Monday, June 12, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R-Marshall) on why he’s running for state Senate (0:30); how running his farm operation informs his view on education and economics (2:00); corporate tax cuts (3:30); importance of ag (4:30); boys playing girls’ sports (5:30); name, image, likeness (NIL) laws (10:00); more on being a farmer (11:25); panel of state Reps. Emily Weber (D-Kansas City), Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg), Rodger Reedy (R-Windsor) and former Rep. Wes Rogers (D-Kansas City) on Dems’ 2024 U.S. Senate primary and Wesley Bell as frontrunner (16:00); Josh Hawley (18:30); how a Bell-Hawley matchup plays out next fall (19:45); House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade’s campaign for governor (22:45); Jay Ashcroft vs. Mike Kehoe vs. Bill Eigel (23:15); Dem U.S. Senate primary predictions (25:45); GOP gov primary predictions (26:00); who won the week: Cardinals and Royals fans, “pride,” Missouri truckers, teachers, Andrew Bailey (26:30)

johncombest_com on Instagram: Crystal Quade’s campaign ad (parody) Kansas City Mayor Q, Rep. Emily Weber & Missouri Democrats promise progressive victory

St. Joseph News-Press: Missouri State Democrats’ 10-day tour makes stop in St. Joseph

SNL: Marijuana microbusiness license applications open next month. Are you eligible?

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: MO rolls out marijuana micro-license program. But experts worry it won’t help minority-owned companies. (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, October 2021: Missouri media’s top victimhood angle for 2023: “Missouri voters approved recreational marijuana in 2022, but experts are worried that minorities will be left out in the cold.”

KCUR’s Savannah Hawley-Bates: Pridefest attendees show up “(d)espite recent political attacks from Kansas and Missouri lawmakers, and a suspected pellet gun attack at a local LGBTQ+ bar last weekend”

KCUR’s Savannah Hawley-Bates (6/9/23): Hawley, Schmitt, “Blain [sic] Luetkemeyer,” others weigh in on Trump indictment

KCUR’s Savannah Hawley-Bates on Instagram: Bio: “Proudly not related to Josh Hawley”

johncombest_com on Instagram, Saturday: KCUR featuring Carly Simon: “You’re so Blain [sic]/I bet you think this post is about you, don’t you?”

P-D’s Colleen Schrappen: Six rainbow-colored doors damaged at South St. Louis County church; terror reigns after Missouri bills “that limit gender-affirming care for minors and restrict athletic participation for transgender youths” (get around stltoday paywall here)

KMBC (6/4/23): LGBTQ activists describe horrifying potential pellet gun skin abrasions in Westport; community activist denounces “microaggressions”

KC Star’s Anna Spoerre and Andrea Klick (6/5/23): Potential “pellet gun attack” outside LGBTQ bar requires no medical attention for skin-pain victim; horrific theoretical hate crime occurs as “a wave of anti-LGBTQ laws are moving through Republican-controlled legislatures across the country – most often targeting transgender youth — including in Kansas and Missouri.” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missourinet: Bill from Sen. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) addresses teacher shortage by tweaking restrictions for retired teachers

JCNT: State promoting workplace resources for National Safety Month

Missourinet: Missouri has more than 800 bridges listed in poor condition; insights from MoDOT

Missourinet: Missouri could soon beef up penalty for interfering with livestock shipments

Missouri Independent: ‘Black hole’: Public faces long delays obtaining records from Missouri attorney general

SNL: Missouri is one of 10 states with squirrel hunting in the spring. 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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