Friday, December 3, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Schmitt nabs Dana Loesch endorsement

St. Louis Public Radio: The push to legalize marijuana in Missouri begins in earnest

Columbia Missourian: Local liberal groups to hold pro-critical race theory event Saturday; in-person and Zoom options available

SE Missourian: Former Cape Councilman David Barklage gets probation for federal tax crime

P-D: David Barklage to repay $151k, serve probation for tax crime

Missouri Independent: David Barklage gets probation in felony tax fraud case KC Star’s racially-charged ‘reporting’ debunked as KCMO’s Pete Mundo decimates Mayor Quinton Lucas in debate

KC Star: Police commissioner texted Missouri governor that she never agreed to KCPD Chief Smith’s ouster; Comments from Sens. John Rizzo, Tony Luetkemeyer

The Missouri Times:  Medicaid committee recommends updating postpartum coverage, information systems

KC Star: Missouri Republicans pre-file pro-life proposals

The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis) tackles expungement accessibility

Joplin Globe: Regional officials to explore rural broadband expansion, funding

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri State Teachers Association survey: Half of Missouri teachers say they often consider leaving the profession

Columbia Missourian: DESE cautions against comparisons between 2019 and 2021 testing data

SNL: Springfield Public Schools test scores: Students who get food handouts underperform on tests; Hispanics dominate blacks, underperform whites

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview: How fentanyl drove a pandemic spike in overdose deaths; Conversation with St. Louis-based Assisted Recovery Centers of America’s Percy Menzies as well as Ben Westhoff, the St. Louis-based author of Fentanyl, Inc.

KRCG (Jefferson City): Gov. Parson calls progressive content creator Missouri Independent’s claims his office hid pro-masking data “purposefully misleading” Gov. Parson’s statement regarding Missouri Independent show “the prog-blogs are mostly partisan talking points”; Local COVID news roundup

Missouri Independent: Missouri health director wanted to appeal judge’s COVID ruling. AG Schmitt declined

Missouri Independent: Most local health departments failed to take advantage of state’s COVID vaccine incentive gift-card giveaway

P-D: Early drafts of DESE web vulnerability statement included acknowledging Post-Dispatch operative

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Missouri was the nation’s ‘puppy mill capital’ — but advocates fought back; Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation Executive Director Bob Baker says AG Eric Schmitt has been “absolutely fantastic” in prosecuting abusive breeders

KC Star editorial: By not calling special election for Rick Roeber’s open seat, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson denies a voice to 40,000 voters in and around Lee’s Summit

P-D editorial: With new bills to hamper pandemic responses, Missouri Republicans risk lives

P-D editorial board: ‘Up for Discussion’ video series: Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson and columnist Kevin McDermott offer complaints about vaccine mandate legislation (1:45), Eric Schmitt (2:45), Missouri Independent vs. Gov. Parson (3:55), why anti-science Missouri Republicans will be responsible for COVID deaths (6:00)

P-D editorial: Parson’s ‘common sense’ goes out the window in debate between politics, health

P-D’s Michele Munz: Gov. Parson lashes out, attacks blogger after report reveals his office buried a study showing mask mandates work

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Missouri ruling on health orders creates dangerous confusion as pandemic rages

P-D letter: Hillsboro septuagenarian celebrates cancellation of Gov. Parson’s “little junket trip to Israel,” attempts punchline involving Schmitt lawsuits

KC Star letter: Kansas City sexagenarian cheers “Luke Nozicka and The Star’s other writers, researchers, photographers and staff” for Star’s advocacy campaign on behalf of Kevin Strickland

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