Saturday, August 26, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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93.9 The Eagle: Wake Up Mid-Missouri video: (Today’s birthday girl) Stephanie Bell explains how Nicki Minaj made her a viral Twitter phenomenon this week

johncombest_com on Twitter: Stephanie Bell GIF: When they come for another Stephanie Bell but you got the war paint ready just in case.

Show Me Missourah: Scott Faughn’s conversation with Gov. Matt Blunt, Part Two

P-D: St. Louis Labor Council moves parade from downtown St. Louis to St. Louis County suburb (get around stltoday paywall here)

CNN: “Gender-affirming care” industry in US nearly tripled its business from 2016 to 2019, study finds (link via

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “As you read this, (researchers) in the medical policy and public relations industries are reviewing focus group responses to transgender euphemisms.” Will you submit to them and repeat phrases like “gender-affirming care?”

AP: Missouri judge says ban on gender-affirming health care for minors can take effect on Monday

Missouri Independent: Poll finds Missouri voters back bans on transgender health care

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: Judge denies effort to block Missouri restrictions on gender-affirming care for trans youth

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Disney cartoonist living in Los Angeles – and raising his daughter as a boy – promotes portrait of Missouri transgender “Nina Pop” and other underrepresented black heroes

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Thank God that state-affiliated media isn’t a meritocracy, or (Jason) Rosenbaum might be hosting (St. Louis on the Air) episodes on ankle bracelets making immigrants’ hair fall out or the institutional racism of public toilets.”

Missourinet: Missouri judge denies attempt to block transgender surgery and hormone ban

SNL: Missouri judge denies initial effort to halt bill banning gender-affirming care for minors

Missouri Independent: Judge turns down bid to block Missouri ban on transgender treatments for minors

johncombest_com on Instagram (May 2023): Highlight reel: One more for the good guys: Missouri television newsreaders vs. protections for minors

Southeast Missourian: Student attendance policy violations could land parents in jail; officials explain expectations  (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D: St. Louis County official calls for crackdown on video gaming machines (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: New hands free cellphone law takes effect Monday in Missouri (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star: Here are 3 questions readers had about Evergy’s new time-based rates – and our answers (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

JCNT: No date set for state lab construction

Washington Missourian editorial: Put your phone down while driving

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Missouri Supreme Court is right – some parents do belong in jail

Stateline “health care inequities” content creator Nada Hassanein, via Missouri Independent: Despite federal warnings, Missouri and other states aggressively cull Medicaid rolls

Harvest Public Media’s Rick Brewer, via KCUR: ‘Right-to-repair’ bills stall across U.S.; Missouri bill didn’t make it out of committee in 2023 session

KCUR’s Laura Ziegler: Kansas City’s black communities feel the brunt of gun violence, so these women are arming themselves

KCUR’s Laura Ziegler bio (bottom of page): “I partner with communities to uncover the ignored or misrepresented stories by listening and letting communities help identify and shape a narrative.”

P-D’s Tony Messenger: The trend is not a mirage – crime is down in St. Louis (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Veteran GOP activist Maryann Manion joins lobbying effort for more STL-to-DC flights (get around stltoday paywall here) 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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