Thursday, June 29, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Wesley Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign shares first endorsements (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Jean Peters Baker endorses STL County prosecutor Bell’s campaign over Lucas Kunce (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: St. Louis-based gun control group submits petition wording to state (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: St. Louis group files ballot petitions to allow Kansas City to enact harsher gun control (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn joined by September roastees Dan Houx and Jeff Knight (0:15); highlights of 2023 legislative session (4:45); GOP governor primary (7:30); Donald Trump (13:00); GOP governor primary (15:00); Dean Plocher vs. Holly Rehder (16:30); details on Missouri Times roast (25:45); sports betting (27:00); preview of 2024 legislative session (31:15)

The Missouri Times’ Capitol Calendar: Today’s fundraisers: Dean Plocher at Edgewild in Chesterfield; Caleb Rowden at Steve Tilley’s office in Chesterfield; Elaine Gannon at BarVino in Jeff City; Vivek Malek at Metropolitan Grill in Springfield

Last week: Combest offers constructive public feedback to St. Louis Public Radio regarding station’s abysmal audio player (via Gregg Keller on Twitter)

Today: New, with workable audio player: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City) on attempting to be a “moderate” Democrat (6:30); legislation on juveniles carrying guns (8:00); state control of St. Louis City police (17:30); initiative petitions (22:00); sports betting and 2024 legislation (28:00); abortion ballot initiative (31:30); “very small chance” for Democrats to win statewide elections (34:30); Crystal Quade’s “only” chance to win (35:00); “As a St. Louis guy, it would be so great” to have Gov. Mike Kehoe (36:30); more

johncombest_com on Instagram: You make a omelette, you break some eggs (ft. David Spade with cameo from Branden Rathert)

Southeast Missourian: Gov. Mike Parson takes steps to relieve drought conditions; Southeast Missouri farmers face raising per acre costs (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri school boards request commission to adjust funding formula for inflation

KCUR: Missouri schools restrained and secluded 1,000 students last year; Belton woman claims racism

KOLR/KOZL (Springfield/Branson): In local visit, State Treasurer Vivek Malek highlights importance of clearing out safety deposit boxes

KSMU: Missouri treasurer urges residents to check to see if they have unclaimed property

KCTV: NAACP, others condemn MO AG Bailey’s refusal to uphold cop’s conviction in 2019 killing (link via

P-D editorial: Fair elections are safe – for now – with court rejection of fringe legal theory; “The specter of giving state legislatures, of all bodies, unfettered power over elections is especially chilling” in red states like Missouri

KBIA content creator Rebecca Smith: Missouri Foundation for Health and Missouri Family Health Council fight to inform Missouri women about birth control options; no mention of Missouri Foundation for Health funding the story “KBIA’s Health & Wealth Desk covers the economy and health of rural and underserved communities in Missouri and beyond … the reporting desk is funded by a grant from the University of Missouri, and the Missouri Foundation for Health.” 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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