Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  USDA invests $288M in rural Missouri infrastructure projects

Brownfield Ag News: Missouri’s new USDA Rural Development Director Kyle Wilkens says boosting rural broadband is top priority

The Missouri Times:  EPA investing in Missouri Superfund sites through infrastructure bill

P-D: Completion date for Coldwater Creek cleanup pushed to 2038; One woman still holds out hope for land buyout payday

Missouri Independent: Rex Sinquefield contributes $250k to GOP state auditor candidate Scott Fitzpatrick

The Missouri Times:  MoDOT will seek more Amtrak funding when session begins

The Missouri Times:  AG Schmitt has sent COVID-19 mandate cease and desist letters to 52 school districts

KC Star: DHSS: As anticipated, omicron variant already in Missouri communities

KC Star: Kansas City health officials on omicron affecting Christmas: Why you should be scared of variant, and why schools should continue requiring masks

The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) launches legal challenge to lobbying ban

SNL: Former Lake Ozark lawmaker sues to overturn Missouri law that bans lobbying for two years

P-D: Former Missouri lawmakers goes to court to overturn ban on lobbying

KC Star: Former state lawmaker Rocky Miller wants to begin lobbying; Comments from Sean Soendker Nicholson, who ran campaign against successful 2020 ethics overhaul

Joplin Globe editorial: Omicron is coming. Get vaccinated today.

The Missouri Times op-ed: Sen. Jason Bean (R-Holcomb): EPA considers pesticide changes to set the clock back on improved tillage, environmental practices

SNL op-ed: Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts Executive Director Pam Hedgpeth: Join me in denouncing the recent divisive actions and rhetoric of AG Eric Schmitt

Kansas City Beacon’s Maria Benevento, via Missouri Independent: 2022 Missouri General Assembly legislative preview: Republicans want to stifle school lessons about racism and sexism; previews of other legislation, including A+ scholarships, COVID mandates, high school boys competing in girls’ sports, 2nd Amendment freedoms, more

P-D’s Tony Messenger: With a letter from prison, Bobby Bostic spreads hope through books

P-D letter: St. Charles sexagenarian supports vaccine & mask mandates, says Schmitt is “sabotaging public health”

P-D letter: Manchester septuagenarian encourages “shaming” Gov. Parson and Eric Schmitt, cheers Post-Dispatch owner in battle against hedge fund

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