Thursday, March 24, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Trump asks if Missourians are appreciating, considering Billy Long in U.S. Senate bid

SNL: ‘Just askin’: Trump floats support of Billy Long in Senate race, but no endorsement yet

The Hill: Trump touts Long in Missouri Senate race amid Greitens allegations (link via

KC Star: Trump praises Billy Long, but says it’s not an endorsement of his Senate campaign

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City’s investigator of former Gov. Greitens pleads guilty to misconduct in 2018 case

Missouri Independent: Investigator in Greitens’ case pleads guilty to evidence tampering; thoughts from GOP consultant James Harris, others

This Week in Missouri Politics: Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on show’s expansion to KMOS on Sunday mornings; Greitens allegations and fallout (1:30); A look at Greitens campaign’s “The Missouri Liberal Times” hit piece mailer (3:30); Hartzler’s chances (4:15); how end of the pandemic will affect Schmitt’s campaign (4:50); Josh Hawley’s role in calling out Greitens in 2018 (7:00); what John Lampings interview with Marc Cox can tell you about the Greitens case (10:00); more

P-D: Missouri House considers legislation stemming from Greitens investigation (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D: EPA officials update Bridgeton leaders, activists on cleanup delays, newly found radioactivity (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

KMOV (St. Louis): St. Louis County executive says St. Louis City is “perfectly capable” of Cora Faith Walker death investigation

P-D: With documentaries in the works – including on her trailblazing grandmother Betty Thompson – “KVtheWriter” is back onstage (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D video: “KVtheWriter” honors grandmother, former Mo. state Rep. Betty Thompson (D), with documentary

P-D: Lobbyist, adviser to St. Louis mayor leaves Kansas City firm; Former state Rep. Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) led government relations for Burns & McDonnell since 2012 (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio:  St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske:  LGBTQ activists promote “summer camp” for kids

KSHB (Kansas City): Gov. Parson, KC Mayor Quinton Lucas to make ‘major economic development’ announcement this morning (link via

JCNT: Missouri unemployment rate continues decline (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

St. Joseph News-Press: Local lawmakers optimistic about progress in second half of session; priorities include budget, critical race theory (hop over News-Press paywall here)

P-D: Infighting in Missouri Senate prompts talk of ‘nuclear option’ by GOP leader (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Bills to limit employee vaccine mandates come before Senate committee

Missouri Independent: Bills providing exemptions to COVID vaccine rules face opposition in Senate committee

Columbia Missourian: Support for paper ballots is strong; legislation would make it state law

Missouri Independent: Missouri House approves bill to legalize sports wagering

Columbia Missourian: Sports betting bill amended to address problem gambling

P-D: Sports betting inches forward in Missouri (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Broadband bills face no opposition in committee

Missourinet: Bill from Sen. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola) would change the way the state funds colleges and universities

KC Star: Missouri bills would require KCPS to pay millions to charters, allow students to enroll elsewhere

SNL: Bill to tighten requirements on physician licenses in Missouri splits lawmakers

Brownfield Ag News: Bill from Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) would protect producers during eminent domain case for utilities

Columbia Missourian: House bill would prohibit private and public businesses from contracting with Russia

P-D: Effort to help Ukraine advances in Missouri House (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House approves wide-ranging bill to help reduce crime, including porch piracy

JCNT: Bill seeks to prohibit surgical gender “transitions” for Missouri minors (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D: Lower sales tax rate for diapers, tampons eyed in Missouri House (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House bill would eliminate parking meters on city streets

Washington Missourian: As local school districts drop mask mandates, Schmitt drops lawsuits (hop over Missourian paywall here)

Fox 2 (St. Louis): As Missouri enjoys a record low rate of positive COVID tests, STL County health department monitoring ‘stealth omicron’ sub-variant

St. Louis Public Radio: More contagious omicron variant detected in Missouri, spreading in St. Louis County

Washington Missourian editorial: Eric Greitens should drop out of the race for U.S. Senate (hop over Missourian paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: DESE’s mental health trainings for schools would be beneficial

The Missouri Times op-ed: Associated Industries of Missouri’s Ray McCarty: The continuous fight against Grain Belt Express undermines energy security, ignores inflation

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