Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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JCNT: Campaign finance report summary: U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s re-election (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Luetkemeyer challenger attends 3rd Congressional District forum (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM: Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) on why supporters of recreational marijuana should oppose Amendment 3

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson says he won’t mass pardon state marijuana charges, but voters could

KSMU/SNL/League of Women Voters/NAACP/other “nonpartisan” groups: Missouri House District 133: “Melanie Stennitt [sic]” (R) vs. Amy Blansit (D)

JCNT: Missouri House District 50 overview: James Musgraves (R) vs. Douglas Mann (D) (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KC Star: GOP state rep candidate Tom Hutsler sues KC schools over slavery petition New management may be coming to Kansas City Star

P-D: Missouri DED says auto assembly supplier to open in Wentzville near GM plant, create 204 jobs (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Missouri House chamber renovation nears completion (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Fox Business News: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick: BlackRock prioritizes its ‘woke political agenda’ above financial interests of consumers

JCNT: MOSERS pulls $500M from investment manager (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Reuters: Missouri pulls $500M from BlackRock over asset manager’s ESG push

SNL: Missouri commission unveils plan to address urgent teacher shortage, low pay

St. Louis Public Radio: Final Missouri teacher shortage commission recommendations focus on pay

P-D: Panel releases 9 recommendations to address Missouri teacher shortage (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Commission recommends salary increases to address Missouri teacher shortage

KSHB: Future Kansas City-area educators share passion to pursue teaching despite pay disparities (link via

Columbia Missourian: MoDOT prepares for winter amid critical operator shortages

JCNT: MoDOT conducting winter weather drill Thursday (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Fox4 KC: MoDOT asks for $50M to upgrade rail crossings after deadly Amtrak crash (link via

P-D: After deadly derailment, Missouri transportation officials take aim at railroad crossings (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, and Rep. Ann Wagner join in a Republican conspiracy of silence on Coldwater Creek (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Not to be outdone by his fellow culture warriors, Jay Ashcroft takes on librarians (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian “social justice reporter” Valerie Nava: Missouri Library Association stands up against Ashcroft proposal; existing law from “Sen Rick Brattin (H[sic]-Harrisonville)” criminalizes school staff and targets materials with LGBTQ+ stories and characters

Missouri Independent’s Tessa Weinberg: ‘Attempted intimidation’: Missouri AG sent five requests for Missouri State University emails, records

KC Star “Service Journalism Team” reporter Kynala Phillips: Amendment 3 Q&A series: When is the soonest you’d be able to buy legal weed if Missouri approves Amendment 3?

The Missouri Times op-ed: Gregg Keller: Missouri Office of Administration wrongly using new law to block Sunshine

Midwest Newsroom’s Steve Vockrodt and Eric Schmid: Missouri knew of contamination in Springfield’s groundwater decades before anyone told residents

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Only around 4% of eligible Kansas Citians have gotten the new booster shot, data shows

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