Tuesday, December 12, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Hawley delivers sharp criticism of Tyson during Missouri Farm Bureau speech

KC Star: Jackson County legislator Sean Smith announces Republican run for Rep. Cleaver’s seat in Congress (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) on cashew chicken meme (1:00); Eric Garland (3:00); Charles Johnson and “Holocaust denier” accusation (4:15); Garland and Johnson as FBI informants (12:30); doubts about Tom Schweich’s suicide (17:00); Cora Faith Walker’s lifestyle contributing to her death (19:30); what Cora Faith Walker’s friends knew (21:00); Department of Mental Health using psychotropic drugs (23:25); response to Elad Gross saying he has been threatened (26:00); no written communication from Crystal Quade or administrative assistant Marc Powers (32:30); what she thinks Democratic House members should have done before complaining (36:30); similarities to Democrats cancelling former Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) (38:00); willingness to sit down with House Democratic leadership (43:00); attorney general primary (43:35)

Scott Faughn on X: Key takeaways from Sarah Unsicker conversation: willingness to work with Dem leadership; not an FBI informant; rethinking her raw comments about Cora Faith Walker’s friends and enablement; more

Combest book: “Does [black protagonist’s] #BossBabe text thread give honest feedback on [her] actions, or does it reflexively encourage and enable [her] approval-seeking behavior? Are they the type of women that would enable other self-destructive behaviors?” [p. 56]

Combest book: “Do you see [your friends acting out] with excessive pride and choose to stroke their ego, potentially encouraging their self-destructive behaviors? Do you see how such enabling behavior could cause them to kill their highs and live by loews?” [p.87]

Obituary: Patrick Ian Dunlap, former aide to Gov. Jay Nixon and Wes Shoemyer; details on visitation and funeral service

SNL: Crystal Quade endorsed by Planned Parenthood in 2024 gubernatorial bid

St. Louis Public Radio: Republican race to become Missouri’s lieutenant governor is crowded with 5 candidates

Missourinet: Onder announces run for Missouri lieutenant governor

Missouri Independent: Former state Sen. Bob Onder officially joins race for Missouri lieutenant governor

JCNT: Holly Rehder to speak at Yellow Rose Luncheon

Missourinet: Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) files proposal to change initiative petition process

SNL’s Kelly Dereuck: 10 pieces of legislation in the House and 11 more in the Senate targeting initiative petitions

SNL: Springfield GOP Rep. Alex Riley seeks position as Republican majority floor leader

JCNT: State lawmakers to weigh more funding for schools, transportation

Missouri Independent: University of Kansas deal with Missouri hospital feels ‘terribly wrong’ to lawmakers

P-D: Gov. Parson to join MoDOT ribbon-cutting in Hazelwood today; $278M overhaul of I-270 in north St. Louis County almost done

P-D: Wentzville schools say transgender talks were legal, AG Andrew Bailey’s lawsuit should be tossed

Missourinet: Missouri Chamber of Commerce survey says workers need soft skills, want child care access; interview with Dan Mehan

Columbia Missourian: Over 90% of calls answered in Missouri since launch of lifeline

JCNT: State accepting applications for urban farm tax credit

SNL: Missouri’s 2024-2025 hunting season dates are set. Here’s what to know

St. Louis Public Radio: City University of New York researchers have ideas for improving St. Louis crime: less media coverage of crimes and more on expanding health care; more black voices in news stories; “reveal(ing) the broader historical forces that create and sustain inequalities”

Kansas City Beacon: Kansas City health providers see ‘little to no interest’ in latest COVID vaccine

KC Star: COVID-19 is on the rise again in Kansas City. What to know about vaccines, patient count (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: From Missouri to Texas, the wages of forced-birth fanaticism

KC Star op-ed: 2016 U.S. Senate runner-up Jason Kander: Lucas Kunce can beat Josh Hawley

The Daily Beast, 2/25/23: “(Jason) Kander declined a request to discuss Kunce’s bid … ‘I think in a few months I’ll be ready to weigh in on those questions,’ Kander said.”

Jason Kander on X, August 2018: “The #BlueWave starts in KC. Big group of first-time canvassers came out to knock doors for Claire McCaskill.”

Missouri Independent op-ed: “Storyteller and advocate for reproductive freedom” Robin Utz: Any abortion initiative on Missouri ballot must end political interference in medical care 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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