Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: White House briefed Missouri Gov. Parson on Chinese balloon after he raised concerns

SE Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith calls out Dems’ ‘fiscal insanity’ as Biden prepares SOTU speech (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D: U.S._Rep. Cori Bush invites father of police assailant to Biden State of the Union (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Guns, explosive material seized from Springfield man tied to ‘Boogaloo’ movement, feds say

The Missouri Times: Sen. Jason Bean (R-Holcomb) to host “A Taste of the South” BBQ event Feb. 15

SNL’s Galen Bacharier: #moleg live blog: Recap of Monday action, plus what’s on tap for this week

KMIZ (Columbia): Video: Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) introduces tax break for consumers as Missouri budget sits in surplus

P-D: In search of cheaper groceries, Missouri lawmakers debate cutting state food tax (get around stltoday paywall here)

Fox 2 St. Louis: Bipartisan group of lawmakers look to extend health care coverage for new moms

KMBC: Bill that would legalize sports gambling in Missouri to receive hearing this week in House (link via

Missouri Independent: Missouri Senate approves version of “regulatory sandbox” bill

The Missouri Times: House Agriculture Committee passes measure limiting foreign ownership of farmland

P-D: Chinese balloon could lift Missouri plan aimed at TikTok, foreign-owned land (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Vacancies, turnover leave thousands of jobs unfilled in Missouri state government

Missouri Independent: Lawsuit over MoDOT pay plan could put roadblock into Missouri governor’s plan for I-70

SNL: MoDOT struggling to hire, retain staff with major projects looming

P-D: Missouri transportation chief says state started winter down 1,000 workers (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Lawmakers: Trust issues could derail MoDOT funds (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) concerned that MoDOT funds could become “political” and “pushed to areas of the most powerful in the state Legislature”

SNL: Springfield marijuana dispensaries see record sales over weekend Local marijuana sales higher than expected over weekend; roundup of local coverage

Missourinet: Bill from Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) would make corn dogs the official food of the Missouri State Fair

JCNT: Missouri Department of Conservation to study bald eagle interaction with turbines (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

P-D: Gov. Parson will not halt Missouri execution of death row inmate Tuesday (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Why have former Congressman Lacy Clay and St. Louis City Alderman Brandon Bosley yet to be indicted for bribe money? (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: To overcome Missouri’s loose gun-sale laws, Biden should expand the use of criminal background checks (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D op-ed: Adolescent medicine physician Katie Plax: Here’s where Missouri should spend more money in the foster care system (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Dale Wright (R-Farmington): Missouri should join the growing list of states protecting citizens from co-pay accumulators

SNL op-ed: Ozarks Technical Community College Chancellor Hal Higdon: Missouri’s Fast Track grants can help employers close the skills gap

KC Star op-ed: Former Idaho state lawmaker – now teaching history at KU – criticizes Missouri lawmakers over critical race theory debate 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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