Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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Combest: 20 for 20, Part 3: Casting call: Missouri politics is pro wrestling, and needs a new top heel

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Though Parson won’t run for office again, PAC still raising money on his behalf; Steve Tilley “is connected to a number of PACs that regularly funnel money to candidates”; Comments from Uniting Missouri’s John Hancock

Faughn: U.S. Senate tipsheet, October 2021: Analysis of every Republican and Democrat campaign

The Missouri Times: Eric Schmitt, Lucas Kunce lead 3rd quarter Senate fundraising

Missouri Independent: Mini-profile: U.S. Senate candidate Lucas Kunce (D)

The Missouri Times: Sam Alexander releases first ad in 7th congressional district campaign

SNL: Dr. Sam Alexander, ER physician and ally of Gov. Mike Parson, formally joins race for Congress

The Missouri Times: David Gregory outraises Scott Fitzpatrick in Q3

SNL: Southwest Missouri residents ask Missouri legislative redistricting panels to prioritize schools, avoid splitting Springfield

The Missouri Times: MU opens Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building

Columbia Missourian: UM opens NextGen, and supporters ‘can’t wait for the discoveries’

P-D: St. Louis job fair for ex-offenders grows amid labor shortage; Comments from former Sen. Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis City)

The Missouri Times: Missouri medical marijuana sales by the numbers

Missouri Independent: Democrats say Missouri governor inflating cost of fixing website flaw found by reporter; Parson pegged cost at $50 million during “angry” public statement

JCNT: State Auditor Nicole Galloway: Local governments can strengthen cybersecurity practices

JCNT: Mental health subcommittee hears about state’s challenges, successes

The Missouri Times: State Board of Education approves emergency amendment for route to substitute certification

Columbia Missourian: Missouri Board of Education OKs shorter training path to substitute teaching

Missouri Independent: After negotiating to revise new Missouri law, Christian boarding school sues to block it; Comments from lobbyist Woody Cozad, quotes from Sunshined e-mails

KC Star: Christian boarding school sues Missouri to stop new oversight of unlicensed facilities

P-D: Former Great Circle CEO acquitted of felony charges; convicted of misdemeanor assault

The Missouri Times: Capitol Briefs: State Tech named fastest-growing college in Missouri

The Missouri Times: Capitol Briefs: Jefferson City earns high marks on emerging housing market index

KC Star: Rae’s Cafe to reopen in Independence after defying Jackson County mask orders

P-D: COVID-19 hospitalizations dip past key threshold in St. Louis region, but doctors worried about winter

JCNT editorial: Gov. Parson shoots the messenger

P-D editorial: Scapegoating won’t help Gov. Parson fix Missouri’s serious computer vulnerabilities

P-D’s Jack Suntrup and Blythe Bernhard: State education officials keep quiet on governor’s attack on Post-Dispatch

Missouri Independent op-ed: Saint Louis University “inequality in public schools” researcher and teaching school instructor: Majority of Missourians support raising taxes to boost teacher salaries, and state lawmakers should follow suit

KC Star op-ed: Self-described “widely published essayist and poet” John Samuel Tieman: Fellow Missouri teachers, it’s your fault if you refuse the vaccine and lose your job

P-D letter: Manchester man feels “embarrassed” by Gov. Parson’s response to COVID and DESE web app vulnerability

P-D letter: University City septuagenarian mocks Gov. Parson for DESE web app vulnerability, quotes “bright and high-performing college student” grandson

P-D letter: Eureka septuagenarian unhappy with Missouri’s CAFO and water regulations

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