Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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93.9 The Eagle (Mid-Missouri): Wake Up Mid-Missouri: State Treasurer Vivek Malek on origin story (10:30), Chinese ownership of farmland (8:40), office’s approach to legislation (-4:30), office’s priorities (-1:30)

JCNT: Governor signs state worker pay increase (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson signs budget bill that guarantees 8.7% raise for Missouri state employees

Missourinet: Gov. Parson signs state worker pay increase bill

JCNT: Governor at Missouri Farm Bureau’s Legislative Briefing: Ag sector needs to attract younger generations (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Brownfield Ag News: Missouri’s FFA members are celebrating National FFA Week at the state capitol; comments from Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn

Columbia Missourian: State ends drought alert

SNL: Bill from Sen. Jason Bean (R-Holcomb) would let voters fix errors on their absentee ballots

SE Missourian: Bill from Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Whitewater) seeks flexibility for absentee ballots (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Tax incentives for concerts and filming in Missouri approved by Senate

Missourinet: Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee to hear proposed changes to funding formula today

Columbia Missourian: Critics fear open enrollment bills would widen education gaps

Missourinet: Sen. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) explains legislation on streaming services

St. Louis Public Radio: How Kim Gardner’s future in office could shake up Missouri politics and policy

Missouri Independent: Missouri prosecutors decry bill to supplant Kim Gardner as St. Louis circuit attorney

St. Louis Public Radio: Senate hears testimony on appointment of special prosecutor in cities like St. Louis

P-D: Special prosecutor for St. Louis faces resistance in Missouri Senate hearing (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann: Q&A with new St. Louis City Police Chief Robert Tracy: How will he deal with deeply hostile Missouri lawmakers?

Missouri Independent: Missouri lawmakers seek to remedy concerns with donor privacy law

Columbia Missourian: House committee unanimously passes drone regulations

Columbia Missourian: House bill would create conviction review unit

KC Star: Jackson County GOP drops censure of Rep. Chris Sander (R-Lone Jack) over marriage amendment New KCI Airport anti-climax: Mayo Pete starts party ahead of investigation; roundup of local coverage

Washington Missourian editorial: St. Louis is burning and Kim Gardner is fiddling away playing a worn out tune of victimhood and racism; property crimes, car thefts, drug trafficking in Franklin County “tied to elements in the St. Louis area”

KC Star op-ed: League of Women Voters’ Marilyn McLeod: Lawmakers should reject proposed initiative petition improvements (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

Columbia Missourian’s Jamie Holcomb: Refuting the lies in conservatives’ anti-trans legislation: biological men do not have a natural advantage over biological women, and transgender athletes like swimmer Lia Thomas do not dominate in their sports

KC Star’s J.M. Banks: Black History Month finale: How young black leaders are trying to make KC a better place: “A radical community journalist. A woman fighting for reparation, and a Gen Z crusader for LGBTQA rights.” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

P-D letters: Kirkwood septuagenarian says St. Louis City voters get what they deserve, and “get it good and hard”; Oakville man says Gardner supporters are as ignorant as Trump supporters; Manchester septuagenarian offended that Gov. Parson suggested next STL prosecutor will be a “him”; Webster Groves sexagenarian says Gardner guilty of “sloganeering” (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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