Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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NBC News: Josh Hawley labels Silicon Valley Bank ‘too woke to fail’ (link via

The Hill: Hawley in back-and-forth with local reporter: ‘Just want to make sure you’re sober’

Fox News: Hawley confronts local reporter over ‘vitriolic’ Elon Musk tweets: ‘Why all the hate?’

Combest book: <reporter’s self-talk>: “Besides, it’s about time somebody struck back against media critics. For too long, local journalists have been painted with a broad brush by critics of ‘the media’ and it’s time somebody stood up for the profession.” (p. 19 in paperback) John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

KC Star: Attorney Erin Hawley, wife of MO senator, fighting to end FDA approval of abortion pill (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Joseph News-Press: FBI data: Reports of “hate crimes” on the rise in Missouri

KSMU (Springfield): Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek says the state’s banks “are in a good position”

KPGZ: Kearney Live video: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) on school security legislation (16:20); how open container marijuana debate underscores need for initiative petition improvements (27:15); thoughts on Mayor Quinton Lucas cheerleading a weed festival (29:00); tax cuts: “Missouri taxpayers should not suffer more than what the state is suffering” (38:10)

Daily American Republic: Lt. Gov. Kehoe opens nation’s largest earthquake summit

Daily American Republic: State geologist: ancient rift gives New Madrid Seismic Zone explosive earthquake potential; comments from Sen. Jason Bean (R-Holcomb)

Daily American Republic: Survey reveals evacuation planned locations, routes in event of 8.0; insights from MoDOT Emergency Management’s Michael White

St. Louis Public Radio: Wash U. bows out of annual list of the nation’s top medical schools

St. Louis Public Radio: Clinic workers say St. Louis needs more medical interpreters for immigrants who choose to not speak English

Missouri Independent: Missouri’s Department of Social Services sued for alleged Sunshine Law violations

JCNT editorial: Missouri needs texting while driving ban (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

P-D music reporter Kevin Johnson: Under fire from Republicans like Bill Eigel, Ben Baker and Mazzie Boyd, drag performers tout their philanthropy; “Abort Fascism” host Maxi Glamour says overweight drag performers can help BBWs accept their obesity, explains the upside of performing for youth (get around stltoday paywall here)

10/20/22: P-D music reporter Kevin Johnson: Event promo: Come support the “Songs to Save Democracy” concert and help fund anti-voter ID groups including League of Women Voters, ACLU, Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, and Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star “Service Journalism Team” content creator Natalie Wallington: Missouri reported most ever hate crimes in 2021; alleged crimes against transgenders “comes amidst a wave of anti-transgender legislation in the state” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

4/28/22: KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Missouri, your anti-LGBTQ laws made me gayer: “With every hateful bill you write, my hair gets shorter and my Doc Martens get chunkier.”

KC Star “Service Journalism Team” content creator Natalie Wallington: Missouri pollution is so bad it hurts other states. Sierra Club explains why utility companies are to blame

P-D op-ed, attributed to Lamar Johnson: Missouri can stop jailhouse informants from sending innocent people to prison (get around stltoday paywall here)

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