Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Hawley proposes select committee on ‘disastrous’ Afghanistan withdrawal

St. Joseph News-Press: Whistleblower gives detail on Twitter data use, Hawley wants action

St. Louis Public Radio: U.S. Rep. Cori Bush introducing legislation in response to tornado deaths at Amazon’s Edwardsville facility last year

KRCG (Jefferson City): Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer says Missouri’s voting process improvements will bring more people to the polls

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: New voting laws mean longer lines at polling places and longer waits for official results; “Several election authorities told The Independent that they’re concerned seniors … as well as college students and many other voters … could be discouraged from voting in November”

Combest: The Missouri Times, “20 for 20”, 10/21/21: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 2H 2022: “(B)allot security laws have experts worried about a “chilling” effect on voter participation

JCNT: Taxpayers advocate for ‘real’ tax cut at Capitol rally; Jay Ashcroft speaks to Americans for Prosperity crowd (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: “NT on Tap” audio: Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville) talks with News Tribune Managing Editor Gary Castor about tax cut plans (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Multiple plans emerge as Missouri lawmakers begin governor’s tax cut special session

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri special session starts with a wide range of proposals

SNL: Lawmakers push variety of tax cut proposals as special session begins

P-D: Tax rebate checks floated as Missouri lawmakers return to Capitol (get around stltoday paywall here)

Fox 2 (St. Louis): No agreement on tax cut plan as Missouri lawmakers return for special session

KSDK (St. Louis): Speaker-to-be Dean Plocher, others weigh in on tax cut plans

Missouri Independent: Hospitals in ‘crisis’ as staff shortages persist at Missouri mental health facilities

Missouri Independent: Missouri officials say Medicaid applications are now processed within federal deadline; comments from Department of Social Services Acting Director Robert Knodell, Family Support Division Director Kim Evans, Washington University health care policy analyst Timothy McBride

SNL: Missouri has cleared Medicaid backlog, official says, after months of lengthy wait times

P-D: Missouri Medicaid application backlog ‘no more,’ says social services director (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Introducing ‘Doin’ It Our Way’, three-episode podcast series about the growing number of black families homeschooling

St. Louis Public Radio’s new black podcast “Doin’ It Our Way”: The rise of homeschooling in the black community

JCNT: Governor meets with Master Klaus, praises Toys for Tots (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SE Missourian: Region’s electric vehicle readiness plan approval delayed (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Washington Missourian editorial: Meatpacking plant a big win for state and region; Gov. Parson “is our state’s best advocate for its farming community and the overall role agriculture plays in the state’s economy”

Joplin Globe editorial: Missourians are dying younger thanks to heart disease, COVID, violent urban behavior, dope; opioid treatment programs will help (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Salon’s Kathryn Joyce: “Without the Bible, there is no America”: Josh Hawley goes full Christian nationalist at National Conservatism conference (link via

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Ferguson-Florissant admits suspension failures, says new policy is better; Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) leads the charge for answers, accountability (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis County man wonders when Post-Dispatch will change its name to Post-Democrat (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Peters octogenarian looks back fondly on the days the Post-Dispatch was a quality newspaper (get around stltoday paywall here)

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