Saturday, February 3, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Gov. Parson to visit U.S.-Mexico border this weekend; Hawley applauds visit

P-D: Eric Schmitt, other Missouri and Kansas legislators, want scrutiny of Chinese construction (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

St. Louis Public Radio: After House passage of tax bill, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith looks to the Senate for action

KC Star: Missouri man testifies in his Capitol riot trial, says he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed in (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: Federal campaign report overview: Josh Hawley, Ann Wagner re-elections (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

97.1 FM: Marc Cox Show: Bob Onder announces bid for 3rd Congressional District

St. Louis Public Radio: Former Missouri state Sen. Bob Onder runs for 3rd District congressional seat

Missouri Independent: Former Republican legislator Bob Onder jumps into congressional race Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Friday morning segments: Jim Murphy, E-Verify and illegal aliens doing day labor (Segment A, 3:00); Riley Gaines in Missouri (Segment A, 8:30); Eric Schmitt on San Francisco’s Scott Wiener proposal (Segment A, 12:00); Bob Onder’s 3rd Congressional District announcement (Segment A, 15:20); Dean Plocher flying luxurious Southwest Airlines (Segment A, 17:00); Jane Dueker’s 1970s family disco (Segment B, 1:00); millennial and Gen Z women’s solopsism and inability to post vacation pictures without thirst trapping (Segment B, 8:15); Mark Reardon demonstrates personal growth, learns to take a compliment, weighs in on Jay Ashcroft being “boring” (Segment B, 11:15); Brad touting Brian Nieves to the owners of 93.3 FM in St. Louis (Segment C, 1:15); lonely liberal women disqualifying men who voted for Trump (Segment C, 5:15); reminder of the vast amounts of love and positivity in the universe (Segment C, 12:30)

KC Star: Missouri abortion campaign raises $3 million as signature-gathering effort begins (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Columbia Missourian: Freedom Caucus gears up for initiative petition debate next week Hard for prog blog Missouri Independent to contain its glee over Missouri GOP infighting

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Planned Parenthood President Yamelsie Rodriguez to step down After court ruling, Kansas City Mayor Q might not be able to block social media critics; ACLU partnered with Washington University Law School to promote liberal activist Sarah Felts’ St. Louis City case

Combest book: “(Protagonist’s) position put her in the crosshairs of the mayor’s political enemies. Kelley Lynn called herself a ‘legal eagle’ on Twitter, but she behaved more like a cackling vulture.” (p. 28 in paperback)

Washington Missourian: County Clerk Tim Baker: No shortage of election workers in Franklin County

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) explains vote against open enrollment

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal): Plenty of road projects that need funding outside of “MoDOT’s I-70 fetish”

Fox 2 St. Louis’s Emily Manley: State lawmakers have no game plan for sports betting

Missourinet: New House committee considers robocalls and artificial intelligence; Rep. Chad Perkins (R-Bowling Green) explains scope

P-D: Medicaid numbers hold steady as Missouri undertakes yearlong renewal review (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Missouri Independent: Naturopathic doctors could become licensed in Missouri under Republican-backed legislation

KSHB (Kansas City): With sales booming, local marijuana dispensary employee says Amendment 3 was written “expertly” (link via

JCNT: Councilman reiterates need for state to aid Jefferson City public safety

JCNT: State health department seeks nonprofits to provide summer meals

JCNT: Local food pantry receives state tax credit for fiscal year 2024

Columbia Missourian: Denali to drain waste lagoons in Missouri, advocates remain vigilant

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Shaw Nature Reserve employee blames Missouri agriculture, other factors for decrease in wetlands acreage archives: Search tag: anti-agriculture bias

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Andrew Bailey wants voters to have a say on Trump but not on a Missouri sheriff (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Columbia Missourian letter: Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice sexagenarian criticizes Gov. Parson’s State of the State address, supports abortion petition John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback ($12.99) and Amazon Kindle ($7.99)

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