Friday, December 23, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT: My first book – Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available for instant download on Amazon Kindle free preview: Chapter 2: “She sees her political allies and fellow elected officials going about their usual business, writing and publishing fluffy op-eds and ‘constituent reports’ as if the world isn’t off its axis. Don’t they see she’s in pain?”

KC Star: Two years after Hawley’s objection, Blunt advances changes to election certification (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on stltoday here)

Missouri Independent: Federal spending bill ensures one year continuous coverage for Missouri kids in Medicaid, CHIP; comments from Kids Win Missouris Casey Hanson, others

Columbia Missourian: Better Elections Missouri got $6 million from a single source, Article IV; explanations from Better Elections Missouri strategist Sean Nicholson 7/18/22: Failing to reach 2022 ballot is a big win for Better Elections campaign team. They can blame failure on signature gatherers, then milk Article IV for hundreds of thousands more “strategic consulting” dollars between now and 2024.

The Missouri Times: Attorney General designee Andrew Bailey brings on national conservative figure Josh Divine as Solicitor General

Missouri Independent: Independence lawyer tied to utility projects that drew FBI scrutiny indicted for tax evasion

Washington Missourian: Sen.-elect Ben Brown (R-Washington) prefiles nine bills for 2023 legislative session: protecting girls’ sports, pre-empting Better Elections Missouri’s next ranked-choice voting campaign, more

KC Star: Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) seeks to keep drag queens from performing for children

KBIA (NPR in Columbia) reporter with “they” pronoun Abigail Ruhman: Despite attacks on LGBTQIA+ rights, one local group is hosting ‘family-friendly’ drag shows to show queer Missourians they’re not alone

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Former St. Louis Public Radio reporter campaigns for LGBTQ rights

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Rep. Chris Sander (R-Lone Jack) looks to codify same-sex marriage in Missouri

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Missouri lawmakers want to restrict foreign corporations from owning too much farmland; interviews with Sen.-elect Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s Tim Gibbons

P-D: Rep. Chad Perkins (R-Bowling Green) says he’s heard no updates on case involving consensual relationship; Clayton attorney Al Watkins representing woman (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: In Missouri and elsewhere, anti-choice forces have dystopian plans for keeping abortion pills from women (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Trudy Busch Valentine: My U.S. Senate campaign flipped state legislative seats for Missouri Dems

Combest, The Missouri Times, 7/29/22: By taking the November loss, Valentine’s campaign for U.S. Senate is a selfless service to the Missouri Democratic Party

P-D op-ed: Webster Groves octogenarian: Missouri should abolish the death penalty (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Eric Schmitt takes outsized role opposing prosecutors in wrongful conviction cases

P-D letter: Clayton octogenarian wants everyone to know she reads “Education Week” magazine and finds Missouri’s approach to explicit books “very disturbing” (get around stltoday paywall here)

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