Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Schatz raises $1.16M, with personal investment, in first 45 days of campaign

The Missouri Times:  Schmitt brings in $1.7M in latest fundraising cycle

Columbia Missourian’s Ken Midkiff: Critiques of GOP U.S. Senate campaigns: Vicky Hartzler has outraised all other candidates, Dave Schatz has not put in much effort, other factual inaccuracies

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Mark Reardon Show: Billy Long on battle vs. YouTube (2:00); YouTube’s hypocrisy on John Lewis, Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, Jimmy Carter (2:15); examples of Dems’ voter fraud (4:00); thoughts on Trump’s Eric Schmitt shout-out (8:15)

The Heartlander: Missouri, seven other states sue Biden administration over reinstated Obama-era immigration policy

St. Louis Public Radio: Army Corps of Engineers gets nearly $1 billion to help shipping on the Mississippi

The Missouri Times: This Week in Missouri Politics recap: Lyndall Fraker on Missouri medical marijuana revenue, effects on black market, more; Panel discusses congressional redistricting and mask mandates

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Better Elections Missouri consultant John Hancock explains ranked choice voting (0:30); memories of Jay Kanzler vs. Al Hanson (2:30); desire to have November vote (3:30); how ranked voting would have saved Missouri from Eric Greitens (4:30); why ranked voting will be even more popular once it passes (5:00); promo for campaign website “ [sic]”

SNL: Attempt by former Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) to overturn Missouri’s “revolving door” lobbying ban rejected by judge

KC Star’s Jeanne Kuang: Missouri lawmakers blow past Gov. Parson’s requested deadline to give state workers raises

Sports Handle: Missouri teams, casinos had meeting of minds, but legal sports betting no done deal; Behind-the-scenes insights from GOP Sens. Dan Hegeman, Denny Hoskins (link via Dave Drebes’ Missouri Scout weekday subscription news service)

AP: Schmitt seeks temporary restraining orders in mask lawsuits

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Mark Reardon Show: Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on Herculaneum student’s battle with school superintendent over masks (4:45); her illuminating conversation with clueless superintendent (8:15); thoughts on Donald Kauerauf (10:00)

KSGF (Springfield): Nick Reed Show: Concerned Women for America (CWA) State Director Bev Ehlen on why CWA opposes Donald Kauerauf as DHSS director: vaccination priority (6:30); speculation on pro-choice position (8:30)

The Missouri Times: Kauerauf maintains pro-public health, anti-mandate stance amid anti-vaccine protest

Columbia Missourian: Missouri health director reiterates anti-mandate stance in Senate hearing

AP: Protesters rally against Missouri’s new health director

Missouri Independent: Protesters rally against Senate confirmation of Missouri health director

SNL: Missouri health director sees anti-vaccine opposition as Senate confirmation awaits

St. Louis Public Radio: Mercy Hospital doc says natural immunity is helping cases and hospitalizations decrease; Jefferson County leads St. Louis City and St. Louis County in percentage of residents declining COVID vaccine

Missouri Independent: Staff shortages force Missouri psychiatric hospitals to seek outside help

JCNT: Biweekly state employee pay advances in Missouri House

JCNT: State lawmakers criticize plans for more MoDOT funding

P-D: With Missouri down 400 snowplow operators, MoDOT’s Patrick McKenna defends decision to boost pay

Columbia Missourian: Legislators try again for concealed carry weapons on public transit

The Missouri Times:  Profile: Meet Kim Cella, Missouri’s biggest advocate for public transit

The Heartlander: Legislators seek to boost Missouri biodiesel with $120 million in tax credits

Missouri Independent: Legislation would hold law enforcement officers to higher standard while off duty

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley would see any black woman as a ‘hard woke left’ choice for Supreme Court

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Praising Gov. Parson’s appointment of “B.J. Tankserly [sic]”

Washington Missourian editorial: Good riddance to unnecessary and burdensome emissions testing

KC Star’s Toriano Porter: Self-defense bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) would give violent criminals and racists a right to kill

The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin): My bill establishes middle ground on critical race theory

KC Star’s Jeanne Kuang and Jonathan Shorman: COVID vaccine opponents, hard-right Republicans want to topple Missouri health leader

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Anti-vaccination forces push falsehoods, seek ouster of Missouri’s public health chief

SNL’s Gregory Holman: At a time when COVID-19 presents a clear and local danger, some “gotcha” content creators seek to spread COVID misinformation

P-D letter: University City septuagenarian wants “more balanced” 5-3 congressional district map

P-D letter: Kit Bond/Jim Talent/American Red Cross alum Peggy Barnhart: Better Elections Amendment would expand voter options

P-D letter: Glendale sexagenarian says “pompous” AG Eric Schmitt makes her feel frightened

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