Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Billy Long on Vicky Hartzler’s “5,200 endorsements” from ag groups and “Josh Hawleywood” (0:40), seating arrangement in the U.S. Senate GOP “clown car” (2:10), One America News’ Chanel Rion’s angle that Vicky Hartzler “blew a gasket and got her panties in a bunch” about Trump and Greitens (3:15), why he doesn’t pester Trump with phone calls (5:10), factors holding Trump back from endorsing (8:45)

Springfield Daily Citizen: MyPillow CEO says two-day Trump event planned for Springfield next month — but details are sparse (get around Springfield Daily Citizen paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Profile: U.S. Senate candidate Spencer Toder (D)

P-D: John Danforth’s candidate for U.S Senate in Missouri says campaign on track to make ballot (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: 4th Congressional District Republicans discuss foreign policy, illegal immigration

JCNT: Primary challenger goes on the offensive against Republican incumbent; Scott Riedel calls Mike Bernskoetter’s record “absolutely atrocious;” Missouri Senate District 6 candidates debate taxes, boys competing in girls’ sports, critical race theory (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Reducing taxes, protecting families are top concerns for Senate District 10 candidates; Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) and Joshua Price discuss rural hospitals, gas tax (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Fox News video: Hannity: Sen. Josh Hawley discusses woke Berkeley professor meltdown (link via

KC Star: Berkeley professor calls Josh Hawley ‘transphobic’ for asking if “people with a capacity for pregnancy” really means “women”

KC Star: In Senate testimony, abortion industry rep says Illinois clinic sees surge in would-be mothers after Missouri ban

P-D: Missouri lawmakers want more oversight as state Lottery transitions to new director (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Springfield man indicted for drug trafficking after nearly 800 grams of fentanyl found in his home; Officers excavate 17 bags of dope from Anthony Cortez Lewis’ rectum

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air preview: Missouri Independent content creator Allison Kite to promote blog’s lead-contamination series

P-D editorial: Missouri’s anti-choice law is vague and open to abuse. Lawmakers can fix that with special session (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent oped: Jeff Smith: Missouri’s GOP Senate primary as a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em, part three: The turn

The Missouri Times op-ed: Charlie Kruse, Blake Hurst and Garrett Hawkins: Missouri Farm Bureau backs Hartzler for U.S. Senate

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City): Our communities deserve a fighter like Lucas Kunce in the Senate

P-D’s Joe Holleman: Rep. Tony Lovasco’s (R-O’Fallon) fundraising letter is comedy gold (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Who decides the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases? Jurors or Missouri lawmakers? (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Michele Munz: Little-known Missouri law a hurdle for vulnerable teens looking to terminate unwanted children (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio “race, identity & culture” reporter Andrea Henderson: Missouri’s abortion laws confuse doctors and threaten lifesaving abortions

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