Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Cori Bush secure $33M in federal grant funds for two St. Louis area infrastructure projects

The Missouri Times: Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted in Missouri for now, judge rules

St. Louis Public Radio: Federal judge blocks Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers

Missouri Independent: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt calls vaccine mandate injunction ‘a huge victory for health care workers’

P-D: Court ruling barring local governments from imposing COVID-19 orders won’t formally go into effect until next month

JCNT: Central Missouri health officials monitoring for new COVID-19 variant

Columbia Missourian: Pediatric COVID vaccine advocacy series: “It’s a huge day!” Columbia family celebrates children getting vaxxed

KC Star: KC Freedom Project protests outside Eric Schmitt’s Kansas City office; Signs bash “Eric Schmidt [sic],” plead “All I Want for Christmas is My Innocent Son Release [sic]”

The Missouri Times:  Lucas Kunce criticizes GOP opponents for China ties in new ad; Vicky Hartzler received $1,000 check from Smithfield Foods in 2014, Eric Schmitt advocated for China Hub at Lambert in 2011, Eric Greitens appeared on CCP TV as governor

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: State Senate Tipsheet: November 2021: The Caleb Caucus vs. Eigel Caucus and analysis of every matchup

Missouri Independent: Group hopes to amend Missouri constitution to enact ranked-choice voting; Comments from Dave Roland, St. Louis County NAACP’s John Bowman

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske weekly schedule: Friday’s show to spotlight Missouri’s overdose deaths, and feature Tony Messenger promoting book “Profit and Punishment”

The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson’s trip to Israel, Greece postponed amid rising omicron concern

Kansas City Beacon’s Madison Hopkins: Missouri lawmakers protect sheltered workshop employees; State authorizes subminimum wages as failsafe solution to challenges against a controversial federal law; No mention of bill’s sponsor or political party (Hannah Kelly, Republican) (link via Missouri Independent)

St. Joseph News-Press: At North Central Missouri College’s annual Legislators’ Day in Trenton, lawmakers discuss future of junior colleges

P-D: Troy, Mo., schools see rare enrollment boost during pandemic; Superintendent says key factor was providing in-person instruction during fall 2020 COVID freakout

SE Missourian: Successful deer harvest for Missouri’s young hunters over Thanksgiving weekend

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri’s wild turkeys aren’t having enough hatchlings, worrying scientists and hunters

SE Missourian: State Auditor Nicole Galloway outlines several concerns in Wayne County audit

Missouri Independent op-ed: Jeff Smith: The biggest threat to Missouri’s 2022 legislative session? Ambition

The Missouri Times op-ed: Ron Calzone:  An open letter to Missouri legislators about larger and juster meaning of ‘property’

The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters): More Missouri school choice in 2022

KC Star op-ed: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville): Police department should get more money from Kansas City’s budget

KC Star’s Hurubie Meko: Gun-control advocacy series, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health and Report for America: Study from gun-control advocates Center for American Progress shows repeal of Missouri gun law linked to increase in stolen firearms

P-D op-ed: St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell (D): Kevin Strickland case shows Eric Schmitt does not care about advancing the arc of justice

KC Star’s Kevin Hardy: Kevin Strickland fundraising drive update

P-D letter: Pasadena Hills septuagenarian agrees with Kevin McDermott’s latest anti-Hawley column, mocks conservatives’ “manly white feelings”

P-D letter: Former Post-Dispatch columnist Esther Talbot Fenning, age 83, says Kevin Strickland case makes her embarrassed to be a Missourian, labels Missouri conservatives “selfish, self-involved right-wing conservatives or even rapists and rabble-rousers”

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