Monday, May 8, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee’s Summit) talks about I-70 funding (1:15); extending postpartum care (2:45); Social Security tax cut (4:25); St. Louis City crime (6:20); Kansas City’s successes (7:25); World Cup (8:30); sportsbook (9:40); State Reps. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City), Deb Lavender (D-Manchester), Mike O’Donnell (R-Oakville) and Brad Christ (R-St. Louis County) talk budget highlights (13:55); St. Louis City crime (17:30); Lavender praises St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ “great job” on crime (24:45); who won the week: House Democrats, Crystal Quade, Missouri senior citizens, Lincoln Hough, MoDOT (26:35)

P-D: 10 people shot, including 2 dead, in spate of shootings across St. Louis (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Bailey not ready to drop effort to remove Gardner while she’s still in office

Fox News: Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey blames St. Louis progressive DA for city reaching ‘crisis point’; Kim Gardner to resign June 1

The Intercept’s Akela Lacy: Why St. Louis’ reform DA quit; Kim Gardner was under relentless attack from Republicans, including “Missouri Attorney General Darren [sic] Bailey” (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield with Chandler Haynes and Cass Bowen Anderson (Friday): Rep. Brad Hudson (R-Cape Fair) on Friday’s budget actions (-20:40); Senate’s watering down of bill to protect children from gender transition surgeries and hormones (-18:15); Senate killing protections against DEI (-15:45); odds of special session for transgender protections (-13:45)

KC Star “race, gender and class inequity” reporter Matti Gellman: Transgender activists rally against state legislation; area nonbinary raising its 7-year-old as a nonbinary; other nonbinary raising its 8-year-old as a nonbinary; more (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: 5 major issues Missouri lawmakers might tackle in the last week of session: protecting minors from trans surgeries and hormones, initiative petitions, guns, foreign farmland, open enrollment

Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: Lawmakers enter final week of session with major GOP priorities unfinished; overview of education, initiative petitions, transsexual surgeries and hormones, bill “targeting” St. Louis circuit attorney’s office

Columbia Missourian: Former MOSERS employee draws highest pension in state system

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Trudy Busch Valentine campaign star Mylissa Farmer storytelling tour

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

Harvest Public Media, via KCUR: As the trucker shortage deepens, some groups are trying to make it easier to become a driver; thoughts from Missouri Trucking Association’s Tom Crawford

P-D: State reviews Brentwood cleanup after demolition pollutes Deer Creek (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian: Schools in Scott, Bollinger counties receive state safety grants (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

SNL: Kansas cut fall turkey hunting season. What does it mean for Missouri hunters?

P-D editorial: Outsourcing government work to nonprofits carries risk of fraud, mismanagement; former state Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) forged timesheets and got paid for hanging out with Black Lives Matters pals at shopping mall (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Kim Gardner’s defenders show how tribalism won’t stop unless higher standards take priority over party loyalty (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star’s Melinda Henneberger: Josh Hawley’s manhood message isn’t all wrong, though he’s not the ideal messenger (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) (link via

The Missouri Times op-ed: Show-Me Institute’s David Stokes and Missouri Budget Project’s Amy Blouin: Legislators should act on circuit breaker property tax relief for Missourians with fixed incomes

P-D letters: St. Louis County resident mocks Post-Dispatch caterwauling on voter ID; Manchester sexagenarian says “fetuses” are not humans; Shrewsbury octogenarian says Hawley exaggerating anti-Catholic FBI memo (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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