Wednesday, April 6, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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NY Times: Eric Greitens tests the limits of the Trump scandal-survival playbook; Comments from Peter Kinder, James Harris; plus brief overview of Trudy Busch Valentine vs. Lucas Kunce

KC Star: Photos show Eric Greitens’ abuse of child, Sheena Greitens says in new court document

SNL: ‘A brazen attack,’ ‘a flat-ass lie’: Congressional map battle stirs tension in 7th district GOP primary

P-D: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks life — and a little poker — to “masked-up college students” at Washington University (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

The Missouri Times: Fire Fighter Association of Missouri endorses Mike Kehoe for governor

JCNT: State leaders praise public service of Missouri firefighters (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

P-D: ‘Poison pill’ creates headache for backers of plan to fully legalize marijuana in Missouri (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

SNL: Missouri House debates budget with billions of state and federal dollars up in the air

Missouri Independent: Missouri House signs off on $46.2 billion budget, leaves most of huge state surplus untouched

P-D: Missouri is flush with cash, but House leaves some money out of the state budget (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House gives initial approval to $46 billion state budget — changes expected from Senate

Missouri Independent: Workload waterworks: Director of DSS’ Children’s Division says staff shortage is making state workers cry

KC Star: Trying to ‘stem the bleeding.’ Missouri child welfare leader says agency needs help; Darrell Missey talks caseload challenges, quotes Johnny Cash

P-D: Missouri caseworkers are critically overworked, new Children’s Division chief tells lawmakers (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: COVID-19 legislation could give parents more decision-making power over their kids’ school attendance; Comments from Josh Foster, policy director at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office

Columbia Missourian: Funding for public events could depend on COVID-19 requirements

Missouri Independent: Former state health department official hired to oversee creation of Missouri’s PDMP

Missouri Independent’s Allison Kite: Missouri Senate committee takes up bill targeting Grain Belt Express transmission line; Comments from Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s “Mike Dearing [sic],” others (UPDATE: corrected Wednesday morning, without acknowledgment)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Disappearing texts could effectively erase Missouri’s public record laws, lawyer says; Mark Pedroli criticizes Josh Hawley, Eric Schmitt, Eric Greitens

The Missouri Times: Capitol hosts Senate Student Arts exhibit, awards ceremony

JCNT editorial: Medicaid work requirements needed (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

The Missouri Times op-ed: Americans for Prosperity’s Jeremy Cady: Missouri can trust Eric Schmitt

KCUR Health and Legal Affairs editor Dan Margolies: Eric Schmitt opposed the release of an innocent man, but Missouri Supreme Court lets Keith Carnes free

Seven weeks ago: KCUR’s Dan Margolies vs. Eric Schmitt on Twitter

P-D op-ed: Former state Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff (D): Legalize marijuana by legislative action, not by constitutional amendment (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D’s “Chat Room” video series: Which marijuana legalization measure is worthy of support? Policy analysis from Tony Messenger, punchlines/facials from Aisha Sultan

P-D letter: American Lung Association’s Chris Scaglione: Medicaid work requirements wrong for Missouri (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

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