Monday, April 8, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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This Week in Missouri Politics: Panel of Rep. Jamie Johnson (D-Kansas City), Rep. Bill Hardwick (R-Dixon), Rep. Don Mayhew (R-Crocker) and consultant Sharon Jones (D) talk with Scott Faughn on good and bad in state budget (0:35); Mayhew on “26-year-olds sitting in a basement of their mom and dad’s house playing first-person shooter games and eating Cheetos” (5:45); workforce and employment participation (6:30); House Ethics Commission’s investigation into Dean Plocher (10:40); education omnibus (16:30); initiative petition changes (23:00); who won the week: Deb Lavender and Peter Merideth, women, Cody Smith, Cindy O’Laughlin and Mike Cierpiot (26:45)

KWTO (Springfield): The Elijah Haahr Show: House Budget Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) on budget debate (-18:00); Dem maneuvers to burn money on urban projects (-15:30); Dem gambit to spend $75 million on teacher stipend (-14:40); need for House Republicans to “hold the line” against Senate (-12:35); overview of budget process (-9:40); why southwest Missourians are fiscal conservatives (-4:15); Smith’s work on I-44 funding (-2:30)

Missouri Independent: Dean Plocher ethics probe picks up steam as legislative session enters final weeks

Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Monday morning, Segment A: Recap of Don Mayhew vs. basement-dwelling Cheetos-eaters (6:00); Bill Eigel vs. Ron Fitzwater for presidential elector (9:20); Ann Wagner tries out virtual reality zombie hunting (13:30)

Brad & John Show: Friday morning, Segment A (on YouTube): Recap of Denny Hoskins interview and the one (1!) best question from St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg; KC stadium vote & Eigel’s comments; presidential primaries (or listen via

Brad & John Show, Friday Segment B (on YouTube): Praise for St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg sounding human last week; FUPAs; guys circled up at political events, beer bottles in front of their genitals, leering at the one (1!) hot woman (or listen via

Brad & John Show, Friday Segment C: Gee whiz, lots of people came to your local GOP caucus! How many will ever show up again? Plus discussion of Pearl Davis, Camellia Peterson, Austin Petersen, thirst traps and the women who listen to the show (or listen via

Brad & John Show on Instagram: Friday show summary

LISTEN LIVE STREAMING LINK 7-8 a.m.: Brad (Hildebrand) & John (Combest) Show on 104.5 FM (Franklin/St. Charles/Warren Counties): Cheetos, Eigel the Elector, plus recap of Ann Wagner playing virtual reality zombie games

Missouri Independent: Dean Plocher ethics probe picks up steam as legislative session enters final weeks

Missourinet: Missouri Department of Mental Health to recommend steps for government to address mental health needs of children

P-D: ‘Overwhelming’ eclipse crowd expected at Elephant Rocks. Other Missouri parks in path too. (avoid stltoday paywall by reading Combest-archived version here)

Missourinet: Missouri set to execute double killer Former Kansas City Star building might now blight Crossroads forever

Missouri Independent op-ed: SLU Law School student Helen Webster: Repealing Missouri ban on food stamps for people with drug felonies would improve public safety 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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