Friday, January 21, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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AP: Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade; Blunt praises funding

The Missouri Times:  Vicky Hartzler endorsed by Christian author Eric Metaxas

SNL’s Galen Bacharier: Despite no evidence, Billy Long’s new ad promotes election conspiracy theories

AP: Missouri Senate candidate ad falsely claims stolen election

The Missouri Times: Congressional redistricting debate hosted by St. Louis Area Young Republicans sets stage for next week; Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis), Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) trade barbs

St. Joseph News-Press: Proposed congressional map heads to Missouri Senate

The Missouri Times:  New Missouri House map unanimously approved by bipartisan commission

St. Louis Public Radio: Commission in charge of redrawing Missouri House districts agrees on map

St. Joseph News-Press: Panel approves new Missouri state House districts

P-D: Bipartisan commission agrees to plan for new Missouri House districts

The Missouri Times:  House elections committee continues work on initiative petition changes

Missouri Independent: PAC funded by Missouri NEA wants judge to toss Ashcroft summary of education funding initiative petition

SE Missourian: Local legislators react to governor’s annual address to General Assembly

SNL: Here are 3 takeaways from Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s State of the State, including COVID comments

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) outlines sportsbook and video gaming legislation

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on the shaming and victimhood lessons of critical race theory

Missouri Independent: Missouri Senate hears bipartisan push to forgive undeserved unemployment benefits; Complaints from St. Louis area school bus driver Tracie Engelmeyer, others

Columbia Missourian’s Wicker Perlis: Unemployment overpayment issue lingers for many Missourians; Comments from “Tracy Anglemeyer [sic]” (update: corrected Friday morning, with acknowledgment)

JCNT: First Lady Teresa Parson meets, praises children’s mentors

St. Louis Public Radio:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  Steve Mahfood, DNR Director under Gov. Bob Holden, reminisces on his success leading Herculaneum’s environmental cleanup

The Missouri Times:  Ameren partners with nonprofit Delmar DivINe to bring solar energy to St. Louis

KC Star: Jackson County GOP Chairman David Lightner opposes Gov. Parson’s health director over vaccines

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City Health Director Mati Hlatshwayo Davis concedes that COVID cases have plateaued

Missouri Independent: COVID cases peak in St. Louis area

Fox 2 (St. Louis): Missouri’s COVID fatality rate at 1.37 – with people 80 years of age and older accounting for 40.8% of all recorded deaths in the state (link via

P-D: ‘Take it back, man’: Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) calls on Rep. Brian Seitz (R-Branson) to retract ‘Chinese virus’ comments

SE Missourian: Regional China virus update

JCNT: Regional China virus update

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: “Cool uncle” Gov. Parson delivers sunny budget amid pandemic’s gloom

Joplin Globe editorial: Governor’s budget offers something for everyone

P-D business reporter/columnist David Nicklaus: Farewell column

The Missouri Times op-ed:  United for Missouri CEO Carl Bearden: Missouri conservatives shouldn’t expand federal prescription drug entitlement program

SE Missourian op-ed: Betsy McCaughey: Legislation from Josh Hawley and others will crack down on lawmakers’ “insider trading”

The Missouri Times op-ed: League of Women Voters of Missouri President Marilyn McLeod: Lawmakers seeking changes to initiative petition process are hypocrites

P-D letter: Webster Groves man says Blunt’s stance on Dem voting bill should have disqualified senator from receiving MLK commission honor

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