Wednesday, August 30, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: National consultant Gregg Keller on the state of the Trump, DeSantis, Ramaswamy, and Doug Burgum campaigns

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: Eapen Thampy explains the woke restaurant vs. Vivek Ramaswamy supporters controversy

Olive + Oak on X (Twitter): Cancelling Vivek Ramaswamy event was not entirely political: “Politically-focused, publicly promoted events are difficult to manage”

johncombest_com on X (Twitter): Photo: Here’s U.S. Senate candidate Trudy Busch Valentine’s fundraiser at Olive + Oak on 11/2/22, as promoted by a national Democratic activist

johncombest_com on X (Twitter): Photo: Here’s Olive + Oak promoting its “Rainbow Revue” drag show in June 2023, with a special performance for kids

SNL: LGBTQIA* activist resigns from Springfield-Greene County Health Department; Public records request from The Elijah Haahr Show contributor Brother Noah showed Aaron Schekorra spent taxpayer money on “Ally” sponsorship of Pridefest

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “If you have the stomach to sift through (mainstream media) sob stories you’ll glean golden nuggets” of why SJWs cut and run

P-D: Webster Groves restaurant cancels Vivek Ramaswamy fundraiser (get around stltoday paywall here)

KWTO: U.S. Rep. Mark Alford on congressional schedule, Trump, immigration, more

JCNT: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lucas Kunce speaks to Moniteau County Democrats

The Missouri Times: Capitol Calendar: KCMO host Pete Mundo to host state Senate campaign kick-off for Rep. Aaron McMullen (R-Independence) tomorrow night

KMOX (St. Louis): The Dave Glover Show: Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans and Democratic consultant Megan Shackelford; Evans on leading a life of gratitude and contentment in a world of social media histrionics, and letting go of the need to control (4:00); Evans on creating your own happiness and modern society’s victimhood mentality (6:10); Shackelford on younger generations using their “sob stories” as “currency” (7:45); more

Combest book: “How to Use (and Re-Use) This Guide”: “In Chapter 9 … you’ll face up to any underlying desires to be a ‘permavictim’ and conquer those weaknesses before moving forward.”

The Missouri Times: Husch Blackwell Strategies expands Jefferson City team; Maddie McMillian Green and Olivia Wilson discuss their experiences and new roles Guv Parson To Kansas City gun control: Stay in your lane

Missourinet: Gov. Parson on mayors breaking gun laws: “Stay in your lanes”

Missouri Independent: Suit targets gun initiative over Missouri AG claim it would spike rape and murder, cost millions

JCNT: State auditor calls on Missouri lawmakers to rein in retailer tax discount

Missouri Independent: Missouri announces lottery results for microbusiness cannabis licenses

JCNT: Missouri prisons schedule job, resource fairs

KSHB: What KC area doctors want you to know about Eris, the latest COVID-19 variant (link via

Columbia Missourian: New COVID vaccine expected to be widely available in Columbia

JCNT editorial: Missouri ramps up its efforts to confront domestic violence

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs): Jay Ashcroft ESG rule a common-sense step for transparency and freedom

KFF Health News (rebranded from “Kaiser Health News”) content creator Samantha Liss, via St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri woman’s health care billing snafu shows why states should pass “plain-language” billing laws and other fixes

KC Star letter: Kansas City septuagenarian praises Star’s new “Broken Government” series, attempts Jason Aldean punchline (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News 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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