Thursday, October 27, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Rosenbaum: Democrats once controlled northeast Missouri. Then local politics went national; insights from Wes Shoemyer, Jeff Roe, Cindy O’Laughlin, Louis Riggs, Tom Shively, others

SNL: 7th Congressional District recap: Incoming U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison (R) intends to vote for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker; woman filling Democratic ballot slot reflects on Nov. 8 defeat

P-D: As Eric Schmitt prepares to ascend to U.S. Senate, behind-the-scenes competition underway to become Missouri’s next attorney general (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest: How to earn an election silver medal (without really trying), Part 3: Season Finale: Trudy Busch Valentine, media’s “ladder-climbing” caterwauling, quixotic vanity #moleg candidates, and how to profit from upcoming school board elections

July 2022: How to earn an election silver medal (without really trying), Part 2

February 2022: How to earn an election silver medal (without really trying), Part 1

KCUR’s Celisa Calacal: Hero profile: Human with pronoun “they” fills Democratic ballot slot for Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer’s re-election, hopes “their life experiences – being a queer, working-class person … – will resonate with people”

AP: With suits against Biden Administration, Schmitt’s legal wins roughly equal to losses

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air “Legal Roundtable”: How AG Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit is using the First Amendment to get to Dr. Fauci

JCNT: Battle lines drawn over recreational marijuana (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KSDK (St. Louis): Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Amendment 3, why he’s voting ‘No,’ and why he supports other marijuana law changes; 2024’s governor’s race, more (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

KY3 (Springfield): Law enforcement leaders in Missouri oppose Amendment 3 (link via

KSHB (Kansas City): Amendment 4 driving voters to polls for Missouri’s no-excuse absentee voting (link via

JCNT: Missouri House District 60: Q&A with Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) and J. Don Salcedo (D) (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

CDT: No-excuse absentee voting has more than 250 ballots cast in Boone County Former Kansas City Mayor ‘Doc’ Charles Wheeler (D) dead at 96

JCNT: Educators, community chime in on Missouri teacher recruitment, retention plans (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Joseph News-Press: Missouri test scores see dip compared to pre-pandemic levels

Columbia Missourian: Gov. Parson discusses plans to help Wooldridge community after fire

P-D: Gun used in young urbanite’s shooting spree is the same one his family took away from him (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City shooting news roundup: Family of St. Louis school shooter asked police to remove gun from home; schools see spike in hoaxes; more

Missouri Independent: St. Louis City politicians criticize Gov. Parson, Republican state lawmakers; Cori Bush to hold gun-control rally in North St. Louis County tonight

Joplin Globe editorial: Go ahead and vote early in Missouri

KC Star editorial: Farewell, Mayor Charlie Wheeler. You made Kansas City a better place to live

KC Star editorial: Missouri’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law was used as intended to save a life, according to prosecutors

P-D editorial: Conservative lawmakers and Gov. Mike Parson refuse to deny killers their weapons of choices (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s Mike Deering: Trudy Busch Valentine’s hypocrisy on China and foreign ownership

Columbia Missourian’s Steve Spellman: Thoughts on ballot questions

St. Joseph News-Press’ Alonzo Weston: Jay Ashcroft wrong to oppose library rule

KC Star letter: Kansas City octogenarian says Eric Schmitt believes freedom and liberty apply only to men

P-D letter: Webster Groves septuagenarian theorizes on Busch family land squabbles and U.S. Senate race (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: University City septuagenarian considers 24th Senate District Republican George Hruza’s claims “baseless” (get around stltoday paywall here)

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