Friday, May 12, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox News: Hawley: Biden’s border plan is “total chaos” (link via

Missourinet: Alford promotes Republicans’ plan to raise the federal debt ceiling

This Week in Missouri Politics: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) with Scott Faughn on I70 funding (1:00); approach to end of session (4:40); lawmakers who treat debate like a “hijack situation” (6:20); education, charter schools and virtual school (7:45); foreign farmland (11:45); lawmakers’ hypocrisy on spending and pet programs (15:05): future statewide bid (23:20); thoughts on sports betting and other last-minute legislative moves (24:15); more

TODAY, 8 a.m. Central: This Week in Missouri Politics livestream: Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) with Scott Faughn

The Missouri Times: The Missouri Senate hour by hour on Thursday, May 11 Jean Peters Baker supports Kansas City ‘trans sanctuary’ for “gender-affirming care”; roundup of local media cheers

KCUR’s Celisa Calacal: Kansas City declares itself a ‘safe haven’ for gender-affirming health care as Missouri restricts access; In January, “Missouri led the nation in the number of bills targeting the transgender community”

KBIA’s Briana Heaney: Health & Wealth Desk sponsored content, paid for by Missouri Foundation for Health: Ban on gender-affirming care for minors heads to governor; Columbia femaletomale transgender describes mental hardship of walking around topless in the summer, says typical state lawmaker “drives a Mercedes and lives in the Capitol”

johncombest_com on Instagram, yesterday: Missouri media unhappy with GOP legislation: Another one for the good guys (ft. Scott Hall and various newsreaders)

Missourinet: Crime package receives final approval, goes to governor for signature

Columbia Missourian: Legislature approves two omnibus crime bills

Brownfield Ag News: Missouri lawmakers pass an omnibus ag bill

St. Louis Public Radio: Senate slowdown jeopardizing priorities in Missouri legislature as session nears end

Missouri Independent: Sports wagering impasse upends the Missouri Senate a day before adjournment

Columbia Missourian: Senate rejects presidential primary renewal

P-D: Concerns derail effort to restore presidential primary elections in Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Push to reinstate Missouri presidential primary stalls in Senate

P-D: Optimism for a school choice plan is fading in the Missouri Senate (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Legislature passes bill banning texting while driving

Missourinet: Missouri Legislature gives green light to texting while driving ban

P-D: Measure to ban texting while driving sent to Missouri governor’s desk (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Missourians would be banned from texting while driving under bill headed to Gov. Parson’s desk (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri legislators vote to require fingerprint background checks for cannabis employees

KC Star; Kansas City could raise maximum pay for police after Missouri lawmakers pass bill (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Cat doctor explains why Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla) is wrong about declawing

P-D: Missouri lawmakers aim to snuff out celebratory gunfire (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Inner-city students skip class, say they are protesting gun violence

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: What the end of the COVID public health emergency means in Missouri

JCNT editorial: Set higher bar for initiative petitions

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Dem and GOP state lawmakers agree on one thing – they like spending large amounts of money

Joplin Globe editorial: Medicaid extension the right thing to do (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

P-D editorial: Gardner owes St. Louis an explanation for not prosecuting shooter (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent editorial: Congratulations to our environmental advocacy content creator Allison Kite for winning Missouri Press Association award

P-D’s Tony Messenger: A conservative veteran points the way to gun safety compromise in Missouri (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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