Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Blunt wants answers from Biden Administration’s education secretary on how taxpayer dollars are being used

Fox Business: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says his inquiries of Biden re: $6 trillion in COVID spending have been met with “crickets” (via Media Research Center)

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says jobs report shows economy slowing

Brownfield Ag News: U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler says Biden Administration needs to be tougher on China’s trade commitments

AP: FEMA approves Missouri’s request for disaster declaration after storms

SE Missourian: Mark McCloskey speaks at Stoddard County Republican Club meeting 

The Missouri Times:  2024 gov primary preview: Kehoe snags Missouri Cattlemen’s Association ‘historically early’ endorsement

P-D: 2024 gov primary preview: Ashcroft ‘disappointed’ after Gov. Parson declines call for Missouri House special elections

St. Louis Public Radio: Pandemic, lawsuits hamper Missouri’s Medicaid enrollment; Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work professor Timothy McBride: “We got started late. And so there’s a lack of awareness going on”

The Missouri Times, 10/21/21: Combest: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 1H 2022: Missouri expanded Medicaid in 2021, but experts are worried that it was too late.

JCNT: GOP lawmakers Mike Bernskoetter, Dave Griffith and Rudy Veit to speak at Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Friday Coffee

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House Democrats expect to exert newfound leverage on redistricting

The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) proposes allowing senators to refer their own bills to committees

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman and Jeanne Kuang: Missouri Gov. Parson will seek tougher sentences to fight violent crime, according to November presentation; Comments from “Rep. Rasheen Aldrige [sic]”

JCNT: Hearing on Critical Race Theory, parental rights in schools draws overflow crowd

AP: Missouri bill would ban critical race theory in schools

SNL: Missouri lawmakers weigh intervening on race and equity curriculum in schools

Fox 2 (St. Louis): Missouri lawmakers revisit banning critical race theory in classrooms

Missouri Independent: Missouri education committee puts early focus on parental rights, critical race theory

The Missouri Times:  Interim broadband committee releases its recommendations to Legislature

SNL: Raises for state workers needed amid turnover and vacancies, Missouri budget director says

P-D: Some police chiefs support lawsuit against Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act

The Missouri Times:  Legislature considers changing how much Kansas City must allocate to police

KC Star: Lucas to Missouri lawmakers: Don’t give police board ‘blank check’ over more KC funds

P-D: What to do with Missouri’s abandoned prisons? Rep. Randy Railsback (R-Hamilton) has an answer

The Heartlander: Legislation looks to put a halt on the number of catalytic converter thefts in Missouri

KCUR: Kansas City Public Schools regains full accreditation

KC Star: Accreditation only a start for Kansas City schools. Here’s the plan for what’s next

KC Star: Kansas City Public Schools superintendent talks about what it will take to maintain accreditation status

AP: Missouri Supreme Court remands 3 cases using video testimony

Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court rules against virtual trials Kansas City Public Radio supports COVID Jackson County Public Health crackdown

KCUR’s Carlos Moreno: Missouri Attorney General threatens to sue if Jackson County restores powers to health department

Missourinet: Supply problems force Missouri to temporarily halt COVID-19 rapid testing reorders for schools

P-D: COVID affecting state employees

CDT: Curators reject temporary COVID-19 mask mandate at University of Missouri

Missouri Independent: University of Missouri curators vote down mask rule to open spring semester

P-D: Regional China virus update: St. Louis City Health Director Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, others want St. Louis-area residents to stay home

SNL: Regional China virus update

Joplin Globe: Regional China virus update

CDT: Regional China virus update

SE Missourian editorial: Wayne Wallingford selection for DOR is smart pick by Gov. Parson

Washington Missourian editorial: Raising Missouri teacher salaries a smart government investment

Joplin Globe editorial: MoDOT mantra is right: ‘Buckle up, phone down’

P-D’s Grace Zokovitch: GOP lawmakers rehash well-worn arguments against examining the effects of race and racism on the nation’s institutions

Joplin Globe op-ed: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Executive Director Elyse Max: Missouri remains outlier when it comes to death penalty

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Time for school leaders to stand up to political bullies over pandemic policies

KC Star letter: Raymore sexagenarian says Roy Blunt is to blame for COVID spread and criticizes Gov. Parson for letting emergency declaration expire; uses “asking for a friend” cliche

Google Trends: “asking for a friend” punchline peaked Sept. 2018

P-D letter: St. Louis City sexagenarian opposes raising the bar for Missouri initiative petitions

P-D letter: Ellisville sexagenarian wants Schmitt to stop fighting mask mandates

P-D letter: Webster Groves sexagenarian shares her fantasy involving Eric Schmitt role-playing as a substitute teacher

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