Tuesday, December 26, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Joseph News-Press: Principles of Kwanzaa bring community together; local race activists didn’t plan an event, but residents can go check out a museum display

SNL: 2024 #moleg preview: GOP Sens. Lincoln Hough, Curtis Trent on budget, federal health care reimbursements, education transparency, more

SNL: 2024 #moleg preview: House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade promotes pro-choice proposal, tax on yachts, etc.

Missourinet: Gov. Parson supports raising the bar for initiative petitions

Missouri Independent: Bill from Sen. Ben Brown (R-Washington) would open Missouri public school sports to homeschool students

P-D: Spread of pop-up, homegrown marijuana markets sparks debate over regulation; pot peddlers skirt state laws, annoy industry bigwigs and some nearby residents (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missourinet: Missouri Department of Conservation wants your live Christmas trees

JCNT: Former Moniteau County sheriff appointed to state Capitol Commission

KCUR: Kansas City stories that brought us joy in 2023, from the KCUR newsroom: Gender-neutral square dancing in a “queer-centered space”; and “inclusive, multicultural” bar; etc.

Joplin Globe editorial: Missouri Legislature failed to support Missouri Press Association’s symbolic Sunshine Law 50-year celebration resolution; it’s time to vote out candidates that don’t celebrate open records

Missouri Independent’s Janice Ellis: The new year offers us a time to recharge and get ready for what’s ahead; diversity columnist mentions Missouri Legislature, lists statewide offices up for election

Missouri Independent’s Janice Ellis, 11/27/23: Resolution of the abortion issue will be a seminal test for our democracy; diversity columnist mentions Missouri three (3!) times

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: Why won’t the Missouri Independent’s diversity columnist write about Missouri? “The Independent has published 25 of (diversity columnist Janice Ellis’) columns in the past 12 months, and one (1) was exclusively focused on Missouri issues.”

Kansas City Beacon’s Suzanne King and Josh Merchant (they/them): COVID in Kansas City: A week before Christmas, St. Luke’s Health System had 23 patients, and University Health had 15; protect yourself by getting your booster shot 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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