Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox News: Ted Cruz backs Eric Schmitt in Missouri U.S. Senate primary

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Billy Long says Josh Hawley lied about endorsing Vicky Hartzler (0:45); “The Swamp” coalescing behind Hartzler (2:50); meeting with Hawley last Wednesday (3:15); how state party organizers set up Lincoln Day debate to “rattle” him, Schmitt and McCloskey (4:45); how Hawley lied to Eric Schmitt (5:15); how Vicky Hartzler is like Liz Cheney (6:15); Hartzler PAC’s text about Long dropping out (9:30)

Politico: Billy Long torches Hawley over Senate endorsement

Missouri Independent: Billy Long says Josh Hawley lied to him about U.S. Senate endorsement

SE Missourian: Hartzler defends women’s sports in new campaign ad

Columbia Missourian: Judicial Redistricting Commission plans hearing on Senate districts

JCNT: Gov. Parson: Trade, technical schools key to workforce development

The Missouri Times: Conservatives rally at Capitol for 7-1 map after leadership pauses floor discussion

JCNT: Republican lawmakers, advocates rally for 7-1 congressional map

Fox 2 (St. Louis): Demonstrators rally for GOP-heavy map as Senate tables debate

Fox 2 (St. Louis): Rowden wants senators to “grow up a little bit and get back to business”

Columbia Missourian: Conservatives rally over redistricting as Senate reconvenes

KC Star: MO Senate slams back into gridlock after map fight

P-D: Missouri Senate attempts to move on from redistricting debate, runs into another wall

P-D: $2 million from major Washington U. donors flows to PAC in midst of Senate paralysis; Comments from RightPath PAC’s Jorgen Schlemeier

Missouri Independent: Gov. Parson holds out hope for $15 state worker minimum wage

JCNT: Two abortion bills encounter confusion, concern at hearing

SNL: Missouri House advances ballot measure to defund Medicaid expansion, attach work requirements

Columbia Missourian: House gives preliminary approval to plan that could reverse Medicaid expansion

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) on her bill to support recovery centers

JCNT: House education panel hears several ‘parental bill of rights’ bills

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers, Jeanne Kuang and Eric Adler: How the right wing is fueling parents’ anger: Fights over masks and CRT in KC area schools follow a national strategy

KC Star: Angry parents speak out against masks, CRT at Kansas City area school board meetings

KC Star: Why parents sharing views on critical race theory and masks detracts from what’s best for students

KC Star: Video: Watch a brave, bold Blue Valley student speak out against “anti-science bigots’ who oppose liberal policies

Columbia Missourian: Bill from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would let state investigate complaints of abuse in schools

Marijuana Moment: Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Defiance) unveils wide-ranging marijuana legalization bill as others pursue 2022 ballot

St. Louis Public Radio: Sen. Brian Williams (D-University City) on Burlison’s “offensive” self-defense bill, redistricting, state employee pay raises, initiative petitions

P-D: Court: Remote worker wrongly denied Missouri unemployment benefits

KC Star: COVID cases keep dropping in Kansas City

KCUR: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas won’t renew school mask mandate as COVID cases fall

P-D: COVID-19 data quickly improving but St. Louis County exec says not enough to consider dropping mask mandate

SNL: As COVID cases rapidly fall, Springfield moves past omicron surge

KC Star editorial: Transphobic ad gets Vicky Hartzler in the mix. But is the GOP actually for anything?

JCNT editorial: Nixing new gas tax would be a mistake

P-D editorial: Missouri should compensate the victim first, then ask who should pay for wrongful conviction

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Latest GOP plan to torpedo Medicaid expansion wins initial OK in Missouri House

KBIA: “Health & Wealth Desk” sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health: Sebastián Martínez Valdivia: Missouri House advances bill to undercut Medicaid expansion

Documenting COVID-19 project, sponsored by Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation and MuckRock, via Missouri Independent: Kauerauf postmortem: Before ouster, Missouri health director drafted a letter to senators that was never sent

Missouri Independent’s Tessa Weinberg: Healthcare orgs kept in the dark when Missouri ended COVID emergency order

KC Star letter: Urban school board candidate criticizes Missouri Legislature for not yet appropriating federal funds

P-D letter: Glendale octogenarian says GOP lawmakers do not care about voters

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