Thursday, August 31, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Washington Examiner: DeSantis showcases ability to govern with hurricane response; analysis from Missouri’s Gregg Keller, other national thought leaders

JCNT: Missouri Task Force 1 joins fight against Hurricane Idalia

KSDK: Vivek Ramaswamy moves St. Louis fundraiser to Four Seasons after suburban restaurant cancels his event; Olive + Oak says it wants to “avoid getting in the middle of politics”; Ramaswamy spokesman notes Olive + Oak “had no problem hosting a drag show for kids”

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

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 Instagram: Reel: Olive + Woke promo piece touts hospitality for everyone except Vivek Ramaswamy and his ilk (starring KSDK newsreader Mike Bush and the bad guy from Maleficent)

Southeast Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith impressed by Scott City rice, fertilizer businesses (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Agri-Pulse: U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith: More focus needed on trade expansion (get around Agri-Pulse paywall here)

Brownfield Ag News: At national Farm Progess show, Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn explains how California’s Prop 12 affects swine farms like hers

AgWired: From the 2023 Farm Progress Show, panel of U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig: Chinn on federal farm bill (10:35); Proposition 12 and what AG Andrew Bailey’s office is doing (19:25); Missouri ag exports (24:15); corn exports to Mexico (39:30); why EPA “vulnerable species” regulations are a “trainwreck waiting to happen” (43:30); foreign ownership of Missouri farmland (48:30); more

Missouri Ruralist’s Mindy Ward: From encouraging youth to celebrating agriculture, Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn does it all

KRES (Mid-Missouri): Progress being made on Roy Blunt Reservoir in Milan

P-D: Missouri Democrats to allow 17-year-olds to vote in party-run presidential primary (get around stltoday paywall here)

Washington Missourian: Tim Baker (R) announces bid for lieutenant governor; Franklin County clerk says lack of legislative experience is an advantage

P-D: Tim Eby, former head of St. Louis Public Radio, sues University of Missouri system for defamation (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem, 8/30/21: STLPR announces new CEO, who aims to change station’s culture; double-minority diversity hire from San Francisco will improve workplace conditions after Tim Eby allegedly “ignored problems of systemic racism at the station and mismanaged finances” Tim Eby’s lawsuit and exhibits: St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem writing unfounded “financial mismanagement” statements, “white supremacy” allegations by anonymous malcontents, more

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Los Angeles artist celebrates hip-hop culture – by making giant shoe sculptures from recycled car parts

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.”

Missouri Foundation for Health job opportunity: Nonprofit looking to rent journalist to advance policy priorities

Missouri Foundation for Health rent-a-reporter lease agreement: Hired help will advance “health equity” narratives, must possess “commitment to health and racial equity”

Combest, The Missouri Times, 10/18/21: “You may be surprised how affordable it can be to lock in a 24- or 36-month lease on young reporters to generate content for your company or industry’s cause.”

Spectrum Local News (Charter Communications): 2024 push for Missouri ballot measure on local gun control ‘on hold’

St. Louis Public Radio: Group submits new effort to legalize abortion in Missouri: ‘Changing this law is urgent’

Missouri Independent: New initiative petitions seek to add rape, incest exceptions to Missouri abortion law

St. Louis Public Radio: Should Missouri legalize sports betting? Tell us what you think (see “St. Louis on the Air” sidebar on right of page)

Springfield Daily Citizen: ‘Challenges’ due to ‘absence of clarity’ in law freezing real estate taxes for seniors (to avoid Springfield Daily Citizen paywall, open “Incognito” or “Private” window browser, then Google the article title)

Springfield Daily Citizen: New Missouri law bans holding cell phone while driving; Attorneys offer their thoughts (to avoid Springfield Daily Citizen paywall, open “Incognito” or “Private” window browser, then Google the article title)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missourians want to pay teachers more but increasingly say public schools are poor

Missouri Independent: Missouri education board moves forward with social-emotional learning standards

P-D’s Blythe Bernhard: St. Charles County parents aim to remove students from lessons with ‘ideological subversion’ (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Remember that fact this fall, when you’ll read stories lambasting parents and school board members who stand up to racism by fighting DIE mandates and race-shaming curriculum.”

Spectrum Local News (Charter Communication): Missouri tax credits look to lure entertainment production, musical acts; Sen. Denny Hoskins (RWarrensburg), others speaks at bill signing in Chesterfield

Missouri Independent: Missouri judge dismisses cannabis company’s lawsuit against state to stop recall

Missourinet: Missouri law enforcement using DUI tests to sniff out drugs

Fox 2 St. Louis: Social Security numbers found in some records on Missouri court website

Combest book: “Within hours, the case appeared on the state’s court database website. (The stalker) signed up for database email alerts years prior, which would be triggered if (protagonist’s) name ever appeared in the database.”

Washington Missourian: MoDOT seeks input on unfunded projects

Springfield Daily Citizen: What is funded and what’s not for Interstate 44 in Springfield? (to avoid Springfield Daily Citizen paywall, open “Incognito” or “Private” window browser, then Google the article title)

Columbia Missourian: Puppies for Parole hosts dog talent showcase

JCNT: Prison inmates find purpose with Puppies for Parole Kansas City progressives politely ignoring another historic homicide surge Smallish protest argues against former KCPD detective pardon

KC Star; ‘Not stand idly by’: Ahead of DeValkenaere appeal, race activists threaten misbehavior if they don’t get their way (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: Offer facts and avoid overreach to convince a hesitant Missouri public on trans rights. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian op-ed: AG Andrew Bailey: Missouri’s children won last week. I’m proud to have led the fight. (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KC Star letter: Columbia septuagenarian says Gov. Parson’s position on transgender surgeries nearly made her cry at a Sunday barbecue (get around KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: Pay attention to mainstream media’s sob stories: “(O)f the tiny minority of transformers/stage moms that follow through on their threats to leave Missouri, what exactly helped them take that final step to leave our state?” 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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