Wednesday, July 19, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: On 5th anniversary of Branson duck boat tragedy, Coast Guard yet to update guidance

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Missouri Right to Life’s Susan Klein talks with Scott Faughn about endorsement of Jay Ashcroft

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield with Cass Bowen Anderson: Missouri Right to Life’s Dave Plemmons explains why Jay Ashcroft is the strongest GOP candidate (19:45); “conservative in the moment” candidate vs. “conservative in the movement” candidate (-17:45); endorsing single candidate vs. multiple candidates (-17:10); Kehoe’s “less than enthusiastic embrace of our policy priorities” (-16:45); why Ashcroft endorsement “is not an anti-Eigel move,” and why MRL would consider endorsing Eigel for lieutenant governor (-14:00); why one governor candidate claiming Missouri defunded Planned Parenthood is incorrect (-12:15); initiative petition process improvements (-10:15); Jim Lembke responds on behalf of Bill Eigel’s campaign (-7:30); Jay Ashcroft a “sinking ship” in polling (-5:30); Ashcroft’s lackluster fundraising (-5:00); why Mike Kehoe’s ceiling is 20% of the primary vote (-2:00)

P-D: Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Ashcroft lands key endorsement from Missouri Right to Life (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missourinet: Showdown to get pro-choice measure on ballot reaches Missouri Supreme Court

SNL: Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in case deciding abortion ballot initiatives’ fate

Missouri Independent: Fight over cost of abortion-rights initiative petition reaches Missouri Supreme Court

St. Louis Public Radio: Delay in initiative petition on abortion gets Missouri Supreme Court hearing

Columbia Missourian’s Eli Hoff: California restricts state-funded travel to Missouri, citing anti-LGBTQ+ laws; California attorney general cited Missouri’s new laws that protect children from sex-change surgeries and keep men out of women’s sports

Southeast Missourian: Holly Thompson Rehder responds to California AG’s Missouri travel ban: “I honestly don’t know one person who cares what California thinks about our state.” (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KSMU’s Michele Skalicky: California to restrict state-funded travel to Missouri, other states; “The California attorney general says the restrictions are due to legislation that targets the LGBTQ+ population.”

KC Star: Center in Kansas City aims to ‘transform what corrections looks like’ for Missouri, nation (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missouri Independent: Transparency tool to return after Missouri governor signs fix to donor privacy law

Missourinet: MoDOT hiring for winter

CDT: MoDOT-University of Missouri project used the equivalent of 1.53 million plastic shopping bags

JCNT: State seeking input on parks, to host meeting next week

P-D editorial: Republican sabotage of defense funding bill over culture war issues is reckless; Missouri’s entire GOP House contingent joined “the hostage-takers.” (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: 40 other states got it together to feed hungry kids this summer. Why didn’t Missouri? (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star op-ed: Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s Darvin Bentlage: New federal farm bill should include generous SNAP handouts

Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham: Missouri has a $500k incentive for urban farmers – but some complain that the application paperwork is too hard

Side Effects Public Media’s Ryan Levi and Dan Gorenstein, via KCUR: Missouri answered more than 90% of 988 calls as mental health hotline hits 1 year 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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