Monday, January 29, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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Harvest Public Media’s “environment, climate and agriculture” content creator Kate Grumke, via St. Louis Public Radio: EPA supplies two electric school buses in Ralls County; each bus costs taxpayers around $375,000, with charging stations running $10,000 – $30,000 each

St. Louis Public Radio: Biden’s HUD subsidizing new public arts project in North St. Louis City; $200,000 grant for a sculpture

KC Star: Jury trial begins for Missouri man charged with injuring officer during Capitol riot (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here) Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Monday morning segments: Cori Bush campaign kickoff, including acrylic nails and amorphous androgynous human in a COVID mask (Segment B, starts at 6:45 mark); statewide candidates treating state legislators like precinct captains (9:00); John was wrong about “live boy/dead girl” theory (Segment B, 12:00); what happens to people like Cori Bush between winning an election and their early ascent (Segment C, 7:15); dilemma for Democratic campaign staff (Segment C, 7:45); Bill Clay Sr. putting 17-year-old punk John Combest in his place (Segment C, 11:45)

This Week in Missouri Politics: Rep. Ashley Aune (D-Kansas City) talks with Scott Faughn on why Democrats cheered some parts of Gov. Parson’s State of the State (0:20); I-70 improvements (1:30); abortion restrictions “on the wrong side of history” (2:15); viability versus “abortion on demand” (3:20); long-term downside of tax cuts (5:00); respect for Gov. Parson (6:20); abortion initiative petitions and how polling dictated decision (6:50); thoughts on Missouri Freedom Caucus (8:35); prediction for number of Dems’ House seat pickups (9:15); panel of Jack Cardetti, GOP Reps. Melanie Stinnett and Rep. Don Mayhew on Gov. Parson’s State of the State (12:45); I-70 project (16:00); how pro-life and tax cut legislation will be judged (18:15); I-44 (20:15); keeping medical students in Missouri (22:30); rural Republicans and suburban Republicans (24:00); observations on GOP Senate behavior (25:10); who won the week: Gov. Parson, Alex Riley and Mary Elizabeth Coleman, public school teachers, Kaitlyn Schallhorn (27:05) Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Friday morning segments: Four-day school weeks, how Crystal Quade and sunshine might save Bootheel jobs, and why Bill Eigel should hope for expulsion (Segment A)

KC Star: What Missouri pro-choice activists can learn from Kansas abortion campaign (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Missourinet: Gubernatorial appointments deadline approaching

Brownfield Ag News: Emergency rules now in effect for foreign ag land in Missouri; Ag Director Chris Chinn explains changes

Missourinet: Rep. Ben Keathley (R-Chesterfield) wants to limit school superintendent salaries

Missouri Independent: Child care subsidies a top priority for governor, bipartisan group of lawmakers

Brownfield Ag News: Missouri 2023-24 deer harvest breaks state record

St. Joseph News-Press: Local experts highlight importance of reporting signs of stalking

Combest book: Who is *your* CHRIS? Step-by-step action plan to counter your creepy stalker/online harasser’s Cowardly Heaviness, Resentment, Isolation, and Selfishness

P-D: Lambert Airport backers tout economic benefits of expansion; Greater St. Louis says its report assumes Boeing will win new government contracts and achieve $1.8 billion expansion, Bayer will keep entire St. Louis area workforce, other contingencies (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

SNL op-ed: As an educator, school choice gives me a voice

Flatland (Kansas City PBS) op-ed: Kansas City Star blogger Bill Tammeus: How to convince white KC it’s time for black reparations; government handout approach could be applied to (feather) Indians, LGBTQIA*s, and the handicapped

Missouri Independent’s Janice Ellis: The 2024 elections will be a choice between truth and lies; wisdom from Maya Angelou, other whimsical thoughts

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “The Independent has published 25 of (diversity columnist Janice Ellis’) columns in the past 12 months, and one (1) was exclusively focused on Missouri issues … Can you imagine if its diversity slot was occupied by a strong voice on Missouri issues?” 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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