Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Hawley calls for more troops in Asia as Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan with military force

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Billy Long on baby formula shortage and FDA’s incompetence (1:00), latest on potential Trump endorsement (5:00), fentanyl (6:30), Mexico border (7:15), Title 42 (9:00)

97.1 FM Talk (St. Louis): Mark Cox Show: Former state Sen. John Lamping (R-Ladue) on Billy Longs campaign, candidate forums at 18 North Central in O’Fallon, what separates Long from the crowd (3:00), what’s keeping Long from a Trump endorsement (3:45), why Hartzler won’t get the Trump endorsement (5:30), why establishment Republicans fear populism and support ranked-choice voting (7:30)

Missouri Independent: Phone records blast holes in Eric Greitens’ conspiracy claims, attorney says

P-D: Debate over debates emerges in Missouri ahead of Aug. 2 party primaries; Hartzler’s Mike Hafner says Greitens won’t debate; Kunce challenges Trudy Busch Valentine; Steve Roberts invites “Socialist” Cori Bush to debate 10 times (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Former St. Louis City Alderman Irving Clay Jr. – brother and uncle to two longtime congressmen – dies at 97 (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times: Jay Wasson’s campaign says he leads in 7th Congressional District race; American Viewpoint poll shows Wasson at 21%, Mike Moon 17%, Eric Burlison 15%

The Missouri Times: Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) endorses Mike Kehoe for governor; first AGCMO endorsement since its founding in 1925

P-D: Former Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) among Gov. Parson’s two new appointments to Missouri Ethics Commission (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Local chapter of liberal National Women’s Political Caucus rescinds political endorsements after pushback; Rep. LaDonna Applebaum (D-St. Louis County) among leaders of rebellion (get around stltoday paywall here)

Branson Tri-Lakes News: Local League of Women Voters president resigns to run for state rep, insists she is not “woke”; Ginger Witty, Dave Speelman seek to fill Democratic ballot slot for Brian Seitz’s re-election

P-D: League of Women Voters klatch kvetches about GOP election legislation (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times: The last day of the 2nd regular session of the 101st Missouri General Assembly, Part 1: Behind-the-scenes look into congressional map negotiations

KC Star: Missouri voters will decide Kansas City police funding fight

The Missouri Times: AARP urges Gov. Parson to veto tax rebate

JCNT: Hitachi plant celebrates 50 years, announces $10M expansion; Gov. Parson, Department of Economic Development Acting Director Maggie Kost on hand (get around News-Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Missouri commissioner of higher education selected for new role at MSU (get around News-Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Missouri State hires Zora Mulligan for No. 2 role

SNL 4/22/22: Missouri Higher Ed Commissioner Zora Mulligan and two diversity candidates are finalists for Missouri State University provost job

Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court weighs impact of merit system changes on labor contracts

SNL: High court weighs law that unions say disrupts bargaining with state

Missouri Independent: Environmentalists decry proposed ‘permit lite’ for some Missouri coal ash ponds

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri environmental groups decry proposed discharge permits for power plants

P-D: St. Louis hospital officials push masks again, as BA.2.12.1 variant helps COVID cases rise (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis doctors again urge masks, vaccines as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

KC Star editorial: As gun violence rages, Blunt and Hawley take campaign contributions from the NRA

KC Star letter: Kansas City League of Women Voters septuagenarian endorses Better Elections Missouri’s ranked-choice voting campaign

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