Thursday, October 19, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers and Kacen Bayless: Hawley talks a big game on worker rights amid union strike, but his votes don’t match up; thoughts from union bosses and capos, Democratic U.S. Senate candidates (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on

Trudy Busch Valentine campaign tweet, 50 weeks ago: Support from Missouri unions will propel me to the U.S. Senate

10/26/22: Combest: Premortem for the Trudy Busch Valentine campaign – and how the fundraising racket for quixotic U.S. Senate candidates gets everyone paid

P-D: Thousands of IT workers secretly funded North Korea missile program, St. Louis FBI says (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: FBI St. Louis seizes domains, disrupts funding to North Korean weapons programs; thoughts from Bayer legal honcho Scott Baucum

Missouri Independent’s Rudi Keller: Statewide campaign fundraising roundup: Governor’s race; Plocher vs. Rehder; Hoskins vs. Schoeller; Malek vs. Smith vs. Koenig; Bailey vs. Scharf

JCNT: County association urges legislative action on mental health

SNL: Missouri Board of Education fortifies support for ‘voluntary’ open enrollment

Missouri Independent: Missouri education board returns St. Louis-area school districts to local control

Missouri Independent: Missouri Board of Education seeks to clarify social-emotional learning

Missourinet: Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) wants to close solar panel loophole next session

JCNT: Missouri Partnership promotes Missouri as ‘perfect match’ for business

P-D: How moldy is Missouri marijuana? Local company’s tests stir up controversy. (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Silver Haired Legislature celebrates 50 years

Missourinet: Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (MO SHIP) helps seasoned citizens understand Medicare options

Washington Missourian: Flu cases already reported in Franklin County as DHSS launches interactive dashboard

KC Star’s Katie Moore and Glenn Rice: KC cop has been in jail 1 day in Cameron Lamb killing. He’s asking to be released again (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) KC Star shows more-than-obvious seething contempt for fight to free DeValkenaere

P-D’s Joe Holleman: Former comptroller Virvus Jones went years without paying MSD bill, records show; top advisor to St. Louis mayor blamed COVID pandemic for unpaid bills, but debts started in 2010 (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis County man blames Gov. Parson and state government for Riverview Gardens School District’s poor academic performance (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: O’Fallon man – not identified by Post-Dispatch as the St. Charles County Democratic Party’s committeeman for O’Fallon Township – criticizes County Executive Steve Ehlmann and state legislators, claims “gay pride flags are burned on St. Charles city porches” (get around stltoday paywall here) 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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