Thursday, September 7, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and U.S. Secretary of Health Xavier Becerra join U.S. Rep. Cori Bush and educrats for tours of St. Louis City middle school, black college; Cardona opposes four-day school weeks (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Biden cabinet members visit St. Louis to talk mental health in schools, HBCUs

AP: Missouri’s Ann Wagner among U.S. lawmakers accusing Vladimir Putin of committing genocide in Ukraine

The Hill: Hawley expresses concerns about McConnell leading Senate GOP after freeze-ups

KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Josh Hawley claims judicial nominee too soft on crime because of work on child p*rn case (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: Dem firm GQR produces poll for Lucas Kunce showing Josh Hawley with small lead in Missouri’s U.S. Senate contest (get around stltoday paywall here)

FiveThirtyEight: Pollster Ratings: GQR calls 57% of races accurately

P-D: Eigel to formally enter 2024 race on Friday; Gov. Parson hints at Mike Kehoe endorsement (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Big talk, little action on tap when Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol next week (get around stltoday paywall here)

The Missouri Times Capitol Calendar: Missouri Times 30 Under 30 and Roast of Reps. Dan Houx and Jeff Knight; Rich AuBuchon hosts senators; Lt. Gov. Kehoe to serve desserts poolside; Missouri Senate Dems’ “Majority [sic] Forward” event; dozens more

JCNT: Retirement bills offer legislative fixes

JCNT: State tax revenue declines early in fiscal year

St. Louis Public Radio: Boeing’s $1.8 billion project faces questions on tax breaks worth millions

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis judge weighing Jackson County prosecutor’s entry into abortion lawsuit

JCNT: Missouri schools can apply for state dollars toward field trips to parks

SNL: MSU president Clif Smart announces retirement from ‘job I love’

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: MSU President Clif Smart on his retirement

KWTO: The Elijah Haahr Show: MSU President Clif Smart on his retirement

93.9 The Eagle: Wake Up Mid-Missouri: Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick on audit of Missouri Department of Corrections’ Missouri Vocational Enterprises (MVE); Fitzpatrick says MVE lacks oversight, fails to prioritize job training for prisoners who are nearing release

SNL: State Treasurer Vivek Malek urges all to ‘come on down’ to Missouri unclaimed property auction

97.1 FM: The Mark Reardon Show: Democratic consultant Jane Dueker on latest trends in St. Louis City lawlessness (3:30): video of urbanites intercoursing in alley in broad daylight (4:15); St. Louis City leaders’ refusal to help fix policing issues (5:45); invasion of three-wheeled motorcycles (6:15); how COVID mask policies empower criminals (7:30)

KSDK (St. Louis): Sen. Ben Brown (R-Washington) accused of violating minimum wage law at his Chesterfield restaurant; “Brown’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email … requesting comment”

GOP consultant Brett Dinkins on X (Twitter): “Was KSDK so desperate to get a negative story out on a GOP senator that they gave them >30 mins to respond to request for comment (at 9pm??) & fail to note plaintiff is career criminal who shot a police officer? Multiple pending charges? Shoddy work.”

Columbia Missourian: MU prof says “good chance” state will subsidize fully electric, autonomous tractors (link via Dave Drebes’ MoScout 9/7/23 – subscribe for only $1,155/year here)

Delta Dunklin Democrat: Malden resident pursues affordable housing initiative through USDA grant

Missouri Independent: Missouri hospital seeks to dismiss slander, conspiracy lawsuit filed by fired CEO

P-D’s Michele Munz: COVID-19 cases are increasing in St. Louis County, health department says (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “It’s been a hard couple of years for health reporters. As predicted, they’ve transitioned from COVID count histrionics … The best of the bunch is the Post-Dispatch’s Michele Munz.”

KC Star editorial: Missouri finally banned texting and driving. That’s not the only deadly tech in cars (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: Missouri lets judges impose death sentences if juries don’t. That should change. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent op-ed: Phill Brooks: There must be a better way to do ballot descriptions 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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