  "Making It Great Again" slogan risked injuring feelings X
          Missourinet:  National group travels through Missouri promoting Route 66
          KFVS:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits Cape Girardeau to remind leaders and owners about low-interest state loans
          AP:  Missouri net revenue up 5 percent
          P-D:  Parson poised to sign measure lowering Missouri income tax rates X
          CDT:  Law will allow higher education to recover cuts through tuition X
          KWMU:  Abortion battle heats up again in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri poised to regulate cage fighting after years of lax oversight X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law allows counties more options to collect 911 fees
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lets Worlds of Fun off easy on toxic water pollution X
          KC Star editorial:  Fatal shooting of UMKC graduate student from India tells the world KC is dangerous;  Dreadlocked criminal still on the loose X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  American security before politics +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  We need to examine broader reasons for health care costs +
          KC Star letters:  Grain Valley sexagenarian wants MO DNR to impose more regulations;  Kansas nonagenarian disagrees with Hartzler on food stamps X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian agrees with Danforth communications team's op-ed, says candidates should be forbidden from criticizing opponents' proposals X
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        Monday, July 9
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Roy Blunt on SCOTUS, Russia and North Korea, more
          NBC:  Meet the Press:  Full transcript
          P-D:  Josh Hawley's first TV ad in U.S. Senate race is aimed at upcoming fight over Supreme Court nominee X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lauren Arthur on McCaskill-Hawley, Kander, Parson, more;  Panel of Rachael Herndon Dunn, Roy Temple, state rep candidate Jon Patterson talk Prop A, McCaskill-Hawley and SCOTUS vote, Parson, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Local political parties canvass neighborhoods prior to primary election's voter registration deadline
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts, Tony Luetkemeyer emphasize farming issues X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts questions dark-money source of pro-Luetkemeyer mailer X
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Adam Crumbliss to take job in Parson administration;  Chris Moreland to do communications for Team Parson
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Alex Curchin to leave Speaker's office and move to lt. gov. office
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court updates media operating rules for court
          KC Star:  Environmental activists unhappy with DNR over water quality permits, say new approach could affect pallid sturgeons X
          KC Star editorial:  "There's no punishment for not showing up to court':  How Missouri defendants get off easy;  After Ferguson, pendulum has swung too far in favor of scofflaws X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says 'right to work' will force the handicapped to choose between taking medications or eating X
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        Sunday, July 8
       
The Missouri Times:  How the SCOTUS appointment will impact Missouri's U.S. Senate race;  Thoughts from Jack Cardetti, Gregg Keller, Jeremy LaFaver
          KWMU:  Missouri soybean farmers brace for impact of trade war
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce issues statement on tariffs
          SNL:  Abortion stance tricky for Missouri Democrats X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60:  Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith for Jay Barnes' open seat X
          Drebes:  Daniel Hartman is Josh Hawley's new chief of staff
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Americans for Prosperity seeks grassroots director
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic Socialists of America helps local liberals with traffic-stop-avoidance gimmick
          Washington Missourian:  Former state Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington) retires after 36 years of public service X
          CDT:  Missouri paid abortion clinics the same day it snubbed higher ed X
          KC Star op-ed:  Husch Blackwell's Jeff Simon:  NAFTA's benefit is an unambiguous positive for Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth's communications team:  How to fix America's political system:  Lengthy McCaskill-Hawley TV interviews, more blocks of TV time for policy discussions, etc. X
          McClellan:  A detective copes with the unsolved mysteries of life;  Man was injured by projectile thrown during last October's race riots X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis conservative wishes Post-Dispatch editorial board would have taken a day off from its usual anti-American anger on July 4 X
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        Saturday, July 7
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking new feature:  Weekly Missouri politics roundup:  SCOTUS vote and U.S. Senate race;  MOGOP supporting Josh Hawley;  Pro-life Missouri Democrats;  more
          P-D:  Election preview:  Earning the suburban woman vote;  Comments from state Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), "U.S. Rep. Anne [sic] Wagner," others X
          KWMU:  Black officials organize second Arch ribbon-cutting photo op
          P-D:  Black politicians hold their own ribbon-cutting X
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Robbins named partner at Strategic Capitol Consulting
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Paul Curtman holds meet & greet/fundraiser in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  SD34:  Race to replace Rob Schaaf heating up
          The Missouri Times:  Diane Franklin first to TV in SD16 with 'One Tough Grandma' ad
          SNL:  Parson signs bills in Springfield X
          SNL:  Parson signs bill at Springfield pharmacy to create drug take-back program X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs legislation to aid fight against opioid addiction, support family caregivers
          AP:  Parson expands drug take-back programs
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri "will no longer be the only state without a statewide 911 system"
          Missourinet:  WalletHub promotional study:  Missouri in the middle of the pack for speeding and reckless driving laws
          KC Star editorial:  Why was Missouri conservation director paid for years of comp time after termination? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
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        Friday, July 6
       
AP:  First Arch photo op doesn't cut it, so Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) arranges second one today;  Black politicians to hold separate-but-equal ribbon-cutting, re-enact actual ceremony
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Book review:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander's book points to lessons in 'everyday courage' X
          The Missouri Times:  Casey Wheat named as HRCC's interim executive director
          SNL:  Primary election preview:  'Right to work' initiative X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks budget analyst
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats switch strategy in lawsuit over lieutenant governor appointment
          JCNT:  Judge hears arguments on lt. gov appointment X
          KWMU:  Lawyers argue over validity of lt. governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Cole County judge hears arguments in lawsuit involving lt. gov appointment
          AP:  Judge weighing whether to dismiss lt. gov. case
          P-D:  Judge questions Democratic strategy in fight over Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson signing most legislation sent his way
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Arts Council announces new 2019 budget;  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri director expresses gratitude to lawmakers, Gov. Parson X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocacy group wants Parson to hold state agency liable for mentally-disabled man's death
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds MDC's separation agreement with former director cost taxpayers more than $120k
          P-D:  Galloway criticizes Conservation chief's separation agreement X
          P-D:  Missouri tax deduction for stillbirths still not adding up after three years X
          AP:  Mishap at Six Flags water park draws attention to lax regulations
          P-D:  Charter school parents deserve a say in lawsuit that threatens their schools, federal appeals court rules X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves electric rate cuts effective next month;  Ameren rates cut by 6 percent
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn talks dicamba damage, says 2018 more successful than 2017
          P-D editorial:  Photo at Arch ceremony underscores why St. Louis' racial divide persists X
          KC Star editorial:  A good bet:  Missouri should get ready to offer sports gambling X
          KWMU Race, Identity and Culture correspondent Ashley Lisenby:  All-Caucasoid Arch photo evokes horrific memories of "when people of color were deliberatly [sic] excluded"
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Expedition into rural Republican territory:  Poplar Bluff residents not sophisticated enough to blame Trump for job-killing tariff X
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst responds to editorial criticizing Vicky Hartzler, explains purpose of Farm Bill X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center wants Congress to support Obamacare and state legislators to expand Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NEA member opposes 'right to work'
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        Thursday, July 5
       
Missourinet:  Creighton University survey says trade concerns a damper, but Missouri economy still growing
          Brownfield Ag News:  Americans for Farmers & Families' Casey Guernsey, a former Missouri state rep, talks trade retaliation and potential effects on farmers
          P-D:  Organizer of Arch ribbon-cutting apologizes for preponderance of Caucasoid faces X
          The Riverfront Times:  Missouri Democrats vote to welcome pro-life members, angering others
          KC Star:  Abortion plank in party platform roils Missouri Dems;  Comments from angry women, Stephen Webber X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks government affairs and public policy manager
          Missourinet:  Parson honors commitment made to hometown Fourth of July event before becoming governor
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Public hearing set Monday in KCP&L rate case X
          KC Star editorial:  Women could outnumber men in Nevada legislature. Missouri should elect more gals. X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  'Right to work' will help make union bosses more accountable to their members X
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        Wednesday, July 4   Independence Day
       
KWMU:  Supreme Court appointment will have impact on Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP gives RNC special permission to fund Hawley ahead of primary
          P-D:  State, national Republicans agree to fund Hawley ahead of primaries X
          KC Star:  Woman taking on Lacy Clay in Democratic primary attempts to make body attributes a campaign issue, humblebrags about "my round hips" X
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri town of Bismarck to celebrate 150th anniversary during Fourth of July;  Jason Smith to serve as parade grand marshal
          KWMU:  Hundreds celebrate opening of Arch museum and visitors center
          Missourinet:  Arch rededication ceremony draws hundreds to downtown St. Louis
          AP:  Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project
          P-D:  Arch event draws hundreds;  Ozzie Smith serves as emcee X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) files lawsuit to keep fuel tax increase off the November ballot
          KWMU:  Moon sues to stop referendum to raise Missouri's fuel tax
          The Missouri Times:  Concerned Women for America endorses Georjene Tilton in race to replace term-limited Fraker
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  PROMO seeks communications manager
          KC Star:  E-mail from February 2017 give brief glimpse into early days of Greitens' campaign nonprofit X
          Columbia Missourian:  Trump revokes Obama guidance on race in school admissions
          AP:  Appeals court finds fault with Ferguson-Florissant School District elections;  Traditional at-large elections result in too many Caucasoid winners, so rules must be changed
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant must change how school board is elected
          Twitter.com:  Post-Dispatch K-12 education reporter Kristen Taketa leaves Post-Dispatch for San Diego Union-Tribune
          P-D:  Ameren's 'green tariff' gets the green light, giving cities and large customers better access to renewable energy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Human trafficking feature:  Interviews with Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Norman Murphy, trafficking survivor Katie Rhoades
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's high court rules captive deer are still wildlife
          KC Star editorial:  With local jobs in jeopardy, McCaskill must slow Trump's war on trade X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  The case of the missing soybeans, or why tariffs' Missouri effect is being underestimated X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Retirement of "Supreme Court Justice Robert [sic] Kennedy" means Missouri Democrats must rally around McCaskill this fall UPDATE:  Corrected without attribution
          KC Star letter:  UMKC film professor opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, July 3
       
KWMU:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear the worst if Chinese tariffs go into effect
          Columbia Missourian:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear tariffs will cause soybean prices to collapse
          Missourinet:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander takes break from KC mayoral race to talk federal immigration issues on MSNBC
          P-D:  Jason Kander promotes his book X
          P-D:  Webster Groves parade to feature both NRA, Moms Demand Action X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol preparing for Fourth of July crashes;  26 people died in Missouri wrecks last July 4 weekend
          The Missouri Times:  The Huckabee Show comes to Missouri, Parson talks preserving the 'American Dream'
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs bill establishing Schoolchildren Health, Hunger and Hygiene Tax Credit, extends other tax credits
          CDT:  State unable to transfer withheld funds before fiscal year ended X
          KWMU:  Ozarks-area school administrators want bigger budget, blame Doe Run
          P-D:  Government workers get some whistleblower protection restored X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Wood named new Missouri Conservation Commissioner
          P-D editorial:  Tariff negotiations should inspire Jason Smith to stop supporting President Trump X
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg septuagenarian accuses Jason Kander of having a Greitens-like ego X
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        Monday, July 2
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Jeremy LaFaver, Reps. Bruce DeGroot and Bruce Franks talk McCaskill's SCOTUS vote conundrum, state auditor race, state Senate primaries
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft testifies before U.S. Senate committee, looks ahead to September summit
          KWMU:  Army Corps of Engineers tracks birds and bats to improve habitats along the Mississippi River
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Algonquin/Liberty/Empire District seeks director of government and public affairs
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Seasoned-citizen business columnists on Missouri's 'right to work' battle;  Timely references to "new governor" Eric Greitens, B-roll of restaurant patrons in winter coats, zero (0) mentions of Proposition A X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th state Senate District (Kehoe's seat) Democratic candidates respond to survey questions X
          Missourinet:  New state budget includes jump in public school safety funding
          P-D editorial:  Negative impact of Trump's trade policy is hitting home locally X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Confederate monument being protected from criminal vandals X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Animal rights activist Elizabeth Enochs on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Discriminating against vegans is like discriminating against black people
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Activists calling fake meat "meat" is a bad idea anyway
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on tariffs X
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on Missouri economic development X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist wants pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to go away X
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        Sunday, July 1
       
July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          AP:  McCaskill faces critical Supreme Court vote
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump activists gather downtown;  Illegal alien dislikes President's immigration policy
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump rally photo:  Children dragged to rally by parents sit on concrete, use protest signs to shield themselves from scorching sun
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump rally photo:  Illegal alien sweats through shirt, shouts unnecessarily into megaphone
          P-D:  Anti-Trump rally draws two of Lacy Clay's Democratic primary opponents X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump photo gallery:  Middle-aged Clayton woman seeks attention by dressing up as Lady Justice;  Other cosplay X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Socialists organize anti-Trump rally;  Illegal immigrant insists on pronouncing "David" as "Da-veed" as homage to alien heritage
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally photo gallery:  Middle-aged Columbia woman seeks attention by dressing up as Lady Justice;  Obese millennial wears superhero cape;  Other cosplay
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws nearly 2,000 X
          Drebes:  Senate 32 preview:  Bill White vs. Rob O'Brian
          P-D:  Cases build, outcry grows after disabled Missouri man found dead in block of concrete;  MO Dept. of Mental Health among sued X
          SNL:  Coupons for alcohol could be on their way X
          KC Star:  Urban gun theft "victims" sell guns to pals, report firearms as stolen X
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        Saturday, June 30
       
Delta Dunklin Democrat:  GOP U.S. Senate Courtland Sykes, fiancee hold fundraiser in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  Number of waivers granted adds uncertainty to renewable fuel volumes;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' dark money groups face FEC complaint
          KWMU:  Special prosecutor appointed in William Tisaby investigation
          P-D:  Special prosecutor will look into perjury claims against former Greitens investigator X
          Missourinet:  Judge in Greitens' Confide case orders forensic examination of staff phones
          AP:  Barnes, Wash U. cite contrary findings on Greitens book
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  St. Louis Labor Council encourages listeners to vote against 'right to work'
          Drebes:  Senate 18 preview:  GOP battle for Brian Munzlinger's seat
          KWMU:  Parson signs Missouri budget bills as state income unexpectedly goes up
          AP:  Parson signs Missouri budget that boosts school funding
          P-D:  With boost for education and worker salaries, Parson signs state budget X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood unhappy with state budget X
          AP:  Missouri among states in which Republicans are considering returning sales tax windfall to taxpayers
          KWMU:  Bridgeton Landfill to pay $16 million to settle state lawsuit over underground smoldering fire
          Missourinet:  Hawley announces settlement in Bridgeton landfill case
          P-D:  Bridgeton Landfill agrees to pay $16 million to settle 2013 lawsuit X
          AP:  Hawley settles suit with owner of smoldering landfill
          KC Star editorial:  From guns to abortion, McCaskill and Hawley should debate Supreme Court issues X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The Wall Street Journal's hit piece on Mizzou was sloppy journalism X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Tariffs could hopefully turn southeast Missouri residents against Trump X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian disagrees with Eric Burlison on 'right to work' X
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        Friday, June 29
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley calls on McCaskill to debate Supreme Court issues
          SNL:  Hawley wants to talk about the Supreme Court. McCaskill's staying quiet, for now. X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Josh Hawley opens campaign office in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Hawley challenges McCaskill to debate on Supreme Court nominee while in Springfield
          AP:  Republicans take aim at Cayman investments;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, John Hancock
          SE Missourian:  Man running as "Independent" for U.S. Senate brings self-promotion campaign to Cape Girardeau +
          Missourinet:  Senate passes farm bill;  Comments from McCaskill
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wants to end chain migration, favors building wall +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS Jay Ashcroft talks about ballots, voting and marijuana
          KC Star:  Dark money groups that helped elect Greitens now facing FEC complaint X
          SNL:  Gas tax hike on November ballot gets boost from Gov. Parson in shift from Greitens' policy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White to deliver anti-'right to work' messages
          Drebes:  Senate 16 preview:  Diane Franklin, Justin Brown, Keith Frederick and the impending Humphreys independent expenditure
          The Missouri Times:  Penman & Winton splitting practice, two new firms emerge
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign next Missouri state budget today
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Parson signs budget bill on port funding +
          P-D:  Fight over appointment of lieutenant governor heads to court next week X
          KWMU:  Uncertain future for efforts to ban lobbyist gifts in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) sued for "permanently blocking [sic]" constituent on Twitter
          CDT:  Reisch sued in federal court for blocking constituent on Twitter X
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit against Legislature's Convention of States resolution tossed
          P-D editorial:  Waste, fraud and abuse in effort to cut waste, fraud and abuse:  MO DSS and McKinsey and Co. contract X
          KC Star editorial:  Poor and need a lawyer in Missouri? The public defender system is failing its clients X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri trooper in drowning case deserves to be fired X
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        Thursday, June 28
       
KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling won't directly affect most Missouri unions
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling will affect Missouri unions
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week has far-reaching impact on Internet sales in Missouri
          KC Star:  Newly open seat on U.S. Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race X
          Politico:  Trump's short list for Supreme Court:  Spanish Lake native Ray Gruender, others
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Broadband expansion vital part of Senate farm bill
          P-D:  At public meeting, federal scientists sit through hours of chatter about Coldwater Creek report;  Longtime activist calls report "golden ticket" to "other resources"
          KMBC:  What would 'right to work' mean for Missouri?
          KMIZ:  Fact-checking anti-'right to work' ad:  Union group misleads on jobs, wages
          KC Star:  Sarah Palin urges support for Tony Monetti in GOP's U.S. Senate primary X
          Drebes:  Senate 14 preview:  Joe Adams vs. Sharon Pace
          Columbia Missourian:  Eapen Thampy's Better Way Missouri draws bipartisan crowd to show support for legalizing medical marijuana
          KWMU:  Parson pushes for voter approval of Missouri gas-tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt continues pushing for changes to state pensions
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) seeks to replace Kehoe as majority floor leader
          The Missouri Times:  Opioid deaths in Missouri increased at slower rate than previous year
          KC Star:  Trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning death should not have been fired, judge rules X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of June 27, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  With Justice Kennedy's retirement, McCaskill-Hawley race takes on new urgency X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. Medical School's Adie Wilson-Poe:  Cannabis could cure Missouri's opioid problem X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says 'right to work' will turn Missouri into Upton Sinclair's "jungle" X
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        Wednesday, June 27
       
KWMU:  McCaskill highlights plight of nail company to illustrate tariff challenges
          SNL:  Billy Long, Josh Hawley, Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee laud 'pro-life' Supreme Court decisions, but there could be a catch X
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable:  Bryan Cave's Barbara Smith, others discuss SCOTUS decisions, Stockley suit
          The Missouri Times:  James Klahr departing from Missouri Ethics Commission
          Drebes:  As August 7 approaches, watch for independent expenditures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP launches ad against Galloway in race for state auditor
          Missourinet:  Parson supports state employee pay increases
          Missourinet:  Nasheed asks Parson for money to fight urban homicides
          Missourinet:  Poor-performing KC charter school, set to close this week, sues to stay open
          Missourinet:  Ameren, opponents disagree over rate caps and grid modernization
          KC Star editorial:  Farm bill should cap subsidies for rich farmers, including Rep. Vicky Hartzler X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri could see a sales tax windfall X
          P-D editorial:  The law's the law. If Greitens broke it, justice still must be served. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  University of Missouri Extension taking the lead on wind energy debate X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Don't give up on dark money's corrupting influence in Missouri politics X
          P-D letter:  University City man wants Lacy Clay to convince Maxine Waters to drop the unhinged histrionics X
          SNL letter:  LGBTQIA* activist says 'right to work' is bad for his community X
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        Tuesday, June 26
       
SE Missourian:  Cape business lays off 4 in response to tariff-affected Poplar Bluff nail company +
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri company downsizes in response to business decline from major nail company
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill discusses choking at caucus luncheon and pain from receiving Heimlich
          KC Star:  After Democrats' Sunshine request, Hawley campaign paid for third-party review of 19,000 documents X
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable preview:  Bryan Cave's Barbara Smith, others discuss SCOTUS activity, Jason Stockley suit
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court affirms decision to bar Curtis' state Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds decision that Democrat failed to prove wrongdoing when prevented from filing for office
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaints against Hawley, Schaaf's son
          SNL:  Barnes:  Eric Greitens' nonprofit was 'criminal enterprise' X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes says House committee not 'appropriate entity for further investigation into Greitens,' will file MEC complaint
          KWMU:  House committee ends investigation of Greitens, but Barnes will file ethics complaint
          Missourinet:  Barnes issues letter announcing Missouri Ethics Commission complaint about Greitens and completion of House committee's work
          AP:  Leader of House review of Greitens to file ethics complaint
          P-D:  Greitens committed 'impeachable offenses,' nonprofit was 'a criminal enterprise from inception,' letter says X
          P-D:  Barnes highlights likelihood of literary fraud in Greitens' book of "letters";  Former governor's military pal stands by Greitens' version of manuscript story X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants interim committee to continue investigation of Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney suing A New Missouri for records
          JCNT:  Hanaway rejects separate A New Missouri lawsuit X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Great Flood of '93 retrospective:  Audio from Gov. Carnahan's visit to Brunswick
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation biologists work to control invasive hydrilla plant
          KWMU:  After federal report on Coldwater Creek, some activists still aren't satisfied;  Area woman shares epidemiological theory about dust, showering and lungs
          KC Star editorial:  After 'crimes, misconduct and moral turpitude,' it's time to hold Greitens accountable X
          Priddy:  Online sales tax decision:  A gift, if we want it
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        Monday, June 25
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats, unions join forces against 'right to work' and to help McCaskill, Galloway
          KC Star:  Unions give big to block 'right to work' in expensive Missouri ballot initiative race X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws hundreds;  Liberal brings "F@CK THIS" sign to event featuring children X
          KCUR:  Anti-Trump activists rally in Midtown
          Missourinet:  Libla says U.S. should tax imports on finished goods
          KC Star:  Kander confirms bid for Kansas City mayor X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lowell Pearson talks legal issues around lt. gov. appointment, online sales tax, more;  Panel of Pat Dougherty, Franc Flotron, Gregg Keller, Renew Missouri's James Owen talk Parson, infrastructure spending, McCaskill, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts hits the airwaves, criticizes Tony Luetkemeyer in GOP state Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs five bills, but 61 still await his attention
          Missourinet:  Former Mamtek CEO paroled;  Missouri prosecutors say he scammed investors out of millions
          SE Missourian editorial:  Vargas contract extension a good move by regents +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  On migrant families, McCaskill and Hawley finally find an issue worth arguing over X
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        Sunday, June 24
       
KWMU:  Trade tensions send waves through Missouri;  McCaskill hopes for possible opening to connect with rural voters
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others to discuss river and floodplain policy
          CDT:  Liberal "John Brown Gun Club" part of antifa movement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Black women organize 'Sister to Sister' chat group to discuss political issues;  Caucasoid woman seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Hartzler attends, says she wants to represent black issues "in Congress"
          JCNT:  Kehoe talks about transition to statewide job X
          P-D:  St. Louis union members mobilize against 'right to work' X
          JCNT:  Five Republicans, one Democrat seek to succeed Bernskoetter in House X
          Drebes:  No primary opposition for Corlew's re-election
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling may eliminate need for use tax +
          CDT:  Local landscape uncertain after sales tax ruling X
          KWMU:  Opioid-related deaths in St. Louis region rose again in 2017
          SNL:  Hawley's audit finds more untested rape kits X
          Columbia Missourian:  State approves permit for Cooper County CAFO
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Book sees newspaper letters to the editor as vital to democracy X
          Horrigan:  Farewell column;  Post-Dispatch veteran retires, leaves editorial board X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville union member opposes 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal disagrees with Ashcroft on voter ID X
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian disagrees with Ashcroft on voter ID X
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        Saturday, June 23
       
KWMU:  Sen. Kamala Harris keynotes local NAACP dinner;  California liberal praises McCaskill
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration policy debate:  Three (3) Trump critics, zero (0) Trump supporters
          Washington Missourian:  Anti-Trump protest outside Luetkemeyer's office draws fewer than 10 X
          The Missouri Times:  Pruitt, Perdue cancel Friday's event in Northwest Missouri as renewable fuels policy is reassessed
          Clayton Times:  Missouri to host National Election Security Summit in September
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill faces a familiar problem:  Her and her husband's wealth X
          KC Star:  Environmental Working Group criticizes Hartzler for family farm's commodity subsidies X
          JCNT:  Pro-life supporters participate in national bridge event X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Area senior citizen named National Federation of Democratic Women 2018 Member of the Year;  Dorothy Adams joined Democratic Party in Bootheel decades ago, believes in God and respects the American Flag +
          AP:  Parson signs first 5 bills as governor
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 18, 2018
          KWMU:  To appoint, or not to appoint a lieutenant governor:  A Missouri question for nearly 50 years
          Drebes:  Governor Gibbons:  Kirkwood state Senator served as acting governor in 2006 when Blunt was out of the country and Kinder was out of state
          SNL:  Missouri may start taxing online purchases from out-of-state retailers X
          JCNT:  State to expand virtual K-12 course access X
          Columbia Missourian:  Steelman punches back at Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing MU
          Missourinet:  Environmental group claims "clean energy" jobs are growing in Missouri;  Comments from Environmental Entrepreneurs' Tony Wyche
          Missourinet:  Nasheed calls on St. Louis-area residents to protest new movie called "SuperFly"
          Washington Post:  Four years after Michael Brown assaulted police officer Darren Wilson, some Ferguson residents unhappy about distribution of largesse X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians deserve to know if Greitens administration violated open records laws X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Hawley residency question answered X
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        Friday, June 22
       
The Missouri Times:  Democratic presidential candidate Jason Kander considering KC mayoral bid
          KC Star:  Kander eyeing run for KC mayor;  Comments from Jeremy LaFaver, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Pruitt, Sonny Perdue to discuss biofuels in Northwest Missouri today
          JCNT:  Area farmers praise passage of House farm bill X
          Daily American Republic:  McCaskill announces nail manufacturer's layoffs to make point about Trump tariffs +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Three (3) guests to lament horror of Trump's migrant policy
          Missourinet:  Parson meets with Trump
          P-D:  Parson says first meeting with Trump was successful one X
          Drebes:  How and why Mike Parson's fresh air removes the foul stench of Greitens' gubernatorial arrogance
          Missourinet:  Parson responds to Missouri Democratic Party's lawsuit over Kehoe appointment
          Missourinet:  UM System President Mun Choi meets with Parson, emphasizes jobs, research and health care
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court ruling paves way for Missouri to collect online sales tax with lawmaker action
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  June 20, 2018
          P-D:  Hundreds of pregnant women hospitalized in Missouri the past two years for opioid abuse X
          Obituary:  Kit Bond veteran Mary Beth Dobbs;  Memorial service to be held Wednesday
          P-D editorial:  Now's the time for Mike Parson to show Missourians what kind of leader he is, and he should start by criticizing President Trump X
          JCNT editorial:  Kehoe a wise choice for lieutenant governor X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawsuit over Parson's lt. gov. appointment a mistake by Missouri Democratic Party X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri COO Drew Erdmann costs taxpayers $125,000. Gov. Parson should let him go. X
          CDT editorial:  Missouri's abortion restrictions are punishment, not prevention X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In 2017, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt returned more unclaimed property to taxpayers than any previous treasurer's first year X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  From nails to soybeans, Missouri is feeling the effects of tariffs X
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        Thursday, June 21
       
AP:  McCaskill's tax-practice taboo is haven for husband
          Missourinet:  McCaskill uses Poplar Bluff business to highlight opposition to Trump tariffs
          SNL:  Anti-Trump protesters gather outside Blunt's office, complain about migrant policy X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists congregate outside Blunt's KC office X
          Missourinet:  Judge says Hawley can live outside Jefferson City;  Some Democrats had made issue of "reside at the seat of government" language
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft calls voter fraud 'exponentially greater threat than hacking' during U.S. Senate hearing
          KC Star:  Voter fraud much greater threat than election hacking, Jay Ashcroft says X
          P-D:  Blunt hearing on election cyberthreats evolves into Ashcroft-led discussion of voter fraud X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis to host National Election Security Summit in September
          Missourinet:  Missouri Foundation for Health provides $1 million grant to Springfield health provider to tackle opioid abuse;  Comments from Hartzler
          Missourinet:  Wash U., Mizzou profs weigh in on Supreme Court's punt on gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Voters' forum focuses on pros, cons of 'right to work' ballot measure +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules against Courtney Curtis' attempt to get on Democratic ballot in SD 14 race
          Drebes:  House 86:  Will the Clay machine torpedo Chappelle-Nadal?
          The Missouri Times:  Parson headed to D.C. to meet with President Trump, Cabinet members
          P-D:  Parson, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger discuss public safety, jobs, Bi-State in brief meeting X
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  One in ten Missourians have unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Department of Conservation uses shallow waters at Schell Lake to kill large number of invasive carp
          P-D:  Galloway gives Kinloch fire district 'poor rating' from Missouri auditor after officials' theft of district money X
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft is dead wrong about voter fraud and election hacking X
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy Schools Collaborative Superintendent Charles Pearson:  Response to Show-Me Institute's James Shuls' piece on inflated test sores X
          P-D letter:  In key Sunshine Law case, Republican politics prevails over transparency X
          P-D letter:  Area woman says 'right to work' is a conspiracy by "white male CEOs" to oppress women X
          SE Missourian letter:  David Steelman:  Wall Street Journal misses the story about Mizzou, strategic reallocation +
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        Wednesday, June 20
       
KC Star:  McCaskill open to GOP plans to end family separation, but says Trump could fix now X
          SNL:  Area liberals to protest outside Blunt, Long offices today X
          KC Star:  McCaskill's husband invested $1 million in hedge fund set up in Caymans X
          The Missouri Times:  Voter fraud takes spotlight in U.S. Senate committee;  Jay Ashcroft to testify
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Shane Schoeller to testify on Capitol Hill today about election infrastructure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats seek to block Kehoe's appointment, file suit calling for special election
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party sues over lieutenant governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party seeks to block appointment of Kehoe
          AP:  Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats file suit challenging appointment of lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard supports Parson's move to fill lt. gov position
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of fuel tax hope voters are more open to idea
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Courtney Curtis' bid to run for state Senate;  Missouri Democratic Party barred Democratic state rep from the race X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) resigns from Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads resigns
          AP:  Missouri lawmaker who helped investigate Greitens resigns
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli claims text proves Confide was used to conduct state business
          KWMU:  Lawsuit over use of Confide app moves forward, with limitations
          AP:  Judge sets limits on evidence in Greitens Confide case
          KWMU:  Obamacare advocates unhappy over states' lack of Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  St. Louis County Council calls for federal, state investigations into Northwest Plaza deal X
          Riverfront Times:  Post-Dispatch layoffs claim 5 more in newsroom;  Mike Faulk, health care advocate/reporter Samantha Liss, Bryce Gray among those let go
          P-D editorial:  In the leadership test on migrants, Blunt passes - and Hawley fails badly X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson wants to spend a day in Kansas City. Here's a suggested itinerary. X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's tax cuts to blame for shortage of prison guards X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Vote "No" on 'right to work'
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  The collateral damage of Mizzou's past failures +
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        Tuesday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
SNL:  Elected officials, candidates weigh in on migrant melodrama;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Long, Hawley, Austin Petersen X
          P-D:  Blunt weighs in on border hysteria X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt share thoughts on border dramatics
          AP:  Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor
          The Missouri Times:  Parson names Mike Kehoe as next lieutenant governor
          SNL:  Missouri has a new lieutenant governor;  Parson picks Kehoe to fill No. 2 role X
          JCNT:  Kehoe named lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Kehoe appointed as Missouri's second in command
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  "Public service is a privilege no one should take lightly"
          KWMU:  Parson appointes Kehoe as lieutenant governor
          P-D:  Parson picks Kehoe as lieutenant governor X
          AP:  Kehoe appointed Missouri lieutenant governor
          KC Star:  Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate X
          AP:  Parson stands by contract for COO's former employer
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson profile:  From Wheatland to the Capitol:  How small-town values are shaping the new governor's role
          P-D:  Even a steak chalupa - a bit player in Greitens' Lyft stunt last year - drew scrutiny from Hawley X
          Missourinet:  Republican state senators lining up to fill leadership position in GOP dominated chamber
          P-D:  Long wait for adoptees seeking birth records in Missouri X
          JCNT:  State updating method to measure schools' success X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Enterprise announces new board chairman, new members
          KWMU:  Federal report:  exposure to radioactive contaminants can increase risk of certain cancers
          P-D:  Report:  Coldwater Creek contamination may raise the risk of cancer in North St. Louis County X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm +
          KC Star:  California-based Juul Labs names Jay Nixon to advisory panel on underage vaping X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt stands up to Trump:  Stop separating migrant families X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson makes a strong pick for lieutenant governor, and Legislature must clarify law X
          KC Star editorial:  How to fix Missouri's transportation dilemma:  Raise gas tax, then raise other taxes too X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Neal Boyd blessed us all with his God-given talent +
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Term Limits' Nicholas Tomboulides:  Don't ditch term limits under the guise of "ethics reform" X
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        Monday, June 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt praises federal tax cut, hears concerns about labor shortage during Jefferson City roundtable
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley ramp up their sparring over health care
          P-D:  Gun-control promotional tour makes stop in St. Louis City X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bill Eigel talks tax cuts, differences between Mike Parson and Eric Greitens, state Senate races, more;  Panel of Mike Hafner, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, state rep candidate Joe Patterson (R), NAACP's John Gaskin talk Parson, McCaskill vs. Hawley, Democrat Courtney Curtis' support of 'right to work,' more
          SNL:  For Missouri prisoners working with broken dogs, healing goes both ways X
          KC Star editorial:  Politicians should stop using social media platforms' 'block' feature X
          Messenger:  Missouri COO Drew Erdmann's former company wins Medicaid bid despite being 3 times higher than others X
          KC Star:  Missouri Influencer series:  Surveying opinions on transportation X
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        Sunday, June 17   Father's Day
       
P-D:  Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Trump and Greitens X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  GOP state Senate candidates tackle a plethora of topics;  Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake, Nate Walker seek to fill Munzlinger's seat
          JCNT:  Three seek Democratic nomination for 6th District Senate seat X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Spire seeks government affairs specialist
          CDT:  Some see move toward more charter schools in online course bill X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Agriculture's Garrett Hawkins gives update on dicamba, 2,4-D monitoring
          P-D editorial:  Former Gov. Eric Greitens should pay his own legal fees X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Peter Kinder:  Saving tax dollars;  Hopefully more with my resignation +
          KC Star op-ed:  Joe Bednar and Lowell Pearson:  We're of different parties, but agree that Parson has the power to name his lieutenant X
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian supports 'right to work,' says unions care only about keeping themselves in power X
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        Saturday, June 16
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Hawley battle over health care coverage
          NPR:  McCaskill, other red-state Democrats hope health care is an election-year lifeline
          Missourinet:  Hawley says Trump's progress on North Korea talks has been "monumental"
          The Missouri Times:  Jane Dueker's ethics complaint against Josh Hawley dismissed
          AP:  Missouri Ethics Commission tosses complaint against Josh Hawley
          KC Star:  Ethics commission dismisses Dems' complaint against Josh Hawley X
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of taxpayer dollars +
          JCNT:  GOP state auditor candidates pitch campaigns X
          Drebes:  Aaron Griesheimer, son of John Griesheimer, to run for Alferman's vacated House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson honored with Legacy Award by St. Louis Regional Chamber
          Washington Missourian:  Former Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says Parson's experience in law enforcement will benefit governor X
          AP:  Galloway backs Steelman's decision to not pay Greitens' lawyers
          SNL:  Impeachment lawyer says Greitens shouldn't pay $153k bill X
          KWMU:  Greitens attorneys say state should pay their bills
          Missourinet:  Another savage attack on St. Louis' MetroLink;  Missouri House committee has been investigating safety issues
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sarah Steelman correct to deny payment for Greitens' lawyers X
          CDT editorial:  University of Missouri must stand alone, not expect more funding from Legislature next year X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  The publisher, the governor:  Bolivar Herald-Free Press' Dave Berry paints a clear picture of Gov. Mike Parson's humility X
          P-D letter:  "Road to Zero Coalition" CEO wants Missouri lawmakers to pass motorcycle helmet law X
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        Friday, June 15
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Republicans criticize McCaskill for use of plane
          KWMU:  Hawley touts Trump support, says he is still investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Anti-Trump immigration protest snarls downtown traffic, interferes with working people trying to do their jobs X
          Drebes:  Teamsters pump $1 million into "We Are Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  "We Are Missouri" launches first video ad against Proposition A
          JCNT:  GOP candidates introduce themselves at party event X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lauren Arthur talks to Mannies and Marshall Griffin about state Senate victory, union issues, more
          P-D:  Missouri and Illinois legislators compete in first bi-state softball game at Busch Stadium X
          AP:  OA chief Sarah Steelman denies legal bills for lawyers of ex-Gov. Greitens
          Missourinet:  State won't pay lawyers Greitens hired for impeachment defense
          P-D:  Missouri shoots down bills from Greitens' taxpayer-paid impeachment attorneys X
          P-D:  Greitens era brought big changes to Missouri DNR - a place where legacy could linger X
          JCNT:  DNR:  Mokane water situation worst in 30 counties X
          SNL:  Why Peter Herschend wanted back on state school board X
          SNL:  Greitens appointee subpoenaed in Confide case;  Eddy Justice says he never used texting app to communicate with Greitens or governor's staff X
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education meets for first time since 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education's fresh start brings drastically different mood
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Education gets back to work
          AP:  Education board takes first action since being revived
          SE Missourian:  SEMO University seeks $13.6 million in state funding to renovate Art Building +
          Missourinet:  Rehder hopes to meet with Parson to discuss Missouri's opioid epidemic
          KC Star:  Missouri will ask for another REAL ID extension X
          The Missouri Times:  In reversal, Missouri's high court rules administrative remedies must be exhausted
          AP:  Missouri officials offer tour of Missouri State Penitentiary
          KC Star:  Hawley's office investigating Frank White's personal financial dealings X
          Kraske:  Here's how Parson pleasantly surprised a tough crowd in Kansas City X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Parson event includes media;  Reporters should be included in all "listening post" sessions X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman takes issues with reporter Bryan Lowry's anti-conservative bias X
          JCNT letter:  Woman running as Democrat for state Senate disagrees with Kehoe on state merit system X
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        Thursday, June 14   Flag Day
       
KWMU:  Trump, McCaskill tangle over her campaign use of private plane
          SNL:  'So phony':  Trump slams McCaskill for flying on plane as part of RV tour X
          AP:  Trump slams McCaskill for plane use during RV road trip
          P-D:  Trump weighs in on McCaskill's "RV" plane trip X
          KC Star:  Liberal D.C. group files suit against Missouri's voter ID law;  Legal team includes Marc Elias, general council for Hillary Clinton X
          SE Missourian:  State auditor candidate Kevin Roach makes stop in Cape +
          SE Missourian:  Parson touts need for workforce development, better roads and rural, broadband service +
          Clayton Times:  Parson wraps up statewide listening tour with stop in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Upgrading roads and bridges to be among Parson's top priorities
          Missourinet:  Parson on transportation infrastructure:  'We cannot keep kicking that can down the road'
          P-D:  Parson talks transportation tax, education, use of state plane
X
          SNL:  Parson answers questions about LGBTQIA* issues, religious liberty X
          CDT:  Parson backs higher education funding needs in Columbia visit X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU hosts Gov. Parson on his listening tour of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson looks to fill remaining Missouri Board of Education spots in 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) looks to chair the House Republican Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) joins race for assistant floor majority leader
          KWMU:  Missouri sues McKee over state tax credits
          P-D:  Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration accused of tax credit fraud in lawsuit by Missouri attorney general X
          Missourinet:  Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood being stripped before Parson signs new law
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 13, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-Obamacare group pushes for Medicaid expansion, cites study on rural hospital closures
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley wants claims of civil rights violations against state in DeBrodie lawsuit dismissed
          P-D editorial:  Parson's education board appointments reflect a welcome new approach X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Missouri's elected officials should stop using "block" tool offered by social media platforms X
          KC Star letter:  Overland Park septuagenarian wishes Kansas congressional delegation was as gracious and humble as Mike Parson X
          P-D letter:  Aligned VP Linda Rallo responds to P-D editorial that blamed legislators for workforce gaps X
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        Wednesday, June 13
       
P-D:  McCaskill disputes claim that her RV tour of Missouri last month was more of a fly-over X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens' two impeachment attorneys
          KWMU:  Barnes to Steelman:  Don't pay Greitens' attorneys
          Missourinet:  Criticism of Greitens' use of private lawyers in governor's office continues to mount
          AP:  Barnes:  State shouldn't pay Greitens' bills
          KC Star:  Barnes:  Greitens illegally hired impeachment lawyers, should pay them himself X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney alleging A New Missouri in violation of state's nonprofit laws
          SNL:  Building roads, opening doors are top priorities, Parson says in Springfield stop X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Parson to reconsider bill to fund UMKC arts campus, restore funding to "Missouri Department [sic] Tourism [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson establishes Board of Education quorum with two appointments
          Missourinet:  Parson makes Missouri Board of Education functional again;  commissioner search can move forward
          KWMU:  Missouri state school board finally has enough members to meet again
          AP:  Parson revives education board with appointments
          SNL:  Parson reappoints Branson's Peter Herschend to state school board X
          The Missouri Times:  Pardon does not allow convicted felons to run for elected office, court rules
          The Missouri Times:  Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State
          KWMU:  Missouri's restriction on medication abortions can continue, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Judge's decision blocks Planned Parenthood from expanding abortions in Springfield and Columbia
          Missourinet:  New possible case of tick-borne virus renews Fitzpatrick's call for more details
          P-D:  St. Louis County ethics committee wants Hawley to investigate Northwest Plaza deal X
          The Missouri Times:  90 percent of Missouri buses approved by Highway Patrol inspection personnel
          SE Missourian:  Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry Counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD +
          P-D:  Glendale bus stop decorated by girl with Down Syndrome is vandalized;  Caucasoid millennial females caught after spray-painting "Police Lives Murder" message X
          P-D editorial:  Parson, the anti-Greitens, hits all the right notes X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is giving Missouri a desperately needed fresh start X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Making critical investments in our military X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. gender studies professor Andrea Friedman:  On Bill Clinton, Eric Greitens and definitions of consent X
          KC Star's Jenee Osterheldt:  On decision to leave Kansas City and move to Boston;  Negative Midwest memories include reader feedback on columns, a supposed driving-while-black incident, other harrowing injustices X
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        Tuesday, June 12
       
KWMU:  Parson promises new direction in tone but not policy
          SNL:  Mike Parson says he's ready to help Missouri move on from Eric Greitens X
          CDT:  Parson strikes healing tone X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for unity and a fresh start in first address
          Missourinet:  Audio and transcript of Parson's address to joint session of Missouri Legislature
          Missourinet:  Parson:  'The welfare of the people will be my guiding principle and sole consideration'
          JCNT:  Parson urges a 'fresh start' in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson calls for unity and a 'fresh start'
          AP:  Parson:  'Time for a fresh start' in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri's new governor offers 'fresh start' in first address X
          KC Star:  'Our wounds will heal,' Gov. Parson tells lawmakers gathered in joint session X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers pleased with Parson speech X
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation, minus Clay, meets with Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Grassroots:  The story of Parson and his longtime campaign treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler draws fifteen (15) to campaign office grand opening
          SNL:  Woman challenging Mike Moon in GOP primary praises Barack Obama's "intelligence and passion," says priorities include "affordable housing and living wage jobs" X
          SE Missourian:  Former GOP state rep candidate Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Chiropractors seek lobbyist
          CDT:  Greitens panel done with special session X
          Missourinet:  Galloway still investigating Greitens' use of private lawyers
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Dixon call for Legislature to push forward with ethics and corruption-fighting legislation
          Warren County Record:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) makes his case for sports betting in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Evergy, the product of Great Plains and Westar's merger
          SNL:  Big black bear found dead in Current River;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation suspects drowning X
          KC Star:  Fast-food workers complain about wages, make scenes in Kansas City and Jefferson City X
          Priddy:  Selecting a new lieutenant governor:  Lessons from 1825 and other reflections (1,594 words)
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Kudos to Hawley, lawmakers for doing the right thing on Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Victims of sexual assault need legal protections, not humiliation X
          KC Star letters:  On 'right to work' and Eric Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says merit system changes are part of GOP conspiracy to sabotage government X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area coed claims Missourians disagree with GOP pro-life policies
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        Monday, June 11
       
Messenger:  The birth of a Twitter troll is disturbing side effect of Greitens saga;  In Missouri politics, cowards hide behind pseudonyms and lack courage to put their names on what they write X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Trump stirring the pot, the 2018 election is returning to 2016 themes X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Mike Parson, Josh Hawley, transportation taxes, and the St. Louis Cardinals;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery and Nate Walker, Strategic Capitol Consulting's Tommy Robbins, UFCW's Dave Cook talk Parson, SD 17 special election, more
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might drop investigation of Greitens now that he's resigned X
          AP:  Man convicted in 1997 murder received pardon from Greitens
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Legislature moves on taxes, ag issues;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers' Samantha Davis, Missouri Soybean Association's Casey Wasser
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT seeking comment on roads program X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to stop selling federal duck stamps in offices across the state
          P-D editorial:  Getting a fuel tax increase on the ballot was the easy part X
          P-D letter:  Belton woman says virtual learning is right for some Missouri families X
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        Sunday, June 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill sings her praises in St. Joseph:  "I'm the hardest-working Democrat in the party" X
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Democrats using Eric Greitens to hit McCaskill's challenger in Missouri
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri farming groups concerned about status of federal farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Todd Hays, Missouri Corn's Gary Marshall, Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, congressional delegation X
          Washington Missourian:  Filing now open for Alferman's state rep seat
          KC Star:  Missouri may be 'on the hook' for $150k for Greitens' private impeachment attorneys X
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe shares insight on Greitens' decision to resign X
          Washington Missourian:  Bourbon virus now listed as emerging illness in Missouri X
          CDT editorial:  Dropping of Greitens charges will reverberate X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri leaders must not let the dark-money investigation die X
          P-D editorial:  Voters should select a new lieutenant governor X
          McClellan:  Meandering thoughts on Greitens with bonus old-timey newspaperman anecdotes X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian compares McCaskill to Marie Antoinette, urges voters to tell senator to "go fly a kite" X
          SNL letter:  Stockton octogenarian opposes 'right to work' X
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        Saturday, June 9
       
KC Star:  McCaskill on Trump:  'Constitution was written to make sure no one was above the law' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Democrat Days attendees to hear McCaskill re-election pitch, Jason Kander presidential stump speech today X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA seeking priority list designation for former plant X
          Drebes:  Becky Dunn joining Dept. of Higher Ed
          SE Missourian:  Chris Limbaugh stepping down as prosecutor to take job with Gov. Parson +
          Missourinet:  Consensus could be building around Mike Kehoe to fill vacant lt. gov seat
          KC Star:  Parson to meet with KC leaders during nine-city listening tour X
          The Missouri Times:  Special prosecutor declines to file further charges against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D) won't pursue Greitens on felony charge
          KCUR:  Greitens won't face charges for behavior during 2015 affair
          AP:  Prosecutor won't refile case stemming from Greitens' affair
          KC Star:  Baker declines to charge Greitens despite 'probable cause' for sexual assault X
          P-D:  No further charges against Greitens, prosecutor says X
          P-D:  St. Louis judge threatens to hold Al Watkins in contempt over gag order X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 6, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Update on Ameren's Mark Twain Transmission Project
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens won't face criminal charges. Missouri knows the truth. X
          KC Star editorial:  Baker declined to charge Greitens, but she did right by the victim X
          CDT editorial:  A win and a loss in the Greitens saga X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri a lousy place to live if you're poor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) unveiled X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Pulling out of Iran was right thing to do X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Parson has opportunity to move Missouri forward +
          Messenger:  Despite what GOP legislators say, Missouri's education funding is unfair X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests that instead of caterwauling about 'profiling,' scofflaws start following traffic rules X
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        Friday, June 8
       
Washington Post:  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao pushes to free air traffic control from "government shackles;"  Blunt says pilot training issue is holding up aviation bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill appears on MSNBC, talks Giuliani, trade, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Jay Ashcroft to join Missouri dairy farmers for field day, June Dairy Month celebration today
          Drebes:  Greitens' campaign committee might - potentially - have suffered high burn rate due to billables from Jeff Roe and Austin Chambers
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP, others claim 'right to work' will disproportionately harm black workers
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats hoping Tuesday's special election has lasting impact
          JCNT:  Justin Alferman's new job causing changes to ballots X
          Missourinet:  Roger Wilson says having a second-in-command soon is important
          JCNT:  Confide hearing scheduled for June 19 X
          CDT:  Committee members surprised by dropped Greitens subpoena X
          JCNT:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) speaks to Jeff City Chamber, recaps 2018 legislative highlights X
          The Missouri Times:  State roughly $4.2 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  MOSERS gets new executive director, Fitzpatrick joins board
          P-D:  Parson to announce school board picks next week X
          CDT:  University of Missouri to cut $45.4 million and eliminate 185 jobs on Columbia campus X
          KC Star:  MU eliminates 185 jobs, blames state legislators and enrollment drop X
          Missourinet:  For the third year in a row, Mizzou to slash its budget and jobs
          P-D:  Mizzou makes $45 million in cuts, including 185 jobs X
          SNL:  Pro-choice groups want Planned Parenthood to get more money;  Comments from seasoned feminist M'Evie Mead, Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee X
          SNL:  Missouri approves law to combat Anthem's controversial ER policy X
          KWMU:  Missouri's new coal pollution regulations designed to hold utilities accountable
          The Missouri Times:  New state law cuts and caps electric rates;  Ameren Missouri says customers should see benefits quickly
          KWMU:  Rape-kit rules intended to eliminate confusion, backlog for survivors
          KC Star editorial:  A pardon for Eric Greitens?  Gov. Parson, don't even think about it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Freight rail connections give Missouri an edge in global marketplace X
          Waters:  Missouri's racial-profiling histrionics:  Traffic-stop data doesn't prove a point one way or another X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian applauds Messenger column on dark money, says solution is to elect Democrats X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian castigates GOP legislators for "ambushing" Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Microsoft govt. affairs lead applauds Romine, Swan, Libla, Fitzwater, Bahr, Christofanelli, Rizzo, Wasson for STEM efforts X
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        Thursday, June 7
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill co-sponsors bipartisan legislation for disabling terrorist drones in flight
          KWMU:  Parson continues meetings with local and state officials
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host meet-and-greet on June 11
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Knodell accepts role as Parson's deputy chief of staff, pens letter to HRCC members
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House drops lawsuit against pro-Greitens groups
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee probing Greitens drops subpoenas, for now
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri vs. Illinois:  Legislators face off in first-ever softball matchup
          Washington Missourian:  Bills from local legislators signed, become law
          SNL:  Eric Greitens agreed prosecutors had enough evidence to build a case, settlement says X
          KWMU:  In deal to resign, Greitens admitted state had evidence in donor-list case
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney releases previously sealed portions of agreement with Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens acknowledged there was enough evidence for trial;  defense says admission 'means nothing' X
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli argues Greitens leaving office doesn't absolve him of alleged crime
          SNL:  Missouri Southern State University faces $1.1M state penalty for 15 percent tuition hike next year X
          Missourinet:  Ameren's efficiency plan backed by clean-energy supporters
          AP:  Missourians granted pardons include abuse victims
          Missourinet:  Convicted murderer's fate on hold after change of Missouri governors;  Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with butcher knife
          SE Missourian:  Report shows racial disparity of traffic stops in area, state;  Officers say they stop cars for violations, not race +
          KC Star editorial:  Help Wanted:  Missouri needs a new lieutenant governor X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's shift on lobbyist gifts is a step toward cleaning up the Capitol X
          SNL op-ed:  Aaron Hedlund:  Greitens did not illegally request foreign donations X
          Washington Missourian's Joe Barker:  Greitens leaves X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  The Greitens soap opera continues
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  MSU Board of Governors to consider removing Greitens from Public Affairs Hall of Fame X
          P-D op-ed:  Stephen Davis:  Office may be called 'light gov,' but it's still needed X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  A Democrat won a Trump district by 19 points. Missouri Republicans should panic. X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Easier tests cost Normandy students the right to transfer X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian surprised to find himself agreeing with Tony Messenger on dark money X
          SNL letter:  Area millennial says 'right to work' will make life tough on him X
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        Wednesday, June 6   D-Day
       
KWMU:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race kicks back into high gear
          Bloomberg TV:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt explans how Missouri tackled its underfunded pension system
          The Missouri Times:  SD17 special election:  Lauren Arthur (D) wins bellwether seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment seeks communications director
          The Missouri Times:  Parson announces Aaron Willard as new chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with mayors, announces new staff members:  Marylyn Luetkemeyer, Robert Knodell, Justin Alferman, Steele Shippy, Kelli Jones
          Missourinet:  Parson filling key positions;  Robert Knodell to be deputy chief of staff
          KWMU:  Parson meets with mayors, continues hiring staff
          Missourinet:  Parson indicates he'll get behind proposed gas tax increase in Missouri
          P-D:  Parson signals support for gas tax boost, names new staffers X
          CDT:  State education board sets meeting pending appointments X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley:  Undisputed Stipulation constitutes an open record under the Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Sealed conditions in agreement to drop charges against Greitens can be disclosed
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis County attorneys remain persistent in Confide lawsuit against former Gov. Eric Greitens
          JCNT:  Lawyer in Confide case seeks sanctions against state X
          The Missouri Times:  After years of legislative work, farmers can once again cultivate industrial hemp
          SNL:  Dead Missourians don't eat, but someone is spending their food stamps, auditor says X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway audit finds inadequate prevention, detection of SNAP abuse
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri wasting milions on incarcerated, out-of-state recipients
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  DSS fails to detect millions in questionable food stamp transactions
          AP:  Galloway criticizes food stamp fraud investigations
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Legislature passes bill from "Rep. John Weimann [sic]" to let Medicare cover chiropractic care
          KWMU:  Changing needs, strategies in foster care as number of children in Missouri's system increases
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri proposes bold long-term energy efficiency plan
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri proposes a six-year program to cut customers' energy costs
          Missourinet:  Transcript:  Bob Priddy's induction speech at Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame
          AP:  Death row inquiry on hold after Greitens resignation
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley plays politics with Trump pardon question X
          JCNT editorial:  End of Greitens administration shouldn't be end of Greitens investigations X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's views on LGBTQIA* issues are a cause for concern X
          KC Star editorial:  'Driving while black' in Missouri is becoming more perilous, traffic stop report shows X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Missouri takes a breather as Greitens moves on;  Analysis of johncombest.com headlines shows waves of media reaction +
          Waters:  Who knew what was to come of Eric Greitens? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Arthur's victory provides hope that GOP grasp on Jefferson City has weakened X
          Messenger:  After 18 years, no progress in Missouri for those "driving while black" X
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        Tuesday, June 5
       
KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Claire McCaskill
          KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Josh Hawley
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer evaluates possibility of Trump meeting with North Korean leader
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he intends to work with current Cabinet members, is considering options for lieutenant governor
          KWMU:  Parson may call special session;  not looking to dump Greitens' cabinet
          Missourinet:  Parson talks cabinet, will meet with KC Mayor Sly James today
          AP:  Parson praises Greitens' cabinet
          P-D:  Parson says he'll keep top agency heads hired by Greitens X
          Washington Missourian:  Justin Alferman will serve in Parson administration X
          The Missouri Times:  Alferman leaving House to join Parson's team as legislative director
          Missourinet:  Parson:  I don't like the state of Missouri being without a lieutenant governor
          Missourinet:  Does Missouri need a lieutenant governor ASAP?  Opinions vary.
          KRCG:  Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has high hopes for Mike Parson
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Conservatives Jim Lembke and Rob Schaaf, along with liberal Sean Nicholson, talk to Rosenbaum about "Clean Missouri" initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Marc Ellinger, Stephanie Bell branch out into their own practice
          KC Star:  "The Influencer Series" to offer political and policy thoughts ahead of elections;  Panel to feature ideas from Scott Charton, Bob Holden, John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller, Dan Mehan, Roy Temple, Jane Dueker, John Danforth's ghostwriters, others X
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 2.1 percent compared to last year
          The Missouri Times:  Sanctions sought in Confide lawsuit for 'unaffirmed answers' by Greitens' defense
          Missourinet:  Hearing set for Greitens' attorney to argue against turning over documents from A New Missouri
          P-D:  Should Greitens resignation agreement with St. Louis City prosecutor be released in full? Hawley asked to decide
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood seeks to block Arkansas abortion law that could affect Missouri
          Missourinet:  Galloway to announce results of probe into Missouri's delivery of food stamps
          KWMU:  Urban groups unhappy with Vehicle Stops Report;  St. Louis City police reported finding contraband more often when searching black drivers
          Missourinet:  NAACP, others complain about traffic stops
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is gone, but investigation into A New Missouri should continue X
          Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky:  Claire McCaskill struggles to explain why she wants a third term
          Priddy:  For posterity's sake, the investigation into Greitens must continue
          P-D letter:  Kirksville woman resents smugness of those celebrating Greitens' downfall X
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        Monday, June 4
       
The New York Times:  Senate Republicans are newly hopeful about the midterms - for good reason;  Greitens' resignation deprives Dems of divisive tool
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Farm Bureau VP Todd Hays talks NAFTA, MO DNR and Dept. of Ag regulations, more
          Missourinet:  Parson continues outreach this week;  Cabinet meeting set for today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins, Remole praise Parson
          Washington Missourian:  Lawmakers look forward to working with Parson, say Greitens' resignation was necessary X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron):  Despite "spin" from dramatic types, Greitens no factor in revenge-porn bill X
          Drebes:  Text of Morning Consult op-ed about SCR 43 and utilities' hedging
          KC Star editorial:  With Greitens gone, UMKC's plan for a downtown arts campus could be revived X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri educators must proceed cautiously with virtual learning X
          P-D letter:  Manchester conservative Richard Buckley displeased by Greitens and Gardner over resignation deal X
          SNL letter:  Local IBEW rep opposes 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, June 3
       
KCUR:  U.S. Senate showdown:  Steve Kraske talks with Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Gun-control march ambles through St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gun-control advocates congregate in North St. Louis City X
          Drebes:  What will become of Greitens' war chest?
          P-D:  Greitens' resignation will leave his dark-money mysteries forever unsolved X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Gov. Mike Parson X
          JCNT:  Legal experts disagree if new governor can appoint his successor as lieutenant governor X
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens' resignation result of plea deal;  Computer tampering charges dropped X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill vs. Hawley:  List of issues the candidates should be talking about X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Good luck to Gov. Mike Parson X
          P-D editorial:  Dark money giveth Eric Greitens, and taketh away X
          Horrigan:  Imagining how Eric Greitens learned his 'Republican' values X
          KC Star's Andy Marson:  GOP legislators wrong to oppose Dem proposal to study state's maternal mortality rate X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "ultra-liberal" wishes Parson success X
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian celebrates Greitens' departure, wants Trump gone too X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian dislikes Greitens and Trump, wants voters to pass 'Clean Missouri' initiative X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian says Greitens and family deserve privacy that has been given to accusers X
          SNL letter:  Springfield octogenarian says media deserves blame for forcing Greitens out, suggests paper rename itself to "Springfield Liberal Democrat" X
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        Saturday, June 2
       
The Missouri Times:  Veterans, guns and abortion framing Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 13:  Season finale
          CDT:  Parson pledges 'honor, integrity, transparency' in governor's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmer, sheriff, lawmaker, and now, governor:  Parson takes the reins
          KWMU:  Parson becomes governor with high expectations - and heavy challenges
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Parson's speech
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Q&A with Mike and Teresa Parson
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson pledges "to bring honor, integrity, transparency"
          P-D:  Parson pledges fresh start as he is sworn in as Missouri's new governor X
          KC Star:  Mike Parson takes oath as state's governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens issues pardons and commuted sentences hours before stepping down
          KWMU:  Greitens busy signing bills, issuing pardons in final hours of his tenure
          P-D:  Greitens pardons 5, commutes sentences of 4 more X
          Missourinet:  On last day, Greitens signs more than half the bills passed by the Legislature
          P-D:  List of bills Greitens signed X
          AP:  Greitens resigns in scandal, signs 'revenge porn' law
          AP:  Greitens enacts law against his alleged actions
          CDT:  Legal issues follow Greitens as he departs X
          The Missouri Times:  New information shows Greitens and 19 staffers used Confide app
          Missourinet:  Greitens ordered by judge to provide information concerning Confide app
          KC Star:  Fewer than 20 Greitens staffers used Confide app X
          P-D:  Judge delays decision on whether controversial Greitens nonprofit must turn over records X
          Missourinet:  Judge delays order calling for documents from Greitens' nonprofit to be turned over
          AP:  Parson replaces Greitens, but who replaces Parson?
          Drebes:  Impact of Greitens' resignation on Arthur vs. Corlew
          Missourinet:  Missouri voters to decide if gas-tax increase will be implemented for road upgrades
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Legislature approves tax cuts, pay raise and gas-tax ballot measure +
          Washington Missourian:  Productive session for local legislators as several bills sent to governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley issues 2017 Vehicle Stops Report
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri mess:  What if a Democratic lieutenant governor were succeeding Eric Greitens? X
          Phill Brooks:  Greitens failed to adjust to battlefield realities as governor
          Messenger:  An open letter to Missouri voters about Eric Greitens and dark money X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man glad Greitens is gone, says Kim Garnder still looks very bad X
          P-D letter:  Woman who ran in 7th Congressional District Dem primary criticizes Kim Gardner for focusing on Greitens instead of important urban priorities X
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        Friday, June 1
       
June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt sign letter to address rural broadband coverage
          USA Today:  Hawley's campaign wanted Greitens to 'go away';  How much will governor's exit help Senate bid?
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally, promotes march set for tomorrow
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  KCUR seeks reporter for Missouri government and politics
          SE Missourian:  GOP state auditor candidate David Wasinger calls for more transparency in state government +
          Missourinet:  Parson's office releases swearing-in ceremony details for today in Jefferson City
          JCNT:  Transition of power on tap today X
          KWMU:  Details announced for Parson's private swearing-in as governor
          P-D:  Low-key swearing-in ceremony planned for Missouri's new governor X
          P-D:  Parson has far different views from Greitens on controversial low-income tax credits X
          SNL:  As governor, Parson will reshape, restart state school board with six appointments X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan explains impact of Greitens' departure, expresses group's satisfaction with legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association 'thrilled' Parson to lead the state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens has yet to submit formal resignation letter to Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  Despite Greitens resigning, House says A New Missouri must still provide documents as ordered by court
          KC Star:  House says Greitens' campaign nonprofit must comply with judge's order and turn over records X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges lawmakers to pursue influence of dark money and special interests
          Missourinet:  Schaaf on Greitens:  "Dark money wins."
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) dissects Greitens' resignation speech:  "It sounds like he's admitting he's broken laws"
          AP:  Retrospective:  Greitens took a path less trod to win, lose office
          KWMU:  Gardner defends prosecution of Greitens, says it's cost $65,000 so far
          P-D:  Prosecution of Greitens may cost St. Louis about $100,000, Gardner says X
          Missourinet:  Greitens could still face legal trouble even though he's leaving
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue says they're on pace to issue all tax returns more quickly than last year
          KWMU:  Federal education report aims to compare state standards;  meanwhile, the tests keep changing
          AP:  Lawsuit details alleged atrocities endured by disabled man at private care facility;  Missouri Dept. of Mental Health named as defendant
          Washington Missourian:  Bi-State Development Agency bill sent to governor's desk
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Water priority for commodity groups sees legislative action
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 30, 2018
          SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens did the right thing;  Time for Missouri to move on +
          CDT editorial:  Probe into allegations against Greitens should continue X
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City prosecutor made a secret, no-good deal with Greitens X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' undoing caused by his own actions X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens complained of 'forces' in his resignation. We should thank them. X
          KC Star editorial:  These people deserve the credit for ousting Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Nearly 5,000 untested rape kits signals ongoing injustice to Missouri victims X
          Kraske:  Missouri voters deserve some blame for electing too-good-to-be-true Eric Greitens X
          Messenger:  The ultimate outsider turns over reins of Missouri government to a man with a record X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff:  Office of lieutenant governor deserves some respect X
          P-D op-ed:  Former assistant AG Elliott Usher:  Hawley can show us why Greitens resigned - it's his duty X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood sexagenarian nonplussed by McCaskill's husband's investments X
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian dislikes Greitens' propensity to shift blame for his predicaments X
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        Thursday, May 31
       
Rosenbaum:  Once full of promise, Greitens becomes tarnished footnote of scandal and missed opportunity
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Greitens gone, the spin cycle now turns back to Missouri's nationally-watched Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Hawley for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Hawley gets pro-life endorsement in U.S. Senate race X
          KWMU:  Missouri candidates and politicians prepare for post-Greitens world
          Terry Ganey:  Greitens runs for cover, still dodging questions
          KWMU:  Deal with St. Louis City prosecutors led to Greitens' resignation
          P-D:  Governor's attorneys approached St. Louis prosecutor with deal:  He'll resign, you drop charges X
          AP:  Greitens' resignation part of deal with prosecutors
          SNL:  Greitens' resignation was the cost for dismissing charge X
          Missourinet:  Gardner dismisses felony computer tampering charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Gardner takes offer from Greitens lawyers to drop felony charge for governor's resignation
          Messenger:  On day after Greitens resigns, attorney goes after his phones in Confide lawsuit
          SNL:  Man-on-the-street interviews about Greitens' resignation X
          CDT:  Legislative leaders regroup after Greitens' resignation X
          KWMU:  House, Senate leaders sign off on bills while helping Parson transition to governor
          Missourinet:  House and Senate leaders invite Parson to address joint session of Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Special session 'no longer needs to proceed' following resignation of Greitens
          AP:  Blunt:  Parson 'very prepared' for governor role
          CDT:  McCaskill promotes her work on veterans issues at Columbia stop X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill stays mum on resignation, looks forward to Parson
          SNL:  Parson to reshape Missouri Board of Education X
          KWMU:  Parson expected to soothe relationship with state educators
          Missourinet:  Branson mayor says Parson will be more supportive of tourism than was Greitens
          AP:  Profile:  Governor-in-waiting Mike Parson
          The Missouri Times:  10 years in the making:  How Missouri solidified its role as a red state
          The Missouri Times:  Jacob Turk seeks to fill Republican ballot slot for Emanuel Cleaver's re-election, again
          The Missouri Times:  SD 17 special election:  Less than a week to go
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses case against Schaaf
          P-D:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally;  Attendees include Democratic Committeeman Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, handgun owner Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), others X
          P-D:  Alice Liu is one of 41 national Spelling Bee finalists;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sophia Nguyen on to final round of national bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Greitens' resignation is about dark money X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City Aldeman Antonio French:  Black and 'progressive' agendas don't always align;  On white aldermen, 'Bernie Bros' and other impediments to progress X
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        Wednesday, May 30
       
KWMU:  Greitens resigns as governor of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Video:  Greitens' resignation announcement
          SNL:  Full text:  What Greitens said at press conference X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens resignation effective Friday, June 1
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens resigning June 1 X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Greitens' resignation X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Lt. Gov. Mike Parson X
          SNL:  Why Greitens is resigning:  An overview of major issues X
          SNL:  Timeline:  Greitens' path to resigning X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers welcome Greitens' resignation, call it a sad day for Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Kehoe react to Greitens resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) surprised Greitens resigned, expresses confidence in Parson
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins and Remole react to governor's resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) surprised with resignation, says investigation must continue
          SNL:  What politicians said about the resignation of Eric Greitens X
          AP:  Greitens resigns amid widening investigations
          KC Star:  Greitens resigns, ending political career once aimed at presidency X
          SNL:  The next Missouri governor, Mike Parson, hailed as 'good man' by both sides of the aisle X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Thoughts from Schaaf, former Rep. Mike Talboy (D), others X
          P-D:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Comments from Matt Blunt X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens team must comply with House subpoenas, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge rules Greitens committees must turn over subpoenaed documents
          Missourinet:  Hafner indicates violations of campaign finance laws occurred
          Missourinet:  Hostility in committee hearings on Greitens reaches fever pitch
          P-D:  Greitens resigns;  'resolution' reached in St. Louis X
          KC Star:  St. Louis reaches 'resolution' with Greitens, but Baker's investigation continues X
          Drebes:  Dem PAC attempts to tie Hawley with Greitens
          Missourinet:  Emanuel Cleaver takes to MSNBC to complain about Roseanne Barr tweet
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens presents City of Malden with proclamation after tornado recovery +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves, Hartzler should side with illegal aliens over Trump X
          P-D editorial:  In Greitens' aftermath, a few things become perfectly clear. X
          P-D editorial:  With governor's resignation, a long-awaited end to the Eric Greitens myth X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens resigns at last but feels sorry only for himself X
          Messenger:  Greitens goes out the way he came in, haunted by the specter of dark money X
          Helling:  Greitens' resignation a relief for beleaguered Republicans X
          Priddy:  Governor's collateral damage:  1,589 words on Greitens' trademark arrogance, memories of old-timey administrations, more
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens was too good to be true X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wishes neighbors would stop obsessing about Greitens and start addressing street savagery X
          SNL letter:  Group of McCaskill campaign volunteers says she delivers for military veterans X
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        Tuesday, May 29
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill survey:  Missouri VA hospitals continue to improve for America's war heroes
          KC Star:  Cleaver speaks at Memorial Day event X
          Missourinet:  Parson praises mid-Missouri emergency communications center
          P-D:  Gas tax hike could pump up construction across Missouri X
          Drebes:  Who won the session?  Readers weigh in.
          AP:  Lawmakers give Greitens a few wins in spite of investigation
          KWMU:  Budget Committee may make restarting low-income housing tax credit harder
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate's special session leaves state school board in continued limbo
          P-D:  Under new Missouri plan, public schools pay for private virtual schools X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mun Choi on challenges and opportunities for UM System
          KWMU:  For Missouri heart attack patients, the nearest hospital isn't always the best;  State's Time-Critical Diagnosis System achieves implementation
          AP:  Rural Missouri cemeteries face financial challenges;  Bill from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) gives cemetery trustees opportunity to earn higher rates of return
          KC Star endorsement:  Lauren Arthur (D) for state Senate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' attorneys are crossing the line X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri falls behind as employers complain of a skills gap schools aren't filling X
          KC Star editorial:  Life vests could have made a difference in fatal Lake of the Ozarks boat crash, and there ought to be a law X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to criticism of Billy Long X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian thinks recent publicity could boost Greitens' presidential aspirations X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman wants legislators to address full problem of surprise billing X
          Disclosure



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        Monday, May 28   Memorial Day
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill:  Senate farm bill mark-up in June
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Greitens scandal looms large in Missouri's U.S. Senate race - and it doesn't show signs of going away
          SNL:  Four big issues coming to Missouri ballots - and the big money being spent to win votes X
          P-D:  Man hopes to change lives with St. Louis syringe exchanges that cut risk of disease outbreak;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks Safe Syringe Access bill X
          KC Star:  Here's the beef:  Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow;  Powell Gardens fears the stink X
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri among worst states to be a police officer, has several of the most dangerous cities
          Messenger:  Hanaway, now on Team Greitens, has advice:  Stay away from the FBI X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian unhappy with Greitens' attorneys X
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        Sunday, May 27
       
KWMU:  List of local Memorial Day parades, speakers
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri military air show prepares for takeoff
          Drebes:  NRA upping Missouri presence ahead of midterms
          KC Star:  Republicans fear Greitens will 'burn it all down' ahead of midterms;  Comments from top GOP minds John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller X