Saturday, July 1, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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johncombest_com on Twitter: Goodbye, Pride Month. Hello, July! (30-second clip featuring Pepe and Sade)

KC Star: Citing harm to Missouri, Supreme Court kills Biden’s student loan forgiveness (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Columbia Missourian: Supreme Court ruling on loans won’t affect UM System, but student borrowers are now obligated to pay; recent MU Law grad accepts responsibility for his debt, says he expected to pay back the money he borrowed

P-D intern Namratha Prasad: With no student debt relief coming, St. Louis area college students scramble to fund education; area man says forcing borrowers to repay debt is “like smacking us twice in the face” (get around stltoday paywall here)

Midwest Newroom’s Holly Edgell, via KCUR: Supreme Court decision on student debt forgiveness leaves Midwest students disappointed and worried

KSHB (Kansas City): LGBTQ rally against Supreme Court draws “more than a dozen”; comments from humanoid calling itself “Iridescent Riffle” (link via

Columbia Missourian: Former Missouri legislators keep control of leftover campaign funds: A look at expenditures by Jason Kander, Ryan Silvey, Don Gosen, Chrissy Sommer, Kirk Mathews, Tom McDonald, many others

St. Louis Public Radio: Gov. Parson signs Missouri budget that includes funding for I-70 expansion, teacher salaries

Missourinet: What survived, what died in the governor’s budget decisions

Spectrum Local News (Charter Communications): Gov. Parson vetoes funding for St. Louis area projects in the 2024 budget

P-D: Gov. Parson cuts more than a half billion dollars from massive Missouri state budget (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Mary Russell begins second tenure as Missouri Supreme Court chief justice

P-D: ACLU calls ballot summary for Missouri abortion question ‘misleading,’ sues Ashcroft (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: St. Louis charter school founders ‘double-dipped’ from public school tax dollars; Sen. Doug Beck (D-St. Louis County) wants to “draw some attention to this” next session (get around stltoday paywall here)

KSMU: Fentanyl becoming more common in fatal drug overdoses in Missouri; insight from Greene County’s commissioner of Drug Treatment Court Kevin Austin

KSMU: Medicaid recipients urged to watch their mail for annual renewal notices

Missourinet: Gas tax refund season is here

KCUR: Peak electricity rates will nearly quadruple under default Evergy electricity plans in Missouri

P-D: St. Charles’ lawyers – including Gov. Jay Nixon – to get 35% of city’s take from lawsuit against Ameren, if they win (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Our summer audiobook recommendations: “two black queer women” prisoners fall in love; “A Puerto Rican from the Bronx who self-identifies as a dyke” interns for a feminist author; fictional black sheriff versus “a neo-Confederate group on the march”; other woke gems

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Public Radio’s news, programming and marketing employees vote to unionize

P-D: St. Louis Public Radio becomes state’s first public media union (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Instagram: St. Louis Public Radio’s Lollipop Guild (featuring Seth Rollins and Degeneration X)

Joplin Globe editorial: More cloud than silver lining on Sunshine Law (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Daily Kos’ Jeff Singer: Secretive right-wing mastermind of court takeover now seeks to expand his reach to elected office; powerful conservative interests are backing Will Scharf’s campaign to oust Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey

Kansas City Beacon’s Maria Benevento: Devil is in the details’ of public school Bible courses in Missouri; lack of teacher training could lead to infringing upon students’ constitutional rights

Kansas City Beacon’s Gary Bradley-Lopez: Meet the latest cohort getting paid to serve on The Kansas City Beacon’s Community Engagement Bureau: Six (6) minorities, one “they”, one white male nurse “very active in … social justice issues” 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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