Saturday, July 8, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox Business: Sen. Eric Schmitt: Weakness has been the hallmark of the Biden admin

Fox News: Schmitt vows to enforce courts decision against Biden’s free-speech suppression

Missourinet: Sen. Eric Schmitt weighs in on defense authorization bill

Columbia Missourian: Democratic attorney general candidate Elad Gross speaks to Muleskinners, discusses strengthening Sunshine Law

Missourinet: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R-Marshall) will challenge Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) for Sen. Denny Hoskins’ open seat

Southeast Missourian: Gov. Parson signs senior tax relief bill, all area lawmakers supported (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri will exempt Social Security, public pension payments from state income taxes

Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: Missouri bill creating transitional benefits for SNAP, TANF signed into law; Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee’s Summit) praises legislation from Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman of “Arnald [sic]”

KC Star: Missouri public schools will be allowed to teach electives on the Bible under new law sponsored by Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

SNL: Health care for new mothers, marijuana banking among final bills signed by Gov. Parson

Missouri Independent: Gov. Parson signs bills impacting cannabis banking, employee background checks

Missouri Business Alert, via Columbia Missourian: Missouri expands endorsement rights for collegiate, high school athletes

KSDK: St. Louis mayor’s office says her text messages doubting effectiveness of strict gun laws lacked context; Jones ally Wesley Bell defends mayors comments; city staff yanks 137-page pdf document from transparency website, replaces it with short excerpts

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Mark Reardon Show: Veteran Democratic consultant Jane Dueker, GOP mastermind Gregg Keller and former Alderman Jack Coatar (D) on Mayor Tishaura Jones’ text messages to “shadow mayor” and consultants (4:00); Dueker on Jones’ “minion army” of keyboard warrior sycophants (6:45); Keller on how these texts will affect mayor’s working relationships (13:15); more

Combest book: Black female protagonist: “When I’m disrespected (on Twitter) by (veteran female political consultant), I know my #BossBabe posse will take up the fight.” – Chapter 8: The Mirage of Control, Security and Approval

Combest book: Our goal is not to establish an echo chamber comprised of sycophants who tell us what we want to hear. – Chapter 13: Isolation vs. Support

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Missouri Sierra Club “environmental justice” rep, others complain about systemic air particle racism and Missouri Department of Natural Resources; more spending investments will help

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy Goodwin: Event promo: “Conservative legislators and judges have targeted LGBTQ rights lately” – so come support WerQfest and celebrate black and queer creativity

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

KC Star editorial: Gov. Parson’s refusals to help wrongly convicted and ban celebratory gunfire make no sense (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Southeast Missourian op-ed: America is the land of boundless opportunities: Remarks from Rep. John Voss (R-Cape Girardeau) at July 4 citizen naturalization ceremony (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D op-ed: Tim Jones: Missourians need greater direct access to and from D.C. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Stacker data farming service, via Lincoln County Journal: Counties with the most bridges in dire need of repair in Missouri

River City Journalism Fund’s Sylvester Brown, via St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City is trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions – but state lawmakers like Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) stand in the way

Joplin Globe Editor Andy Ostmeyer: Tough times in the newspaper business, and don’t count on bloggers to fill the void in local coverage; Globe ditching Sunday e-paper, scaling back Monday e-paper (get around Joplin Globe paywall 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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