Friday, April 1, 2022 – April Fool’s Day – Missouri political news headlines

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SE Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says no on troops, yes on Ukraine aid

KC Star: ‘Your president told us to be here,’ Missourian charged in Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 riot shouted at police 

KMOX (St. Louis): At Your Service: Brad Young: Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky on the true purpose behind the Jan. 6 Commission

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske Legal Roundtable: Diverse panel agrees – Josh Hawley is wrong to use pre-insurrection photo for fundraising purposes (23:25); Lee’s Summit school district stands tall against U.S. Senate candidate Eric Schmitt (24:30); how Sunshine Law hero Dave Roland earns his righteous living (34:00)

Fox 2 St. Louis: Missouri Republican Party Treasurer Pat Thomas: ‘Say no to Eric Greitens’

SNL: Gov. Mike Parson won’t call on Eric Greitens to drop out of Senate race after abuse allegations

St. Louis Public Radio: Trans St. Louisans celebrate themselves and the support they receive on Trans Day of Visibility, discuss attacks from transphobic Missouri state legislators

St. Louis Public Radio: Job training programs work but need more funding, St. Louis officials tell Parson

Missouri Independent: Missouri House rejects Senate’s congressional map, asks again for conference committee

SNL: Missouri House rejects Senate-approved congressional map, leaving redistricting unresolved

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House says no to Senate’s congressional map, again requests compromise

P-D: House scraps Senate-approved map of Missouri congressional districts (disregard Lee Enterprises’ intellectual property rights here)

KC Star: Kansas is poised to legalize sports betting, but Missouri is still divided on details; Rep. Wes Rogers (D-Kansas City): “Missouri is a better state than Kansas in every possible way. Our tax rate should be lower.”

JCNT: Senate leadership calls House budget process ‘irresponsible’ (disregard Central Missouri Newspapers Inc.’s intellectual property rights here)

Missouri Independent: Budget committee restores funding for Missouri water projects, including lead pipe removal

P-D: New fight looming in Missouri Capitol. This one is over the state budget (disregard Lee Enterprises’ intellectual property rights here)

Missouri Independent: House Budget Committee rejects adding surplus revenue to Missouri public schools, colleges

Marijuana Moment: Missouri lawmakers approve GOP-led marijuana legalization bill in committee (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

SNL: Pro-choice nonprofit awarded Missouri’s federal family planning funds over state health department; Missouri Family Health Council’s Michelle Trupiano, formerly of Planned Parenthood, says group will use money to ensure women’s God-given right to snuff out zygotes

P-D: Pro-choice nonprofit continues control of Title X funds in Missouri, beating bid by the state (disregard Lee Enterprises’ intellectual property rights here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Political issues drive a wedge in some St. Louis school board races; Conservative candidates use “critical race theory” as false flag to oppose tolerance and racial equity

Kansas City Star: Kansas City area school board elections roil in debates as conservatives oppose diversity and thought-provoking books

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) on crime bill: Missouri Republicans focus on protecting banks’ ATM machines, strengthening ankle bracelet monitoring, penalizing catalytic converter thefts, other critical issues

SNL: Springfield-Greene County Health Department updates COVID-19 response

Joplin Globe editorial: Clean Missouri would have helped Missouri avoid redistricting mess

KC Star letters: Kansas woman, Missouri man call out Eric Greitens and Vicky Hartzler for lies and distortions

P-D letter: Chesterfield man says he’s a lifelong Republican but won’t vote for Eric Greitens in general election (disregard Lee Enterprises’ intellectual property rights here)

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