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        Monday, September 24
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on her recent union endorsements, upcoming re-election and top legislative accomplishments;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Jack Cardetti, Scott Dieckhaus, and Raychel Proudie on McCaskill and Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, more
          KWMU:  Alien update:  Honduran illegal still hiding out in Maplewood
          P-D:  Popular politico Charlie Hinderliter nearly died from flu last winter, now he's a flu shot fan X
          CDT:  Drivers lament road conditions ahead of Nov. 6 fuel tax vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol renovation:  Under wraps
          Missourinet:  Missouri emergency responders urge hunters to use boating app
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Real ID delays harmed the public
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri DNR slides closer to the side of industry
          KC Star influencer series:  Term limits X
          KC Star letter:  Supporters of 4th Congressional District Democrat:  Renee Hoagenson's campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train, and only stolen yard signs can stop it X
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        Sunday, September 23
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt U.S. Senate votes for the week:  Fighting opioid sources, pharmacy 'gag clauses' X
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe visits Branson to promote gas tax increase
          Washington Missourian:  SaferMo.com's Scott Charton to speak in Washington tomorrow
          SNL:  Overview:  Amendment 1, the "Clean Missouri" initiative X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Overview:  Proposition B, the minimum-wage initiative
          P-D:  Parson names Silvey new chairman of Public Service Commission X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway's audit finds women's shelters miss out on funding
          JCNT:  Specialists conserve Capitol artwork X
          KC Star:  Westport argument begins with allegations that man's black-and-yellow polo shirt symbolizes racist beliefs;  Hoosier street fight, replete with cigarettes and exposed bellies, ensues X
          P-D editorial:  In a surprising move, the Supreme Court allows light to shine on dark money X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Post-Dispatch and KC Star editorial boards wrong on Hawley and Johnson Amendment +
          SNL's Giacomo Bologna and Alissa Zhu:  Trump Jr. wrong to suggest President Trump helped Springfield's economy X
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        Saturday, September 22
       
SNL:  Trump, Hawley fire up GOP crowd in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery from inside rally:  Trump, Hawley, Billy Long, joyful men and woman, American flags X
          SNL:  Photo gallery from street protesters:  Woman holds sign celebrating "Resistane [sic]"; Latina muchacha asserts Trump should respect her culture for the gift of tacos;  Special appearance by local cross-dressers Crystal Methyd [sic] and Lux X
          SNL:  Interviews with protesters:  Immigrant from Ecuador has lived in United States for seventeen (17) years, refuses to learn English;  Other inspirational tales X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk McCaskill's calculus in voting "No" on Kavanaugh;  Ann Wagner vs. Democrat Cort VanOstran
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Democrat Cort VanOstran's assertion that Ann Wagner has "never" held a town hall rated "Mostly True"
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court puts Clean Missouri back on ballot, overturning lower court's decision
          Missourinet:  Latest Missouri court ruling puts Clean Missouri back on November ballot
          Columbia Missourian:  Appeals court ruling keeps Clean Missouri on ballot
          Washington Missourian:  At last week's candidate forum, McDowell took aim at Galloway:  "If you're not being a watchdog, then you're just a dog." X
          KWMU:  Franklin County candidate forum features state legislative candidates, more:  Schatz vs. John Kiehne, Aaron Griesheimer vs. Pamela Menefee, John Simmons vs. James Cordrey, Dottie Bailey, Marcie Nichols, woman filling Dem ballot slot against Luetkemeyer
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 17, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  No charges to be filed related to two agencies' practices with HELP, Inc.
          The Missouri Times:  Judicial review committee to announce findings on judges up for retention elections
          SE Missourian:  State encourages hunters to help curb spread of CWD +
          KWMU:  State report:  Current emissions from landfill are not harmful
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens still a phony, but that doesn't mean voters couldn't be fooled again X
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        Friday, September 21
       
SNL:  Last-minute details, logistics for Trump's Springfield rally X
          AP:  Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to the left
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Notes on McCaskill, Kavanaugh and outside spending in U.S. Senate race X
          KC Star:  Local minority business owner says McCaskill's criticisms are unfair X
          KWMU:  Surgeon general visits Missouri to bring attention to opioid abuse
          P-D:  U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams praises school for students in recovery X
          Missourinet:  HHS deputy secretary says Missouri particularly impacted by opioid crisis
          AP:  Planned Parenthood threatens to stop terminating pregnancies at Columbia site unless federal judge acts
          KCUR:  Appeals court considers whether to toss Clean Missouri initiative from November ballot
          KC Star:  Clean Missouri hangs in the balance until appeals court rules X
          CDT:  Galloway takes on 'dark money' groups during campaign stop X
          JCNT:  Activists at "Poverty Summit" claim Missouri has failed the poor X
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Leader Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) pleased with Legislature's special session
          SNL:  Branson's Peter Herschend returns to state school board for third time X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson reappoints Herschend to State Board of Education
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers studying Missouri Dept. of Ag funding levels to submit report by November
          AP:  Prosecutor declines to press charges related to alleged conflict of interest between state agencies and HELP Inc.
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 20, 2018
          P-D:  Survivor's network still skeptical as Hawley's office forges ahead with investigation of Catholic Church X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley should distance himself from Trump X
          Kraske:  Jeff Smith's tweet regarding potential Greitens comeback causes stir X
          P-D op-ed:  Urban leader Starsky Wilson supports minimum wage hike X
          Messenger:  Missouri superintendents 'floored' by plans from Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) to change K-12 funding X
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        Thursday, September 20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill says she will oppose Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination
          SNL:  McCaskill says she's voting 'No' on Kavanaugh X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill opposes Kavanaugh;  Hawley says McCaskill "has forgotten where she's from"
          P-D:  McCaskill to vote 'No' on Kavanaugh:  Hawley:  "no surprise here" X
          P-D:  Hawley talks of Dems' "ambush" on Kavanaugh X
          KC Star:  McCaskill plans to vote against Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat X
          CDT:  Hawley urges swift vote on Kavanaugh nomination X
          KOMU:  Hawley calls Kavanaugh hearings a "circus"
          Missourinet:  Missouri State University gearing up for Trump's visit
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Writer Jonah Goldberg on the perils confronting American democracy
          KC Star:  Judge goes heavier on former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' sentence:  His harm 'hard to measure and hard to repair' X
          AP:  Former Missouri Democratic Party chairman sentenced for campaign fund abuse
          KWMU:  Feds give Missouri $29 million to fight opioid abuse
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In St. Joseph, Kehoe advocates for Prop D
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court agrees with decision to toss Bradshaw's lawsuit against rival ballot measure
          SNL:  Liberal think tank supports minimum wage increase X
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway campaigns against Greitens at screening of "Dark Money"
          P-D:  State rep/activist/battle-rapper Bruce Franks files for bankruptcy;  Assets include $947 cash, $350 worth of bowling balls, and $350 9mm handgun
          The Missouri Times:  NGA executive director optimistic about Parson, workforce development in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson says Microsoft's new St. Louis technology center will help retain more Missourians
          KWMU:  Parson, Krewson among those celebrating Microsoft Tech Center opening
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considering if workplace arbitration agreements can prevent employees from suing
          Brownfield Ag News:  State ag department leaders ask EPA not to require cut-off date for dicamba applications;  Comments from MO Dept. of Ag's Sami Jo Freeman
          KC Star:  Missouri's first West Nile death of 2018 was in Jackson County, not St. Louis X
          KC Star op-ed:  Josh Hawley is out of the faith mainstream on political activity in churches X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou students:  Hawley wrong on Obamacare impact
          P-D op-ed:  Women's environmental group opposes EPA and NHTSA efforts to roll back regulations X
          SNL op-ed:  Brad Bradshaw misleads on medical marijuana X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  SE Missourian recognized by Missouri Press Association as best newspaper its size +
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        Wednesday, September 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump set to be in Springfield on Friday;  Liberals plan protest
          Clayton Times:  Unions endorse Ann Wagner
          KWMU:  Rate of Missourians without health care in line with national average, Census finds
          SNL:  Chronic pain patients hold small rally, say they are being punished by new opioid guidelines X
          Missourinet:  'Clean Missouri' to go before Missouri Court of Appeals on Thursday
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  Proposed gas tax increase will cost average Missouri family $1.25 per month
          The Missouri Times:  With new members, Board of Education approves DESE FY20 budget, plans search for new commissioner
          KWMU:  DESE wants to rev up school transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Education budget aims to help hundreds of Missouri families with early childhood development
          Missourinet:  DESE commissioner job to post today
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air recap:  A discussion with leaders of three local charter schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court, for second time, hears appeal from man sentenced to death for killing state trooper
          KC Star editorial:  Prosecutors shouldn't add to families' pain by delaying lawsuits in duck boat tragedy X
          P-D editorial:  Decision time on West Lake. EPA may consign residents to a radioactive future. X
          Waters:  Hawley's campaign relies on "dog whistle," but Missourians should vote for moderate Claire McCaskill X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff (D):  Clean Missouri will help clean up Show-Me politics X
          Priddy:  Don't erase history - let Eric Greitens have a portrait
          P-D's Blythe Bernhard:  MO DHSS hiding West Nile virus information X
          SNL letter:  Nixa septuagenarian calls Billy Long a "eunuch," wants congressman to critize "Hitler-like" Trump;  Ozark sexagenarian wants Long to put a stop to telemarketers' robocalls X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur sexagenarian responds to feminist's anti-Kavanaugh letter, says single-issue voters are illogical X
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        Tuesday, September 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says Kavanaugh allegations need to be reviewed before committee votes
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt call for inquiry into Kavanaugh allegations
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt want to investigate Kavanaugh allegations before Senate vote X
          SNL:  Liberals plan protest at Trump event this week X
          P-D:  McCaskill pushing to name post office after late Missouri vet exposed to mustard gas in World War II X
          The Missouri Times:  Oral arguments set for Thursday in Clean Missouri appeal
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Sen. Jim Talent talks with journoduo about campaign opposing Clean Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics complaints fly in SD 34 race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 10, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey named chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission
          Missourinet:  DESE to request $140 million state funding boost
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  A discussion with leaders of successful charter schools in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Missouri's drought has lessened, but farmers still struggle
          The Missouri Times:  Report finds red tape hindering funding for domestic violence shelters
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Government red tape is creating a shortage of services for domestic violence victims
          AP:  Galloway finds issues with domestic violence funds
          KC Star editorial:  Just vote no:  If Brett Kavanaugh is guilty, Claire McCaskill can't support him X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Judge makes an easy call on poorly-written "Clean Missouri"
          P-D editorial:  Keep the 'Clean Missouri' initiative alive for November X
          KC Star editorial:  Voters deserve a say. Clean Missouri initiative belongs on the November ballot. X
          P-D op-ed:  Rob Schaaf, Jim Lembke, Bob Johnson:  Amendment 1 pits Missourians versus lobbyists X
          P-D op-ed:  Decision time for EPA on St. Louis' radioactive waste X
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        Monday, September 17
       
P-D:  Partisans disagree over whether Obama's re-emergence helps or hurts McCaskill X
          P-D:  Ten votes that help define Claire McCaskill's record in the U.S. Senate X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler challenger, Democratic state legislative candidates attend local climate-change rally
          The Missouri Times:  Technology advances give Missouri farmers hope amidst drought and economic uncertainty
          KC Star:  Feds wants delay in duck boat lawsuits X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Charlie Shields, Todd Graves, Victor Callahan, Sean Nicholson talk special session, Clean Missouri, education, McCaskill-Hawley
          AP:  Judge bars "Clean Missouri" in win for GOP
          JCNT:  Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation to recognize Kehoe, others on Friday X
          KC Star's Rick Montgomery:  Journey has been long, but Missouri lawmakers and schools should embrace LGBTQIA* rights X
          KC Star influencer series:  LGBTQIA* rights X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man wants Medicaid expansion on ballot in 2020 X
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        Sunday, September 16
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farmers Union on farm bill priorities at fly-in
          Washington Missourian:  Election overview:  Galloway faces first election challenge X
          JCNT:  Election overview:  Five seek state auditor position X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Campaign fundraising updates:  Luetkemeyer vs. Rucker;  Sheila Solon, Bill Falkner, Brenda Shields elections
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Reisch "sick of the left being dirty";  Hallsville Republican will raise campaign funds to help fight lawsuit over Twitter blocking X
          KC Star editorial:  No woofing kidding, a Missouri Republican just called her female opponent a dog;  Saundra McDowell usurps Todd Akin as Missouri GOP's most embarrassing candidate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens deserves to have a portrait in the Missouri Capitol X
          Washington Examiner's Philip Wegmann:  Claire McCaskill refuses to come clean about how her husband got his money
          P-D letter:  Chestefield liberal responds to feminist's screed on Kavanaugh, says McCaskill should not feel pressured to cast futile "No" vote X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian responds to Thomas B. Fordham op-ed on math standards X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters sexagenarian vegetarian dislikes Missouri's real-meat law X
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        Saturday, September 15
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley talk tariffs, taxes and Trump
          AP:  McCaskill, Hawley square off at first debate
          Columbia Missourian:  Health care, Kavanaugh and tariffs highlight first McCaskill-Hawley debate
          P-D:  Hawley, McCaskill face off in first debate X
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley pull no punches in first debate X
          KWMU:  Auditor candidates Galloway, McDowell trade jabs at debate
          Missourinet:  Galloway, McDowell squabble during Missouri Press Association forum
          AP:  Galloway, McDowell exchange harsh words at debate;  Incumbent says challenger might accept dark-money bribes, while challenger says incumbent is "just a dog"
          KC Star:  Missouri auditor candidates question each other's qualifications in first debate X
          SNL:  Trump to visit Springfield this Friday X
          AP:  Trump heading to Missouri as Republicans seek McCaskill's seat
          KWMU:  Judge tosses Clean Missouri initiative off the November ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Judge orders Clean Missouri amendment removed from November ballot
          Missourinet:  Judge orders 'Clean Missouri' measure to be removed from Missouri ballot;  appeal filed
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean Missouri swept from November ballot
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Jackson chambers endorse gas-tax measure +
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives final approval to STEM and treatment court bills, signs off on nearly all of Parson's appointments
          KWMU:  Revised STEM and treatment court bills pass Missouri special session
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass computer science, drug court bills
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes treatment court, STEM bills to finish special session
          The Missouri Times:  Herschend appointment withdrawn;  Senate expects Parson to appoint him again
          KWMU:  Nasheed blocks Herschend from State Board of Education
          SNL:  Branson's Peter Herschend removed from state school board - for now X
          KC Star:  Wallethub study ranks Missouri high for school bullying X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman supports Obamacare, opposes Hawley X
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        Friday, September 14
       
AP:  Hawley resists pressure from McCaskill and media to criticize Trump on trade
          Missourinet:  McCaskill vs. Hawley on tap for Missouri Press Association forum today - followed by Galloway-McDowell matchup
          P-D:  Missouri was once a possible contender to host 2020 Republican National Convention X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), who wished for Trump's assassination, wants required psych exams for presidential hopefuls
          KC Star:  Feds reject former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' leniency plea, say he should spend up to 2 years in prison X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe advocates for fuel tax increase at launch of pro-Prop D campaign
          JCNT:  Fuel tax issue touted as vital for safer roads X
          KY3:  SaferMO.com lauches campaign in favor of motor fuel tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Austin's treatment court bill unanimously passes out of Senate committee
          Missourinet:  Senate expected to vote today on treatment court expansion bill
          Missourinet:  Special session bill to boost STEM and computer science education progressing
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee moves appointments to chamber floor
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn shares financial needs estimate
          KC Star editorial:  Jeff Sessions left one thing out of his KC speech on violent crime;  AG should have called for gun control X
          P-D:  Finally, banks are providing competition to payday lenders on short-term loans X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jonathan Kessler:  Yes, I urged Missouri Democrats to request and waste Trump event tickets, but everybody else does it too +
          Waters:  Missouri law at center of latest abortion battle would add inconvenient step to terminating child's life X
          Messenger:  Missouri once invested in its future by protecting its past:  A lesson from Leopold Cabin X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist wants McCaskill and Blunt to oppose Kavanaugh X
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        Thursday, September 13
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley releases full set of tax return documents;  McCaskill releases two (2) pages
        KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley tangle over income tax returns
        CDT:  Hawley calls McCaskill 'out of touch' during Columbia visit X
        Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Hawley lawsuit could help end Obamacare
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  2nd Congressional District candidate Cort VanOstran (D) on Obamacare, gun control, and opposing Trump's tax cuts
        P-D:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal's 2016 campaign against Lacy Clay fined for federal election violations X
        Missourinet:  Feds give Missouri extension to comply with Real ID
        The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court declines to take up fuel tax legal challenge
        The Missouri Times:  Brad Bradshaw drops lawsuit against rival medical marijuana measure
        The Missouri Times:  September 2018 tip sheet:  State Senate, House races
        P-D:  Ethics complaint highlights $16,000 in campaign contributions never reported by Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) X
        The Missouri Times:  Exit interview:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
        The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country)
        The Missouri Times:  Senate rejects House veto overrides
        Missourinet:  Five of Parson's budget vetoes will stand, but showdown possible next year
        AP:  Lawmakers fail to override Parson vetoes
        KWMU:  No veto overrides, but Missouri lawmakers more than halfway done with special session
        KC Star:  Parson avoids rare veto override by his own party X
        The Missouri Times:  STEM, treatment court legislation moving to Senate
        Missourinet:  Legislation expanding treatment court system heading to Missouri Senate
        Columbia Missourian:  Bills adjusting state treatment courts, STEM education pass House
        Missourinet:  Cornejo, Nodler appointments to be considered by Senate this week
        The Missouri Times:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard's official portrait unveiled at the Capitol
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 12, 2018
        The Missouri Times endorsement:  First-ever editorial from The Missouri Times encourages "Yes" vote on Proposition D
        P-D editorial:  Our newspaper deserves all the credit for McCaskill and Hawley releasing tax returns X
        SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Cape Girardeau County Democrats' attempt to disrupt Trump rally selfish and self-defeating +
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) and Thomas Bradbury:  Tort reform of the future:  How Missouri can become a leader in legal clarity
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Maybe one day Greitens' portrait will hang in Capitol, or maybe not X
        P-D letter:  Rock Hill feminist threatens to thwart McCaskill's re-election unless senior senator votes "No" on Kavanaugh X
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        Wednesday, September 12
       
SE Missourian:  Trump visit to Cape is canceled as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Task Force One deploys to Hurricane Florence area
          CDT:  Local first responders deploy to assist with Hurricane Florence X
          SNL:  McCaskill:  On Kavanaugh, 'dark money' outweighs abortion questions X
          KC Star:  McCaskill continues to position herself as moderate in re-election race X
          The Missouri Times:  Pre-existing conditions continue to take spotlight in U.S. Senate race
          CDT:  McCaskill makes campaign stop at Mizzou X
          P-D:  When it comes to releasing tax returns, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates stay silent X
          KWMU:  SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes brief stop in St. Louis to peddle books
          KWMU:  EPA may expedite cleanup for Sporlan Valve Plant Superfund site in Washington
          KC Star:  'Cushy' prison or probation? Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' sentencing nears X
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw, who targeted rival medical pot backers in court, yanks his lawsuit X
          KY3 (Springfield):  Missouri's fuel tax hike gets bipartisan backing
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshment 2018:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Departing Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater's STEM bill moves to House floor with little effort
          The Missouri Times:  Treatment court bill soars through committees, heads to House floor
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers focus on drug courts, education as special session rolls on X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Unclaimed Property Auction to have nearly 4,000 items
          P-D:  Missouri reports first death from West Nile virus this year X
          KWMU:  Ferguson protester DeRay Mckesson returns to St. Louis to peddle book
          SE Missourian editorial:  President made right decision to cancel rally, focus on Hurricane Florence +
          P-D editorial:  Liberals should give McCaskill a pass on upcoming Kavanaugh vote;  Political survival for red-state Democrat is more important than ideology X
          Jensen:  The message to the President I would have given +
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  Gov. Parson's callous action hurts neighbors of landfill X
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        Tuesday, September 11
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says southeast Missouri is "Trump Country"
          SE Missourian:  Cape police chief:  Presidential visit security "very daunting" +
          SE Missourian:  Time change for Trump rally +
          KWMU:  Election officials work to protect against hacking, and bolster voter confidence
          Missourinet:  Election Security Summit draws officials, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Federal courts rule in favor of Missouri abortion restrictions
          Missourinet:  Federal appeals court rules in favor of stronger abortion clinic safety requirements
          KC Star:  Federal court ruling could help limit abortions in Missouri, including at KC clinic X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri to begin enforcing abortion regulations after ruling in lawsuit, officials say
          SNL:  Hawley's duck boat 'littered with factual inaccuracies,' lawyers for owners say X
          SNL:  Area millennials plan "#MeToo" rally for October;  Organizer says women must "excitedly" agree to sex or else it is assault X
          KWMU:  Court affirms major blow to Missouri amendment restricting campaign donations
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's PAC-to-PAC donation ban held unconstitutional in federal appeals court
          P-D:  Appeals court says Missouri campaign finance law violates 1st Amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), a pioneer of marijuana legislation, opposes ballot questions
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington)
          The Missouri Times:  20 Questions with Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  20 Questions with Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Romine touts experience in bid for Majority Floor Leader
          KWMU:  Lawmakers trying to pass STEM education and treatment court bills in special session
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers start a special session that coincides with annual veto session
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers return to work for special session
          P-D:  Legislature returns to action X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee unanimously approves parolee-focused nursing facility
          CDT:  University of Missouri to go on trial over Sunshine Law practices X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri System lawsuit over open records will move forward
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley should distance himself from President Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Thwarting PAC shell games in Missouri X
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  Mr. President, we welcome you +
          P-D op-ed:  National Taxpayers Union's Bryan Riley:  Missouri pays for Trump adviser Peter Navarro's failed trade strategy X
          P-D op-ed:  Conservative think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute:  Missouri's math, English language standards don't make the grade X
          The Missouri Times' Rachael Herndon Dunn:  On the Fall 2018 Missouri Times Magazine, the Show Me Missourah podcast, and the power of relationships
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        Monday, September 10
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill mum on Kavanaugh vote;  Comments from Gregg Keller, others
          KWMU:  Trump casts large shadow on Missouri's nationally-watched Senate race
          P-D:  Nationwide prison strike attracts nearly 40 activists to St. Louis Workhouse X
          P-D photo gallery:  Prison strike rally:  Activist reads talking points from smartphone;  Caucasoid in Soviet hammer-and-sickle shirt raises "Black Power" fist;  Morbidly obese woman plops onto grass;  More X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Saundra McDowell addresses criticisms of personal finances;  Panel of Mike Hafner, Jeff Roorda, Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County), Anne Schweitzer talk Parson and legislative issues, Galloway vs. McDowell, St. Louis City prosecutor's anti-cop positioning
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Paris, Mo. city council supports Proposition D
          P-D:  Retrospective:  Gov. Parson's first 100 days in office X
          Missourinet:  Parson:  We are behind on workforce development
          KWMU:  Missouri special session begins today
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed overhaul of treatment courts will get a second chance this week
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers will try again to boost computer science, STEM education
          Missourinet:  MO Dept. of Revenue says state will get extension to comply with Real ID law
          Columbia Missourian:  MU professor's report distinguishes racial disparity from bias;  Race activists unhappy with use of facts, data
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri prison riot, staffing linked
          P-D op-ed:  Moms Demand Action gal expresses anger about NRA's strength, thinks supporting Missouri liberals will make a difference X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  SLU Law students Brian Earll and Sarah Jones:  Finding our roots in 'Professor' Schmitt's 21st Century American Civics
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Parson wrong to trust Missouri Farm Bureau members on farm issues
          KC Star influencer series:  Unions, businesses and economic growth X
          KC Star influencer series:  Individual thoughts on union issues X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis liberal wants Missouri congressional delegation to spend more taxpayer money on food handouts X
          KC Star letters:  KC man says legislators should visit Crossroads Correctional Center;  KC woman mocks McDowell's financial troubles X
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        Sunday, September 9
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week X
          P-D:  Trump to hold fundraiser for Hawley when the two visit Cape Girardeau next week X
          Columbia Missourian:  Climate-change activists angry about being ignored;  Local environmentalists express frustration at media, political candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Exit Survey:  Q&A with departing Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles)
          The Missouri Times:  Outstanding Freshmen 2018:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester)
          St. Joseph News-Press:  During veto session, lawmakers to reconsider new versions of bills
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol renovation under wraps
          JCNT:  As is, state's health forecast looks bleak X
          P-D:  A look back at St. Louis' 2018 race riots;  Mob used court ruling as opportunity to loot stores, destroy property, assault police officers X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators should not raise money during veto session X
          KC Star op-ed:  Independent candidate for U.S. Senate:  Please let me on stage with Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Former Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl achieving success in the public policy realm too soon X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian supports McCaskill over Hawley, shouts her key takeaways IN ALL CAPS X
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        Saturday, September 8
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump plans third campaign event for Josh Hawley, this time in Cape Girardeau
          SE Missourian:  Trump rally tickets available through campaign website +
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley skeptical of anonymous NY Times op-ed X 
          KC Star:  Liberals unhappy with McCaskill's 'hedging' on Kavanaugh nomination X
          AP:  Unions heavily outspent opposition on 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  State auditor candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  Missouri Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Post-primary campaign finance reports:  Missouri House candidates
          The Missouri Times:  New rule causes federal PACs to register with Missouri Ethics Commission
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Detailing next week's special session - and a proposed gas tax hike
          The Missouri Times:  Hollywoood's Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses "Clean Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 3, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Parson addresses the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen
          KWMU:  Parson touts cooperation on tour of St. Louis City
          P-D:  Parson, Small Business Administration's Linda McMahon, KC Mayor Sly James make stops throughout St. Louis City X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Teresa Parson:  From small-town farm girl to Missouri's First Lady
          Missourinet:  Fired DPS Director Drew Juden criticizes replacement and Gov. Mike Parson
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt promotes Show Me Checkbook website
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Words matter in meat debate
          JCNT op-ed:  Blaine Luetkemeyer:  Kavanaugh would be an asset to high court X
          KC Star's Mike Hendricks:  Advocacy series preview:  Feds should impose more regulations on the trucking industry X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou coed says Hartzler is wrong on school lunches
          CDT op-ed:  Raise Up Missouri op-ed:  Raising minimum wage will strengthen Missouri's economy X
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        Friday, September 7
       
SE Missourian:  Trump to visit Cape next week +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill "very uncomfortable" Trump traitor remains anonymous
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Delta Center Field Day draws McCaskill, Blunt, Smith, Ag Director Chris Chinn, every statewide elected official except Nicole Galloway +
          The Missouri Times:  New Madrid, Mississippi, and Stoddard counties hit hardest by drop in soybean price
          Missourinet:  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to speak in Missouri about election security
          CDT:  Democrat challenging Vicky Hartzler promotes "debates," but host sites say no events are booked X
          Missourinet:  Plaintiffs in lawsuit over gas tax ballot measure petitioning Missouri Supreme Court to hear case
          SNL:  Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses "Clean Missouri" ballot measure X
          The Missouri Times:  No new election in House District 102, recount looms
          The Missouri Times:  Decline in revenue numbers called 'concerning,' budget director says time still needed for a more accurate forecast
          The Missouri Times:  Workforce Development takes lead in special session as Legislature debates STEM education bill
          Missourinet:  Parson to address St. Louis Board of Aldermen today
          KC Star:  Missouri awaiting next Real ID extension +
          The Missouri Times:  Annual Constitution Project kicks off
          The Missouri Times:  Port near Jefferson City gains approval from state transportation commission
          KC Star:  'Unprecedented' riot, lockdown leave scars as Missouri prison struggles to recover X
          KCUR:  ACLU sues Missouri Commission on Human Rights;  Private employer did not want woman using men's restroom
          P-D editorial:  To escape Trump's shadow, Josh Hawley should start criticizing the president X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Eric Schmitt:  Claire McCaskill needs to support Kavanaugh X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Grow Missouri's Travis Brown:  Fueling Missouri's next growth wave begins and ends with smart partnerships in agriculture
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man critical of Post-Dispatch's reliance on wire stories rather than local reporting X
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        Thursday, September 6
       
SNL:  Billy Long goes into auctioneer mode when activist disrupts hearing X
          AP:  Billy Long helps drown out congressional protester
          AP:  Feds bust Mexicans growing $10 million of marijuana in northwest Missouri
          Twitter:  Springfield News-Leader reporter Will Schmitt leaving Missouri to report for California's Santa Rosa Press Democrat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking pocast:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on Parson's first few months, 'right to work' and November ballot issues
          AP:  Liberals in Missouri, Michigan drive efforts to change redistricting
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell's claims about Clean Missouri gerrymandering rated "Mostly False"
          KOMU:  Appeals court sides with state in fuel tax lawsuit
          SE Missourian:  Cape Council passes resolution informing voters of Prop D;  SaferMO.com's Scott Charton says measure would provide Cape nearly $600,000/year in additional revenue +
          P-D:  No new election in St. Charles County, where two state rep contests were decided by fewer than 15 votes X
          AP:  Parson sets limits on Missouri special session
          The Missouri Times:  Special session to put spotlight on treatment courts
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to examine Department of Agriculture funding levels next week
          SNL:  MSU to host talk from Jenna Bush X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  September 5, 2018
          P-D:  Deadly Missouri swimming hole stayed open despite Hawley's efforts to close it X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley shills for votes while trying to inject politics into the pulpit X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian angry at Josh Hawley for support of Trump X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield liberal applauds Danforth's latest "non-partisan" screed X
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        Wednesday, September 5
       
KWMU:  Hawley wants to revamp federal earned income tax credit
          KC Star:  Hawley calls Kavanaugh hearing a 'circus,' declines to take bait of criticizing Trump X
          The Missouri Times:  NBC poll shows McCaskill-Hawley neck-and-neck
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff nail company seeks exemptions from steel-wire tariffs
          AP:  Dark-money group gives $3 million to Missouri minimum wage campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court rules lawsuit challenging fuel tax referendum is 'not ripe'
          AP:  Judge tosses lawsuit against proposed Missouri gas tax hike
          JCNT:  Appeals court tosses challenge to proposed fuels tax X
          P-D:  Appeals court tosses attempt to remove gas tax increase from November ballot X
          KWMU:  Parson touts working with lawmakers to improve two bills he vetoed
          Missourinet:  Parson:  STEM education and Missouri drug treatment courts are related
          SNL:  Drug court bill from Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) gets second life in special session X
          AP:  Parson:  Special session issues vital to Missouri's future
          AP:  Parson expresses concern over prosecutor's exclusion list
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri law focuses on accurate labeling of meat
          Missourinet:  Animal Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, et al. complain about Missouri's meat labeling law
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri completing $53 million reliability upgrade to Bagnell Dam
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  MO DHSS offers tips to combat bed bugs +
          JCNT:  ACLU sues Missouri Commission on Human Rights;  Woman who worked at Dollar General distribution center wanted to use men's restroom X
          AP:  Woman sues Missouri human rights panel
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Hawley on religion, calls pro-life statements "dog-whistle" politics X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Hawley's op-ed, mocks his farm roots X
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        Tuesday, September 4
       
SNL:  McCaskill:  Joplin businessman David Humphreys is "the #1 enemy of working labor" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt gear up for vote on Kavanaugh
          SNL:  Medical marijuana on Missouri ballot:  A Q&A X
          Show Me Missourah podcast:  Miller County edition:  Host Scott Faughn talks with Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark), former Director of Agriculture Don Steen and Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources' Fletcher Bone talks sinkholes
          Missourinet:  New rankings from WalletHub place Kansas City, St. Louis City low on "best cities to live in" survey
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri prisoners are living in inhumane conditions X
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth:  Things were so much better in my era X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Parson's veto of STEM measure a gentle - and appropriate - chastising of Legislature
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Annual "legislators hold Jefferson City fundraisers during veto session" piece X
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        Monday, September 3   Labor Day
       
Columbia Missourian:  Union members wish 'right to work' defeat would help reverse decades of decline
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on McCaskill-Hawley, Missouri FIRST, and more;  Panel of Chris Kelly, Joe Lakin, Pat White, Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) talk McCaskill-Hawley, "Clean Missouri", more
           Missourinet:  Standing-room-only crowd hears "Clean Missouri" lawsuit case in Jefferson City
           KWMU:  Eric Schmitt's new website aims to show how Missouri's government spends money
           KC Star:  Missouri education board has two new members X
           KRES/KWIX:  In Missouri, hunters and fishermen must keep permits on their person
           Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation puts Missouri in middle of the pack for child well-being
           JCNT editorial:  Josh Hawley is wrong on the Johnson Amendment X
           KC Star editorial:  Financial woes, residency issues - is Saundra McDowell the best GOP could do for Missouri auditor? X
           P-D editorial:  Legislature's zombie law rises from the dead to suppress labor rights X
           KC Star op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Thoughts on trade deals, the "college monopoly," and improving the earned income tax credit X
           P-D letter:  Wildwood woman wants Blunt to oppose Kavanaugh X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says anti-Hawley piece on Johnson Amendment was misleading X
           P-D letter:  Fenton man says Hawley won't be objective in investigating church X
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        Sunday, September 2
       
Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Democrats eliminate "committeeman" and "committeewoman" designations to elect first transgender, want Missouri Democratic Party to follow suit
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats hope for victory on minimum wage;  "Raise Up Missouri" took $1 million in dark money from liberal group in May X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Mike Bernskoetter vs. Nicole Thompson for Mike Kehoe's seat X
          Washington Missourian:  New state laws in effect, some from local lawmakers X
          SE Missourian:  State grant aids effort to boost passenger boardings at Cape airport +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  State getting ready for bicentennial celebration
          KWMU:  St. Louis police chief contradicts Gardner's claim on 'exclusion list;'  Hawley says move could lead to criminals getting off scot-free
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature provides some relief to crime victims
          Waters:  Josh Hawley favors politics in the pulpit X
          SNL op-ed:  Brad Bradshaw:  New Approach Missouri is trying to deceive voters X
          SNL letter:  Gravois Mills man wants state legislators to pass "some stiff laws" on animal abuse;  Springfield woman gets emotional about Josh Hawley, wants Missouri voters to "stay angry" and support McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes Hawley's position on religious liberty X
          P-D letter:  Veteran Libertarian Tim Barnhart says Post-Dispatch is hypocritical to chastise GOP voters for selecting McDowell, when paper ran zero substantive articles on auditor primary X
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        Saturday, September 1
       
September 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum, reporter Rachel Lippmann talk minimum wage proposal and impact of Trump tariffs on U.S. Senate contest
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race a top target of outside spending, nationwide;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)  X
          P-D:  Hawley undecided on November minimum wage question X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear (I)
          SNL:  Branson duck boat company sued by AG Josh Hawley X
          KC Star:  Hawley sues Ride the Ducks in Branson, alleging company tried to avoid refunds X
          Missourinet:  Hawley files petition urging shutdown of duck boat operation
          AP:  Hawley sues over deadly duck boat sinking
          SNL:  FCC:  95,000 rural Missouri homes and businesses will soon get broadband Internet X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears arguments in lawsuits challenging Clean Missouri ballot initiative
          JCNT:  Judge promises quick ruling on Clean Missouri initiative X
          AP:  Clean Missouri facing court challenge
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean Missouri ballot initiative challenged
          The Missouri Times:  Judge tosses Brad Bradshaw's attempt to remove competing Amendment 2 from ballot
          P-D:  Judge tosses Brad Bradshaw's attempt to get competing marijuana question off ballot X
          SE Missourian:  Cities, counties look to benefit from fuel-tax measure on November ballot +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gas tax gets local support
          SE Missourian:  Parson joins Vargas in SEMO accreditation announcement +
          KWMU:  Screening students for dyslexia now required for early grades
          SNL:  With Schaaf gone, Missouri lawmakers may pass prescription drug tracking in 2019 X
          P-D:  St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner says police asked for 'exclusion list' of officers;  Hawley wants copy of list X
          AP:  Union leaders, Hawley concerned by exclusion list;  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney won't accept testimony from 28 police officers
          P-D editorial:  Insurers should be forced to cover air ambulance expenses X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Trade battles showing signs of improvement for Missouri's farmers
          KC Star op-ed:  KCP&L's Chuck Caisley:  KCP&L is committed to helping customers understand their bills X
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        Friday, August 31
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley hit St. Louis, challenge each other on minimum wage and Supreme Court
          AP:  McCaskill, Hawley both say they support higher minimum wage
          SE Missourian:  Hawley visits Cape Girardeau, hears from small-business owners +
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity ad highlights McCaskill's support for Obamacare
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Gary Marshall:  Proposed tariff payments too little, too late
          Missourinet:  IRS reminds Missourians to check tax withholdings
          Missourinet:  Judge delays decision on whether lawsuit against Greitens' nonprofit will move forward
          AP:  Parson calls special legislative session
          Missourinet:  Parson calls special session during veto session to reconsider bills he vetoed
          KC Star:  Parson calls Missouri lawmakers into special session on STEM, drug treatment X
          KC Star:  Legislators seek to fund time-critical diagnosis program X
          AP:  Parson names two new education board members
          SNL:  With appointments, Parson fills out once-hamstrung state school board X
          AP:  Parson touts new appeals court judge's rural background
          P-D:  Initial inspection of diocesan records in Hawley's abuse probe nearing completion X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture issues meat law guidelines
          KC Star:  Dept. of Corrections' Anne Precythe wants to meet with Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) before he visits with Crossroads Correctional Center prisoners X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers will be visible this weekend
          SNL:  Hough renews call for state audit X
          Missourinet:  Greene County Commissioner Lincoln Hough calls for Galloway to investigate commission's support of tax ballot measure
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature should boost STEM and drug courts;  Jeff Mazur's LaunchCode leads the way in tech training
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area liberal opposes Kavanaugh and Josh Hawley
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        Thursday, August 30
       
CDT:  Missouri Democratic Party's solicitation attempt at MU leads to phishing attempts, e-mail shutdown X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Democratic Party causes 'Reply-All Apocalypse,' leads to phishing scam
          SNL:  Missouri Democratic Party's spam prompts MU e-mail chaos X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Ad check:  Pro-Hawley ad on rape kits doesn't tell the whole story X
          SNL:  After Hawley voices support, Missouri Baptists opine on repeal of ban on church politics X
          SNL:  Hawley will review Springfield Catholic files X
          Columbia Missourian:  FCC allocates over $254 million to support broadband expansion in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Federal investigation targets two Duck Boat captains, seeks delay in lawsuits after Branson tragedy
          KC Star:  Two Duck Boat captains from Table Rock Lake tragedy targeted in federal investigation X
          AP:  Court motion in boat sinking seeks to aid criminal probe
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City) on Lacy Clay's influence, goals for serving in Democratic minority, more
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  State Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City)
          Missourinet:  Arguments made in lawsuit alleging State Auditor Nicole Galloway violated Sunshine Law
          JCNT:  National criminal-sentencing activist speaks at Lincoln University, mocks state legislators who support overhaul:  "These legislators who champion this stuff love to be patted on the back" X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT earns regional awards for two transportation projects
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raytown) says referees and sports officials need more protection
          SE Missourian:  Southeast students begin reporting partnership with local NPR affiliate +
          KC Star:  Mailing error by Medicaid contractor causes appointment reminders to be sent to wrong addresses X
          Columbia Missourian:  Staff shortage, heightened complaints delay state dicamba investigations
          KC Star:  KCP&L adds flexibility to payment arrangements, updates budget billing;  Some customers complain to PSC X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of August 28, 2018
          KWMU:  Restoring historic flood patterns could make Missouri wildlife refuge better for birds
          KC Star editorial:  KCP&L customers are experiencing sticker shock this summer. Here's what you can do. X
          KC Star op-ed:  Lathrop Gage's Jean Paul Bradshaw:  Lift the veil on dark money's corrosive effects X
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        Wednesday, August 29
       
P-D:  Blunt:  McCain had "explosive energy in a place that is not necessarily energy-filled" X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Trade aid welcome, but drought pain remains
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill, Blunt support opening more Conservation Research Program (CRP) acres for drought relief
          CDT:  During Columbia stop, Hawley says he's ready to debate McCaskill X
          P-D:  Hawley says religious liberty is under attack:  "Claire McCaskill and her Democrat allies need to stop trying to muzzle people of faith" X
          SE Missourian:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt unveils online 'checkbook' of state finances +
          Missourinet:  Two weeks until veto session, some lawmakers digging in on a few budget issues with the governor
          Missourinet:  Parson indicates a special session is possible
          AP:  Dozens of new laws now in effect
          SNL:  Springfield maker of vegan burgers caught up in Missouri restriction on the word 'meat' X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge temporarily halts part of meat law from going into effect
          JCNT:  Karsten named state public safety director X
          JCNT:  Judge hears closing arguments in Galloway Sunshine suit X
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Natural Resources challenges Adminstrative Hearing Commission in court, says AHC overstepped its authority
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri bans all tobacco use on campus
          CDT:  University of Missouri to extend tobacco ban X
          Columbia Missourian:  Illinois' new in-state tuition deal not a concern for MU
          P-D editorial:  Hawley seeks to breach the wall between church and state X
          JCNT editorial:  Eric Schmitt's office increases transparency X
          KC Star letter:  Local octogenarian wants legislators to set age limit for jury duty, says olds' "judgement and opinions have been altered by (their) age" X
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        Tuesday, August 28
       
KWMU:  Missouri's U.S. Senate contest is favorite destination for outside money
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, Jason Smith differ on trade tariffs +
          KWMU:  Latest McCaskill media tour features criticism of Trump on trade
          Missourinet:  KC lawyer to take up U.S. Senate ballot space as Independent
          P-D:  "Clean Missouri" group wants transparency in Missouri donations. And it's taking dark money. X
          SNL:  Brad Bradshaw sues competing marijuana proposals X
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Parson has changed the tone in Jefferson City for the better
          JCNT:  Parson considering special legislative session X
          JCNT:  Beetem hears evidence in lawsuit challenging Galloway Sunshine Law compliance X
          Missourinet:  Top 10 bills becoming law today
          The Missouri Times:  Unions challenge 'paycheck protection' in St. Louis County court
          AP:  Unions seek to block new Missouri labor group restrictions
          KWMU:  Karsten named new public safety director
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sex offenders able to have names removed from registry under new law X
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri's laws on meat facing two court challenges
          AP:  Vegetarian food-maker sues to stop Missouri law over meat terminology
          P-D editorial:  In state auditor race, GOP is hobbled by train wreck of a candidate X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  "Clean Missouri" proposal leaves too many unanswered questions
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        Monday, August 27
       
P-D:  U.S. Chamber ad highlights McCaskill's 'No' vote on Trump tax cuts X
          AP:  Emergency water pipelines planned to help address drought's impact on drinking water
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  New Labor & Industrial Relations Commission Chairman-to-be Robert Cornejo;  Panel of HRCC Director Casey Wheat, Jeff Mazur, Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Flotron McIntosh's Keith Willis talk McCaskill-Hawley, Trump, more
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Proposition D (fuel tax) preview:  Comments from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) (page 61)
          P-D:  General election preview:  Three state rep races could be key to GOP veto-proof majority;  Comments from Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City), HRCC's Casey Wheat X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 20, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation Chairman Michael Bugalski pleased with Parson's emphasis on workforce development
          Missourinet:  Jasper County sheriff voices concern about changes to sex offender registry
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Corrections Director Anne Precythe still working to address union complaints, morale challenges
          AP:  State considering nontoxic shot rules in more hunting areas
          AP:  State responses to "#MeToo" complaining lean toward transparency, fairness;  In Missouri, senators and staff must sit through online training
          Washington Post's Glenn Kessler:  Criticisms of McCaskill's spouse are misleading X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Preview of B Magazine issue:  U.S. Senate contest, fuel tax proposal, more +
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on "political corruption" X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood septuagenarian says GOP's state tax cuts will lead to "small children be(ing) beaten or raped" X
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        Sunday, August 26
       
P-D:  Missouri pols remember John McCain X
          SNL:  Unclear if Hawley will seek local Catholic sex abuse files X
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party adds diocese investigation to list of Hawley criticisms X
          CDT:  Proposition B overview:  Liberals, unions spent more than $1 million to get minimum-wage measure on ballot X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democratic candidates rally at union hall;  Comments from state Senate candidate Martin Rucker II, other November runners-up
          JCNT:  State ready to implement merit-system overhaul X
          KWMU:  Missouri one of four states that don't allow teachers to be lawmakers
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports emerald ash borer found in 11 new Missouri counties
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) part of group protesting Ferguson convenience store where Michael Brown stole items and assaulted minority business owner;  Group threatens continued boycott until owners sell store to activists X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" proposal X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says initiative petition is a poor process X
          P-D letter:  Women's Business Development Center sexagenarian Jacinta Witherspoon:  Missouri should elect more gals to office X
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        Saturday, August 25
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  The Trump factor:  How the president will affect Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          SNL:  At rally at Teamsters building, McCaskill still noncommital on Kavanaugh X
          SNL:  Blunt blocks bill to bolster election cybersecurity while voicing his support X
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party board member calls GOP central committee chairman "piece of (excrement)" for shooting-gallery game at local street fair X
          The Missouri Times:  Colonel Sandra Karsten announces retirement, effective Sept. 1
          AP:  Highway Patrol leader to lead Dept. of Public Safety
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol leader to retire Sept. 1
          Missourinet:  Judge delays implementation of order that would reinstate Missouri trooper
          SNL:  Galloway accused of allowing deletion of public records X
          SE Missourian:  Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese launches inquiry in wake of reported sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's new initiative aids data geeks
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley warns Catholic bishops:  "If we get any pushback, we'll go to the public" X
          Waters:  Vote 'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" X
          Messenger:  Minimum-wage campaign features endorsements from urban business owners X
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        Friday, August 24
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt helps guide appropriations bill
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley walk tightrope in response to Manafort and Cohen X
          JCNT:  Judge sets hearing for medical marijuana proposals for Sept. 14 X
          AP:  Greitens has yet to switch voter registration to Warren County
          KWMU:  Galloway calls for more oversight of Community Improvement Districts
          P-D:  Hawley launches investigation into clergy sex crimes X
          KWMU:  Hawley launches investigation into how St. Louis Archdiocese handled sex abuse allegations
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri Catholic dioceses to let Hawley investigate potential sex crimes
          JCNT:  Jefferson City bishop invites Hawley to review clergy files X
          AP:  St. Louis Archdiocese agrees to open files to AG's office
          Columbia Missourian:  New research from MU prof shows flaws with claims of "racial profiling" in police stops
          Missourinet:  Missouri to allow Empire District to move aggressively toward wind power
          P-D:  Anthem health insurance makes deals with two main air ambulance companies to cover airlifts for Missouri customers X
          Missourinet:  New agreement covers medical costs of Anthem insurance holders to be airlifted
          SE Missourian:  Former mayor's defamation case proceeds against Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) +
          P-D editorial:  Hawley chooses the wrong side in Trump's trade war X
          KC Star op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  We will continue to fight for 'right to work' for the benefit of Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Danforth's latest anti-Trump screed X
          P-D letter:  Olivette septuagenarian attempts punchline involving Missouri drought and socialism X
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        Thursday, August 23
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt quiet on abortion conversations with Kavanaugh X
          Fox News:  Video:  Hawley says McCaskill should "quit hiding" and stand up to Democratic Party on Kavanaugh
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Leaders with Mid-Continent Nail meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
          SE Missourian:  Clean Missouri campaign comes to Cape Girardeau;  Comments from supporters Paul DeGregorio, League of Women Voters, NAACP +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) on her defeat of Jake Hummel, city schools, more
          Missourinet:  Parson visits replica Vietnam veterans wall in southeast Missouri
          KWMU:  Parson taps Cornejo for labor commission
          The Missouri Times:  Cornejo appointed to labor commission, resigns seat
          Missourinet:  Cornejo appointed to Labor Commission
          P-D:  Some small tax districts could collect forever without state law changes, Galloway finds X
          Missourinet:  Galloway report says city taxpayers on the hook for projects they didn't OK
          P-D:  Advocacy group wants Hawley to investigate church sexual abuse statewide X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 22, 2018 X
          The Missouri Times:  American Gaming Association report expects Missouri gaming landscape to remain stable
          P-D:  Attorneys make plea for man who killed former Post-Dispatch reporter X
          KWMU:  Marcellus Williams death penalty review panel hears new evidence
          Missourinet:  Man who helped O.J. Simpson evade murder conviction visits Missouri to help Marcellus Williams
          KC Star editorial:  Special taxing districts are ripping off Missouri taxpayers, and KC should hit the brakes X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Farm Bureau straw poll predicts Hawley victory
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        Wednesday, August 22
       
KWMU:  McCaskill raises familiar topics as she sits down with Kavanaugh
          P-D:  After meeting with Kavanaugh, McCaskill offers no hints X
          SNL:  Trump plans return to Missouri during fiery fall Senate race X
          AP:  Missouri Democrats hope minimum wage measure helps McCaskill
          CDT:  Bernie Sanders supporters win control of Boone County Democratic Party X
          Missourinet:  Missouri farmers can expect more details soon on trade relief package
          SNL:  Group of eight (8) urges mayor to 'end all cooperation with ICE,' compares immigration enforcement to Holocaust; July raid nabbed illegal alien with gun X
          KC Star:  Duck boat probe heads to feds;  Coast Guard points to possible criminal activity X
          P-D:  Fatal Branson duck boat sinking referred to federal proscutors;  daughter of St. Louis victim sues X
          Missourinet:  Blunt briefs Branson reporters about duck boat tragedy
          P-D:  Court records show GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell had Kansas address in 2013 X
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches one-stop-shop for state's financial data
          JCNT:  Schmitt launches transparency website X
          KRCG:  Schmitt launches accountability website X
          KOMU:  Missouri aims at government transparency with new spending website
          The Missouri Times:  New audit shows rural taxpayers forced to repeat steps due to Dept. of Revenue's system inefficiencies
          Missourinet:  System glitch leads to continual errors in car title and sales tax issues in 15 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Legislators considering overrides of Parson vetoes
          SE Missourian:  Central High School student scores 36 on ACT, tutors on popular YouTube channel;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success +
          KWMU:  Missouri asks to add addiction treatment to St. Louis health program for poor, uninsured
          Missourinet:  Missouri's community health services get $3 million in performance-based federal funding
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley must investigate sex abuse, cover-ups by Catholic clergy X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature should restore in-home care funds X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Geneva Lee:  Missouri's Annual Peformance Report is among the least stringent in the country - to the detriment of students
          SNL letters:  Springfield septuagenarian disappointed by Missouri GOP, local chambers for failure of Prop A;  Springfield sexagenarian hopes "Clean Missouri" puts an end to legislators' free "liquor" and "steak dinners" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Ameren's Russell Burger responds to letter criticizing company's tax rates +
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        Tuesday, August 21
       
KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders faces up to five years in prison for campaign fund theft X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley urges Mexican-owned company to keep Poplar Bluff factory open
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft launches probe into St. Charles County polling place, possibly changing election results
          P-D:  Investigation, recount coming in St. Charles County GOP state rep primary X
          AP:  Ashcroft investigating why polling place opened late
          JCNT:  Legal battle continues over 'A New Missouri' X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri opening up water and lands for drought relief
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri opening up public resources to aid farmers suffering through drought
          CDT:  State grass, water to help drought-stricken farmers X
          KWMU:  Missouri offers farmers help to get through drought
          AP:  Missouri opens hay, water programs for farmers amid drought
          JCNT:  Parson announces programs to help farmers X
          P-D:  Missouri officials opening up state lakes to help drought-battered ranchers X
          Missourinet:  Parson announces relief package for Missouri farmers impacted by drought
          Columbia Missourian:  Farmers impacted by the summer drought can get state and federal assistance
          Missourinet:  Missouri school transportation budget running on fumes with $200 million funding gap
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill will do what Republicans would not in 2016 - consider a Supreme Court nominee X
          P-D editorial:  After kid-gloves treatment of Greitens, prosecutor gets his comeuppance X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should pass more laws to protect domestic violence victims X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Missourians deserve quality health care at affordable prices X
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        Monday, August 20
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Claire McCaskill on Obamacare, Kavanaugh, dark money, more
          AP:  Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers' crops, cattle
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ethics Commission closes Greitens case after prosecutor declines to file charges
          KC Star:  Dark money having a big impact on 2018 campaigns;  Comments from conservatives James Harris, Jeff Roe, John Hancock, liberal Sean Nicholson X
          Missourinet:  Libla wants more funding to support Missouri State Fair
          Missourinet:  New law expected to reduce Missouri's sex offender registry count
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's new license tag law unlikely to help
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) and Susan B. Anthony List's Marjorie Dannenfelser:  McCaskill should vote to confirm Kavanaugh +
          Messenger:  Lawmakers, competitor await answers from Missouri on questionable Medicaid bid X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man wants Missouri Republican Party to criticize Trump X
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        Sunday, August 19
       
Sedalia Democrat:  McCaskill, Hawley talk agriculture during Missouri State Fair visit
          KC Star:  Hartzler leading effort to attract USDA jobs to Missouri X
          KNPG (St. Joseph):  Video:  Three's a crowd with medical marijuana measures
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony and Lucinda Luetkemeyer among those appearing at Buchanan County GOP office grand opening
          P-D:  Staffing shortages widespread in Missouri nursing homes X
          SNL op-ed:  Raise Missouri's minimum wage to boost businesses X
          KC Star letters:  Responses to Star joining coordinated anti-Trump editorial campaign X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian criticizes Hawley for hemming and hawing on ballot issues X
          P-D letter:  Area senior citizen claims to have gathered "hundreds" of signatures for Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, August 18
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down McCaskill's vote on Kavanaugh, liberals' dark money for minimum-wage hike, and Saundra McDowell's residency issue
          The Missouri Times:  GOP poll has Hawley leading McCaskill by 7
          Missourinet:  Nail company's temporary predicament underscores trade differences in McCaskill-Hawley race
          SNL:  Dinesh D'Souza coming to town Aug. 30 for Springfield Pro-Life Event X
          The Missouri Times:  Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson declines to file charges against Greitens, again
          JCNT:  Ethics Commission closes Greitens case after Richardson declines to prosecute X
          P-D:  Greitens again avoids prosecution in Cole County after allegedly lying in campaign report X
          AP:  Prosecutor won't charge Greitens despite ethics panel review
          KC Star:  Prosecutor won't file charges in Greitens case X
          KWMU:  Activists' "Dark Money" video to be viewed for total of six (6) days at Delmar Loop theatre
          The Missouri Times:  Long-term growth figures have Missouri's labor force surpassing 3 million in 2026
          Missourinet:  At State Fair, Ashcroft praises Missouri's farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Drew Juden departing Department of Public Safety, Sandra Karsten to serve as acting director
          Missourinet:  Parson drops Missouri's top cop
          P-D:  Parson ousts Missouri's top cop X
          AP:  Drew Juden stepping down as Missouri public safety director
          KWMU:  Juden out as public safety director;  Parson names Karsten as interim leader
          Missourinet:  Legislative path for 'right to work' redo unclear
          CDT:  Hawley responds to execution appeal X
          JCNT editorial:  The tangled issues of hair braiding X
          KC Star editorial:  City dumps $100,000 to bring Missouri Black America Pageant to town, but blacks aren't any safer than last year X
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club officer wants McCaskill to vote "No" on Kavanaugh X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian says Josh Hawley supports "religious discrimination" X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian dislikes Hawley's support for Christian issues X
          P-D letter:  Area liberal organizes September "fun run" for Clean Missouri X
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        Friday, August 17
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley on trade and tariffs
        Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn talk Missouri's drought
        KWMU:  Parson talks infrastructure and drought at Missouri State Fair
        Missourinet:  USDA designates 25 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought
        Missourinet:  Drought is the talk of Ham Breakfast;  Comments from Cleaver, Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg), MO Ag Director Chris Chinn
        KC Star:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver wants Congress questioning banks asking for proof of citizenship X
        Missourinet:  More duck boat lawsuits pour in;  Man who jumped in water from nearby showboat sues for "emotional distress"
        SNL:  Mapped:  Greene County election results for Prop A, other races X
        JCNT:  League of Women Voters support "Clean Missouri" amendment;  Area seniors shuffle through Kirkpatrick lobby, serve as backdrop for mini-rally X
        JCNT:  Callahan to hear arguments in challenge to voter ID law X
        The Missouri Times:  Politicos lament passing of Sam Richardson
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 15, 2018
        Columbia Missourian:  Emerald ash borer invades ash trees in 11 more Missouri counties
        SNL:  They may be cute, but wild otters have been 'on a rampage' at Taneycomo trout businesses;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Conservation X
        AP:  Hawley sues over conditions at St. Louis housing complex
        KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft should support early voting X
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Aaron Baker:  Cindy O'Laughlin proves the state Senate isn't reserved for just state representatives
        Columbia Missourian's Katherine Reed:  Trump to blame for "trickle-down hate" aimed at journalists;  Anonymous coed spins yarn about men spitting on her at polling place
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        Thursday, August 16
       
KWMU:  McCaskill under pressure from both sides of the aisle as she considers Supreme Court vote
          Missourinet:  McCaskill opposes Hawley's Obamacare-repeal effort
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley continue debate over debates
          KWMU:  EPA tests more homes in St. Francois County for lead pollution;  Self-described "crunchy mom," others excited for results
          KWMU:  Feds dump $3 million into Missouri community health centers
          The Missouri Times:  "Nonpartisan" League of Women Voters in Missouri endorses "CLEAN Missouri"
          SNL:  Financial woes, residency question become early focus in Missouri state auditor's race X
          KC Star:  GOP auditor candidate Saundra McDowell's campaign prepares to deal with quibbling over residency X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Local historian and political leader Sam Richardson passes away Wednesday
          Missourinet:  Governor's Ham Breakfast takes place this morning in Sedalia
          P-D:  Special prosecutor to investigate Al Watkins for violating gag order X
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to lowest rate since June 2000
          P-D:  Cole County jury awards Missouri prison guards $113 million in back pay X
          AP:  Missouri corrections officers win $113.7 million in lawsuit
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley drops defense of old law, encourages Board of Cosmetology to implement new hair braiders' law
          KC Star editorial:  Nationwide anti-Trump editorial campaign:  Kansas City Star version X
          P-D editorial:  Nationwide anti-Trump editorial campaign:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch version X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Missouri's cruel cuts will send some disabled into nursing homes X
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        Wednesday, August 15
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Scout-TJP Strategies (D) poll shows McCaskill-Hawley tied, McDowell leading Galloway
          Columbia Missourian:  Concerned Women for America support Kavanaugh as Supreme Court judge
          The Missouri Times:  Kander's book tour makes stop in Jefferson City
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Scout-TJP Strategies (D) poll shows support for initiative petitions
          Joplin Globe:  Marijuana initiative organizer sues to get other two removed from ballot
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw seeks to snuff out competing medical marijuana questions on Missouri ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to remove fuel tax increase from ballot
          KWMU:  Proposed fuel tax increase remains on Missouri ballot
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit to block public vote on Missouri gas tax hike dismissed
          JCNT:  Judge keeps gas tax on November ballot X
          AP:  Missouri judge rules for gas tax hike on Nov. 6 ballot
          KRCG:  Judge rules gas tax ballot question can proceed
          KMIZ:  Court dismisses lawsuit challenging gas tax ballot measure
          P-D:  Judge says Missouri gas tax question can stay on ballot X
          AP:  Missouri Democratic Party cuts tenet welcoming pro-life candidates
          KWMU:  State of Missouri flush with cash - for now
          P-D:  Greitens case goes on, as special prosecutor will investigate Clayton lawyer Al Watkins X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Parson makes important tour
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cindy O'Laughlin:  Don't let the liberal Missouri Rural Crisis Center dictate agriculture policy in Missouri
          Messenger:  Cole County prosecutor ignored Hawley, Galloway in public corruption case X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Softening online scourge of long-past indiscretions +
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        Tuesday, August 14
       
The Missouri Times:  New radio show "Show Me Missourah" to highlight state's counties;  Show is sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau, hosted by Scott Faughn
          Clayton Times:  On new "Show Me Missourah" radio show, Jay Nixon talks 'right to work'
          SE Missourian:  Pro-life activists rally outside McCaskill's office, urge senior Senator to support Kavanaugh +
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley differ on Obamacare
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley have sharp divide on border wall
          P-D:  U.S. Senate election preview:  McCaskill, Hawley on medical marijuana and other November ballot issues X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jason Kander's book tour makes stop in St. Louis
          Riverfront Times:  Missouri Democrats delete platform's pro-life welcome, reversing July vote
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, Reps. Mike Revis and Becky Ruth talk defeat of 'right to work,' more
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway campaign calls McDowell's finances into question;  McDowell says attacks are 'wildly inappropriate'
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson talks transportation, workforce issues at several stops in area;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan
          Missourinet:  Nine new faces to join Missouri Senate in January
          Missourinet:  DESE updating accountability measures on charter school sponsors
          KC Star:  North Kansas City school district installs gender-neutral bathrooms X
          AP:  New law to curb expired license tags in Missouri
          CDT:  Trinity Lutheran seeks $884k in legal fees;  Hawley takes issue with hourly rates, "luxury travel accomodations and dinner for plaintiff's representatives" X
          KWMU:  New report from Auditor Nicole Galloway addresses Ferguson municipal court changes
          AP:  Audit finds changes took place at Ferguson municipal court
          P-D:  Galloway reports changes made to Ferguson court system X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Democrats impose pro-choice purity test ahead of midterms X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Bill Clay Sr. says some Democrats are fighting with the wrong people X
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        Monday, August 13
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley have similar positions on rural post offices
          JCNT:  Jason Kander's book tour to make stop in Jefferson City X
          AP:  North Dakota, feds battle with Missouri over river project
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democrat Martin Rucker II thinks he has a chance to win state Senate seat
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Film insiders push for Missouri tax incentives
          Columbia Missourian:  New advocacy group to lobby Missouri legislators on behalf of the disabled
          KC Star editorial:  A McCaskill-Hawley flatbed-truck debate? We'd be so lucky X
          SE Missourian editorial:  A big 'thank you' to election workers +
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on health care X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas liberal disagrees with Missouri conservatives on Kavanaugh X
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        Sunday, August 12
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  General election profile:  Claire McCaskill is a bold, raging centrist X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  General election profile:  Josh Hawley uses his office to sue over religious issues X
          SE Missourian:  Prop A draws "no" votes from area Republicans +
          JCNT:  Auditor's race generates early heat X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Turnout and ballot issues:  Labor in August, marijuana in November
          CDT:  Dems, GOP weigh in on what primary turnout numbers mean for general election X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Dems interpret election turnout as "blue wave;"  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Ameren trying to game system, forgo $20 million in taxes owed +
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        Saturday, August 11
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Josh Hawley
          JCNT:  McCaskill, Hawley discuss federal policy, goals with Missouri Farm Bureau PAC members X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Josh Hawley by 82-4 vote
          KC Star:  After Farm Bureau endorsement defeat, McCaskill makes stop at Boulevard Brewing Company X
          AP:  Hawley wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement
          JCNT:  McCaskill media event features criticism of Trump tariffs X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jason Kander to promote his book, "Outside the Wire," and take calls Monday afternoon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lindell Shumake says Republicans will rally around Cindy O'Laughlin in state Senate race
          Washington Missourian:  John Simmons wins 109th House District primary, defeating two opponents X
          KC Star:  Fringe GOP candidate running in safe Democratic district racked up more than $12,000 in child support debt X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ethics Commission subpoenas for Greitens' non-profit bank records
          KWMU:  Dome of Missouri Capitol closes for two years of renovation
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill vs. Hawley - it's going to be a mudslinger X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  'Right to work' supporters took lackadaisical approach X
          KC Star editorial:  GOP nominee who said 'Hitler was right' ran on anti-Muslim, anti-gay platform X
          Priddy:  A brief history of the origins of Missourinet (2,202 words)
          KC Star letter:  Liberty man angered by suggestion that 'right to work' could make a legislative comeback X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says 'right to work' legislative passage was due to "gratuities, contributions and dark money" X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian attemps analogy involving 'right to work' and 2010 dog-breeding referendum X
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit man says Missouri initative petition system leads to "mop [sic] rule" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man thanks County Clerk Kara Summers, her staff, and volunteers for another well-run election +
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        Friday, August 10
       
P-D:  Hawley talks Kavanaugh, media, more at St. Charles stop X
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley disagree over debate logistics X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves talks trade, river issues ahead of November re-election
          Missourinet:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expected in Kansas City in December for national conference on violent crime
          P-D:  Jason Kander to sign copies of his book Monday in Clayton X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Gov. Jay Nixon talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Gov. Parson, Ferguson race riots and fallout, dealing with the media, more
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage hike to appear on November ballots
          JCNT:  Lawsuit challenges 'Clean Missouri' amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' could be revisited by Legislature
          CDT:  McDowell victory in auditor primary surprises GOP X
          P-D:  Galloway slams McDowell over debts and court cases X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  After O'Laughlin victory, other GOP state Senate candidates react to primary defeat
          P-D:  Two recounts could be on tap in on St. Charles County Missouri House district;  Comments from candidates, Rich Chrismer Sr., Paul DeGregorio, Ashcroft's Maura Browning X
          KC Star:  Man who won GOP primary in safe Dem district critical of Islam, Judaism;  Steve West to fill GOP ballot slot in Rep. Jon Carpenter's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue Director Joel Walters elected to Multistate Tax Commission Executive Committee
          P-D:  Millions in settlement money from Volkswagen emissions scandal to fund upgrades to Missouri school buses, other vehicles X
          KWMU:  Missouri Hospital Association study says more Missouri health workers are leaving their jobs behind
          KWMU:  Missouri's clean energy industry is growing but some employers say hiring isn't easy
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation celebrates "Appointments Project" milestone with 90th Missouri or Kansas appointee
          P-D editorial:  To win re-election, Hawley must distance himself from Trump X
          KC Star editorial:  Organized labor won big in Missouri 'right to work' election. What should unions do next? X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers won't save KC. What will city leaders do to reduce gun violence? X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. prof says state legislators should pass "Safe Harbor" laws for sex-trafficking victims X
          Columbia Missourian group op-ed:  Mizzou coeds say state government is easing up on CAFO regulations, and it's totally not fair
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says defeat of Prop A a victory for "crooked idiots" X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville pipefitter pleased by defeat of 'right to work' X
          KC Star letters:  Peculiar, Mo. septuagenarian calls for revenge on state legislators who supported 'right to work';  KC man says Prop A vote will ultimately hurt Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Man who voted against 'right to work' wonders why Post-Dispatch didn't get in a tizzy about photo featuring white male union leadership X
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        Thursday, August 9
       
Rosenbaum:  Taking stock of some historic, and confounding, primary results
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann talk McCaskill-Hawley, Proposition A, Ann Wagner's re-election opponent, more
          The Missouri Times:  Wading through Tuesday's results:  Increased turnout, wave of diversity, and a few surprises
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley agree on need to debate but differ on particulars
          SNL:  Senate race between McCaskill, Hawley will be brutal X
          P-D:  McCaskill-Hawley battle will be, in part, a referendum on Trump X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley weigh in on tariffs
          CDT:  Pro-life activists rally outside McCaskill's office;  Groups want McCaskill to support Kavanaugh X
          Missourinet:  Holly Rehder looks ahead after 'right to work' defeat
          P-D:  After rout, some Missouri Republicans suggest taking a breather on 'right to work' X
          Columbia Missourian:  "Right to work" defeat margin thinner in Boone County than statewide
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri agencies continue to explore how to help drought-impacted farmers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 8, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Paper rolls out new policy for "de-listing" some crime stories after 6 years +
          KWMU:  Four years after Michael Brown's assault on officer Darren Wilson, activists still unhappy with "racial equity"
          KC Star editorial:  'Right to work' rejected loud and clear;  Missouri lawmakers should respect voters' decision X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators should respect the peoples' will on 'right to work' X
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        Wednesday, August 8   Primary election results
       
KWMU:  Hawley and McCaskill set for November collision course;  Clay easily beats Bush
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Mannies & Rosenbaum to break down yesterday's election results
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Hawley primed for November election;  Debate over debates begins
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley exchange barbs after securing nominations
          KC Star:  McCaskill-Hawley matchup set X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley primary wins set up nationally-watched U.S. Senate race X
          AP:  Primary sets up McCaskill-Hawley clash in November
          P-D:  Clay, Wagner win primary races X
          SNL:  Jamie Schoolcraft to fill Democratic ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election X
          CDT:  Renee Hoagenson edges Hallie Thompson in 4th District Democratic primary X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hoagenson wins Democratic primary to take on Vicky Hartzler
          The Missouri Times:  McDowell locks down GOP nomination in auditor primary
          KWMU:  Missouri voters deliver big win for unions with repeal of 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voters shoot down 'right to work' measure
          SNL:  'Right to work' rejected by popular vote X
          AP:  Missouri voters reject law banning compulsory union fees
          Missourinet:  Unions win major victory with failure of Proposition A
          P-D:  Voters reject 'right to work' measure X
          KC Star:  Voters give unions a victory with 'right to work' defeat X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer's big lead in Platte County makes difference in primary win
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Harry Roberts says he has "no sour grapes" after election loss
          The Missouri Times:  Tony Luetkemeyer defeats Harry Roberts in ugly battle for Schaaf's seat
          Missourinet:  Cindy O'Laughlin wins GOP state Senate primary for Munzlinger's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Justin Brown wins three-way primary for father's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Brian Williams wins Democratic primary to replace Chappelle-Nadal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sheila Solon wins House District 9 primary
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears arguments in lawsuit challenging fuel tax ballot measure
          KWMU:  Judge weights whether to strip fuel tax increase from Missouri's November ballot
          SNL:  NTSB releases 'preliminary' duck boat report X
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals reverses PSC's decision on electronic vehicle charging stations
          Helling:  Trump will loom large in Missouri's midterm election X
          Messenger:  After long battle to change Missouri law, hair-braiders still being blocked by state X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian wants Sam Graves to support Bernie Sanders' Medicare proposal X
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        Tuesday, August 7   Primary Election Results (available after 7 p.m.)
       
KWMU:  What to watch for in today's primary elections
          Missourinet:  Labor has large spending advantage heading into today's Proposition A vote
          CDT:  Missouri officials look to improve election security X
          Missourinet:  Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID and minimizing voter fraud
          SE Missourian:  Federal program to provide free meals for all Cape district students for 4 years +
          SE Missourian:  Sheriff John Jordan announces resignation, will be confirmed by U.S. Senate for federal marshal post +
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians will have three options for legalizing marijuana on November ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit filed to keep "Clean Missouri" off November ballot
          P-D:  After moving to Warren County, Greitens yet to update voter registration X
          The Missouri Times:  State workers' premiums set to rise in 2019;  Legislators' delays of state worker raises set to keep rates from further increases
          KWMU:  School district uses Missouri law to arm staff for first time
          AP:  Missouri agency not referring many new dog breeders to state
          AP:  Ex-judges to review evidence in Missouri death penalty case
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Michigan transplant unhappy with Missouri's election laws
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        Monday, August 6   Primary Eve
       
NBC News:  Meet the Press:  Roy Blunt talks Trump and media bias, election hacking, more (transcript)
          NBC News:  Meet the Press:  Video clip of Blunt interview
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Paul Curtman;  Debate between Senate District 18 GOP candidates Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake, Nate Walker
          Washington Missourian:  Union Mayor Mike Livengood says he did not endorse candidate in GOP state rep primary X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to speak at opening of State Fair on Thursday
          Columbia Missourian:  Timeline:  First two months of the Parson administration
          SNL:  Missouri Highway Patrol steps up presence in schools X
          KWMU:  Wash U. hosts gun-control symposium
          KC Star endorsement:  Josh Hawley in GOP U.S. Senate primary X
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Proposition A X
          CDT endorsement:  No on Proposition A X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Finally, progress for St. Joseph Regional Port Authority X
          SNL op-ed:  Don't limit access to air medical support X
          P-D letter:  Steelville man says McCaskill's bill on air ambulances could harm constituents X
          KC Star letter:  Belton man says duck boat accident was due to bad decision-making, not boat design X
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven septuagenarian plans to prove a point at polling place Tuesday by refusing to show ID X
          P-D letter:  Entrepreneur Martin Casas says losing an election isn't the end of the world X
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        Sunday, August 5
       
Columbia Missourian:  Spending a day with two political canvassers:  Young conservative woman, who converted from liberalism, promotes GOP candidates;  Liberal Minnesota man, sporting man bun, imported into Missouri for the week to oppose Proposition A
          AP:  Unions outspend 'right to work' supporters 3-to-1 ahead of Tuesday's vote
          St. Joseph News-Press:  A $1 million race for state Senate seat:  Tony Luetkemeyer vs. Harry Roberts hits the final stretch
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 30, 2018
          KC Star:  Lawmakers question Greitens-era consulting contracts X
          SNL:  Despite Idaho trouble, Missouri to provide prisoners with free JPay tablets X
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B, November's minimum-wage ballot measure X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill doesn't deserve smears and disrespect from Hawley camp X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Attack on McCaskill straight from the gutter X
          SNL op-ed:  State Treasurer Nicole Galloway:  How we work to protect taxpayers X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man says Proposition A means more freedom for workers X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood octogenarian says Proposition A will lead to buildings falling down and electrocutions X
          The Missouri Times letter:  Former Sen. John Cauthorn:  Cindy O'Laughlin flakes on candidate debates and won't show up for northeast Missourians either
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Making tax cuts permanent would help Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  New MU J-School prof misses primary election registration deadline, blames Missouri election laws
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        Saturday, August 4
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill visits Cape, talks tariff 'damage' +
          Missourinet:  Graves, Long, Smith weigh in on tariffs
          P-D:  McCaskill to meet with Kavanaugh later this month X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  David Steelman talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about University of Missouri leadership, 2015 race agitation, how Greitens put presidential run ahead of the interests of Missourians, more
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Paul Curtman
          CDT:  Curtman takes aim at GOP primary opponent David Wasinger X
          The Missouri Times:  More than $10 million total spent on 'right to work' battle
          The Missouri Times:  Local Democratic legislative candidates oppose 'right to work'
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 97 GOP primary:  Phil Amato vs. Mary Elizabeth Coleman vs. David Linton
          P-D:  Ad check:  GOP state rep candidate Ron Hicks misrepresents primary opponent Bryan Cooper's Missouri Right to Life endorsement X
          P-D:  Primary previews:  Local Democratic state rep primaries X
          KWMU:  Beyond the Headlines:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk Prop A, Ann Wagner's re-election, state legislative races, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group pushing November minimum wage issue begins business-owner endorsement media campaign X
          SNL:  Some local businesses back November minimum-wage proposal X
          Missourinet:  Missouri shoppers hit retail stores for tax-free "Back to School" weekend
          SNL:  What to know about Missouri's sales tax holiday X
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County, other counties sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid problem;  Presiding commissioner says state government needs monitoring program +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri S&T student named to UM System governing board
          Dunklin Daily Democrat:  MO DHSS' Bed Bug Task Force to provide information on avoiding infestations X
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants Parson to pardon arsonist;  Joshua Williams was caught on video trying to set fire to QuikTrip
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        Friday, August 3
       
KWMU:  Missouri to see modest Obamacare rate increases
          P-D:  ICE investigating van full of illegal aliens in Eureka;  Driver still on the loose X
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says Donald Trump is only world leader willing to stand up to China on trade
          SE Missourian:  Hawley:  U.S. needs to invest in drug treatment programs for opioid addiction +
          KWMU:  Q&A with Congressman Bill Clay:  On his primary opponent's dark money, "rookie mistakes" of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Primary preview:  6th Congressional District Democratic primary:  Three candidates compete for right to lose in November
          KWMU:  Five statewide issues - including three legalizing medical marijuana - will be on November ballot
          SNL:  Medical marijuana approved for November ballot X
          AP:  Minimum wage hike, medical pot make Missouri's November ballot
          P-D:  Voters will decide medical marijuana, "CLEAN Missouri," minimum wage on November ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          SNL:  In Springfield, Parson urges support for 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Primary preview:  Senate District 18 (Brian Munzlinger's seat)
          The Missouri Times:  Cindy O'Laughlin responds to attack ads;  Missouri Chamber says MATA is trying to buy Senate seat
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 79 (Michael Butler's seat):  LaKeySha Bosley vs. J.P. Johnson vs. Reign Harris
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 109 (Paul Curtman's seat):  Kevin Juergens vs. Bob Oreskovic vs. John Simmons
          Washington Missourian:  Primary preview:  House District 109 X
          The Missouri Times:  David Willis joins Catalyst's government relations team
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Jones named assistant CEO for Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, will succeed Barry Hart as CEO in January
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson tours KC with Sly James, Lyda Krewson X
          KWMU:  It's time for Missouri's back-to-school tax-free weekend
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, reports drop in third-quarter earnings and revenue X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson should be applauded for meeting with urban mayors X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Big shopping weekend in store with tax holiday +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former Rep. Myron Neth:  On political discourse and the obsession with disagreement
          Messenger:  Some Trump supporters upset that Missouri GOP anointed Hawley before the primary X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  Missouri can't afford to miss economic opportunities 'right to work' offers
          P-D's Jesse Bogan:  Pope Francis' new effort to abolish the death penalty worldwide reaches Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says 'right to work' would make Missouri more competitive X
          P-D letter:  Glendale man dislikes Missouri Chamber, Sinquefield, Humphreys, 'right to work' X
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        Thursday, August 2
       
KWMU:  Primary preview:  GOP U.S. Senate primary
          KWMU:  Q&A with 1st Congressional Democratic candidate Cori Bush
          P-D:  Primary preview:  GOP state auditor race X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' referendum
          KC Star:  Primary preview:  Unions enjoy large cash advantage in Prop A battle X
          Drebes:  Billionaires for Clean Missouri
          KC Star:  Dark money flows in race for Schaaf's seat X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 73 (Courtney Curtis' seat):  Floyd Blackwell vs. Raychel Proudie vs. Lee Smith
          AP:  Monthly survey:  Midwest economy growing slower
          The Missouri Times:  Lamar soon to be home of new seed coating plant;  Comments from Parson, Missouri Partnership's Steve Johnson
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Parson tours Guard facility in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) cautions lawmakers about drafting duck boat regulations
          AP:  Inspection terms indicate duck boat was in violation
          KC Star:  Duck boat battled winds twice what Coast Guard allowed X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri names new director of motor carrier services
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri, the state's largest utility, is the first to pass corporate tax cut on to customers
          SNL:  Hawley sues gun-concealing furniture company X
          P-D editorial:  GOP state rep candidate Hardy Billington's position on LGBTQIA* issues proves he's a bigot X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Obamacare rates rise 4 to 7 percent in Missouri as Trump tries to undermine predecessor's heroic efforts X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Chuck Hatfield:  Democracy gone wild:  The good and bad of Missouri's initiatives and referenda
          SE Missourian letter:  National Right to Work's Mark Mix:  Yes on Prop A means freedom for workers, more jobs +
          SE Missourian letter:  Oran septuagenarian disagrees with Holly Rehder on 'right to work' +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man disagrees with Parson on abortion X
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        Wednesday, August 1
       
August 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt says Kavanaugh nomination will move forward
          AP:  Blunt backs Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
          SNL:  ICE nabs six illegal aliens working at Marshfield Mexican restaurant X
          Missourinet:  Following announcements of lawsuit and criminal investigation, McCaskill introduces duck boat bill
          P-D:  Duck boat safety target of measure introduced by McCaskill after Table Rock tragedy X
          KC Star:  KC man submits signatures to appear on U.S. Senate ballot as independent X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Lacy Clay's primary challenger to appear on air today
          P-D:  Hawaii congresswoman endorses Mark Osmack in four-way Democratic primary for Ann Wagner's re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Neither 4th District Libertarian candidate has filed FEC reports
          The Missouri Times:  August primary:  What we learned from the 8-Days-Out reports
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Saundra McDowell
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor candidate profile:  Kevin Roach
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Lindell Shumake
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 86 (Joe Adams' seat):  Maria Chappelle-Nadal vs. others
          CDT:  Contribution limits not affecting local House races X
          SE Missourian:  State's annual sales tax holiday coming up this weekend +
          AP:  Ameren customers to see rate decrease starting today
          SNL:  City Utilities shouldn't pay lobbyists, says Springfield Sierra Club X
          Missourinet:  Hawley says The Offsets recreational area "poses a serious danger to the public"
          SNL:  Ash tree-killing beetle found in Springfield;  Invasive species infests area, destroys property X
          AP:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) seeks pardon for rioter;  Joshua Williams was caught on video attempting to set QuikTrip on fire
          KC Star editorial:  Club for Growth ad against McCaskill is disgusting X
          Priddy:  Text of speech to Missouri Broadcasters Association about "fake news," corporate ownership influencing reporting, etc. (1178 words)
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City):  Missouri's prevailing wage law helps all workers, and the state X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon septuagenarian angered by Missouri GOP congressional delegation's "cowardly" votes X
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        Tuesday, July 31
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Josh Hawley talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about Kavanaugh, tariffs, Russia, more
          CDT:  Hartzler urges patience on trade, Russia X
          CDT:  Eight (8) days before primary election, 4th Congressional Democratic candidate holds anti-hacking education session;  Crowd of ten (10) seasoned citizens joke about inability to remember passwords X
          SNL:  Family sues after couple killed in duck boat X
          SNL:  $100M lawsuit calls duck boats "death traps" X
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches criminal investigation into Branson Duck Boat incident
          KWMU:  Public housing residents no longer allowed to smoke in facilities
          SE Missourian:  Missouri spending millions on election security +
          SNL:  SOS Jay Aschroft weighs in on McCaskill and Russian hacking hubbub X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission names Liz Ziegler as new director
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before-primary reports:  State auditor candidates
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf files ethics complaint, says dark money trying to influence state Senate election
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf files complaint against Darlington Road Corporation, saying billboards were meant to influence voters in SD 34 election
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before-primary reports:  Missouri Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Cindy O'Laughlin
          The Missouri Times:  Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Nate Walker
          The Missouri Times:  8-days-before primary reports:  Missouri House candidates
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri House District 110:  Dottie Bailey vs. Matt Doell for Kirk Mathews' seat
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri House District 87:  Steve Butz vs. Travis Estes for Fred Wessels' seat
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission takes action to assist counties facing severe drought
          P-D:  Hawley sues to close popular recreation cove after two more drowning deaths X
          AP:  Hawley sues owners of eastern Missouri quarry after drowning deaths
          P-D endorsement:  'No' on Proposition A X
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  St. Louis Public Radio has too many experienced white male reporters, and we're working to change that;  New hiring approach includes non-binary gender humanoid recruiting, whites-need-not-apply "Sharing America" grant, more
          SE Missourian letter:  Construction worker opposes Proposition A +
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        Monday, July 30
       
Washington Examiner: Club for Growth targets McCaskill with hard-hitting ad about Shepard, domestic violence
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  VA secretary, federal spending, health care policies, more X
          Missourinet:  New U.S. attorney for Western Missouri sworn in;  Tim Garrison talks importance of locking up members of Mexican drug cartels
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dave Schatz, Steve Stenger debate Proposition A;  Senate District 14 Democrats Joe Adams, Sharon Pace, Brian Williams talk priorities
          SE Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition A +
          KC Star op-ed:  Trump campaign's Brad Parscale:  McCaskill can side with Missouri - or extremist Democrats - on Kavanaugh X
          Messenger:  Americans for Prosperity's Proposition A mail piece is deceptive X
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on gun control X
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner should oppose adoption bill that's not pro-LGBTQIA* enough X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian applauds Aisha Sultan column on Democratic "pink wave;"  Gaggle of liberal gals will totally win their elections in Trump terrritory X
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        Sunday, July 29
       
KWMU:  Gov. Parson, Ann Wagner rally grassroots troops as part of GOP's National Week of Action
          SNL:  Primary preview:  McCaskill, Hawley expected to roll to wins in U.S. Senate primaries X
          KC Star:  Labor rallies against 'right to work' measure;  Local boss says unions importing muscle from Los Angeles, Kansas to defeat Missouri's Proposition A X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th Senate District candidates answer Prop A, tax cut questions X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60 Democrats weigh in on smoking at the Capitol X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries seeks president & CEO
          CDT:  Law professor to publish 'lessons' from 2015 University of Missouri race agitations X
          P-D editorial:  Lack of regulatory action to blame for duck boat tragedy, local traffic death X
          P-D editorial:  Russia meddles in Missouri elections. Where does Josh Hawley stand? X
          JCNT editorial:  Parson takes welcome steps to address drought X
          SNL op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  Missouri supports Branson, families X
          CDT op-ed:  Improving K-12 education through school choice programs X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal wants Missouri Hospital Association to push Medicaid expansion ballot initiative X
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        Saturday, July 28
       
SE Missourian:  On farm tour, Smith backs Trump's tariffs, urges patience +
          P-D:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon weighs in on Trump tariffs X
          KWMU:  McCaskill calls for tougher federal response to Russian hackers
          SNL:  How does digital "screen time" affect kids? Blunt supports funding for research X
          KC Star:  Congress didn't act after 1999 duck boat accident;  Some say action needed after Branson X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), family work with U.S. Coast Guard and State Patrol to retrieve sunken duck boat
          Columbia Missourian:  U.S. Congressional District 4 Democratic candidate profile:  Renee Hoagenson
          Columbia Missourian:  U.S. Congressional District 4 Democratic candidate profile:  Hallie Thompson
          KC Star:  U.S. attorney clears David Humphreys of wrongdoing in pay-to-play controversy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jack Cardetti, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) debate Proposition A
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 87:  Sam Gladney vs. Ian Mackey for Stacey Newman's seat
          The Missouri Times:  House District 87 candidate profile:  Sam Gladney
          P-D:  GOP state rep candidate Hardy Billington maintains consistent views on LGBTQIA* issues X
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield re-emerges
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 23, 2018
          CDT:  Choi gets two-year contract extension from curators X
          AP:  University of Missouri President Mun Choi given 2-year contract extension
          KC Star:  UM System President Mun Choi refuses pay raise on contract extension X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Appeals court rules on school attendance challenge X
          Washington Missourian:  Paramedics can become public safety officers thanks to Senate Bill 870 X
          P-D:  More funding for public defenders, push for clemency among measures to be pursued to stem mass incarceration in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  National groups call for inmates to go on strike August 21
          KC Star editorial:  Whether you love or loathe Claire McCaskill, Russia's attempted hack is an outrage X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington octogenarian opposes Proposition A X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian wants state lawmakers to fund Maternal Mortality Review Board X
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        Friday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Trump touts tariffs at Granite City steel mill
          P-D:  Trump touts tariffs at Granite City steel plant +
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Trump's Granite City speech
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt request drought help for Missouri farmers and ranchers
          JCNT:  DNR drought committee begins discussions X
          P-D:  From drinking water to farms, drought's effect creeping across Missouri X
          KC Star:  Missouri's federal and state lawmakers weigh in on Duck Boat tragedy and proposed legislation X
          Missourinet:  Russians sent phishing e-mails to McCaskill's U.S. Senate staffers
          AP:  McCaskill confirms Russian hacking attempt on her Senate office e-mails
          KC Star:  'Putin is a thug,' McCaskill says after reported Russian hacking attempt X
          Columbia Misssourian:  Primary preview:  Vicky Hartzler's re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  John Webb mounts his third Dem congressional campaign
          SNL:  Missouri unions winning 'right to work' money battle - and it's not close X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jack Cardetti, Bob Onder to debate Proposition A today
          Misssourinet:  Overview:  Proposition A
          P-D:  St. Louis police union wants former president Gary Wiegert to stop stumping for Proposition A X
          P-D:  GOP state legislative candidates hold diverse positions on Proposition A X
          AP:  Jim Talent leads effort to oppose Clean Missouri's "gerrymandering"
          CDT:  Local union official organizes socialist group meeting;  Democratic state rep candidate, others mastermind plan to "chip away at and eventually abolish capitalism" X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party hands daughter of former mayor the title of "Southern Missouri Political Director";  Idealistic young woman set to burn summer, fall trying to turn Bootheel blue +
          Columbia Missourian:  Area youngster overcomes dyslexia, lobbies state legislators on behalf of disabled little brother
          Drebes:  State looks for help in identifying "federal revenue enhancement opportunities"
          The Missouri Times:  Americans for Prosperity, ACLU bring together bipartisan panel to discuss "mass incarceration"
          The Missouri Times:  State reimbursements to county jails questioned in new lawsuit over jail bills
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers plan September hearing on state Department of Agriculture funding concerns
          KWMU:  Missouri could offset emissions from agriculture by conserving the soil, climate-change group says
          P-D editorial:  Hawley should drop Obamacare lawsuit X
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        Thursday, July 26
       
Morning Consult:  America's most and least popular senators;  Trump's approval rating in Missouri six points higher than McCaskill
          Missourinet:  McCaskill one of only two vulnerable senators trailing Trump's approval rating
          P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen giving away a machine that makes gun parts X
          KC Star:  Petersen giving away machine which can build part of AR-15 X
          Missourinet:  Petersen campaign benefits from media freakout over giveaway
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt split on $12 billion payout to farmers impacted by trade negotiations X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri farmer says trade issues 'not just China'
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt receives Brewers Association Legislative Champion Award
          P-D:  Ann Wagner responds to lawsuit, First Amendment criticisms of new anti-sex-trafficking law X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  1st Congressional District:  Lacy Clay vs. Cori Bush
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  2nd Congressional Democrats line up to fill ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          The Missouri Times:  Wasinger hits the TV airwaves with new ad
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri Senate District 18:  Cindy O'Laughlin vs. Craig Redmon vs. Lindell Shumake vs. Nate Walker
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate District 18 candidate profile:  Craig Redmon (R-Canton)
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  House District 110 GOP primary for Kirk Mathews' seat:  Dottie Bailey vs. Matt Doell
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson meets with colleagues in Colorado
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of July 25, 2018
          Missourinet:  Hawley issues new subpoena to Google for possible violations of Missouri antitrust laws
          KWMU:  Cortex MetroLink station set to open;  "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]" recommends change to ticket policy
          Columbia Missourian:  MU law professor pens law journal article on 2015 campus race agitation and harm to university image
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill is vulnerable, and Hawley's attacks on her are desperate X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jeff Roorda:  Both parties would do well to open their tent flaps;  It's hard out here for a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-police Democrat
          P-D letter:  Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis opposes Proposition A
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        Wednesday, July 25
       
Missourinet:  Trump in Kansas City:  Biggest winner in trade talks will be farmers
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Trump's full speech in Kansas City
          WhiteHouse.gov:  Remarks by President Trump at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Kansas City, MO
          AP:  In Kansas City, Trump says he's ready for a new deal with Iran
          KMBC:  Video:  Trump pays tribute to victims of duck boat tragedy
          P-D:  At VFW event, Trump praises Josh Hawley X
          KC Star:  Trump, speaking at VFW convention in KC, urges patience on tariffs X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt make back-to-back statements on Senate floor about Duck Boat tragedy
          P-D:  Lawmakers from Missouri eye duck boat safety after Table Rock Lake deaths X
          The Hill:  10 dark horse candidates for Speaker of the House:  Ann Wagner, others
          Missourinet:  August 'right to work' measure is a referendum, which is rare
          P-D:  Louisiana resident John Goodman opposes Missouri's Proposition A X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate 34 update:  Chamber PAC endorses Luetkemeyer, race gets heated over attack ads as Schaaf weighs in
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Forum features GOP candidates for Brian Munzlinger's state Senate seat
          SNL:  Primary previews:  Upcoming victories for Elijah Haahr, Lynn Morris, Steve Helms against also-rans X
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  House District 95 GOP primary:  Joe Patterson vs. Michael O'Donnell
          JCNT:  House District 60 Democratic candidates weigh in on Medicaid, taxes and NRA X
          Drebes:  Drebes on "zombie committees":  Don Gosen, Robin Smith, Brian Nieves, John Diehl
          CDT:  Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks:  Before voter ID, voter fraud happened 'all the time' X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) elected to executive board of Women's Legislative Network
          P-D editorial:  Missourians should use petitions to go around lawmakers on Medicaid expansion X
          Jensen:  McCaskill walking a fine line to position herself against Democratic activists' socialism +
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  ICE isn't the enemy X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Both sides cherry-pick when it comes to Proposition A
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  We want reader input on draft policy regarding reporting of - and search engine access to - misdemeanor crimes +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Prop A would lower wages +
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        Tuesday, July 24
       
KC Star:  Businesses linked to McCaskill's husband get $131 million in federal dollars X
          AP:  ICE success story:  Agents capture illegal alien living in Kansas City, send her back to Mexico
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff plant requests tariff relief
          The Missouri Times:  Liberals want Hawley to drop lawsuit against Obamacare provision
          P-D:  Democrats wants Hawley to withdraw from Obamacare lawsuit X
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' ballot initiative +
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  GOP state auditor candidates
          SNL:  Primary preview:  GOP primary for Crystal Quade's state rep seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Legal battle over gas tax lands in court August 3
          Missourinet:  Parson says mayors across Missouri support gasoline tax increase
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Bar seeks deputy government relations counsel
          The Missouri Times:  Career retrospective, Part I:  Ron Richard talks about growing up, his start in local politics, and why a certain member of the Democratic superminority can kiss his grits
          SNL:  Obscure 167-year-old law governs boat lawsuits X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT joins other transportation stakeholders in signing pledge to fight human trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT signs human trafficking pledge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Law could change districts' approach to snow days X
          CDT:  University of Missouri concealed weapons lawsuit to start tomorrow X
          SE Missourian letter:  Leopold sexagenarian opposes 'right to work' based on unions' support of Democrats and abortion policies +
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        Monday, July 23
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Briefs:  Lacy Clay on Bruce Franks' unquenchable thirst for attention;  "Secretary of State Richard [sic] Pompeo," other foreign policy leaders have Blunt's trust X
          SNL:  Primary preview:  Billy Long's re-election X
          SNL:  Primary preview:  7th Congressional District Democratic primary X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Tracy McCreery and Rocky Miller, Mike Colona, Mary Elizabeth Coleman talk McCaskill-Hawley, state auditor race, Clean Missouri, more
          Drebes:  MOSERS seeks legislative & policy coordinator
          KC Star:  The Mission Continues moves out of shadow cast by Greitens X
          P-D:  Advocates fantasize about Medicaid expansion in Missouri;  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr provides reality check X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law designed to let counties collect mobile fees for 911 services
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau alarmed by court decision on Grain Belt Express
          P-D columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  A pink wave of female Democratic candidates in Trump-friendly St. Charles County;  Gals gab about dreams of winning elections to Congress, state Legislature X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian encourages 'Yes' vote on Prop A +
          P-D letter:  Local union official responds to Mehan letter on Prop A X
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        Sunday, July 22
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Carbon tax, election authority funding, immigration-law enforcement, more X
        KWMU:  Up-and-coming liberal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stumps for Lacy Clay's primary opponent
        Missourinet:  Billy Long discusses Table Rock Lake tragedy and possible congressional action
        SNL:  Hawley urges duck boat owner to cooperate X
        Missourinet:  Hawley:  There are multiple investigations into deadly Table Rock Lake incident
        KWMU:  Wash U. study finds no increase in youth marijuana use in states with reduced penalties
        St. Joseph News-Press:  'Right to work' issue generates strong emotions X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf endorses Harry Roberts, slams Tony Luetkemeyer and 'dark money' X
        JCNT:  State legislative candidates differ on transportation issues X
        JCNT:  Videos:  Forums for 6th Senate District Dems, House District 60 Dems, House District 60 Republicans X
        JCNT editorial:  Jay Barnes led Greitens committee with fairness and professionalism X
        KC Star letter:  Republic man defends union dues, opposes Prop A X
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        Saturday, July 21
       
SNL:  Branson duck boat tragedy:  17 dead;  Reactions from President Donald Trump, McCaskill, Blunt X
          P-D:  At press event hours after tragedy, reporters repeatedly question Gov. Mike Parson and Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) on Missouri life preserver laws X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri pork, cattle associations endorse Hawley for U.S. Senate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosebaum analyze latest in McCaskill-Hawley, Lacy Clay vs. Cori Bush, 2nd Congressional Dem primary
          P-D:  Blunt leadership PAC has spent less than $120k since 2013;  Ann Wagner's leadership PACs spent less than $25k over three years X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  House District 97 Republicans:  Phil Amato, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, David Linton
          KWMU:  Primary Preview:  House District 84 Democrats:  Brad Bakker vs. Wiley Price IV
          Drebes:  Justin Alferman empties campaign account
          Drebes:  Joe Engler leaving Vescovo's office for Sen. Mike Bernskoetter's office
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 16, 2018
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri slashes budget for awarding property restoration tax credits X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State lawmakers notice prison concerns about overstaffing X
          P-D:  St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online;  Missouri's status as one-party consent state provides cover X
          CDT endorsement:  Yes on "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature made the right move on marriage age X
          P-D editorial brief:  State Highway Patrol trooper and 2014 drowning X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Drive to feed kids gearing up at Missouri State Fair
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis octogenarian dislikes "the corporations, big banks and industrialists" and their newfangled "right to work" X
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        Friday, July 20
       
The Missouri Times:  Pence fundraises for Hawley in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Pence champions Trump, Hawley in St. Louis visit
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jo Mannies to recap, analyze Pence visit
          Missourinet:  During St. Louis visit, Pence highlights tax cuts and Trump's performance on Russia
          P-D:  In St. Louis visit, Pence touts promises made and kept X
          P-D:  McCaskill sponsors Senate move to oppose Hawley-backed lawsuit challenging Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  MU's Peverill Squire on importance of SCOTUS vote to McCaskill's liberal base
          KWMU:  Protesters occupy ICE office downtown
          P-D:  About 70 protesters block downtown intersection, 21 arrested;  Crowd delivers persuasive immigration message by creating traffic jam, screaming in Spanish X
          P-D:  Immigration protest photo gallery:  Obese woman with buzz cut blocks car with hocks;  Androgynous human jumps on hood of moving car, makes vulgar hand gesture;  Middle-aged woman hangs Trump pinata;  Other efficacious acts X
          AP:  Six black bears killed on Missouri roads this year;  Wild animals got in path of automobiles, met painful demise
          The Missouri Times:  Trial attorney cash in the spotlight;  GOP state Senate candidate Cindy O'Laughlin, Missouri Chamber both critical of lawyers' campaign contributions
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  GOP candidates Jim Murphy and Ron Rammaha for the late Cloria Brown's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th Senate District Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Rep. Bill White's campaign shows candidate leading in GOP primary for Ron Richard's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60 Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats fire back at Republican megadonor David Humphreys' cease-and-desist letter
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to resign Sunday to take county government job
          SE Missourian:  Parson talks agriculture, opportunity at Farm Bureau event +
          KWMU:  Parson explains line-item vetoes in Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law intended to provide check on Anthem's ER policy
          CDT:  Criminal age raised to 18 in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 19, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Hawley's office files criminal charges in Wayne County public corruption case +
          The Missouri Times:  Audit discovery leads to AG Josh Hawley filing public corruption charges against former Greenville City Clerk
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's foolish, penny-pinching veto will put stroke, heart attack patients at risk X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton):  Missouri's education policy is failing our children, our future X
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        Thursday, July 19
       
P-D:  VP Pence to speak at forum, attend fundraiser for Hawley today +
          AP:  Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City
          KC Star:  Trump will visit KC on Tuesday to address veterans, raise money for Josh Hawley X
          AP:  Americans for Prosperity releases anti-McCaskill ads
          AP:  Democratic PAC slams Hawley again over claims against donor
          Missourinet:  Third-party ads in U.S. Senate race hit simultaneously
          P-D:  Pro- and anti-McCaskill ads hit TV, digital screens X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Missouri would be hurt by U.S. Postal Service privatization
          P-D:  Troubled St. Louis City housing slum was at center of drug-trafficking ring, federal indictment alleges;  Area resident eats police's free ice cream handout but won't accept police's anti-crime flyer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  GOP primary for state auditor:  David Wasinger vs. Paul Curtman vs. Saundra McDowell vs. Kevin Roach
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Tony Luetkemeyer's campaign shows candidate with 9-point lead in GOP state Senate primary
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri's 14th Senate District Democratic primary:  Three-way dance between Sharon Pace, Brian Williams and Joe Adams
          Drebes:  16th Senate District:  Justin Brown ad touts "rural values," protecting U.S. from illegal aliens and other anti-American types
          The Missouri Times:  Dems to take lt. gov. challenge to Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party appealing judge's decision in lawsuit involving Kehoe appointment
          AP:  Democrats appeal lt. gov. ruling
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee discusses messy managed care changes, DSS admits mistakes were made
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers blast 'bungled' rollout of controversial Medicaid amendment X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) is new House Budget Committee vice-chair
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves certificates of need for new assisted living facilities in Farmington, Lee's Summit
          KWMU:  UMSL Title IX coordinator/"Chief Equity Officer" criticizes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for emphasizing rights of the accused
          KWMU:  EPA rule to give more power to states;  Missouri environmental activists unhappy
          The Missouri Times:  Parts of northern Missouri now on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Parson places 47 Missouri counties on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Report shows car thefts on the rise in Missouri, especially urban areas
          P-D editorial:  Eric Greitens is gone, but his dark-money legacy lives on X
          P-D op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  We're delivering for Missouri X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  After 30 years, time to reauthorize National Telecommunications and Information Administration X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Franklin County GOP Central Committee disagrees with state group's decision to support Josh Hawley before primary X
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        Wednesday, July 18
       
SNL:  McCaskill:  Bass Pro's boat business endangered by President Trump's aluminum tariff X
          AP:  McCaskill calls for end to trade war, cites harm to Missouri
          P-D:  Blunt, Clay weigh in on Trump and Putin X
          CDT:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic slot in 4th Congressional District holds "impromptu news conference" to criticize Hartzler, Trump X
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic primary hopeful Renee Hoagenson asks if Hartzler is on "Team America"
          AP:  Hawley campaign spokeswoman calls Russia 'bad actor'
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tip Sheet:  Statewide, state Senate and House
          The Missouri Times:  End-of-quarter briefs:  Greitens, 'right to work,' state auditor, SD 34, Schupp
          AP:  Unions pour millions into Missouri to fight 'right to work'
          P-D:  New 'Nothing to See Here' investigative series:  Medical marijuana push in Missouri gets help from secret donations pouring in X
          JCNT:  Local legislative candidates release fundraising totals X
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee lambastes DHSS and Parson administration over trauma care program
          AP:  Missouri stroke, heart attack program in limbo after gubernatorial veto
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "There will be hell to pay" if DHSS attempts budget shell game
          Missourinet:  Parson says Missouri time-critical diagnosis funding will come from DHSS budget, despite veto
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court renews Grain Belt Express with unanimous decision
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision that blocked massive wind power line
          CDT:  Boone County officials, state lawmakers seek solution to fireworks wars;  Comments from Sen. Caleb Rowden, "Chuck Bayse [sic]" X
          AP:  Ex-trooper in handcuffed-drowning case loses officer permit
          P-D editorial:  Blunt must stand up to Trump and refuse to work with him X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers offer weak bleating after Trump drools on Putin X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Handicapping the 4th Congressional District primary:  Analysis based upon yard signs and "online posts"
          P-D op-ed:  Former union rep:  'Right to work' is a big lie X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man believes liberal group's theory that 'right to work' would hurt working people X
          KC Star letter:  ACLU's Sara Baker responds to editorial on Ferguson and municipal fines, says state lawmakers should spend more money on courts X
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        Tuesday, July 17
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt critical of Trump's comments on Russia and Putin X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt back finding of Russian interference
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Trump, Russia
          Missourinet:  Hartzler supports Trump's attempt to get NATO countries to boost defense spending
          P-D:  Ann Wagner releases new ad X
          KWMU:  Campaign roundup:  Ann Wagner's new ad;  State auditor finance reports;  Greitens' legal bills
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 filings:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with rural leaders, says he'll be supporting 'right to work' campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri digital ad features Schaaf
          AP:  Greitens' campaign spent $610k on legal fees in final months
          P-D:  Campaign spending:  Highlights from Greitens, Parson reports X
          KC Star:  Greitens' campaign fund spends cash on legal fees, still has $1.1 million on hand X
          P-D:  Campaign finance report summaries:  State auditor, select local state legislative races X
          Drebes:  Jill Schupp set to roll to re-election
          AP:  John Stormer, popular conservative author who moved to Missouri in the 1950s, dies at 90
          SNL:  Lawmakers' plan to replace Thomas Hart Benton statue refers to wrong Benton, governor says X
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee hearing to focus on Medicaid reimbursement
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee to discuss time-critical diagnosis (TCD) funding today
          CDT:  Reisch unblocks constituent on Twitter, calls lawsuit "frivolous" X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should spend more money on schools X
          Priddy:  A Modest Proposal:  Eliminate all sales taxes, including Internet, to boost Missouri income tax revenue
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says changing state motorcycle helmet laws will encourage tourism X
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        Monday, July 16
       
SNL:  Missouri farmers see long-term benefits of trade realignment, stay optimistic through tariff hubbub X
          CDT:  Primary preview:  4th Congressional Democratic primary:  Renee Hoagenson vs. Hallie Thompson X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bernie Sanders supporters going door-to-door for liberal causes in St. Joseph X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on working with the Parson administration, what it was like to work with Ron Richard, much more
          AP:  Missouri groups clash over "Clean Missouri" plan
          Drebes:  Humphreys vehicle winds down, sends leftover cash to HRCC
          P-D:  Supporters of time-critical diagnosis (TCD) system to attend budget hearing tomorrow in Jefferson City X
          Missourinet:  Company's scheme at Missouri hospital prompts legal action, call for federal probe;  Comments from Auditor Nicole Galloway
          SE Missourian editorial:  On local election races and paid letters X
          CDT editorial:  New tuition-hike law gives higher ed stability X
          KC Star op-ed:  Wickr platform's Audra Grassia:  Greitens misused private messaging, but secure communications are vital in government X
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on universal pre-K, other education issues X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman wants McCaskill and Blunt to vote for women-and-children bill X
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer responds to Dan Mehan letter on 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, July 15
       
P-D:  Key congressional votes for the week X
          CDT:  McCaskill, Hawley make stops in Columbia X
          P-D:  Pence to attend fundraiser for Hawley on Thursday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 9, 2018
          CDT:  Movement might start soon on child-care rating system X
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections has logged 1 million hours of overtime in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Wallethub:  Missouri's two biggest cities are poorly managed
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition A, 'right to work' X
          JCNT editorial:  Have a say in hemp's future in Missouri X
          KC Star letter:  Eldon man thanks Blunt for cancer-research funding, wants Luetkemeyer to vote for bill X
          P-D letter:  Retired union carpenter accuses Mehan of wanting to "knee-cap" unions X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian responds to Mehan op-ed on 'right to work,' says business owners seek to hurt workers in exchange for profits X
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        Saturday, July 14
       
AP:  Pence to fundraise for Hawley in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  4th Congressional District Democrats attend forum;  Renee Hoagenson and Hallie Thompson battle to fill Dem slot for Hartzler's re-election
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe
          The Missouri Times:  Proponents of fuel tax increase announce leadership team;  Dan Kleinsorge to serve as campaign manager
          P-D:  Overview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' proposal X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down the 'right to work' campaigns and the GOP primary for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  GOP candidates for state auditor square off at forum, debate qualifications for the office
          Drebes:  Early fundraising numbers:  State Senate and House numbers
          Drebes:  Eric Wilson leaves Missouri Bar, joins Veterans United Home Loans
          P-D:  Parson OKs changes to prevailing wage law for construction projects X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson vetoes two bills, one resolution
          AP:  Glitch leads to veto of Truman statue swap
          AP:  Parson signs bill to raise marriage age in Missouri
          KC Star:  Parson signs law banning marriage of 15-year-olds X
          KWMU:  Watkins wants a different judge for contempt claim against him in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies analyzes former Gov. Greitens' latest legal issues
          P-D:  Missouri prison guard loses harassment suit against state X
          Messenger:  Former inmates point to Missouri prison guard and say #MeToo X
          KC Star letters:  Kansas woman wants McCaskill to vote 'No' on Kavanaugh;  KC octogenarian expresses anger at Pence and support for McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  American Cervid Alliance says MO Dept. of Conservation shows bias with deer-farm regulations X
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        Friday, July 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill heavily outspending Hawley as U.S. Senate contest heats up
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Blame President Trump for intensity of McCaskill-Hawley messaging X
          P-D:  Congressional primary previews:  Clay and Wagner vs. also-rans X
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay urges ICE to temporarily drop plans to deport illegal alien living in Maplewood
          P-D:  Pence scheduled to be in downtown St. Louis next week to tout tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tipsheet:  Statewides and state Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-'right to work' campaign to spend more than $13 million this cycle
          The Missouri Times:  Fuel tax proponents want opportunity to defend measure in court
          P-D:  GOP state auditor candidates share views at St. Louis Area Young Republicans Club X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary update:  Tony Luetkemeyer vs. Harry Roberts for Schaaf's seat
          SNL:  Governor signs Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Parson signs bill to cut Missourians' taxes X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs income tax cut into law, individual income tax rate lowered to 5.4% starting in 2019
          Missourinet:  Parson signs income tax cut in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Parson attends Dollar Tree ribbon-cutting in Warrensburg;  Distribution center will service stores in 11 states
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Agriculture is top industry in the state, must be adequately funded
          SE Missourian:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Sen. Wayne Wallingford talk tariffs, education, skilled workforce issues at press event;  Richardson:  "We don't have a shortage of English majors. We have a shortage of nurses." +
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) headed to new role in Jackson County
          KC Star:  Hospitals fear budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients X
          KC Star editorial:  Creative mail piece from Americans for Prosperity could trick simple-minded voters X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man suggests McCaskill's SCOTUS vote will be based on her own political survival X
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Olivette feminist says McCaskill and Blunt must oppose Kavanaugh because he is wrong on LGBTQIA* and gals' issues X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Prop A will provide worker freedom and a stronger economy +
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        Thursday, July 12
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump to attend Hawley fundraiser on July 24
          KC Star:  At KC event, Pence promotes Hawley and criticizes McCaskill;  Agitators' disruptions drowned out by patriots chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt on same side for tariff vote
          KC Star:  As opioids poured into Missouri, the DEA failed, McCaskill says X
          P-D:  Inconsistent government oversight fuels opioid crisis, McCaskill report says
          Missourinet:  McCaskill report says 1.6 billion opioids entered Missouri in five years
          SNL:  E-mails suggest Missouri COO Drew Erdmann raised money for Greitens;  Erdmann says no X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) on Greitens investigation and the need for all nonprofits - including liberal ones - to reveal their dark-money donors
          Drebes:  Courtney Curtis may run as Independent in Senate 14
          The Missouri Times:  Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Kehoe's appointment, says action is within governor's authority
          KWMU:  Lawsuit to toss Kehoe from lieutenant governor's office tossed out
          P-D:  Judge dumps Democratic bid to oust Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill today in Springfield
          CDT:  Missouri DED, Dept. of Higher Ed convene "Talent for Tomorrow" regional meeting X
          Columbia Missourian:  State business, education leaders emphasize student workforce prep
          Missourinet:  New state law provides start to examining radioactive waste at Missouri sites
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves maintenance-focused five-year plan
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 11, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Putnam County hospital ends questionable billing practices, financials still in poor condition
          Missourinet:  Galloway's follow-up reveals end to hospital's questionable lab billings, but poor financial state continues
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley lacks substance, is too conservative X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens put Missouri government up for sale to anonymous millionaires X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights liberal mocks value of Elijah Haahr's tax cut X
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        Wednesday, July 11
       
AP:  McCaskill polling her supporters on Supreme Court decision
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill stalls on making SCOTUS decision, Hawley pushes for confirmation
          AP:  Hawley seizes on SCOTUS vacancy in first ad
          KWMU:  Wash U. law prof weighs in on McCaskill's SCOTUS dilemma
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill's SCOTUS stalling, Politico's puff piece featuring overdone down-home cursin', more X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill in tough spot on Kavanaugh X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Times poll, conducted by Jeff Roe's Remington Research (R), shows Hawley with slight edge over McCaskill, 'right to work' failing in August
          KC Star:  National unions already positioning Prop A result as "turnaround" for labor X
          The Missouri Times:  Liberal group Economic Policy Institute opposes 'right to work'
          AP:  Pence to speak today in Kansas City
          P-D:  Lacy Clay calls on ICE to stay a deportation order against illegal alien X
          KWMU:  Greitens accused of intentionally skirting state election laws
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit could face huge fines X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes files MEC complaint against Greitens for Missouri, A New Missouri
          JCNT:  Ethics complaint filed against Greitens X
          AP:  Complaint filed by Barnes accuses Greitens of concealing donors
          Missourinet:  Complaint alleges Greitens, campaign teams violated laws
          P-D:  Nick Ayers targeted in new ethics complaint X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to host Justin Brown fundraiser on July 16
          SE Missourian:  Primary preview:  Barry Hovis vs. Tony LaForest for Lichtenegger's seat +
          Drebes:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty takes Jackson County government job
          Missourinet:  Parson to meet with rural Missouri mayors today
          KWMU:  New law gives charter schools leeway to enroll more poor and badly-behaved students
          AP:  Prison guard receives $800,000 settlement from state in harassment case
          P-D:  Former Missouri prison guard who sued for sexual harassment, poisoning gets $800,000 settlement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local legislators sit through youth forum, answer questions about favorite food and movies
          KC Star editorial:  Pence's to-do list should include spending more taxpayer money on KC infrastructure X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill has yet to take a clear stand on flood study X
          KC Star op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  The Trump agenda is working for Kansas City X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  The importance of a conservative Supreme Court justice X
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        Tuesday, July 10
       
AP:  Reaction to Kavanaugh nomination:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hawley
          Politico:  A rollicking ride with Claire McCaskill:  Reporter joins McCaskill on campaign trips by land, not air
          The Missouri Time:  Hawley releases first TV ad;  McCaskill fires back
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer says Scott Pruitt did "a great job," talks about liberal/media attacks on former EPA chief
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Trade wars have never benefited any nation
          JCNT:  Jaycees fair abandons theme amid political concerns;  "Making It Great Again" slogan risked injuring feelings X
          Missourinet:  National group travels through Missouri promoting Route 66
          KFVS:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits Cape Girardeau to remind leaders and owners about low-interest state loans
          AP:  Missouri net revenue up 5 percent
          P-D:  Parson poised to sign measure lowering Missouri income tax rates X
          CDT:  Law will allow higher education to recover cuts through tuition X
          KWMU:  Abortion battle heats up again in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri poised to regulate cage fighting after years of lax oversight X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law allows counties more options to collect 911 fees
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lets Worlds of Fun off easy on toxic water pollution X
          KC Star editorial:  Fatal shooting of UMKC graduate student from India tells the world KC is dangerous;  Dreadlocked criminal still on the loose X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  American security before politics +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  We need to examine broader reasons for health care costs +
          KC Star letters:  Grain Valley sexagenarian wants MO DNR to impose more regulations;  Kansas nonagenarian disagrees with Hartzler on food stamps X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian agrees with Danforth communications team's op-ed, says candidates should be forbidden from criticizing opponents' proposals X
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        Monday, July 9
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Roy Blunt on SCOTUS, Russia and North Korea, more
          NBC:  Meet the Press:  Full transcript
          P-D:  Josh Hawley's first TV ad in U.S. Senate race is aimed at upcoming fight over Supreme Court nominee X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lauren Arthur on McCaskill-Hawley, Kander, Parson, more;  Panel of Rachael Herndon Dunn, Roy Temple, state rep candidate Jon Patterson talk Prop A, McCaskill-Hawley and SCOTUS vote, Parson, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Local political parties canvass neighborhoods prior to primary election's voter registration deadline
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts, Tony Luetkemeyer emphasize farming issues X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts questions dark-money source of pro-Luetkemeyer mailer X
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Adam Crumbliss to take job in Parson administration;  Chris Moreland to do communications for Team Parson
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Alex Curchin to leave Speaker's office and move to lt. gov. office
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court updates media operating rules for court
          KC Star:  Environmental activists unhappy with DNR over water quality permits, say new approach could affect pallid sturgeons X
          KC Star editorial:  "There's no punishment for not showing up to court':  How Missouri defendants get off easy;  After Ferguson, pendulum has swung too far in favor of scofflaws X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says 'right to work' will force the handicapped to choose between taking medications or eating X
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        Sunday, July 8
       
The Missouri Times:  How the SCOTUS appointment will impact Missouri's U.S. Senate race;  Thoughts from Jack Cardetti, Gregg Keller, Jeremy LaFaver
          KWMU:  Missouri soybean farmers brace for impact of trade war
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce issues statement on tariffs
          SNL:  Abortion stance tricky for Missouri Democrats X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60:  Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith for Jay Barnes' open seat X
          Drebes:  Daniel Hartman is Josh Hawley's new chief of staff
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Americans for Prosperity seeks grassroots director
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic Socialists of America helps local liberals with traffic-stop-avoidance gimmick
          Washington Missourian:  Former state Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington) retires after 36 years of public service X
          CDT:  Missouri paid abortion clinics the same day it snubbed higher ed X
          KC Star op-ed:  Husch Blackwell's Jeff Simon:  NAFTA's benefit is an unambiguous positive for Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth's communications team:  How to fix America's political system:  Lengthy McCaskill-Hawley TV interviews, more blocks of TV time for policy discussions, etc. X
          McClellan:  A detective copes with the unsolved mysteries of life;  Man was injured by projectile thrown during last October's race riots X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis conservative wishes Post-Dispatch editorial board would have taken a day off from its usual anti-American anger on July 4 X
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        Saturday, July 7
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking new feature:  Weekly Missouri politics roundup:  SCOTUS vote and U.S. Senate race;  MOGOP supporting Josh Hawley;  Pro-life Missouri Democrats;  more
          P-D:  Election preview:  Earning the suburban woman vote;  Comments from state Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), "U.S. Rep. Anne [sic] Wagner," others X
          KWMU:  Black officials organize second Arch ribbon-cutting photo op
          P-D:  Black politicians hold their own ribbon-cutting X
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Robbins named partner at Strategic Capitol Consulting
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Paul Curtman holds meet & greet/fundraiser in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  SD34:  Race to replace Rob Schaaf heating up
          The Missouri Times:  Diane Franklin first to TV in SD16 with 'One Tough Grandma' ad
          SNL:  Parson signs bills in Springfield X
          SNL:  Parson signs bill at Springfield pharmacy to create drug take-back program X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs legislation to aid fight against opioid addiction, support family caregivers
          AP:  Parson expands drug take-back programs
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri "will no longer be the only state without a statewide 911 system"
          Missourinet:  WalletHub promotional study:  Missouri in the middle of the pack for speeding and reckless driving laws
          KC Star editorial:  Why was Missouri conservation director paid for years of comp time after termination? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
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        Friday, July 6
       
AP:  First Arch photo op doesn't cut it, so Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) arranges second one today;  Black politicians to hold separate-but-equal ribbon-cutting, re-enact actual ceremony
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Book review:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander's book points to lessons in 'everyday courage' X
          The Missouri Times:  Casey Wheat named as HRCC's interim executive director
          SNL:  Primary election preview:  'Right to work' initiative X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks budget analyst
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats switch strategy in lawsuit over lieutenant governor appointment
          JCNT:  Judge hears arguments on lt. gov appointment X
          KWMU:  Lawyers argue over validity of lt. governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Cole County judge hears arguments in lawsuit involving lt. gov appointment
          AP:  Judge weighing whether to dismiss lt. gov. case
          P-D:  Judge questions Democratic strategy in fight over Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson signing most legislation sent his way
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Arts Council announces new 2019 budget;  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri director expresses gratitude to lawmakers, Gov. Parson X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocacy group wants Parson to hold state agency liable for mentally-disabled man's death
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds MDC's separation agreement with former director cost taxpayers more than $120k
          P-D:  Galloway criticizes Conservation chief's separation agreement X
          P-D:  Missouri tax deduction for stillbirths still not adding up after three years X
          AP:  Mishap at Six Flags water park draws attention to lax regulations
          P-D:  Charter school parents deserve a say in lawsuit that threatens their schools, federal appeals court rules X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves electric rate cuts effective next month;  Ameren rates cut by 6 percent
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn talks dicamba damage, says 2018 more successful than 2017
          P-D editorial:  Photo at Arch ceremony underscores why St. Louis' racial divide persists X
          KC Star editorial:  A good bet:  Missouri should get ready to offer sports gambling X
          KWMU Race, Identity and Culture correspondent Ashley Lisenby:  All-Caucasoid Arch photo evokes horrific memories of "when people of color were deliberatly [sic] excluded"
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Expedition into rural Republican territory:  Poplar Bluff residents not sophisticated enough to blame Trump for job-killing tariff X
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst responds to editorial criticizing Vicky Hartzler, explains purpose of Farm Bill X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center wants Congress to support Obamacare and state legislators to expand Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NEA member opposes 'right to work'
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        Thursday, July 5
       
Missourinet:  Creighton University survey says trade concerns a damper, but Missouri economy still growing
          Brownfield Ag News:  Americans for Farmers & Families' Casey Guernsey, a former Missouri state rep, talks trade retaliation and potential effects on farmers
          P-D:  Organizer of Arch ribbon-cutting apologizes for preponderance of Caucasoid faces X
          The Riverfront Times:  Missouri Democrats vote to welcome pro-life members, angering others
          KC Star:  Abortion plank in party platform roils Missouri Dems;  Comments from angry women, Stephen Webber X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks government affairs and public policy manager
          Missourinet:  Parson honors commitment made to hometown Fourth of July event before becoming governor
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Public hearing set Monday in KCP&L rate case X
          KC Star editorial:  Women could outnumber men in Nevada legislature. Missouri should elect more gals. X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  'Right to work' will help make union bosses more accountable to their members X
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        Wednesday, July 4   Independence Day
       
KWMU:  Supreme Court appointment will have impact on Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP gives RNC special permission to fund Hawley ahead of primary
          P-D:  State, national Republicans agree to fund Hawley ahead of primaries X
          KC Star:  Woman taking on Lacy Clay in Democratic primary attempts to make body attributes a campaign issue, humblebrags about "my round hips" X
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri town of Bismarck to celebrate 150th anniversary during Fourth of July;  Jason Smith to serve as parade grand marshal
          KWMU:  Hundreds celebrate opening of Arch museum and visitors center
          Missourinet:  Arch rededication ceremony draws hundreds to downtown St. Louis
          AP:  Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project
          P-D:  Arch event draws hundreds;  Ozzie Smith serves as emcee X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) files lawsuit to keep fuel tax increase off the November ballot
          KWMU:  Moon sues to stop referendum to raise Missouri's fuel tax
          The Missouri Times:  Concerned Women for America endorses Georjene Tilton in race to replace term-limited Fraker
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  PROMO seeks communications manager
          KC Star:  E-mail from February 2017 give brief glimpse into early days of Greitens' campaign nonprofit X
          Columbia Missourian:  Trump revokes Obama guidance on race in school admissions
          AP:  Appeals court finds fault with Ferguson-Florissant School District elections;  Traditional at-large elections result in too many Caucasoid winners, so rules must be changed
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant must change how school board is elected
          Twitter.com:  Post-Dispatch K-12 education reporter Kristen Taketa leaves Post-Dispatch for San Diego Union-Tribune
          P-D:  Ameren's 'green tariff' gets the green light, giving cities and large customers better access to renewable energy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Human trafficking feature:  Interviews with Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Norman Murphy, trafficking survivor Katie Rhoades
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's high court rules captive deer are still wildlife
          KC Star editorial:  With local jobs in jeopardy, McCaskill must slow Trump's war on trade X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  The case of the missing soybeans, or why tariffs' Missouri effect is being underestimated X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Retirement of "Supreme Court Justice Robert [sic] Kennedy" means Missouri Democrats must rally around McCaskill this fall UPDATE:  Corrected without attribution
          KC Star letter:  UMKC film professor opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, July 3
       
KWMU:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear the worst if Chinese tariffs go into effect
          Columbia Missourian:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear tariffs will cause soybean prices to collapse
          Missourinet:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander takes break from KC mayoral race to talk federal immigration issues on MSNBC
          P-D:  Jason Kander promotes his book X
          P-D:  Webster Groves parade to feature both NRA, Moms Demand Action X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol preparing for Fourth of July crashes;  26 people died in Missouri wrecks last July 4 weekend
          The Missouri Times:  The Huckabee Show comes to Missouri, Parson talks preserving the 'American Dream'
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs bill establishing Schoolchildren Health, Hunger and Hygiene Tax Credit, extends other tax credits
          CDT:  State unable to transfer withheld funds before fiscal year ended X
          KWMU:  Ozarks-area school administrators want bigger budget, blame Doe Run
          P-D:  Government workers get some whistleblower protection restored X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Wood named new Missouri Conservation Commissioner
          P-D editorial:  Tariff negotiations should inspire Jason Smith to stop supporting President Trump X
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg septuagenarian accuses Jason Kander of having a Greitens-like ego X
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        Monday, July 2
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Jeremy LaFaver, Reps. Bruce DeGroot and Bruce Franks talk McCaskill's SCOTUS vote conundrum, state auditor race, state Senate primaries
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft testifies before U.S. Senate committee, looks ahead to September summit
          KWMU:  Army Corps of Engineers tracks birds and bats to improve habitats along the Mississippi River
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Algonquin/Liberty/Empire District seeks director of government and public affairs
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Seasoned-citizen business columnists on Missouri's 'right to work' battle;  Timely references to "new governor" Eric Greitens, B-roll of restaurant patrons in winter coats, zero (0) mentions of Proposition A X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th state Senate District (Kehoe's seat) Democratic candidates respond to survey questions X
          Missourinet:  New state budget includes jump in public school safety funding
          P-D editorial:  Negative impact of Trump's trade policy is hitting home locally X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Confederate monument being protected from criminal vandals X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Animal rights activist Elizabeth Enochs on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Discriminating against vegans is like discriminating against black people
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Activists calling fake meat "meat" is a bad idea anyway
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on tariffs X
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on Missouri economic development X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist wants pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to go away X
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