Saturday, February 19, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KFEQ (St. Joseph): U.S. Rep. Sam Graves says U.S. needs to project strength to keep Russia from invading Ukraine

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Mark Reardon Show: Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on Billy Long vs. Josh Hawley controversy (7:45); thoughts on which U.S. Senate candidate she’s voting for (8:30); Eric Greitens’ strength in Jefferson County (9:15); state Senate redistricting update (14:00); congressional redistricting (14:40); critical race theory (19:30); why Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) is wrong about mask mandates (20:45)

Missouri Independent: Jack Danforth wants to find an independent candidate to run for U.S. Senate in Missouri

KC Star: 85-year-old Jack Danforth unhappy with “polarized politics,” imagines an independent U.S. Senate candidate; Modern-day Republican James Harris provides lucid perspective on reality (evade KC Star paywall via McClatchy DC site here) RINO Jack Danforth desperately seeking Missouri spoiler

The Missouri Times:  Alex Bryant joins crowded CD 7 primary

The Missouri Times:  Who is running in CD 7 in Missouri to replace Billy Long?

KSDK (St. Louis): 2 strategies moving Missouri towards marijuana legalization: Legislation from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Defiance) and Legal Missouri 2022’s ballot measure

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Wash U researchers exploring psychedelic drugs share thoughts on “Right to Try” bill from Rep. Michael Davis (R-Kansas City)

The Missouri Times:  Tracy McCreery nabs key union organization endorsement in Senate bid

KWTO (Springfield): Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) on Senate’s role in slowing down “gas pedal” House (2:00); Biden Administration “taking the bait” on Second Amendment Preservation Act and Supremacy Clause (7:00); important exemptions built into SAPA (9:45)

KC Star: DOJ halts partnership with Missouri in St. Louis, Schmitt says, but not Kansas City

Joplin Globe: Voting integrity measures on deck in Missouri

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on state Legislature’s timeline and priorities for spending federal largesse

JCNT: Nichols Career Center mulls options for potential grant funding; Gov. Parson plans to offer $20 million to career and technical centers

JCNT: Missouri Technology Corporation report: Boost funding, support for Missouri’s entrepreneurs

AP: Missouri finalizes $458M deal in opioid epidemic lawsuit

SNL: Missouri to get at least $458 million from Johnson & Johnson opioid settlement over 18 years

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri to receive $458M in settlement with J&J and other opioid distributors

Brownfield Ag News: Missouri Farm Bureau testifies in favor of eminent domain bill

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Tim Taylor (R-Bunceton) gives overview of proposed Conservation Commission changes, state employee pay raises

Columbia Missourian: Bill from Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) would prevent children from being charged as prostitutes

The Missouri Times: Profile: Jamie Johansen is an ambassador for the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri Times:  Running for a cause: 100-mile run to Capitol to raise awareness of MS

Washington Missourian: Franklin County Health Department says COVID cases plummeted 42.8% since last week

P-D: St. Louis County may end mask order soon

P-D editorial brief: Billy Long vs. Josh Hawley on junior senator’s “Made in China” coffee mugs

Joplin Globe editorial: No need for urgency on Missouri elections bills

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: A school board president, a health director, and a Senate pro tem walk into a bar

Joplin Globe op-ed: Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin): Why a 6-2 Congressional map is the right choice for Missouri

The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ron Boyer: Cow masks? Come on, let’s get real

The Documenting COVID-19 project, sponsored by Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation and MuckRock: Derek Kravitz and Rudi Keller: Conservatives’ misinformation fuels false belief that Missouri COVID death figures are being inflated

P-D letter: St. Joseph octogenarian criticizes GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion, accuses them of “immaturity, vindictiveness and shallow thought”

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