Monday, January 15, 2024 – MLK Day – Missouri political news headlines

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Missouri MLK history: Gov. John Ashcroft establishes Dr. Martin Luther King Day as state holiday in 1986, attested to by Secretary of State Roy Blunt

Missourinet: Jay Ashcroft explains Missouri’s GOP presidential caucus process; length of events will depend upon “how verbose people are … if they act like state senators or not” (2:20)

The Hill: U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison says classified UFO briefing gave lawmakers “a direction to go next, and that’s the key thing”

KC Star: U.S. Rep. Eric Burlison said a classified briefing didn’t bring him closer to the truth about aliens

P-D: Jane Gephardt, wife of longtime politician and St. Louis native Dick Gephardt, dies at 81 (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

This Week in Missouri Politics: State Treasurer Vivek Malek talks with Scott Faughn about MOBUCK$ (0:30); China divestment (3:00); MOScholars program (6:15); election campaign and efforting/mileage metrics (8:30); issues he hears in rural Missouri (9:45); accomplishments as treasurer (11:05); panel of Democrat Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) and GOP Reps. Jamie Burger, Sherri Gallick and Jim Murphy on personal property tax cut (15:00); gun control proposals (20:00); fentanyl (25:00); who won the week: House Republican Campaign Committee, “any governor candidate that’s not Ashcroft”, Brenda Shields, Blaine Luetkemeyer (26:35)

johncombest_com Instagram reel (13 seconds): Horses, sleep, and your grandma: Featuring Pete Rose and Ann Wagner

SNL: Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) has a plan to address statewide child care crisis

Missourinet: Rep. Melanie Stinnett (R-Springfield) wants to make telehealth appointments easier

Marble Hill Banner Press, via Southeast Missourian: Mayfield Entrepreneurial Center in Bollinger County garners state funding (avoid Southeast Missourian paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Missouri Independent: Sprawling new cannabis manufacturing, cultivation facility set to open in St. Louis County Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Friday morning segments: Dean Plocher gives *everyone* a reason to vote for him (Segment A, begins at 13:00); Brian Seitz on liberal women, Draft Kings’ sports betting legislation, Travis Fitzwater for 3rd Congressional District (Segment A); Will Scharf has a sense of humor (Segment B); St. Louis County logo drama (Segment C)

JCNT: Space heater misuse causes fires, state fire marshal warns

Midwest Newsroom’s Holly Edgell, via St. Louis Public Radio: Lincoln University, a Missouri HBCU, faces reckoning after suicide of a senior leader; why white male university president and state lawmakers are to blame feedback on Lincoln University’s white male president: “Why is a white man the president of a HBCU in the first place?” Moseley “the whitest white dude to ever white”; “may that university and especially that white man crumble very soon” more feedback on LU President John Moseley: “yt/nb people have no place in HBCU administration. get this cracka out of there”; “FBA (Foundational Black Americans) don’t want to be near your yt satanic race … an unqualified yt <devil emoji> in charge of an HBCU, and this yt dysfunction, kkraka John Moseley” (note: “yt” is code for “white,” used to evade X rules on racist harassment)

KCUR “race and culture reporter” Lawrence Brooks IV: MLK Day Luncheon speaker makes pitch for reparations 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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