Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: White House’s Psaki accuses Hawley of ‘parroting’ Russia propaganda in Ukraine letter

Fox4 KC/Kansas City Star “4Star Politics”: SCOTUS vacancy: Dave Helling and John Holt talk with KC political consultant Michele Watley and KU law prof

The Missouri Times: League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorses Lucas Kunce in U.S. Senate race

JCNT: Highway Patrol assists hundreds early in snowstorm

Missouri Independent: Judge approves most of Ashcroft’s summary for Missouri school funding ballot measure

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on why he opposes 6-2/5-3 congressional map, explains why Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood should be in same district

P-D: Redistricting talks shift toward shoring up Ann Wagner’s seat

LakeExpo: Missouri conservatives beat back governor’s health director pick, who has now resigned (link via Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus on Twitter)

P-D: Intense GOP infighting threatens Gov. Mike Parson’s agenda in the Missouri Legislature

Missourinet: Bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) would strengthen Missouri’s “Castle Doctrine” protections

AP: Schmitt’s office nets $500,000 in Medicaid fraud case against treatment facility

Kaiser Health News’ Bram Sable-Smith, via St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri’s outdated computer technology forced Missouri woman to wait for Medicaid benefits – and she’s still waiting for her SNAP handouts

KBIA: “Health & Wealth Desk” sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health: Missouri has done little to promote Medicaid expansion; spending more money on outreach could help reduce recidivism

The Missouri Times: Combest, 20 for 20, Part 4 (10/21/21): Missouri media’s top victimhood narrative for 1H 2022: “Missouri expanded Medicaid too late – solutions include more funding from the Missouri Legislature for … educational materials and outreach, etc.”

St. Louis Public Radio:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske preview/movie promo: STL Reentry Collective aims to lower recidivism with new documentary project

Columbia Missourian: GOP lawmakers advocate for restitution for wrongfully convicted Missourians

Columbia Missourian: House advances bill to regulate opioid-like intoxicant

P-D: Rail advocates urge state to restore funding for twice-daily Missouri River Runner service

KC Star: Dean left Missouri school investigated for abuse. Now he’s at another unlicensed school

AP: Execution set for man who confessed to shooting and killing De Soto couple

Joplin Globe: Missouri to mark Earthquake Awareness Month with briefings on safety

SNL: Springfield-Greene County Health Department: 30 percent decline in new COVID-19 cases in the past week

Joplin Globe: Seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Joplin has been dropping for the past week

Joplin Globe editorial: Federal clean-up money for Missouri’s “orphaned” oil and gas wells welcome

P-D editorial: Self-defense bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) is a Murder-Protection Act

The Missouri Times op-ed: Scott Bell: Legislative options for clamping down on the abuse of Missouri’s initiative petition process

KC Star’s Dave Helling: Gov. Parson, mainstream GOP thought they could control the radicals who are now in charge; Businesses won’t move to Missouri, and parents won’t send their kids to schools where “history is ignored”

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City): Kauerauf hearing was despicable character assassination of a public servant

KC Star’s Jeanne Kuang and Jonathan Shorman: Doomed from the start? How angry conservatives fueled backlash against DHSS chief

NPR’s Grace Widyatmadja: Celebrating St. Louis woman’s grant for “black women and nonbinary photographers”; Tiffany Sutton “has decided to work with black women exclusively”

Columbia Missourian letter: Columbia woman wants masks in schools, says AG Eric Schmitt wants “to let children suffer”

P-D letter: Kirkwood septuagenarian attempts analogy involving masks and car seats, says Schmitt, Hawley and Gov. Parson make Missouri “laughing stock of the country”

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