Monday, February 6, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Scott Faughn about governor race efforting metrics (0:20), fundraising versus Mike Kehoe and Jay Ashcroft (1:15), whether or not he’s actually running for governor (2:10), “decision point” timing on downshifting to lieutenant gov race (3:25), problems with Gov. Parson’s budget (4:05), education legislation (5:00), DESE’s “authoritarian control” (5:55), big-government Republicans (8:00), personal property taxes and local school funding (9:00), praise for GOP Sens. Rowden, O’Laughlin, Schroer and Fitzwater (12:15); panel of Reps. Jamie Burger (R), Betsy Fogle (D), Mark Sharp (D) and Missouri Republican Party Treasurer Pat Thomas on initiative petition changes (16:15), Critical Race Theory (21:25), who won the week: City of Springfield, Sen. Karla Eslinger, Mizzou, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure (26:25)

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Moberly): Incoming Moberly School District Superintendent Cristina Wright praises DESE’s Margie Vandeven, says school choice’s “student fluidity” could make budgeting harder

SNL: A key question in Missouri’s state Senate: How should schools talk about race and the two genders?

St. Joseph News-Press: “St. Charles [sic]” Republican proposes legalizing psychedelic mushrooms; officials express concerns

St. Joseph News-Press: DHSS data: Missouri Alzheimer’s numbers increasing significantly

KSMU: Missouri joins 11 other states to reduce dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

St. Louis Public Radio: A healthier environment means more mountain lion sightings in Missouri

P-D: State looking to replace escape-prone St. Louis youth detention facility (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCUR: Kia and Hyundai thefts in Missouri have skyrocketed; fun-loving urban criminals “The Kia Boys” post videos “driving recklessly through a school sidewalk, crashing into trees and fire hydrants and in police chases”

P-D “editoral [sic]”: A call for a centralized curriculum portal shows how Soviet the GOP has become (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Janice Ellis: Missouri Republicans wasting time on critical race theory and protecting girls’ sports

Missouri Independent’s Clara Bates: With no clear timeline for summer 2022 handout checks, Missouri leaves welfare recipients in the cold

Kaiser Health News’ Eric Berger, via P-D: In Missouri, the fight continues for life-saving texting-while-driving bans (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian, who lost 2016 state rep race in a 36-point nailbiter, wants Missouri PSC to deny Ameren rate increase (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Chesterfield septuagenarian cheers proposal to freeze the elderly’s property assessments (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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