Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Billy Long releases new ad touting early support for Trump

KC Star: Emanuel Cleaver says he tested positive for COVID after being “vaccinated and boosted”

KC Star: Kansas City military veteran sentenced for Capitol riot

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: 4th congressional district candidate Rick Brattin on vaccine mandate legislation (0:30); state pay raises (2:00); effect of unemployment handouts on Missouri employment (3:15); support for 7-1 congressional map (4:00); spending federal largesse vs. giving Missourians tax cuts (5:30); Second Amendment Preservation Act (6:30); recreational marijuana and decriminalization (7:00); his advantage over neophyte Republican primary opponents (9:00); Afghanistan (10:00); left’s support for communism (11:30); Biden not winning popular vote (12:30)

Missourinet: Full video: Gov. Parson’s State of the State speech

P-D: Photo gallery: Legislators, statewide officials watch Gov. Parson’s State of the State speech

The Missouri Times:  State of the State: Gov. Parson says Missouri is poised to make ‘fundamental investments’ as economy is strong

The Missouri Times:  ‘Historical and transformational’: Inside the governor’s recommended budget

Missourinet: Key items from Gov. Parson’s $47 billion budget proposal

JCNT: Gov. Parson touts proposed state employee pay increase

JCNT: Workforce development remains a priority in governor’s State of State

Missouri Independent: Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus, federal aid

The Missouri Times:  Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) encourages legislators to work together in response to State of the State

The Missouri Times:  State of the State: Who were Parson’s guests for the annual address?

JCNT: Gov. Parson recognizes Fulton principal, calls for pay increases for state’s teachers

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson calls for tax cuts, raises for Missouri state employees and $400M for broadband expansion

JCNT: Legislators praise Gov. Parson’s plan to invest in economy, education, state pay

Columbia Missourian: Gov. Parson says Missouri economy has recovered

Missouri Independent: Gov. Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

SNL: House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) criticizes Gov. Parson’s administration but sees areas of hope in budget

Columbia Missourian: State would spend billions on new projects in Gov. Parson’s sweeping budget plan

KC Star: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson proposes massive new spending, fueled by federal dollars

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman and Jeanne Kuang: State of the State analysis: Gov. Parson fails to credit Biden for federal funds, ignores Missouri’s COVID surge

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman: State of the State analysis: Gov. Parson’s aggressive, at-times defensive position on COVID vaccinations intentionally misleads Missourians

The Missouri Times:  Congressional redistricting bill heads to Senate without emergency clause

The Missouri Times:  Here are all the proposed congressional maps House members suggested

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House approves Republican-leaning 6-2 congressional redistricting map

KC Star: Missouri Democrats want concessions on Medicaid, initiative petitions before cooperating on redistricting map

SNL: Missouri House sends congressional map to Senate without key provision attached

Missouri Independent: Missouri House sends Congressional map to Senate without an emergency clause

P-D: New congressional map advances to Missouri Senate for debate

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) on congressional redistricting (9:00), federal largesse and tax cuts (1:45); opposition to recreational marijuana (6:00); raising threshold for initiative petitions (7:30); SAPA and state employee pay raises (10:30)

Columbia Missourian: Lawmakers weigh wages and staffing issues in budget talks

SE Missourian: Advance’s Michael Moroni lauds bipartisanship on final agreement on Missouri House redistricting map

JCNT: Bills would alter state employee retirement policies

Washington Missourian: Bill from Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) would require schools teach social media skills

SNL: Greene County judge sets bond for David Smock, accused of 11 felony sex crimes linked to Agape Boarding School

St. Joseph News-Press: Missouri State Highway Patrol shares human trafficking misconceptions

P-D: Republicans float plans to stop nursing homes and hospitals from restricting visitors

P-D: Judge leaves St. Louis County mask requirement in place – for now

SNL: Regional China virus update: Greene County far from peak of omicron surge as hospital leader says unvaccinated ‘kill’ by spreading virus

CDT: Regional China virus update

Joplin Globe editorial: Eric Schmitt must stop meddling in school matters

KC Star op-ed: U.S. Senate candidate Scott Sifton: Eric Schmitt and other extremists are coming for Missouri school boards. Don’t let them ban common sense

Columbia Missourian’s Steve Spellman: Legislative session overview: Various thoughts on gas tax, marijuana, “deep-thinking constitutional advocate Ron Calvone [sic]”

KC Star’s Lisa Gutierrez: ‘Utterly tragic’: How Missouri’s unvaccinated are causing area heart doctor to feel “battle fatigue”

KC Star letters: Readers praise and criticize Hawley’s stock-trading proposal; University of Kansas employee criticizes Schmitt over mask mandates

SE Missourian letter: Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Gov. Parson and state lawmakers will be responsible for motorcycle helmet law’s “gruesome legacy”

P-D letter: Clayton septuagenarian expresses anger at state lawmakers over Medicaid work requirements bill, wants legislators stripped “of all benefits”

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