Sunday, March 26, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: Missouri Democratic Party Chair Russ Carnahan says he will “build the party back,” build a bench of candidates to fill statewide ballot slots, etc.; comments from House Superminority Leader and potential 2024 slot-filler Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)

Missouri Democratic Party’s Lauren Gepford, May 2019: How we will “build the bench,” etc.; “Don’t worry, we have a plan!” (p.19) (source: Missouri Democrats Building Blue Strategic Plan, opens in .pdf)

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Roy Temple, 3/27/14:  Missouri Dems have an “extraordinary talent base,” including 2016 statewide winners Gov. Chris Koster and U.S. Sen. Jason Kander

Sikeston Standard Democrat: Rep. Donnie Brown (R-New Madrid) visits fifth grade class, explains the life of a state legislator

Combest, The Missouri Times, 10/22/21: Think you want to be a state rep? Consider this. (#19) John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

KC Star: GOP legislation helps University of Missouri System scrap DEI discrimination (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Rep. Tim Taylor (R-Bunceton) says bill creating Missouri Geospatial Advisory Council will save state and counties “a lot of money”

JCNT: Number of Missouri youths with work permits up, so are child labor law complaints

JCNT editorial: Missouri sees jump in youth workforce

KC Star editorial: With food security and global warming crises, Missouri has a major stake in 2023 U.S. Farm Bill; thoughts on “Monsanto,” a company that hasn’t existed since being purchased by Bayer in 2018 (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: Repeating Kansas’ catastrophic tax-cut-mania is a crumbling road to nowhere for Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: “Missouri Agrees” backer David Brain: It’s time to change Missouri’s outdated voting system; Approval voting could have saved Missouri from electing Eric Greitens in 2016

P-D, 1/13/23: Former Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) will push for ‘approval voting’ measure in 2024, says concept could have prevented Missourians from electing Eric Greitens (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) and other Missouri Republicans are trying to erase young transgenders (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL op-ed: Springfield septuagenarian Jan Lancaster: By focusing on critical race theory and explicit library books, Missouri Republicans want “the dropout down the street” with the “barbed-wire tattoo (on) his forehead” to teach your daughter about sex

Gizmodo’s Lauren Leffer: Non-existent vaccine microchips could soon be banned in Missouri (link via

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