Monday, September 18, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith discusses Biden impeachment panel

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri farmers will see a tougher financial picture in 2023; economic conditions may put pressure on Congress to pass Farm Bill

AP: Low Mississippi River limits barges just as farmers want to move their crops downriver

P-D: Federal lawmakers back expanded testing for Manhattan Project waste in St. Louis region (get around stltoday paywall here)

This Week in Missouri Politics: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee’s Summit) talks with Scott Faughn about veto session (0:40); Jackson County landfill (2:40); Missouri PSC, Evergy and time-of-use rates (6:55); school choice (8:50); Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) on Missouri Senate’s filibuster “book club” and why he’s running for state Senate (13:05); futility of GOP House colleagues’ veto session (14:10); landfill (15:20); why Donald Trump lost in 2020 (17:50); initiative petition changes and abortion issue (21:15); how Missouri Right to Life “got out of their lane” (22:45); urban gun-control proposals (24:30); sports betting (25:15); who won the week: St. Louis Cardinals’ Bill Dewitt, Speaker Designee Jon Patterson, Gov. Mike Parson (27:00)

Riverfront Times: Eapen Thampy’s Psychedelic Missouri Freedom Conference to be held October 21 in St. Louis and October 28 in KC

Missourinet: Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III on 2024 Missouri sports betting initiative petition

Missourinet: Updating Missouri funding calculation includes $120 million increase for schools

St. Louis Public Radio: State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick says audit of Children’s Division would be worthwhile

Libs of TikTok: Missouri DHSS investigating Starbucks barista with diaper fetish after he filmed himself dispensing whipped cream into his diaper; Jesse Scott Johnson, who dresses as a woman to become “Jessica Lillian Johnson,” is part of the “ABDL (Adult Baby and Diaper Lover)”

Columbia Missourian: COVID vaccine post from Missouri DHSS succeeds in sparking discussion

P-D: St. Louis County owes more than $550k to state for mistakes in federal program; county says Wellston-based contractor faked time sheets, payroll info to steal taxpayer money (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri colleges expand cannabis programs to prepare students for ‘green jobs’

SNL: Profile: Former Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan loves being MSU’s No. 2. Why she won’t apply to be No. 1

KMBC: What’s up with time-based rates? Breaking down your questions about changes at Evergy (link via

Columbia Missourian: Half of old Rocheport Bridge removed from Missouri River, MoDOT says

St. Louis Public Radio: Pink Boots Society aims to get more “women and non-binary people” into beer brewing

P-D editorial: Romney’s new book correct to criticize Trump and Hawley (get around stltoday paywall here)

The New Republic editorial quiz: Who Said It: Josh Hawley or Ron Swanson? (link via

Missouri Independent’s Janice Ellis: Closing Missouri’s education deficits is everyone’s responsibility

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “The Independent has published 25 of (diversity columnist Janice Ellis’) columns in the past 12 months, and one (1) was exclusively focused on Missouri issues.”

johncombest_com on Instagram: Liberal wojack lacks testicular fortitude

Columbia Missourian’s Rose Metro: Introducing the Columbia Missourian’s new “Collective Local Columnist” series to counter the unfortunate depth of white male columnists; if you’re a minority, please send us your screeds on “climate change,” “gun violence,” “bans on gender-affirming care or restrictions on abortion” archives: Search tag: whites need not apply

P-D’s Aisha Sultan: I don’t like the feedback I got from readers – many of them men – about my latest victimhood piece (get around stltoday paywall here)

Combest book: <reporter’s self-talk>: “Besides, it’s about time somebody struck back against media critics. For too long, local journalists have been painted with a broad brush by critics of ‘the media’ and it’s time somebody stood up for the profession.” (p. 19 in paperback) 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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