Monday, May 15, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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NPR: Congress wants to regulate AI, but it has a lot of catching up to do; thoughts from Josh Hawley

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: The Missouri Senate’s final day: Inside the floor fights and behind-the-scenes battles, what happens going forward, and how each GOP senator performed this session

This Week in Missouri Politics (taped Thursday morning): Senate Pro Tem Caleb Rowden talks with Scott Faughn on “good cop bad cop thing” with Cindy O’Laughlin (1:45); I-70 funding (2:30); Mizzou’s recent ascent and Jeanne Sinquefield (3:05); initiative petition changes (3:55); tax cuts (4:25); transgender legislation (5:30); education priorities next session (7:05); charter schools (8:10); postpartum care (9:50); thoughts on potential 2024 statewide bid and announcement timing (11:00); panel of Dem Reps. Ashely Aune and Donna Baringer and GOP Reps. Melanie Stinnett and Jeff Myers on state budget wins (14:40); impending challenges of recession (16:30); transgender legislation and “trans-ing the gay away” (18:00); open enrollment (24:05); who won the week: mothers, St. Louis City residents, Missourians with developmental disabilities, women’s sports, Rep. Brad Pollitt (R-Sedalia) (26:45)

St. Louis Public Radio: 6 takeaways from a contentious 2023 Missouri legislative session that stalled at the end; Trans activist (Daniel) Bogard’s son is one of the transgender Missourians who has been targeted by anti-trans policies, rhetoric, and legislation.”

Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: Analysis: Winners and losers of Missouri’s 2023 legislative session: “education bills targeting ‘critical race theory’ and a host of others fizzled out”

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

KMBC: Video and transcript: Mike Mahoney and KCUR’s Brian Ellison on 2023 legislative session (link via

Southeast Missourian: Rep. John Voss (R-Cape Girardeau) reflects on freshman session: delay in filling Wayne Wallingford’s seat, texting while driving, tax cuts, I-70, more (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missourinet: Legislative effort to restrict four-day school week is dead – for now

Columbia Missourian: Photo gallery: As legislators leave, summer takes hold at the statehouse

St. Louis Public Radio: There’s big money in Missouri pot. Legal weed is the state’s newest $1B industry

AP’s Julie Carr Smyth: GOP state lawmakers in Missouri, other states try to restrict ballot initiatives, partly to thwart abortion protections; comments from Jay Ashcroft, Carl Bearden

Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham: Missouri politicians make rare bipartisan stand for moms at risk of pregnancy-related death

P-D letters: St. Louis County septuagenarian lists grievances with GOP state lawmakers; St. Louis County sexagenarian says St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ anti-GOP tirades are counterproductive; Wildwood woman attempts anti-Trump punchline involving the wives of Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt (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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