Tuesday, August 29, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Hawley joins push to force FBI to answer for anti-Catholic memo (get around stltoday paywall here)

Riverfront Times: Olive + Oak cancels Vivek Ramaswamy fundraiser after progressive outcry (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

KMOV (St. Louis): Webster Groves restaurant Olive + Oak turns away campaign event for Vivek Ramaswamy

St. Louis Business Journal: Webster Groves restaurant Olive + Oak explains ban on Vivek Ramaswamy event: “It’s essential to ensure that the events we host reflect a balance of viewpoints that contributes positively to the ideals within our company and community.”

johncombest_com on Instagram: Olive + Woke Riverfront Times seeking “Audience Engagement Editor”; head honcho Sarah Fenske “looking for someone who understands the alt-weekly voice and knows how to be cheeky in headlines and subject lines”

P-D: Missouri AG’s announcement on outsourcing ‘complex’ cases ignites criticism from Will Scharf, Dems (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Pile of public records requests swells as Missouri AG works through stack from 2021

KCMO: Pete Mundo Show: AG Andrew Bailey on SAFE Act (0:30); grandfather clause and adults still free to “mutilate their body” (2:00); facts and science vs. “lamestream media” (3:00); European countries recognizing the dangers of cross-sex surgeries (5:30); path forward (7:00)

Columbia Missourian: MU Health Care going above and beyond to protect minors from gender mutilation and puberty blockers

P-D: Maplewood Richmond Heights School District denounces new law protecting female athletes (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCTV’s Heidi Schmidt: Books banned most in Missouri top national list; “Missouri enacted a state law last August targeting schools and employees who provide sexually-explicit materials” (link via

johncombest_com on Instagram, January 2023: Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting.

St. Louis Public Radio: Legislative sports betting stalemate could lead to an appearance on 2024 ballot

P-D: Republicans again seeking to free St. Louis City residents from earnings tax (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: The first charter school in St. Louis County cited for low funds; The Leadership School opened last year in Normandy area (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Pair of new laws to help address medical workforce shortages

JCNT: America 250 Missouri Commission to coordinate festivities marking anniversary of American Revolution

Missouri Independent: Missouri’s new distracted driving law begins with warning-only period

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri’s cannabis industry is rolling after early supply constraints eased

KCUR: Missouri prisons ban friends and family from sending books to prisoners

P-D: St. Louis-area business leaders pen letter pushing Boeing project (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: St. Louis-area health experts promote new COVID-19 vaccine (get around stltoday paywall here) search tag: journalists cheering new COVID variants

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Leaders of black nonprofits struggle with “subsistence fundraising,” blame “the powers and monies that be” for fundraising failures; how you can help fight systemic philanthropic racism

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.”

P-D editorial: St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ gun plan won’t solve the crisis. She should take the fight to Jefferson City. (get around stltoday paywall here)

KSDK’s Mark Maxwell (7/6/23): St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones says Chicago’s strict gun laws don’t deter violence

Missouri Independent op-ed: Aligned’s Torree Pederson: A fiscal cliff looms with the impending end of the education windfall

P-D letter: St. Louis City septuagenarian supports Tishaura Jones on gun control (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Webster Groves woman criticizes AG Andrew Bailey, says U.S. Constitution is outdated and needs to be “revised” on guns (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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