Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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NY Post: Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin bristles as Eric Schmitt, other Republicans hit woke military

KC Star: Hawley calls Nashville shooting hate crime against Christians, calls for FBI investigation (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: At rally, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says she will run for reelection next year, blasts AG Andrew Bailey: “This quo warranto is baseless. It’s foolishness, but let’s go.” (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House gives initial approval to $45.6 billion state operating budget

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) on benefits of House tax cuts

Missouri Independent: Missouri House defeats effort to boost pay for home health aides for people with disabilities

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: State Reps. Brad Pollitt (R-Sedalia), Maggie Nurrenbern (D-Kansas City) debate open enrollment

AP: Missouri House votes to ban diversity spending in government

P-D: Missouri House amends budget to bar spending on diversity programs (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Some students, faculty question removal of diversity statements (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

JCNT: Bill targets required diversity, equity, inclusion instruction

Columbia Missourian: Senate committee hears testimony on “Do No Harm Act” regarding DEI requirements

KWIX 92.5FM/1230AM (Mid-Missouri): Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) addresses mischaracterizations from some librarians and school districts about explicit materials

JCNT: House narrowly avoids ‘two-party’ consent amendment

JCNT: Senate advances bills on elections, campaign finance

P-D: Effort to ban texting while driving gets green light in Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri resumes annual vetting of Medicaid patients in April

P-D: Number of Medicaid enrollees likely to drop when eligibility verification returns, Missouri officials say (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri to begin Medicaid renewals, vowing as ‘seamless’ a process as possible

SNL: AG Andrew Bailey weighs in on College of the Ozarks ‘gender identity’ lawsuit

St. Joseph News-Press: Bill from Rep. Richard Brown (D-Kansas City) would crack down on gun ownership among people convicted of domestic abuse misdemeanors 

Missourinet: Rep. Michael O’Donnell (R-St. Louis County) talks about his inspiration for serving

Columbia Missourian: As expungements on marijuana convictions continue, few in prison are eligible

Joplin Globe: Fertilizer or sludge? Southwest Missouri residents meet again to discuss impact; man called Chris Wright says he’s filing to run for governor as a Republican in 2024 (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Southeast Missourian: County’s COVID-19 cases dropped 44.3% between January and February; zero (0) Missouri counties are regarded “high risk” for coronavirus spread (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Legislature should ban suspensions for K-3 students (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

P-D editorial: Once again, teachers are the target of a school shooter — and the GOP; Missouri Republicans wrong to support self-defense protections and “Parents’ Bill of Rights” (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian op-ed: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith: Biden’s border debacle is another preventable crisis (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Joel Mathis: Josh Hawley was against hate crime laws – till he could exploit the Nashville shooting

P-D’s Lynn Schmidt: Missouri Republicans illustrate why it’s too late to challenge Trump and his control of the party and base (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Allison Kite: Despite pleas from community members who say West Lake Landfill is responsible for mysterious illnesses, EPA says it can’t provide a timeline for cleanup

P-D political gossip columnist Joe Holleman: Gov. Parson visits St. Louis, avoids press push for info about Gardner, police control (get around stltoday paywall here)

Flatland’s Martin Rosenberg, via KCUR: Fast-charging electric vehicle stations around Kansas City, once abandoned by Evergy, are plugging in again

Columbia Missourian letter: Associated Industries of Missouri CEO Ray McCarty: The time for fixing and expanding I-70 is now John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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