Sunday, June 18, 2023 – Father’s Day – Missouri political news headlines

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KWIX (Mid-Missouri): Ag Director Chris Chinn explains effects of drought on Missouri’s dairy, livestock farmers

JCNT: In drought, even farmers’ optimism is drying up

KY3 (Springfield): Tax cut measure for Missouri seniors awaits Gov. Parson’s signature (link via

P-D: Missouri Governor Parson names new economic development director (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Greene County’s top librarian says not many changes needed to comply with state law

JCNT: Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment plans shifting gears

KBIA “Health & Wealth Desk” content creator Anna Spidel: Profile: St. Louis City doula explains the value of her service for “black birthing people”

Side Effect Public Media’s Anna Spidel via KCUR (5/4/23): Medicaid extension bill would help fix institutional childbirth racism – but some lawmakers are adding polarizing amendments

P-D editorial: On Bud Light’s plummeting sales, boycotts, and conservative politicians like Josh Hawley (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D’s Bill McClellan: Only time will tell if probation for Missouri youth offender was right choice (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star op-ed: Brock Foley: Restrict Missouri kids’ access to social media. We’ll wonder why we didn’t act sooner; “social media is addictive and toxic”

“The rest of the afternoon, (the political figure) was tethered to her phone more tightly than usual … she obsessively reloaded (the political consultant’s) tweet, watching the number of retweets, likes and replies grow.“ – p. 30

P-D letters: Paper attributes two letters – one on Kevin McDermott’s liberalism, one on senior property tax freeze – to same author (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letters (Friday): Chesterfield sexagenarian compares Missouri Republicans to Nazis; newspaper attributes letter from Show-Me Institute’s James Shuls to Cardinals fan, and attributes Cardinals fan’s letter to Shuls (get around stltoday paywall here) UPDATED without courtesy of acknowledgment

johncombest_com on Twitter (Friday): Will new editorial page editor Kevin McDermott acknowledge errors? Surely his ego isn’t so big as to ignore constructive feedback from readers. 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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