Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Southeast Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith calls for negotiations on debt ceiling, criticizes Biden administration for Title 42 expiration (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D: Fauci tells Washington U. med school grads to push back against anti-science ‘destructive forces;’ protesters include Katherine Pinner, who defeated former Rep. Shamed Dogan 56%-44% in GOP St. Louis County executive primary (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem: Hero profile: Dr. Anthony Fauci earns honorary degree from Washington University; “Fauci’s stature as a national coronavirus expert made him a target” for Eric Schmitt and others

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem: “Emotionally, it’s sort of weird”: Health care professionals cope with end of COVID pandemic

JCNT: Gov. Parson signs off on $2B supplemental budget

P-D: Gov. Parson says Missouri lawmakers delivered on his agenda (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Joseph News-Press’ Marcus Clem: Legislative postmortem: Filibuster from “rural eastern Missouri delegate” Bill Eigel; open enrollment, foreign farmland, initiative petitions, more Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) rips Mayor Q & Kansas City radical agenda

Missourinet: House Speaker Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) weigh in on legislation to protect girls sports and protect kids from gender-reassignment surgeries and hormones

Missouri Independent’s Annelise Hanshaw: Missouri transgenders claim they’ll leave Missouri, credit lawmakers for inspiring relocations; Republicans “laser focused” on protecting minors, which leaves “deep scars” on gender-benders

Missourinet: Rowden, Plocher, Quade offer thoughts on initiative petition changes and 2024 abortion vote

JCNT: Missouri child population drops 1% in 5-year span

Fox4 KC: National group to lower voting age seeks attention in Missouri (link via

P-D: Missouri could end St. Louis’ century-old residency rule; Mayor Tishaura Jones applauds legislation (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D; Gov. Parson has ‘good candidates’ to replace Kim Gardner as St. Louis prosecutor (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Maggie Kost, acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, hired to lead Greater St. Louis Inc. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Missouri lawmakers end their session opting to limit the damage they could inflict (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D editorial: Top Republican admits voting measure was meant to thwart pro-choice initiative (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe op-ed: Jay Ashcroft: Missouri Legislature adjourns with a whimper (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Co-founder of “L’chaim! Jews Against the Death Penalty” Facebook group wants Gov. Parson to give murderer a pass; Mike Tisius murdered two correctional officers, but had a really rough upbringing

P-D letters: University City septuagenarian says coed sports would fix transgender competition conundrum; Mehlville sexagenarian praises departing Post-Dispatch editorial page editor (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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