Monday, January 17, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missouri MLK history: Gov. John Ashcroft establishes Dr. Martin Luther King Day as state holiday in 1986, attested to by Secretary of State Roy Blunt Project Veritas adds Kansas City Star to “Wall of Shame” (6:00) after paper retracts charges

SNL: Missouri Senate searches for compromise amid early session grievances and discord

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) observes “a lot of momentum” for elections integrity legislation Former KC Star reporter Mary Sanchez explains why critical race theory discussions are “nonsensical, heavily politicized, and often flagrantly racist”

P-D: Judge calls levy district’s proposed taxes on Missouri Department of Transportation ‘arbitrary’

St. Joseph News-Press: CDC: Missouri ranks 34th in infant mortality rate

Washington Missourian: Missouri State Historical Society’s Beth Pike reflects on Missouri’s Bicentennial

Fox 2 (St. Louis): COVID case-fatality rate declining in Missouri as more infections, fewer deaths reported (link via Video: Mayor Quinton Lucas on CBS’ “Face the Nation”

The Hill: Kansas City mayor: COVID-19 challenges include misinformation, political right

KC Star: Lucas: There would be a challenge to reinstating mask mandates as COVID surges

KC Star op-ed: Emanuel Cleaver: Annual MLK opinion piece

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Missouri Republicans’ voting legislation is designed to have a direct and negative impact on black voters

KCUR “racial equity and disparity” reporter Luke X. Martin: Despite progress, advocates and lawmakers say Missouri Republicans threaten voting rights (link via

KC Star’s Robert Cronkleton: The systemic racism embedded in climate change is a housing and social justice issue, too

SNL letter: Missouri State University assistant sociology professor opposes Missouri Republicans’ “Parents’ Bill of Rights”

P-D letter: St. Louis octogenarian supports critical race theory in Missouri schools

P-D letter: Barnhart sexagenarian says Missouri lawmakers do not care about people

P-D letter: University City septuagenarian promotes anti-death penalty rally in Valley Park today

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