Monday, April 10, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: GOP splits over continued Ukraine aid; Hawley amendment to establish special inspector general voted down

This Week in Missouri Politics: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talks with Scott Faughn about why he’s running for governor (1:00); parental choice and woke public schools (2:00); support from family (3:00); approach to negative campaigning (5:30); priorities as governor (6:15); making St. Louis City great again (6:45); approach to government spending and taxes (9:15); gas tax (10:00); panel of Reps. Ashley Aune (D-Kansas City), Jamie Johnson (D-Platte County) and Chad Perkins (R-Bowling Green), along with GOP state rep candidate Cathy Jo Loy on sports betting (14:00); open enrollment (17:15); 2024 governor race and whether Crystal Quade will take the hit for Democrats (22:30); who won the week: kids skipping class, Asians, Ron Fitzwater, octogenarian lady (26:30)

johncombest_com on Instagram (Thursday): Reel: Hold on babe, Ashcroft’s on TWIMP

johncombest_com on Instagram (Friday): Reel: Governor Crystal Quade, Peter Merideth and those dang lawmakers running for higher office

johncombest_com on Instagram (Saturday): It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to COVID

St. Louis Public Radio: Despite supply hurdles, Missouri posts second strong month of recreational cannabis sales

Missouri Independent: Sports wagering bill remains mired in Missouri Senate split over gambling expansion

CDT: Cut to state funding of libraries by House raises concerns at Daniel Boone Regional Library

States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: Homeless advocacy group complains about Missouri law

KCUR: Kansas City is asking Missouri for millions in tax credits to build a park over I-670; city council discusses systemic road racism

JCNT: Citizen alleges Cole County Clerk’s office violated election laws; Secretary of state’s office weighs in on manual recount precinct selection

P-D editorial: Once again, Missouri lawmakers are rolling over for the puppy mills (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent op-ed: New York City “literature and human rights intersectionality” group PEN America: Missouri’s new effort to punish libraries is vindictive and harmful

Stateline’s Alex Brown: States debate whether to restrict – or invite – crypto mining; Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) has sponsored “right to mine” legislation to prohibit local governments from restricting cryptocurrency mining (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy Goodwin: Hero profile: U.S. Soccer’s Becky Sauerbrunn fights for “equal pay,” hopes to “call out” legislators who seek to protect girls’ sports

SNL op-ed, 2/5/23: Portland, Oregon women’s soccer megastar Becky Sauerbrunn says “Missouri House Speaker Dean Plotcher [sic]” and other Republicans “targeting transgender athletes”

P-D sports reporter Benjamin Hochman: Hero profile: STL’s Becky Sauerbrunn, soccer’s Captain America, fights for women’s and trans rights (get around stltoday paywall here John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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