Saturday, January 7, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SE Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith supports Kevin McCarthy as House speaker (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Joplin Globe: U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison among Kevin McCarthy supporters (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

The Hill: Cori Bush says black Republican congressman supports “upholding and perpetuating white supremacy” (link via

KCUR: What has happened to the 23 Missouri residents charged in the Jan. 6 riot?

St. Louis Public Radio: Lucas Kunce seeks Democratic nomination to run against Hawley in Missouri’s 2024 Senate contest

Missouri Independent: Democrat Lucas Kunce wants to challenge Josh Hawley in 2024 Missouri Senate race

SNL: Democrat Lucas Kunce, who ran for Blunt’s seat, will challenge Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate

P-D: Kunce launches second U.S. Senate bid, calls Missouri’s Hawley a ‘faker’ and a ‘coward’ (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: On Capitol riot anniversary, challenge of Hawley announced Lucas Kunce announces on Jan. 6 anniversary; “We’re skeptical about a Missouri candidate making a big deal over the date of America’s worst panty raid.”

P-D’s Kurt Erickson: Vivek Malek delays swearing in to skirt term limits (get around stltoday paywall here)

Fox4 KC: Missourians wanting to grow marijuana can now view applications, submit soon (link via

SNL: Missouri personal marijuana cultivation license applications available

SNL: A budding relationship? Banking for marijuana businesses is accessible but remains tricky

P-D: Pot charges against two former Missouri political candidates dropped; Adela and Aaron Wisdom put their names on the Republican primary ballot for Congress and lieutenant governor in 2020 (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon (D) tells local Democratic group that state rules around absentee and early voting are “very confusing”

KSMU: Temporary increase in the Missouri Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has been extended

Iowa Public Radio, via KCUR: Broadband map holds the key to how much federal funding states will get to expand internet service; thoughts from Missouri’s Office of Broadband Development Director BJ Tanksley

P-D: Silica mine permit for Ste. Genevieve County site yanked by Missouri officials (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Mining Commission revokes permit for Ste. Genevieve silica mine

KC Star editorial: Gov. Parson, appoint a black woman to the Kansas City police board

The Missouri Times op-ed: Heartland POD’s Adam Sommer: Josh Hawley is awful. I’m ready for Lucas Kunce in 2024

KC Star op-ed: University of Missouri student Carter Groves: Legal sports gambling comes with a high human cost. Is Missouri ready to make that bet? (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

Report for America’s Hannah Schoenbaum: Lawmakers in Missouri, other states attack transgender bodily autonomy with new proposals to limit gender-affirming health care

KBIA’s “Health and Wealth Desk,” paid for by Missouri Foundation for Health: Long COVID redefines one woman’s identity, and complicates state economy; seasoned citizen says “long COVID” makes her feel very tired, forced her to quit her job and hire a maid

KC Star letter: Kansas City man evaluates 2024 Missouri Republican gubernatorial primary, wants candidates to oppose four-day school week (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on AOL 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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