Sunday, December 31, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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JCNT: Missouri political parties to run presidential preference elections in March

JCNT: Lawmakers to return Wednesday to Missouri Capitol

JCNT: Session preview: Missouri senators eye teacher recruitment and retention, restructuring of school accountability

JCNT: Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce leaders name inclusion, child care among 2024 priorities

AP: New state laws to take effect in 2024: Missouri reduces income tax rate, expands tax exemptions for Social Security benefits and military training pay; businesses can claim tax credits for hiring interns or apprentices

Columbia Missourian: Federal funds promise new cell towers, better service for high-need Missouri areas

P-D transportation reporter Mark Schlinkmann: Our top stories from 2023: Kim Gardner, sexually-explicit books, St. Charles County library cross-dresser, Washington University whistleblower and legislative debate over transgenders, personal property tax freeze for seniors, more (get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

P-D: Tyson’s shuttered southeast Missouri plant heads toward a sale (get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

SNL: Weekly China virus numbers: Missouri’s deaths due to COVID below national average; Greene County saw only 10.4 admissions per 100,000 people

P-D editorial: Missouri Republicans will dominate 2024 statewide elections; we’ll blast the 2024 legislative session’s “unhinged extremism” in our Tuesday editorial; St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones should move away from the “bonkers” left wing; voters should elect moderate Republicans, support gun control, spread the news about climate change and back an easygoing initiative petition process (get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

JCNT editorial: Missouri voting systems might lay an egg

SNL op-ed: Rep. Stephanie Hein (D-Springfield): Why I’m an effective legislator for the people of Springfield: “I know the moment negative attacks are waged, the audience begins to shut down and my effectiveness wanes.”

SNL op-ed: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regional director Joe Palm: Get the new COVID vaccine today “and make this New Year’s Eve into memories that you will cherish forever”

KC Star letter: Sexagenarian man, who chooses to live in Kansas, says Missouri AG Andrew Bailey makes good points about Jackson County’s property assessment issues (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

JCNT letter: Seasoned Democrat activist Sue Gibson says Missouri economy is failing, thanks to Gov. Parson and GOP legislators

P-D letter: St. Louis City woman demonstrates ability to read minds, says Francis Howell school board’s curriculum decision was based upon their belief in white supremacy (get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Remember that fact this fall, when you’ll read stories lambasting parents and school board members who stand up to racism by fighting DIE mandates and race-shaming curriculum.” 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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