Thursday, February 9, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox Business: Missouri’s Eric Schmitt gives Biden’s speech last night a reality check: ‘Disconnected’

SNL: What Josh Hawley, Eric Schmitt, other Missouri lawmakers said about State of the Union

States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: Longtime tensions over federal wetlands rule return in U.S. House WOTUS hearing; comments from Missouri Farm Bureau’s Garrett Hawkins

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on Denny Hoskins running statewide (0:15); “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” critical race theory and suburban snowflakes (1:35); Jason Bean’s BBQ event next Wednesday (11:15); answering questions on California Corey DeAngelis (13:40); the futility of trying to elicit an emotional reaction from Scott on Twitter (18:15); Charles Jaco (18:45); how the school choice campaign ends (20:30) John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

The Missouri Times’ Capitol Calendar: Details on Jason Bean’s Taste of the South BBQ event Feb. 15

Denny Hoskins on “I look forward to continuing my conservative fighting spirit statewide.”

The Missouri Times: Exclusive: House Speaker Dean Plocher gearing up for lieutenant governor run

Missourinet: Missouri Chief Justice Paul Wilson: Increase pay for state workers and protect our judges

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri chief justice urges lawmakers to help boost trust in judiciary

Columbia Missourian: Chief Justice Paul Wilson urges pay raise, fee renewal in annual address

Fox 2 St. Louis: Missouri Chief Justice Paul Wilson urges overtime pay for court clerks during State of Judiciary speech

St. Louis Public Radio: Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) on sports betting, school choice, boys playing girls’ sports, initiative petitions, St. Charles water issue

JCNT: Missouri House takes public testimony on sports wagering bills (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Fox 2 St. Louis: Missouri lawmakers try new hand at legalizing sports betting

Missouri Independent: Lawmakers renew push to legalize sports wagering in Missouri

Columbia Missourian: Sports wagering bills see renewed support

KMOV (St. Louis): Missouri Legislature considering legalizing sports betting (link via

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Senate gives initial approval to “Parents’ Bill of Rights” legislation

Missouri Independent; Missouri Senate advances ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ with less focus on critical race theory

Columbia Missourian: Revised “Parents’ Bill of Rights” passes Senate

JCNT: House education panel examines virtual school logjam (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Senators push bills to limit rise in property tax assessments

Missouri Independent: Missouri’s largest workers comp insurer seeks legislative approval to become private company

St. Louis Public Radio: House advances special prosecutor plan to address crime in cities like St. Louis

Missourinet: Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to provide first responders with greater access to mental health care

Missourinet: Bill from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) would increase penalties for killing police dogs

St. Louis Public Radio: After strong first weekend, Missouri’s recreational marijuana sellers are planning ahead

KC Star: Leonard Taylor’s lawyers say Missouri executed him before appeal ended, call for probe

P-D editorial: More hot air from Hawley about the Chinese balloon (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Missouri doesn’t need to cringe at the next ‘Colored toilet’ idiocy. We can prevent it if we “normalize institutional introspection” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star op-ed: Joel Mathis: That Chinese balloon popped for Hawley and Schmitts attempt to humiliate Biden

NPR’s Jaclyn Diaz: In Missouri and other GOP-led states, legislators repeat homophobic tropes in push to restrict or criminalize drag shows

KC Star’s Katie Moore: Shrouded in darkness. No talking. What witnesses saw at rapist/murderer Leonard Taylor’s execution (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

SE Missourian letter: Cape Girardeau septuagenarian praises U.S. Rep. Jason Smith for his pro-life devotion (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

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