Friday, October 13, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Josh Hawley leads possible Missouri Democratic opponents in new poll for 2024 Senate seat; Wesley Bell edges out Lucas Kunce (avoid KC Star paywall by reading syndicated version on stltoday here)

KWTO: U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison gives Friday morning update on Speaker of the House vote: how House leaderships “push” backfired (12:50); “smashmouth politics” and pressure from K Street lobbyists (-11:55); how GOP House caucus is like the Missouri Senate, and how to manage the House Republicans’ “Five Families” (-10:30); why he voted for Kevin McCarthy (-6;50); Jim Jordan’s ascendance (-6:30); more

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: U.S. Rep. Mark Alford on Steve Scalise vs. Jim Jordan

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: Mark Alford on Speaker of the House battle (12:15); Hamas attacks (-10:10); list of the sacrifices he’s made to be in Congress (-5:15)

Politico: GOP Rep. Ann Wagner blasts Jim Jordan, dishes on what she heard about closed-door meeting

Missouri Independent: Gateway Pundit accused of purposely delaying defamation case involving false fraud claims KCMO’s Pete Mundo now on the FM dial; KC’s top conservative talker will get wider reach

SNL: Michael Hamra weighs Democratic run for Missouri governor; Crystal Quade claims Springfield businessman has “a record of paying low wages and denying sick leave”

St. Louis Public Radio: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R-O’Fallon) on eliminating personal property tax on vehicles, GOP governor primary, and why lawmakers should care about radioactive waste exposure

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: Mark Matthiesen episode

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

Southeast Missourian: Missouri cannabis sales closing in on $100 million monthly (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

JCNT: State Treasurer Vivek Malek extends Farm Relief Program application period

KSMU (Springfield); University of Missouri Extension releases aquaculture resources; comments from MASBDA’s Jacob Stoehr

Columbia Missourian: MU Faculty Council expresses solidarity with those affected by gender-affirming care policy

AP: State regulators approve Grain Belt Express power line, giving final go-ahead

P-D: Missouri Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick investigating St. Louis jail amid deaths and whistleblower reports; Sen. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) “encouraged by the swift action taken by our state auditor and his dedicated team,” criticizes Mayor Tishaura Jones for inaction (get around stltoday paywall here)

7/7/23: KSDK’s Mark Maxwell: “The Gov ain’t picking him. And we mobilize to make sure his ass gets dragged.”; group chat text thread shows St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones led opposition to Steve Roberts as circuit attorney; Mayor deems Senate minority caucus whip a “F*ckboy”

Missouri Independent: Fewer than 270 Missourians are waiting in jails for mental health services

St. Louis Public Radio: Union group organizes complaint session against Amazon, SSM Health; Amazon employee says using her hands at work has affected her skills “putting on mascara, doing my hair”; nurse unhappy that her job requires her to “go, go, go” archives: search tag: health professionals complaining about the profession they chose

6/20/23: St. Louis Public Radio “Race, identity & culture” content creator Andrea Henderson: Amazon workers in St. Peters threaten to unionize; 19-year-old former loading dock worker says hardships of her job involved “constantly moving (her) hands and feet” and standing on a concrete surface

Springfield Daily Citizen: Event promo: Come support the “unique and powerful oratorio” praising gay martyr Matthew Shepard (to avoid Springfield Daily Citizen paywall, open an “Incognito” or “Private” window browser, then Google the article title “‘Considering Matthew Shepard:’ Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Springfield Chamber Chorus team up for powerful production”)

P-D editorial: Missouri earns a dubious spot among the top book-banning states in America; top villains include Eric Schmitt, Jay Ashcroft and “Weldon Springs [sic]” state Sen. Bill Eigel (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star’s new “Reality Check” complaint series, from content creator Kacen Bayless: Controversy surrounds small-business marijuana licenses; man who owns “Funky Skunk, a black-owned smoke shop” complains about winners

Combest, The Missouri Times, 10/21/21: Marijuana victimhood angle to watch: “Victim archetype: Henny Loc and Bootney Lee Farnsworth dumped their combined life savings into their $20 Sack Pyramid storefront location before trying to secure a vendor license, and they find the application process to be tedious and therefore unfair. Even worse, they see other urban entrepreneurs profiting from the cannabis market and suspect foul play.”

KC Star’s new “Reality Check” complaint series, from content creator Natalie Wallington: A year after KC investigation, another trans customer turned away from Costco pharmacy; area woman complains that Costco employee “got weird” about syringes

4/28/22: KC Star “Service Journalism Team’s” Natalie Wallington: Missouri, your anti-LGBTQ laws made me gayer: “With every hateful bill you write, my hair gets shorter and my Doc Martens get chunkier.” 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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