Saturday, April 22, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KFVS (Cape Girardeau): Sen. Eric Schmitt discusses first 100 days in office

JCNT: Getting back to our roots; Department of Natural Resources’ Earth Day celebration returns

JCNT: State employee profiles: DNR’s Tisha Holden and Matt Connor have a passion for nature

Columbia Missourian: Republicans’ tax relief could spell budget disaster

Riverfront Times: Opponents of GOP Rep. Holly Jones’ “Potential Gene Therapy Product” labeling bill say they were harassed by supporters; Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R-Smithville) says opponents were harassed at their homes and pictures of kids were posted online; comments from Jones, Missouri Biotechnology Association’s Kelly Gillespie, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s Mike Deering, others

Combest book: “(The elected official) didn’t mind being criticized for her political views … (she) knew that politics was a rough-and-tumble business. But these attacks were more about personality than politics.” (p.8 in paperback)

Combest book: “My daughter is two days old and was just subjected to her first online attack. Collateral damage of a strike aimed at me.” (preface)

Missourinet: Missouri Senate to work on state budget – without proposed ban on DEI

P-D: Missouri Senate endorses plan to end freebies for local elected officials (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: House bill could expand state auditor’s powers

Missourinet: Mechanical contracting bill from Sen. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon) receives initial Senate approval

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air hero profile: Missouri Library Association’s Joe Kohlburn takes a brave stand against dangerous Missouri Republicans

P-D: Wash U. says ex-employee’s claims about transgender center in St. Louis are unfounded (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Washington University says allegations against Transgender Center ‘unsubstantiated’

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman and Kacen Bayless: Claims that fueled Missouri GOP crackdown on trans care ‘unsubstantiated,’ university says; “Missouri legislators have targeted procedures that assist minors in transitioning genders” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

johncombest_com on Instagram, January 2023: Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting.

johncombest_com on Instagram: Washington University alumni “Giving Day” email, 4/21/23: “Give any amount … and you may choose to receive a WashU crossbody bag”

SNL: ‘What’s your M-O?’ campaign boosts Ozarks tourism, generates millions in visitor spending

JCNT: Public safety agencies awarded state grants

KC Star editorial: From Ralph Yarl to Olathe shooting, KC had a bad week. And it all comes back to guns (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: Elderly shooter was ‘radicalized’ by Fox, grandson says. He’s likely not alone. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Ralph Yarl is collateral damage in Missouri’s war against gun safety (get around stltoday paywall here)

States Newsroom intern Adam Goldstein, via Missouri Independent: Missouri one of 23 states to consider much-needed universal free school meals

Missouri Independent’s “multimedia reporter who covers Missouri’s cannabis industry” Rebecca Rivas: With recreational marijuana now legal, 4/20 looked much different in Missouri

KC Star’s Glenn Rice: Why wasn’t Andrew Lester charged with a hate crime after racist shooting? There’s a gap in Missouri law (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) Prog blog’s SHAMEFUL op-ed idealizing victimhood after Kansas City teen shooting

KC Star letter: Lake Lotawana septuagenarian wants Gov. Parson and state lawmakers to ban “semiautomatic rifles” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D letter: Brentwood octogenarian criticizes Ameren for Blues promotion (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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