Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Analysis: 2022 U.S. Senate candidate quarterly reports: fundraising and spending for campaign committees and PACs

KC Star: Jack Danforth denounced Hawley for his role in Jan. 6. His daughter donated to him.

SE Missourian: Local “Moms Demand Action” chapter promotes “National Gun Violence Survivors Week”

Missouri Independent: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation funds two six-month “fellowships” for Midwest Newsroom/Missouri Independent content creation; Niara Savage wrote a book about racial violence, and Samantha Horton covered gender diversity in car racing

The Missouri Times: Combest: 20 for 20, Part 1 (10/18/21): Journalism is not dead: “You may be surprised how affordable it can be to lock in a 24- or 36-month lease on young reporters to generate content for your company or industry’s cause.”

SNL: Missouri Legislature halts work for remainder of week as winter storm approaches

The Missouri Times:  Senate stymies Gov. Parson’s pick to lead health department

The Missouri Times:  ‘Embarrassment to this state’: Gov. Parson lambasts Senate as health director resigns

Missourinet: Opposition from Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus leads to resignation of state’s top health chief

AP: Missouri health director out following conservative blowback

Missouri Independent: Gov. Mike Parson’s pick to lead state health department rejected by Missouri Senate

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg: Missouri’s health director resigns after Senate fails to approve his appointment; Comments from Sen. “Tony Leutkemeyer [sic],” others

KC Star: Missouri health director won’t be confirmed after pressure from anti-vaccine opponents

P-D: Gov. Parson calls failure to confirm Missouri health director ‘disgraceful’ and ‘an embarrassment to the state’

Columbia Missourian: Senate blocks appointment of state health director, questioning his stance on mandates

SNL: Missouri health director’s confirmation derailed by anti-vaccine Senate opposition

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) supports state pay worker increases to address staffing shortages at Missouri Department of Mental Health

Columbia Missourian: Bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) would tie unemployment benefits to jobless rate

Missouri Independent: Missourians will vote this November on whether to hold a state constitutional convention

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Substitute teacher bill from Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) passes through committee Sen. Barbara Washington (D-Kansas City) plots to defund Kansas City museum

Columbia Missourian’s Xcaret Nunez: Proposed bill could allow people to kill without proving self-defense; Comments from “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike [sic] McCloskey”

AP: Prosecutor slams Missouri bill as ‘Make Murder Legal Act’; Sen. Brian Williams (D-University City) says self-defense bill is racist

SNL: Missouri bill empowering deadly force for self-defense panned by law enforcement, supported by Mark McCloskey; Williams calls bill “complete bullsh!t … one of the most offensive pieces of legislation I have ever seen in my life”

P-D: McCloskey praises self-defense bill

KSHB (Kansas City): 2 bills to increase funding for KCPD pass out of Missouri House Committee on Public Safety (link via

St. Louis Public Radio/Sharing America racism reporter Andrea Henderson: Harris-Stowe shuts down campus for hours following “bomb threat”; St. Louis County NAACP President John Bowman blames incident on former President Donald Trump

Joplin Globe editorial: State lawmakers should pass funding for Medicare [sic]

P-D editorial: Loudmouth bullies score a victory by using lies against Kauerauf

KC Star editorial: Gov. Parson eaten by his pet monster: Missouri health director out for being pro-vaccine

KC Star’s Jeanne Kuang and Jonathan Shorman: Gov. Parson responds angrily after stunning setback on Kauerauf

KC Star’s Luke Nozicka: Kevin Strickland update: Lawmakers urge broadening Missouri’s paltry compensation to the wrongly convicted

Missouri Independent’s Dillon Bergin: Gov. Parson’s lack of action halts Missouri coroner training, while Sen. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) makes stale funeral jokes

P-D letter: St. Louis County man who supported “Clean Missouri” bashes GOP state legislators and Ann Wagner, praises “Better Elections Missouri” ranked-choice voting plan

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