Tuesday, October 17, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Pubic Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: Most Missouri Republicans back Jim Jordan’s speaker bid and predict impasse may end soon; Ann Wagner flips from “absolutely not” to “yes”; Eric Burlison a “hell yeah”

St. Louis Public Radio: Hero profiles: Local black cartoonists focus “on diverse storytelling about and by people of color and LGBTQ creators”; state tax credit could help

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Thank God that state-affiliated media isn’t a meritocracy, or (Jason) Rosenbaum might be hosting noonday episodes on ankle bracelets making immigrants’ hair fall out or the institutional racism of public toilets.”

Missourinet: Ann Wagner will now support Jim Jordan for U.S. House Speaker

States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: Ann Wagner changes her tune on Jim Jordan

Southeast Missourian: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith endorses Jordan, issues note of caution as House speaker vote nears (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D: Cori Bush wants a cease-fire. Missouri senators want pro-Israel action. (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Mike Kehoe again dominates fundraising in race for Missouri governor (get around stltoday paywall here)

johncombest_com on X: Daily headlines link: #mogov fundraising: Mike Kehoe on top, Crystal Quade brings up the rear (GIF)

johncombest_com on X: GIF source: Ozarks Pridefest 2023 video, featuring Crystal Quade’s historic “I Got Lots of Phone Calls” civil rights address, drag queen Roxie Von Trash and The Satanic Temple Ozarks Legion

MoScout’s Dave Drebes: Fundraising rundown: Statewide races, key state Senate races, top PACs ranked by cash on hand (subscribe for only $1,155/year here)

KSMU: Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller (R) to attend “Paws to the Polls” voter registration event at Missouri State tomorrow

KY3: Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft defends withdrawal from multi-state election security system (link via

P-D: Gov. Parson’s administration plans recruitment bonus for state employees (get around stltoday paywall here) Kansas City Star desperately seeking ‘Service Journalist’ staffer

Kansas City Beacon: Some county officials call property tax freeze “rammed through” and “poorly designed”; St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy (D) says state lawmakers are “pitting grandparents against their grandchildren and schools”

Missouri Independent: Pair of lawsuits challenge whether Missouri counties can ‘stack’ tax on marijuana sales

Missouri Independent: Missouri regulators aware of ads seeking to sell microbusiness cannabis licenses

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Missouri Farm Bureau’s Garrett Hawkins, Invenergy’s Patrick Whitty, Missouri Public Service Commission’s Scott Rupp on Grain Belt Express

SNL: Proposed social-emotional learning plan in MO schools criticized

Missourinet: Missouri schools could soon have standards for social-emotional learning

Columbia Missourian: More Missouri school districts are switching to a four-day week

P-D: St. Louis School Board opposes new charter school and its funder, wants to restrict public input at meetings (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missourinet: Missouri making changes to its CDL testing process; insights from Missouri Trucking Association’s Tom Crawford

JCNT: Mid-Missouri police, hospitals receive AG’s award for work on sexual assault backlog

JCNT: MoDOT winter operations drill on tap Thursday

SNL: Missouri Department of Conservation says collar-wearing deer with “PET” drawn on fur spotted in Jefferson County

P-D editorial: In Speaker of the House fight, Rep. Wagner summons the courage to … oh, wait, never mind (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Charles septuagenarian mocks Josh Hawley fundraising letter, says she ended up on his mailing list “because I live in St. Charles or maybe because I am old” (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: Joplin sexagenarian encourages Missouri women to imagine “having a Missouri legislator, neatly dressed in his suit and tie, peering with interest over your doctor’s shoulder while you are getting your next pelvic exam” (get around stltoday paywall here) archives: search tag: post-menopausal cosplay fantasies 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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