Friday, December 29, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn chats with Stephanie Bell of Ellinger Bell and John Combest; Stein of Knowledge and Washington University Mug of Smug (1:45); 2023 transgender debates (3:00); Senate caucuses (4:50); abortion and likelihood that a group of female activists can make a decision (8:00); Joyce Aboussie selecting Trudy Busch Valentine to take U.S. Senate loss (11:00); I-70 and MoDOT (11:30); what it takes to improve DESE (15:45); critical race theory vs. valuable curriculum (20:30); Bill Eigel and why John was wrong about the campaign (21:40); social media influence (25:00); whether or not Eigel is a spoiler (26:15); United Fiber frying pan and YETAY (30:00); Courtyard by Marriott (31:15); Rich Chrismer (32:20); gov primary predictions with percentages (33:30); whether or not Jay Ashcroft will start matching Eigel’s fire (36:30); Dean Plocher dilemma, including staff decisions, travel and Dana Rademan Miller (41:00); constituent management software (43:30); predictions on Dean Plocher (46:30); Scott’s prediction on Gov. Parson’s legacy and David Gregory’s election (50:00); Steph’s prediction on do-nothing 2024 legislative session, nasty GOP gov primary and marijuana sales (50:50); John’s prediction on Missouri’s impending fentanyl-laced marijuana death and Crystal Quade’s bright post-2024 future (51:45); Mizzou vs. TOSU and Kelton Turner as eternal babyface (54:00); Scott’s contribution to Missouri’s political culture (56:00)

Missourinet: Gov candidate Crystal Quade wants to eliminate all sales tax on groceries at the state and local levels

P-D: Kehoe, Ashcroft want to put brakes on Rock Island Trail (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missourinet: MoDOT wants to expand Amtrak service despite losing money

JCNT: State releases annual marijuana program report; “medical” marijuana sales dip since recreational use was legalized

Fox 2 St. Louis: 2024 legislative session preview

Fox 2 St. Louis: Telehealth services at risk if Missouri General Assembly doesn’t make changes; thoughts from Rep. Melanie Stinnett (R-Springfield)

Missouri Independent: Fight over proposed Kansas City landfill will return to Missouri Legislature

Missourinet: Rep. Patty Lewis (D-Kansas City) proposing a voluntary do-not-sell list for guns

Missourinet: Daylight Saving Time bill back at the Missouri Capitol

P-D: Francis Howell school board reinstates black history, black literature courses with refreshed curriculum; Francis Howell Families supports lessons “without progressive political agenda” (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Southeast Missourian: Cape Girardeau Public Library says it complies with state laws on pornographic and obscene materials (NEW: get around Southeast Missourian paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Health Department joins pro-choice group’s effort to offer free emergency contraception kits; Missouri Family Health Council rep says Missouri’s pro-life laws “make people really scared”

JCNT: Missouri Justice Coalition event to highlight Missouri inmates who died in custody

JCNT: Capitol bronze doors being removed “Write a Letter to the Editor about Republicans’ Blockage of the Assault Weapons Ban”

P-D letter: Verbatim talking points from form letter above, signed by Colleen Tepen of Ballwin (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

P-D: How to write a letter to the editor: Form letters are not published (get around stltoday paywall here)

104.5 FM (Washington): Brad & John Show: Missouri political journalists vs. successful Capitol staffers-turned-lobbyists (Segment A); This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update preview (Segment B); St. Louis City police car crash hysteria (B); who on Twitter/X is providing factual information about police car crash (B); Camellia Peterson called Brad a unique name (B); MLB television contracts and Cardinals’ fans offseason expectations (Segment C) 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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