Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Feds approve Missouri request to help tornado-stricken southeast Missouri

Brownfield Ag News: Courts to decide fate of WOTUS; U.S. Rep. Sam Graves expresses disappointment

St. Louis Public Radio: Three St. Louis residents indicted on charges of illegally pushing pro-Russian propaganda through the African People’s Socialist Party

States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: Hawley, Rand Paul disagree on TikTok ban

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Jason Kander outlines criticisms of Jay Ashcroft: the “dangerous” meeting Ashcroft attended; the Kansas City Star failing to follow up on Kander’s tip about possible Securities Division exposé; that time Ashcroft “just ignored what I said”; angles reporters should explore to criticize Ashcroft; why Ashcroft is wrong about ERIC; more (begins at 8:30) KCUR quits Twitter

The Heartlander’s Michael Ryan: Trans activist calls for Missouri Republicans to be ‘driven out’ of civil society for supporting ‘ethnic cleansing’ with restrictions on trans procedures (link via

Yesterday: Post-Dispatch removes references to two transgender heroes; Maplewood nonbinary Fiach Mikunda wants to turn 16-year-old autistic daughter into a boy; a 25-year-old woman “has identified as more masculine but would sometimes act female when (she) did not feel safe”; no response from reporter Michele Munz or the Post-Dispatch on silencing trans and nonbinary voices

KSDK (St. Louis): Planned Parenthood has pop-up clinics for patients seeking gender-affirming care; comments from nonbinary Fiach Mikunda

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri clinics rush to book transgender patients before emergency restrictions kick in; area woman – who says she is autistic and suffers from depression – wants to start testosterone as soon as possible

Missouri Independent: Missouri Senate committee triples funding for widening I-70 across the state

AP: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) unveils $2.8B plan to expand I-70

Columbia Missourian: Despite animosity between legislature and MoDOT, I-70 funding moves forward

Missourinet: Two plans proposed to expand I-70. Which one will win?

St. Louis Public Radio: I-70 widening moves forward in House, Senate wants to expand it to include the whole road

P-D: Missouri House advances I-70 widening, Powell Hall cash, UMSL remake (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Missouri House budget has big-ticket items for Capital City

Missourinet: Rep. Adrian Plank (D-Columbia) on GOP House Budget Chairman Cody Smith’s library funding: “That’s blackmail is all that is.”

JCNT: Missouri Senate panel hears plans to increase school lunch, child care funds

Columbia Missourian: House approves presidential preference primary

Washington Missourian: Rep. Brad Banderman (R-St. Clair) on bill aimed at preventing veteran suicide

JCNT: Bill brings homeowners’ associations in Missouri under fire

P-D: Four St. Louis County mayors ask Missouri Legislature to combine city, county prosecutors’ offices (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Gardner’s time in office could be decided in the fall if judge doesn’t dismiss case

Missouri Independent: AG Andrew Bailey faces ‘high bar’ in effort to oust St. Louis prosecutor for neglect of duties

P-D: Kim Gardner’s office, Missouri AG spar over ground rules, set trial date in removal suit (get around stltoday paywall here) Kansas City mayor talks gun control with Rachel Maddow No protest & no cash after teen shot dead on Kansas City street; what happens “when violence can’t be used to garner political capital.”

Kansas City Beacon: Missouri’s “Stand Your Ground” law could play a role after the shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl

Midwest Newsroom, via KCUR: Missouri has a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, but it may not help Andrew Lester in Ralph Yarl case

KC Star: Calls grow for a reckoning on racism in Kansas City Northland after Ralph Yarl shooting

P-D: Total compensation for Ameren’s top executive roles climbed in 2022 (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Kim Gardner’s contempt isn’t just for the court but for the entire city (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent op-ed: Former Missouri Ethics Commission Executive Director Julie Allen: Missouri’s initiative petition process is at risk

Southeast Missourian letter: Cape Girardeau septuagenarian hopes Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) restores library money in budget (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D letters: Ameren President Mark Birk responds to Post-Dispatch coverage of Blues charity promotion; Creve Coeur septuagenarian wants transgenders to sue state legislators; St. Louis sexagenarian says elected officials focus on cultural issues because those lawmakers are “dumb” (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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