Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Pro-Schmitt PAC says it is running ads in Springfield and Cape Girardeau markets

SNL: Commemorating 9/11, John Ashcroft tells Evangel crowd greatest threat to America is ‘our culture’

Heartlander News: Wash U. student senator stole 2,977 American flags from a 9/11 memorial on campus as a “protest,” bragged about it on Twitter

johncombest_com on Instagram: Video clip: 2000 campaign ad besmirches Missouri State Capitol lobbyists, contains gaping plot holes

The Missouri Times: Veto session fundraisers: Majority Forward (MO Senate Dems), Bill White AIMPAC event, Mike Cierpiot’s “coffee and keto,” more

The Missouri Times: Republican Michelle Horner launches bid for J. Eggleston’s open House seat, nabs endorsement of Rep. Jeff Coleman (R-Grain Valley)

The Missouri Times: Bass Pro’s Johnny Morris inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

The Missouri Times: Dean Plocher elected next House speaker

JCNT: Lincoln University professor defends critical race theory, explains “white privilege”

The Missouri Times: Redistricting could lead to drastic map changes, state demographer says

The Missouri Times: Missouri lawmakers prepare for election issues next session

KC Star: Missouri Republicans want new voter ID law

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law; Comments from Sen. Bob Onder “R-St. Charles [sic]”

Missouri Independent: Lottery reports record sales as Missouri officials seek to allow sports wagering

Missourinet: Pandemic contributes to Missouri’s standardized test scores falling; Comments from DESE’s Margie Vandeven, Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Melissa Randol

The Missouri Times: Missouri test scores fell amid the pandemic, DESE reports

Missouri Independent: Standardized test scores shine light on diverse abilities; Asians and Pacific Islanders have the highest proficiency rate (56%), with blacks bringing up the rear (15%)

Joplin Globe: Three Joplin students achieve National Merit semifinalist status: Ian Ding, Abhijith Jenkins and Shrihari Nagarajan choose to work hard, achieve success

St. Joseph News-Press: Student math scores slide statewide

Heartlander News: Missouri student test scores show pandemic restrictions hampered learning of young, vulnerable

P-D: House Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) wants Biden to rescind ‘egregious’ vaccine order

KC Star: Missouri nursing homes fear staff will quit over vaccine mandate, lawmakers warned

Columbia Missourian’s Ella McCarthy: COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home staff opposed at state hearing; Comments from “Kirk Matthews [sic]”

SNL: Missouri’s new health czar tells lawmakers he wants to fight misinformation on COVID-19 and vaccines

P-D: St. Louis City health agency says urbanites unswayed by gift-card giveaway

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis County acting health director reprimanded; Faisal Khan was caught fabricating story about alleged assault, racial slurs after council meeting

P-D: St. Louis County Council approves vaccine requirement for county employees

Heartlander News: Some Republican members of University of Missouri Board of Curators support vaccine and mask mandates

SE Missourian: Parents voice mask-mandate concerns at Jackson school board meeting

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Pfizer R&D leader pitches his company’s COVID vaccine

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview: Urban League gets an hour to promote COVID vaccine clinics

P-D: Regional China virus update

P-D: DHSS stats: Missouri life expectancy drops 2 years amid China virus, diabetes, etc.

KC Star: Sunshine request on LGBTQ relocation reveals woke pride in “Bada$$ coworkers”: Nuggets gleaned from Missouri State Parks e-mail dump Gay display culture war gambit effective in dividing and distracting voters from real problems; Link to KMBC coverage

P-D: Facing a court-ordered pipeline shutdown, Spire aims to take dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Missouri Times: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) grants Spire STL Pipeline temporary certificate

Missouri Independent: Spire STL Pipeline can keep operating for now

KC Star editorial: Why did Gov. Parson pick his latest KC police board nominee? Her resume doesn’t check out

KC Star’s Toriano Porter: Missouri’s lotto winners can remain anonymous, so why not vaccine lottery winners?

KC Star op-ed: Former Neosho teacher John M. Wallis, who quit after gay-flag pushback: I vowed to return to Neosho and teach in the community that I had grown to love

Riverfront Times (St. Louis), December 2020: Webster University LGBTQIA*/Black Lives Matter activist John M. Wallis: I resent the people in my hometown of Neosho, and I never want to go back there ever again (link via Springfield News-Leader)

KC Star letter: Kansas City man attempts alliterative allegations, accuses AG Eric Schmitt of “mutiny to the masses” with “seditious speech”

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