Saturday, July 6, 2024 – Missouri political news headlines

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KCUR: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is worried about Joe Biden’s candidacy – but also a Democratic convention full of Palestinian protests and angry women (link via

Missouri Independent: Missouri GOP snubs state convention results in new presidential delegate selections

KSDK: Complaint alleges Jay Ashcroft committed ‘fraud and dishonesty’ in campaign ad because he is ‘not licensed as an engineer’

The Guardian (UK): Intra-Maga row for Missouri’s attorney general seat reveals exaggerated résumé (link via

Missourinet: Statewide candidate interview series: State Treasurer candidate Cody Smith

KC Star: Gov. Parson to discuss Chiefs, Royals plans with Kansas City mayor, local leaders (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KCMO: Pete Mundo in the Morning: TonysKansasCity’s Tony Botello on Chiefs move (16:45); Quinton Lucas campaigning for a Biden Administration spot (6:30); KC crime trend (5:30); Plaza sale (9:00); Soiree Restaurant at KCI and the race card (12:30)

Missouri Independent: Major corporations, wealthy donors fuel growth of Missouri private school scholarship program

Missourinet: Missouri Department of Conservation says state’s rising black bear population is forcing them north

P-D: Gov. Parson appointee Gabe Gore ramps up diversion programs to keep offenders out of jail (avoid stltoday paywall by reading free Combest-archived version here)

P-D: Two dead in North County, 7 injured in downtown St. Louis during Fourth of July shootings (avoid stltoday paywall by reading free Combest-archived version here)

P-D editorial: Fleeing Missouri’s ‘hate politics’ is understandable, but won’t solve the problem (avoid stltoday paywall by reading free Combest-archived version here)

Brad & John Show (6/26/24): Local LGBTQIA+* activist scores big victory by leaving Missouri, shows conservatives what’s what (link opens at 14:30)

KC Star op-ed: Samoy Mainda: Missouri just gave kids like mine more opportunities to get a quality education (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KCUR’s Savannah Hawley-Bates: Kansas City poll worker fears for her safety; “Threats to election workers dramatically increased immediately after former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election and began spreading election conspiracies.”

johncombest_com on X: Credit where it’s due: the funniest bio from a journalist is *still* Savannah Hawley-Bates line, “Proudly not related to Josh Hawley”

Combest book: <reporter’s self-talk>: “Besides, it’s about time somebody struck back against media critics. For too long, local journalists have been painted with a broad brush by critics of ‘the media’ and it’s time somebody stood up for the profession.” (p. 19 in paperback) 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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