Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on his role in Dem Sen. Joe Manchin’s “no” vote on Build Back Better (1:10); Pelosi-Schumer budget tricks (4:20); expectations for a Democratic “fake COVID package” (7:45); tornado devastation in southeast Missouri (8:30); timeline on U.S. Senate race decision (9:50)

AP: Missouri redistricting panels pushing up against deadline

The Missouri Times: Missouri officials unveil Bicentennial Bridge

JCNT: Bicentennial bridge creates new access for Jefferson City’s riverfront

AP: Missouri court adds to ban on Biden contractor vaccine rule

The Heartlander: Fitzpatrick: Schools seeking low-interest bonds must pledge to end masking, quarantines

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) on his Parents’ Bill of Rights bill (0:50); similarities to Show-Me Institute’s version of bill (1:55); school choice/ESAs (3:40); history lessons that are “anchored in reality that is not being redacted by a Marxist worldview” (4:00)

KWOS (Jefferson City): Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O’Fallon) talks with Austin Petersen about FEMA help in Missouri (0:30); marijuana expungements (3:00); legislative prospects for marijuana legalization and progress with state senators (5:00); thoughts on Eric Schmitt’s evolution from “bumper sticker slogans” (6:00); critical race theory (7:10); trepidation with Texas-like pro-life bill (7:45)

The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers seek to waive pandemic unemployment overpayments next session

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Department of Economic Development lists some of Gov. Parson’s ARPA priorities

SNL: Springfield-Branson airport is getting $4 million in federal funds. How will it be spent?

Missourinet: Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) proposes to close loopholes that allow domestic violence survivors to be further victimized

The Missouri Times:  Proposed Jefferson County port facility names developer

P-D: St. Louis woman leaves Governor’s Mansion board in a huff, cites her inability to work with First Lady Teresa Parson

Columbia Missourian: Elizabeth Stephens named Columbia Missourian executive editor

KC Star: DHSS: Today’s COVID dashboard update will include previously unreported deaths

KC Star: State, regional China virus update

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Alex Garza promotes mask-wearing and quarantines, says he doesn’t believe omicron variant is milder than other China virus strains

KC Star editorial: Mad at Manchin? Missouri’s senators vote against the people all the time

P-D op-ed: Saint Louis University “Philosophy and Race” professor Michael Barber: Why critical race theory belongs in schools

Missouri Independent’s Rudi Keller and MuckRock’s Derek Kravitz: Science backs mask mandates. But in Missouri and elsewhere, they’re politically toxic

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: As Missouri lawmakers return to Capitol, no plans in place to keep people safe from virus

P-D letter: St. Louis woman opposes spending public money on religious charter schools

P-D letter: Clayton septuagenarian praises Post-Dispatch, suggests St. Louis City and County spend “some of the windfall from the Rams lawsuit” to acquire newspaper

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