Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley issue statements on Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court diversity nominee

P-D: Biden’s call to ‘fund the police’ prompts criticism from Rep. Cori Bush

Joplin Globe: Every GOP U.S. Senate candidate – except Eric Greitens – accepts invitation to speak at Joplin Lincoln Day Dinner; top state officials, 7th Congressional and state auditor candidates will also appear

KWOS (Jefferson City): The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on filing day (0:20); Gov. Parson not calling special elections for six open House seats (1:10); Gov. Parson “never getting back” to Ashcroft (1:30); redistricting (1:45); foreign business scams (2:45); thoughts on Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) proposal to eliminate grocery tax (4:00); thoughts on Republicans who say Putin isn’t the enemy (7:00); thoughts on social conservatives and evangelical Republicans (10:00); more

Missouri Independent: Change to bill cutting Missouri sales tax on food transformed it into massive tax hike; Comments from GOP state Senate primary opponents Mary Elizabeth Coleman and Shane Roden

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on bill to eliminate grocery tax (0:15); which taxes she hates the most (2:15); which musical show tune reminds her of the Capitol (3:30); diaper tax (4:30); Sara Walsh’s proposal to repeal gas tax (6:00); extending Second Amendment protections to churches (6:45); feds admitting they’re wrong on SAPA (8:00); thoughts on U.S. Senate race (11:00)

The Missouri Times:  Plocher announces initiative to suspend business with Russia

JCNT: Voter ID legislation met with early opposition

P-D: Sports betting takes step forward in Missouri

Columbia Missourian: Bill from Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) would establish gifted programs in Missouri schools that lack them

The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Brown (R-Rolla) introduces expansion of ‘stand your ground’ legislation

Missourinet: Gov. Parson releases names of pardoned and commuted

The Missouri Times:  House gives initial OK to prison nurseries plan with bipartisan support

JCNT: Bill would create rewards for good behavior in Missouri prisons

P-D: Wait times for Medicaid applicants in Missouri could improve in coming weeks

JCNT: Missouri lawmakers consider community solar programs

Missouri Independent: Schmitt joins national probe into whether TikTok harms children

P-D: Missouri bill would allow hospital visitors during pandemics

SNL: CDC lowers Greene County to medium COVID risk, eases masking recommendation

Columbia Missourian: COVID cases are dropping, but some MU faculty still want masks

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Farm Bureau’s Garrett Hawkins: Investments in inland waterways keep agriculture competitive

Missouri Independent op-ed: Westminster College assistant professor of political science Joshua Holzer: Reminder: Eric Greitens was never exonerated

CDT op-ed: Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association VP Jerry Dowell: How Missouri lawmakers can help in the fight against Alzheimer’s

Columbia Missourian’s Evan Lassater: Missouri Legislature unlikely to expand early voting despite its popularity

Columbia Missourian’s Steve Spellman: Missouri state employees deserve better pay

KC Star letters: Independence woman wants Missourians to start splitting their tickets between Republicans and Democrats; Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on MoDOT budget and Patrick McKenna; Kansas City man says Hawley is making America weaker by “second-guessing and contradicting the president”

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