Monday, January 16, 2023 – MLK Day – Missouri political news headlines

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Missouri MLK history: Gov. John Ashcroft establishes Dr. Martin Luther King Day as state holiday in 1986, attested to by Secretary of State Roy Blunt

The Hill: The eight Senate seats most likely to flip in 2024: Not Missouri

St. Joseph News-Press: With Sam Graves and Jason Smith, Missouri’s influence grows in U.S. House

This Week in Missouri Politics: Freshmen Sens. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon), Jill Carter (R-Joplin), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) talk with Scott Faughn about their legislative priorities (0:40), improving Senate culture compared to ’22 (3:30), postpartum Medicaid expansion (9:45), teacher pay (15:30), broader education issues including charter schools (22:00), initiative petition changes (25:00), who won the week: Gov. Parson, Andrew Bailey and Vivek Malek, Caleb Rowden, Nicole Galloway, Missouri Ethics Commission/Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Mike Reid (26:35)

JCNT: Workforce development, education and infrastructure issues will headline Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s State of the State Address (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KMIZ (Columbia): Missouri lawmakers revisit sports betting

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Rep. Tim Taylor (R-Bunceton) discusses Conservation & Natural Resources Committee

St. Louis Public Radio: Charter school in north St. Louis City will close this year due to low test scores; school is 97% black, and 16% of students have disabilities

SNL: Missouri rejected almost 500 vanity plates in 2022: highlights include FJ0BDN, T1TYS, LTSFUK, WETBAC, other gems

AP: Recap of last week’s dress code debate

KC Star editorial: Honor MLK by fighting back against the Missouri Legislature and “white male grievance” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star’s Anna Spoerre: Hero profile: Stand Up KC’s Fran Marion a modern-day MLK as she fights for a bigger paycheck (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on AOL here)

P-D letter: Chesterfield septuagenarian says Post-Dispatch is already rooting for Lucas Kunce and violating in-kind campaign contribution laws (get around stltoday paywall here) Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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