Friday, January 6, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Politico: Missouri’s Ann Wagner not pleased by McCarthy’s conference-call approach to loyalists: “That’s a bit cowardly, if you ask me.” (link via Eli Yokley on Twitter)

SNL: Eric Burlison still backing McCarthy in Speaker race

KC Star: North Carolina lawmaker calls Cori Bush racist for saying black Republican used as a ‘prop’ (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on stltoday here)

Politico: Lucas Kunce announces third bid for Missouri office, entering Democratic U.S. Senate primary again; Kunce vet Connor Lounsbury to serve as senior advisor managing communications and strategy

KC Star: Five months after losing U.S. Senate primary, MO Democrat Lucas Kunce to try again

KC Star: Honduran women visiting KC seek payday from feds, claim they thought ICE agents were “kidnappers”

KC Star: Status of Missourians charged in Jan. 6 riot

KC Star: 2024 governor primary: Trump loyalist and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell stops by Jay Ashcroft’s office, meets with secretary of state

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Commenters pan Ashcroft’s rule targeting Missouri libraries, tell secretary of state what’s what (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Governor’s Prayer Breakfast focuses on relationships, importance of faith (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri lawmakers are again looking for ways to raise teacher pay

Missourinet: Missouri’s top Republican legislative leaders want teacher pay raises based on performance

Missourinet: Rep. Brian Seitz (R-Branson) wants to bring back pandemic-era universal free school meals

KC Star: Missouri lawmakers weigh tax cuts amid budget surpluses

KMOX (St. Louis): Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O’Fallon) seeks to legalize psychedelic mushrooms as a treatment for mental illness

P-D: Missouri House speaker ‘open’ to rules for video slot machines; Torch Electronics hires son of Clayton attorney Scott Rosenblum (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times: Senate holds first end-of-week press conference

P-D: Video: Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) outlines legislative priorities, including education

P-D: Video: Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) discusses new GOP leadership

P-D: Video: Speaker Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) discusses tax cuts

P-D: Video: House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) discusses policy priorities

KSMU: Transportation projects in southwest Missouri receive funding through state program

St. Joseph News-Press: Law enforcement fighting the drug war on two fronts: illegal fentanyl and “legal” marijuana

SNL: Attorney general’s case against Agape school awaits new judge

Missouri Independent: St. Louis judge in Lamar Johnson innocence case still “reviewing evidence,” will announce hearing a week ahead of freeing inmate

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley owes good Republicans this truth about the lies of Jan. 6

P-D editorial: Josh Hawley played a shamefully prominent role in the Jan. 6 insurrection (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: When it comes to Missouri’s initiative petition system, don’t fix what isn’t broken (get around Joplin Globe editorial here)

Missouri Independent op-ed: Jeff Smith: Five things I got wrong in 2022 — and what (if anything) my mistakes mean for 2024

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Election workers honored by Biden press their defamation case in St. Louis (get around stltoday paywall here) Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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