Saturday, February 18, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Michael Butler to resign as state Democratic Party chair (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Michael Butler resigns, cites business demands after surviving difficult re-election fight; state committee to elect new chair March 18

johncombest_com on Instagram: Michael Butler, Trigglypuff and Rappin’ 4-Tay

Fox News: Hawley interrupted by climate protester during speech: ‘China is not our enemy’ (link via

SNL: Missouri joins lawsuit against feds on pistol brace regulations

Missouri Independent: As Wash U. faces renewed GOP criticism, Anthony Fauci to deliver med school commencement address

P-D: Transgender activists seek to undermine transgender clinic whistleblower (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Wash U. study: black people’s health problems are caused by racial discrimination

johncombest_com on Instagram: Wash U. alumni pledge campaign celebrates history of “transformation”

Springfield Daily Citizen: KSMU names Michele Skalicky as news director; veteran Morning Edition host thinks public radio could deliver “thoughtful, fair and balanced news” (get around Springfield Daily Citizen paywall here)

Joplin Globe op-ed: Sen. Jill Carter (R-Granby): Time to decentralize DESE’s education machine (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

The Missouri Times op-ed: Opportunity Solutions Project’s Sarah Coffey and Eric Bledsoe: Education bill would prioritize learning and involve parents

Missouri Independent op-ed: Saint Louis Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller: Missouri should spend more money preventing kids from entering foster care

P-D letters: St. Louis City septuagenarian says GOP state lawmakers lack “adult common sense”; St. Louis County reader says editorial board wrong on guns; St. Louis man attempts analogizing guns and cars; Hazelwood sexagenarian wants Missouri children to learn about gay heroes (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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