Thursday, December 21, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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JCNT: Ashcroft: Trump will be on Missouri ballot

SNL: Ashcroft confirms Trump will appear on Missouri ballots if chosen by Republican caucuses

P-D: Missouri’s Jay Ashcroft and GOP rivals blast Colorado decision on Trump (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Wake Up America Show with Austin Petersen: Lieutenant governor candidate Bob Onder (R) on why he opposed Missouri’s prescription drug monitoring program (1:33:15); why PDMPs lead to unintended negative outcomes, including fentanyl overdoses (1:35:00); Holly Rehder and Dean Plocher as “big-government Republicans” (1:36:00); how St. Louis County Executive Sam Page’s approach to COVID hurt students (1:37:45); Rehder’s vote against Onder’s Senate Bill 12 (1:39:45); support for school choice and response to conservative arguments against school choice (1:40:30); staying out of the governor’s race for now, with comments on Mike Kehoe’s gas tax vote (1:42:15); upcoming endorsement in GOP presidential primary (1:44:15); receiving the Missouri Right to Life endorsement (1:45:30)

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Jim Lembke talks with Scott Faughn about Bill Eigel’s chances for governor (29:00); name ID and fundraising (31:30); Mike Kehoe’s consultants burning through money (37:00); criticisms of Jay Ashcroft (40:45); Mike Kehoe a “status quo swamp creature” (42:15); personal property tax legislation (45:00); nationalization of Freedom Caucus (48:45); Nick Schroer (50:50); potential for statewide “Freedom” slate and state legislative candidates (52:00); moderates “throwing the first punch” by challenging incumbent Eigel (54:25); prospects for Jacob Turner in 27th state Senate District (55:00); Mizzou vs. TOSU (58:00); prediction for final gov primary percentages (58:30)

This Week in Missouri Politics: Mid-Week Update: Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) President Garrett Hawkins talks with Scott Faughn about MASBDA tax credits and Dean Plocher (2:00); rural broadband (2:30); transportation spending (3:20); GOP gov primary (6:30); MFB endorsement process (9:00); suburban Republicans vs. rural Republicans (15:30); rural health care in 2024 legislative session (20:00); leadership races (21:15)

The Missouri Times: House Republican Campaign Committee hiring new executive director; Patterson and Plocher praise Jonathan Ratliff, who will serve as senior consultant

Missouri Independent: In a statehouse short on space, Dean Plocher converted an office into a liquor ‘pantry’; Public records show the Missouri House spent $60,000 of taxpayer money renovating the speaker’s office — including $29,000 on new furniture

JCNT: Missouri marijuana sales reach $1.82 billion

JCNT: Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 3.2 percent

Missouri Independent: Deadline approaching for Missouri to opt in to federal summer food program

P-D: Before abrupt closure, St. Louis nursing home lost major Medicaid cash infusion; thoughts from GOP stalwart and Husch Blackwell attorney Harvey Tettlebaum (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missourinet: Jackson County pushes back on Missouri’s lawsuit over property tax assessments

Missourinet: Missouri DHSS says five lead poisoning cases in Missouri from recalled cinnamon applesauce packets

Columbia Missourian: Five Missouri childhood lead poisoning cases linked to recalled applesauce

Columbia Missourian: Court decision on wetlands may increase risk of development, flooding in Missouri

KC Star editorial: Missouri bill could force public schoolteachers to out transgender students; Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) also wrong to support school choice (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star’s Joel Mathis: Trump attacked democracy, no matter what Eric Schmitt says. Colorado court defended it (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: Reporters and editors rank their top stories: #1: Kim Gardner; #2: Performative rage over protecting girls’ sports and keeping minors safe from transsexual hormones and surgeries; #3: abortion battles; #5: Wesley Bell vs. Cori Bush

St. Louis Public Radio: 2023 in photos: The images that defined the year across the St. Louis region: 13-year-old androgynous human hoists queer flag at Pride Parade; urban gun-control event; keeping boys out of girls’ bathrooms makes Francis Howell cross-dresser cry; activist Daniel Bogard turning 9-year-old daughter into a boy; other inspirational images

The Heartlander, 4/18/23: Trans activist Daniel Bogard calls for Missouri Republicans to be ‘driven out’ of civil society for supporting ‘ethnic cleansing’ with restrictions on trans procedures (link via

The Heartlander’s Michael Ryan: HRCC spends $765,000 on consultant while losing seats; former representative explains why 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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