Friday, January 20, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: ‘We got everything we asked for,’ MSU president says of $75M federal funding haul; Roy Blunt, Billy Long secured cash for projects

States Newsroom via Missouri Independent: U.S. Rep. Cori Bush and other members of Congress sign up for TikTok, despite security concerns

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Federal student loan programs are antiquated, insufficient – and racist Kansas City Beacon hiring news: Excellence in Kansas City journalism now requires top notch begging skillz

JCNT: State’s unemployment rate increased from 2.7 percent in November to 2.8 percent in December (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: School safety, spending priorities and focus on kids: Takeaways from MO governor’s address

P-D: Gov. Parson’s big spending plan for Missouri wins Democratic praise, Republican concern (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Gov. Parson’s budget pitch resonates with Senate leaders

KMBC (Kansas City): A closer look at Gov. Parson’s proposed I-70 expansion (link via

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Reps. Danny Busick (R-Newtown), Adrian Plank (D-Columbia) on I-70 upgrades

KSHB (Kansas City): Proposed bill from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) would eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits in Missouri (link via

SNL: Springfield lawmakers take key committee roles in state legislature

Kansas City Beacon: Missouri legislative committees – how do they work?

Marijuana Moment: Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O’Fallon) files psilocybin therapy bill for 2023 session (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

JCNT: Licensure, microbusiness program still to go for recreational marijuana implementation (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

World is One News (New Delhi): Indian-origin attorney Vivek Malek takes oath as first non-white treasurer of a US state

P-D’s Aisha Sultan: Every single statewide elected official in Missouri is a Republican white man; America is laughing at Missouri’s conservatism: Josh Hawley, Eric Schmitt, Ann Kelley, Mary Elizabeth Coleman to blame (get around stltoday paywall here)

Libs of TikTok: Missouri middle schools took students to drag show without parental consent (link via Will Scharf on Twitter)

P-D: Former state official blasts Missouri’s handling of human trafficking cases (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Legislators laud value of UM System, higher ed at alumni association forum

P-D: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, others file suit to overturn Missouri’s pro-life law (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D video: Pro-choice parade in downtown St. Louis

P-D video: “None of our religious views, on abortion or anything else, should be enshrined into our laws,” St. Louis Jewish leader says

SNL: Americans United for Separation of Church and State and National Women’s Law Center file suit over abortion

St. Louis Public Radio: Coalition of pro-choice activists rally against pro-life law; Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) calls lawsuit “foolish”

Missouri Independent: Pro-choice activists file lawsuit to overturn Missouri abortion ban as violation of religious rights

Columbia Missourian: Pro-choice activists sue in effort to overturn state’s abortion ban

KC Star: Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (MOVANS) sent unintended updates to people across Missouri signed up to get information (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on stltoday here)

Missouri Independent: Rep. Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles) works with Humane Society to stop use of gas to kill shelter animals

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: After national air traffic chaos, Sam Graves’ skepticism on Biden’s spending is needed

P-D editorial: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, other Republicans wrong on debt ceiling (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) creates an imaginary guilt cabal to defend limits on teaching history. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Much to like in governor’s spending outline (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

JCNT editorial: State pay: Let’s get to work (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Josh Hawley talks a populist game. Will he pull GOP back on Social Security, Medicaid?

P-D op-ed: Washington University law professor Greg Magarian: Ashcroft’s proposed library rule violates the First Amendment (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent oped: Missouri voters won’t fall for the ballot initiative power grab

KC Star op-ed: Many young Missourians are too fat for military service, so state lawmakers should spend more money on low-income child care. (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

St. Joseph News-Press’ Alonzo Weston: Missouri should section off some state-owned land for people to build homeless encampments

P-D letter: Manchester septuagenarian responds sarcastically to House dress code, suggests “morality police should be appointed from Iran” (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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