Thursday, August 5, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Missouri’s U.S. Senate race: Who is running for Roy Blunt’s seat?

KSGF: Nick Reed Show: Billy Long talks U.S. Senate bid: Campaign team, sales pitch to Trump about endorsement, advantages over other GOP candidates, biggest disadvantage

97.1 FM Talk (St. Louis): Mark Reardon show: Billy Long talks U.S. Senate bid: His pre-announcement conversation with Ann Wagner (3:45), trip to the border with Trump to see invasion of illegal aliens (7:30), potential of Trump endorsement and why Trump must endorse in the race, declining to besmirch Eric Schmitt (10:00), lifetime love of largemouth lunkers (12:15)

St. Louis Public Radio: Congressman Billy Long is the latest entrant in unpredictable Missouri Senate race

Missouri Independent: Billy Long joins crowded GOP field to replace Roy Blunt in U.S. Senate

SNL: Billy Long launches Senate campaign

KCMO Talk Radio: Pete Mundo: Mark McCloskey on Gov. Parson’s pardon, U.S. Senate bid “Kansas City Star castoff Barb Shelly” and Claire McCaskill kvetch about Josh Hawley, Mark McCloskey, Eric Schmitt and Missouri voters

The Missouri Times: Jay Wasson ‘actively considering’ congressional bid in 7th District

Joplin Globe: Early look at possible contenders for Billy Long’s congressional seat

johncombest_com on Instagram: This week in 2000: Lacy Clay mailer touts support from Jewish leaders; Anti-Clay Democrat mailer photoshops Clay with a gold tooth

97.1 FM Talk (St. Louis): Mark Reardon show: David Gregory discusses bid for state auditor (32:30)

Missouri Independent: Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) joins GOP primary for Missouri auditor

JCNT: State revenue report shows decrease in collections

P-D: Senate panel hears from pro-life, pro-choice groups

The Missouri Times: Missouri Public Service Commission dismisses complaint against Grain Belt Express

JCNT: MoDOT, Highway Patrol health insurance plans to stay the same

SNL: Missouri filed charges in Table Rock Lake duck boat tragedy with days to spare

KC Star: “Missouri Gun Violence” advocacy series, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health and Report for America: Recap of panel, moderated by KC Star gun-control reporter Humera Lodhi: Urban activists, University of Pennsylvania professor blame lawlessness on “systemic racism” and redlining, seek more money for “reinvestment”

CDT: Post-doctoral fellow calls for more government spending to address “digital divide” by race; Study was conducted in “an unnamed rural area in the Midwest” and included total of eleven (11) households

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri GOP senators want special session to combat private-sector vaccine mandates

KCUR: AG Eric Schmitt seeks to stop Kansas City’s mask order

P-D: State, regional China virus update

St. Louis Public Radio: Regional China virus update

SNL: Regional China virus update

SE Missourian: Regional China virus update

KCUR: Bonne Terre jail inmate theorizes about COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons spreading to outside communities; Department of Corrections’ Karen Pojmann responds with facts

KC Star: Supporters of Kevin Strickland try a new tack: Criticizing Gov. Parson’s pardon of McCloskeys; Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City), others

KC Star editorial: Missouri’s incompetent Attorney General Eric Schmitt wears no mask – and has no clothes

Columbia Missourian Darkow cartoon: Mocking Gov. Parson for McCloskey pardon (free version/not behind newspaper paywall access here)

KC Star op-ed: Kansas City LGBTQ Commission: Roy Blunt, here’s your chance to stand up for “transgender women of color” and others in need

KC Star letter: San Francisco, CA septuagenarian calls Mark and Patricia McCloskey “paranoid babies”

P-D letter: University City septuagenarian claims “broken heart” over Missouri Veterans Homes funding

Joplin Globe letter: “Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice” sexagenarian cheers Medicaid expansion, says GOP state lawmakers “want to keep our state in poverty”

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