Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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93.9 The Eagle: Wake up Columbia with Branden Rathert and Stephanie Bell: Billy Long previews this week’s U.S. Senate debate at Lincoln Day: speculation that Schmitt and Greitens are “living in Joe Biden’s basement” (12:15); criticism of “Shanghai Schmitt” (12:50); why Vicky Hartzler is not a true conservative (14:30); congressional redistricting maps (8:00); YouTube controversy (1:50); more

Brownfield Ag News: USDA announces $1 billion for climate-smart practices, market expansion

The Missouri Times: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announces new initiative tackling climate change during visit to Lincoln University

JCNT: USDA announces $1 billion grant program while visiting LU

P-D: U.S. agriculture secretary, during Missouri appearance, kicks off new $1B ‘climate-smart’ grant program

Missouri Independent: USDA pledges $1B for ‘climate smart’ ag products

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: State Senate Tipsheet: February 2022

The Missouri Times: Senate’s redistricting fight begins with conservative rally

The Missouri Times: Redistricting Rumble: Senate begins marathon debate on congressional maps; Live blog of ongoing debate

Columbia Missourian: 7-1 redistricting map voted down by Senate

Missouri Independent: Republican officials rally supporters to advocate for ‘7-1’ Missouri congressional map

P-D: Bipartisan Senate coalition rejects ‘7-1’ Missouri congressional plan

Columbia Missourian: Initiative petition overhaul subject of state House debate

P-D: Missouri House endorses plan to raise standards for changing state constitution

JCNT: Proposed pay increase for state workers headed to Missouri House floor

Missouri Independent: House committee scales back governor’s pay raise plan for Missouri state workers

Columbia Missourian: House Budget Committee cuts back Parson’s proposed state worker raises

KC Star: Missouri Republicans limit proposed state worker raises over opposition to $15 minimum

St. Louis Public Radio: $15 minimum wage for Missouri state employees not guaranteed under amended budget

SNL: House committee cuts back plan for MO state worker raises, eliminates $15 minimum for all

SNL: Counties, U.S. Department of Justice ask state Supreme Court to block Missouri gun law

P-D: Drops in St. Louis violent crime not greater in Cure Violence areas last year, analysis shows

JCNT editorial: Keep the state parks attendance momentum going, Missourians

KC Star editorial: Bill from Sen. Steven Roberts (DSt. Louis City) limits citizen’s arrest law to prevent Ahmaud Arbery-type murder

P-D editorial: Thin-skinned insults are no way for the mayor to respond to an abuse victim

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: GOP plan to gut Medicaid advances to floor of Missouri House

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs): The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) question: Should superintendents block eligible parental requests? No!

Missouri Independent op-ed: Missouri National Education Association President Phil Murray: DESE and state lawmakers should waive standardized testing this year

Midwest Newsroom’s Kavahn Mansouri, via St. Louis Public Radio: Cities make their case to Missouri Supreme Court that the state’s gun law is unconstitutional

SE Missourian op-ed: National Parents Organization’s Linda Reutzel: Report shows Missouri’s child support guidelines are lacking

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Ellisville); Missouri shouldn’t follow California’s failed homelessness playbook

Columbia Missourian’s Ken Midkiff: Geriatric columnist reminds readers that he is a COVID-19 survivor”; meandering thoughts on Trump, Claire McCaskill, Billy Long

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