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Archive - December 2018



    

        December 31, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  We asked questions at the beginning of the year about Missouri politics - Here are the answers
          AP:  Consumers hit with higher prices as minimum wage increases in several states
          KWMU:  Missouri business owners still divided over minimum wage hike, which takes effect Jan. 1
          CDT:  'Major oversight' on tax withholding tables means many taxpayers may owe state, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says X
          P-D:  State workers in Missouri will see paychecks rise next month X
          Missourinet:  Small, rural Missouri districts driving increase in four-day school weeks
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) offers advice for rookie lawmakers
          KC Star:  Clay County officials says state's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program creates a burden on staff X
          KC Star editorial:  New Year's Resolutions for Missouri Republicans:  Hawley should apologize for criticizing Star's pre-election hit pieces;  Parson should prioritize LGBTQIA* issues;  GOP legislators should acquiesce to Clean Missouri;  Other fantasies X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  <X things> journomeme:  Five (5!) key questions for the St. Louis economy in 2019:  State legislators should focus on road funding, education, and building the economy X
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        December 30, 2018
       
CNN:  Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Smith (D-N.Y.) fires back at McCaskill, calls comments "pretty disappointing"
          CDT:  Trump's visit to Columbia cost city less than $40k;  Three-quarters of funds went to local law enforcement officers X
          SNL:  How EPA's proposed mercury rule changes will affect City Utilities X
          JCNT:  Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Buckner) wants to give seniors a property tax break X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) looks forward to budget work
          JCNT:  Crisis in Missouri's prisons 'downplayed;'  Vacancies, violence against staff greater than portrayed, former warden says X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) aims to help keep guns away from domestic abusers;  Comments from outgoing Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson)
          JCNT:  MoDOT's Jason Shafer repairs the roads, then enjoys them X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Tread lightly when changing Missouri's petition process X
          P-D editorial:  Updated editorial board member profiles:  Ray Farris (Caucasoid male, 62);  Tod Robberson (Caucasoid male, 62); Kevin McDermott (Caucasoid male, 53);  Gilbert Bailon (Hispanic male, 59);  Family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan ("Muslim mom in the Midwest," 44) handed "adjunct member" title X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Thank you for the privilege of being your attorney general X
          CDT's Keller:  Gov. Parson's transparency on Amendment 1 cleanup just one example of his superiority to Eric Greitens X
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        December 29, 2018
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith sees no quick end to partial government shutdown +
          CDT:  Truman VA hospital accused of negligence in veteran's death X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 stories of 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker talks with Scott Faughn about disagreement with far-left feminists regarding pro-life Democratic candidates;  Democratic gov candidate Scott Sifton and also-ran opponents;  rebuilding the party in oustate Missouri;  much more
          The Missouri Times:  Proposed initiative petitions include 'right to work,' Medicaid expansion, protecting Missouri from illegal aliens, more
          JCNT:  Ashcroft:  27 petitions filed since Nov. 6 election X
          P-D:  Lawmakers could vote to raise the bar for initiative petitions X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Capitol City Research's Willis Jones
          P-D:  State spares Wash U. and The Mission Continues from legal action related to misuse of resources X
          KC Star:  Attorney general's office drops further investigations into The Mission Continues X
          The Missouri Times:  State projects increase in general revenue collection for FY 2020
          AP:  Parson, legislative budget leaders predict 2 percent revenue hike
          KCUR:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) wants to cap 'out of control' local taxes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim Education Director Dr. Roger Dorson praises rehiring of Margie Vandeven
          KC Star:  University of Missouri Title IX official:  Male asking out a smaller female can be considered harassment X
          JCNT editorial:  State's child abuse hotline needs to do better X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 opinion pieces of 2018
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury sexagenarian angry at Parson, Schatz over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        December 28, 2018
       
KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith holds public forum in Poplar Bluff on government shutdown;  Comments from Mitch Davis, others
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer discusses Pelosi's approach and left-wing impeachment push
          AP:  Schmitt taps former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristian Stevens to lead criminal litigation
          SE Missourian:  Outgoing Scott County commissioner - a lifelong Democrat - to switch parties, run for Holly Rehder's state rep seat in 2020 +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After minimum wage hike, businesses look for ways to adapt to higher labor costs
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) would free senior citizens of property taxes
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks court order to resume abortions in Columbia X
          Missourinet:  Audit suggests ways for Missouri to fight prescription drug fraud and abuse
          JCNT:  Galloway:  Prescription drug oversight could halt abuse X
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) would protect restaurants from plastic straw bans X
          Missourinet:  Extra state troopers on the road during this New Year's weekend
          KC Star editorial:  Why wouldn't Missouri accept donation for 144-mile hike and bike trail? X
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        December 27, 2018
       
The Hill:  McCaskill on liberal poster girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y):  "I'm a little confused why she's the thing"
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown X
          Columbia Missourian:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown
          AP:  Missourians want action over too-high Illinois river levee
          P-D:  Pro-Parson "Uniting Missouri PAC" attracts contributions from conservative donors, business PACs;  Comments from spokesman John Hancock X
          Columbia Missourian:  Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect January 1
          P-D:  Republicans seek to require some Medicaid recipients to work - or put forth some effort to find work - while enjoying benefits X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would let drivers turn left on red light in certain road configurations
          Missourinet:  Proposed St. Mary's Hospital sales in Jefferson City and Mexico could go before Legislature
          JCNT:  Audit:  Low staffing creates delays at abuse hotline X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Highway Patrol emphasizes gun safety
          P-D editorial:  2018 in review:  Greitens, McCaskill-Hawley, tariffs dominate political news - and people should care more about Confide X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State should begin realizing sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Despite Trump's photo ops, government shutdown is hurting Missourians
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis City sexagenarian eager for Clean Missouri to get more Democrats elected X
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis County septuagenarian hopes Clean Missouri goes uncontested X
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        December 26, 2018
       
Missourinet:  Missouri delegation's support for border wall splits down partisan lines
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podast:  Senate President Pro Tem-elect Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks GOP unity, PDMP, low income housing tax credits, cleaning up Amendment 1, more
          Missourinet:  Clean Missouri regulations force cancellation of annual "Taste of Jefferson City" event
          KC Star:  Advocacy group wants Missouri to spend more money on anti-smoking programs X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Some of the top stories of 2018:  Trump visit, Swan speaking out against Greitens, Parsons stumping for gas tax, local state legislative elections, more +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County liberal wants Parson to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman wants more sex education in Missouri schools X
          P-D letter:  Washington University student Reede Goldberg says Missouri drug laws are racist X
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        December 25, 2018   Merry Christmas!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Farmers' priorities secured in new farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne
          CNN:  McCaskill warns Dems about 'cheap' rhetoric, says GOP senators privately believe Trump is 'nuts'
          Joplin Globe:  Neosho Mayor Ben Baker officially resigns city duties in preparation for state rep job
          Missourinet:  Missouri State to ask Legislature for major spike in funding
          Joplin Globe:  Attorney for veteran Missouri blogger Randy Turner expects judgment to be set aside;  Case alleges wrongful termination by Joplin School District
          Priddy:  On Gov. Parson's office Christmas decorations, and documentation of Legislature working on Christmas Day in the 1800s (1,222 words)
          Joplin Globe letters:  Leslie Holloway says not everyone wants the Rock Island Trail;  Joplin septuagenarian urges caution on Equal Rights Amendment
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        December 24, 2018   Christmas Eve
       
The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Clay calls criminal justice bill "historic bipartisan legislation"
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood addresses regional needs with new hospital and air service
          CDT:  Columbia refugee numbers grow as state shows decline X
          AP:  Parson wants repeal of Democrat-boosting redistricting measure
          KWMU:  Schmitt mulls changes to attorney general's racial-profiling traffic stop report;  Adding zip codes of stopped drivers would help police departments provide context
          P-D:  Missouri officials have yet to decide on new cross-state hiking, biking trail X
          AP:  Public wants elk hunts open to all Missouri residents, Dept. of Conservation biologist says
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State legislators should support an online sales tax
          Messenger:  Efforts by Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) on probation companies, police departments shows common ground is possible in 2019 X
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        December 23, 2018
       
P-D's Raasch:  The big question in 2019 Missouri politics:  What kind of senator will Josh Hawley be? X
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by government shutdown X
          P-D:  Arch, Old Courthouse access affected by government shutdown X
          KWMU:  With Trump's signature, law allows Delta Queen steamboat to again travel the Mississippi
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's political use of staff was definitely hypocritical - and potentially illegal X
          P-D editorial:  Clergy abuse probe should be top priority for Eric Schmitt X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Irl Scissors:  Modern energy policy is delivering results in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian offers fond farewell for Jim Spainhower X
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        December 22, 2018
       
KWMU:  Local effects of the government shutdown are minimal
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Ann Wagner gets two bills passed;  Claire McCaskill casts her final vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office responds, again, to liberal group's allegation that Hawley misused public funds
          AP:  Hawley releases records involving his office staff's work
          KC Star:  Hawley releases 85 pages of records in responds to liberal group's allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 19, 2018
          Joplin Globe:  Cody Smith named Missouri House Budget chief X
          AP:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) chosen as next budget chairman
          P-D:  Missouri heading into budget talks with fresh faces at the helm X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Support local feminists' push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment X
          KC Star editorial:  A movie list for Missouri pols:  McCaskill should watch "anything with her look-alike" sexagenarian Miranda Richardson;  Courageous Democratic hero Nicole Galloway should watch inspirational film "Rocky";  more X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Solid leaders Sam Graves, Dan Hegeman, and Northwest Missouri alum Elijah Haahr will bring home the bacon for northwest Missouri
          KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  'Clean Missouri' will slow the revolving door that turns lawmakers into lobbyists X
          CDT op-ed:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle:  State legislators should spend time focusing on paid family and medical leave X
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        December 21, 2018
       
NY Times podcast:  McCaskill's parting shots:  Young, ungrateful Missouri feminists screeching about pro-choice agenda should, "Shut up! You know, really. This is hard." (8:00)
          P-D:  In closing days as Missouri's senior senator, McCaskill trolls Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake on Twitter X
          JCNT:  Missouri ag experts, officials laud farm bill X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, one of a dozen Republicans who met with Trump, says House GOP steadfast on border-wall funding X
          KWMU:  EPA approves $48 million loan to help prevent sewer overflows in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr discusses Fitzpatrick appointment and Budget Committee chair slot
          The Missouri Times:  20 (or more) questions with Lowell Pearson:  On his upbringing, working for Matt Blunt, proposing to Jane Drummond, and "Hit 'Em With the Hein"
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Leslie Korte, chief of staff to House Floor Leader Rob Vescovo
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Janson Thomas, chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh
          The Missouri Times:  Behind the Lawmaker series:  Mark Schupp, husband of Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur)
          Columbia Missourian:  No consensus among lawmakers on how to pay for state's transportation needs
          The Missouri Times:  Three names submitted to Parson for Van Amburg judicial vacancy
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 19, 2018
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Poor staffing of Missouri's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline puts children at greater risk
          Washington Missourian:  Grace's Place gets state tax credits X
          KC Star editorial:  Despite Fitzpatrick's qualifications, Parson should not have appointed a white male to state treasurer post X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge turns 15, becomes city's iconic image +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Only solution to Franklin County traffic congestion is cost-sharing with the state X
          Kraske:  Politicians say the darndest things - a look at Missouri's notable quotables from 2018 X
          Messenger:  Defendants getting some help in battles against Missouri debtors' prisons X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says southwest Missouri deer poachers should have gotten stiffer sentences X
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        December 20, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley named to key U.S. Senate committees, including judiciary
          Missourinet:  Hawley to join high-profile Judiciary Committee
          MSNBC:  McCaskill gives "last live interview" to Rachel Maddow, criticizes Trump and far-left wing
          Missourinet:  Missouri liberals oppose judge's Obamacare ruling
          KWMU:  Parson picks state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) to be Missouri's next state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Missouri House's top budget leader appointed as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Fitzpatrick has more "knowledge of the state budget than any other elected official"
          AP:  Parson appoints Fitzpatrick as new state treasurer
          P-D:  Parson picks House budget chief to be next Missouri treasurer X
          AP:  Not-for-profit with ties to Greitens campaign raised $6 million in 2017
          P-D:  Greitens nonprofit raised $6 million, spent big on Greitens allies, new records show X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment hits record low
          Missourinet:  Missouri unemployment rate is lowest on record
          The Missouri Times:  Lyndall Fraker to lead medical marijuana unit within DHSS
          AP:  Parson creates committee to promote 2020 census
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri handled federal early childhood funds poorly - in 2016
          P-D:  DHSS tests are positive for Legionnaires' disease at west county Marriott X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee gains 6 new members
          Missourinet:  Missouri regulators consider wind energy project after high court order
          SE Missourian:  Electrical co-ops, DRA will help bring fiber broadband Internet to rural areas +
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is on track with making LGBTQIA* a protected class in Missouri. Now he should stop hedging and lead X
          Priddy:  Remembering Jim Spainhower (1,423 words)
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans unwilling to listen to the voices of voters
          P-D letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Maximilianah Zales":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Missouri entrepreneurs X
          Chicago Tribune letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Geraldine Aglipay":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Illinois entrepreneurs
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        December 19, 2018
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Democrats could avoid government shutdown by embracing compromise
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley, academics weigh in on scrapping Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff nail company awaits tariff certainty
          AP:  Parson wants law for online sales tax collections
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana:  The path from voter approval to a functioning industry
          Washington Missourian:  Despite rise of fentanyl, meth still the top killer drug in Franklin County
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden bill would reduce jail costs;  Area man claims to be too poor to pay bills, drinks premium beer during day
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson, House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) weigh in on proposal to expand protected classes in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt, Hawley disingenuous on Obamacare X
          P-D editorial:  Jay Ashcroft bolsters his credibility with bipartisan probe of Hawley's campaign X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Poaching is a serious offense, and should be treated as such X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph sexagenarian conservative says McCaskill's farewell speech should have included Kavanaugh debacle
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian expresses anger at Missouri voters and Josh Hawley over Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Repealing earnings tax is an issue of fairness, equality X
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        December 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  As she wraps up life as senator, McCaskill forecasts deadlock over health care, border wall
          SNL:  HUD report:  Homelessness in Missouri down in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Charter expansion and voucher issues returning to session;  Thoughts from Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-O'Fallon) to consolidate small municipal police departments earns bipartisan support X
          AP:  Missouri to give away historic bridge for free, with catch
          P-D editorial:  Now that Republicans have put Obamacare on its deathbed, what's Hawley's plan? X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Grant for regional port is good news for economy +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph):  The future of the Republican party in Missouri is promising
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian says Gov. Parson should pardon woman who murdered her husband X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
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        December 17, 2018
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Blunt weighs in on impact of Obamacare decision
          SNL:  How Trump's rollback of Waters of the U.S. rule will affect the Ozarks:  Comments from Blunt, Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl, Sierra Club's John Hickey, others X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of former state Sen. Jeff Smith, GOP consultant extraordinaire Scott Dieckhaus, veteran Democratic commentator Jane Dueker and spokesvixen Brittany Robbins talk Hawley investigation, Missouri Democratic Party's challenges, Scott Sifton as Democratic gov frontrunner, more
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson talks to Jason Rosenbaum about agenda:  Early childhood education, transportation, Medicaid restructuring, state treasurer appointment, more
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Reps from Ameren, KCP&L and Spire talk economic development
          Missourinet:  Public comment period open on state fine arts standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Wisper ISP Inc. wins FCC contract to build broadband across rural Missouri
          P-D:  EPA remediating Missouri properties where lead was found X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Changing times lead to changes in news delivery;  Recent blizzard encouraged some area olds to embrace digital edition
          KC Star editorial:  Bill Eigel - "from little Weldon Spring" - is doing Rex Sinquefield's bidding and should mind his own business X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission's policies benefit consumers
          P-D letter:  State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) applauds Ann Wagner X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man blames Travis Brown for Bill Eigel's earnings-tax legislation X
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        December 16, 2018
       
Joplin Globe:  Voters analyze last month's state and federal election results:  Newspaper reporters visit coffeeshop to interview senior citizens, coeds, etc. X
          Joplin Globe:  Area feminists want state legislators to ratify Equal Rights Amendment;  Gals' gabfest set for Jan. 17 X
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Limbaugh III performs at White House holiday party +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Task Force 1 plans to use rescue dogs in 2019 thanks to a donation
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayers to fund "conviction integrity unit" by St. Louis City Prosecutor Kim Gardner and Midwest Innocence Project
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill's exit further shrinks America's political middle ground X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  U.S. senators should heed McCaskill's parting shots X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri coalition aims to curtail robocalls X
          Joplin Globe editiorial:  Missouri voters have spoken on state parks, now leaders must act X
          Waters:  Reflections on Claire McCaskill's career X
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Surplus sustains state as revenue declines X
          Horrigan:  Probe-o-rama:  Airing of grievances at Missouri GOP electeds:  Parson, Hawley, Ashcroft, Schmitt X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Allison Kite:  Kansas City counts on earnings tax to fund key services, so GOP keeps trying to kill it X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Local woman touts upcoming benefits of Missouri's medical marijuana law
          P-D letter:  Local abortion doctor applauds Stacey Newman's anti-GOP op-ed X
          P-D letter:  Warson Woods man says Stacey Newman distorts pro-lifers' positions X
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        December 15, 2018
       
KWMU:  Galloway to oversee much of the probe into liberal group's complaint about Hawley
          P-D:  Galloway to give 'heightened scrutiny' to left-wing group's allegations against Hawley X
          AP:  Galloway agrees to participate in Hawley investigation
          Missourinet:  Galloway to help Ashcroft with Hawley probe
          KC Star:  Galloway agrees to investigate AG's office with 'heightened scrutiny' X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petition filed aims to revise ethics amendment
          KWMU:  Monday preview:  Gov. Mike Parson to talk with Jason Rosenbaum about workforce development, 'right to work,' health care, Greitens, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 10, 2018
          Missourinet:  Outgoing Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wants successor to know importance of job
          Washington Missourian:  Aging vehicle fleet strains MoDOT budget;  Agency says it needs $10 million boost in FY20 X
          Washington Missourian:  Historic Washington Foundation still has state tax credits to sell X
          P-D:  Feds shoot feral hogs from chopper in southeast Missouri;  Comments from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon), Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation nabs poachers;  Judge orders offenders to watch Bambi once a month while in jail X
          KWMU:  Missouri DHSS investigating Maryland Heights hotel after 2 guests diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease
          SE Missourian:  Attorney general's office successfully prosecutes former Perry County coroner a second time +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP should butt out and stop playing politics with Hawley investigation X
          Phill Brooks:  How partisan will the upcoming legislative session be? Parson could play a major factor. X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former University of Missouri Chancellor and CEO Brady Deaton:  Universities deserve more taxpayer dollars X
          Messenger:  Latest debtors' prison lawsuit straddles Missouri's urban-rural divide X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Sen. Roy Blunt congratulates newspaper staff on journalism awards X
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        December 14, 2018
       
KWMU:  McCaskill slaps Senate in farewell speech:  "We have too many embarrassing uncles in the United States Senate"
          Fox News:  McCaskill blasts 'too many embarrassing uncles' in Senate in final floor speech
          P-D:  McCaskill farewell speech features tears, swipes at Senate colleagues and Trump X
          AP:  McCaskill lectures Senate in farewell
          Missourinet:  McCaskill delivers harsh criticism on Senate floor, mocks Americans for "elect(ing) a reality TV star president"
          KWMU:  St. Louis City transfers land to federal government for new 'transformative' NGA facility
          P-D:  St. Louis City officials hand off NGA land to federal government X
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry permits to be honored at Missouri Capitol;  Service dogs to be allowed as well
          CDT:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna paints grim picture without more funds X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna:  Rehabbing mid-Missouri bridge will cause three- to eight-hour backups on I-70
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to try again on school bus bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver rightly in no rush to impeach Trump X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  New clean water rule gives farmers and ranchers clear guidelines
          KC Star op-ed:  Gov. Parson should pardon woman who shot and killed her husband while he slept X
          P-D letter:  Area deacon responds to Stacey Newman op-ed, says no medical consultation is needed to save a human life X
          P-D letter:  Oakland, Mo. man says Stacey Newman personifies why Democrats have become the minority in Missouri X
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        December 13, 2018
       
P-D:  McCaskill:  I'll never run again, but I'll stay involved in politics X
          AP:  Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP wants lawyer investigating Hawley to step aside
          KC Star:  Attorney's donations to Democrats spur calls for recusal X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's House delegation supports farm bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Roy Blunt is right on military pay increases
          Missourinet:  Jack Danforth, 82, takes to MSNBC to complain about Trump, reminisce on how much better things used to be back in his day
          AP:  Missouri infrastructure projects get $90 million in federal grants
          SE Missourian:  Cape's Emerson Bridge turns 15;  traffic lighter now than old span;  major repairs slated for 2019 +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA rep talks Missouri gas tax proposal's 'bait and switch' language, previews 2019 highway funding debate
          The Missouri Times:  Former State Treasurer James Spainhower passes away at 90;  Comments from Gov. Bob Holden
          Joplin Globe:  Rep.-elect Ben Baker (R-Neosho) to resign mayoral post in January X
          KWMU:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment drops as deadline looms
          KC Star:  Obamacare enrollment down in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Leave the earnings tax alone unless legislators have a better funding source X
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        December 12, 2018
       
The New Yorker:  Exit interview:  Claire McCaskill on Josh Hawley, Trump, Senate Republicans, more
          Politico:  Ann Wagner, other female GOP leaders talk about diversifying the Republican party
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Sierra Club disagree over rollback of Obama's 'Waters of the U.S." rules
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond aims to help students get international experience
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton making moves to become the Democratic frontrunner for governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservative attorney Jennifer Bukowsky hopes personal studio will help broadcast personal message
          JCNT:  State employee charity donations exceed $1 million for 15th year X
          P-D:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wants to phase out earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) to bring back bill to ban texting while driving
          P-D:  Tax Foundation report says Missouri has country's ninth-highest tax on cell phones X
          KC Star editorial:  Roy Blunt has received $19,250 from Saudi lobbyists. Did they get their money's worth? X
          The Missouri Times editorial:  There is no good reason Jean Peters Baker should resign as prosecutor
          JCNT editorial:  Tackling prison overcrowding through drug courts is a worthwhile goal X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  On Ann Wagner and GOP's female congressional candidates X
          Jensen:  Respect the people's vote on 'right to work' +
          Helling:  Missouri should not pay for elected officials' public pensions X
          Messenger:  Missouri appeals court blasts hole in debtors' prison scheme X
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        December 11, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate victory highlights the power of voters versus money
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office calls left-wing group's allegations "frivolous act of political harassment"
          AP:  Ashcroft asks Galloway to check into liberal group's complaints about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft invites Galloway to participate in Hawley probe X
          KC Star:  In KC, deportation can take up to 580 days. That's good and bad for illegal aliens. X
          KC Star:  Veteran died after confrontation at Kansas City VA hospital;  McCaskill and Blunt demand answers X
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Smith announce $20 million federal grant for Southeast Regional Port Authority
          P-D:  Missouri still scrutinizing White House official Nick Ayers' tortured ties to state X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) talk energy infrastructure, transportation funding, initiative petition system changes, more
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) opposes new 'right to work' efforts
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposals would lessen HIV-related penalties, protect needle-exchange programs;  Comments from Holly Rehder, McCreery's Emily O'Laughlin
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisons roll out tablets for inmates to use
          KC Star:  Missouri Clean Water group rejects cattle feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens X
          KC Star editorial:  It shouldn't be a big deal that Jay Ashcroft is investigating Josh Hawley, but it is X
          P-D editorial:  Justice is distorted when courts turn into profit-generating centers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Olympus Political Consulting's Jake Silverman:  Clean Missouri is illegal and immoral
          Washington Post op-ed:  Brookings Institution's Elaine Kamarck:  Watchful eyes are on Missouri's novel approach to redistricting X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  In Missouri, term limits are here to stay
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  GOP's anti-abortion zealots double down with extreme abortion bills X
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        December 10, 2018
       
P-D:  Delegation adapts to Dem House takeover:  Wagner talks Trump, suburban caucus;  Clay says Republicans "have to rely on Cleaver and Lacy ... to actually deliver for Missouri" X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Dave Schatz on role as Senate majority floor leader, tort overhaul, attributes of Caleb Rowden, PQ forecasting, more;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jeff Roorda, Jim Gwinner, UFCW's David Cook on PDMP, St. Louis City's rampant crime, 'right to work,' Parson's appointments, more
          Missourinet:  Parson wants Missouri to be a national leader in preventing Medicaid fraud
          JCNT:  Anne Precythe:  Fixing Missouri Department of Corrections is 'going to take time' X
          Messenger:  By quitting early, several Missouri lawmakers show the need for Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural Missouri's 2019 policy wish list:  Initiative petition system overhaul, rural broadband, more
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        December 9, 2018
       
KC Star:  KC gets $25 million in federal funds for Buck O'Neil Bridge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson:  'We can do better' on drugs, infrastructure
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Budget work to begin early in session;  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) on raising pay of Corrections employees
          CDT:  Prosecuting attorneys differ on enforcement of new Missouri medical marijuana law X
          KWMU:  Missouri schools preparing for students taking online classes
          JCNT:  Department of Corrections looks to reduce prison populations, recidivism X
          Daily American Republic:  Missouri Department of Conservation forming plan for future elk hunting +
          Joplin Globe:  Capitol murals, including those by Thomas Hart Benton, focus of conservation efforts X
          JCNT:  Construction won't hinder Capitol Christmas caroling X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard to fathom why Missouri is so late on PDMP X
          JCNT editorial:  Citizens should pay attention to pre-filed bills X
          P-D editorial:  Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. X
          KC Star op-ed:  KC labor and employment lawyer Lauren Sobaski:  Q&A about medical marijuana and employment law:  Smoking at work, workers showing up high, drug testing, more X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Republicans around the country - like conservative Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) - are kneecapping democracy X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  Republicans should waste no more time on 'right to work' X
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        December 8, 2018
       
KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  Between Twitter rants, Trump turns to familiar issues in KC:  immigration and the wall X
          WhiteHouse.gov:  Remarks by President Trump at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference
          Missourinet:  Audio:  President Donald Trump's comments to hundreds of law enforcement officers at national conference in Kansas City
          AP:  In KC, Trump calls illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community"
          SE Missourian:  Health insurance open enrollment ends Dec. 15;  Comments from Cover Missouri's Nancy Kelley +
          The Missouri Times:  Faced with a purported "Blue Wave," how Mike Parson helped the GOP turn the political tide by November
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  PACs and campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis files four pro-union initiative petitions for 2020
          P-D:  Former Civic Progress boss Tom Irwin joins Centene X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  December 3, 2018
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon on how Best in Midwest and Talent for Tomorrow initiatives are reversing state's negative trends
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schmitt, Richardson look at ways to deal with Medicaid fraud
          The Missouri Times:  Parson urges innovative solutions to improving criminal justice system
          Joplin Globe:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would create Sunshine Law exceptions X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 7, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Trump got city name, other facts wrong in KC speech X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Respect voters' will on highway tax
          Messenger:  St. Charles County points the way as lawmakers seek to end debtors prisons in Missouri X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Self-erasing messages at top of Missouri government are just the tip of the iceberg X
          P-D letter:  Area coed studying social work thinks Missouri should expand Medicaid X
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        December 7, 2018   Pearl Harbor Day
       
AP:  Unsuccessful McCaskill campaign spent three times amount of Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of state's office looking into complaint from liberal D.C.-based group about Hawley
          AP:  Ashcroft will examine liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft's office to investigate liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign X
          KWMU:  Hawley asks General Assembly to give more powers to the attorney general's office
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office preparing for leadership transition
          JCNT:  Schmitt hears AG progress report X
          Missourinet:  Hawley and Schmitt hold joint press conference, address range of complaints from liberals
          P-D:  Hawley, Schmitt talk AG office transition at press conference
          KCUR:  Ashcroft will examine complaints from liberal D.C. group
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael debates two (2) liberals on universal health care
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Reporter Eli Chen, Sierra Institute's John Hickey talk climate change;  Zero (0) contrarian voices included
          CDT:  Renee Hulsof in running for state treasurer X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on 'right to work,' raising the bar for changing the state Constitution, much more
          AP:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) resigns one minute before lobbying restriction kicks in
          SNL:  What to expect as Missouri's medical marijuana law takes effect X
          Washington Missourian:  Local officials attend new bridge opening, want focus now on flooding X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri bicentennial coordinator visits in preparation for 2021 +
          KC Star:  Faculty buyouts at MU and UMKC will gut some departments X
          KWMU:  Appeals court upholds class action status for thousands of Missouri criminals with hepatitis
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley's war against big tech likely to bring down small startups X
          Messenger:  After state pays jail bill of indigent felon, Lewis County seeks even more X
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        December 6, 2018
       
Missourinet:  On Senate floor, Blunt recalls George H.W. Bush's Missouri connections
          P-D:  Blunt, Ann Wagner share thoughts on Bush 41's legacy X
          AP:  Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael to debate two (2) liberal panelists on universal health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker rallies area liberals at "Medicare for All" talk
          The Missouri Times:  Corlew resigns, plans to return to being a full-time attorney
          AP:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) resigns, becomes drug-court commissioner
          AP:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) interested in job as treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Tweet from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) about Clean Missouri rated "mostly false"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner discusses Prop D defeat, what current funding means for road transportation
          KWMU:  Parson calls for 'long-overdue' drug-monitoring database to curb opioid abuse
          AP:  Parson wants prescription drug monitoring program this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's medical marijuana industry will be highly regulated, and highly lucrative
          AP:  Savings from cuts to in-home care fall short of projections
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) designed to save lives of babies with heartbeats
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Prior to August 'right to work' vote, Parson's staff researched how policy could be implemented on county level
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Dec. 5, 2018
          The Missouri Times editorial:  Parson's appointments have been stellar thus far
          P-D editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Incoming AG Eric Schmitt will manage $2.8 million DOJ grant for rape kit tracking X
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        December 5, 2018
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt relieved trade dispute did not escalate
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Trade normalcy will take patience
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jo Mannies shares memories of George H.W. Bush
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sam Graves, George H.W. Bush shared aviation as a love
          KWMU:  Outside money played outsized role in McCaskill-Hawley Senate race
          KWMU:  New Missouri Democratic Party Vice Chair Clem Smith says the party can attract both urban and rural voters;  Scott Sifton, Nicole Galloway, Stephen Webber among potential gov candidates
          AP:  Three Missouri lawmakers resign ahead of new lobbyist limits
          The Missouri Times:  Blake Hurst to continue leading Missouri Farm Bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host business panel discussion in St. Louis about rising health care costs
          KWMU:  Missouri doctors urge new limits on prescribing opioids in hospitals;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, others
          Missourinet:  Incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) brings experience with state budget in flux
          Missourinet:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) to sponsor 'right to work' bill in 2019
          KC Star:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) pre-files 'right to work' bill X
          P-D:  Burlison pre-files 'right to work' legislation X
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage), Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) file first bills for 2019 General Assembly X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau policy addresses rural broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition tackles state's rising prison population
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators must reverse course and raise taxes X
          Rudi Keller:  When George H.W. Bush came to town X
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        December 4, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Lacy Clay's influence on the rise after Democrats' House takeover;  Veteran congressman talks about priorities, young black political leadership and his "haters"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Jones lays out challenges for public education, Missouri Democrats
          KC Star:  Watchdog groups, GOP question Jean Peter Baker's conflicts as prosecutor, Missouri Democratic Party chair X
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on President George. H.W. Bush's legacy
          Missourinet:  President Trump to make stop Friday at conference in Kansas City
          Fox News Sunday:  Video:  Blunt talks trade with China, Russia probe
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Blunt, Sen.-elect Hawley, Gov. Parson, AG-to-be Eric Schmitt speak at Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Chinn, Brian Munzlinger, Bill Reiboldt among Outstanding Service to Agriculture recipients
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) resigns from the Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Hundreds of new bills filed in advance of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) pre-files bill again in response to 2017 education chief shakeup
          JCNT:  MOSERS likely to need more financial help from lawmakers X
          JCNT:  Legislators hope for early start on HIV-specific bills X
          Missourinet:  Rehder, McCreery pre-file bills to change HIV and drug treatment policies
          Washington Missourian:  State investigates controversial photo showing toddler with deer;  Newspaper caption incorrectly stated that 2-year-old shot the buck X
          KWMU:  Hunters could soon have the chance to target elk in southeast Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should ban the use of secretive Confide app X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses anger over Ann Wagner's re-election, says anti-trafficking legislation will impede those using Internet for consensual intercoursing X
          P-D letter:  Doorways CEO Opal Jones supports legislation to change state HIV laws X
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian wants Republicans to raise state income tax to pay for higher ed X
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        December 3, 2018
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Todd Graves on his successful reign as Missouri GOP chairman;  Sean Soendker Nicholson on Clean Missouri's electoral win
          AP:  Missouri first to adopt fairness test against gerrymandering
          P-D:  From opioids to rural hospitals, health care will be focus of Parson this week X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) says Missouri transportation talks are happening behind scenes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to file PDMP legislation;  Sen.-elect Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to file same bill in Senate
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit cashed in using Arkansas program for mental services
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Nonprofit's CFO bundled contributions for Ryan Silvey
          Columbia Missourian's Craig Stevenson:  Missouri's safety net programs help build healthy families
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        December 2, 2018
       
Kraske:  George Bush taught this young reporter a lesson about the business of journalism X
          P-D:  Bush family ties run deep in St. Louis X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  President George Bush at Springfield visit in 1988 X
          Joplin Globe:  Bush was first sitting president to visit Joplin X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Q&A:  Luetkemeyer on President George H.W. Bush's legacy, Barbara Bush, relationship with Reagan, more
          The Missouri Times:  Jean Peters Baker elected chair of Missouri Democratic Party
          KC Star:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to head Missouri Democratic Party X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bankrolling marijuana comes with complications
          KC Star:  Local doctors weigh in on relative medical value of marijuana X
          P-D The Bottom Line:  Business columnists David Nicklaus, Jim Gallagher talk about medical marijuana, experience at Colorado pot shop, forecasts for impact on Missouri X
          CDT:  Lobbyists hired to prevent MU Health monopoly in Jefferson City X
          Washington Missourian:  New Highway 47 may open for traffic tomorrow - weather dependent X
          CDT:  Activists say Catholic Church, Hawley slow to oust sex abusers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Bridge ribbon-cutting marks a historic day X
          KC Star op-ed:  Clean Missouri defense effort:  Op-ed attributed to Bob Johnson, Gwen Grant X
          P-D letter:  Missouri HIV justice coalition praises Reps. Holly Rehder, Tracy McCreery for sponsoring legislation X
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        December 1, 2018   George H.W. Bush dies at 94
       
December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          NPR:  McCaskill blames her defeat on Democrats' 'failure' with rural America
          KWMU:  Missouri Democrats hope new leadership - to be elected today - will improve their future
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 26, 2018
          JCNT:  Parson gives state workers the day off on Christmas Eve X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) wants to streamline permits for business expansion
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for new Route 47 Missouri River bridge
          SNL:  Deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) killed in Stone County;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says first in southwest Missouri X
         AP:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants Missouri Dept. of Public Safety to suspend licenses of four St. Louis City police officers at center of controversy

          KC Star:  Former employee in attorney general's office downloaded Confide app in 2017;  Evan Rosell, who left AG's office nine (9) months ago, used app 3-4 times for personal, non-work conversations X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's GOP state legislators won't listen to voters. Electronic petitions would help change that. X
          CDT editorial:  Make Missouri dull again;  State's politicians should give Missourians a non-dramatic 2019 X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent and Susan Pendergrass:  Margie Vandeven a terrific choice - for those who want the status quo X
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