Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: White House says 777,300 Missourians eligible to have up to $10,000 of their student loan debt wiped away

St. Louis Public Radio: Proposal from U.S. Rep. Cori Bush would require OSHA to create a wind safety standard

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: There may be no U.S. Senate debate in Missouri. Here’s why that’s becoming more common

P-D: Debate prospects dim in race for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Missouri backs Trump against DOJ in classified document battle

KC Star: Missouri AG Schmitt signs onto brief backing Trump in legal battle with DOJ over documents

KCTV (Kansas City): Poll finds majority of Missourians favor marijuana legalization (link via

Joplin Globe: Local organizations register voters ahead of midterm elections; minority group leader: “It’s really easy to vote”

St. Joseph News-Press: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft highlights election security ahead of midterms

JCNT: Disability service providers thank Gov. Parson for record state funding (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Scope of Missouri Legislature’s special session under consideration (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Scaled-back income tax cut wins initial approval in Missouri Senate

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Senate seeks to pass special session bills that differ from governor’s proposal

P-D: Tax cut on track in Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Missouri lawmakers revive bill for sports betting, now legal in Kansas

KC Star: House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) proposes symbolic bill to repeal Missouri’s pro-life laws; Thoughts from abortion industry rep, Campaign Life Missouri’s Sam Lee, Sen.-to-be Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold)

P-D: Democrat files bill to repeal Missouri abortion ban (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court weighs whether counties can regulate CAFOs

KC Star: Independence Examiner newspaper manager accused of embezzling nearly $430K

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Eric Schmitt should have attended Missouri Press Association Q&A, and Trudy Busch Valentine was out of her depth

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Former Kansas State University economics department head Lloyd Thomas: Missouri should not cut taxes

States Newsroom’s Casey Quinlan, via Missouri Independent: Republicans like Scott Fitzpatrick are threatening progress on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing

Side Effects Public Media documentary filmmaker Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, via St. Louis Public Radio: Some pediatricians are worried about the end of the federal COVID emergency declaration; Missouri’s track record on Medicaid “is cause for concern”

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: After getting a significant rate hike last winter, Spire wants to increase a charge on your gas bill. What it means & how to fight it

Joplin Globe letter: Sexagenarian Democrat activist says Eric Schmitt “is generating a lot of press, but in nefarious ways”

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