Wednesday, March 23, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: ‘Questioning your discretion and judgement:’ Hawley goes after Ketanji Brown Jackson

The Missouri Times: Exclusive: Vicky Hartzler campaign launches agriculture leadership team; Top endorsers in MO ag community include Charlie Kruse, Richard Fordyce, Barry Bean, Brian Klippenstein, Kathy Chinn, Denny Mertz

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Marc Cox Morning Show: Former state Sen. John Lamping (R-Ladue) on campaigns’ coordinated piling onto Greitens (2:45); he-said-she-said nature of allegations (4:30); Mitch McConnell issue (5:15); what to expect next from Schmitt and Hartzler campaigns (6:00); which candidate(s) McConnell and Blunt might pick (7:00); which polls to trust (7:45); Greitens’ likely polling ceiling (8:15)

KC Star: Roy Blunt joins Josh Hawley in calling for Eric Greitens to drop out of Senate race

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers and Jonathan Shorman: Missouri GOP silent on Eric Greitens, but party took action against other candidates

Missouri Independent: Sheena Greitens stands by allegations of abuse against her ex-husband

Missouri Independent: Greitens talks abuse allegations on Steve Bannon’s show, compares himself to Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh

Riverfront Times: Cora Faith Walker Controversy: Everything We Know 

Riverfront Times’ Ben Westhoff: Cora Faith Walker: ‘Betrayed’ feelings may give context to outrage and affect potential Steve Roberts – Cori Bush Democratic primary

The Missouri Times: Exclusive: Missouri Agribusiness Association endorses Mike Kehoe for governor

SNL: Civilians can now become members of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police – here’s how; Comments from Community Member Team Chairman Tim Garrison

The Missouri Times: Senate perfects Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights

Columbia Missourian: Senate passes Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, including new version of contentious amendment

JCNT: Speaker at Vitae Foundation lunch tells pro-life supporters to prepare for many more battles (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

SNL: House committee approves bill limiting abortion drugs, removes ectopic pregnancy language

KC Star: Missouri lawmakers delete ectopic pregnancy provision from abortion bill after uproar

Columbia Missourian: Bill about supplying abortion medications misconstrued; Pro-life and pro-choice groups agree that original bill on banning illegal abortion pills does not prevent treatment for ectopic pregnancy

P-D: Penalty for assisting abortion in case of ectopic pregnancy removed from measure in Missouri House (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

SNL: Republican proposal to hand Missouri Medicaid funding power to Legislature hears backlash

Missouri Independent: Republicans push work requirements for the able-bodied as part of Missouri Medicaid expansion

P-D: Missouri lawmakers seek lower drug prices with plan to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) credits Speaker Rob Vescovo for progress on broadband bill, predicts passage

Columbia Missourian’s Emma Lingo: Proposed legislation from “Denny Hoskins, R-Jefferson City [sic]” would offer incentives for investors giving to rural Missouri businesses

Missouri Independent: Missouri spent millions on pandemic no-bid contracts. Lawmakers now debating changes

P-D: Missouri Senate advances bill to phase out St. Charles County personal property taxes (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Legislation would create new college, university funding formula

St. Louis Public Radio: Normandy prepares to directly elect school board members; state took over district in 2014

SNL: New DHSS chief targets rebuilding public health sector, improving ‘abysmal’ metrics

P-D: Tenants of Festus apartment complex welcome state inspectors (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KC Star: Kansas City COVID cases plateau

SNL: New COVID subvariant has been present in Greene County since February, says Health Department Assistant Director

P-D editorial: Questions abound in Cora Faith Walker’s death. It needs an independent investigation (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D editorial: Greitens is accused again of abuse. Will Republican voters finally reject him? (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Court can restore Missourians’ lost voice in debate over CAFO regulations

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Republicans again targeting health insurance for low-income Missourians (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian’s Connor Giffin: Bill to walk back voter-approved Medicaid expansion and trample the will of voters condemned in hearing

P-D letter: League of Women Voters septuagenarian opposes GOP efforts to prevent absentee ballot fraud (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Joplin Globe letter: Joplin man opposes Medicaid appropriations proposal

JCNT letter: Jefferson City septuagenarian praises Eric Schmitt for Missouri School Boards’ Association lawsuit (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

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