Tuesday, December 19, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Wake Up Mid-Missouri: Leadbelt Strategies’ Casey Burns on fundraising: GOP Sen. Andrew Koenig case study (38:00); what three factors matter in legislative elections (39:20); the minimum amount needed to win a state rep race (40:00); the futility of “Clean Missouri” (41:00)

Wake Up Mid-Missouri: Missouri Times Publisher Scott Faughn on Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus and new Freedom Caucus (1:05:40); Stephen Webber’s 2024 victory (1:07:40); more on Freedom Caucus statewide slate (1:08:20); education improvements and DESE (1:10:00); Eslinger’s approach (1:11:30); school spending (1:14:00); four-day school weeks (1:16:00)

P-D: North St. Louis County state Sen. Angela Mosley gets Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Chantelle Nickson-Clark (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Politico: Abortion industry may take a pass on investing in Missouri; Abortion Action Missouri’s Mallory Schwarz says lawsuits “absolutely impacted the interest of investors because they see how much more of a challenge it is on a limited timeline” (link via Sam Lee on X)

Wake Up Mid-Missouri: Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) on HB 1911, to establish the Missouri Parental Choice Tax Credit Act (2:34:00)

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: Doug Richey on what’s possible with school choice in Missouri

P-D: School performance stagnates across Missouri after pandemic learning loss (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missourinet: Missouri school performance shows similar marks as in 2022

KCUR: Nearly a quarter of Missouri students are chronically absent as school attendance rates drop

Missouri Independent: Missouri school administrators question district scores in second year of new formula

SNL: Eigel wants to abolish state’s K-12 education department, transfer its powers

P-D: Missouri DSS moving troubled youth home to north St. Louis County (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version on

P-D: Sen. Nick Schroer (R-Defiance) seeks to ban red-light cameras (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version on

KC Star: Missouri could revoke weed licenses connected to company accused of predatory behavior

KC Star: Jackson County broke law by improperly raising home valuations, Missouri auditor claims; some Missouri Republican lawmakers want heavily Democratic Jackson County to elect a county assessor

KCUR: Jackson County property assessments ‘trampled’ on rights of residents, Missouri Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick says

JCNT: A Christmas Wish: Disabled worker grateful for opportunity at Capitol Projects sheltered workshop

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Mini-profile: GOP gov candidate Bill Eigel “has been one of the de-facto leaders of a noisy hard-right faction of lawmakers that have gummed up the Senate and caused stark divisions and dysfunction among Republicans”

Midwest Newsroom’s Holly Edgell, via St. Louis Public Radio: Unions cheer “slight” uptick in membership 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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