Friday, October 20, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Will Scharf, a Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general, joins Trump’s legal team in Jan. 6 case; Scharf joined by D. John Sauer and Michael Talent, son of former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star: Prosecutors say Missouri man ‘dressed for war’ at Jan. 6 rally; federal public defender blames Trump, Rudy Giuliani (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Riverfront Times, 9/15/23: Eapen Thampy’s Psychedelic Missouri Freedom Conference to be held October 21 in St. Louis and October 28 in KC

St. Louis Public Radio: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) on foreign farmland and initiative petitions

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: Mike Haffner episode

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

P-D: Campaign to raise minimum wage in Missouri lands big contributions from liberal dark-money groups Sixteen Thirty Fund and The Fairness Project (get around stltoday paywall here)

10/18/23: Tracing the George Soros and Bill Gates fake news money trail: How billionaires’ dark money funds States Newsroom state-level propaganda machines

Missouri Independent: Jay Ashcroft joins legal team defending his summary of Missouri abortion amendment

P-D: Missouri AG’s campaign gets $50K check after he sides with Doe Run in lead-poisoning lawsuit (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Donation to Missouri AG riles plaintiffs in lead-poisoning suit against St. Louis company

P-D: St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White out after “sloppy bookkeeping”; Missouri AFL-CIO Jake Hummel takes over day-to-day operations (get around stltoday paywall here)

Springfield Daily Citizen: Springfield leaders air complaints about state lawmakers during “study session”; City lobbyist Will Marrs suggests ways to phrase gun control priorities to “anti-city” Legislature, says video lottery terminal makers will find another “champion” next session; Mayor Ken McClure calls property tax freeze “one of the most poorly-written pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen”; former state Rep. Craig Hosmer (D-Springfield) criticizes local state lawmakers (to avoid Springfield Daily Citizen paywall, open an “Incognito” or “Private” window browser, then Google the article title “Gun violence reduction part of Springfield’s list of requests to Missouri lawmakers”)

Missourinet: Missouri to provide social-emotional learning resources as an option to schools

SNL: Springfield Public Schools board to revisit school lunch gender-bender policy Tuesday; Biden Administration requires school districts to adopt “gender identity and sexual orientation” language

Columbia Missourian: MoDOT shortage of snowplow drivers continues for fourth straight year

JCNT: Plow operator vacancies may hinder snow response, MoDOT says

St. Joseph News-Press: MoDOT gears up for winter with training exercise

St. Joseph News-Press: Decade-long battle over Grain Belt Express ends with final approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission; construction could begin in first quarter of 2025

St. Louis Public Radio: Ameren plans to add a lot more renewables this decade. Critics say it’s not enough

P-D: After state legislators pass new law, St. Louis City unveils plans to freeze some property taxes for seniors (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Book signing promo: Come to Left Bank Books and hear Washington University sociologist Adia Harvey Wingfield tell secondhand racism tales from her book, “Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism & What We Can Do to Fix It”

P-D editorial: More questions than answers surround attempt to outsource constituent data (get around stltoday paywall here)

National Review op-ed: Art Laffer: Missouri’s new welfare law from state Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) is monumental and ought to become a national movement

KC Star Service Journalism Team’s Natalie Wallington: Some COVID-19 vaccinations delayed for Kansas City patients, providers say; tips for avoiding a wait (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News 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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