Sunday, June 25, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KWIX (Mid-Missouri): Schmitt, other Republican senators pursue federal override of California’s Prop 12

AP: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed to Missouri River flood damage and must pay landowners, court rules (link via

P-D’s Bryce Gray: PrideFest “has taken on a heightened significance this year as national culture wars and Republican lawmakers zeroed in on gay and transgender rights”; the “Missouri Legislature took specific aim at gender identity” (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: PrideFest fashion and fun: rainbow-adorned BBWs wobble in fire-truck spray; man who identifies as “Pup lifestyle” sports dog mask, collar, crop top and short skirt; Gays Against Groomers protest; more

The New York Times (2019): “Pup lifestyle” explainer: In San Francisco, the dogs are definitely out; “You stop using words and start communicating in growls.”

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Missouri’s unelected AG has taken aggressive steps to expand power. Has he gone too far? “One of Bailey’s main targets has been Missouri’s transgender community”; Kim Gardner “had long been a target of conservatives”; thoughts from “hard-right Warrensburg Republican” Denny Hoskins, others

johncombest_com on Instagram, January 2023: Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting.

JCNT: Local school districts look toward future beyond pandemic, while a few remnants linger

CDT: Out-of-school suspensions increase in 2022-23; Asians dominate whites, Hispanics, blacks in good behavior

P-D: St. Louis reparations panel pledges action in final report on ‘historic wrongs’ (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Praise for Missouri’s “free” food handouts and teacher certifications (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

P-D letter: Chesterfield septuagenarian says GOP state lawmakers to blame for urban crime (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star letters: Kansas City man says Gov. Parson and KC police board responsible for KC homicides; Kansas City sexagenarian wants Gov. Parson to sign property tax freeze instead of “banning drag queens and ‘offensive’ books” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

SNL letter: Springfield man says Jay Ashcroft is hypocritical about protecting children 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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