Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Peter Kinder awarded Lifetime Achievement award at 2023 Lincoln Days

P-D: Former Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) lobbying for 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, October 2021: Dear Democrats: Have you reached out to Courtney Curtis while he serves his time? Or do you spend your days compulsively checking your phone to see who liked your latest snarky hot take on masks or the Facebook picture of your “fur babies?” John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

P-D: Top GOP brain Steele Shippy now exec for Scott Leiendecker’s St. Louis-based voting-tech firm KNOWiNK (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Rep. Chantelle Nickson-Clark (D-Florissant) beats breast cancer, again (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Rule targeting Missouri libraries could go into effect with no public hearing (get around stltoday paywall here)

KSMU (Springfield): Springfield News-Leader reporter Galen Bacharier recaps Lincoln Days: Republicans get big cheers for “legislation that would target and is aimed at transgender youth” (3:05), more (with transcript)

SNL’s Galen Bacharier: #moleg live blog: Education transparency and critical race theory, “legislation aimed at LGBTQ+ youth,” “bills that would ban gender-affirming health care for minors,” more

Missourinet: Missouri Senate committee passes restrictions on schools teaching “gender identity” and related LGBTQIA* messaging

P-D: Senate Republicans cite whistleblower report in hearing on transgender health care (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: BJC, Washington U heads reject moratorium on transgender care, but OK ‘additional oversight’ (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Senate passes anti-racism legislation, creates “Parents’ Bill of Rights”

Missouri Independent: Missouri Senate conservatives stray from party on sweeping education bill

JCNT: House sends supplemental budget, with state worker pay hike, to Senate (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

SNL: Bill from Rep. Melanie Stinnett (R-Springfield) lets people with disabilities work more

JCNT: Senate bill would drop work permit requirement for children (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Senate bills address school background checks, mental health absences (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Senate committee weighs amendment from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) that would secure right to hunt and fish

Columbia Missourian: House resolution from Rep. Ben Keathley (R-Chesterfield) aims to provide tax relief to seniors

Columbia Missourian: Electric vehicle charging stations funding bill debated in House

Missourinet: Missouri considers extending age limit for survivors to sue their abusers

Missouri Independent: Kanakuk abuse survivors urge Missouri lawmakers to extend statute of limitations

JCNT: Capitol Legislative Library closed indefinitely (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Returning Amtrak station to Union Hotel may take three years (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: State suspends operations at Red Barn Butchering (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Judge frees convicted murderer Lamar Johnson

SE Missourian editorial: Area lawmakers take a more regional approach to budget requests (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star editorial: If you’re tough on crime, you better celebrate Missouri setting Lamar Johnson free (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KC Star editorial: There’s a reason Missouri and Kansas lawmakers are attacking trans kids right now

Missouri Independent’s Annelise Hanshaw: Proposed ban on medical transitions for minors gains renewed traction in Missouri Senate; staff member “coordinated favorable witness testimony”

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Anti-LGBTQ bills fly in the face of recommendations from prominent medical associations, which recommend gender affirming care

Columbia Missourian’s Clayton Wickers: Bill that would ban gender-affirming care for minors weighed in Senate committe, appear to be part of Missouri Republicans’ continued focus on transgender people

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Lamar Johnson is an innocent man. Justice was a long time coming. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Lamar Johnson to be set free after decades in Missouri prison for murder he didn’t commit

P-D letters: University City “gay priest and pastor” opposes GOP classroom proposals; teenage boy identifying as a girl criticizes Wash U. transgender clinic whistleblower; St. Louis man defends critical race theory in Missouri schools; man who chooses to live in Illinois attempts China-Missouri farmland joke; Missouri Sierra Club member criticizes Ameren (get around stltoday paywall here)

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