Thursday, December 28, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri gets USDA grants to help livestock farmers survive droughts and floods

Scott Faughn on X: Stephanie Bell, John Combest to talk 2023’s top Missouri political news on today’s Mid-Week Update, 11 a.m. Central

This Week in Missouri Politics on YouTube: Mid-Week Update link, streaming at 11 a.m. Central

Missouri Independent: Missouri House GOP changes campaign leader amid row with Senate

Columbia Missourian: Top photos of 2023: Rally “to fight against bills hardening LGBTQ+ rights”; systemic black hair care racism; “Sen. Angela Mosely [sic]” stretches in Senate chamber; transgenders rally for “gender-affirming care”; Mizzou coed engages in breath play, gags herself to show support for emergency contraception archives: Search tag: liberal women signaling latent submissiveness through unironic cosplay

P-D: Gov. Mike Parson’s legislative budget director Alex Tuttle launches lobbying firm (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Washington Missourian: I-44 improvements could be on tap

AP: Odds for more sports betting expansion could fade after rapid growth to 38 states

Washington Missourian: Union school superintendent calls state testing ‘flawed system’

Missourinet: Rep. Rodger Reedy (R-Windsor) wants to get inflated car values under control

JCNT: Missouri Chamber of Commerce survey says child care, safety top Missouri business leaders’ concerns

Missourinet: GOP Rep. Dave Griffith’s mission is to lower Missouri’s suicide rate among military veterans

JCNT: Missouri State Capitol Commission to reconsider Missouri Capitol master plan

KCUR: Kansas City matches its deadliest year with 182 homicides (link via

P-D: St. Louis City police have crime data they won’t share. Researchers call it ‘embarrassing.’

KCUR: Retail pharmacy workers in Missouri and Kansas are unhappy with their pay and working conditions

KC Star op-ed: “Grassroots nonprofit” gun control group co-founder: Gun regulations are constitutional, Josh Hawley. We can use them to fight KC violence (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star’s Jonathan Shorman: Thoughts on Mark McCloskey’s guns and potential pardon of Eric DeValkenaere (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) MAGA Kool-Aid drinkers risk overdose by supporting completely unlikable Mark McCloskey

KC Star op-ed: Lawyer and “advocate for access to reproductive health care” Bridgette Dunlap: Missouri’s 12-week abortion petition is no middle ground. Don’t sign away your right

P-D op-ed: St. Louis sexagenarian: I had an ectopic pregnancy in 1989; Texas, Missouri and many other states today have set hurdles and outright barriers to abortion options (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missouri Independent op-ed: former Berkeley School District assistant superintendent Lawrence Wooten: Public dollars should be focused on funding Missouri’s public schools 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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