Friday, February 3, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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UPDATED: Washington Free Beacon’s Joseph Simonson and Thaleigha Rampersad: Missouri Democrat Lucas Kunce debuts Southern accent after launching latest Senate bid; updated with comments from Kunce’s campaign

KY3 (Springfield): Attorney General Andrew Bailey discusses his top priorities (link via

P-D: Surprise! Recreational marijuana sales become legal in Missouri today (get around stltoday paywall here) Kansas City middle-class stoners eagerly anticipate the start of legal recreational weed purchases (with link to KSHB coverage)

KC Star: Missouri weed sales starting earlier than expected. What to know before you hit up a dispensary

SNL: Missourians 21+ may buy recreational marijuana as early as today

JCNT: Lawmakers reconsider regulations for hemp growers; thoughts from Missouri Department of Agriculture Legislative Director Danyelle High (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Eligibility renewals could help dump 200,000 off Missouri Medicaid rolls

Missourinet: Missouri House passes measure to make it tougher to change constitution

SNL: MO House approves plan raising the bar for tampering with constitution

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House approves raising vote percentage to amend constitution

P-D: Missouri Republicans derail plan to keep kids from carrying guns in public (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missourinet: Missouri law enforcement eligible for national active shooter training

JCNT: Restrictions on foreign ownership of farm land advances (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

P-D: Sticker shock warning: Missouri set to raise car dealer fees (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Lambert Airport in St. Louis wants in on state funding for international flights (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: State adds to Lamine River Conservation Area (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: State data shows syphilis cases in Greene County increased 12-fold since 2015; county health directors discusses “MSM” (men having sex with men), anonymous sex apps, sex while high on methamphetamines, etc.

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: What’s being done to stop racism and antisemitism in Kansas City-area schools? Activist claims “the youth are you know, screaming out, just radical hate.”

Missourinet: Missouri might adopt plan to clean up roadkill

P-D: Missouri Supreme Court turns down request to postpone execution of rapist/murderer Leonard Taylor (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: If Hawley’s serious about protecting entitlements, he should talk to his party (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley says Biden wants to ‘wipe out’ blue-collar life. Let’s talk reality, Senator

Columbia Missourian’s Steve Spellman: Columbia drag show will prompt conservative lawmakers’ “legislataive [sic] bills” to protect girls’ sports and more

Missouri Independent intern Adam Goldstein: Missouri’s medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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