Thursday, April 6, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Southeast Missourian: Five killed, homes destroyed by tornado in Bollinger County; Gov. Parson says he spoke to President Joe Biden about disaster (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missourinet: Gov. Parson and state emergency leaders survey tornado damage in southeastern Missouri’s Glennallen community

Newsmax: Mark Alford to Newsmax: ‘Justice can be equal’ when GOP targets Dems (link via

Missouri Independent: EPA says Missouri will get $106.4 million to update its water infrastructure

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: Jay Ashcroft announces run for governor, setting up highly competitive GOP primary

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on Jay Ashcroft vs. Mike Kehoe vs. Bill Eigel: The Frontrunner, the Money and the Message (16:30) Show-Me Jay Ashcroft running Nepo Baby campaign for Missouri guv

Fox 2 St. Louis: Jay Ashcroft running for Missouri governor in 2024

Missourinet: Ashcroft joins 2024 Missouri governor’s race

P-D: Jay Ashcroft says fellow Republicans have ‘failed to deliver,’ launches bid for Missouri governor (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Jay Ashcroft launches campaign for governor (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Jason Rosenbaum on status of legislative session

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on Ron Fitzwater liberating Jefferson City (0:15); MATA money, Jim Onder and GOP’s “tort reform” evolution (7:00); Eigel vs. Casey Wasser (9:30); Eigel vs. Lauren Arthur (11:20); land mines in foreign farmland bill (14:00); Missouri Chamber and child care bill (16:00); GOP gov primary (16:30); Kid Rock vs. Bud Light’s transsexual campaign (21:45)

Columbia Missourian: Bills restricting foreign land ownership proceed to Senate

Missouri Independent: Missouri Senate once again unable to reach a deal on sports wagering legislation

P-D: Sports betting push again floundering in the Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Sports gambling bill bogs down on Senate floor

Columbia Missourian: Former Columbia Mayor Brian Treece resigns from state Transportation Commission, citing appearance of conflict

JCNT: Rep. Chris Lonsdale (R-Liberty) wants all tax issues moved to bigger elections

JCNT: Regulatory Sandbox, film tax credits heard in committee

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City police chief speaks against bill establishing state control of department

JCNT: Lawmakers, sheriffs split on proposed amendment

Columbia Missourian: Missouri Republicans push effort for “constitutional sheriffs”

KC Star: After judge strikes gun law, Missouri Republicans seek to give sheriffs power over feds (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: Blocking livestock transport could be Missouri’s newest felony (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House bills seek to promote Missouri in unique ways

JCNT: Bill would name Piedmont as Missouri’s UFO capital

St. Joseph News-Press: Ruling limits counties’ ability to regulate CAFOs; comments from Attorney General Andrew Bailey

KMBC: Raymore city leaders push Missouri lawmakers to pass measure to stop south Kansas City landfill (link via

P-D: Video: Maplewood Richmond Heights students skip class in the name of “gun violence”

P-D: Photos: Maplewood Richmond Heights participates in national campaign to play hooky; student with pronoun “they,” wearing cannabis dispensary branded hoodie, hugs itself; other captivating images

SNL: Planned Parenthood sues attorney general for transsexual center investigation

KCUR: University of Missouri Police say ‘sextortion’ scams are snaring students; West African countries like Nigeria and Ivory Coast dominate scam market, target young boys John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

P-D editorial: State’s human rights chief thinks LGBTQ discrimination is OK. That’s a problem. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Elk River testing bill a start, but a feeble start (get around Joplin Globe paywall here) Pro-police candidates threaten to stop talking to Kansas City Star

KC Star letter: Sexagenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas cheers Daniel Desrocher’s anti-Hawley “masculinity” piece (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Columbia Missourian letter: Carmody MacDonald P.C.’s Lindsay Leible Combs: State lawmakers should increase restitution jackpot for exonerees

P-D letters: Clayton septuagenarian jeers Tony Messenger’s sympathetic portrayal of destitute lawbreaker; St. Louis City woman cheers Dem Sen. Steve Roberts’ proposal for seasoned-citizen homeowners; Frontenac sexagenarian wants Hawley, Schmitt and Ann Wagner to flip-flop on gun control (get around stltoday paywall here)

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