Thursday, January 26, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio: New U.S. House Transportation Committee Chair Sam Graves wants to aid I-70 expansion

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers and Jonathan Shorman: Eric Burlison led effort to expand gun rights in Missouri. Now he wants to repeal key federal gun law (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers and Jonathan Shorman: How the Republican plan to default on debt limit will hurt Missourians

P-D: Missouri Democrat Lucas Kunce filling coffers for second U.S. Senate run (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian’s Hailey Peck: Stephen Webber running for state Senate; quotes from press release and tweet

KCUR: Event promo: Come support young black Kansas City political activists; Black Archives Youth Coalition Network 2022 highlights included complaining about Lee’s Summit School District funding vs. KCPS funding, making a video about slavery, and registering fewer than 75 people to vote

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on transgender sports policy and politics (1:15), how a Twitter account is affecting the debate around woke charter schools (10:55); audience questions on gun control (14:15), boys playing girls’ sports (15:05), kids at drag shows (16:45)

KCUR: Teachers at Kauffman School want it to be Kansas City’s first ever unionized charter

JCNT: House bill would allow public school student transfers in Missouri (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R-Sedalia) says ‘good’ districts have nothing to fear from open enrollment

Columbia Missourian: Open enrollment gets a third try in the Missouri legislature

Washington Missourian: Districts see positives, acknowledge room for growth on DESE ‘report cards’

JCNT: State lawmakers begin combing through Missouri’s higher ed budget (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Missouri lawmakers weigh drag restrictions after GOP scrutinizes show

SNL: Trans Missourians and families tell lawmakers proposed bills could have fatal consequences

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Missouri Republicans have “filed more bills that target the LGBTQ community in its 2023 legislative session than any other state” – but Sen. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) is fighting back

John Combest on Twitter (video): Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting (41–second video)

KC Star: Republican proposal would reduce benefits for unemployed Missourians (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on stltoday here)

Columbia Missourian: Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) suggests bill that would trim unemployment benefits

JCNT: Missouri lawmakers consider regulatory sandbox bill (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House committee discusses ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ for entrepreneurs

Columbia Missourian: House bill would limit government authority over religious events

P-D: Missouri lawmakers debate plan to put St. Louis City police under state control (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Video: St. Louis City Public Safety Director Dan Isom testifies on local control

SE Missourian: Cape Girardeau’s Codefi among 19 Missouri DED awardees of workforce training grants (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Syphilis cases in Missouri have jumped 259% in the last few years; “men who have sex with men” especially at risk, as experts advise “decreasing the number of anonymous sexual partners”

St. Louis Public Radio: National environmental group complains about Spire’s STL pipeline effects on Illinois

P-D editorial: On gun control, important lessons from the Mike Parson School of Advanced Leadership Avoidance (get around stltoday paywall here)

Alvin Reed, via St. louis Public Radio: ViolaSTL a rare black-owned cannabis shop; owner says “the biggest need and the biggest disparity and the biggest outrage has been the licensing process”

Combest, The Missouri Times, 10/21/21: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 2023: “Missouri voters approved recreational marijuana in 2022, but experts are worried that minorities will be left out in the cold”; “Victim archetype: Henny Loc and Bootney Lee Farnsworth dumped their combined life savings into their $20 Sack Pyramid storefront location before trying to secure a vendor license, and they find the application process to be tedious and therefore unfair.”

Missouri Independent’s Annelise Hanshaw: Missouri House committee debates transgender sports, health care, drag shows for nine hours – and the sponsors of anti-transgender athletes bill didn’t even know existing state and national rules surrounding transgender athletes

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Missouri Republicans push for state to take over control of St. Louis police department

Missouri Independent’s Allison Kite: GOP renews push to block Missouri cities, counties from mandating EV charging stations

P-D letter: St. Charles septuagenarian criticizes Andrew Bailey, Gov. Parson and GOP state lawmakers over guns, library standards and education funding (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Clayton man criticizes Missouri House dress code, sets up “overalls for men” zinger (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT letter: Jefferson City man says House dress code would ban sleeveless shirts like those worn by “Margorie [sic] Taylor Green [sic]” Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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