Wednesday, August 17, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Campaign profile: Legal Missouri 2022’s John Payne and Paula Prentice

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) on disbanding the Conservative Caucus (1:50), traveling Missouri to encourage new Senate “leadership coalition” and working toward “a better, peaceful tomorrow” (3:15), praise for Mike Cierpiot (4:10), whether or not his “new leadership” message is actually just about him (6:50), why the Conservative Caucus-backed primary challengers won (8:10)

St. Louis Public Radio: Eigel disapproves of Rowden’s “snarky, disparaging attitude” in wake of Conservative Caucus announcement

97.1 FM Talk (St. Louis): Marc Cox Show: Former Sen. John Lamping (R-Ladue) on Conservative Caucus’ “master stroke” of disbanding (17:55), one benefit of Caucus’ existence (19:15), thoughts on Rowden’s response (20:20), thoughts on John Danforth’s “vanity project” (23:00), John Wood’s residency farce (24:00)

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Biden’s inflation tax and spend plan (1:30), special legislative session and tax cuts (2:30), recreational marijuana making the ballot (4:15), Better Election’s Missouri’s failure to collect adequate signatures (5:15), Trump raid (6:30), three-day swing through State Fair (7:45)

St. Joseph News-Press: Profile: New legislator Sean Pouche (R-Platte City) to represent rural Buchanan County (get around St. Joseph News-Press paywall by reading syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

The Missouri Times: Missouri legislators defeat Illinois in Busch Stadium, go up 2-0 in all-time series

Missouri Independent: Special session preview: Gov. Parson meets with lawmakers; Rex Sinquefield brings in Art Laffer to discuss benefits of tax cuts; more

P-D: Gov. Parson pitches tax cut to Democrats amid GOP sniping in Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: Missouri halts solar tax break as federal incentives expand

P-D: Missouri statewide test results; Asians dominate whites; blacks score lowest among all groups (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Missouri test scores: Student achievement fails to rebound to pre-pandemic levels

Missourinet: Standardized test scores a mixed bag

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri student test scores improve, but not to pre-pandemic levels

KCUR: Teachers want higher pay, more “wellness” days off and student loan reimbursement; thoughts from State Board of Education President Charlie Shields

Missourinet: Missouri K-12 superintendent turnover increases; thoughts from Missouri Association of School Administrators Executive Director Doug Hayter

Southeast Missourian: Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson praises Second Amendment Preservation Act; local mayor, police chief criticize law

KC Star: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas sues Missouri over law requiring city to spend more on police

Missouri Independent: Kansas City mayor sues to block Missouri law requiring higher police spending

Fox4 KC: Mayor not happy with language on police funding amendment (link via Kansas City talker Pete Mundo questions police lawsuit mean tweets

The Missouri Times: MO Department of Agriculture says markets starting to stabilize, drought conditions still persist

SNL: New York environmental group says Missouri will see 125-degree days by 2053

Columbia Missourian: Former Columbia Mayor Brian Treece appointed to MoDOT highway commission Schmitt, other attorneys general unite against robocalls

P-D editorial: Eric Schmitt’s dishonest rhetoric on taxes is beneath the office he seeks. (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Right-wing Missouri lawmakers calling for ‘unity’ want to take culture wars mainstream

The Heartlander’s Christian Rehder: Better Elections wasted millions of out-of-state dollars in failed effort to get ranked-choice voting on the ballot

NPR’s Ben Paviour: Title X advocates worry that birth control may go the same way as abortion, if lawmakers in Missouri and elsewhere have their way

KC Star op-ed: Jefferson City Correctional Center lifer Antwann Johnson: Missouri Department of Corrections should release old, ill prisoners

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