Friday, October 27, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Southeast Missourian: New House Speaker wins accolades from Jason Smith (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

97.1 FM (St. Louis): Marc Cox Show: Rep. Jason Smith on the Matt Gaetz, the Speaker election process and Biden impeachment inquiry

Mediaite: Matt Gaetz suggests Jason Smith is gay

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri wins federal tech hub focused on the development of clean energy minerals

P-D: St. Louis nonprofit director stole millions from program to feed needy kids, feds say; woman bought houses, “gave $1.4 million to her romantic partner … who used $212,000 of it to buy a Mercedes-Benz G550 Wagon” (get around stltoday paywall here)

8/27/22: P-D editorial: Missouri’s worst-in-the-nation stinginess toward poor kids speaks volumes; suspecting foul play in summer lunch program is nonsense (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Springfield businessman Mike Hamra enters Democratic race for Missouri governor

SNL: Mike Hamra to run for governor, challenging Crystal Quade in the Democratic primary

Missouri Independent: Springfield businessman Mike Hamra joins Democratic race for Missouri governor

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: House Speaker Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) talks with Scott Faughn about constituent contact software hubbub and legislative process (0:45); House staff using Dems’ Missouri Independent blog to promote anti-Plocher stories (3:00); lobbyist beefs (3:45); why Gov. Parson was right to warn conservatives about the Missouri Independent blog (4:30); Plocher’s agnostic approach to constituent contact software (5:30); perpetual “FBI investigating” boogeyman (6:15); phone call from a friend (7:35); why the “George Soros-funded left-wing group” will keep coming after Plocher (8:00); how reimbursement mistakes happened (11:20); origin of today’s Ethics Committee hearing (15:30); Missouri Press Association’s hypocrisy on the Missouri News Horizon (17:45); why Plocher won’t resign (20:45); Faughn on behind-the-scenes lobbyist machinations on Fireside (22:45), why Mazzie Boyd is criticizing Plocher (26:45), Dana Rademan Miller (28:40), why the controversy matters to the future of the Ethics Committee (33:30), effects on Plocher’s Q4 fundraising (37:45); more

Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: Response to Plocher interview: The Missouri Times merely “an online compendium of press releases and opinion pieces”; Scott Faughn “spent most of his time during the interview attacking The Independent,” then “repeated a lie he has regularly told”; “Faughn and Plocher also dismissed another element of the saga”; other thoughts

johncombest_com on Instagram: PSA for campaign staff – featuring Dean Plocher, Wehrenburg Theatres and Sid Vicious

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) says Dean Plocher should resign as speaker; why Plocher’s decision on Kenny Ross will negatively affect House Republicans (12:00) Archive of Elijah Haahr Show interview segments

JCNT: Local lawmakers offer perspective on allegations against House speaker

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

St. Louis Public Radio: Lawsuit calls wording and fiscal notes for abortion-rights ballot initiatives unfair

Columbia Missourian: Rep. Doug Mann (D-Columbia) not seeking reelection in House District 50, cites “chronic treatment-resistant depression”

Jefferson City News Tribune: Pregnancy Help Center hosts fundraiser with hope of expanding its offerings; Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) kicks off event

Missouri Independent: Applicants recruited on Craigslist competed for Missouri social equity cannabis licenses

P-D: Legal action threatened over possible protection of girls’ locker rooms, restrooms in Francis Howell schools (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Kate Grumke: Francis Howell School District considers forcing transgenders to “only use those bathrooms based on the marker on their birth certificate”

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Progressive journalist/content creator, nasally: ‘EHHHHHH do you support forcing transgender athletes to compete on the sports teams that align with the gender identity on their birth certificate?'”

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Do you really think your local public radio reporter was sitting alone at her desk one day, brushing vending machine snack crumbs off her FUPA, and came up with “gender affirming care” on her own?”

Joplin Globe: Missouri DNR investigating Fairview sludge spill (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Refugees came to Noel for opportunity. Tyson’s plant closure leaves their futures uncertain

Joplin Globe editorial: Missouri’s investments in 988 system are smart and necessary (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage): Missouri agencies would be smart to follow Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan’s lead

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri Senate District 15 candidate Mark Harder (R): Protecting our Second Amendment rights in St. Louis County

KC Star letter: Octogenarian man who chooses to live in Kansas criticizes Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek’s op-ed on “woke” scholarships

P-D letter: Maplewood woman opposes Missouri’s SAFE Act, says children can make their own decisions on transsexual surgeries and hormones (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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