Thursday, July 6, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KSDK’s Mark Maxwell: “The Gov ain’t picking him. And we mobilize to make sure his ass gets dragged.”; group chat text thread shows St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones led opposition to Steve Roberts as circuit attorney; Mayor deems Senate minority caucus whip a “F*ckboy”

Combest book: “Does (black protagonist’s) #BossBabe text thread give honest feedback on (her) actions, or does it reflexively encourage and enable (her) approval-seeking behavior? Are they the type of women that would enable other self-destructive behaviors?” (p. 56)

Combest book: “When your friends are under attack … do you see them reacting with excessive pride and choose to stroke their ego, potentially encouraging their self-destructive behaviors? Do you see how such enabling behavior could cause them to kill their highs and live by loews?” (p.87)

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn talks with Will Wheeler (Sen. Eslinger’s chief of staff) on Kayla Hahn appointment to PSC (0:30); what makes Kelli Jones and Aaron Willard successful (1:30); Jones not swinging at every pitch from liberal newspapers or the Democrats‘ own Missouri Independent (5:45); bills vetoed and signed by Gov. Parson (7:45); cul-de-sac Republicans’ hypocrisy on budget (12:00); Quinton Lucas vs. Wesley Bell vs. Karla May vs. Lucas Kunce (24:00); Doug Richey vs. Kurtis Gregory (28:30); Jamie Burger, Barry Hovis, Rick Francis, Kathy Swan for Holly Rehder’s seat (32:15); David Gregory vs. Mark Harder vs. Jim Bowlin (34:45); much more

The Missouri Times: Rep. Ashley Aune (D-Kansas City) announces bid for superminority floor leader

JCNT: Gov. Parson names deputy chief of staff amid staff shuffle

P-D: Gov. Parson promotes communications director Kelli Jones to deputy chief of staff (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Heather Dolce named new Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development spokeswoman

Missouri Independent: GOP legislative leaders won’t rule out overriding Missouri governor budget vetoes

KC Star intern Isabella Douglas: Mr. Gay America: Drag performer/transgender activist/LGBTQ advocate using his teaching platform to educate students on diversity

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley rings in July 4 with fake quote with antisemitic, white nationalist roots (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star editorial: Fact check: Ex-KC officer Eric DeValkenaere’s fundraising plea includes false claims; AG Andrew Bailey won’t make former cop spend a minute in jail

Missouri Independent op-ed: Missouri one of only 19 states to limit utilities’ ability to hold derelicts accountable

P-D music reporter Kevin Johnson: Why I refuse to attend country music star Morgan Wallen’s concert: “As a black man, I don’t feel comfortable occupying the predominately white space.” (get around stltoday paywall here)

October 2022: P-D music reporter Kevin Johnson: Event promo: Come support the “Songs to Save Democracy” concert and help fund anti-voter ID groups including League of Women Voters, ACLU, Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, and Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star “Service Journalism Team” content creator Natalie Wallington: Evergy is going to start charging more for electricity during peak hours. What to know (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) 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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