Saturday, March 19, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio: Hundreds celebrate former state Rep. Cora Faith Walker’s life and advocacy work in St. Louis

P-D: Cora Faith Walker remembered by St. Louis-area leaders, family and friends (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D’s Jess Bogan: Profile: Why Cori Bush won’t back off her call to ‘defund the police’ (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KC Star: Sen. Josh Hawley won’t cave to Politico’s demand he stop using fist pump image on campaign merchandise

Roll Call: Ways and Means contenders pony up for GOP campaign arm; Missouri’s Jason Smith, others vie for powerful post

Missourinet: U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer introduces “Sanctioning Putin’s Enablers Act”

SE Missourian’s Beau Nations: Senate candidate Mark McCloskey speaks “at monthly Pacyderms [sic]” meeting; McCloskeys earned fame after “a group of Black Lives Matter protesters passed by their mansion in 2020”

St. Louis Public Radio: Kim Gardner may testify in perjury trial of her former Greitens investigator

SNL: 3 Springfield-area men get probation for attending Jan. 6 Capitol riot

AP: West Lake Landfill cleanup slowed after more nuclear waste found

CDT: Democrat Dave Raithel files to challenge Cheri Reisch for 44th District Missouri House seat; New district is is 59.52% Republican and 36.6% Democratic, with a 5.29% black population

Missourinet: Bill from Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) would incentivize non-violent ex-convicts to get a full-time job

P-D: Unemployment continues to slide in Missouri and St. Louis area (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Substitute teacher bill from Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) passes House

JCNT: Bill from Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Lesterville) seeks to double size of Conservation Commission (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

P-D: Schmitt dismisses lawsuits against St. Louis, school districts where masks no longer required (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KC Star: As COVID fades and mandates end, Missouri AG Schmitt drops mask lawsuits against most schools

P-D: Editorial briefs: Cori Bush should use student-engagement program for civics and not personal campaign; Hawley vs. Politico (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Daily American Republic editorial: Kudos to Missouri for giving state workers a raise

Joplin Globe editorial: Legislature should fund Missouri schools, pay teachers better

Washington Missourian editorial: Missouri Republicans’ voter ID bill is a waste of time (hop over Missourian paywall here)

Columbia Missourian’s David Webber: Danforth and McCaskill not giving up on democracy

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Soybean Association CEO Gary Wheeler: Celebrating Missouri-made fuel on Biodiesel Day Newsman considers KC Star downsizing: It’s just another blog

Forbes contributor Preston Cooper: Bill from state Sen. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola) and Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Bonne Terre) would fund public colleges based on graduates’ earnings

SNL op-ed: Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) demonstrates bigotry and racism with his bills on critical race theory, and his overall attitude

Missouri Independent’s Tessa Weinberg: Loophole means AG Eric Schmitt rarely enforces Missouri Sunshine Law on state agencies, tells complainants to “contact a private attorney”

St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan: As Missouri women choose to work in low-paying industries, “wage gap” persists

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