Friday, September 22, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Hawley, Schmitt oppose Biden nominee over race quotas, CRT

Missourinet: U.S. Rep. Mark Alford supports impeaching Biden

Brownfield Ag News: Alford says Farm Bill extension is coming, predicts timetable for passage

KC Star: Alford introduces bill aimed at getting support for farmers dealing with drought [avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here]

Missourinet: Gov. Parson’s disaster declaration approved by federal government

SNL: Republicans and Democrats release rules for presidential caucuses

P-D: Sen. Steve Roberts [D-St. Louis City] sues accuser who he says violated settlement [get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D editorial, 4/19/22: Forced to defend himself, Steve Roberts releases documents showing Cora Faith Walker’s “rape” allegation was a lie; even though Walker admitted to making up story, “Roberts remains vulnerable” due to Amy Harms’ 2015 claim [get around stltoday paywall by reading free syndicated version on stltoday here]

Combest, The Missouri Times, 1/2/23: 10 Things to Quit in 2023: Avenging fictional crimes. “If Jussie Smollett died tomorrow morning of natural causes, I doubt his true friends would wage war upon his 2019 MAGA-hat ‘assailants.'”

SNL: Southwest Missouri attorney Lori Rook enters GOP primary for Missouri State Treasurer’s office

KWTO: Wake Up Springfield with Cass Bowen Anderson: Rep. Hannah Kelly [R-Mountain Grove] announces bid for Justin Brown’s open state Senate in 2026 [-9:40]; legislative priorities in Senate [-7:50]; 2024 legislative session priorities, including improving the foster care system and personal property tax relief for seniors [-4:30]; more

Columbia Missourian: Event promo: Mid-Missouri PrideFest returns to Columbia this weekend: performances include drag queens, pole dancing, etc.

KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk content creator Rebecca Smith, sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health: After MU Health Care Decision, Mizzou’s Young Democratic Socialists of America rally in support of transgender minors; 17-year-old girl wants to be called “transman”

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”

St. Louis Public Radio: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Is there an alternative to St. Louis’ earnings tax? House committee leader thinks so; Rep. Jim Murphy [R-St. Louis County] on veto session [3:30]; earnings tax [5:45]; predictions for 2024 legislative session [20:15]; initiative petition changes [24:00], GOP gov primary: Eigel catching fire or flaming out, Kehoe’s fundraising, Ashcroft’s name ID [34:30]

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: Jim Murphy episode

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: All episodes

Columbia Missourian: Law enforcement sees issues in enforcing distracted driving law; Boone County captain says more drivers will simply put phone in their lap

Missourinet: DSS Director Rob Knodell discusses “chokepoints” in access to substance abuse treatment

Missourinet: Missouri Family Support Division Director Kim Evans explains five “government assistance” programs for college students

Columbia Missourian: DESE opens applications for low-income education grants

JCNT: State seeks death penalty for J Pfenny’s shooter

Spectrum Local News [Charter Communications]: St. Louis Mayor, Missouri lawmakers ready for new 2024 fight over police control

P-D: State auditor looking at St. Louis jail, says conditions ‘warrant intense scrutiny’; Sen. Steve Roberts [D-St. Louis City] called for investigation [Get around stltoday paywall here]

Southeast Missourian: State Treasurer Vivek Malek’s unclaimed property auction comes to Cape [get around Southeast Missourian paywall here]

Southeast Missourian: Sen. Brian Williams [D-University City] to keynote SEMO’s MLK Jr. dinner [get around Southeast Missourian paywall here]

KC Star: Evergy’s new time-of-date rates: Updated Q&A

P-D: EPA agrees with Ameren, tells St. Charles to stop running well for testing [get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D: Spire’s new CEO is company veteran Steve Lindsey, replacing Suzanne Sitherwood [get around stltoday paywall here]

Joplin Globe editorial: We urge U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison to avoid a government shutdown [get around Joplin Globe paywall here]

JCNT editorial: Eight Missouri agencies should address the issues raised in Fitzpatrick’s audit

Columbia Missourian’s Darkow Cartoon: Sieg Eigel: Missouri Republican senator depicted as book-burning Nazi

johncombest_com on Twitter: How to avoid the Columbia Missourian editorial cartoon paywall using your phone KC Star opinion page editor confuses Nick Schroer for Bill Eigel, fixes error without acknowledgment archives: Search tag: journalists refusing to acknowledge errors

NPR’s Tovia Smith, via St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri had the 3rd-highest number of school book bans in the U.S., “free speech” group claims

SNL’s Claudette Riley: Liberal group says Missouri ranks #3 in “banned” books; list of “heavily targeted authors”

P-D’s Jane Henderson: Missouri is No. 3 on book-banning list; “School libraries were the predominant target in the past.” [Get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D’s Jane Henderson, 6/12/23: Libraries say they never offered ‘obscene’ materials, but Ashcroft’s rule has them scrambling; “book challenges have targeted mostly children’s books containing information about LGBTQ life or characters” [get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D’s Jane Henderson, 12/16/22: As Jay Ashcroft forces censorship on Missouri, St. Louis artist protests book bans with mural on South Grand [get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D’s Jane Henderson and Blythe Bernhard, 8/12/22: Librarians say Missouri Republicans’ ban on ‘explicit’ materials in schools ignores rights of “progressive parents, queer people in the community” [get around stltoday paywall here]

P-D letter: Clayton man responds to Aisha Sultan victimhood column, says men should take responsibility for their children and not be worthless child-abandoning deadbeats [get around stltoday paywall here]

Combest book: “Chris had quit his full-time job to spite his ex-wife and child, who relied on Chris’ child support payments to make ends meet.” – Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks, p. 23

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