Tuesday, May 2, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Recap: State Treasurer Vivek Malek on This Week in Missouri Politics

Missourinet: Missouri takes another step toward extending coverage to low-income mothers and their babies; Rep. Melanie Stinnett (R-Springfield) carried House bills

Columbia Missourian: House passes postpartum Medicaid coverage extension

Columbia Missourian: ‘Fragile’ open enrollment bill unlikely to pass despite sponsors’ optimism

P-D: Missouri House advances bill aimed at St. Louis earnings tax (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Instagram: Backstreet Boys and Speaker Dean Plocher have a message for the Missouri Senate

JCNT: Jefferson City leaders opposed to state parking proposals

P-D: State Judicial Records Committee moves to restrict problematic court documents on Missouri’s Casenet website (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest book: “Within hours, the case appeared on the state’s court database website. (The stalker) signed up for database email alerts years prior, which would be triggered if (protagonist’s) name ever appeared in the database.”

Washington Missourian: Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker joins counterparts in calling for consolidation of St. Louis City, County prosecutors

P-D: Two assistant prosecutors involved in contempt fights depart Kim Gardner’s office (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: St. Louis judges ‘deeply’ concerned by prosecutor shortage

KBIA: Hero profile: Transsexual former prison inmate Jessica Hicklin tells her tale, praises Missouri Department of Corrections

Missourinet: Judge issues temporary restraining order against Missouri’s rules on transgender operations, hormones

KC Star: Judge blocks Missouri transsexual rules hours before they were set to take effect (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

SNL: Judge’s ruling will prevent AG’s rule on transsexuals until May 15

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis County judge continues to bar Missouri’s limits on transgender care

Missouri Independent: Judge blocks Missouri AG’s rule limiting transgender health care

AP: Biden Administration: Trudy Busch Valentine campaign star Mylissa Farmer went through “terrifying ordeal” in advance of media tour

SNL: Biden Administration says Joplin hospital violated federal law by denying Joplin woman abortion

Jezebel’s Kylie Cheung, 10/22/22: Springfield woman working with Springfield News-Leader, Valentine campaign to advance anti-Schmitt abortion narrative (link via

KC Star, 1/31/23: Woman who starred in Trudy Busch Valentine campaign ad seeks new payday; National Women’s Law Center says hospitals discriminated against Mylissa Farmer based on sex

KC Star: Democrat lawmakers blame vague wording of abortion ban for Mylissa Farmer storyline

Missouri Independent: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services highlights Joplin abortion hubbub

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Department of Conservation says lake sturgeon show signs of creating a self-sustaining population in Missouri

JCNT: News Tribune launches subscriber-exclusive content

P-D editorial: Proposal would suppress Missourians’ voices, not confront illegal voting (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Those meddling kids! Republicans in Missouri and elsewhere are targeting college students for vote suppression (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Why some people believe ‘marijuana’ is a racist word, and why it doesn’t offend me

P-D letters: St. Louis County septuagenarian compares puberty blockers for kids to “run(ning) on the playground” and “cross(ing) the street; Compton Heights man wants city Dem officials to join AG Andrew Bailey in calling for Gardner’s resignation (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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