Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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SE Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith a finalist to lead powerful House Ways and Means Committee (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Hero’s journey: Andrew Hartzler criticized homophobic ‘Aunt Vicky’ Hartzler for bigoted gay marriage bill tears, now he’s at the White House celebrating victory

JCNT: Wreaths Across America visits Missouri Governor’s Office (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: HUD awards Missouri homeless program $6.8 million to fight youth homelessness (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Legislative session preview: Lawmakers seek to improve child care, maternal health

P-D: The Bottom Line video series with semi-retired business columnists Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus: Missouri marijuana market could be worth $1 billion

SNL: NORML asks Missouri universities to allow medical marijuana usage on campuses

Missouri Independent: Judge will wait on Missouri Supreme Court to rule on law used by AG to fight school mask mandates

Missourinet: Report: Missouri’s K-12 public school students had lower math and reading test scores in 2022 compared to 2019

P-D: St. Louis School Board votes to sponsor charter school network (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCUR: Independence School District is the largest Missouri district to switch to a four-day week

KC Star: Independence becomes largest school district in Missouri to adopt a four-day week Independence School District approves four-day school week; roundup of local coverage

SNL: Agape staffers’ felony charges dropped, plead guilty to misdemeanors

Columbia Missourian: Wooldridge fire too small to qualify for government disaster funding; only two of eight homeowners chose to purchase insurance

P-D: Legislation from Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins (D-St. Louis City) bans “nutraloaf” food for prisoners; state rep calls Dept. of Corrections menu item “disgusting” (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Case to overturn murderer Lamar Johnson’s conviction and life sentence continues (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Some Mizzou students want conservative group’s former leader expelled over Snapchat post

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St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Local authorities do a good job with elections – and Georgia results show scare tactics about “voter suppression” are hyperbole

P-D op-ed: D’Markus Thomas-Brown: Josh Hawley wrong about immigration and the working class (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D op-ed: D.C. advocacy group: Missouri’s pathway to safer communities doesn’t require arrests (get around stltoday paywall here)

Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham: Missourians support abortion rights, so Republicans seek to make it harder for citizens to use the initiative petition process

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Daniel Boone Regional Library Executive Director Margaret M. Conroy: We oppose Jay Ashcroft’s misinformed, misleading and disingenuous approach to explicit materials

P-D letter: Florissant septuagenarian dislikes newspaper’s reference to Lacy Clay lobbying, wants paper to cover Roy Blunt’s upcoming lobbying operation (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe letter: Webb City septuagenarian call Jay Ashcroft an “ambitious politician,” praises Washington Post, New Yorker magazine and Joplin Globe for stellar journalism (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

P-D letter: Richmond Heights sexagenarian compares Jay Ashcroft’s library rule to “Nazi synchronization of culture” (get around stltoday paywall here)

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