Saturday, December 30, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KWTO (Springfield): U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison on immigration as the defining issue of the year and what’s wrong with Biden’s approach (-45:10); illegal immigration costing more than Ukraine aid (-35:45); traditional Western values vs. Communist values (-22:00); Dems keeping Trump off the ballot is “extremely dangerous” and has potential to “revert back to bloodshed” (-17:15); Jamaal Bowman pulling the fire alarm as a metaphor for Democrats’ desperation (-12:00); applying lessons from Missouri Legislature to being a congressman and Kevin McCarthy battle (-7:20); specific victories on appropriations (-2:45) (104.5 FM Franklin County/St. Charles County/Warren County): Combest on Crystal Quade’s grocery tax cut/yacht tax gimmick and how to pay for it, how Francis Howell School District parents defeated critical race theory, This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week update recap (“Segment A”)

Missourinet: Federal Reserve Bank economist looks at St. Louis region’s slowing economic growth

P-D: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) proposes big exemptions to St. Louis City earnings tax (NEW: get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Missourinet: Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) wants to expand the sex offender registry to include convicted murderers

Southeast Missourian: Egg-processing facility to take Tyson Foods’ place in Dexter; quote from Gov. Parson’s office (NEW: get around Southeast Missourian paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

Joplin Globe: Closed Tyson plant in Dexter sold, no update on Noel

JCNT: Mid-Missouri cellular projects awarded $3.2M state grant

KC Star: Missouri laws taking effect on Jan. 1: Minimum wage, tax breaks for professional training (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

JCNT: Capitol’s bronze doors opened for restoration

KC Star: Staggering homicide numbers make 2023 Kansas City’s deadliest year ever recorded (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) Kansas City struggles to silence deadly violence for two days; roundup of Killa City homicide coverage

SNL: AG Andrew Bailey says Springfield contractor ripped off clients

KC Star editorial page editor Yvette Walker: “(O)ur columns and editorials come from the heart as well as from the mind” – best of 2023 include demanding Gov. Parson not pick a white person for KC police board; blaming the shooting of a young black man on racism and “political radicalization” of geriatric white man; criticizing AG Andrew Bailey; criticizing Republican state legislators over transgender issues (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

States Newsroom’s Zachary Roth, via Missouri Independent: Ranked-choice voting plus “Final Four”/”Final Five” plans gaining traction in some states – Missouri not among them 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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