Sunday, August 20, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Flood victims still face big repairs, slow insurance money. Some may have to lift their homes. (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Osage River washing away farmland

Brownfield Ag News: State Treasurer Vivek Malek announces new low-interest loan for farmers affected by drought

JCNT: State school board signs off on teacher recruitment, retention recommendations

Washington Missourian: Area superintendents discuss turnover; Missouri Association of School Administrators’ Kelly Hinshaw: “School boards have become more politically charged in the last four years”

Fox 2 St. Louis: DESE’s Margie Vandeven questions value of 4-day school weeks (link via

KCUR’s Up to Date with Brian Ellison: To be a drag queen in Kansas City is to be fierce, fearless and ‘part of something bigger’: “In the past year, Missouri, Kansas and many other states have seen an uptick in proposed legislation and regulations that specifically target members of the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender and nonbinary children and adults … one subset of those political efforts specifically has targeted drag performances” (1:00) (link via

KCUR’s Brian Ellison (7/10/23): Hero profile: Mr. Gay America 2022 serves as “an ambassador for the LGBTQ+ community while legislators are targeting gay and trans people”; When not performing as “KC Sunshine,” Aniseto Herrera-Lyell teaches fourth graders

johncombest_com on Instagram, January 2023: Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting. archive: Search tags (found at top of page each day): journalists cheering drag shows

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Cherish the diversity drag – no, not the type of drag in which Type 2 diabetes candidates dress up in mommy’s clothes because daddy wasn’t around”; what conservatives and libertarians can learn from progressive content creators’ LGBTQIA* cheerleading

JCNT editorial: US 54 project: one bite at a time

P-D editorial: Addressing St. Louis’ police crisis requires fundamental change from the top; state control of police not necessary (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins: School buses and farm equipment to hit roadways this fall; MoDOT’s successful “Buckle Up, Phone Down!” campaign helps 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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