Monday, August 28, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt talks with Scott Faughn about first months in the Senate (0:20); defense bill funding for Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood (1:10); State Fair (2:15); standing up for students and parents against arrogant Cornman types (2:45); how COVID exposed the big-government playbook for climate alarmism and other manufactured crises (4:25); free speech and Missouri v. Biden (5:15); Trump indictments (8:45); Congressional Baseball Game highlights (10:55); panel of former state Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) and Rep. Bill Falkner (R-St. Joseph) on local economy (15:25); workforce development and options better than college (16:40); rural broadband (17:45); Dems’ decline in rural Missouri (19:00); Falkner on room for compromise on abortion (21:00)

johncombest_com on Instagram: Reel: Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Vince Coleman and Mike Claiborne watch Eric Schmitt Congressional Baseball Game highlights

TMZ: Nicki Minaj fans attack Stephanie Bell accounts after swatting suspect called out; Missouri superattorney/radio host, others get swarmed after rapper’s tweet (link via Billy Johnson on Twitter)

93.9 The Eagle: Wake Up Mid-Missouri video (Friday): Stephanie Bell explains how Nicki Minaj made her a viral Twitter phenomenon this week John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

P-D: Hundreds turn out for festival in Florissant as unions abandon St. Louis City parade tradition; after decades of membership decline, unions resort to organizing Starbucks and Amazon workers (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Last week’s SLU/YouGov poll shows more Missourians dissatisfied with public education

P-D: New state laws taking effect today: St. Louis City worker emancipation, protecting girls’ sports, texting-while-driving, more (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Hands-free driving among new Missouri laws taking effect today

Washington Missourian: Distracted driving law set to begin

St. Louis Public Radio: Police can now fine Missouri drivers caught using cellphones and breaking traffic laws

Columbia Tribune: Missouri texting and driving law starts Monday. Research shows what messages reach drivers

P-D editorial: With increasing normalization of marijuana, pot-lounge proposal makes sense (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL op-ed: Former state rep and current Missouri Grocers Association President Dan Shaul: Missouri companies like Anheuser-Busch are investing in our state, and other businesses should follow their lead

CDT op-ed: The Salvation Army Columbia’s Kevin Cedervall: To fight poverty, state should spend more money on Medicaid and expand coverage even further (avoid Columbia Tribune paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D letter: League of Women Voters of Missouri Executive Director Jean Dugan: Republicans Jay Ashcroft, Andrew Bailey and Andrew Koenig wrong on abortion, must let voters decide (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Wildwood septuagenarian says Hawley and Schmitt are hypocrites on abortion vote (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Webster Groves octogenarian cheers St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ gun-control proposal (get around stltoday paywall here)

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