Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Exclusive: Vicky Hartzler endorsed by PAC supporting Republican women for federal office

KWOS (Jefferson City): Eric Greitens talks with Austin Petersen and John Marsh about Second Amendment Preservation Act, Dave Schatz and gas tax, more

KFEQ (St. Joseph): Bill from Sam Graves would increase FEMA’s threshold of ‘small project’ category from $35,000 to $1 million (link via Missourinet)

P-D: Cori Bush pens letter to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, wants Biden’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to intervene in Missouri abortion funding case

The Missouri Times: Schmitt encourages lawmakers to pass Parents’ Bill of Rights 

JCNT: Missouri lawmakers scrutinize school boards, local control for next session

SNL: Missouri lawmakers take a close look at history curriculum, role of school boards in K-12 education

Missouri Independent: Ahead of session, lawmakers scrutinize Missouri social studies standards, critical race theory, school boards

P-D: Missouri Joint Committee on Education hears testimony on Parents’ Bill of Rights; Comments from AG Eric Schmitt, Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina), others

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): 2022 Missouri legislative session preview: Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) preps for “fast and furious” start of session, says Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher told reps to plan on working at Capitol five days a week

The Missouri Times: Sen. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) asks Gov. Parson to intervene in vaccine mandate for Missouri National Guard

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) on Kansas City Star’s misleading reporting (1:30), police funding bill (2:30), legislative process (4:40)

KC Star: Luetkemeyer to file bill increasing Kansas City’s required spending on police

KC Star: Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo (D-Independence) frustrated with Mayor Quinton Lucas on police funding issue

Daily American Republic: Southeast District seeks $47.5M in road projects in first round of new MoDOT projects

Washington Missourian: Highway 47 widening on MoDOT’s wish list

P-D: Spire rate increases to raise gas bills by nearly 25% for regional customers; Spire says customers are paying about half what they did in 2005

St. Joseph News-Press: Local Spire customers to see natural gas prices nearly double

SNL: Missouri hunters harvest 187,967 deer in firearms portion of the season

The Missouri Times:  LGBTQ history display removed from Missouri Capitol heading to St. Louis

Missouri Independent: After being booted from Missouri Capitol, LGBTQ history exhibit headed to St. Louis

P-D: LGBTQ exhibit that was removed from Missouri Capitol opens in St. Louis

Missouri Independent: State, regional China virus update

KC Star: State, regional China virus update

P-D: Regional China virus update; Media darling Alex Garza has returned to St. Louis

KC Star editorial: Luetkemeyer’s plan for KC police budget is reckless and radical, and he should mind his own business

Washington Missourian editorial: MoDOT is listening and we should all appreciate it

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Biden’s infrastructure bill is good news for flood mitigation in Missouri

Missouri Independent op-ed: “States Newsroom” content creator: After a breakthrough COVID infection, I believe in the vaccine more than ever

Combest, 20 for 20, Part 4, 10/22/21: “And as COVID wanes, some health reporters on the daily case update beat won’t be able to resist finally putting the spotlight on themselves.”

KC Star’s David Hudnall: Kevin Strickland fundraising drive series: Q&A: Strickland: “I trust I will get the donations”; Leading questions on cruelty of Eric Schmitt, racism, what he’s entitled to, more

St. Louis Public Radio’s Niara Savage: Black college grads buried in debt, but living carefree; Woman who owes more than $100k not concerned with bills: “If they get paid, they get paid. If they die with me, they die with me.”

P-D letter: Eureka septuagenarian displeased with response from Ann Wagner’s office on Gosar censure

JCNT letter: Jefferson City septuagenarian corrects errors in liberal’s letter to editor, points to actual statements from Eric Schmitt on COVID vaccines and reporting from The Missouri Times on critical race theory

P-D letter: Kirkwood sexagenarian considers Gov. Parson’s cancelled trip to Israel and Greece a “boondoggle,” demands to know if all potential airplane passengers received COVID vaccine

P-D letter: Kirkwood man calls Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green “clueless,” calls elected officials “nuts”

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