Wednesday, July 26, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox Business: Eric Schmitt demanding answers from Secretary Antony Blinken over the State Department spending millions on DEI, ESG ‘pet projects’

SNL: Sen. Josh Hawley introduces bipartisan legislation to ban congressional stock trades

SNL: Congress is holding a hearing on UFOs. Rep. Burlison wants your questions

Missouri Independent: A year after Missouri Senate collapse, Eric Greitens reemerges to bash Ron DeSantis

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on charter school debate (2:15); some conservatives’ hypocrisy on education (3:45); charter school industry’s Corey DeAngelis tweeting about Scott’s son (6:30); relative impotence of sockless brigade compared to pro-Greitens troll farms (9:45); Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak on Courtyard by Marriott‘s recent popularity (13:00) and law enforcement’s approach to online harassment and stalking (15:15); Faughn talks with John Combest about a certain political leader’s hysteria and inability to accept a Combest compliment (22:10); Combest on actionable approach to handling online harassment and attacks (26:00); Faughn on why you should order Combest’s book on Amazon today (32:30) John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

Instagram: St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum marks 17 years covering Missouri politics

St. Louis Public Radio: Advocates tout ‘transition benefits’ to prevent Missourians from falling out of social safety net; comments from state Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), others

The Dana Show with Dana Loesch: Missouri AG Andrew Bailey on First Amendment court victory

St. Louis Public Radio: Foes of protecting minors from transsexual surgeries and hormones file suit against Missouri; photo from Daniel Bogard promotional piece

The Heartlander’s Michael Ryan, 4/18/23: Trans activist Daniel Bogard calls for Missouri Republicans to be ‘driven out’ of civil society for supporting ‘ethnic cleansing’ with restrictions on trans procedures (link via

Missouri Independent: ACLU of Missouri and Lambda Legal say protecting minors from transsexual surgeries and hormones could have “extremely serious negative health consequences.”

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman: Missouri’s ban on transgender care for minors faces lawsuit from ACLU, Lambda Legal; “The ban is part of a nationwide push to regulate the lives of transgender people” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Columbia Missourian: Missouri’s protections for minors helps convince some transgender activists to leave state; activists raising their two daughters as boys threaten to leave Missouri next summer

P-D: Boeing tax break debate opens at St. Louis County Council. Some are skeptical. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D (7/22/23): Boeing wants to build new aerospace programs in St. Louis County, add 500 jobs; Missouri Department of Economic Development says it can’t comment on ongoing project (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Deepening drought expands problems for livestock producers

P-D: Missouri drought pushing ranchers to sell off cattle; comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn, others (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Business Alert, via KBIA: Lincoln University receives federal funding for five agriculture projects

SNL: Missouri’s marijuana microbusiness applications open Thursday

P-D: Execution put on hold for man who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered 6-year-old girl in Valley Park in 2002 (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Francis Howell school board will revisit Black Lives Matter resolution after liberal caterwauling (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Tick season poses a problem for Columbia’s homeless community; Missouri officials explain dangers of bloodsucking, freeloading parasites

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: St. Louis is spending the summer talking about reparations for black residents; thoughts from “#wokevoterSTL”/Action St. Louis reparations chieftess Kayla Reed, others

P-D editorial: Bailey and Ashcroft woo the fringe instead of doing their jobs. They should pay. (get around stltoday paywall here)

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