Saturday, February 4, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Records point to Lacy Clay and Brandon Bosley in St. Louis corruption scandal; “Public Official One” took $10k in cash from federal informant, then returned it and asked for checks to PAC instead (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Eric Schmitt takes committee posts – and shot at Biden (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Ann Wagner bill to guard seniors’ savings zips through U.S. House (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Chinese balloon drifting over Missouri causes stir (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Chinese spy balloon flies over Missouri

KC Star: Chinese spy balloon spotted flying over Kansas City and parts of Missouri

KC Star: ‘SHOOT IT DOWN’: Hawley, Schmitt want spy balloon downed as it floats above center of U.S. (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star: As Chinese spy balloon crosses Kansas and Missouri, governors want White House communication

KC Star: Listen: Pilots, air traffic controllers in KC area report Chinese spy balloon

P-D: Gov. Parson and First Lady Parson headed to Super Bowl – with no expense charged to taxpayers (get around stltoday paywall here)

SE Missourian: Area legislators vote “yes” on initiative petition changes (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Ballot candy: Democrats, academics criticize citizen-only voting language

CDT: Missouri School Boards’ Association declines AG Bailey’s request, saying policy works; thoughts from MSBA’s Melissa Randol

P-D: Missouri House advances legislation for special prosecutor for St. Louis violent crimes (get around stltoday paywall here)

KZRG (Joplin): Bill from Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R-Smithville) would ban parking meters on public streets (link via

JCNT: Missouri launches website intended to reduce veteran suicides (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

AP: Legal recreational pot sales begin for Missouri adults

P-D: Missouri clears nearly 200 dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana; sales underway (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D video: ‘I got my buzz for the month,’ says customer on first day of recreational marijuana sales at Berkeley dispensary

KC Star: How much weed can you legally buy in Missouri? The limit is higher than most states Kansas City legal marijuana aftermath: Local weed economy already growing

Joplin Globe: Legal recreational marijuana sales OK’d a few days early in Missouri (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Washington Missourian: Pot’s Big Day: County’s dispensaries make first sales of recreational use cannabis

SNL: MDC: Deer culling underway in effort to ‘slow the spread’ of CWD

P-D editorial briefs: Jabs at Gateway Pundit, Josh Hawley (get around stltoday paywall here)

Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham: Missouri Republicans go after ‘woke’ investing to prevent state funds from being used in the fight against climate change

KC Star op-ed: Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Elyse Max: Injustices have happened in Missouri. Don’t execute Leonard Taylor

P-D letter: 2022 Democratic state Senate candidate – who lost 60-point nailbiter to Justin Brown – opposes protecting girls’ sports, theorizes that legislation was written by “the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Project Blitz” (get around stltoday paywall here) 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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