Friday, June 9, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Former Missouri Speaker of the House Ron Richard passes away

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: U.S. Rep. Mark Alford on debt ceiling negotiations (-18:30); why he voted against deal (-17:20); national defense spending (-16:10); Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood (-15:00); personal efforting metrics, including getting only seven (7) hours of sleep on weeknights (-14:00); China’s “tentacles” in American infrastructure and technology (-12:00); how TikTok is corrupting America’s youth (-10:00); regulating social media (-8:30); more

KMBC: Hawley, Schmitt, Alford issue statements on Trump indictment (link via

KMOX (St. Louis): Consultants John Hancock (R) and Mike Kelley (D) on Wesley Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign: Kelley on how Wesley Bell will boost Democratic primary turnout (1:30); Hancock on “a bad day for Lucas Kunce” (2:30); Kelley on Bell’s high-profile advantage in fundraising (4:00)

johncombest_com on Instagram: Music video clip: Lucas (Kunce) With the Lid Off (cameo from Roy Temple)

Webster-Kirkwood Times: Democrats, gun control advocates rally in Webster; comments from U.S. Senate candidate Wesley Bell, AG candidate Elad Gross

St. Louis Public Radio: Scientists agree with Army Corps that Jana Elementary is safe, but community still skeptical

P-D: Army Corps of Engineers’ final report: Jana school not radioactive and safe to be ‘used for anything’ (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian: Gov. Parson attends opening of Cape Girardeau Job Center (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

SNL: Civil rights complaint filed against MSU alleges discrimination against white males

KC Star: Silver Dollar City security footage shows LGBTQ activist lied about tote bag censorship (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version here)

Brownfield Ag News: Drought assessment committee considers ways to help in drought

Missourinet: Missouri works to help farmers weather the drought

St. Louis Public Radio: Farmers, state leaders worry about a drought affecting 85% of Missouri counties

Missouri Independent: Missouri pension bills include benefits for lawmakers, officials while in office

Missourinet: Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on homicide intent bill

Missourinet: Sen. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) skeptical about converting U.S. Highway 36 into Interstate 72

St. Louis Public Radio: Proposed St. Louis gun ordinance draws mixed reactions from state lawmakers

P-D: St. Louis-area courts still making headway to clear records of thousands criminalized for marijuana (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Judge tosses push to sanction auditor over report critical of Josh Hawley; ruling comes as result of a lawsuit filed in 2021 by then-Auditor Nicole Galloway

Missourinet: Missouri AG Andrew Bailey seeks to remove Iron County sheriff from office

SNL: Prepare to spend more on Missouri hunting and fishing licenses

Washington Missourian: Union state parks worker honored by Missouri DNR after assisting with wildfire

Southeast Missourian: Ameren reports Show Me Center solar panels on track (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D editorial: Missouri Attorney General Bailey’s ‘banana-grams’ abortion math (get around stltoday paywall here)

States Newsroom’s Ariana Figueroa, via Missouri Independent: America experiencing “an unprecedented wave of bans spurred by parents and conservative groups to target books that center the LGBTQ+ community, black history and diverse stories”; “Missouri Gov. Gov. [sic] Mike Parson signed legislation that bans minors from beginning gender-affirming care and limits sports participation for transgender athletes”

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem: Launchcode CEO removed after not signalling strong enough social media support for transgenders; virtue signalling “is particularly necessary this year” thanks to Missouri Legislature’s actions

KC Star “Service Journalism Team” content creator Natalie Wallington: You can fight back against Missouri legislators – here are the best LGBTQ books to give kids (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

4/28/22: KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Missouri, your anti-LGBTQ laws made me gayer: “With every hateful bill you write, my hair gets shorter and my Doc Martens get chunkier.”

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Settlement in St. Louis County sheds light on annual racial profiling report in Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star letter: Loch Lloyd sexagenarian urges vote against term-limited Denny Hoskins in next state Senate election (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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