Tuesday, February 15, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: GOP U.S. Senate candidates discuss policy priorities at Missouri Lincoln Day forum

AP: Fresh off Hawley endorsement, new Vicky Hartzler ad takes on “woke liberals'” attack on sports: “Women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women”

SNL’s Galen Bacharier: ‘Women’s sports are for women,’ Vicky Hartzler says in new Senate ad attacking trans athletes

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Vicky Hartzler launches transphobic ad targeting transgender college swimmer

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: The photo that was supposed to end Josh Hawley’s career? He put it on a coffee mug (evade KC Star paywall through McClatchy DC site here)

SE Missourian: One year after Rush — River Radio says listeners ‘seem happy’ with Limbaugh’s successors

JCNT: State revenue remains slightly ahead of last year

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Mark Reardon Show: Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) on her bill to repeal gas tax increase

JCNT: Lawmakers weigh state work from home, IT task forces

Missourinet: BJ Tanksley leading state’s efforts to implement Gov. Parson’s plan to invest more than $400 million in broadband

P-D: More sniping among Missouri Republicans as congressional map debate drags on

KRES/KWIX: Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) on Senate redistricting fight: Folks who are screaming the loudest voted for a 6-2 map 10 years ago”; Rabblerousers should “get over themselves, get on with their work, and do their jobs”

Columbia Missourian: House bills would restrict COVID-19 vaccination requirements

P-D: Missouri House advances bills limiting vaccine mandates Local news roundup: Schools across Kansas City metro removing COVID mask mandates

Missourinet: Bill from Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) targets smash-and-grab crime rings; Walgreens supports measure, noting violent criminal behavior in St. Louis City and Kansas City; Amazon opposes bill

Columbia Missourian: Bill from Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) would limit arrests for failing to pay traffic fines

SNL: Tricia Derges has narcotics license put on probation, admits to illegal drug prescriptions

AP: Missouri lawmaker’s narcotics license placed on probation

JCNT: Nearly half of Rock Island Trail funds needed for local section

Missouri Independent: Missouri Public Service Commission says Spire ‘created unnecessary panic and confusion’ with warnings of gas outages

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Kansas City, are you upset about your Spire bill? Tell us about the hardship it has caused you.

KC Star editorial: In only state that’s failed to authorize federal funds, GOP may cost MO schools billions

P-D editorial: GOP’s dangerous stand on coronavirus vaccine mandates is spreading

Joplin Globe editorial: Gov. Parson owes apology to Post-Dispatch reporter

Kaiser Health News’ Rachana Pradhan, via Missouri Independent: Enrollment groups worry Missouri won’t be able to efficiently handle renewals for nearly all its Medicaid enrollees when the time comes

The Missouri Times: Combest, 20 for 20, Part 4 (10/21/21): Missouri media’s top victimhood story of 1H 2022: “Missouri expanded Medicaid in 2021, but experts are worried that it was too late.” 

P-D’s Bill McClellan: ‘Stoner values’ reluctantly reject Missouri’s plan for recreational pot

The Missouri Times op-ed: St. Louis City Deputy Public Administrator Patty Berger: In support of legislation from GOP state lawmakers: Babies born in prison should stay with their mom

The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina): School superintendents need to start following the law and trusting parental decisions regarding virtual education

KC Star “narrative writer” David Hudnall: Diapers are expensive. They’d be cheaper in Missouri under this new bill

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Sunshine Coalition Executive Director Dennis Ellsworth: Proposals from Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Ellisville) would gut Sunshine Law

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Granted parole, Michael Politte will continue fight for justice as a free man

P-D op-ed: Retired teacher Jonathan Hickman: Missouri needs to reckon with its history as a slave state by apologizing

KC Star op-ed: Kansas City teacher Mike Bannen: Conservatives’ criticisms of COVID, ‘critical race theory’ represent the lunatic fringe and must stop

P-D letter: St. Louis City man says GOP state lawmakers should be grateful for more people receiving Medicaid

P-D letter: Jackson resident shares harrowing tale of calling MO HealthNet and waiting on hold to get Missouri Medicaid benefits

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