Thursday, December 8, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Real Talk Radio Network (93.3FM in St. Louis): Austin Petersen Show: GOP consultant James Harris on 2024 governor’s primary overview, strengths and weaknesses of Mike Kehoe, Jay Ashcroft and Bill Eigel (34:00), early forecasting of top legislative priorities (42:00), education improvements and education savings accounts (44:00), protecting girls’ sports (45:20)

KC Star: Missouri Democrats could take abortion issue to voters. What would it look like? Mike ‘Hatchet Man’ Fannin finally quits Kansas City Star; Fannin’s “most famous move was apologizing for the legacy of his newspaper in a public display of white guilt groveling that NOBODY asked for OR appreciated.”

P-D: Marijuana legalization in Missouri takes effect today (get around stltoday paywall here)

Fox 4 KC: Why Missouri marijuana users will still need a card to buy (link via

SE Missourian: How weed legalization affects local police officers (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Expungement programs help many St. Louisans seal certain marijuana records

KC Star: Marijuana coverage summary, recaps

Washington Missourian: Four Rivers Career Center Director Philip King: “We’ve been really lucky because Gov. Parson is very pro-career and technical education … really working on getting the Missouri workforce up”

Kansas City Beacon: 2023 legislative session preview: Education, women’s health care, protecting girls’ sports, more

P-D: A free lunch? Rep. Brian Seitz (R-Branson) wants free meals for every public school student (get around stltoday paywall here)

Washington Missourian: St. Clair district pulls profanity-laced anti-police book from library shelves as schools apply new state law

The Leader (Jefferson County): Jefferson County Library trustees criticize Ashcroft’s proposed library rule

St. Louis Public Radio: Next health emergency to prove value of No Patient Left Alone Act; thoughts from Missouri Hospital Association’s Dave Dillon, others

Missouri Independent’s Clara Bates: “Advocates worry that once the public health emergency ends, Missouri could return to a situation in which the renewal process strips eligible Medicaid recipients of coverage”; comments from Missouri Budget Project, quotes from DSS Director Robert Knodell’s August press conference

Combest, The Missouri Times, 10/21/21: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 1H 2022: Missouri expanded Medicaid in 2021, but experts are worried that it was too late; “Media coverage to include third-party quotes from health care advocacy organizations … and token Republican comments recycled from previous coverage.” Kansas City ‘Tripledemic’ scare threatens to bring back masks & fear of collapse

P-D: COVID cases rise in St. Louis County and Missouri, as too few people have gotten primary COVID-19 vaccinations and received the updated booster (get around stltoday paywall here)

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P-D editorial: GOP’s plan to ‘help’ St. Louis on crime ignores its own role in worsening it (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: MoDOT and others deserve credit for speedy bridge work

SE Missourian op-ed: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith: The truth about protecting the border (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman: U.S. Supreme Court could entrench power of Missouri lawmakers to gerrymander

Washington Missourian letter: New Haven septuagenarian opposes Missouri voter ID law, calls it “a sham”

Washington Missourian letter: Labadie sexagenarian supports Ashcroft library proposal, says libraries should have some standards

P-D letter: Town and Country woman wants Ashcroft to target Big Tech, not libraries (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Ladue resident says proposed library rule is the same as burning books (get around stltoday paywall here)

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