Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: St. Louis mayor joins Biden, others to tout new federal gun law (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: KC mayor in D.C. to celebrate federal gun law; Quinton Lucas decries Westport shooting, criticizes Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act Kansas City Mayor Q leans on gun control after deadly Westport chaos; roundup of local coverage

The Missouri Times: Historic investment in conservation could be coming to Missouri, via Sen. Roy Blunt’s bill

KMIZ (Columbia): Greitens family court hearing canceled due to media attention, concern for kids

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Vicky Hartzler on Trump’s weekend statement (0:45), support from farm groups (1:30), Hawley’s endorsement (3:15), her final phone call with Trump (4:15), the case against Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt (6:20)

KC Stars Daniel Desrochers: The GOP establishment is lining up against Eric Greitens – but Mitch McConnell, Tim Scott stay quiet.

Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: Eric Greitens’ hopes for a U.S. Senate seat hinge on how Missouri voters see his past; thoughts from former ideological ally Stephen Webber (D), others

Riverfront Times’ Ray Hartmann: Trudy Busch Valentine personifies what’s wrong with today’s Missouri Democratic Party; “Valentine won’t debate because she cannot debate. She doesn’t have the chops.”

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: 4th Congressional District GOP candidate Taylor Burks on background (1:10), Tom Cotton endorsement (2:20), value of military veterans in Congress (4:15), Biden’s cognitive decline (6:30), what sets him apart from opponents (8:30)

P-D: Jeff Roorda, lifted by labor money, attempts another political comeback in Jefferson County; comments from consultant James Harris, opponents (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Primary preview: Tom Barr and Darin Chappell compete for east Greene County’s House District 137

CDT: Local state legislative districts feature only one contested primary: Adrian Plank vs. Chimene Schwach in District 47 Dem primary

St. Joseph News-Press: Two elections, different laws: Voting process gets an upgrade between August primary and November general (get around St. Joseph News-Press paywall here)

Missourinet: Liberal groups prep lawsuit against elections bill; comments from Missouri Voter Protection Coalition’s Denise Lieberman, Rep. John Simmons (R-Washington)

Missourinet: Bill to expand property rights protections a big win for Missouri farmers and ranchers; interview with Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill)

JCNT: Software company survey says Missouri in middle of pack for property tax collection (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: About 2,000 gas tax refund claims submitted since July 1

KC Star: Citing Supreme Court ruling, appeals court reinstates Missouri’s Down syndrome abortion ban (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on stltoday here)

CDT: Local Planned Parenthood has clear message: birth control still legal, clinic services not affected; clinic reports no hysterical “stockpiling” of emergency contraceptives

The Missouri Times: Democrat leadership requests special session on birth control, ectopic pregnancies

SNL: Democrats Rizzo, Quade request special session for birth control, ectopic care

AP: Missouri Democrats seek contraception, ectopic pregnancy session

Missouri Independent: Democrats call for special session on contraception, ectopic pregnancies

Kansas City Beacon: Schools for sale: What KCPS does with buildings after they close

JCNT: Amtrak passenger numbers on upswing (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

P-D: Grain Belt Express developer says new $7 billion plan will boost wind energy power (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Grain Belt Express announces expansion that means more clean energy for Missouri

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Invenergy announces addition of a spur line from the Grain Belt Express transmission line

P-D: Ameren, Peabody beef up solar power as fastest-growing power source in U.S. (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Trial date set for former owners of Missouri girls’ boarding school charged with abuse

P-D: Florissant woman pleads guilty to $829,000 in COVID relief fraud; Dionneshae Forland faked payroll documents, got friends and family in on the act (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Wastewater programs track COVID variants in Missouri flushes

P-D editorial: Vicky Hartzler is the latest Republican to see Trump loyalty repaid with humiliation (get around stltoday paywall here)

Washington Missourian editorial: Local infrastructure spending advocates are owed a debt of gratitude; advocates “gave cigars to (Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission) members to show their appreciation” (get around Washington Missourian paywall here)

KC Star editorial: The latest COVID-19 variant is here, Kansas City. And we all know what we have to do

KC Star’s Cortlynn Stark and Bill Lukitsch: Missouri’s abortion and anti-LGBTQ laws already costing the state tourism dollars

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: The new BA.5 variant is reinfecting Kansas Citians who have had COVID before – so mask up, get your booster shot and try Pfizer’s latest antiviral drug

P-D letter: Crestwood septuagenarian says Ann Wagner wrong on AR-15s (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Charles man praises Gov. Parson and legislators for cutting Schmitt’s AG office budget (get around stltoday paywall here)

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