Friday, May 5, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox Business: Schmitt: Biden ‘completely absent’; Senator gives updates on Speaker McCarthy’s debt plan, the crisis at the southern border and the Biden administration securing a new deal with Mexico

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield with Chandler Haynes and Cass Bowen Anderson: U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison on whistleblowers and investigations into possible Biden crimes (-52:15); more details on FBI whistleblower (-47:00); liberal media bias (-45:30)

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: 2026 competitive Senate races; 2024 competitive House races

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield with Chandler Haynes and Cass Bowen Anderson: AG candidate Will Scharf (R) on how the Jefferson City political establishment enabled Kim Gardner’s incompetence (-40:00); holding state government leadership accountable (-37:35); AG Andrew Bailey’s “go along to get along” approach and ignoring Missouri State University’s no-whites-allowed program (-35:00); thoughts on Christian County Lincoln Days (-28:10); Missouri Senate GOP’s failure to block DEI this year (-27:00); more

JCNT: Speakers mark National Day of Prayer at Capitol

Missouri Independent: ACLU asks judge to force state to finalize ballot summary for Missouri abortion amendment

Missouri Independent: Budget negotiations conclude with I-70 expansion, child care funding intact

Missouri Independent: Filibuster over KC landfill bill ends, Missouri Senate puts spending bills on deck for debate

KC Star: Kansas City landfill fight stalls Missouri Senate as state budget deadline looms (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KMIZ (Columbia): Several votes still needed for lawmakers to make state budget deadline Friday evening

JCNT: Lawmakers move forward with increased college funding

P-D: Missouri lawmakers approve subsidies for music, film industry (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missourinet: Missouri Legislature endorses film and entertainment tax credits; Reps. Kurtis Gregory (R-Marshall) and Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) discuss the Hallmark channel; thoughts from Americans for Prosperity’s Jeremy Cady

St. Louis Public Radio: Kim Gardner to resign as St. Louis circuit attorney, leaving a legacy of turmoil

P-D: St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner to resign June 1 after weeks of resistance (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Senate deal helps seal Gardner’s decision to quit, Rizzo says (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: St. Louis and Missouri politicians react to Kim Gardner’s resignation (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Inside the room: Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner tells staff she resigns

Missouri Independent: Embattled St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner will resign June 1

johncombest_com on Instagram, yesterday: Kim Gardner, Enema of the State

johncombest_com on Instagram: Jay-Z’s “D’Evils” ft. Kim Gardner

AP: Judge extends suspension of Missouri AG’s transgender rule

SNL: Missouri AG’s rule on trans healthcare halted until late July as court reschedules hearing

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis County judge extends suspension against rule on transsexual surgeries, hormones to July

P-D photo gallery: Gov. Mike Parson gives keynote address at St. Louis Police Foundation’s 37th Memorial Breakfast

Southeast Missourian editorial: FEMA falls short, but other resources available for Bollinger County (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D editorial: Failure to move the Equal Rights Amendment says it all about Hawley, Schmitt and today’s GOP (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Gardner’s downfall was her own doing, try as she so often did to blame others (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Instagram: The Way We Were: St. Louis Post-Dispatch celebrates Gardner’s “Black Girl Magic” in August 2020

johncombest_com on Instagram: KSDK (St. Louis) cheers Kim Gardner’s “Black Girl Magic” in August 2020

Missouri Independent op-ed: Phill Brooks: Missourians’ right to change their constitution

MSNBC op-ed: New York City Democratic strategist Max Burns: Missouri GOP’s dark vision for the future puts democracy on the back burner (link via

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Appleseed’s Liza Weiss: New Missouri Department of Corrections policy and 2021 legislation leads to improved health for incarcerated women

NPR’s Tovia Smith, writing from Boston: Missouri escalates battle over books with rule threatening state funds for libraries

Washington Missourian letter: Washington septuagenarian says merging St. Louis City and County prosecutors a terrible idea – and state control of St. Louis City police is a better solution 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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