Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times’ Whispering Gallery: Scott Faughn on Kehoe signing Jeff Roe and Axiom; Will Scharf gets Club for Growth; Speaker Dean Plocher lays down the hammer on initiative petition improvements; more

P-D: In GOP race for Missouri governor, Kehoe takes fundraising lead (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Mike Kehoe outraises rivals in GOP race for Missouri governor

Missouri Independent: GOP rivals in Missouri attorney general race draw even in fundraising; Dem Elad Gross triples state Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury)

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Democrat Lucas Kunce focuses on Hawley’s Jan. 6 actions in Senate campaign. It’s paying off (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers, 4/2/23: 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 at 8:50 AM Central 4/2/23 without gratitude

St. Louis Public Radio: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Bailey’s transgender order, MONA, open enrollment, more

Missouri Independent: Pro-Parson PAC has spent $110K on private plane expenses so far in 2023

Columbia Missourian: Gov. Parson appoints Robert Blitz, Robert Fry and Jeanne Sinquefield to to UM System Board of Curators

Missouri Independent: Missouri agencies say ban on diversity initiatives in budget would disrupt operations

P-D: State Senate backs plan to limit China’s ownership of farmland in Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Senate passes foreign land ownership bill

KOMU: Business owners react to bill to regulate THC-infused hemp products (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

Columbia Missourian: Missouri marijuana cultivators are expanding to keep pace with heavy demand

Columbia Missourian: Senate committee considers removing restrictions on fentanyl tests

Missourinet: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) looks to establish kratom regulations

P-D: Missouri House approves bill protecting girls’ sports (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: GOP-controlled Missouri House approves protections for women’s sports (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House votes to keep men out of women’s sports

TRIGGERnometry: Jamie Reed, Washington University Transgender Clinic whistleblower, talks about how social contagion plays a role in adolescent desire to transition (link via Gregg Keller on Twitter)

P-D: Transgenders rush to hoard hormones, obtain surgeries in Missouri before April 27 protections; 25-year-old woman “has identified as more masculine but would sometimes act female when (she) did not feel safe”; Maplewood non-binary wants to turn her autistic 16-year-old daughter into a boy despite father’s objections (get around stltoday paywall here) UPDATE: portions of story referencing above quotes REMOVED Tuesday afternoon

From Saturday’s headlines: AP: Transgenderism and autists: 23-year-old autistic man says he is now nonbinary and might leave Missouri; Autistic Kansas City man says he has been stockpiling hormones: “They know a lot of us are autistic”

SNL’s Susan Szuch: Event promo: Planned Parenthood expands services to trans people ahead of AG’s rule Springfield News-Leader statehouse reporter Galen Bacharier leaves for Des Moines Register; health reporter Susan Szuch, City Hall reporter Andrew Sullender will attempt to cover state politics

P-D: Missouri House backs self-defense on MetroLink, in churches (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Missouri House backs bullet-resistant doors, windows for every public school building (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCUR: Missouri’s “Stand Your Ground” bill led to dramatic rise in homicides

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman, Kacen Bayless, Anna Spoerre, Andrea Klick and Kynala Phillips: After doorstep shooting, Missouri Democrats and gun control advocates pounce; Missouri passed “stand your ground” law after 2012 self-defense case involving “George Zimmeran [sic]” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) UPDATED at 8:54 a.m. Central with zero gratitude

Last week: KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Debate over targeting transgender kids features debate between Sen. Mike Moon of “Springfield [sic]” and Dem Rep. “Peter Meredith [sic]” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) UPDATE: Piece corrected, with zero gratitude

P-D: St. Louis judge files to hold Kim Gardner in contempt after no prosecutors show for murder trial (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Debate over special prosecutor, St. Louis police takeover on tap in Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: As proceedings to oust Gardner begin, experts wonder if move will succeed

JCNT: Legislative Library repairs to finish over summer

SNL: Hunting and fishing license sales continue slow decline in Missouri

P-D editorial: Tale of an 11-year-old bride highlights Missouri’s right-wing hypocrisy (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Although we don’t know the facts, alleged KC shooter wasn’t even close to qualifying for self-defense under Missouri’s misguided “Stand Your Ground” law

The Missouri Times op-ed: Jeff Shawan and Roger Dixon: Bitcoin mining & rural Missouri: An electrifying future 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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