Sunday, June 11, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL’s Susan Szuch and Andrew Sullender: Pridefest roundup: Area woman says Missouri lawmakers’ targeting of trans community “terrifying”; House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) urges transgenders to not flee Missouri; children hand dollar bills to drag queens; assistant Missouri State University professor laments “state-sanctioned attack on the transgender community in Missouri”; more

SNL: Pridefest photo gallery: Morbidly obese drag queen gives child sucker; Springfield’s Party for Socialism and Liberation marches; House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade wows in a blue dress and rainbow armband; Rep. Betsy Fogle (D-Springfield) sports a braid with colorful summer dress; lonely juggling clown holds his balls; children hand dollar bills to dancing drag queens; drag queen maintains hold on cash while performing handstand; pink-haired human teaches special-needs infant to tip drag queen; other inspirational images

johncombest_com on Instagram: Crystal Quade’s campaign ad (parody)

SNL: Pridefest photo gallery: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ finalist Crystal Methyd performs at Ozarks Pridefest; drag queens and drag kings dance, collect dollar bills, hug children

KC Star “race, gender and class inequity” content creator Matti Gellman: KC Pridefest roundup: “(R)ecent state legislation and anti-LGBTQ fervor had left (transgenders) feeling that unabashed pride may make them vulnerable to either hatred or violence.” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) Collection of local TV Pridefest coverage TKC Caption Contest: Mayor Q Leads Kansas City Pride Fest

JCNT: Gray market gaming machines mired in ambiguous legal status

SNL: High turnover of Missouri school superintendents continues for fourth straight year

Columbia Missourian: Marijuana legalization is retiring many drug-sniffing police dogs in Missouri

Springfield Daily Citizen: ‘Clean Slate Clinic’ follows lapsed deadline for automatic marijuana misdemeanor expungements (get around Springfield Daily Citizen paywall here)

JCNT: Missouri prison system sets goals to reduce recidivism rates

P-D: Safety concerns prompt Dot Foods to move convention from downtown St. Louis next year (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT editorial: Legislature makes a good start on state employee compensation

P-D editorial: Gov. Parson’s appointee Gabe Gore feels like a breath of fresh air (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Gov. Parson’s shameful role in blocking LGBTQ progress will end up on trash heap of history (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL op-ed: Denise Noe: To protect women’s sports, consider altering men’s divisions or creating new ones; transgenders could compete in their own division, like the disabled

P-D op-ed: Saint Louis University associate education professor Jennifer Buehler: Missouri’s passage of SB775 led to the banning of nearly 300 books in at least 11 school districts last fall (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Stephens College’s Mission Promise Kept” Executive Director Elizabeth Herrera: Thanks to Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) for passing symbolic “Women Veterans Appreciation Day”

Springfield Daily Citizen op-ed: Former Missouri State University official Paul Kincaid: A sarcastic look at Missouri driving regulations vs. gun regulations (get around Springfield Daily Citizen paywall here)

P-D letters: St. Louis City septuagenarian opposes Missouri’s death penalty; Glendale septuagenarian says conservative lawmakers aim to “make life even more miserable” for transgenders (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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