Friday, December 15, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star’s Daniel Desrochers: Hawley said he’d make it ‘painful’ if he didn’t get way on defense bill. Senate called bluff; comments from Eric Schmitt, Ann Wagner (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Spectrum Local News’ Gregg Palermo: Briefs: Hawley for Trump; Unions endorse Wesley Bell over Cori Bush; Brian Williams mum on congressional bid; St. Charles County state reps back Bob Onder for lt. gov.; Unsicker out of Dem primary; GOP candidates for Elaine Gannon’s open seat

Riverfront Times’ Sarah Fenske: Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D) quits Missouri attorney general race

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: House Speaker Dean Plocher and GOP Reps Josh Hurlbert, Kent Haden, Tara Peters on 2024 legislation including crime, property taxes, landfill, more

KC Star: Crystal Quade makes own attempt to get abortion on the ballot (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Adrian Plank (D-Columbia) wants to eliminate “Super PACs”

USA Today: Weekly data: Unemployment claims in Missouri declined last week

Missourinet: State Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) wants to change who can buy land in Missouri

Missourinet: State Treasurer Vivek Malek says MOBUCK$ has been extra popular this year for small businesses, ag community and local agencies

Missouri Independent: State asks judge to reverse decision on Missouri highways commission pay raise plan

Missourinet: Gov. Parson says flood control progress being made along Missouri River

Harvest Public Media, via KCUR: Missouri River flooding spurred cooperation between states, and governors say they see progress

Missourinet: UM System President Mun Choi says differential tuition structure helps retain students

Missourinet: Employee recruitment and retention continues to be challenge for Missouri Department of Mental Health

Columbia Missourian: One year after marijuana became legal, Missouri has seen millions in sales and 100,000 criminal records erased

P-D: St. Charles County wants to team with St. Louis County in dispute over marijuana tax

St. Joseph News-Press: Dispensaries, law enforcement adjusting to marijuana legalization

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City physician urges people to get COVID booster before traveling for the holidays

Joplin Globe editorial: PDMP, long overdue, finally launches

KC Star editorial: Gov. Parson must be intentional about filling vacant KC police board seat with a minority candidate

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Missouri Democrat drops out of AG’s race, attacks opponent with antisemitic smear

St. Louis Public Radio’s Kate Grumke: Two years of efforts to ban books are taking a toll on school librarians; Wentzville heroine stands tall against conservatives’ “broader attack on truth, public education and even democracy” archives: Search tag: education professionals complaining about the profession they chose

KC Public Library’s Anne Kniggendorf, via KCUR: California man’s new book shows how Kansas City’s drag performers influenced the national scene; “(E)ven as Missouri and Kansas legislators attempt to limit drag performances in public spaces, they’re more popular than ever with general audiences.” 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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