Wednesday, February 14, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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Fox News: Young Republicans slam Senate bill that ignores US migrant crisis, funds Ukraine; Schmitt notes divergence between youthful and geriatric GOP senators

P-D’s Joe Holleman: Even with three in race, politicos still see US House contest as Bush vs. Bell; thoughts from GOP consultants Gregg Keller, John Hancock (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Sikeston Standard Democrat, via Southeast Missourian: Interest in solar power crops up across New Madrid County (avoid Southeast Missourian paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

KCMO: Pete Mundo Show: Bill Eigel to appear at Mundo’s “Politics and a Pint” session Thursday night (1:00); Eigel on initiative petition legislation (2:20); personal property tax legislation (4:15); sports team incentives and Missouri vs. Kansas economic environment (5:55)

RSVP link: Join Pete Mundo and Bill Eigel for the first Politics and a Pint of 2024 on Thursday

Combest, The Missouri Times, 8/7/23: “KCMO’s Pete Mundo brings together listeners and top-notch speakers for fun and fellowship at his Politics and a Pint events. He not only invented the concept, he even encouraged stations in other markets to copy the idea. If you live anywhere west of Jefferson City, why haven’t you made the drive to one of his events?”

The Missouri Times’ Scott Faughn: TWMP Column: Preseason game Monday in the Senate

Missourinet: Missouri Senate debate on initiative petition changes began Monday

St. Louis Public Radio: Senate Democrats stall attempt to make it harder to amend constitution

Missouri Independent: Senate Democrats stall GOP push to change initiative petition process

SNL: Missouri Senate fails to vote on initiative petition changes after Democratic filibuster

KWTO: The Elijah Haahr Show: AG Andrew Bailey on parental rights in gender-bender curriculum (-16:45); Riley Gaines and protecting women’s sports (-15:30); protecting Missouri from criminal aliens (-13:35); Haahr on how Jay Ashcroft is “the strong leader” dominating the Missouri governor’s race (-7:30); Adam Schwadron in “frontrunner position” for secretary of state (-4:45); Ashcroft wins gov primary and “it’s not particularly close” (-3:30); more statewide analysis

JCNT: Last chance for state appropriations of American Rescue Plan Act funds

P-D: GOP fight against DEI programs returns to Missouri Legislature (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Adrian Plank (D-Columbia) explains why he voted for GOP child care tax credit bill

KMOV’s (St. Louis) Alexis Zotos: Bipartisan effort to cut the grocery sales tax in Missouri could lead to cuts elsewhere; comments from GOP Sen. Holly Rehder, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, GOP Rep. “John [sic] Patterson” (link via

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) on her bills regarding MoDOT signs, charter schools

Columbia Missourian: MoDOT claims unborn baby killed in crash as an employee

Washington Missourian: Lawmakers debate regulating intoxicating hemp products

P-D: Missouri dispensaries, convenience stores clash over hemp-derived cannabis sales; comments from bill sponsor Rep. Chad Perkins (R-Bowling Green), SSM Health Care lobbyist Justin Alferman, others (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

SNL: Hemp-derived cannabinoids operate in unregulated market. Lawmakers want to change that

Missourinet: ‘Magic mushrooms’ bill hopes to help some veterans; interview with Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder (R-Scott City)

Missouri Independent: Company continues to argue Missouri cannabis workers can’t unionize Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Wednesday morning segments: Eric Schmitt vs. geriatric Republicans (Segment A, 1:15); Steve Kraske’s uplifting book recommendations (Segment A, 5:15); Delta-8 regulations (Segment A, 12:15); Brad on Justin Alferman (Segment A, 15:50); SLU reparations silliness (Segment B, 8:00); Is Valentina Gomez a grifter or a serious candidate? (Segment C, 1:15)

JCNT: Local lawmakers sponsor bills on professional licensure

Missouri Independent: Records show rising call center wait times for Missouri Medicaid, food assistance

Missourinet: Missouri DHSS to host senior citizen complaint sessions

Missourinet: Calling changes coming soon because of new Missouri area code

Missouri Independent: Missouri appeals court fines litigant after finding fake, AI-generated cases cited in filings Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Tuesday morning segments: Bootheel farming legend Barry Bean on herbicide crisis (Segment A, 2:15); Bayer’s “Dynamic Shared Ownership” Missouri layoffs (Segment A, 4:00); GOP Rep. Mazzie Christensen vs. Dean Plocher (Segment A, 6:15); legislators to skip work for Chiefs parade (Segment A, 8:20); what makes Bryce Gray at the Post-Dispatch a good reporter (Segment A, 15:00); quality reporters vs. corporate flacks and how to build meaningful media relationships (Segment B, 7:00); Kelce’s Reid bump (Segment B, 11:30); Hot Crazy Matrix and forgiving bad behavior from attractive women (Segment C, 3:00); male-female dynamics surrounding temper/impulse control (Segment C, 8:30)

KCUR’s Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Valentine’s Day book recommendations: “fat gal representation done well”; “male-male fantasy romance novella”; “queer representation” with “natural POC rep”; “gay romance” featuring an “asexual” archives: Search tag: KCUR liberal book promos

Missouri Independent’s Allison Kite: House bill would jeopardize millions in funding to fight water pollution

JCNT letter: Seasoned Democrat Sue Gibson dislikes watching Hawley “bluster and whine” over illegal immigration 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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