Monday, April 17, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: Greene County Democrats eager for Crystal Quade to fill slot in governor’s race; St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones calls Sens. Eric Schmitt and Josh Hawley “absolutely useless”; Lucas Kunce, AG candidates Elad Gross and Sarah Unsicker make appearances; Quade hopes “the tide is turning” in Missouri; New Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Russ Carnahan says Dems’ enthusiasm “palpable and growing.”

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

johncombest_com on Instagram: Sarah Unsicker reacts to Elad Gross’ announcement (a dramatic re-enactment)

Missouri Independent: As Fox News case heads to trial, Gateway Pundit faces its own defamation suit

This Week in Missouri Politics: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) talks with Scott Faughn about state budget and I-70 investment (0:45); restoring library funding (2:50); DEI (4:15); transportation (6:00); charter schools (6:30); Missouri State’s success and the Springfield Cardinals (7:30); praise for MSU and Mizzou leadership (8:45); thoughts on future statewide race (9:45); panel of Reps. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia), Aaron Crosley (D-Independence), Tricia Byrnes (R-Wentzville) and Bill Hardwick (R-Waynesville) on health care protections for minors (13:30); gun control (21:00); DEI (25:00); who won the week: Rasheen Aldridge, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, GOP Reps. Rick Francis and Brian Seitz (27:00)

Columbia Missourian: No progress expected on efforts to boost public school funding

Missourinet: Pet shop bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) would take a bite out of local regulations

KSGF (Springfield): Nick Reed Show: Sen. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) on transgender debate and media’s intentional mischaracterization

KC Star: Transgender” Missourians fear AG’s rules will restrict care for adults, minors

KCUR’s Brian Ellison with St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem: What gender affirming care really looks like for trans Missourians: Correcting the misinformation from Republican legislators and AG Andrew Bailey; thoughts from girl who decided at 12 she was actually a boy, other heroic narratives

KCUR: Camden County Presiding Commissioner Ike Skelton (R), who declared ATF ‘unconstitutional,’ has family history with the feds

KCUR: Kansas City students are racking up thousands in school lunch debt, but universal free lunch could fix it

KCUR: Hundreds demand hate crime charges against Kansas City man who shot black teen; why Missouri lawmakers are to blame

JCNT: Missouri launches 988 website

KC Star: Infographic: the status of new cybersecurity laws proposed in Missouri

States Newsroom’s Casey Quinlan, via Missouri Independent: Long COVID is hurting business, but workplace accommodations could help; advocacy group “would like to see more resources spent”

Combest, The Missouri Times, February 2022: “By mid-May, journalists will be finding solace in new angles extending COVID victimhood. With a little luck and a lot of pharma/advocacy group funding, ‘long COVID’ will be part of every permavictim’s vocabulary.”

P-D editorial: For all the complaints about news media bias, lawmakers in Washington recognize that strong local journalism constitutes a pillar of democracy (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star’s Sarah Ritter: As Missouri Republicans fight diversity efforts, Lee’s Summit district spent $19k reviewing 52 challenged books – and that’s only half of them 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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