Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Santa Barbara News-Press’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn: Missouri latest state to challenge EPA letting California set emissions standards

KC Star: Josh Hawley opposes $40 billion giveaway to Ukraine

KC Star: TikTok, Facebook posts lead to charges against Missouri man in Capitol riot

Missouri Independent: Appeals court hears arguments over Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app

The Missouri Times: Sara Walsh withdraws from congressional race

Columbia Missourian: Citing new map, Ashland’s Sara Walsh drops out of GOP primary

Missouri Independent: Sara Walsh cites loss of voters in new map as she exits race in Missouri’s 4th District

KC Star: Carved out of district, Sara Walsh pulls out of race to replace Vicky Hartzler in Congress

SNL: Teacher pay, charter schools focus of 7th Congressional District GOP candidate forum Kansas City abortion rally redux: Did GOP lose white lady vote?

KCUR: Young environmentalists say “anxiety and stress relating to global warming” may keep them from breeding; 26-year-old woman says angst over climate change “feels debilitating at times”

JCNT: State unveils website for ARPA funding applications (get around News-Tribune paywall here) KC Star columnist Dave Helling caught talking trash on hot mic

Fox4 KC/KC Star: 4 Star Politics deleted audio recovered: KC Sports Commission and Foundation CEO Kathy Nelson during commercial break: “… I’m gonna get this to fail, if he’s gonna get mine to fail” (0:55); Helling says “on the floor, J.J. Rizzo was very friendly to the ‘Luek-te-meyer’ [sic] bill” (1:15); beer/golf plans (1:30); Helling flexes to Kathy Nelson during commercial break about showing Tony Luetkemeyer what’s what: “Let me just say (Luetkemeyer) will take a bit of a slap in your local newspaper here coming up … more than once” (2:15)

KWOS (Jefferson City): Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on environmentalists’ damage to the economy (0:05), conference committee report and “free needles for junkies” legislation (1:20), 2023 Missouri state budget and how Senate Republicans “act like Democrats” (3:00), praise for elections integrity bill (4:20), sports betting and video lottery terminals (5:45), Missouri Chamber and vaccine mandates (7:30), campaign for St. Charles County executive (10:00) (note: recorded before end of legislative session)

SNL: End-of-session photo gallery: Eight (8) House Republicans strike fig-leaf pose behind Speaker Rob Vescovo; Democrats fill in the space behind House Minority Leader Crystal Quade; more

Combest, The Missouri Times, 2/22/22: In praise of Crystal Quade’s Capitol press conferences: “It’s like talking to your kids’ preschool teacher at pickup time, when you know you’re getting the best possible spin on events while amorphous blobs behind her breathe through their mouths.”

Missourinet: Missouri Supreme Court to administer oath of office to Honorary Robin Ransom; Gov. Parson appointed first black woman to state’s highest court

SNL: 6 charts and maps to understand Missouri’s statehouse races in 2022

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri tightens eminent domain protections for agricultural land

KSHB: Purple Peace Foundation, KC epilepsy advocates hopeful Gov. Parson will sign ‘Will’s Law’ (link via

KC Star: Expired tags on your car? Missouri highway patrol says it’s time to register your vehicle

JCNT: Fed data: Missouri in top 10 for EV charging access; Ameren does not respond to request for comment (get around News-Tribune paywall here)

P-D: St. Louis County, City see bump in daily COVID-19 cases (get around stltoday paywall here)

Washington Missourian editorial: Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus successful in hijacking the session (get around Washington Missourian paywall here)

Riverfront Times founder Ray Hartmann: Bad actor Josh Hawley auditions as Disney villain

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Session’s bitter infighting doomed Missouri GOP’s policy goals; Senate Conservative Caucus “crafted bills around hard-line buzzwords like the often-mentioned, but rarely defined, ‘Critical Race Theory'” and the “so-called ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights'”

KC Star op-ed: Global Initiative for Boys and Men’s Sean Kullman: Missouri’s opioid and suicide crisis hits men hardest. Our boys deserve more help

Kaiser Health News’ Lauren Weber, via Missouri Independent: Missouri’s health department has not spent any of its $35.6 million to fight COVID health disparities

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