Thursday, March 17, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: $50 million for Missouri State renovations among Blunt’s earmarks in new federal budget

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: Analyzing the new Missouri Senate map, district by district

St. Joseph News-Press: State Senate candidates respond to new districts; Comments from Tony Luetkemeyer, J. Eggleston, Delus Johnson

The Missouri Times: Fraternal Order of Police announces Tim Garrison to serve as chairman of Community Member Team

SNL: Legal Missouri 2022 marijuana campaign lands key ACLU endorsement; Reaction from Eapen Thampy, others

SE Missourian’s B Magazine: Election officials, poll workers talk about process and trusting the vote in Cape County; Thoughts from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) on why he’s running for state Senate; chipping away at state income tax (0:30); gas tax and property tax (2:00); where road funding should come from (3:20); appraising Cody Smith’s talents as Budget chairman (4:45); thoughts on GOP state Rep. Phil “Cryptofanelli” and taxing cryptocurrency (6:00); whether he’ll endorse a candidate for his state rep seat (7:00); why prescription drug monitoring program is necessary (9:00); thoughts on recreational marijuana and expungement (10:15)

JCNT: Interest high at state career fair

AP: Missouri could make it harder to get out-of-state abortions

P-D: Schmitt sues Rockwood School District over alleged Sunshine Law violations (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

JCNT: State begins study of minority, women participation in contracts Kansas City Star covers sad fate of Country Club Plaza businesses, conveniently forgets role of Black Lives Matter riots and Quinton Lucas

Washington Missourian: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author Tony Messenger shares insights into latest book during presentation at Washington library Cora Faith Walker obituary, funeral details Responses to Antonio French’s column on Cora Faith Walker: Virvus Jones’ multiple “Your momma [sic]” ripostes, Jamilah Nasheed as peacemaker, more

KC Star editorial: Eric Schmitt declares war on Missouri school boards. Our kids’ education is at risk

JCNT editorial: Bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) would strengthen family farms

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Missouri Press Association President Roger Dillon: Republican Gov. Mike Parson, AG Eric Schmitt and Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Ellisville) the biggest threats to Sunshine Law rights

P-D’s Janet Y. Jackson: Assessing the heavy burdens attached to Missouri voter IDs; “Aunt Eva,” born in 1912, did not own a photo ID (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Kansas City transgender: Missouri lawmakers wrong to target young transgenders

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Our “no-nonsense guide” to “abortion by mail” in Missouri; One (1) reference to women, six (6) uses of pregnant people

Missouri Independent’s Tessa Weinberg and Rebecca Rivas: Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more; Third-party quotes from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and new heath care advocacy group “Prepare STL,” plus Washington University health care policy analyst Timothy McBride

Combest: 20 for 20, Part 4 (10/21/21): Missouri media’s top victimhood angle 1H 2022: Missouri expanded Medicaid in 2021, but experts are still “worried”; “Media coverage to include third-party quotes from health care advocacy organizations, ironically overweight health care policy analysts from liberal universities”

P-D letter: St. Louis City man dislikes “ruthlessly ambitious career climber” Josh Hawley and Eric Greitens (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

JCNT letter: Jefferson City man wants State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and AG “Eric Schmidt [sic]” to stop meddling in local issues, says Schmitt needs “a class in high school civics”

P-D letter: Webster Groves sexagenarian touts career as criminal defense lawyer, criticizes GOP Rep. Brian Seitz as “older male legislator” (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis County septuagenarian opposes GOP Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman’s pro-life bill, attempts analogy involving abortion and sports betting (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis City septuagenarian dismayed by KMOV-TV’s flight to safety away from urban core (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

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