Saturday, January 21, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): U.S. Rep. Mark Alford identifies four goals for new farm bill

P-D: Will Scharf, potential contender for Missouri AG, wins support from high-profile Republicans (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri AG Andrew Bailey says lawsuit shows ‘dystopian’ ties of big tech, federal agencies to suppress speech

SNL: At Federalist Society meeting, former government lawyers say Missouri abortion ban will be challenged in court, at the ballot

P-D: With Roe overturned, Missouri’s pro-life advocates focus on new goals (get around stltoday paywall; thoughts from Campaign Life Missouri’s Sam Lee, others here)

St. Joseph News-Press: Students gather in support of March for Life

KMIZ (Columbia): Parents, lawmakers speak out after Columbia Public Schools students subjected to drag show; school district says “attendees are not provided specific details of the performances in advance of the event” (link via @_scott_573 on Twitter)

P-D: Case study: How Rockwood parents stood up against forced masking of their kids and “white-shaming” curriculum – and made DEI warriors throw in the towel (get around stltoday paywall here) Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Independence Schools Superintendent links spike in job applicants to 4-day school week

KSMU: Missouri State University President Clif Smart encouraged by Gov. Parson’s proposed budget for higher education

SE Missourian: Local lawmakers share thoughts on initiative petition process improvements, Amendment 3’s problems, and raising teacher pay (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KOMU, via Columbia Missourian: First Missourian set to be released from prison after passing of Amendment 3

JCNT: Missouri ready to take on maternal mortality (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KC Star: What stretches of I-70 might get more lanes in Missouri? Here’s what we know so far (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star: Could this be the end for unlicensed Missouri boarding schools? Some lawmakers hope so (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here) Mayor Quinton Lucas gets national attention for casting ‘shame’ upon America’s gun makers

P-D: St. Louis Public Radio unionization will go to a vote (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Latest data suggests Missouri’s 988 crisis hotline is successful (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

NPR’s Dustin Jones: 2024 watch: Josh Hawley welcomed rioters to the Capitol, then ran from the mob

P-D political gossip columnist Joe Holleman: Sculpture park honoring former US. Rep. William L. Clay lacks … sculptures (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe op-ed: Springfield attorney Joe Miller: State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick’s examination of critical race theory curriculum in Missouri schools is a waste of money (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

CNN’s Shawna Mizelle: Missouri bill would ban critical race theory in schools and offer teacher training in ‘patriotism’ (link via

KC Star letters: Kansas City man says Amendment 3 featured “sloppy, incoherent draftsmanship”; Kansas City septuagenarian criticizes Todd Graves, school choice, religious schools, and people who oppose government mask mandates (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

P-D letter: University City man cheers newspaper’s criticism of MOScholars program (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Springfield woman says newspaper’s coverage of MOScholars program was one-sided (get around stltoday paywall here)

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