Tuesday, January 2, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver speaks at Emancipation Proclamation rally in St. Louis City; 79-year-old congressman suggests purging infrequently-worn clothes, turning off lights when leaving a room, other profound mindset shifts (Get around stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version at

St. Louis Public Radio: SLU sociology professor says St. Louis region needs more immigrants, says (dot) Indians have become dominant minority since Mexican invasion slowed; International Institute’s Karlos Ramirez criticizes St. Charles County Council for safety-first approach

SNL’s Greta Cross: Come support these January activities: NAACP march; “Vegan Chef Challenge”; “Brunch with Buds” wake-and-bake pot-smoking session; more

JCNT: Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on tap Thursday

Missouri Independent: GOP infighting, election year politics could shape 2024 Missouri legislative session

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg: 2024 legislative preview: Superficial overviews of initiative petitions, education, child care, sports betting, Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA); Sen. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) prepared to fight against GOP bills “that target the LGBTQ community”; in 2023, GOP passed bills “barring transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming health care”

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “Do you really think your local public radio reporter was sitting alone at her desk one day, brushing vending machine snack crumbs off her FUPA, and came up with “gender-affirming care” on her own?”

johncombest_com on Instagram, January 2023: Objective, unbiased media agrees: Missouri Republicans guilty of targeting.

Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham, via KCUR: These are the ways Missouri Republicans are trying to limit the democratic process in 2024

Kansas City Beacon’s Josh Merchant (they/them): The outlook for 10 things Kansas City wants from the Missouri Legislature in 2024

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Adrian Plank (D-Columbia) sets low expectations for session, says voters are “sick and tired” of Republican “grandstanding”

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Incoming MACC president says community colleges welcome students harmed by pandemic classroom shutdowns

Missourinet: Program that fixed 250 of Missouri’s poorest bridges reaches completion

KRES/KWIX: Missouri State Fair announces 2024 theme: “Summer’s Best Story”

JCNT: Missouri State Parks welcomes new year with first day hike adventure

JCNT: Report: Missouri sexual assault kit backlog reduced through testing initiative

Missourinet: MoDOT’s trash can decorating contest is going on through March 15

P-D editorial: Hold onto your rights – Missouri legislators are returning to session (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

KC Star op-ed: University of Richmond law chair: Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt, you owe it to Missouri to confirm federal court nominees (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

InvestigateTV’s Emily Featherston and Report for America’s “economic mobility” content creator Madison McVan, via Missouri Independent: Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s Darvin Bentlage unhappy with farmland prices, bemoans “large, corporate-consolidated operations” 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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