Saturday, October 28, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Joseph News-Press: Sam Graves reflects on Speaker of the House fracas

Southeast Missourian: Jason Smith calls for USPS to improve operations – but oversight includes multiple layers (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

KBIA (Columbia): Roundup of local Israel-Hamas war protests

Missouri Independent: Lawsuit challenges summary, fiscal note of new Missouri abortion-rights petition

St. Louis Public Radio: Debut episode of Jason Rosenbaum’s new “The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air”: Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee’s Summit) on medical background, his approach to running the Missouri House, puberty blockers for children, being the first Asian Speaker of the House, more

Jason Rosenbaum’s “The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air” on Spotify: Jon Patterson episode

Tuesday: St. Louis Public Radio: ‘St. Louis on the Air’ introduces ‘Politically Speaking Hour’; Jason Rosenbaum to host full hour of local and state politics and listener engagement

johncombest_com on Twitter: 80 days after The Missouri Times column on St. Louis Public Radio’s diversity ceiling and professional disrespect, station finally acknowledges Jason Rosenbaums contributions

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: Jason Rosenbaum has “spent nearly ten (10!) years at St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR) in the same role (reporter) he had when the St. Louis Beacon merged with STLPR in December 2013,” hitting the diversity ceiling and watching key roles be handed to diversity candidates

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Rosenbaum has quarterbacked the (Politically Speaking) operation with the assistance of various interchangeable seatwarmers. He deserves to take pride in his stellar reputation. But a reporter can’t convert professional praise into direct deposit, and apparently it means nothing to St. Louis Public Radio’s human resources department either.”

KC Star: Missouri ethics panel starts inquiry as House Speaker Plocher faces calls to resign (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) calls on Plocher to resign (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri House Ethics Committee begins inquiry into personnel moves by Dean Plocher

Thursday: 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

P-D: ‘Missouri Loves Company’ campaign aims to promote business (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star: Missouri volleyball team, originally disqualified for playing in charity event, wins appeal; Sen. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola) says she’ll push MSHSAA for answers about initial “ridiculous decision” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missourinet: Public transit groups want state to spend more money on public transit

Southeast Missourian op-ed: State Treasurer Vivek Malek: MOScholars program fulfills promise of Missouri’s creed to supports the state’s children with specific needs (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D letter: Town and Country activist wants Ann Wagner to work with Dems on funding third-world health spending (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis City septuagenarian disagrees with Koenig and Doug Richey on social-emotional learning (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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