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        November 12, 2018
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jeff Smith, Jeff Mazur, David Barklage, state Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) dissect McCaskill-Hawley, state demographics, national media's anti-Trump obsession helping Republicans, more;  Guest Rep. Steve Roberts Jr. (D-St. Louis City) talks about 2019 legislative session
          Kraske:  McCaskill was a master of policy, politics - and we may not see the likes of her again X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on education, tossing Clean Missouri, legislature's relationship with Gov. Parson, more
          P-D:  Prop D's defeat leaves officials searching anew for MoDOT funding cure X
          Missourinet:  Departing state Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) predicts Legislature will tackle transportation in 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) wins re-election, joins Senate leadership X
          Washington Missourian:  GOP wins four local state rep seats X
          Waters:  Caleb Rowden as Senate Majority Leader good news for Columbia and University of Missouri X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian says Hawley's election proves that Missourians are racist, misogynst, and hate immigrants X
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        November 11, 2018
       
P-D:  Jack Danforth's advice to Josh Hawley:  Move your family to Washington and befriend the Beltway crowd X
          SNL:  ICE says Mexican immigrant's three Springfield murders were preventable, but New Jersey sanctuary county let criminal flee;  Illegal alien Luis Perez boasted that his gun was "ment [sic] to be blasting mofos" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local marijuana supporters in high spirits after Tuesday's election
          CDT:  Options for highway funding narrow with defeat of fuel tax X
          Washington Missourian:  Tuesday's turnout one of the largest in Franklin County history X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's Medicaid-expansion activists fantasize of a receptive state legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  MU women's group plans to lobby state legislators to remove taxes on tampons and washable "menstrual cups";  Leader of national group says some men and non-binary humanoids also menstruate
          P-D:  Cost to park a camper at Missouri state park going up an extra $2 each day X
          P-D editorial:  Missourians elected Josh Hawley because they don't know who he is X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Prop D defeat tough to stomach X
          P-D editorial:  Prop D failure shows pitfalls of ballot measures, but organizers must try again X
          CDT News Editor Rudi Keller:  You don't really know what I think - yet X
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        November 10, 2018
       
Missourinet:  On Fox News, Cleaver says he's worried Democrats will get bogged down with impeachment
          KC Star's Allison Kite, Jason Hancock and Lindsay Wise:  Missouri Democrats try to rebuild;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City), "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]" X
          KWMU:  'Never forget':  St. Louis veterans will call roll of Missourians who died in World War I
          SNL:  Missouri will have 192 medical marijuana dispensaries by 2020, backers of Amendment 2 say X
          P-D:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) leaves Black Caucus after her alleged rapist is elected caucus chairman X
          KWMU:  John Gaskin III becomes new president of St. Louis County NAACP
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 5, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of November 5, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters elect too many white men X
          Messenger:  Fifty years after Danforth revived the Missouri GOP, the script has been flipped X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  Missouri employers disappointed by failure of Prop D, passage of Prop B
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        November 9, 2018
       
Kraske:  With McCaskill defeat, Missouri Democrats have hit rock-bottom. Now what? X
          Missourinet:  Hawley drew overwhelming support from non-urban areas
          KWMU:  Parson to pick Missouri's next attorney general soon
          KWMU:  In Missouri, historic number of women candidates doesn't translate to historic number of winners
          July 23: 
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
          SNL:  Guns and medical marijuana - you can't have both, despite Amendment 2 X
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana distribution outlined as advocates speak out
          Joplin Globe:  No clear alternative for road funding after Prop D fails;  Rep.-elect Lane Roberts (R-Joplin):  "We may have to decide, what are we not going to fund in order to fund road repairs?" X
          SE Missourian:  Area counties' results on some ballot issues differ from statewide outcomes +
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz selected to lead Senate Republicans;  Gina Walsh re-elected as minority leader
          KWMU:  Two St. Louis-area lawmakers elected to legislative leadership posts
          AP:  Republicans pick Schatz as Senate president pro tem
          The Missouri Times:  Both parties elect new leadership in the House
          SNL:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to be next superminority leader of Missouri House of Representatives X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State, local focus remains on workforce development
          Missourinet:  Sculpture of goddess on top of Missouri Capitol to be renovated
          The Missouri Times:  Newly-elected Black Caucus leadership to focus on criminal justice reform
          SE Missourian:  Business opportunities with MoDOT subject of workshop held in Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to deer hunters:  Get those deer tested +
          Missourinet:  Opening of deer season means increased traffic expected today
          SNL:  Criminal indictments filed in duck boat tragedy X
          AP:  Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill owner continues attempt to spread cost of cleanup
          P-D:  It's time to talk about a legislative response to GOP voter suppression X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri should allow early voting X
          P-D editorial:  Republicans who voted for Saundra McDowell are guilty of blind partisanship X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Be careful as another deer hunting season begins +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri voters send mixed messages on candidates and ballot initiatives X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Ridiculous attack ads put Republican Lincoln Hough in a hot tub of money and portrayed Democrat Rob Bailey as a bad dad X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood liberal says McCaskill would have won if she moved further left X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Prop D played games with gas tax X
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake woman wants candidates and campaigns to remove their yard signs immediately X
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        November 8, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Answered:  8 big questions about Tuesday's historic elections
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dissecting the impact of Missouri's election results
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and UMSL polisci prof Anita Manion field listener questions about election results
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  As Missouri turns red, Democrats search for relevance;  Comments from 100% of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          P-D:  Hawley netted enough rural votes to sink McCaskill, despite her strength in Missouri cities X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about U.S. Senator-elect Josh Hawley X
          Faughn:  Election fallout:  Likely (and unlikely) candidates to fill Hawley's AG slot;  HRCC's performance, McCaskill's legacy, more
          KC Star:  Friends and foes reflect on McCaskill's political legacy X
          KSMU (Springfield):  Doctors, hospitals raise questions on dosage, training after Missouri legalizes medical marijuana
          SNL:  Local law enforcement concerned with pot vote X
          AP:  Rollout of medical marijuana will take several months
          KWMU:  Next steps unclear after Missouri gas tax increase fails
          P-D:  How Missouri's vote on ballot initiatives will affect you X
          Missourinet:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr pleased with election results
          The Missouri Times:  MO Farm Bureau, Missouri Right to Life, EMILY's List, Missouri Chamber react to election results
          AP:  Missouri voter turnout highest for midterm since 1994
          KC Star:  Clay County vote machines stopped for hours when staff didn't press button X
          P-D:  Election officials in St. Louis, St. Charles County defend voting snafus X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) to serve as next House Speaker pro tem, Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) as caucus chair
          AP:  Missouri House Republicans pick Wiemann for leadership spot
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in legal challenge to Kehoe's appointment as lt. gov.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at Democrats' challenge to Gov. Parson's lt. gov. appointment
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee meets behind closed doors at statehouse
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley won by "kowtowing to Trumpism" and lying about health care X
          KC Star editorial:  Rejection of gas tax was the worst decision Missouri voters made on Tuesday X
          P-D letter:  Des Peres sexagenarian liberal offers McCaskill feedback on campaign mistakes X
          KC Star letter:  Independence septuagenarian says he supports higher fuel tax but disagreed with Prop D wording X
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        November 7, 2018  Missouri Secretary of State Election Results
       
KWMU:  Hawley ousts McCaskill to help Republicans keep control of U.S. Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley defeats McCaskill, flipping a blue seat red
          SE Missourian:  Hawley overtakes incumbent McCaskill X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill on defeat:  "My record ends at 22-2. Not a bad record."
          P-D:  Hawley topples McCaskill in nationally watched U.S. Senate race X
          KC Star:  Hawley beats McCaskill to capture U.S. Senate seat in Missouri X
          KC Star:  Hawley's victory destroys Democratic foothold in Missouri;  Cleaver:  "People don't want checks and balances. They want Trump and want Trump only." X
          AP:  Hawley's victory secures Republican dominance in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Hawley beats McCaskill by 6 points
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner, other local congressional incumbents win
          P-D:  Ann Wagner holds off newcomer VanOstran to return to Congress X
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler cruises to victory X
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wins re-election with 74 percent of vote, same as two years ago +
          SNL:  Voters pick Billy Long for 5th term in Congress X
          AP:  AP "VoteCast" captures views of Missouri voters and nonvoters
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway pulls out victory over McDowell in state auditor race
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway wins Missouri state auditor's race
          KWMU:  Galloway takes state auditor's race, Missouri's lone Democratic statewide winner
          P-D:  Democrat Galloway fends off GOP challenger in race for Missouri auditor X
          The Missouri Times:  Voters reject fuel-tax increase while approving medical marijuana, Clean Missouri, minimum wage increase, and bingo changes
          SE Missourian:  Gas tax headed for defeat;  medical marijuana, minimum-wage hike pass +
          KWMU:  Missourians back Clean Missouri, minimum wage hike, medical marijuana, reject gas-tax hike
          KC Star:  Missouri voters pass Clean Missouri, minimum wage, but not gas tax X
          P-D:  Medical marijuana, Clean Missouri, minimum wage questions victorious, but gas tax gets doused X
          Missourinet:  Clean Missouri passes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri becomes 31st state to legalize marijuana
          AP:  Missouri voters say yes to medical marijuana
          KC Star:  Missouri voters approve medical marijuana with a constitutional amendment X
          Missourinet:  Minimum-wage hike passes
          Missourinet:  Missouri's gas-tax proposal voted down
          KWMU:  Two Jefferson County seats go Republican;  Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Paul Wieland victorious
          SNL:  Eric Burlison, Lincoln Hough wins state Senate races X
          SE Missourian:  Republicans Rick Francis, Kathy Swan, Barry Hovis win state rep elections +
          CDT:  Incumbents win in Boone County's state rep races X
          SNL:  Fishel, Helms, Quade among state rep winners X
          The Missouri Times:  No 'Blue Wave' as Republicans maintain supermajority in Missouri General Assembly
          SE Missourian:  Turnout nearly double that of 2014 midterm in Cape County +
          KC Star:  'Every vote matters':  Missouri election results not released until last ballot was cast X
          KC Star:  In Clay County, about a dozen electronic voting machines experience malfunctions X
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court hears murderer Russell Bucklew's request for change in execution method
          KC Star editorial:  After failing to do his last job, Josh Hawley must be more serious about U.S. Senate X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          P-D editorial:  On most ballot propositions, GOP and Democratic voters see eye-to-eye X
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        November 6, 2018  Election Night Reporting (results available after 7 p.m. CST)
       
SE Missourian:  Trump brings conservative star power to Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  In his hometown, Rush Limbaugh introduces Donald Trump +
          SE Missourian:  Trump rally attendees:  Why is it important for you to be here? +
          The Missouri Times:  GOP heavyweights campaign for Hawley in tight U.S. Senate race
          AP:  Trump in Cape Girardeau:  "In a sense, I am on the ticket"
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Vicky Hartzler (R) vs. Renee Hoagenson (D)
          Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) vs. Katy Geppert (D) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau opposes Amendment 1
          P-D editorial:  Electronic voting is fast and convenient - but beware the drawbacks X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Trump misleads during Cape Girardeau speech, hogs stage time from Hawley
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  The issue that Blunt says will decide McCaskill-Hawley race - the economy - has barely been mentioned X
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  My daughter, who attends an elite school in upper Manhattan, mailed in a Missouri absentee ballot - isn't she a hero? X
          KC Star letter:  KC conservative wonders why any conservative candidate would waste time meeting with KC Star editorial board X
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        November 5, 2018   Election Eve
       
SE Missourian:  Rush Limbaugh, Lee Greenwood, Sean Hannity to accompany Trump at rally tonight +
          SE Missourian:  Rallygoers to face 'wind and wet' weather tonight +
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Interview:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and his views of the president +
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  How Missouri goes, so goes the nation;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          Rosenbaum:  Eight things to look for in tomorrow's pivotal Missouri midterm elections
          Columbia Missourian:  A day on the campaign trail:  Liberal nonprofit draws seven (7) volunteers to push Amendment 1, Prop B at doors
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft:  November 2018 ballot is one of the longest in Missouri history
          P-D:  Election boards make attempts to accomodate the handicapped X
          KWMU:  Missouri steps up effort to control feral pigs
          KC Star endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Welcome to Southeast Missouri, Mr. President +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  SEMO political science professor Dr. Jeremy Walling:  President's visit is significant for Senate, Trump's re-election +
          Waters:  Endorsements for federal and state offices:  Seven (7) Democrats, zero (0) Republicans X
          KC Star influencer series:  Prop D X
          SE Missourian letter:  Peter Kinder:  The historical component to President Trump's visit +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau sexagenarian unhappy about Trump vists, says president makes her "cringe" +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian crestfallen that Missourians have elected Donald Trump, Josh Hawley and Blaine Luetkemeyer X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says Amendment 1 has fatal flaws X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian says marijuana measures are unneeded X
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        November 4, 2018
       
AP:  NRA President Oliver North campaigns for Josh Hawley
          AP:  McCaskill tries to reach right in GOP-leaning Missouri
          KC Star:  Area union bosses, members weigh in on McCaskill-Hawley X
          SE Missourian:  What to know about Trump's visit tomorrow night +
          Clayton Times:  Cort VanOstran tells supporters he is "statistically tied" with Ann Wagner
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri ballots feature several heated races X
          AP:  General election overview:  Nicole Galloway (D) vs. Saundra McDowell (R)
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  8th Senate District:  Mike Cierpiot (R) vs. Hillary Shields (D)
          P-D:  Missouri's magnificent Capitol is home to the people's art collection X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  No on all three marijuana proposals X
          CDT endorsements:  Cheri Reisch (R), Martha Stevens (D), Adrian Plank (D), Michela Skelton (D) X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley and McDowell declined to seek our endorsement, and that makes us very frustrated X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri voters should send Trump a message by electing McCaskill, VanOstran X
          P-D editorial:  Trump stumps in Missouri, oblivious to the pain his trade war caused X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Hawley running from questions about our week-before-election expose X
          Waters:  Choosing Nicole Galloway (D) over Saundra McDowell (R) is a no-brainer X
          P-D letter:  Democratic donor/former Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark supports Prop B X
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        November 3, 2018
       
KCUR:  Pence rallies for Hawley in Kansas City
          AP:  Pence lauds economy at GOP rally in Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  GOP calls for federal investigation into anonymous anti-Hawley mailers
          P-D:  McCaskill-Hawley race is also a high-stakes, big-bucks fight between Schumer and McConnell X
          P-D:  Campaign profile:  Claire McCaskill wraps up her final campaign X
          P-D:  Campaign profile:  Hawley invokes Trump in disciplined bid to unseat McCaskill X
          CDT:  McCaskill rallies troops in Columbia X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill tells supporters she's "statistically tied" with Hawley
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Proposition D +
          CDT:  General election overview:  House District 47:  Chuck Basye (R) vs. Adrian Plank (D) X
          KC Star:  General election overview:  Local state legislative races X
          AP:  Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) resigns to join Tourism Commission
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 29, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) recognized by Republican State Leadership Committee
          P-D:  Greitens switches voter registration to Warren County X
          The Missouri Times:  To spread cost of cleanup, West Lake Landfill owner adds another company to lawsuit
          P-D:  Fire at Bridgeton Landfill is extinguished;  authorities say no contamination X
          KWMU:  Fire breaks out on surface of Bridgeton Landfill is put out;  Activists flock to inhale fumes at site of "public health emergency"
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  A presidential visit is something to celebrate +
          P-D op-ed:  American Society of Civil Engineers - St. Louis President Chad Schrand says Prop D will provide taxpayers with safety and savings X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action member expresses outrage over Ann Wagner's presence at vigil honoring Jews killed at synagogue X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Jobs With Justice's Richard von Glahn responds to Dan Mehan's letter on Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Springfield man supports Brad Bradshaw's Amendment 3 X
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        November 2, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump rallies Republicans in Columbia, says Dems "have gone totally loco"
        Columbia Missourian:  Greeted by thousands of Missourians, Trump campaigns for Hawley in last-minute election push
        Columbia Missourian:  Experts say Trump's Columbia visit likely to ramp up GOP support across ballot
        Columbia Missourian:  Local transgenders protest Trump visit;  Local "genderqueer" woman wants 12-year-old son to transition to a female;  Local schoolteacher says he is "agender," which means he thinks he is neither male nor female
        Missourinet:  Trump rally draws thousands to Columbia
        AP:  Trump urges Missourians to choose Hawley over McCaskill
        KC Star:  'Just pretend he's one point down,' Trump says in stump speech for Hawley X
        SNL:  Trump's visit to Springfield in September cost city less than $125k;  Largest portion went to law enforcement for overtime X
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  McCaskill touts accomplishment:  "There are a hundred things I got for you and your families ... all different kinds of stuff." +
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Hawley makes campaign stop near Portageville +
        P-D:  General election overview:  2nd Congressional District;  Ann Wagner vs. Cort VanOstran X
        Delta Dunklin Democrat:  At Kennett stop, MDP Chair Stephen Webber says Democrats will flip legislative seats in Trump territory +
        AP:  Liberal Texas billionaire bankrolls gerrymandering initiatives in Missouri, other states
        KWMU:  Missouri voters face confusing options in battle over marijuana proposals
        Missourinet:  Among marijuana proposals, Amendment 2 most popular among newspaper editorial boards;  Opponents of initiatives begin raising profile
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life opposes Amendment 3
        The Missouri Times:  Prop D gains support of Missouri School Boards' Association, Municipal League, Association of Counties
        Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 61:  Aaron Griesheimer (R) vs. Pamela Menefee (D) X
        Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 110:  Dottie Bailey (R) vs. Cody Kelley (D) X
        The Missouri Times:  Parson, Ashcroft talk election security preparedness
        Missourinet:  Ashcroft predicts safe, hack-free election
        P-D:  St. Louis County Election Board says 253 voters got letter mistakenly saying they can't vote X
        JCNT:  Parson, Schmitt tout information transparency X
        P-D:  West Lake Landfill owner targets another company to help shoulder costs at Superfund site X
        KC Star endorsement:  Claire McCaskill (D) for U.S. Senate X
        KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 1 X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Research doesn't support marijuana as medication
        SE Missourian letter:  Jackson liberal unhappy about Trump's upcoming visit to Cape Girardeau +
        KC Star letter:  Independence man opposes Prop B, says government should not dictate wages X
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        November 1, 2018
       
November 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        November 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  Biden rallies buoyant Democrats ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections
        P-D:  Character on the ballot, Biden tells crowd at rally for McCaskill X
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Former Vice President "Joe Bidden [sic]" stumps for McCaskill in St. Louis:  Special appearances by rising Democratic stars Jean and Rusty Carnahan, others X
        Missourinet:  Biden rallies in St. Louis area for McCaskill
        KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley disagree on immigration - but neither will comment on Trump's position on anchor babies X
        Missourinet:  McCaskill, Hawley weigh in on illegal immigration
        AP:  Hawley backs Trump's push to end "chain migration"
        CDT:  Missouri Dems' anti-Hawley tour makes stop in Columbia X
        Missourinet:  Outside money in Missouri's U.S. Senate race tops $70 million
        KC Star:  National group sends anonymous mailers targeting Hawley, other GOP U.S. Senate candidates X
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  November pre-election expose:  One of Josh Hawley's first moves as Missouri AG was scrapping environmental division X
        KC Star's Jason Hancock:  November pre-election expose:  Out-of-state political consultants helped direct Josh Hawley's AG office X
        KWMU:  Raising Missouri's minimum wage has widespread support but voters might not have final say
        Washington Missourian:  House District 119 overview:  Nate Tate (R) vs. Marcie Nichols (D) X
        CDT:  House District 44 overview:  Maren Bell Jones (D) vs. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R) X
        The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit alleging insufficient funding for implementing voter ID law can move forward
        Clayton Times:  State touts improved transparency through Show-Me Checkbook, Missouri Budget Explorer
        AP:  Video catches teachers cheering on violence at urban day care's 'fight club';  MO DHSS did not respond to phone calls
        CDT endorsement:  Vicky Hartzler (R) for U.S. Congress X
        P-D editorial:  Missouri could benefit from Illinois' experience with medical marijuana X
        P-D op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Amendment 1 would weaken African-American representation X
        Waters:  Only vote for Democrats this year X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says McCaskill is a perfect senator - for New York or California
        SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man says "Clean Missouri" is a tool to gerrymander more districts in favor of Democrats, socialists +
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Prop D will hurt the poor +
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        Wednesday, October 31   Happy Halloween!
       
SE Missourian:  Area election officials:  Senate race, ballot issues may spark higher voter turnout +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Former St. Louis-area Democratic candidates Sam Gladney, Mark Osmack show support for McCaskill at St. Joseph event
          P-D:  Ad watch:  Ann Wagner's campaign, liberal D.C. group spar over illegal campaign mailer X
          Reuters:  If GOP maintains control of U.S. House, Luetkemeyer could get top finance role
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Stephen Webber on Missouri Democrats' climb back from electoral oblivion
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves on next week's election
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Medical marijuana initiatives
          P-D:  Marijuana backers preparing for victory after years of disappointment in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Proposition B
          The Missouri Times:  November general election:  What we learned from the 8 Day Out reports
          The Missouri Times:  8 Day Out filings:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 Tip Sheet:  Senate and House
          JCNT:  House District 50 candidates Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton talks education, infrastructure X
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on higher ed costs
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on rural Missouri's needs
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on race complaints and perceived discrimination
          Missourinet:  Missouri appeals court allows 2017 challenge to state voter ID law to move forward
          AP:  Appeals judge OKs lawsuit on Missouri voter photo ID funding
          Missourinet:  Parson signs Missouri STEM education bill into law
          AP:  Parson signs bill on high school computer science
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City) looks to serve as Assistant Minority Floor Leader
          Missourinet:  Lucrative deer hunting season kicking into gear in Missouri as worries of disease persist
          The Maneater (MU) endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for "state Senate [sic]"
          Rust:  Trump's visit offers us all a chance to show some hospitality +
          Jensen:  McCaskill may not be a "crazy Democrat," but she votes with them far too often +
          Messenger:  Hawley wants transparency in government, except in his own office X
          P-D op-ed:  NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson:  Missouri Legislature tries to silence black voices, so vote 'Yes' on "Clean Missouri" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau's Jeff Glenn:  Vote 'Yes' on Prop D for safer roads +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Joan Bray, urges 'Yes' vote on Prop D X
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        Tuesday, October 30
       
SE Missourian:  Trump to hold rally Nov. 5 in Cape Girardeau +
          P-D:  Trump will end final campaign blitz in Cape Girardeau Monday night X
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley zero in on central themes as U.S. Senate contest hits home stretch
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race draws in heavy-hitting national politicians
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) vs. Kathy Ellis (D) +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Nicole Galloway on her accomplishments and re-election;  Panel of Scott Charton, Mike Kelley, Mike Hafner, Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talk November ballot issues and more
          P-D:  8-days-out campaign finance reports:  Galloway vs. McDowell, statewide ballot measures, more X
          KWMU:  Pro & Con:  Amendment 1, "Clean Missouri":  Benjamin Singer vs. Jim Talent
          Columbia Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 1
          KWMU:  Pro & con:  Prop D, the gas tax measure on Nov. 6 ballot:  Scott Charton vs. Gwen Moore
          P-D:  Dems, Republicans size up opportunities in state legislative contests X
          KC Star:  Daughter of anti-Semitic state rep candidate urges vote against her dad;  Steve West fills GOP ballot slot in Jon Carpenter's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Out-of-state Democratic political committee uses postcard gimmick for volunteers unwilling to knock doors
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Marrs remembered as legislative institution and strong advocate for southwest Missouri
          SNL:  Scott Marrs, lobbyist for Springfield, remembered for his integrity X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide whether Parson had authority to appoint a lieutenant governor
          KWMU:  St. Louis school board election comes months ahead of return to power
          Missourinet:  MoDOT schedules winter operations drill on state roads
          The Missouri Times editorial:  Hawley's policies trump McCaskill's personality for U.S. Senate
          SE Missourian endorsements:  No on Amendment 1;  No on Amendment 2;  No on Amendment 3;  Yes on Amendment 4;  No on Proposition B;  No on Proposition C;  Yes on Proposition D +
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  No on Proposition B
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsements:  Missouri House:  Bob Bergland (D), Bill Falkner (R) and Brenda Shields (R)
          P-D editorial:  Biennial "We believe that children are the future, teach them to vote and let them lead the way" promo X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ron Richard:  Missouri conservatives should support Prop D for Missouri roads
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  Let Bryce's Law live up to its potential in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit octogenarian says she is tired of attacks on McCaskill, says McCaskill should be proud she chose to marry into money X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man claims to be mentally ill, endorses McCaskill over Hawley
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says expanding Medicaid will fix opioid crisis X
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        Monday, October 29
       
KC Star's Katy Bergen:  VP Mike Pence to visit KC on Friday in support of Josh Hawley, "Vickey [sic] Hartzler," others X
          P-D:  Biden to attend GOTV rally for McCaskill on Wednesday in Bridgeton X
          P-D:  General election overview:  Proposition D X
          KWMU:  General election overview:  House District 97:  Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) vs. Mike Revis (D)
          CDT:  General election overview:  House District 46:  Martha Stevens (D) vs. Cathy Richards (R) X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Medicaid director Todd Richardson to examine rural health care
          Missourinet:  DHSS says personal information of 10,000 people breached
          KWMU:  Search for next Missouri education commissioner narrows
          CDT:  DESE wants feedback on child-care rating system X
          Sedalia Democrat:  Katy Trail to connect with $2.3 million project
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed USDA offices seen as benefit to city
          CDT endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 1, Yes on Proposition B X
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to make it easier for voters to register on Election Day X
          KC Star influencer series:  Local control X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian opposes Hawley and "his cronies" on Obamacare, makes her key points in ALL CAPS X
          P-D:  League of Women voters sexagenarian supports Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Hartsburg military veteran supports Amendment 2, says it will relieve PTSD
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man says Missouri Legislature abdicated its responsibilities with Prop D X
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        Sunday, October 28
       
KWMU:  Bob Kelley, retired regional labor leader and father of Mike Kelley, dies
          P-D:  Robert Kelley, longtime president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, dies +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          JCNT:  Prop D would exempt Olympians' medals from tax X
          JCNT:  State Senate candidates Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 49 candidates Travis Fitzwater (R) and Lisa Buhr (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 59 candidates Rudy Veit (R) and Linda Ellen Greeson (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  House District 60 candidates Dave Griffith (R) and Sara Michael (D) differ on "Clean Missouri" X
          JCNT:  Local legislative candidates answer reader question on abortion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate profile:  Sara Walsh
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate profile:  Michela Skelton
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on medical marijuana
          JCNT:  Absentee voting is brisk in Cole County X
          CDT endorsement:  Claire McCaskill (D) for U.S. Senate X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D
          SNL endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 1, Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3, Yes on Proposition B, Yes on Proposition C, Yes on Proposition D X
          P-D editorial:  Anonymous mailers against her should convince Ann Wagner to start fighting 'dark money' X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  As FBI closed in on 'MAGA Bomber,' Hawley blamed Clinton for encouraging violence X
          SNL op-ed:  Local higher education officials, K-12 superintendent support Proposition D X
          KC Star op-ed:  Dark Money casts a shadow over Missouri's minimum wage debate X
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        Saturday, October 27
       
CDT:  Trump to rally GOP in Columbia on Thursday
          P-D:  Campaigning Trump to visit Columbia on Thursday
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Morning Consult polls and McCaskill's unpopularity
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's claims about Trump tariffs and Missouri soybeans
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life comes out in opposition to "Clean Missouri"
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Proposition B
          SNL:  General election overview:  House District 135:  Steve Helms (R) vs. Rob Bailey (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate survey series:  State rep candidates on gun control
          KWMU:  Absentee, early balloting is on the rise in the St. Louis area
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 22, 2018
          P-D:  Bills to taxpayers for Greitens prosecutions exceed six figures;  some not yet released
          P-D:  Greitens defense team says it had 'unlimited' budget, no political directives
          The Missouri Times:  Former state contractor breached personal data of 10K Missourians
          P-D:  DHSS says contractor improperly stored information for 10,400 people
          AP:  DHSS alerts of security breach
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  No on Amendment 1
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3 and Proposition C
          KC Star endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 2, No on Amendment 3 and Proposition C
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Dave Schatz (R) for state Senate
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans are playing dirty in their bid to beat Claire McCaskill in November
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Yes on Amendment 2
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Yes on Prop D
          P-D letter:  Des Peres liberal urges "No" vote on all sales tax amendments, wants "the rich" to pay more across the board
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        Friday, October 26
       
KMBC:  McCaskill, Hawley trade barbs in final debate before the election
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Hawley trade rhetorical barbs in debate over civility, health care and more X
          KCUR:  McCaskill, Hawley clash in final debate before the election
          P-D:  In final debate, McCaskill says Trump "lies all the time" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley blast each other's positions during final U.S. Senate debate
          AP:  At debate, Hawley targets vitriolic public discourse
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill, Hawley talk illegal immigration, taxes in final debate
          Missourinet:  McCaskill leads Hawley in fundraising, spending
          Missourinet:  USDA designates 38 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas from drought
          The Missouri Times:  VFW of Missouri endorses Amendment 2
          Columbia Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 4
          KWMU:  General election overview:  Proposition D
          Columbia Missourian:  Local state rep candidates weigh in on Proposition D
          Washington Missourian:  Campaign spending on local state legislative races increases X
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton files defamation lawsuit against Walsh, HRCC, radio company over radio ad
          Missourinet:  Absentee voting sees an increase in southeast Missouri
          KC Star:  St. Louis attorney still criticizing investigation of Greitens by Hawley X
          Missourinet:  Deer in southern Missouri tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate X
          SE Missourian endorsement:  No on all three marijuana proposals +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Farm Bureau and its members are rubes for supporting President Trump X
          P-D classical music columnist Sara Bryan Miller:  What the world needs now is compassion, and it starts with Missourians legalizing medical marijuana X
          SNL op-ed:   Nixa mayor Brian Steele:  Vote yes on Proposition D X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian says Hawley should not be elected to higher office until he ends robocalls X
          SE Missourian letter:  Scott City man responds to letter accusing Clean Missouri of blatant partisanship +
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian opposes Prop D, wants higher tax on alcohol instead X
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        Thursday, October 25
       
CNN's Rebecca Berg:  McCaskill's closing pitch:  She's not one of those "crazy Democrats"
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley is endorsed by free-speech group
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign to donate $2,500 check it received from pro-police PAC accused of scamming donors
          P-D:  Illegal mailers target Ann Wagner X
          KWMU:  International Institute of St. Louis gets taxpayer-funded grant to help legal immigrants assimilate into workforce
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill owner wants Mallinckrodt on hook for part of cleanup
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill owner sues Mallinckrodt to help pay for nuclear waste cleanup
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Amendment 4 +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Republican McDowell expounds on Missouri auditor campaign
          SNL:  General election overview:  House District 136:  Craig Fishel (R) vs. Jeff Munzinger (D) X
          JCNT:  Political ad sparks lawsuit from Michela Skelton X
          CDT:  Walsh points out that she cannot stop independent expenditure targeting opponent X
          CDT:  Local state rep candidates talk issues at candidate forum X
          SNL:  Parson signs treatment court bill in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Missouri education wins big in Mega Millions lottery
          KWMU:  Missouri education officials warn fewer students will pass new, harder state tests
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at constitutionality of 2014 change to workman's compensation law
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves three expedited Certificate of Need applications
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City Star endorsements are no secret - this is how we do it:  Five (5) Caucasoids, one (1) black guy listen to candidates for an hour X
          P-D editorial:  Judge's ruling against Missouri's voter ID law warns against GOP overreach X
          SE Missourian publisher Jon Rust:  Hawley, Galloway are best for Missouri +
          Jensen:  Candidates grovel for newspaper endorsements but few advertise in print;  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith one of the few to appreciate the value of newspapers +
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), three seasoned citizens explain why GOP voters should support Amendment 1 X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Sen. Joan Bray (D-University City):  Prop D is a tax even a liberal can't support X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon conservative wonders why Post-Dispatch gives op-ed space to Lacy Clay but not Ann Wagner or Blaine Luetkemeyer X
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        Wednesday, October 24
       
KC Star:  Health care policy takes a starring role in McCaskill-Hawley race X
          P-D:  A look at McCaskill and Hawley donors:  Hollywood types, hardworking Missouri entrepreneurs, more X
          KC Star:  Anti-gun group files FEC complaint against Hawley and NRA PAC X
          KWMU:  Wagner-VanOstran race hinges on political experience, health care
          CDT:  Hartzler takes big fundraising lead into final weeks X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves visits Hillyard technical center
          P-D:  Owners of West Lake Landfill sue Mallinckrodt to help pay costs of EPA cleanup X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge clarifies decision on voting requirements, says no sworn statements required
          P-D:  Missouri voters without IDs won't have to sign an affidavit to cast a ballot, judge rules X
          KWMU:  Judge clarifies ruling on voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft critical of ruling that gutted voter ID requirement
          AP:  Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter ID law
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway on her record, dark money, "Clean Missouri" gerrymandering power, and potential 2020 gubernatorial bid
          CDT:  Michela Skelton cries foul over radio ad;  Spot focuses on Democrat's support for protesters during annual St. Louis City riots X
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 145:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) vs. Ronald Pember (D) +
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign treatment court bill today in Liberty and Springfield
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education considers four finalists for commissioner job
          The Missouri Times:  New nonprofit forms to support bringing Hyperloop to Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  State Senate elections:  Tony Luetkemeyer (R) and Dan Hegeman (R)
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner has co-sponsored bills to protect patients with pre-existing conditions once Obamacare is repealed X
          Messenger:  Voting in the age of Trump, when 'policy difference don't matter':  McCaskill and Hawley both wrong to embrace Trump's policies X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  If McCaskill loses, it's because she didn't do enough to embrace liberalism
          Priddy:  Prop D is merely a band-aid solution, but I'm voting for it
          Waters:  Amendment 2 is the best medical marijuana choice X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Brad Bradshaw, the man who would be Missouri's marijuana king X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says Hawley is lying about plans for Social Security and Medicare X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes Dan Mehan and Missouri Republicans, supports "Clean Missouri" X
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        Tuesday, October 23
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill:  "I actually think I'd win this election in a walk" if people knew about pharma's dark-money conspiracy against me
          KC Star:  Liberals, conservatives disagree on McCaskill's "moderate" positioning;  Comments from John Hancock, James Harris, others X
          P-D:  In St. Louis County, liberals hope anti-Trump "resistance" powers Ann Wagner's opponent;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local restaurant breaks federal law by offering financial incentives to vote
          KWMU:  Clean Missouri puts redistricting front and center, limits lobbyist influence
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis County NAACP neutral on Amendment 1
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Kehoe stresses need for more highway funding via Prop D
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  General election overview:  18th District Senate:  Cindy O'Laughlin (R) vs. Crystal Stephens (D)
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson to head MO HealthNet
          KWMU:  Todd Richardson to run state Medicaid insurance program
          Missourinet:  Richardson will be Missouri's new Medicaid director
          AP:  Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson to become Medicaid chief
          P-D:  Parson taps Richardson to run Medicaid program X
          KC Star:  Richardson to oversee state's $11 billion Medicaid program X
          KWMU:  Appeals court decision could mean hepatitis treatment for thousands of Missouri inmates
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition B X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Ann Wagner on League of Women Voters' liberal bias X
          SE Missourian letter:  Local immigrant supports higher minimum wage +
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        Monday, October 22
       
Washington Missourian:  McCaskill:  Ugly Kavanaugh fight won't hurt Democrats at polls:  "I hope Missourians will notice I stayed out of it" X
          NY Times:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley oversees an attorney general office in turmoil
          KCUR:  In Kansas City, illegal aliens lament inability to vote
          KCUR:  Campaigns use digital ads to target cord-cutters
          P-D:  General election overview:  Proposition B X
          SNL:  General election overview:  Proposition D X
          Missourinet:  Parson on gas tax:  "Sometimes, you've got to step up and do what's right for Missouri"
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Senate District 34 candidates Tony Luetkemeyer, Martin Rucker II talk policy priorities
          CDT:  Longtime Tribune political reporter Rudi Keller tapped to be news editor X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Sam Graves for U.S. House
          SE Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D +
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D X
          CDT's Hank Waters:  Monthy endorsement of Claire McCaskill:  Josh Hawley would be "a dependable supporter of Trump's worst instincts" X
          SNL op-ed:  Fifth-generation rancher Kalena Bruce:  Josh Hawley understands Missouri farmers and ranchers, and their hardships X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Hawley's list of accomplishments is short, and always accompanied by self-promotion X
          KC Star's Lindsay Wise:  By not using e-mail the public can see, Josh Hawley is a hypocrite X
          KC Star influencer series:  Term limits for judges X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian wants Ann Wagner to opposes changes to Medicare X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Defiance, Mo. retired engineer opposes "Clean Missouri," says it would create a new class of entitlement - "language minorities"
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        Sunday, October 21
       
Washington Missourian:  McCaskill says Hawley's ads are false, blames media for unfavorable coverage X
          JCNT:  General election overview:  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) vs. Katy Geppert (D) X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  General election overview:  Sam Graves (R) vs. Henry Martin (D)
          JCNT:  General election overview:  Nicole Galloway (D) vs. Saundra McDowell (R) X
          Washington Missourian:  Prop D has roots in Franklin County X
          JCNT:  House District 50 profile:  Sara Walsh X
          JCNT:  House District 50 profile:  Michela Skelton X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local parties make GOTV push
          KRES/KWIX:  Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis warns voters about long ballot, suggests they read up on initiatives before they get to polling place
          SE Missourian:  Mining company to locate in county;  Delta Regional Authority approves $300K grant for road to proposed facility +
          KCUR:  Recovering addicts say rural Missouri's meth 'explosion' is a warning to the country
          Columbia Missourian:  Milked dry:  Missouri's diminishing dairy industry at a crossroads
          JCNT:  State's seismic safety commission struggles to fill vacancies X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Proposition D X
          KC Star editorial:  Project Veritas' undercover videos and lies have no place in Missouri Senate race X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Consider the negatives of marijuana before voting on November propositions X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  As attorney general, Josh Hawley ran Democrat lawyers out of office and lacks work ethic;  Feelings from McCaskill campaign lawyer, other Democrats X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian liberal supports Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, October 20
       
KWMU;  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down Hawley and McCaskill's first one-on-one debate
          KWMU:  Fact-checking a few claims from McCaskill-Hawley debate
          CDT:  McCaskill calls Project Veritas activist "fraudster" in talk to Columbia Dems X
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill continues 'Your Health Care, Your Vote' tour in Columbia
          AP:  Ad running in Missouri, Arkansas aims to warn black voters about Kavanaugh fallout
          P-D:  Hawley campaign does not support African-American activist's ad about Kavanaugh X
          KC Star:  Ad on urban radio warns black voters about danger of false "harassment" allegations X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn meets with Trump and Perdue in D.C.
          P-D:  Tariffs and drought weight heavily on farmers X
          SE Missourian:  Multiple marijuana issues make for confusing ballot +
          The Missouri Times:  Catholic bishops cite 'potentially unethical biomedical research" in opposition to Amendment 3
          St. Joseph News-Press:  District 9 overview:  Sheila Solon (R) vs. Bob Bergland (D) X
          Missourinet:  Judge's ruling on Missouri voter ID law remains in place through November election
          Columbia Missourian:  New weapon in campaign sign battle:  Neighborhoods can't ban them
          KWMU:  Mapping tool helps St. Louis County voters better understand election results
          The Missouri Times:  Arts advocates applaud Holsman, Hoskins for leading legislative successes
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of October 17, 2018
          SNL:  Conservation Department proposes new rules to help slow CWD in Missouri deer population X
          Columbia Missourian:  March for "marginalized" groups draws fewer than 70 participants;  Self-described "queers," select minorities defeat oppression by chanting
          CDT editorial:  Don't confuse James O'Keefe's espionage with journalism X
          JCNT editorial:  With Capitol renovations, continue to prioritize accessibility X
          SE Missourian's Lucan Presson:  Josh Hawley is the right choice for Missouri Senate +
          Washington Examiner's Tiana Lowe:  Abuse allegations surface against Claire McCaskill's husband
          Messenger:  More St. Louis residents help bust third-party marketing group sending bogus "constituent" letter to state legislators X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman agrees with Michael Wolff on Amendment 2 X
          P-D letter:  Springfield's Steven L. Reed supports Amendment 3, says revenue will benefit unions, education and roads X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman surprised by inability of newspaper's beauty-product reviewer to write objective political column X
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        Friday, October 19
       
KWMU:  Health care, party independence are major themes in McCaskill-Hawley Senate debate
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley trade barbs, compliments in Missouri Senate debate X
          P-D:  Outside Senate debate, St. Louisans listen closely and take notes;  Photo of frowny women at University City bar X
          CDT:  McCaskill, Hawley spar in Senate debate X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley clash at Missouri U.S. Senate debate
          KC Star:  In Senate debate, Hawley says McCaskill is too liberal X
          AP:  Fact check:  McCaskill, Hawley debate statements
          KC Star:  Conservative activist who captured McCaskill campaign policy statements had access to voter info, campaign claims X
          KC Star:  Liberal "Lord of the Rings" actor tweets endorsement of Hartzler's Democratic opponent, gets 'ticked off' at lack of interest X
          SNL:  Greene County near record voter registration X
          Missourinet:  National GOP group sends out inaccurate absentee information to GOP voters in southeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Saundra McDowell rolls out 'Every Dollar Works' platform
          CDT:  Parson promotes Prop D at Columbia stop X
          Missourinet:  Amendment 4 would give bingo organizations a boost
          Missourinet:  82 Missouri students get perfect ACT score;  West St. Louis County's public schools have strong showing
          Clayton Times:  Introducing a new mode of transportation spearheaded in Missouri:  The Hyperloop
          KWMU:  St. Louis Port Authority seeks land and revenue beyond the banks of the Mississippi;  Changes to district's geography require approval from MoDOT
          P-D:  KFNS owner wants to focus on sports, but also pursues Jamie Allman X
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol Dome to be lit pink to honor breast cancer patients
          KC Star editorial:  The McCaskill-Hawley race is bringing millions of dollars to Missouri. That's bad news. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Promote and buy Missouri products
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  If getting under McCaskill's skin was Hawley's goal, then he won St. Louis debate X
          Kraske:  'Clean Missouri' proposal will finally clean up Jeff City X
          Messenger:  Missouri ballot initiatives offer hope for broken political system X
          SNL op-ed:  NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri:  Not all Missouri medical marijuana efforts are created equal - Amendment 2 puts the interests of patients first X
          KWMU op-ed:  Sharing America's Ashley Lisenby:  Too many Missourians living in poverty
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenerian dislikes Ann Wagner, says Missouri is not extraordinary and League of Women Voters is an objective group X
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        Thursday, October 18
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill accuses drug companies of 'unbridled greed' at Cape campaign rally +
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  McCaskill campaign unhappy with hidden-camera videos, wants AG's office to investigate;  Comments from "St. Louis based Republican operative Ed [sic] Keller"
          AP:  McCaskill-Hawley race turns nastier over policy-disparity videos
          KC Star:  McCaskill demands Hawley's office investigate hidden-camera videos of her campaign X
          KWMU:  McCaskill-Hawley debate to be streamed live at 7 p.m. Central tonight
          Missourinet:  McCaskill and Hawley to debate tonight in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Annual youth voting piece:  22-year-old calls herself a "super liberal," earns cash making calls for Hartzler opponent X
          Missourinet:  Saundra McDowell addresses legal and financial issues
          The Missouri Times:  Governor calls Prop D supporters to action at Kansas City northland rally
          Joplin Globe:  Parson makes second Joplin stop to stump for proposed fuel tax increase X
          Columbia Missourian:  State House incumbents outraise challengers
          The Missouri Times:  "Best of the Legislature" profile:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester)
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  High-speed Internet crucial to attract next-generation Missouri farmers
          Missourinet:  Annual Missouri ACT results:  Asian students dominate Caucasoids with 23.2 vs. 20.9 average;  Hispanics manage 18.7, with blacks pulling up rear at 16.5
          KWMU:  Hyperloop supporters say project would boost Missouri economy
          P-D:  Hyperloop group says St. Louis-KC high-speed connection would be a bargain at $10 billion - or less X
          KC Star:  Study says I-70 hyperloop could work X
          Missourinet:  Almost half a million Missourians to participate in "ShakeOut" earthquake prep event today
          The Missouri Times editorial:  It's time for the governor to fill the expired terms of the Bi-State board of directors
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must offer former teen offenders the chance to show they've changed X
          KC Star op-ed:  Children's Mercy Hospital Chief Toxicologist Jennifer Lowry:  Medical marijuana shouldn't be an easy 'Yes' for Missouri voters X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce CEO Dan Mehan:  "Clean Missouri" will inject raw partisanship into nonpartisan redistricting process X
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        Wednesday, October 17
       
KWMU:  Profile:  Urban, rural and everywhere in between, McCaskill casts wide net in re-election bid
          Washington Times:  Staffers laud McCaskill for hiding gun-control view in undercover video:  'She's really good about strategy'
          Clayton Times:  Conservatives critical of Wagner's opponent for fundraiser at "anti-cop" establishment
          The Missouri Times:  What we learned:  October 2018 quarterly reports
          CDT:  Missouri House:  Republicans outraise Democrats 10-to-1 X
          JCNT:  PACs contribute heavily to local state legislative candidates in final weeks of general election X
          SE Missourian:  Parson calls on community leaders to push Prop D for future of Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Proposed gas tax would cost the average motorist $1.25 a month
          Missourinet:  Prop D receives support from business and labor
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri hits airwaves with first TV commercial
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Liberal groups make stop in Kennett to support "Clean Missouri";  Group of three (3) holds "press conference" at Dunklin County Courthouse +
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign finance complaint against Vescovo dismissed by Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Bicentennial license plates now in circulation
          Missourinet:  Missouri replaces bluebird license plates to showcase historic birthday
          AP:  Missouri releases new bicentennial vehicle license plates
          SE Missourian:  Ameren building power into its solar grid +
          P-D endorsement:  Cort VanOstran for U.S. Congress X
          JCNT editorial:  Kehoe stumps for Missouri-made products X
          Jensen:  The left has abandoned values-based Democrats;  Many Southeast Missouri Democrats hold nothing in common with violent protesters +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill-Hawley attacks remind us that politicians do have families - and feelings X
          KWMU op-ed:  Center for Public Integrity's Lateshia Beachum:  Anti-Trump "Abandonded in America" series:  Stream of consciousness on HUD, Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson, McCaskill, Hawley, Lacy Clay, St. Louis City voters, etc. (4,772 words)
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville):  Clean Missouri is a wolf in sheep's clothing +
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Judge Michael Wolff:  Among three medical marijuana initiatives, Amendment 2 is the best choice X
          P-D letter:  Warren County man suggests Post-Dispatch stop wasting time and effort on endorsement editorials, should simply state that it endorses any and all Democrats X
          P-D letter:  Olivette octogenerian praises Post-Dispatch for "insightful" endorsement of McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man unsurprised by liberal bias in McCaskill endorsement, says Hawley is correct on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions X
          P-D letter:  Urban restaurant owner supports Prop B for higher minimum wage X
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        Tuesday, October 16
       
KWMU:  Hawley has slight financial advantage over McCaskill in U.S. Senate contest
          AP:  McCaskill brings in another $8.5M for Senate re-election bid
          P-D:  Hawley enters October with more campaign cash than McCaskill X
          KWMU:  Hawley banks on conservative principles, and Trump, to get the win over McCaskill
          KC Star:  McCaskill and Hawley fight over pre-existing conditions gets personal X
          KWMU:  Urban liberals oppose Hawley's plan to appeal voter ID ruling
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay, others criticize Hawley for supporting voter ID law
          KRES/KWIX:  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says neither chamber likely to flip, says Dems' anti-Kavanaugh behavior helped GOP
          P-D:  2nd Congressional District Dem, Libertarian speak to liberal group X
          The Missouri Times:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction's St. Louis chapter raises concerns regarding medical marijuana ballot measures
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Proposition B, the minimum-wage issue
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson voices support for Proposition D, preparing people for the workforce
          JCNT:  Parson launches statewide tour to support Proposition D X
          KOMU:  Fact Check:  Proposition D ad rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway outraises McDowell 50-to-1 in bid for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  October 2018 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          Columbia Missourian:  Disabilities group to hold state legislative forum Thursday
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  It's important to bring young people into agriculture
          Missourinet:  Parson hopes to see more young people involved in agriculture
          JCNT:  Parson proclaims October 'Pork Month' X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson, state officials stress importance of public role in conservation
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri files brief supporting Arizona's ban on businesses that boycott Israel
          Clayton Times:  Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) announces legislative awards at annual meeting
          Missourinet:  Missouri prison system reaches potential record of 800 correctional officer vacancies
          AP:  Judge orders Missouri to give juvenile lifers parole chance
          P-D editorial:  Attention West Lake residents:  EPA says radiation is good for you X
          P-D op-ed:  Hansen's Tree Service President Chad Hansen:  Voters' pocketbook issues favor Hawley X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City feminist says McCaskill will be re-elected X
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        Monday, October 15
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Josh Hawley talks Kavanaugh, Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          AP:  On "Meet the Press," Hawley mentions liberals' "mob behavior"
          KWMU:  Politcally Speaking podcast:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner on Obamacare, sex trafficking, minimum wage, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on McCaskill Bootheel comment, Prop D, problems with "Clean Missouri";  Panel of Dan Kleinsorge, David Barklage, Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City), Tishaura Jones talk McCaskill-Hawley, Prop D, Clean Missouri
          Missourinet:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna:  I-270 in St. Louis area "in desperate need of repair," says passage of Prop D is crucial
          Missourinet:  Lieutenant governor's program showcases Missouri-made items to buy
          P-D:  Missouri violated rights of inmates convicted as juveniles who are serving life without parole, judge says X
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 1, "Clean Missouri" X
          McClellan:  Maybe Missouri's sex offender registry should just be for sex offenders X
          KC Star influencer series:  Medical marijuana X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with concept of provisional ballots, says every voter should get regular ballot X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Prop D spends too much on law enforcement, not enough on roads X
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        Sunday, October 14
       
P-D:  A look at the top individual donors, PACs funding the McCaskill-Hawley matchup X
          KC Star:  Company facing closure after tariffs is at center of McCaskill-Hawley battle X
          NBC:  Josh Hawley on "Meet the Press" this morning
          P-D:  Missouri abortion activists ramp up for a fight after Kavanaugh appointment to Supreme Court X
          Washington Missourian:  New ruling on voter ID law impacts election prep, so expect big turnout;  Comments from Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door (R) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Taxing questions surround medical marijuana proposals
          JCNT:  General election overview:  House District 59:  Rudy Veit (R) vs. Linda Greeson (D) X
          The Missouri Times:  Beloved CEO Barry Hart reflects on 42 years with Missouri Association of Co-Ops
          P-D:  Data shows Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources following through on promise for "red tape reduction" X
          CDT:  Missouri State Public Defender Director Michael Barrett:  Public defenders can't 'keep up' with caseloads X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation's targeted culling a voluntary, effective program against CWD, official says +
          P-D endorsement:  Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate X
          P-D endorsement video:  McCaskill hits stump-speech bullet points;  Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson says editorial board embraces "centrism" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian supports Amendment 1 and Proposition B X
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        Saturday, October 13
       
Washington Times:  Fact check:  Liberal MSNBC host's claim that McCaskill voted for Neal Gorsuch is incorrect
          JCNT:  Judge to decide on Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee complaint against Hawley X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt gathers information on opioid crisis
          KWMU:  International Institute of St. Louis gets 3-year grant to combat human trafficking
          JCNT:  Clean Missouri supporters rally at Capitol X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Hashing out the details of Missouri's 3 medical marijuana initiatives
          AP:  General election overview:  The three medical marijuana initiatives on Missouri's November ballot
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) vs. Renita Green (D) +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Green Party, Democratic state legislative candidates talk climate change
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Oct. 8, 2018
          KWMU:  A land of shrimp, wine and honey:  Missouri funds agriculture beyond cows and corn
          The Missouri Times:  George Mason University report ranks Missouri 15th in fiscal health
          The Missouri Times:  Greggory Favre resigns as deputy director of Department of Public Safety
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 10, 2018
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be alert on roadways during fall harvest season
          SNL:  Chronic wasting disease threatens $1B deer hunting culture X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley shouldn't be surprised about Springfield pastor's comments on gay men X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says GOP state reps are mischaracterizing Clean Missouri X
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        Friday, October 12
       
MSNBC:  Midterms 2018:  State of politics in Missouri:  Jo Mannies, John Hancock and Mike Kelley talk McCaskill-Hawley, more
          MSNBC:  Midterms 2018:  The role of race in Missouri politics:  Antonio French says African-Americans 'don't feel very strongly' about voting for McCaskill
          Washington Times:  McCaskill shuns Missouri's rural 'Bootheel' voters in cellphone video
          Washington Times:  Hawley rips McCaskill over census citizenship question opposition
          SNL:  Springfield friends of Texas U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke to host fundraiser next weekend
          P-D:  Ann Wagner receives anti-sex-trafficking award
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Bob Holden, Sheena Greitens talk China tariff impacts
          The Missouri Times:  State seeks emergency stay on voter ID law ruling
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign advocating for fuel tax increase launches statewide ad campaign
          Washington Missourian:  General election overview:  Statewide ballot initiatives
          KCUR:  General election overview:  Mike Cierpiot (R) vs. Hillary Shields (D)
          KCUR:  General election overview:  Q&A with Tony Luetkemeyer (R), Martin Rucker II (D)
          The Missouri Times:  Unions file lawsuit challenging overhaul of state's merit system
          Missourinet:  State officials look to boost pay for some Missouri veterans home workers
          The Missouri Times:  Quaker Window Products' $65M expansion to create 300 new jobs in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Company to build massive manufacturing facility in rural Missouri town
          KCUR:  Missouri school districts still don't know how students did on new math and English tests
          KCUR:  New York-based company says St. Louis and Kansas City haves some of the worst nursing homes in the country
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2 for medical marijuana
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear won't win, but he's addressing the ills of government
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  On pro wrestling, Donald Trump and Josh Hawley
          KC Star op-ed:  Veteran Democratic leader Jane Dueker:  Vote 'No' on Clean Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider:  Proposition D is essential to maintain safe highways
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man disagrees with Hawley on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          P-D letter:  University City man disagrees with Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson on minimum wage
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        Thursday, October 11
       
KWMU:  St. Louis region's 2nd Congressional District looms large in McCaskill-Hawley race
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Morning Consult poll shows McCaskill's approval drop 7 points in third quarter, with a 48% disapproval rating
          P-D:  Reuters poll shows McCaskill-Hawley neck-and-neck
          SNL:  At Minnesota campaign stop, Trump boasts of strong turnout at Hawley rally in September X
          KC Star:  Hawley takes part in ag tour with Missouri Farm Bureau;  Reporters ask for reaction to Springfield pastor's comments on gay men's life expectancy X
          JCNT:  Voters to decide on fuels tax increase X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft says judge's decision creating "mass confusion" at polls
          CDT:  Mizzou's Planned Parenthood advocates dislike pro-life group's photo display;  Created Equal shows body parts of aborted babies X
          P-D:  Attorney keeps pushing for Greitens secrecy probe, months after Hawley found no wrongdoing X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) to join Missouri Probation and Parole Board
          AP:  Missouri lawmaker appointed to state parole board
          KWMU:  Tourism officials across Missouri hope for more money from Parson
          JCNT:  3 unions sue state over Merit System change X
          P-D:  Missouri making plans for renovation of state Capitol - with price tag unknown X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looking at invalid probation imposed by lower courts
          P-D endorsement:  Nicole Galloway (D) for state auditor X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should have early voting X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Vote yes on Proposition B to improve quality of life X
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        Wednesday, October 10
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill hit for silence as Democrats 'smeared' Justice Kavanaugh
          Washington Times:  Outside cash floods nasty Missouri race that could determine control of Senate
          AP:  Flooding closes Missouri roads and threatens to top levees
          SE Missourian:  Voter registration grows in advance of today's deadline, says Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers +
          KC Star:  Jackson County voter registrations reach record highs X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge orders injunction against portions of Missouri's voter ID law
          KWMU:  Judge rejects portion of Missouri voter ID law, but allows most of it to continue
          Missourinet:  Judge strikes down portions of Missouri voter ID law, state to appeal
          P-D:  Judge calls Missouri voter ID advertising 'misleading'
          KC Star:  Judge tosses part of Missouri voter ID law, chides state over advertising X
          AP:  State to appeal ruling against voter ID law
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Three competing marijuana initiatives
          AP:  Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in Missouri, other states next month
          Columbia Missourian:  If Prop D passes, nine area projects might be possible, Columbia officials say
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway highlights tenure as auditor in first TV advertisement
          SE Missourian:  General election overview:  House District 146:  Barry Hovis (R) vs. Gayla Dace (D) for Donna Lichtenegger's seat +
          AP:  Union slams prison chief for photo of her holding beer at charity fundraiser
          P-D:  A beer at a golf outing draws outcry from union X
          Missourinet:  UMKC will no longer sponsor its eight KC charter schools in May
          Missourinet:  MoDOT director says key I-70 bridge in mid-Missouri should be replaced
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft recognizes Stanley the Bulldog's work as anti-bullying advocate
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation considering regulation changes to curb chronic wasting disease (CWD) +
          Columbia Missourian:  Tuesday SCOTUS decision formally makes Missouri hair-braiding lawsuit moot
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale:  Hawley wrong on Obamacare and pre-existing conditions
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  Clean Missouri is a lemon of a deal
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  It's time to join 30 states and legalize medical marijuana
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Becky Willard:  Missouri and the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad campaign finance reform
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Terry Ganey:  Chuck Basye (R) vs. Adrian Plank (D) is a snapshot of Missouri politics
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        Tuesday, October 9
       
SNL:  Pence, Hawley praise Kavanaugh at Springfield event X
          SNL:  Video:  Pence praises Kavanaugh X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Pence at Hawley event in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Pence stumps for Hawley in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Hawley critical of McCaskill's "No" vote on Kavanaugh
          KC Star:  McCaskill says she would 'never consider' ousting Kavanaugh as Hawley slams her vote X
          The Missouri Times:  NRA, Emily's List spend big in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Unions oppose Trump's suggestion to bring efficiency to postal service through privatization
          Reuters:  Local gun groups flex muscle in U.S. state politics, sidestepping the NRA;  Comments from Eric Burlison, Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa)
          Missourinet:  General election overview:  Amendment 1, the "Clean Missouri" initiative
          P-D:  Brad Bradshaw, who is self-funding medical pot initiative, landed in tax collectors' crosshairs X
          P-D:  In race for Missouri auditor, Galloway hitting the airwaves first X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats say poll shows Robert Butler within margin of error against Paul Wieland
          The Missouri Times:  MEC dismisses complaints about Martin Rucker in SD34
          AP:  Tomorrow is voter registration deadline in Missouri
          P-D:  Democratic politico 'Button' Bob Levine dies at 67 X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Missouri Sheriffs' Association clash over sex offender report
          Daily American Republic:  Stoddard, Butler County officials:  Galloway refused to release full list of noncompliant sex offenders +
          KWMU:  Finding a suitable schoolhouse in St. Louis can be 'the real snag for charter schools'
          Columbia Missourian:  Lack of funding, staff afflicts Missouri's public defender system, state officials say
          P-D editorial:  If Hawley's health care plan is for real, he should call for a debate on it X
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        Monday, October 8   Columbus Day
       
Missourinet:  Columbus Day is a federal and Missouri holiday
          KWMU:  Black Lives Matter, Indians, others to protest Christopher Columbus today
          P-D:  Festival on the Hill focuses on Italian-American heritage;  Activists will protest at Columbus statue today X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hartzler:  Work requirements, conservation, politics are farm bill sticking points
          SNL:  ACLU hosts "10 Days of Trans Demands" protest in Springfield X
          KWMU:  Voter registration applications rise in St. Charles County as deadline nears
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen.-elect Brian Williams (D-University City);  Panel of Carpenters' Mark Dalton, Gregg Keller, state rep candidate Aaron Griesheimer, state Senate candidate Bob Butler talk Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, more
          JCNT:  Voters to decide fate of "Clean Missouri" initiative X
          Columbia Missourian:  Cancer survivor campaigns for medical marijuana
          JCNT:  Missouri Amendment 4 would change laws governing bingo gaming X
          KWMU:  Missouri sees record number of female candidates;  Analysis from UMSL political science icon Terry Jones
          KWMU:  Special motorized chairs making it possible for the disabled to enjoy Missouri's state parks
          KWMU:  Missouri stream restoration projects use nature's strength to prevent erosion
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's voter ID law was designed to discourage voting. It should go. X
          P-D op-ed:  The Heritage Foundation's David Ditch:  Roy Blunt comfortable with big spending and big debts X
          KC Star influencer series:  Clean Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man unhappy with Hawley over support for Kavanaugh X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington septuagenarian opposes Clean Missouri X
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        Sunday, October 7
       
SNL:  Springfield's "#MeToo" protest draws smaller crowd than first anti-Trump rally in 2017 X
          SNL:  Anti-Kavanaugh rally photo gallery:  Signs include "Rapist Judge," "Grab 'Em By the Balls," other inspirational and uplifting slogans X
          SNL:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Ozark) declines invitation to speak at anti-Kavanaugh rally:  "Profanity and wanting to castrate and kill white men is extremely barbaric and won't get those groups anywhere." X
          P-D:  Anti-Kavanaugh protests in Clayton lead to about a dozen arrests;  Group blocks intersection, smashes "patriarchy pumpkin," other efficacious acts X
          P-D:  Anti-Kavanaugh photo gallery:  Woman flaunts unshaved armpits whilst blocking traffic;  Male holds sign reading "KavaF@ckNaw;"  Other persuasive messages X
          P-D:  McCaskill and Hawley reference Kavanaugh - subtly and obtusely - in fundraising appeals X
          Washington Missourian:  Candidate profile:  U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear X
          The Missouri Times:  AFL-CIO dumping money into black and Mexican radio in St. Louis, other cities
          Columbia Missourian:  "10 Days of Trans Demands" fuels rally of nearly 30 in Peace Park;  Jay-Marie "Brownboi [sic]" Hill sings "Here, Queer & Staying" (audio)
          KC Star:  Galloway's campaign says Saundra McDowell exaggerates experience in attorney general's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Tax tardiness an issue for candidates of both parties
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) on business issues X
          CDT:  Boone County House seats key to Democratic hopes X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County aggressive in sex offender checks;  Sheriff comments on Galloway's report X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley wants to end Obamacare, but he doesn't have a better idea X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sex offender registry is working in St. Joe
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature should centralize help for domestic violence victims X
          KC Star's Bill Turque:  Kander's PTSD announcement positions himself well for next bid for office X
          KC Star op-ed:  NAACP chapter president supports Clean Missouri, minimum-wage hike X
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        Saturday, October 6
       
P-D's Raasch:  Trump delivers on a campaign promise that may be more important than the presidency itself;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          P-D's Raasch:  Impact of Kavanaugh vote on McCaskill, other endangered Dems X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Socialists organize anti-Kavanaugh rally;  Socialist coed recounts "crawling out of depression" over Kavanaugh to lead fellow anti-capitalists to rally
          Columbia Missourian:  Ad-check series:  Hawley wrong about "Keep Families Together Act"
          Columbia Missourian:  Ad-check series:  McCaskill half-right about sanctuary cities
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum assess McCaskill vs. Hawley on pre-existing conditions;  St. Louis County turnout;  Jason Kander and depression/PTSD
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 1, 2018
          JCNT:  Eric Schmitt's MO ABLE program expanded to allow greater savings X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission swears in new members, signs off on FY2019 budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri's oversight to be examined after $1 billion lawsuit alleges sexual assault at nursing home
          Clayton Times:  In Maryland Heights, MoDOT discusses future transportation opportunities
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway says schools should be required to perform background checks on volunteers X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City says common sense needed when considering minimum wage versus "living wage" X
          P-D letter:  Marthasville man says Hawley's church investigation unlikely to get to the truth X
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        Friday, October 5
       
AP:  General election overview:  McCaskill vs. Hawley
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Hawley shares message of Christian faith during Hannibal-LaGrange University chapel service X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Hawley choose to prioritize issues other than "climate change" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gina Loudon talks Trump at Boone County Pachyderms' annual chili supper
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Law prof angry that fellow liberals didn't send him anti-Kavanaugh letter to sign:  "I've never felt less relevant in my life"
          P-D:  Daily gallery of anti-Kavanaugh protest:  Obese woman in combat boots detained after chaining herself to fellow protester;  Mob stands in busy Clayton street while police maintain order;  Other protester activities taking place during work day X
          The Missouri Times:  Munzlinger urges votes against Amendment 3, citing concerns of eminent domain violations
          P-D:  Add 'unpaid tax bill' to financial questions about Republican candidate for Missouri auditor X
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway seeks dismissal of lawsuit against A New Missouri, says Democrat 'has no skin in the game'
          KWMU:  Greitens' former non-profit campaign group wants lawsuit seeking records tossed out
          Missourinet:  Hanaway trying to get lawsuit against 'A New Missouri' dropped
          P-D:  Nonprofit tied to Greitens tries to thwart Democrat's lawsuit X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Black woman hopes to get more black women to the polls
          The Missouri Times:  House Chief Clerk and Administrator Adam Crumbliss moving to executive branch
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announces MO Able to Work Initiative during Disability Employment Awareness Month
          The Missouri Times:  National report shows progress in Missouri's mission to provide high-speed Internet to schools
          P-D:  State board approves tax credits to remake shuttered hospital on Delmar X
          P-D editorial:  Effort from "grassroots" group on tort reform has elements of blatant fraud X
          JCNT editorial:  Missourians should attend MoDOT forums X
          Kraske:  Kander has made it okay for vets, others to ask for help X
          SNL's Andrew Jansen:  Missourians should vote to legalize medical marijuana and help area child's life X
          KC Star letter:  Sedalia octogenarian attempts punchline involving Hartzler's "pointed high heel shoes" and welfare X
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        Thursday, October 4
       
SNL:  Vice President Mike Pence coming to Springfield for Hawley event X
          P-D:  Ad check:  Josh Hawley on pre-existing conditions X
          KWMU:  Woman who designs handbags manufactured in China unhappy with Trump tariffs
          Missourinet:  Jack Cardetti shares thoughts on Jason Kander's announcement
          KMIZ:  General election overview:  Proposition D
          P-D:  Report from Prop D group says 22 of St. Louis' major roads are in poor condition X
          KC Star:  Prop D campaign report:  Here's how much driving on bad, congested roads is costing you in KC X
          KRCG:  New report says drivers in mid-Missouri are losing money while driving on roads
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Few fireworks, but Tony Luetkemeyer and Martin Rucker II spar over 'dark money'
          The Missouri Times:  State Senate candidate Ryan Dillon (D) touts support for Medicaid expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri revenues stabilizing as taxpayers could see increase in withholding
          AP:  Missouri down to one abortion clinic
          Missourinet:  Judge declines to block safety requirement for abortion clinics
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 3, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  If the truth mattered to Roy Blunt, he'd vote 'No' on Kavanaugh X
          KC Star editorial:  Sorry, Pat Roberts. You once praised Claire McCaskill. You can't take it back X
          P-D editorial:  Jason Kander's determination to address PTSD and depression should inspire others X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians still in the dark about REAL ID will need a crash course in compliance X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Obamacare isn't needed to protect preexisting conditions X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Martin:  Unintended consequences and the minimum wage:  Proposition B will lead to job losses X
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        Wednesday, October 3
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Business evolves to benefit from Trump tariffs
          Clayton Times:  Liberals hold anti-Kavanaugh protest outside Blunt's Clayton office
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Male holds sign with punchline involving intercoursing position;  Democratic congressional primary silver medalist Cori Bush yells;  Rotund protest journeywoman Elizabeth Vega fluffs sign;  More X
          P-D:  McCaskill touts independence in new ad, but Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) demands he be removed from it X
          Missourinet:  CNN claims McCaskill holds lead over Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Former SOS Jason Kander drops out of KC mayoral race, sites PTSD and depression
          KC Star:  Kander ends campaign for mayor to focus on his depression, PTSD X
          Missourinet:  Proposition D's Scott Charton:  Gas tax boost would create jobs, send money to Main Street
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Robert Butler hopes Jefferson County voters make state Senate seat Democratic
          JCNT:  6th District Senate candidates Mike Bernskoetter (R), Nicole Thompson (D) stake out positions at forum X
          JCNT:  House District 60 candidates Dave Griffith (R), Sara Michael (D) square off on hot-button issues X
          The Missouri Times:  State sends 22k mailers to comply with judge's order following Motor Voter violation
          JCNT:  Ashcroft notifies voters of registration deadline following court ruling X
          P-D:  Missouri revenue lags, but budget cuts not on horizon X
          Missourinet:  Soybean plant planned for Bootheel expected to create 60 new jobs;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) calls opening a "real shot in the arm" to area
          CDT:  Abortions end at Columbia clinic X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim Education Commissioner Roger Dorson praises Parson, talks about search for new commissioner
          KC Star editorial:  Kander's withdrawal from mayor's race is the bravest choice X
          KC Star editorial:  Voter registration deadline is quickly approaching X
          Messenger:  Veteran who helps others with PTSD says Kander's note will save lives X
          KC Star letter:  KC man blames Parson, Hawley, local GOP officials for lack of movement on clergy investigations X
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        Tuesday, October 2
       
P-D:  Urban church posts video of McCaskill, a dark-money critic, praising dark-money groups helping her campaign X
          KWMU:  Hawley wants special counsel to investigate Feinstein
          AP:  Hawley says he believes Kavanaugh was 'falsely accused'
          AP:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services gives University of Missouri Extension grant to expand programs for elderly
          The Missouri Times:  AARP endorses "Clean Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  National group buys billboards in support of "Clean Missouri"
          JCNT:  Jefferson City Council supports Prop D X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on why his re-election bid is tougher than ever before
          The Missouri Times:  Primary opponent backs Tony Luetkemeyer for state Senate
          Missourinet:  General election preview:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) vs. Sarah Semple;  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) vs. Maren Bell Jones
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) to separate legal defense, campaign funds X
          JCNT:  Judge expects to rule on voter ID case next week X
          KWMU:  Arguments wrap up in Missouri's voter ID lawsuit
          P-D:  Missouri's voter ID law under microscope X
          AP:  Judge raises concern about Missouri voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Final arguments made in lawsuit challenging voter ID law
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action holds gun-control forum
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri granted REAL ID extension until August 1, 2019
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets REAL ID extension
          Columbia Missourian:  State gets last REAL ID extension it should need
          P-D:  Missouri gets another extension to comply with airport ID rules X
          KC Star:  Missouri gets another extension to comply with REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian:  Deadline looms for Planned Parenthood fetus terminations in Columbia
          Missourinet:  Galloway says law enforcement must step up efforts to capture 1,200 missing sex offenders
          AP:  Whereabouts of almost 1,300 Missouri sex offenders unknown
          P-D:  Sex-offender tracking in St. Louis City among worst in the state, audit shows X
          P-D:  Missouri officials are dropped from wrongful-death lawsuit of disabled man found in concrete X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office reports 5,424 untested 'rape kits'
          JCNT editorial:  Parsons start new tradition at mansion X
          KC Star editorial:  The sex offender next door:  1,300 missing Missouri criminals must be found quickly X
          P-D op-ed:  Sierra Club's Jennifer Conner:  Eleven Point River marks 50 years as a wild and scenic river X
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        Monday, October 1
       
October 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jim Talent on Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri, and more;  Panel of John Hancock and Reps. Tracy McCreery, Derek Grier and Bruce Franks talk McCaskill-Hawley, Clean Missouri, more
           SNL:  Area feminists to hold "#MeToo" protest Saturday;  Gabfest to feature "music, poetry, dance and testimony" X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  General election preview:  Proposition D X
           Missourinet:  The inaugural Parson Family Fall Festival set for Saturday in Jefferson City
           JCNT:  MoDOT meetings in seven districts planned for October X
           Missourinet:  1,200 Missouri sex offenders not complying with law, including failing to check in with officers
           KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants Parson to pardon arsonist;  Joshua Williams was caught on video attempting to set QuikTrip on fire during riot
           Waters:  Monthly endorsement of Clean Missouri X
           CDT op-ed:  Chip Cooper:  Vote 'Yes' on Clean Missouri X
           KC Star op-ed:  Former O'Reilly Auto Parts CEO endorses Proposition B X
           Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  To help the poor, earned income tax credit better than minimum wage hike
           KC Star influencer series:  Minimum wage X
           KC Star letter:  Pleasant Hill man irked that McCaskill rushed to judgment on Kavanaugh X
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        Sunday, September 30
       
P-D:  Despite unspecified time frame, EPA and outside experts do not anticipate delays, snags in West Lake cleanup X
          CDT:  Competing plans complicate medical pot legalization X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer shrugs off Dems' "blue wave" hopes ahead of first debate
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Senate District 6 candidates discuss state employee pay X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 49 candidates advocate raising state employee pay X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  Increasing state pay is challenge to District 59 candidates X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 59 candidates field questions X
          JCNT:  General election preview:  House District 60 candidates share plans for improving state employee pay X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 24, 2018
          P-D editorial:  West Lake landfill solution marks an incomplete victory for residents X
          JCNT editorial:  Parson should sign STEM bill X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri is failing domestic violence victims. The good news is, it's fixable. X
          Messenger:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated "StandUnited" sends lawmakers e-mails from fake constituents, uses others' names without consent X
          SNL letter:  Area liberal lists grievances against Billy Long, including a 2011 tweet about Amy Winehouse X
          P-D letter:  Labadie man says tax money should go to repair existing infrastructure X
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        Saturday, September 29
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum discuss Jefferson County's importance to November elections, Kavanaugh and McCaskill-Hawley, Clean Missouri
          AP:  Hawley to speak at university chapel, despite IRS guidelines
          AP:  McCaskill:  Missouri nail company could close, and Trump is to blame
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  KWMU reporter Ryan Delaney talks charter schools
          CDT:  Rock Bridge seniors achieve perfect ACT scores;  Minority students choose to work hard, achieve success X
          JCNT:  Missouri to receive $2.2 million in Uber data breach settlement X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Support grows for gas tax hike X
          Washington Missourian's Monte Miller:  Thoughts from Trump's rally in Springfield last week X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Incoming state Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R):  McCaskill attacks Missouri business owners, men
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal calls Ann Wagner a coward X
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        Friday, September 28
       
KWMU:  As nation watches Kavanaugh hearing, Hawley decries Supreme Court process as 'a circus'
          AP:  McCaskill cheers Ford testimony, calls accuser "courageous"
          KC Star:  National liberal groups bankroll effort to register blacks in Missouri;  Jobs With Justice, Missouri Faith Voices, other liberal Missouri groups taking marching orders from D.C. X
          AP:  Muslim activist labels pro-Hawley ad "Islamophobic"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill calls Trump's car-tariff rationale "a stretch"
          Missourinet:  Hawley active as litigator heading toward election
          The Missouri Times:  EPA decides to remove majority of radioactive waste from West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  EPA approves plan to remove nuclear waste from West Lake landfill after years of complaints
          Missourinet:  EPA plan draws widespread applause as breakthrough
          KWMU:  Q&A on West Lake landfill cleanup
          Washington Missourian:  Fuel tax hike would make roads safer, Prop D proponents say X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) changes mind on marijuana ballot measure, to vote for Amendment 2
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Patrice Billings, filling Democratic ballot slot for Bob Onder's re-election, talks minimum wage, abortion, etc.
          KSMU:  Election preview:  Interview with one (1) area liberal, one (1) conservative activist
          P-D:  Jay Nixon gives pointers - literally - to Jefferson College;  Former governor's father collected Indian arrowheads X
          P-D:  Missouri state Board of Education is looking for its next education commissioner X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 27, 2018
          Missourinet:  Galloway forwards report about missing money in rural Missouri town to FBI
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley needs full authority to investigate the Catholic Church in Missouri X
          Kraske:  Kavanaugh, Clean Missouri may be fading prospects for GOP X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Term Limits National Field Director Scott Tillman:  No wonder the "Missouri Influencers" don't like term limits X
          SNL op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayers deserve boon, not boondoggle, from Community Improvement Districts X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disagrees with Lucan Presson column disagreeing with Post-Dispatch and KC Star editorials disagreeing with Hawley on Johnson amendment +
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        Thursday, September 27
       
SNL:  Hawley refutes McCaskill's health-care criticism X
          P-D:  EPA reaches cleanup decision for West Lake Landfill Superfund site X
          KWMU:  EPA approves final plan to dig out contaminated waste at West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Recreationists, environmentalists wary of EPA's cleanup plan for rivers in Old Lead Belt
          Columbia Missourian:  General election preview:  A closer look at Missouri's three marijuana ballot choices
          KOAM (Joplin):  Breaking down both sides of Proposition D
          KODE (Joplin):  Voters to decide fate of fuel tax
          KZRG (Joplin):  Motor fuel tax set for ballot
          CDT:  Political candidates congregate for youth health forum X
          P-D:  Democrat filling state Senate ballot slot once had police called on him during college-roommate dispute;  GOP's Justin Brown says he won't seek to capitalize on 12-year-old incident X
          Missourinet:  Missouri makes its case in third day of court battle over voter ID
          Show Me Missourah:  St. Clair County:  Scott Faughn talks with County Commissioner Robert Salmon and County Farm Bureau President Garry Noakes about Civil War legacy, Clint Eastwood's "The Outlaw Josey Wales," Truman Lake, area attractions and much more
          Missourinet:  There's optimism in the Bootheel about jobs
          JCNT:  'Hackathon' beefs up state's IT repertoire X
          Missourinet:  SNAP wants Parson to order Hawley to question Catholic Church officials under oath
          JCNT:  Survivor group asks for deeper investigation of priests X
          P-D:  Advocates want Parson to give Hawley subpoena power in Catholic clergy probe X
          CDT:  Hawley asks for 'full court' review of execution ruling X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri makes strides toward ending poverty X
          P-D op-ed:  Obamacare bill author/Massachusetts academic Jonathan Gruber:  Hawley wrong about Obamacare and pre-existing conditions X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long's general-election opponent:  Trump, Long wrong about tariffs X
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  Sure, Ozark took some creative license with Missouri politics. But a casino at the lake? X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action septuagenarian plans to vote for Democrats in November X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notes that CBD is already legal in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  University of California Berkeley coed wants Missouri to expand Medicaid
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        Wednesday, September 26
       
P-D:  Dems uneasy about lack of black motivation to help McCaskill;  Obama, Schumer groups pay for digital ads X
          P-D:  Teenagers who vandalized Barack Obama Elementary and Normandy High School caught;  3 more sought X
          KCUR:  Clay County a Missouri bellwether;  Voter-on-the-street interviews
          AP:  Missouri border mail issue resolved, McCaskill says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves favors an earmarks comeback
          KC Star:  Screenshots show Greitens staffers conducting state business on Confide;  Andy Blunt, others help Team Greitens avoid paper trail X
          CDT:  "Clean Missouri" campaign benefits from dark money X
          Columbia Missourian:  A look at the legal paths for Clean Missouri, Prop D ballot issues
          JCNT:  Candidate forum:  Rudy Veit (R), Linda Ellen (D) face off for Mike Boernskoetter's state rep seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Incoming state Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) praises state's leaders, says Missouri is "moving in the right direction as a state"
          Missourinet:  Liberals' lawsuit against Missouri's voter ID law enters second day in court
          JCNT:  University of Wisconsin-Madison professor opposes Missouri's voter ID law X
          AP:  Parson calls for change to low-income housing tax credits
          Clayton Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) organizes health fair this Saturday;  Local Dem and Republican state reps pitch in
          P-D editorial:  Hawley should begin denouncing third-party ads;  Stars and Stripes PAC radio ad is "Islamophobic" X
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley wrong to demonstrate loyalty to Trump X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  A vote for Amendment 1 will help protect state from gerrymandering
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Trial lawyers' incessant TV commercials a sign of Missouri's fertile lawsuit grounds;  Legislature must make things right next year X 
          Messenger:  Ameren holds rural taxpayers hostage;  Will Kraus (R), Victor Callahan (D) among those to blame X
          Washington Post (6/18/18):  League of Women Voters' Chris Carson:  Current federal system is "undermining our representative democracy, giving politicians the power to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the power to choose their politicians"
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian Louise Wilkerson:  Vote for Clean Missouri, because current Missouri system is "undermining our representative democracy, giving politicians the power to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the power to choose their politicians" X
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        Tuesday, September 25
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley takes aim at McCaskill with new statewide tour
          KWMU:  Hawley reaffirms support for Kavanaugh, calls for Senate to vote soon
          Missourinet:  NY Times piece quotes Jay Nixon, Jay Barnes on impact of Kavanaugh in U.S. Senate race
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Jefferson County to be pivotal in McCaskill-Hawley race;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) +
          SNL:  Profile:  Craig O'Dear (I):  KC lawyer brags about income ("a crazy amount of money"), legal acumen ("I have a great track record ... I tend to win trials") and communications wizardry ("a superior message") X
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner on legislative accomplishments, Kavanaugh, 2019 priorities
          Corporation for Public Broadcasting's "Sharing America" race series:  Local black activists, with mixed record in St. Louis-area primaries, hope to channel rage into November elections
          KWMU:  <X things> jouromeme:  5 (five!) things potential U.S. Census Bureau job applicants should know
          AP:  Missouri high court to let Clean Missouri stay on ballot
          KWMU:  Court says Clean Missouri to stay on ballot
          KC Star:  Clean Missouri will be on November ballot X
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge lets contentious measure go to public vote
          Washington Missourian:  State legislative candidates spar at East Central College forum X
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit from liberal group challenging Missouri's voter ID law being heard in Jefferson City
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's voter ID requirement takes center stage as trial begins
          KWMU:  Missouri's voter ID law challenged in circuit court
          P-D:  Democrat unhappy with price tag after requesting 13,659 public records X
          SE Missourian:  County Commissioners Association to honor Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), five others +
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue updating state's tax tables to make filing taxes more predictable
          P-D:  Normandy High closes for at least three days after two students spray fire extinguishers, break glass and trash classrooms X
          Missourinet:  New report from Wallethub ranks Missouri among best states for teachers
          AP:  Hawley defends duck boat lawsuit in latest court filing
          P-D:  Reginald Clemons, given five consecutive life terms in Old Chain of Rocks double murder, could be free by 2020 X
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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