Tuesday, July 18, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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AP: Southwest Airlines adds Roy Blunt to its board of directors

KC Star: Josh Hawley outraises Democratic opponents for 2024 (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D’s Joe Holleman: Wesley Bell taps local lawyers, business bosses for early US Senate money (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Kehoe keeps fundraising lead over Ashcroft, Eigel in Missouri governor’s race (get around stltoday paywall here)

93.9 The Eagle: Wake Up Mid-Missouri with Stephanie Bell, Marc Ellinger, John Marsh and Hannah Adkisson: Jay Ashcroft responds to Bill Eigel’s criticisms from last week: Amendment 3 and Clean Missouri (-11:25); fighting environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies (-10:45); election integrity (-9:50); top priorities as governor including school choice, crime and state spending (-8:30); federal election legislation (-5:30); recap of Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) (-4:15); library rules and local control (-2:50); why he’s not biting at Crystal Quade’s bait (-0:45)

KWTO (Springfield): Uncommon Sense with Cass Bowen Anderson, with guests Sen. Jill Carter (R-Joplin) and Carter chief of staff Sophie Shore; Carter on her first legislative session (-46:30); the “uniparty” and Senate leadership pushback against Republican ideas (-44:35); Shore on Republicans undercutting transgender bill (-42:15); Carter on how transgender debate should have been handled (-41:15); how Senate Republican leadership uses conservative legislation as bargaining chips to keep conservative senators in line (-38:00); refuting notion that conservatives were “holding up” legislation (-36:30); deep dive on initiative petition debate and specifics (-31:30); Democrats celebrating “sludge” in GOP budget (-22:30); Senate leadership blocking Sen. Denny Hoskins’ efforts on DEI (-21:30); budget votes taken “so last minute and so unintentionally” (-19:15); Carter on being told to “sit down and shut up” (-17:30); more

Apple podcasts: Listen to Cass Bowen Anderson’s “Uncommon Sense” on your Apple device here

JCNT: Missouri’s marijuana sales average $4M daily

St. Louis Public Radio: Book promo: ‘Wannabe’ author Aisha Harris of NPR bemoans certain “people trying to ban books … people trying to ban drag queens.”

KC Star’s Katie Moore and Kacen Bayless: Move out of Missouri is painful, but necessary, says KC family with transgender child; parents decided 12 years ago that their four-year-old boy was a girl, now declare the 16-year-old boy a “nonbinary”

KC Star: AP’s “race and ethnicity news editor” handed The Star’s managing editor job; Andale Gross’ work in Chicago explored “how the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately ravaged communities of color,” now “plans to work hard to ensure underrepresented communities” in KC have their tales told (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri utility regulators plan for peak pricing prompts pushback from Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina)

Missouri Independent: Missouri warned feds in 2021 radioactive contamination of groundwater wasn’t improving

P-D: Judge rules death row inmate’s insanity plea for St. Louis County girl’s murder ‘misses the mark’; Johnny A. Johnson to be executed August 1 (get around stltoday paywall here)

Midwest Crime Files podcast: Johnny A. Johnson abducted six-year-old Casey Williamson, attempted to rape her, bashed her head with a brick, then smashed a boulder on her skull to finish the murder

Joplin Globe editorial: First year of 988 hotline shows good outcomes (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Mother Jones’ Madison Pauly: Missouri Republicans are going to absurd lengths to stop voters from having their say on abortion (link via

St. Louis Public Radio “race, identity & culture” content creator Andrea Henderson: Wash U offers black studies workshop amid “growing movement to ban literature written by black authors” 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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