Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development questions $550,000 of St. Louis County nonprofit costs; Wellston group administrator Jermal Seward II insists there was no fraud (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Kehoe formalizes Missouri governor campaign with local supporters

KCMO: Pete Mundo Show: Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) on 2024 statewide campaign and announcement timetable (1:00); sports betting and personal property tax legislation (1:35); initiative petition changes and foreign land ownership (4:00); Senate leadership’s “Hail Mary” approach to sports betting (5:00); why personal property tax cut failed (6:20); how Republican legislative and executive leadership compares to Florida (6:55); how a Gov. Eigel would have approached this legislative session (7:55); thoughts on Jay Ashcroft and Mike Kehoe (9:10)

KCMO: Pete Mundo Show: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) on sports betting and VLTs (1:00); sports betting initiative petition (4:00); property tax freeze for senior citizens (5:05); tax cut on Social Security benefits (7:00); KCPD salary cap removal (8:25)

The Missouri Times: Eigel petitions Gov. Parson to call extraordinary session on foreign farmland

P-D: Eigel wants special session for farmland ownership (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missourinet: Rowden on foreign farmland: “(S)ome outside voices got involved (and) that kind of mucked up … a pretty good package”

Missouri Independent: Lawmakers pack Missouri budget with earmarks for local agencies, building projects

KCUR’s “Kansas City Today”: St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg recaps legislative session (4:45)

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman and Kacen Bayless: Analysis: Republicans’ stark admissions about abortion accompany intense efforts to make it harder for Missourians to amend the state constitution (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Columbia Missourian: Felony charges loom for gun brace owners

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri attorney general withdraws rule limiting transsexual surgeries and hormones

Missouri Independent: AG Andrew Bailey withdraws emergency rule banning transsexual health care; PROMO rep says rule “targeted the entire trans community”

SNL: Emergency rule restricting transsexual surgeries in MO is terminated

Missourinet: Bailey pulls the plug on transsexual surgery and hormone restrictions

St. Louis Public Radio: Kim Gardner resigns as St. Louis circuit attorney, 2 weeks earlier than expected

P-D: Kim Gardner abruptly resigns, leaving St. Louis without a top prosecutor (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Video: Deputy AG Bill Corrigan says the quo warranto case against Kim Gardner is likely moot

P-D: Committee recommends Missouri Supreme Court restrict documents on Casenet website (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Interest-free credit at casinos could pose risk for problem gamblers; comments from Missouri Gaming Associations Mike Winter

The Missouri Times op-ed: Former U.S. Rep. Billy Long: Discounted drug program is a lifeline for millions of Missourians

P-D op-ed: Dan Connors: Missouri Republicans push an extreme social agenda – but we can fix it with ranked-choice voting (get around stltoday paywall here)

NPR’s Brianna Scott and Melissa Block: Transgender rights under attack in Missouri; 16-year-old girl decided at age 11 she wanted to be a boy, takes “testerone [sic]” to stop her natural female development

P-D’s Taylor Tiamoyo Harris: Woman has tried to prove St. Louis husband’s innocence for years. Now she finally has help. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Will innocence be enough when Christopher Dunn gets his new day in court? (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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