Thursday, May 11, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox Business on YouTube: Schmitt: Prepare for a tsunami of illegal immigration (link via

Missourinet: Hawley says Biden Administration to keep using Title 42 to expel illegal aliens

KC Star: Hawley, Schmitt stand by Trump after Manhattan jury decision (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Activists charged with illegally acting as Russian agents call indictments ‘bogus’; chairman of “African People’s Socialist Party” says indictments show “there can’t be no [sic] free speech”

Missouri Independent: EPA: Radioactive contamination at West Lake landfill is more widespread

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update – Sen. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove)

The Missouri Times: The Missouri Senate hour by hour on Wednesday, May 10

Missourinet’s Alisa Nelson: Missouri bills targeting transgender individuals cross the finish line (link via Gregg Keller on Twitter)

KMOV’s Alexis Zotos: Missouri lawmakers approve two bills targeting transgender youth

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

St. Louis Public Radio: Legislature passes restrictions on transsexual surgeries and boys playing girls’ sports

KC Star: Missouri lawmakers pass bans on gender reassignment surgeries for minors, boys playing girls’ sports (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D’s Michele Munz: Families and providers react to new Missouri protections against gender reassignment surgeries and hormones; St. Charles woman says she called a real estate agent and just might leave Missouri someday; Maryland Heights woman raising 8-year-old daughter as a boy threatens to leave state (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D, 4/18/23: Post-Dispatch removes reporter Michele Munz’s 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 these trans and nonbinary voices

P-D: Video: Missouri House members defend and denounce transsexual surgeries and hormones for children

P-D: Rep. Chris Sander (R-Lone Jack) threatens to leave Republican Party (get around stltoday paywall here)

Fox 2 St. Louis: Missouri lawmakers send legislation protecting minors and girls’ sports to governor

KSDK (St. Louis): Call to action: How you can join PROMO in fighting back against Legislature’s transgender measures

Missouri Independent: House passes bill banning transsexual surgeries and hormone blockers for minors; bill also keeps boys out of girls’ sports

AP: Defying the state, Kansas City would be a sanctuary for people seeking gender-affirming health care

KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Kansas City considers declaring itself a transgender ‘safe haven’ for MO. What that means (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

4/28/22: KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Missouri, your anti-LGBTQ laws made me gayer: “With every hateful bill you write, my hair gets shorter and my Doc Martens get chunkier.”

Columbia Missourian: Legislation restricting transgender rights goes to Gov. Parson for signature; Comments from “Rep. Brad Hudson (R-Cape Fear [sic])

Missouri Independent: Gridlock plagues Missouri Senate once again with just days to go before adjournment

St. Louis Public Radio: Early childhood educators are celebrating increased funding in Missouri budget

JCNT: Expansion of auditor powers advances in Missouri Legislature

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson wants St. Louis circuit attorney applications in by noon Monday

P-D: State opens application process to replace Kim Gardner as circuit attorney (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: Search for Kim Gardner’s replacement begins

SNL: The COVID-19 public health emergency ends May 11. Here’s what Missourians should know. Kansas City Public Radio transforms into progressive activist network

P-D: Kevin McDermott to take over as Post-Dispatch editorial chief; Connecticut resident Tod Robberson, the departing chief, laments “an exponential increase in the number of gray hairs on my head because of the stress that comes with seven and a half years in the editorial hot seat.” (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Twitter, yesterday: Springfield News-Leader fixes “Melanie Stinnet [sic],” refuses to acknowledge error

Columbia Missourian Executive Editor Elizabeth Stephens, yesterday: “John Combest is right 99% of the time. It makes us better.”

KC Star editorial: Schmitt’s debt ceiling threat is destructive and hypocritical (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: With the end of the COVID emergency, America should ponder permanent changes (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Ben Hochman: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, consider compassion for transgender athletes; come meet activist Daniel Bogard, “a regular Missourian, a regular dude and a regular dad” (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Heartlander’s Michael Ryan, 4/18/23: Trans activist Daniel Bogard calls for Missouri Republicans to be ‘driven out’ of civil society for supporting ‘ethnic cleansing’ with restrictions on trans procedures (link via

Columbia Missourian op-ed: MU School of Medicine students Jay Devineni and Lacey Raper: How AG Bailey’s emergency rule could restrict gender-affirming care 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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