Thursday, June 8, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell announces U.S. Senate run

KMOV: Wesley Bell running for U.S. Senate; Hazelwood East graduate made history as St. Louis County’s first black prosecuting attorney in 2018

AP: Missouri prosecutor Wesley Bell vies for GOP Sen. Hawley’s seat

SNL: St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell, a Democrat, announces Senate run vs. Josh Hawley (avoid Springfield News-Leader paywall by reading free syndicated version on USA Today here)

KC Star; STL County prosecutor Bell launches campaign against Hawley, would be MO’s first black senator (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

KSDK’s Mark Maxwell on Twitter: Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones has rescinded her endorsement of Lucas Kunce, is now backing Wesley Bell

Spectrum Local News (Charter Communications): Veteran Democratic consultant Roy Temple’s GPS Impact running Wesley Bell’s primary campaign against Lucas Kunce

P-D’s Joe Holleman: Veteran Democratic operatives take shots at Bell, Kunce; analysis from Jane Dueker, Richard Callow, former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Michael Butler, Jamilah Nasheed, Ed Rhode (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Twitter: Lucas’ choice

Missouri Independent: Judge hears arguments over Missouri AG push to inflate cost of abortion initiative petition

KC Star: Bailey, Fitzpatrick spar in court over abortion ballot measure (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Fox4 KC: Missouri counties struggling to expunge marijuana charges on deadline (link via

KMIZ (Columbia): Several counties running out of time to expunge certain marijuana charges as deadline ends today

SNL: Despite today’s expungement deadline, Greene County has 140,000+ marijuana cases to review

JCNT: State workers to be paid biweekly now

P-D: Gov. Parson signs law keeping boys out of girls’ sports, protecting minors from sex-change operations and hormones (get around stltoday paywall here)

KMIZ (Columbia): MU will ‘comply with state and federal laws’ after Gov. Parson signs protections for minors and for girls’ sports

KC Star: Missouri bans boys from playing girls’ sports (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Transgender Kansas Citians are now straddling two states where Republicans are pushing to regulate their lives. (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson signs into law protections for “transgender” minors, girls’ sports

Missourinet: Gov. Parson signs two transgender bills

Missouri Independent: Missouri governor signs protections for girls’ sports, bans transsexual surgeries and hormones for kids

SNL: Missouri governor signs several laws, including on girls’ sports and transsexual surgeries

SNL: While Springfield PD hasn’t received any threats, Pridefest increases security

SNL: Missouri schools must now observe Holocaust Week

Southeast Missourian: Missouri DED economist: Local counties outperforming SEMO region (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian: State attorney general to decide on theft charge against Cape County coroner (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: UMSL criminology professor weighs in on annual traffic stops report

KC Star’s Katie Moore: Curtains open, curtains close: My experience witnessing the execution of Michael Tisius (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News 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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