Wednesday, January 3, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) hires Hannah Beers Sutton as executive director

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn talks with Axiom Strategies’ Hannah Beers Sutton about Aaron Baker’s operational excellence (0:55); Axiom staffing shifts (2:45); Wes Sutton and son (4:10); Jon Patterson (6:00); edging and denial of weekly Courtyard by Marriott promo (8:30); specific challenges of candidate recruitment (9:00); how many House seats Democrats will pick up in 2024 (9:50); abortion (12:00); how SCOTUS abortion ruling changed Missouri debate (13:45); adults taking responsibility for the children they create (14:30); abortion petitions (15:30); why Donald Trump is a suboptimal candidate for suburban House districts (16:45); competitive districts (17:55); Stephanie Bell’s kayfabe rejection of quality frying pan (19:15); recruitment needs (19:55); tolerance for candidates that “match their districts” on ideology (21:50); prediction on gov primary percentages (24:10); cost to fund competitive races (22:45); United Fiber YETAY (25:35); estimate of House Dem pickups (26:00); discussion of House members’ selfishness, and quixotic statewide candidates taking Hail Mary shots at the Speaker (27:15); open St. Charles County House seats in Districts 105 (Schwadron) and 69 (Schnelting) (30:00); Sunday’s This Week in Missouri Politics panel (31:15); Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin and stuck trucks (33:00)

Missouri Independent: Missouri House Republicans choose Axiom Strategies executive to lead campaign effort Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Tuesday morning segments: GOP Rep. Phil Christofanelli and the St. Louis City earnings tax, the Columbia Missourian’s environmental advocacy journalism, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver uses his bully pulpit to give closet cleanout advice, more (Segment A) Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Wednesday morning segments: Missouri school district stands up to critical race theory and the stltoday editorial board is big mad; Missouri bans foreign farmland, sorta kinda; open St. Charles County state rep districts; why might a do-nothing state rep pretend to run for statewide office? (Segment A)

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St. Louis Public Radio: Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast: Rep. Aaron Crossley (D-Independence) on Federal Reimbursement Allowance, initiative petitions, funding more child abuse investigators

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: Aaron Crossley episode

Jason Rosenbaum’s Politically Speaking podcast on Spotify: All episodes

KC Star: Gov. Parson orders limit on foreign-owned farmland (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: Gov. Parson preempts lawmakers, puts limits on foreign ownership of farmland (avoid stltoday paywall by reading free syndicated version via Columbia Missourian)

AP: Missouri GOP leaders say LGBTQ+ issues will take a back seat to child care, education policy in 2024

Columbia Missourian: Boone County lawmakers list priorities for 2024 legislative session

P-D: Missouri governor names former state Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-St. Joseph), former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to state highways commission (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Missourinet: I-44 could be next on Gov. Parson’s infrastructure agenda

Washington Missourian: Rock Island Trail a low priority for top governor candidates

Missouri Independent: Missouri opts into summer EBT federal food benefits program

Missourinet: Rep. Ed Lewis (R-Moberly) on increasing Bright Flight scholarship amounts

Missouri Business Alert, via St. Louis Public Radio: Recreational weed in Missouri is nearly a year old. What can the industry expect in 2024?

Kansas City Beacon, via Missouri Independent: Narcan saves lives but can be hard to find in Kansas City

Columbia Missourian: Problems with oversight, staffing contribute to low quality ranking of Missouri nursing homes

JCNT: Missouri ranks No. 2 for rise in workplace injuries

JCNT: Cole County EMS seeks ARPA funds through state grant

P-D: St. Louis leaders say city saw major drop in homicides and other reported crimes in 2023; “In December 2020, the police department abruptly turned off its public spigot of detailed geographic crime data” (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Wish list for 2024 legislative session: Yes to I-44 and “anti-sludge” legislation; no to infighting and to raising the bar for initiative petitions (avoid Joplin Globe paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

P-D editorial: Francis Howell board’s culture-war agenda is set back, for now – but this isn’t over (avoid 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.”

Missouri Independent op-ed: Phill Brooks: Ignoring Missouri’s Constitution

P-D op-ed: Progressive clergy: AG Andrew Bailey lied on 93.9 The Eagle about plaintiffs’ religious views in abortion litigation (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here) 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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