Monday, February 20, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: Speaker Dean Plocher talks with Scott Faughn about crime (0:25), initiative petition changes (1:45), tax cuts (3:50), foreign land ownership, spy balloon and TikTok (5:00), lieutenant governor campaign (7:30); U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on House Ways and Means chairmanship (10:00), Medicare and Social Security spending (12:50), defunding IRS expansion (13:45), Washington University Transgender Center (15:15), rural broadband (16:35); Reps. Travis Smith (R-Twin Bridges) and Bridget Walsh Moore (D-St. Louis County) on Washington University transgender issue and protecting girls’ sports (19:45), rural broadband (24:00), who won the week: Kansas City Chiefs and Mark Richardson (27:30)

This Week in Missouri Politics: Rep. Bridget Walsh Moore (D-St. Louis County): “I believe there are now more bills filed than there are actually trans people in the state of Missouri” (23:49)

St. Joseph News-Press: Second Democratic challenger for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat launches campaign; December Harmon calls herself an “extreme leftist”

Missouri Independent: 2024 governor candidate Bill Eigel taps Mike Kehoe, Jay Ashcroft over taxes and foreigners buying farmland, Saturday: Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Michael Butler resigns, more

johncombest_com on Instagram, Saturday: Michael Butler, Trigglypuff and Rappin’ 4-Tay, Sunday: KC Star’s #moleg expose and Chico Escuela’s tell-all book

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: As Missouri marijuana businesses cash in, small black-owned shops are stuck in limbo; owner of “Funky Skunk” smoke shop frustrated that he doesn’t have a license (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, October 2021: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 2023: “Missouri voters approved recreational marijuana in 2022, but experts are worried that minorities will be left out in the cold … Victim archetype: Henny Loc and Bootney Lee Farnsworth dumped their combined life savings into their $20 Sack Pyramid storefront location before trying to secure a vendor license”

St. Joseph News-Press: Missouri looks to expand free access to preschool education

JCNT: Missouri has begun to make plans for its aging population; Gov. Parson sets team in motion (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Barbara Phifer (D-Kirkwood) gives the superminority view on boys playing girls’ sports, subjecting minors to transgender hormones and surgeries, I-70 widening, initiative petition process improvements

KMBC’s Cody Holyoke: Power of the People: The initiative petition process is already difficult, and Missouri Republicans are trying to make it even harder (link via

P-D’s Tony Messenger: “Trans masculine nonbinary” teams up with activist to undermine Wash U. whistleblower and Missouri Republicans (get around stltoday paywall here)

CQ-Roll Call’s Sandhya Raman: Conservatives use abortion strategies to fight transgender care; Missouri could penalize businesses for reimbursing employees for abortion tourism or sex-change surgeries

P-D letters: Ferguson septuagenarian wants prosecutors punished for wrongful convictions; whistleblower Jamie Reed’s attorney notes inaccuracies in Washington University/BJC defense of transgender center, says Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City also profits from youth transgender campaign (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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