Friday, July 21, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: Statewide campaign roundup: Democratic U.S. Senate primary; GOP gov money race

Missouri Independent: New student-loan bailout plan could impact 18,800 Missourians

Columbia Missourian: Fentanyl epidemic is getting worse in Missouri with record numbers of overdoses; DEA says drug traffickers are driving addiction, and increasing profits, by mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs

JCNT: Public gets chance to provide input on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water study

Missourinet: Drought conditions in Missouri improve slightly

St. Louis Public Radio: Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Ashley Aune (D-Kansas City) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about Gov. Parson’s vetoes and potential for a veto session (2:30); compensation for the exonerated (13:30); “nuance” of gun control (16:30); initiative petitions (19:30); Crystal Quade’s campaign for governor (27:45); how “extremism” makes Jay Ashcroft the weakest GOP gov candidate (33:15); taking over for Quade as House superminority leader (34:30)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking archive on Spotify

This Week in Missouri Politics, four years ago today (7/21/19): Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford says pro-choice rage sent Gov. Parson into hiding; Gov. Parson’s “extremist turn”; Gov. Parson and Nicole Galloway “neck and neck” on fundraising; how abortion issue will carry Galloway to victory in governor’s race (3:10)

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield: Rep. Darin Chappell (R-Rogersville) explains how being the only political science major in the Missouri Legislature helps him “approach the process differently than the vast majority of individuals” (-10:45); 5% of Missouri’s budget is “waste, fraud and abuse” (-9:45); how he singlehandedly uncovered “$1.2B of overappropriation” in DESE’s budget (-8:45); “the budget is inflated on purpose” (-7:05); 12% of DESE’s budget is “absolutely bogus” (-6:25); why House leadership should give him more responsibility starting at Summer Caucus (-5:15); “out of 163 House members, I’m the only person who individually cut the budget” (-4:55); reflections on singlehandedly saving the state “$93 million … which is 2,466 years worth of my salary” (-4:45); why Democrats didn’t dare doubt his budget sleuthing (-4:20)

P-D: Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens gives big to charity formed by ex-campaign manager; “Legion of Hope” vehicle is operated by Dylan Johnson (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on Twitter, yesterday: Congrats to Tony Luetkemeyer, promoted from state senator to state rep by the Kansas City Star!

Missourinet: Missouri Supreme Court rules against attorney general in fight over abortion ballot issue

P-D: Missouri Supreme Court rejects attorney general’s bid to upend abortion vote (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court rejects AG’s push to inflate cost of abortion-rights amendment

P-D: Francis Howell School Board rescinds outdated resolutions; measures include statement on Eigel’s personal property tax proposal, charter schools and Black Lives Matter propaganda (get around stltoday paywall here) Mayor Q demands Kansas City biz cash funding for police local control vote

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis aldermen pass law limiting who can openly carry guns, blocking teens 18 and under

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis’ urban core is shedding people and causing challenges for the entire region

P-D editorial: Ashcroft’s library-censorship rules are putting a wall between teens and books (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: DESE homeless grant welcome, but not necessarily good news (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: MO AG Bailey touts himself as a free speech defender – but his record tells a different story (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star op-ed: UMKC School of Medicine’s Traci Johnson: Extending postpartum Medicaid in Missouri removes barriers – and it will save lives 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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