Monday, April 3, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Southeast Missourian: Hawley, Schmitt, Jason Smith back Trump in Dems’ case against former President (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman: Hero profile: Former Sen. John Danforth’s brave fight to debunk right-wing conspiracy theories from Trump and other bad actors

Yesterday: KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Breaking down Josh Hawley’s masculinity posturing: Expert analysis on Lucas Kunce’s “male bravado,” Eric Schmitt’s knowledge of the infield fly rule, “homophobia,” Hawley’s status as graduate of KC’s “Rockford [sic]” high school; highlights from six (6) minute interview; more (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here) UPDATED Sunday 8:50 AM Central without gratitude

JCNT’s Ryan Pivoney: Right wing Christian nationalists hold prayer concert at Missouri Capitol

KCUR: ‘Discouraging’ census numbers show a decline in urban Kansas City while suburban counties grow

Friday: St. Louis Public Radio: Census data shows population growth in Lincoln and St. Charles Counties, as former residents of St. Louis City and County flee

Thursday: P-D: New census estimates show more population loss in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, gains in St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln and Warren Counties (get around stltoday paywall here)

This Week in Missouri Politics: Senate Majority Floor Leader Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on how freshmen have improved the Senate (0:45); operational improvements (2:00); transgender legislation negotiations (4:00); why media’s “targeting” narrative is wrong (5:15); Caleb Rowden’s “golden touch” (6:45); praise for Sen. Rizzo (7:30); expectations for rest of session (9:45); explanation of premature Spring Break dismissal (11:15); Panel of Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker (R), Montgomery County Presiding Commissioner Ryan Poston (R) and Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann (R) on legislature’s desire to cut personal property taxes and sales taxes (15:45); what state lawmakers should focus on instead (18:00); the problem with cutting grocery taxes (18:50); suburban encroachment into rural life (21:00); solar power plans (24:30); why reasonable people are fleeing cities (22:00); rural broadband (26:15); who won the week: legislators trying to remedy urban crime, county governments, Andrew Bailey, Kansas City (27:50)

KCUR: Kansas City’s drag community evolves into “a liberating art” – but “attempts to regulate the practice have also persisted”

Missouri Independent: Missouri sees surge in cannabis jobs after legalization vote; comments from cannabis staffing/training entrepreneur Christy Essex

Combest, The Missouri Times, October 2021: After Missouri voters approve recreational marijuana in 2022, there will be “a wide-open opportunity for profiteers to market cannabis ‘educational’ materials to potential (license) applicants”

St. Louis Public Radio: Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) on Kim Gardner, state control of St. Louis police, protecting Missourians’ Second Amendment rights, more

Missourinet: Proposal from Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) aims to honor Missouri’s U.S. military veterans

St. Louis Public Radio: Climate change group pleased with Missouri “momentum” on wind and solar energy

P-D editorial: We’re not allowed to reprint the latest Washington Post editorial on gun control, so please go find it and read it (get around stltoday paywall here)

Newsweek op-ed: Missouri AG candidate Will Scharf: Alvin Bragg vs. American Democracy

P-D’s Tony Messenger: She’s 64, with a clean record. But she spent 3 days in jail for being poor. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Dave Nicklaus: Missouri banker says fears of contagion are misleading (get around stltoday paywall here)’s Elaine S. Povich: As book bans gain favor in Missouri and other states, some say school libraries could go (link via stltoday)

KC Star op-ed: Humane Society of Missouri’s Nicole Fulcher: With marijuana now legal in Missouri, there’s nothing funny about getting your dog high

Southeast Missourian letter: Cape Girardeau man supports Hawley, laments left’s willingness to “burn down buildings and shoot up the town” (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D letter: Spanish Lake octogenarian says Missouri needs to stop cutting taxes and spend more money on foster care system (get around stltoday paywall here) 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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