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Archive - October 2016


    

       
       
Monday, October 31   Happy Halloween!
       
KC Star:  Blunt, GOP statewides rally in KC +
        SNL:  At GOP rally, Scott Walker and statewide slate take aim at Hillary Clinton, Chris Koster X
        KWMU:  Scott Walker the latest national name to stoke Missouri partisans' GOTV fire
        Kraske:  Jason Kander on the millennial mindset +
        P-D:  Profile:  Roy Blunt
        P-D:  Profile:  Jason Kander
        Columbia Missourian:  Thomas Jefferson impersonator's latest gimmick:  Running as write-in candidate for U.S. Senate
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mike Cierpiot;  Panel of Danny Pfeifer and Reps. Jon Carpenter (D), Jeremy LaFaver (D), Glen Kolkmeyer (R) talk Trump-Clinton, MO statewide races, KC-area legislative races
        AP:  Profile:  Eric Greitens
        Brownfield Ag News:  Gov candidate Chris Koster (D) talks ag issues, Medicaid expansion, more;  Eric Greitens (R) declines opportunity for in-depth interview with state's largest radio network
        Missourinet:  Carnahan, Parson debate to be livestreamed at 4 p.m. today;  Missourinet's Brian Hauswirth, Brownfield Ag News' Julie Harker to moderate
        AP:  Tobacco tax ballot initiatives making for strange political bedfellows
        Missourinet:  Overview:  Amendment 6
        SNL:  District 132 overview:  Crystal Quade (D) vs. Thomas Quinn (R) X
        SNL:  District 135 overview:  Randy Alberhasky (D) and Steve Helms (R) X
        SNL:  District 136 overview:  Kevin Austin (R) vs. Jeff Munzinger (D) X
        Columbia Missourian:  44th House District profile:  Tom Pauley (D)
        Columbia Missourian:  44th House District profile:  Cheri Reisch (R)
        KNPN (St. Joseph):  Halloween hijinks:  GOP goblins remove campaign signs from outside Democratic headquarters, post Republican signs in their place
        Washington Missourian:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna to speak at city meeting this morning X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Corporal punishment legal in Missouri, but not St. Joseph X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  State's "Cold Weather Rules" going into effect for those who've chosen to not pay their bills X
        JCNT endorsement:  'No' on Amendment 6 X
        Messenger:  Turning 50 prompts reflections on a changing political world;  In a better era, guys used to be able to drink beer with men of the other political party
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  New weekly columnist:  Seasoned citizen Ken Midkiff recites his resume, says readers should expect "unabashed liberal" opinions
        Quincy Herald-Whig letter:  Hannibal woman appreciates Blunt's work on Pell grants
        SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian mocks Billy Long, attempts punchline involving Las Vegas X
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian says Amendment 3 is a Trojan horse
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        Sunday, October 30
       
SNL:  Cruz, Blunt, Long to headline GOP rally in Springfield on Wednesday X
          KC Star:  Blunt campaign pokes Kander over Clinton and FBI investigation +
          KC Star:  Cleaver, at Dem GOTV rally:  News of FBI investigation was "not good, was not helpful" +
          SNL:  Fact check:  Did Blunt sneak in tobacco provision? X
          SNL:  Fact check:  Is Jason Kander as liberal as Hillary Clinton? X
          Missourinet:  Blunt says he wants more health care choices for Missourians
          SNL:  Overview:  Billy Long's re-election X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door (R) on high alert for anyone attempting to commit voter fraud X
          P-D:  What Missourians can expect when shopping on HealthCare.gov for 2017 coverage
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit);  Panel of Danny Pfeifer and Reps. Jon Carpenter (D), Jeremy LaFaver (D) and Glen Kolkmeyer (R)
          P-D:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to make stops for Greitens today in St. Louis, Springfield and KC;  Blunt to take part in KC event
          SNL:  Union's GOTV push draws twelve (12) volunteers;  Koster mingles with small crowd X
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll:  In attorney general race, Josh Hawley leads Teresa Hensley by 10
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll:  Tobacco taxes failing, voter photo ID and campaign limits doing well
          Drebes:  Family tobacco business pays for anti-Amendment 3 website
          Missourinet:  Opponents of Amendment 3 say measure could end stem cell research
          SNL:  Overview:  Ballot initiatives X
          Webster-Kirkwood Times:  Overview:  Ballot initiatives;  Comments from campaign-limits activist/community college prof John Messmer
          CDT:  City spokesman says Rowden's anti-Webber "Wanted" fliers are improperly posted on city utility poles X
          P-D endorsement:  Jason Kander (D) for U.S. Senate
          KC Star endorsement:  Roy Blunt (R) for U.S. Senate +
          Washington Missourian endorsements:  Chris Koster (D) for governor
          CDT endorsement:  Teresa Hensley (D) for attorney general X
          SNL endorsements:  Yes on Amendments 1, 2 and 4;  No on both tobacco taxes and Amendment 6 X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens refuses to answer questions about dark money - and the issue won't go away X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  To ease Missouri's opioid epidemic, prioritize treatment X
          SNL op-ed:  League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri:  Vote 'No' on Amendment 6;  Gals say photo ID provision discriminates against olds, females, others who can't handle herculean task of obtaining a free ID X
          P-D editor Gilbert Bailon:  Come downtown on Wednesday night to hear me speak about the media and "informed voting"
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian is upset Post-Dispatch didn't send a reporter to her League of Women Voters forum, and that Ann Wagner didn't attend either
          KC Star letter:  Greenwood man says Missouri's lack of early voting is a form of vote suppression +
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        Saturday, October 29
       
KWMU:  Biden urges crowd at packed Pageant to get Kander to U.S. Senate
          P-D:  Biden, in St. Louis speech, touts Jason Kander as part of new 'greatest generation'
          P-D:  Ted Cruz to stump for Blunt, other statewides next week in Joplin and Springfield
          KC Star:  Overview:  Missouri's congressional incumbents vs. quixotic ballot-slot fillers +
          KC Star:  Stereotype-breaking voter profiles:  Black gal and Latina grandma for Trump, two white males for Clinton +
          KWMU:  SLU law prof analyzes Missouri's Obamacare premium increases
          Columbia Missourian:  After pressure from McCaskill, MU can keep offering health insurance to grad students
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens makes stop in Kennett, calls Koster "a corrupt, crooked, Clinton-style career politician" +
          The Missouri Times:  New MRP mailer takes aim at Koster on Medicare cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens vs. Koster:  A week in review
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens claims he's the frontrunner, stops in St. Joseph X
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll shows Greitens tied with Koster
          SNL:  Brunner vs. Greitens conflict continues as election nears X
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide office campaigns:  A week in review:  Carnahan vs. Parson, Ashcroft vs. Smith, Baker vs. Schmitt, Hawley vs. Hensley
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Mike Huckabee speaks at Vitae Foundation event, talks up Jay Ashcroft at Buchanan County GOP headquarters X
          JCNT:  Helias High School students vote in mock election;  Trump wins with 77 percent of vote;  Other GOP statewide candidates receive 70-90 percent of vote - except Greitens, who got 61% X
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 2
          KCTV:  Voters to consider two tobacco tax increases
          P-D:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  Lawmakers to appropriate tobacco tax revenue if Amendment 3 passes
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 4
          CDT:  Muleskinners group hears pros, cons of voter photo ID proposal X
          CDT:  Rowden pushes back against Webber ad on father's consulting firm X
          The Missouri Times:  Top state Senate races:  A week in review:  Rowden vs. Webber, Jotte vs. Sifton, Lasater vs. Rizzo, Bechtold vs. Silvey
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) vs. Donnie Owens (D) +
          The Missouri Times:  Several House candidates behind in filing Missouri Ethics Commission quarterly reports
          SNL:  Voting machine testing conducted in Greene County X
          P-D:  Democratic House leaders Jake Hummel, Gail McCann Beatty say new facts brought to light by Steve Roberts' case are "concerning"
          JCNT:  Nixon closes state offices Friday after Thanksgiving, giving state employees an extra day to spend with their friends and families X
          KWMU:  Monsanto opens high-tech greenhouses in midst of acquisition;  Gov. Jay Nixon, Ann Wagner speak at ribbon-cutting
          SE Missourian:  Last public meeting on state license plate design to be held next week +
          CDT:  Local costume shop, Koster's office resolve lawsuit over cosmetic contact lenses X
          CDT:  Concerned Student 1950 celebrates one-year anniversary of Homecoming Parade disturbance, ensuing drama X
          KC Star endorsements:  Russ Carnahan (D) for lieutenant governor;  Jay Ashcroft (R) for secretary of state;  Eric Schmitt (R) for treasurer;  Josh Hawley (R) for attorney general +
          Messenger:  Why I left Cora Faith Walker's "I'm no angel" nugget out of original column
          SNL op-ed:  Discount Smokes & Beer's Jim Boeving:  Amendment 3 is another "Big Tobacco" scheme X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Emily Runge:  Unclear whether Amendment 3 would improve education
          SE Missourian letter:  Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter):  Vote 'No' on Amendment 3 +
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        Friday, October 28
       
P-D:  Mason-Dixon Missouri poll:  Trump leads Clinton by 5, with Blunt and Kander virtually tied;  Sample size only 625
          KWMU:  Profile:  Blunt says his past and his work reflect views and values of most Missourians
          The Missouri Times:  Fewer St. Louis City residents voting absentee so far this year than in 2012
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Ann Wagner chats with Mannies & Rosebaum about decision to withdraw support for Trump, driving GOP turnout for other races in her district, more
          The Riverfront Times:  Steve Roberts sues Cora Faith Walker for defamation, malicious prosecution and other offenses;  Evidence includes store surveillance video, receipts from couple's wine-and-pizza-fueled intercoursing tripleheader
          The Missouri Times:  After charges against him dismissed, Steve Roberts fights back with suit of his own;  Attorney says Walker's false "rape" charge undermines true victims of actual assaults
          P-D:  Roberts sues Walker over "demonstrably false allegations;"  Roberts says night before St. Louis "assault," Walker showered in his KC hotel room, engaged in picture-taking foreplay
          KMOX:  Roberts:  Cora Walker's rape lie, sympathy-fishing and paramour-besmirching done to "advance her political career;"  No comment from Walker
          P-D:  Four days ago:  Walker:  I did not have sexual relations with that man, Mr. Roberts
          Missourinet:  Overview:  Amendment 2
          P-D:  Large tobacco companies spending significant money on tobacco tax amendments
          KWMU:  Radio station to hold moderated conversation next Tuesday on tobacco taxes and Amendments 4 and 6
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) on need for Amendment 6 +
          Missourinet:  Missouri marijuana advocate Dan Viets:  Pro-pot people will totally get their stuff together by 2018
          CDT:  Fact-check:  Rowden, Webber attack ads X
          KWMU:  48 judges face retention elections in November - 47 get passing marks from the bar
          Missourinet:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) vows to change murky Missouri law on ballot selfies
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) wins top award for Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, looks toward next legislative challenge
          The Missouri Times:  Incoming Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City) hopes his next eight years driving to Jefferson City as part of Democratic superminority will amount to more than "a protest vote"
          P-D:  Ameren project on hold as PSC decides whether it should regulate charging stations
          KWMU:  Survey of northern Missouri's bat population in the works
          CDT endorsement:  Judy Baker (D) for state treasurer X
          P-D editorial:  Without consistent levee and flood plain management, disaster looms for many communities
          P-D op-ed:  Rev. Karen Anderson:  Black youths' bad behavior should be blamed on school suspension policies, law enforcement officers, and juvenile justice system
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Nixon and Democrats are focused on appeasing unions, trial attorneys
          SNL letter:  Springfield octogenarian says Blunt, Long deserve the heave-ho X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood octogenarian says that as governor, Eric Greitens would make Missourians poor and sick
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        Thursday, October 27
       
The Missouri Times:  Remington Research (R) poll:  Trump surges in Missouri;  Greitens narrows gap with Koster;  More
          P-D:  Outside groups spending heavily in Blunt-Kander race
          SNL:  Democrat, Libertarian candidates debate in 7th Congressional District;  Genevieve Williams (D), Benjamin Brixley (L) compete for silver medal X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill defends Obamacare;  Koster on Medicaid expansion;  Greitens' Will Scharf on changing Missouri's judicial selection process +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith criticizes actions of EPA in dicamba probe:  "I don't believe the EPA needs to be down here" +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party to file SEC complaint against Greitens for alleged 'pay-to-play' activities
          AP:  Fight continues over secretive giving to Greitens' campaign
          P-D:  Missouri Dems seek SEC investigation over $2M contribution to Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 2
          The Missouri Times:  Clashes over Amendment 3 continue as questions arise over appropriation of funds
          Missourinet:  Missouri NEA calls Amendment 3 'slush fund for politicians and private schools'
          CDT:  Overview:  District 47:  Chuck Basye vs. Susan McClintic X
          CDT:  Profile:  Chuck Basye (R) X
          CDT:  Profile:  Susan McClintic (D) X
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  145th District:  Rick Francis (R) vs. Ronald Pember (D) compete for Shelley Keeney Taylor's open House seat +
          CDT:  Local Dems speak at NAACP event X
          Drebes:  October quarterly reports:  Leftover cash stashes
          Missourinet:  Nixon touring Missouri touting public health response
          Missourinet:  Mizzou social work prof says new sentencing law could allow arguments for further leniency
          The Missouri Times:  Emery discusses updates on utility ratemaking and modernization
          The Missouri Times:  PSC questions jurisdiction over electric car charging stations
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol warns motorists about deer
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Exclusive:  Kansas City Star aftermath tough times:  After dismissal from paper, Yael Abouhalkah rattles online tin cup for donations
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Roy Blunt (R) for U.S. Senate
          CDT endorsement:  Jason Kander (D) for U.S. Senate X
          Quincy Herald-Whig endorsement:  Eric Schmitt (R) for Treasurer
          SNL op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  Obamacare hinges on Missouri's U.S. Senate race X
          P-D op-ed:  Michigan man says Missouri should embrace 'right-to-work' policy to make wages higher and workers freer
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants paper to educate voters on feasibility of write-in campaigns
          Washington Missourian letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian explains why she prefers Jason Kander over Roy Blunt X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian says Amendment 3 may not be perfect but still deserves 'Yes' vote
          P-D letter:  Former St. Louis County Elections Director Karen Grace (R):  Vote 'No' on tobacco taxes, because it's time to stop subsidizing everyone else's kids
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        Wednesday, October 26
       
Missourinet:  Assistant U.S. attorney will lead election security for Missouri's western district
          KWMU:  Profile:  Heartland Democrat:  Kander hopes to keep proving his doubters wrong in race against Blunt
          KC Star:  Democrats accuse Blunt of coordinating with superPAC
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party criticizes Kander over election issues, ties to Clinton and more
          Missourinet:  McCaskill defends Obamacare;  Senior United States senator weighs in on Missouri state legislators' approach to state Medicaid issue
          P-D:  Prosecutor in Steve Roberts-Cora Faith Walker sex case says no "credible evidence" exists that couple's sex sessions "were anything but consensual;"  Roberts' attorney says he submitted evidence that "conclusively contradicts" Walker's "rape" tale
          Four weeks ago:  Messenger:  Incoming state representative claims colleague raped her;  Cora Faith Walker demands Steve Roberts be denied seat he earned in Missouri House
          Three weeks ago:  KC Star's Sanchez:  While facts are technically unknown, Steve Roberts is definitely wrong for what he's saying about his sexual relationship with Cora Faith Walker
          P-D:  Greitens wants to change how Missouri picks its judges
          SNL:  Koster and state legislative candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Greitens friend and 'dark money' expert both involved in record-breaking donation - but still no disclosure;  Paper expands local polisci prof pundit pool to include one-time interview with STLCC's John Messmer
          The Missouri Times:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to campaign for Eric Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Eric Schmitt chats with journoduo about MOST program, state investments in companies who profit from terrorists, more
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP panel draws one (1) statewide candidate, as Judy Baker stops by and leaves early;  Dem legislative candidates, plus GOP state rep candidate Don Waterman, spend hours sitting through discussion
          The Missouri Times:  Three Republicans sheriffs endorse Teresa Hensley over Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau throws weight behind Soil and Water Tax renewal
          The Missouri Times:  Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Retailers Assocation support Amendment 3
          KC Star:  KC Chamber comes out against Amendment 3
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden ad challenges Stephen Webber on public safety
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic opponent for Ryan Silvey's re-election explains showing up on Republican's doorstep, other oddities
          Drebes:  October report debt listings:  Kurt Schaefer, John Brunner, Peter Kinder
          KRZG:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City):  Taking ballot selfies is a First Amendment right, and I'll fix the killjoy state statute prohibiting them
          KWMU:  Three more school districts earn "provisionally accredited" distinction;  State will reveal names of new letdowns on Nov. 7
          Missourinet:  Missourians can vote now for bicentennial license plate design
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Conservation considers ban on unlimited turtle hunting
          CDT endorsement:  Lieutenant governor:  Vote for the same party as your preferred governor candidate
          Messenger:  Ethics spat over payday-loan industry in St. Louis takes another turn:  Alderman Cara Spencer (D) vs. superattorney Jane Dueker (D)
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man encourages 'Yes' vote on Amendment 1
          P-D letter:  Clayton man says Amendment 4 will protect against neverending string of taxes
          P-D letter:  Des Peres man says editor Gilbert Bailon's arrogant view of readers meshes well with Tony Messenger's lazy and race-baiting columns
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        Tuesday, October 25
       
KWMU's Rachel Lippmann:  "<X things>" journomeme:  Seven (7!) things that worry elections officials 2 weeks before presidential election
          Missourinet:  Nixon says election will be fair despite urban vote fraud uncovered by Post-Dispatch
          Missourinet:  Billy Long expresses disappointment in GOP colleagues abandoning Trump
          KC Star:  Kander launches closing argument with military testimonial;  Blunt focuses on Obamacare +
          SNL:  Outside groups spend big money on Blunt-Kander race X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau presents Blaine Luetkemeyer with "Friend of Farm Bureau" award
          Missourinet:  Greitens mum on Amendment 2
          KC Star:  Greitens, Koster plan KC-area events +
          The Missouri Times' Scott Faughn:  Backstory on Humane Society's Joe Maxwell endorsing Eric Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Greitens "fighting everybody," including GOP;  Missouri Office of Administration's Ryan Burns on Capitol steps timeline +
          KWMU:  Overview:  Russ Carnahan vs. Mike Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Brent Lasater (R) receives $250k more cash in state Senate battle against John Rizzo (D)
          Rosenbaum:  How South County legislative races could matter in the 'right to work' fight:  Scott Sifton vs. Randy Jotte and Cloria Brown vs. Vicki Englund
          SE Missourian:  147th District overview:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R) vs. Greg Tlapek (Libertarian) +
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker pro tem candidates raise funds for party
          P-D:  Advocates for the mentally and physically disabled want candidates to spend more time talking access issues;  Comments from St. Louis Association for Retarded Children's Sharon Spurlock, Paraquad's Cathy Brown
          SNL:  Legalities of Missouri ballot selfies is unclear X
          The Missouri Times:  Bob Holden releases first gubernatorial wine
          KWMU:  Environment Missouri wants more government spending on "carbon-free transportation"
          CDT:  Morehouse College black studies prof to speak at Mizzou event celebrating last year's race disturbances X
          Missourinet:  Eleven Missouri schools in suburban and rural areas earn awards from U.S. Department of Education
          The Missouri Times:  Questions arise if Office of Public Counsel complaint was politically motivated
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  EPA probes off-label use of approved herbicide +
          AP:  State says Buzzfeed reporter doesn't have right to watch executions
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsements:  Mike Parson (R) for lieutenant governor;  Jay Ashcroft (R) for secretary of state;  Judy Baker (D) for treasurer;  Josh Hawley (R) for attorney general X
          P-D endorsement:  Judy Baker (D) for state treasurer
          P-D endorsement:  Teresa Hensley (D) for attorney general
          CDT's Waters:  Endorsements:  Yes on 1;  Yes on 2;  No on 3 and Proposition A;  Yes, or maybe No, on 4;  No on 6 X
          KC Star op-ed:  Columbia business owner:  Updating federal regulatory process would benefit Missouri +
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  National "Black & Engaged" group calls for civic engagement in St. Louis beyond Election Day;  Tara Tee:  "If you're not going to be voting, I expect your community garden to be poppin'"
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Amendment 2 contains gaping loopholes
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        Monday, October 24
       
P-D:  Prosecutors, FBI investigating vote fraud in Berkeley
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Gephardt Institute completes voter registration push, continues election-related programs
          P-D:  Joe Biden will campaign for Kander in St. Louis on Friday
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Columbia College prof on Blunt's need for Trump voters;  Hawley and Hensley criticize each other's experience and donors, respectively +
          Missourinet:  Blunt holds law-enforcement roundtable;  Officials discuss opioid epidemic, describe havoc wreaked by Colorado's marijuana legalization
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Chris Koster;  Panel of Becky Lohmann, Jennifer Bird, Richard McIntosh, Barry Aycock talk Koster vs. Greitens, Schmitt vs. Baker, Amendments 3 and 4, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics - Overtime:  Panel analyzes and picks winners in other statewide contests
          KWMU:  Koster, Greitens oppose Amendment 3, split on other ballot measures
          KMIZ:  Greitens talks about $1.9M donation, provides backstory for his relationship with SEALs for Truth treasurer Nick Britt
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Democrat Judy Baker talks with Rosenbaum about her vision of the state treasurer's office, Schmitt's position on Boeing's state tax credits, more
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 2
          KRCG:  Video:  Rival tobacco tax initiatives to appear on same ballot;  Comments from Linda Rallo, Ron Leone
          P-D:  Amendment 4 opponents say measure could result in higher property taxes
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Stephen Webber (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Caleb Rowden (R)
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) talks road-funding needs
          P-D endorsements:  Yes on 1; Yes on 2;  Yes on 3;  No on 4;  No on 6;  Yes on Prop A
          Messenger:  An open letter to Eric Greitens on ethics:  Criticizing Steve Tilley and Tim Jones - while hiding the identity of your own donors - is disingenuous
          Priddy:  A plainer-explainer summary of November ballot issues
          Student Life (Wash U.) letter:  Law school student supports Amendment 3
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Amendment 3 will help prevent next generation of Ferguson youths from causing problems
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man says Amendment 6 will help keep non-Republicans from voting
          P-D letter:  Woman who works at Wash U. med school's "Contraceptive Choice Center" wants lawmakers to spend more taxpayer money providing birth control
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        Sunday, October 23
       
SNL:  Blunt, Kander differ on key national security and terrorism issues X
          AP:  Blunt-Kander race one of several that could determine Senate control
          KC Star:  Blunt campaign paying Andy Blunt $10k/month +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area high school teacher, local university prof offer criticisms of Trump X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Chris Koster;  Panel of Becky Lohmann, Jennifer Bird, Richard McIntosh, and Barry Aycock talk Koster vs. Greitens, Schmitt vs. Baker, Amendments 3 and 4, more
          Kraske:  The stands of Chris Koster, Eric Greitens on highway issues reveals a lot +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens defends campaign donation from SEALS for Truth
          SNL:  Greitens will 'absolutely' accept outcome of election X
          P-D:  Profile:  Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Profile:  Chris Koster
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Missouri ballot measures +
          CDT:  Politicians populate parade as MU Homecoming passes without disruption X
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidates flock to MU Homecoming parade
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Homecoming parade draws demonstrators, but no interruptions
          CDT:  Martha Stevens, Don Waterman commit to university funding, but differ on most issues X
          CDT:  Profile:  Martha Stevens (D) X
          CDT:  Profile:  Don Waterman (R) X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Profile:  Lena Samford (D) +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Profile:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R) +
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon:  Economic development to remain a priority in final months of term X
          CDT:  Nixon releases funds to support Missouri Task Force 1 X
          Monett Times:  Woman challenging Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) seeks to change state handout programs;  Stephanie Davis (I) talks of seeing welfare recipients buying steaks and lobster
          JCNT:  Steps to Capitol building almost finished X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Eric Greitens (R) for governor X
          P-D endorsement:  Chris Koster (D) for governor
          KC Star endorsement:  Chris Koster (D) for governor +
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 1 X
          Washington Missourian non-endorsement:  Yes, or maybe no, on Amendment 2 X
          SE Missourian's Gary Rust:  Why Roy Blunt deserves re-election +
          P-D op-ed:  Dena Ladd:  Why medical research advocates are so concerned about Amendment 3
          P-D editor Gilbert Bailon:  Tony Messenger wins Mizzou award for 'courageous editorial voice'
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NRA-ILA's Jennifer Baker responds to PolitiFact piece, says Kander's record is anti-gun
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says paper's coverage of SEALS for Truth donation shows anti-Greitens bias
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        Saturday, October 22
       
KC Star:  Outside spending sets Missouri record for U.S. Senate race +
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Kander talks with Kraske about "common-sense" overhaul of immigration, background checks, more
          Lebanon Daily Record:  Blunt visits local GOP headquarters, talks Supreme Court and Obamacare
          KOLR:  Blunt visits Springfield, discusses job growth
          P-D:  Blunt meets with Post-Dispatch editorial board, talks Trump's hypothetical Supreme Court picks - including Missouri's Ray Gruender
          P-D:  Judge orders shakeup of Eagle Forum
          The Missouri Times:  October tip sheet:  Statewide races
          The Missouri Times:  HSUS' Joe Maxwell (D) endorses Eric Greitens;  Former lt. gov says Greitens respects what 2010's Proposition B did for "those female dogs"
          SNL:  Dueling tobacco tax initiatives cause confusion X
          The Missouri Times:  October tip sheet:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  October tip sheet:  Missouri House races
          SNL:  Area legislative candidates learn about Springfield-area child abuse X
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP hosts job fair and political luncheon honors;  Scott Faughn honored with "Media Partner of the Year" award
          Missourinet:  Nixon releases $8.7 million, following Volkswagen's settlement
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon releases $8.7 million;  Soybean farmers applaud restoration of biodiesel funds
          Missourinet:  State recovers $1.6 million from delinquent Medicaid contractor
          Missourinet:  Dedication planned to honor mid-Missouri soldiers caught in middle of monument controversy
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators meet without naming presidential selection X
          KC Star:  In wake of Trump "Access Hollywood" video, paper solicits - and publishes - readers' tales of drunken intercoursing, sexual force and domination;  Paper promotes anti-Trump hashtag +
          KOLR:  Missouri, Arkansas offer different solutions for feral hogs;  MO Dept. of Conservation says trapping wild, destructive animals more effective than simply shooting them
          P-D:  Man who shot police officer in arm captured, charged;  Officers were serving Jo'Von Mitchell with warrant for previous crime when he opened fire
          KC Star endorsements:  Missouri Senate:  Jason Holsman (D), Brent Lasater (R), Ryan Silvey (R) +
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Blunt TV ad playing Kander's comments regarding "pinkos, Commies and leftists" +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man believes he has found loophole in Amendment 2
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian tells 1960s harassment tale, wants McCaskill to investigate female Missouri National Guard employee for not sounding sympathetic enough
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        Friday, October 21
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on VA services;  MU prof Peverill Squire on Missouri Dem candidates clinging to their guns;  Teresa Hensley on Koster's performance as Cass County Prosecutor +
          KMOX:  Global election expert Paul DeGregorio (R) says Trump's talk about "rigged" elections is irresponsible (note:  party ID corrected)
          KC Star:  Election officials, academics weigh in on voter fraud;  Man, woman pleaded guilty to voter fraud in Kansas City in 2013 +
          SNL:  Blunt:  'Of course' I'll accept election results X
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith talks Trump's impact on Blunt's re-election
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bill Otto (D-Maryland Heights) explains to Mannies & Rosenbaum his rationale for giving up state rep seat to take November loss against Ann Wagner
          KWMU:  With party switch in his past, Koster hopes to blaze a new trail as governor
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact analysis:  Greitens' claim about Koster and Backpage.com rated "Mostly False"
          KWMU:  Overview:  Secretary of state:  Jay Ashcroft (R) vs. Robin Smith (D)
          KWMU:  "On the Air" podcast:  Host Don Marsh talks with GOP SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft
          Missourinet:  Eric Schmitt forms special needs coalition
          SNL:  Hawley, Hensley debate in Springfield X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Ag Director Richard Fordyce talks budget cuts to Dairy Revitalization Act, previews upcoming Governor's Conference on Agriculture, more
          Columbia Missourian:  MU students told to expect smaller Bright Flight awards
          Columbia Missourian:  Before MU Homecoming, another closed session for curators
          Missourinet:  Legislative task force organizes to tackle dyslexia in public schools
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools still fixing water fountains, pipes
          P-D:  After years near the bottom, Missouri is finally doing more to boost energy efficiency  
          AP:  Missouri gets $8.7M from Volkswagen after emissions scandal
          KWMU:  MO DNR wants Republic Services to study groundwater flow, install additional wells;  Amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman shares her theory on geological physics
          P-D:  Republic Services will continue monitoring landfill's environmental impacts
          CDT endorsement:  Stephen Webber (D) for state Senate X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Vote 'No' on tobacco taxes and Amendment 6;  Vote 'Yes' on Amendments 1 and 2
          KC Star letter:  Blue Springs man finds Kander more believable than Blunt on veterans' issues +
          SE Missourian letter:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson):  Vote 'No' on Amendment 3 +
          SE Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian references his previous anti-tax letters to the editor, delivers plot twist with support for Amendment 3 +
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal activist criticizes Rowden's claim that government doesn't create jobs, points to thousands of Columbians employed by public university system
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        Thursday, October 20
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis County Dem election official predicts voter intimidation at polls;  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) suggests lobbyists are human +
          KMOX:  Global election expert Paul DeGregorio (R) says Trump's talk about "rigged" elections is irresponsible;  Kander:  "There's no Democratic or Republican way to run an election"
          KWMU:  Blunt, Kander vie to show who cares the most about veterans
          SE Missourian:  Kander calls for VA changes during Cape campaign stop +
          P-D:  Campaign fundraising report roundup:  Clay, Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Smith
          CDT:  Obamacare options limited in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  FBI:  Largest prostitution and sex trade sting shows Missouri is not immune to these crimes
          KWMU:  New Mississippi River website is expected to boost tourism
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Democrats, Republicans embrace guns in campaign ads;  Koster, Kander, Webber join GOP candidates in using firearm imagery
          KWMU:  Man on a mission:  Eric Greitens embarks on quest to become Missouri's governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens aims to tie Koster to Clinton
          SNL:  Greitens gets another $1 million of Humphreys money, gets hit with ethics complaint X
          P-D:  John Brunner files subpoena to get Greitens to talk about controversial California contributor Michael Goguen
          AP:  Video shows Teresa Hensley slamming Chris Koster's work as prosecutor;  Comments were made at 2006 debate
          P-D:  Teresa Hensley walks back 2006 criticism of Chris Koster
          The Missouri Times:  Poll:  Koster maintains lead, but downballot races look good for Republicans
          KMOX:  Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn discusses new poll, says Greitens "may have found a message that sticks"
          The Missouri Times:  Next governor will be forced to make tough choices on transportation funding
          CDT:  Hawley leads Hensley in money chase, while other area hopefuls lag behind rivals X
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters hosts forum on November ballot measures
          KMOX:  Overview:  Amendment 4, stopping new sales taxes on services
          Missourinet:  Overview:  Amendment 6, voter photo ID
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Todd Richardson assisting battleground districts across state
          KMIZ:  Columbia-area state Senate, state rep candidates attend forum:  Transcript of Webber, Rowden, Reisch, Pauley, Stevens, Waterman, Basye, McClintic talking road funding, MU appropriations, much more
          CDT:  State rep candidate Cheri Reisch to pay $100 fine over missing language in Boone County Fair program book X
          Liberty Tribune:  Overview:  Rep. T.J. Berry (R) vs. Brian Lautenschlager (L) in 38th House District
          The Standard (Missouri State University):  MSU grad Daniel Bogle (R) running for Genise Montecillo's state rep seat
          Drebes:  New campaign committees:  Mike Allen and member of the Gates BBQ empire
          CDT:  Boone County poll workers train for Nov. 8 election X
          The Missouri Times:  Agriculture's storyteller-in-chief:  Dept. of Ag's Richard Fordyce earns bipartisan praise for commitment to Missouri's farmers, ranchers and consumers
          Missourinet:  Missouri's unemployment rate continues to climb
          CDT:  Spokesman:  University of Missouri curators unlikely to complete presidential search this week X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri curators reportedly close to choosing new system president +
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant School District opposes NAACP plans to alter elections
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves dates for local hearings on Grain Belt Express lines
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee meets to discuss legislative issues, potential recapture of funds
          CDT endorsement:  Tom Pauley (D) for 44th District state rep X
          P-D editorial:  Term limits have had deleterious effect on Missouri Legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  C.W. Wilson fills paper's black-columnist slot after departure of Carl Kenney, pens column opposing Amendment 6
          Columbia Missourian:  Two months ago:  Carl Kenney abdicates black-columnist slot, says he's skipping town because he failed to earn more than $30k/yr. and Columbia has too much "white privilege"
          P-D op-ed:  Vision for Children at Risk's Richard Patton:  Yes on Amendment 3;  Opponents are entirely self-interested
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        Wednesday, October 19
       
P-D:  Missouri GOP women weigh in on Trump;  St. Louis newspaper expands local source pool to include professor that is not a seasoned-citizen Caucasoid male
          P-D:  St. Louis County election officials anticipate polling-place problems, ask police for help;  Commission Chair Richard Kellett (D):  "There are a lot of nuts out there."
          KC Star:  McCaskill's name mentioned in Wikileaks emails;  Dems' brainstorm identified passable VP options among subgroups of women, blacks and Latinos +
          KWMU:  St. Louis agency approves issuing bonds for NGA project
          P-D:  Getting ready for new NGA, St. Louis approves up to $120 million in bonds
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Chris Koster on national Dems ignoring Missouri;  Josh Hawley on Jefferson City politicians +
          KC Star:  Debates becoming less important in statewide contests +
          P-D:  With exception of governor race, Republicans outraising Dems in statewide contests
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Teresa Hensley talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about her experience, Second Amendment and urban criminals, more
          The Missouri Times:  Latest criticisms of Amendment 3 revolve around abortion
          KWMU:  Jennings School District welcomes anti-voter-ID campaign;  Denise Lieberman of "Missouri Voter Protection Coalition" given speaking time at junior high assembly to  campaign against Amendment 6
          CDT:  Political party, union funds pour into Boone County state legislative races X
          P-D:  Fight over residency of Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) back in court
          The Missouri Times:  Samuel Diehl visitation, funeral arrangements
          Missourinet:  Federal overtime rule will have $2 million impact on Missouri state budget
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission holds first hearing in road to funding new housing projects
          Missourinet:  Prisoner work-release labor helps save MoDOT millions
          P-D:  Centene subsidiary awarded expanded Medicaid contract in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Deadline announced for construction of Capitol steps project
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Line closing in on final order from PSC
          Missourinet:  Koster's office sues Volkswagen for violating state environmental laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says 4,300 feral hogs have been killed this year
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Donald Trump for President X
          CDT endorsement:  Chris Koster (D) for governor X
          KC Star editorial:  Republican senators' obstruction of justice continues, and Missourians should vote against Blunt +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's graduation rate is great, but students might not be prepared for life after high school
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Personal endorsements:  Vote for all Democrats for statewide offices, and the Democrat running against Hartzler;  Also, vote to limit campaign contributions
          KC Star op-ed:  Popeye's worker skips opportunity to pick up extra shifts, takes free bus trip to St. Louis for debate protest +
          CDT op-ed:  Missouri Press Association's Jean Maneke:  Missouri Legislature should take Sunshine Law more seriously X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian reacts to Messenger column on artifacts, expresses outrage that successful businessman negotiated lending agreement with state
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area social worker says Medicaid recipients should not be held accountable for flaking on appointments
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says that in the face of savage attacks on police officers, decent people should contribute to BackStoppers
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        Tuesday, October 18
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton campaign sending money to Missouri to help elect Jason Kander and other Democrats
          KC Star:  Republicans pounce as Hillary Clinton sends money to Missouri +
          USA Today:  Clinton campaign sending money to Missouri to help turn out vote
          Drebes:  Hillary Clinton's transition team hires Cleaver aide
          KC Star:  DNC bus tour focuses on GOTV effort;  Headliners Emanuel Cleaver, Sly James draw 30 to downtown rally +
          KC Star:  "It Happened to Me" promo:  In wake of Trump controversy, newspaper invites readers to share their own experiences;  Top storytellers may be contacted by reporters, see their tales in print +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Kander hears about education in St. Joseph visit X
          Rosenbaum:  Why Kander's rise in the polls shouldn't be that shocking
          KWMU:  Statewide candidates show bank balances headed into the home stretch
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Governor:  Eric Greitens, Chris Koster
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' donor's donor still a mystery
          AP:  Donors behind $2M check to Greitens remain a secret
          SNL:  Greitens donor stays secret as local legislative hopefuls report their cash X
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, some Joplin first responders say Greitens wrong to politicize 2011 tornado
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens on decision to quit Navy Reserves;  Mike Parson on getting more young people into agriculture +
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Lieutenant Governor:  Russ Carnahan, Mike Parson
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Secretary of State:  Jay Ashcroft, Robin Smith
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  State Treasurer:  Judy Baker, Eric Schmitt
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Attorney General:  Josh Hawley, Teresa Hensley
          KOLR:  Tobacco tax campaigns take to the TV;  Comments from Linda Rallo, Ron Leone
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Missouri Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  October quarterly reports:  Missouri House of Representatives candidates
          Missourinet:  Donors break contribution records in governor's race;  Nixon urges voters to pass contribution limits
          Missourinet:  Missouri's strategic highway safety plan to be unveiled Tuesday in Columbia
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McKenna details MoDOT challenges X
          Missourinet:  Dent County, city of Salem receive Workforce Ready Certifications
          SE Missourian:  CNN pundits disagree civilly in debate at Southeast Speaker Series +
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative task force on dyslexia to hold first meeting
          SE Missourian:  City of Jackson to ask area lawmakers to draft law allowing public-safety tax +
          CDT:  Trib Talks event to be held tonight;  Newspaper facilitates opportunity for readers to discuss community "inequities" with strangers X
          CDT endorsement:  Robin Smith (D) for Secretary of State X
          P-D editorial:  Female who leads Missouri National Guard's sexual assault response program wrong to make Facebook comment regarding Trump and the media's fixation on supposed-victim tales
          Messenger:  State employee wrong to express opinions critical of news media on her personal Facebook page
          P-D letter:  Peabody SVP Vic Svec responds to Tony Messenger column on Ken Bone and energy
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian says Blunt's voting record shows antipathy toward olds
          SE Missourian letter:  Septuagenarian explains why her League of Women Voters klatch opposes voter photo ID +
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        Monday, October 17
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Trump;  Koster on campaign-contribution limits
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt disagree on Trump
          KZRG:  Blunt campaigns in Carthage
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri pork producers say Trans Pacific Partnership needed
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Dems David Turner and Jeff Roorda, along with Republicans Gregg Keller and Jim Gwinner, discuss Trump-Clinton, Koster-Greitens, other statewide races
          P-D:  Iran-Boeing passenger plane deal plays a role in Missouri state treasurer's race
          KWMU:  Missouri journodo tag-team champions Mannies & Rosenbaum offer Politically Speaking trivia contest;  Quiz here, entry details and prize info in Sifton link below
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) talks with Mannies and Rosenbaum about what unsuccessful bid for House in 2002 taught him, why Senate Dems should stop the futile filibustering, tight race with Jotte, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Randy Jotte talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Medicaid, 'right to work,' more
          Webster-Kirkwood Times:  Overview:  Scott Sifton vs. Randy Jotte
          Monett Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove), woman running as independent share views on Medicaid expansion
          Missourinet:  Nixon to travel to Germany, seeks to ensure Bayer keeps its commitment to Missouri residents and Monsanto employees
          AP:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says SB 656 will lead to more accidental shootings
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Area school districts bracing for transportation funding cut
          Daily American Republic:  In Poplar Bluff, black students make up only 10 percent of student body - but achieve 25% of suspensions
          The Progressive Farmer:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) will fast-track Missouri bill to raise fines on pesticide applicators who knowingly breaking the law
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Sam Graves for U.S. Congress
          Hannibal Courier-Post endorsements:  Yes on Amendments 1, 2 and 4;  No on Amendments 3 and 6;  No on Proposition A
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area sexagenarian unhappy about paper's endorsement of Roy Blunt
          SNL letter:  Illinois man defends Billy Long's support for school choice
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        Sunday, October 16
       
KC Star:  U.S. Senate race overview:  Roy Blunt profile +
        KC Star:  U.S. Senate race overview:  Jason Kander profile +
        P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Democrats highlight Blunt's family, former staffers' livelihood of lobbying;  Comments from one-half of area polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
        AP's Jim Salter:  U.S. Senate race overview;  Reporter avoids rote formulaic approach of peers, interviews St. Louis area polisci prof not named Robertson or Warren (UMSL's David Kimball)
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Mini-profiles;  Third-party candidates compete for bronze medals in Senate, gov races X
        Kraske:  Who wins Missouri, today:  Trump, Koster, Schmitt, Ashcroft;  U.S. Senate race and gov lite are toss-ups +
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Dems David Turner and Jeff Roorda, along with Republicans Gregg Keller and Jim Gwinner, talk Trump-Clinton in MO, Koster-Greitens, others statewide races
        P-D:  Video: Editorial page editor Tod Robberson interviews Eric Greitens
        AP:  Eric Greitens dropped out of Navy Reserve drills
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Mike Parson speaks in Kennett;  GOP lt. gov candidate says he favors right to work, opposes federal mandate to allow teenage boys in girls' restrooms, more +
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Overview:  Constitutional amendments on November ballot +
        KWMU:  Liberals congregate to rally against Amendment 6:  AFL-CIO, Organization for Black Struggle, Missouri Faith Voices, et al.
        CDT:  Overview:  44th District House race:  Tom Pauley (D) vs. Cheri Reisch (R) X
        CDT:  Profile:  Tom Pauley (D) X
        CDT:  Profile:  Cheri Reisch (R) X
        Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Jeremy Wiggins, Missouri's youngest GOP delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention
        SNL:  City of Springfield already identifying lobbying priorities for 2017 Missouri legislative session X
        SE Missourian:  Gun grabbing:  More than 270 firearms stolen in Cape since 2011 +
        Columbia Missourian:  Crossbows in the crosshairs as state opens use of weapon to all archery hunters
        P-D:  Tensions rise in Bootheel over off-label use of approved herbicide;  Law-abiding farmer places responsibility on EPA for regulatory/bureaucratic sloth, and on farmers who chose to break the law
        St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate X
        P-D editorial:  Appeals court flip-flops on anonymity for 'M7,' Missouri's lethal drug provider
        CDT's Waters:  No on Amendment 3 X
        CDT op-ed:  UMSL's David Kimball:  Vote 'No' on Amendment 6, the voter photo ID amendment X
        CDT op-ed:  Terry Schlemeier:  Reaction to Missouri Legislature's veto session five (5) weeks later X
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        Saturday, October 15
       
KC Star:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) cheers Kander, slams Blunt and big business in Kansas City +
          KCUR:  Nearly 1,000 turn out to see Native American Sen. Elizabeth Warren visit home of the Chiefs
          KSHB:  Kander gets help from nationally-renowned liberal Elizabeth Warren in tight race against Roy Blunt
          Politico:  Blunt stands by Trump
          P-D:  FEC sends Blunt campaign routine queries about contributions;  Blunt Deputy Campaign Manager Burson Snyder says fixing reports will require minor bookkeeping or data entry corrections
          USA Today:  Mailing address overview:  Blunt owns residences in Springfield, Mo. and Washington, D.C.
          CDT:  Blunt makes non-campaign stop at MU engineering building X
          KC Star:  Now running for vice president, Tim Kaine makes time for Rockhurst high school reunion;  Virginia senator spends 15 minutes at football game +
          CDT:  Muleskinners meeting features man filling Democratic ballot slot for Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          Missourinet:  VA official:  homelessness among veterans declining in Columbia area
          P-D:  Ken Bone deals with challenging aspect of heightened public profile;  Critics disagree with previous online posts about George Zimmerman's self-defense takedown of Trayvon Martin, appreciation for pregnant women's proper curves, other opinions
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics to debut in Kansas City market
          Missourinet:  Koster supports prescription drug monitoring program legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Koster responds to new line of attack from Greitens about Joplin
          KC Star:  Dem statewide candidates lose day from campaign trail, sit through Sly James meeting of mayors +
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 2, the campaign contribution-limit proposal
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the race for departing Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves) seat:  Democrat Sarah Unsicker vs. Republican Greg Mueller
          The Missouri Times:  Four-way dance for GOP House Caucus Chair:  Elaine Gannon vs. Mike Kelley vs. Glen Kolkmeyer vs. Becky Ruth
          Columbia Missourian:  New Missouri law holds Medicaid recipients accountable for flaking on appointments, but may clash with federal law
          Missourinet:  Portions of SB 656 now in effect
          P-D:  State law lays out guidelines to keep student data secure in Missouri schools
          Missourinet:  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) wants to make sure starting pay is competitive for Missouri Conservation agents
          The Missouri Times:  PSC staff won't get in the way of Westar acquisition
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Hannibal's going batty for official opening of Sodalis;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service to provide updates as harmless bats get fleeting moments of attention
          KWMU:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) to introduce another gun bill next year, starts another gun-safety klatch
          KC Star endorsement:  Hillary Clinton for President +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri's "Right to Farm" amendment was built on paranoia
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Green Building Council's Emily Andrews wants McCaskill, Blunt to support Obama's Clean Power Plan
          Messenger:  Missouri State Museum lends artifacts to Bass Pro Founder's private museum in exchange for $50k contribution;  Indian-artifact givers want items back six month earlier than lending agreement stipulates
          Columbia Missourian Managing Editor Tom Warhover:  We spent a lot of time writing voter guide, so you should spend time reading it
          KC Star letter:  KC man says Missouri leans Republican because a majority of the state is racist +
          P-D letter:  Feminist Sarah Felts responds to P-D editorial on Cora Faith Walker-Steve Roberts sex story, says paper should stop engaging in "victim-blaming"
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        Friday, October 14   Samuel Diehl, son of John Diehl, passes away while at flight school
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on media's obsession with Trump accusers;  Progress Missouri's Laura Swinford on voter photo ID amendment +
          Kraske & Helling's "Deep Background" audio:  How should Roy Blunt handle media's attempt to make Donald Trump a focus of U.S. Senate race? +
          Kraske:  Jason Kander enjoying an astonishing ride;  Even with a loss next month, candidate will be a rising Democratic star +
          P-D:  Blunt says he wants to focus on Missouri issues, not alleged assaults by Bill Clinton or Donald Trump
          NY Times:  Missouri's David Humphreys among GOP donors urging RNC to cut ties to Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner calls for Clinton aide to step down over comments about Catholics
          The Missouri Times:  Debate scene-stealer Ken Bone makes his first product/policy endorsement:  uberSELECT
          AP:  Missouri leads nation in TV ad spending for governor's race;  Thoughts from one-half of St. Louis polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL)
          SNL:  Greitens planning Southwest Missouri bus tour X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Josh Hawley talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about qualifications, Teresa Hensley, Trump, more
          SE Missourian:  Complex politics behind two Missouri tobacco tax issues +
          KWMU:  Amendment 4 overview:  Realtors lead pre-emptive strike against expanding sales taxes to include services
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) faces tough challenge in fending off Randy Jotte
          CDT:  Webber, Rowden ads trade blows over taxes, sex offenders X
          Columbia Missourian:  State, county election officials discuss protecting the vote from hackers, other threats
          Drebes:  Steve Tilley to lobby for Missouri Energy Development Association (MEDA)
          KWMU:  Boeing opens new facility to build commercial airplane parts;  Nixon attends ribbon-cutting
          Missourinet:  Missouri Transportation Department Director Patrick McKenna:  We need big money
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System presidential search committee may have found their qualified black candidate:  Ohio University's Roderick McDavis
          KWMU:  Audit details cybersecurity concerns in Missouri schools
          Missourinet:  DNR testifies about maintenance needs in Missouri state park system
          KWMU:  Committee hears complaints about off-label use of approved herbicide
          Missourinet:  Court reverses decision about Missouri's lethal injection drug supplier
          AP:  Court:  Missouri does not have to disclose pentobarbital supplier
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2
          Waters:  Blunt, Hartzler stick by Trump;  Blunt needs support from "Trump-infested voters" X
          Priddy:  Vote against any candidate who sent you negative mail, or is advocating for what their largest donor wants
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center's Jack Schultz:  Amendment 3 seeks to block research
          KC Star letter:  Nevada, Mo. man wants legislators to stop accepting meals from lobbyists +
          St. Joseph News-Press letter: Chillicothe woman wants legislators to expand Medicaid to cover former prison inmates X
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        Thursday, October 13
       
The Missouri Times:  Remington Research (Axiom) poll of 2,000+ likely MO voters:  Trump, Koster lead in Missouri;  Parson vs. Carnahan too close to call
          The Missouri Times:  Trump comments deterring few in Missouri
          SNL:  Long talks about his decision to maintain support for Donald Trump X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Wagner vs. Hartzler 2018 U.S. Senate primary takes shape with disagreement over Trump;  Kander says Blunt puts party before principle;  McCaskill admits to twitstigating without proofreading +
          KC Star:  Monmouth poll of less than 500 voters shows Blunt with two-point advantage over Kander +
          KWMU:  In latest reports, Kander raises more, while Blunt spends more
          P-D:  Kander outraises Blunt in third quarter, but incumbent has more cash to spend
          AP:  Kander raises $3 million for bid for U.S. Senate
          Washington Missourian:  At area visit, Blunt talks business, Obamacare issues
          KC Star:  Missouri employee claims bias in lost promotion, names Jason Kander as defendant;  Bulgarian immigrant says job he deserved was handed to black woman in the spirit of symbolic diversity +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill wants Missouri veterans clinic to expand business hours
          AP:  Fact-checking Koster, Greitens campaign claims
          SNL:  Latest polls show governor race tightening X
          The Missouri Times:  MOGOP takes aim at Koster with new website
          Missourinet:  New Republican website targets donations to Koster
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Don Marsh has a chat with former fellow TV news personality Robin Smith;  Candidate explains her name ID advantage, shares thoughts on voter photo ID, quotes Martin Luther King, more
          CDT:  Local liberal, conservative debate voter photo ID proposal at League of Women Voters forum X
          The Missouri Times:  House tip sheet:  October;  A look at each competitive House district, and where momentum has shifted in the last month
          CDT:  State legislative candidates clash over ethics proposals X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Incoming state Rep. Fred Wessels (D-St. Louis City)
          Missourinet:  Missouri state agencies requesting additonal $54 million in state budget
          P-D:  Nixon rejects tiny road project that could help a Kroenke development
          Missourinet:  House Select Committee on Ag Chair Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says Legislature will fast-track bill to increase penalties for pesticide applicators who choose to violate federal, state laws
          CDT:  Ohio University president being considered for University of Missouri president X
          Columbia Missourian:  Audit suggests changes to UM System's diversity, equity practices
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Mark Christeson
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 4 X
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 8 (voter ID) X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  People who claim election fraud exists probably believe in the boogeyman X
          CDT's Waters:  Ed Emery's valuable contribution to discussion about gender confusion;  State senator "makes us think, even if we end up in disagreement" X
          P-D op-ed:  Area liberal says refusal to expand Medicaid, increase welfare handouts and raise the minimum wage shows Missouri Republicans are heartless
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        Wednesday, October 12   Missouri voter registration
       
CDT:  Hartzler stands by Trump as some Republicans turn away from nominee X
          Missourinet:  Billy Long calls out establishment Republicans for abandoning Trump
          Roll Call:  Rating the U.S. Senate challengers:  Jason Kander moves to #1
          P-D:  In fundraising letter for Blunt, Speaker Paul Ryan says losing Missouri could mean GOP losing Senate
          SNL:  Jason Kander talks student debt, Senate race at MSU roundtable;  Non-binary millennial chooses to wear hat - backwards - indoors X
          KODE:  Jason Kander visits Joplin to speak with veterans
          The Missouri Times:  AFL-CIO, Americans for Prosperity campaigns target Blunt, Kander
          CDT:  McCaskill talks veterans assistance, disgust with Trump X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill stands up for Missouri farmers, urges EPA consider sound science in review of safe, effective Syngenta herbicide X
          KOMU:  McCaskill visits Patriot Place apartments for veterans
          KRCG:  Homeless veterans find shelter at Patriot Place apartments
          P-D:  Jason Smith says McCaskill offered him a hug, apology after slapdash tweet labeled him "Justin"
          AP:  Gov candidate Q&A series:  Koster, Greitens on marijuana, abortion, LGBTQIA rights in the workplace, SJR 39
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens on charity-political donor overlap;  Hawley on his AG priorities +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens submits Missouri Right to Life survey
          SNL:  Mike Parson to rally in Springfield with agricultural, business leaders X
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt releases first TV ad;  "Inspiration" focuses on his son
          Messenger:  Why is David Humphreys investing in Josh Hawley? Because he wants to bribe incoming AG and influence a class-action lawsuit.
          The Missouri Times:  New anti-Amendment 3 ad features camel mascot
          P-D:  Challengers to tobacco tax hike take fight out of courtroom and onto the airwaves
          CDT:  State Senate race heats up during debate between Caleb Rowden, Stephen Webber X
          CDT:  Caleb Rowden, Cheri Reisch decline to pass judgment on Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) comments regarding "gender confusion" X
          Columbia Missourian:  At League of Women Voters forum, state legislative candidates focus on important state issues, as well as Ed Emery's opinion of homosexuality
          Columbia Missourian:  State legislative candidates appear at disability forum
          CDT:  New registrations, overall voter numbers down in Boone County as deadline nears X
          P-D:  St. Louis City election board failures result in another do-over election;  Ferguson Twitter celeb Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge gets another shot at Rodney Hubbard, Sr. in Dem committeeman race
          The Missouri Times:  Some in agriculture industry fear budget withholds could taint Nixon's legacy
          Missourinet:  Construction industry and state team up for Build Missouri Week
          Columbia Missourian:  Reps. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country), Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) pass cyberbullying bill after six-year effort
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to address off-label use of approved herbicide, State Fair RV parking, park systems upkeep
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area special ed teacher, local officer help black students overcome unwarranted fear of police +
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit firearms enthusiast says he is skeptical of Kander's pro-gun posturing +
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        Tuesday, October 11
       
KWMU:  Blunt maintains support for Trump over Clinton;  Both sides expect more national Dem money to be spend helping Kander
          P-D:  Experts speculate on Trump's impact on Blunt campaign;  Comments from Gregg Keller, John Hancock
          Rosenbaum:  Ferguson notably absent from St. Louis' presidential debate
          P-D:  Red sweater guy Kenneth Bone is Internet sensation after debate;  Rotund Shiloh, Ill. man chose Izod cable-knit number after he split the rear end of his suit
          SNL:  After savage debate, Trump and Clinton supporters find reasons for optimism X
          Student Life (Wash U.):  First-hand experiences from inside the debate hall:  Thoughts from two Clinton supporters
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Campus "Liberation Collective" protest fails;  Liberal coed says she left protest early after "Transsexual people of color"/West Lake Landfill/pro-Palestine activists were "advertising their own grievances"
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill admires veteran housing at Patriot Place
          AP:  Greitens taps charity donors for gubernatorial bid
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 1, state parks and soils tax
          The Missouri Times:  Health care organizations line up on both sides of Amendment 3
          Missourinet:  Amendment 4 - the ban on service sales taxes - has limited but vocal opposition
          CDT:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) clarifies remarks about 'gender confusion' X
          Missourinet:  Another clash expected in Missouri Legislature over prescription drug monitoring program
          SE Missourian:  City of Jackson may need help from state lawmakers to fund fire, police projects +
          P-D:  Missouri's 'right-to-farm' amendment doesn't apply to marijuana growers, St. Louis judge says
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Public Counsel complaint against Laclede stayed
          P-D:  Three injured as gunfire breaks out at St. Louis vigil for Vonderrit Myers Jr.;  Event marked the two-year anniversary of officer defending himself against gunfire from career criminal
        St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  No on Amendment 3 and Proposition A X
        CDT op-ed:  First Chance for Children former director Jack Jensen:  Support Amendment 3 for Missouri's children and future X
        Columbia Missourian's op-ed:  NORML's Dan Viets:  Marijuana editorial ignores medical research
          Priddy:  The case against state legislative term limits
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Area woman says money spent on crisis pregnancy centers would be better spent on welfare programs
          KC Star letter:  Parents of overseas teacher whose identity was stolen in United Arab Emirates thanks Blunt's office for helping them through ordeal +
          P-D letter:  Florissant man dislikes newspaper's glee in reporting that most recent cop-murderer was white
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        Monday, October 10
       
KWMU:  The Wash U debate:  'Free expression' zone, tape talk, down-ballot concerns
          KWMU:  After the debate:  Reaction from Clay, Cleaver, Jason Smith, Jack Danforth, students
          The Missouri Times:  Debate recap, reaction
          P-D:  Debate recap, reaction
          SNL:  Debate recap, reaction X
          Missourinet:  Post-debate reaction from students
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis City Alderman Cara Spencer (D) among those battering Trump pinata outside restaurant
          Columbia Missourian:  Protest scenes:  Buses transport herds of minimum wage protesters;  Woman complains about West Lake Landfill;  etc.
          Messenger:  Debate analysis:  Clinton overcomes Trump's misogyny and bigotry, proves she is a fighter and a diplomat who will represent the entire nation
          Kraske:  Debate analysis:  America lost. We all lost. +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area gun salesmen expect spike in sales after the election;  Override of Nixon's veto also provided bump X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lester Turilli;  Panel of Jeff Mazur, St. Louis Mayor Candidate Lyda Krewson (D), Missouri Right to Life's Susan Klein, and Tim Jones talk presidential race, Koster-Greitens and tax returns, more
          KY3:  Public health organizations oppose both tobacco tax increase ballot measures
          This Week in Missouri Politics overtime:  Bonus discussion on Amendment 3, Amendment 4
          Sedalia Democrat:  Local realtors voice support for Amendment 4
          KSIS:  Realtors urge voters to vote 'Yes' on Amendment 4
          CDT:  Emery comments on homosexuality spark backlash X
          Columbia Missourian:  Democrats call on GOP candidates to rebuke Emery's statements on gay rights;  State senator said "unnatural behavior - formerly protrayed as mental illnesses" are now "privileged by government mandates"
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber debutes website tool to track spending by trial lawyers, unions
          KWMU:  Missouri voter registration deadline is Oct. 12
          Drebes:  Paul Snider to lead government affairs at Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
          Missourinet:  Missouri FBI official urges college seniors to apply for bureau jobs before graduating
          SE Missourian:  Number of students eligible for free, lower-priced lunches inch higher in region;  Taxpayers may subsidize up to 64.8% of student meals in Cape district +
          CDT:  County argues city misinterprets state law in appeal of TIF ruling X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Galloway's report shows improvements in Dunklin County Public Administrator's office +
          P-D endorsement:  Russ Carnahan (D) for lieutenant governor
          P-D endorsement:  Robin Smith (D) for secretary of state
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Amendment 2 will muddy the campaign-finance waters X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri AARP's Sidney McCarther opposes voter photo ID amendment +
          Columbia Missourian editor Tom Warhover:  Meet the 13 members of 2016-17 Readers Board:  7 seasoned citizens, one black male, one Asian male
          KC Star letter:  Retired doc urges Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) to support a state prescription drug monitoring program +
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        Sunday, October 9
       
Student Life (Wash U.):  Over 200 students, faculty, staff to volunteer for debate
          KWMU:  With debate looming, Ann Wagner withdraws support for Trump;  Other Republicans holding on
          Missourinet:  Wagner calls on Trump to end White House bid
          P-D:  Ann Wagner withdraws Trump support;  McCaskill attempts to twitstigate GOP delegation, replete with misspelling Wagner's name and calling Jason Smith "Justin"
          Washington Post:  At Mount Vernon Apple Butter Makin' Days parade, Blunt - and supporters - keep the focus on Missouri issues and defeating Hillary Clinton
          SNL:  Blunt:  Trump's remarks 'inappropriate,' still voting for him X
          KC Star:  Pressure on Blunt expected to grow +
          KC Star:  Republican statewide candidates criticize Trump's comments, but will still vote for him +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local voices story;  Wash U. student who started Missouri Youth for Trump;  Black man who prefers Trump over Clinton, and two galpals who disagree;  More
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Inconveniences, political tensions lead to student ambivalence over debate
          P-D:  Retrospective:  Big moments from previous Wash U. debates
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Students, St. Louis community gear up for debate-day protests, disturbances
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Group of 30 white Black Lives Matter sympathizers gather on Loop for protest;  Comments from septuagenarian Dorothy Johnson of U. City Action Network
          KMOX:  Group of Black Lives Matter sympathizers urge consumers to avoid spending money on "Black Out Friday" October 21
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Lester Turilli;  Panel of Jeff Mazur, St. Louis Mayoral Candidate Lyda Krewson (D), Missouri Right to Life's Susan Klein, and Tim Jones on presidential race, Koster vs. Greitens and tax returns, more
          SNL:  Koster, Greitens trade volleys amid escalating battle for Governor's Mansion X
          AP:  Gov candidate Q&A series:  Koster and Greitens on 'right to work,' minimum wage, unemployment benefits
          P-D:  Panel reviewing University of Missouri takes a look at diversity programs, Title IX compliance
          SE Missourian:  SEMO president enters second year;  Carlos Vargas-Aburto talks about improving graduation rate, trying to find qualified minority students and faculty, more +
          Drebes:  Missouri Public Service Commission's Scott Rupp explains dynamic pricing and how it could help Missouri's utility industry
          Student Life (Wash U.) editor Katie Marcus:  Thoughts on serving as paper's credentialed reporter in media filing center
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Remarks from Jon Rust on his father, Gary Rust, at the opening of the Rust Center for Media +
          CDT op-ed:  Ron Leone:  Amendment 3 is a scam X
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        Saturday, October 8
       
Mannies:  Wash U.'s latest debate reflects the future, and recalls the past;  A look at Sunday's format, and first-hand behind-the-scenes accounts from each of previous St. Louis debates
          Rosenbaum:  St. Louis' struggles and opportunities should inform Clinton and Trump
          P-D:  Debate preview:  Analysis from one-half of local polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL)
          KC Star:  Trump's 2005 banter regarding women's openness to being physically dominated by famous men draws reaction from Blunt, Greitens, Hawley +
          SNL:  Ben Carson speaks at College of the Ozarks;  Former presidential candidate lauds Trump and Greitens, mocks "silliness" of colleges' posturing around "transgender stuff" X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Kander's Kirksville stop focuses on small business issues X
          CDT:  In Columbia, Kander emphasizes campaign finance, ethics proposals X
          P-D:  McCaskill says congressional investigation of Backpage.com continues even after CEO's arrest
          SNL:  Blunt announces that MSU Chorale will perform at 2017 presidential inauguration X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner, Nicole Galloway to speak at RGA event for women later this month
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) crosses party lines to support Chris Koster
          The Missouri Times:  Leaders credit Koster for filling leadership void during Ferguson, but some accounts differ
          Drebes:  Potential reasons why Eric Greitens won't release tax returns
          P-D:  Votes against 'right to work' earn some GOP state reps union support
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Incoming state Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove)
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering), opponent discuss 'right to work,' other topics at forum;  Idealistic millennial Lena Samford (D) voices opposition to voter photo ID laws, supports Medicaid expansion
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Rebirth of Missouri's auto industry has been a cornerstone of his administration
          KWMU:  UM presidential search 'going well' but no name yet
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators chairwoman defends secrecy of presidential search X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators close annual review without presidential announcement
          CDT:  Foley optimistic after late gain in University of Missouri enrollment;  Number is down from past years X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO's Rust Center for Media holds dedication, open house +
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson honored with national award
          P-D endorsement:  Hillary Clinton for President
          P-D editorial briefs:  McCaskill right to go after Backpage.com CEO;  Bad parenting to blame for marauding packs of violent young savages;  Missouri Supreme Court takes positive step for court consolidation
          KC Star editorial:  Murder rate is a big black eye to Kansas City;  Missouri legislators wrong to pass gun bill +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Western dancers who chose to kneel - and other disrespectful limelight-seekers - are not owed an apology by university;  Glory hounds should step away from their role in public events before acting out X
          Waters:  On UM president search and secrecy X
          P-D's Aisha Sultan:  SLU Muslims prove a point by showing up to College Republicans event and then walking out
          P-D letter:  Paper provides news coverage to lynchings, but numbers pale in comparison to modern black-on-black murders
          P-D letter:  American Association of University Women - Missouri chapter:  Women's voices are rarely heard, candidates should care about "pay equity," etc.
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        Friday, October 7
       
KWMU:  What you need to know about the Oct. 9 presidential debate at Washington University
          KWMU:  KWMU to host live pre-debate show from Wash U. campus;  Septuagenarian Don Marsh will showcase sexagenarian analysis:  one half of local polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) and a retired SLU communications prof, utilizing zero (0) faculty from Washington University
          KMOX:  Wash U. puts finishing touches on campus ahead of debate
          KTVI:  Final preparations ongoing ahead of debate;  Candidates, audience will endure questions read by voters who can't decide between Trump and Clinton
          KWMU:  Ferguson officials want Trump, Clinton to visit prior to debate;  Comments from Mayor James Knowles, others
          KWMU:  Wash U. Dems, Republicans debate issues
          BuzzFeed:  SEIU's "Fight for 15" member-recruitment campaign plans to make a scene outside debate on Sunday
          Missourinet:  Former GOP congressmen Tom Coleman, Jack Buechner lend name to anti-Trump letter;  Bad-mouthing GOP standard-bearer garners septuagenarians long-lost media attention
          P-D:  Imo's franchisee in St. Louis City displays Trump sign;  Neighborhood liberals take to Facebook to share emotional freakout
          SNL:  Blunt to make several stops in and around Springfield this weekend X
          SNL:  Self-proclaimed bin Laden slayer stumps for Greitens, who says Koster is 'afraid to debate' X
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, Greitens react to St. Louis County police officer's murder
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley vs. Hensley heats up;  Dem's new ad mocks Hawley's lack of experience, while Hawley spox Kristen Blanchard Ansley labels Hensley a "soft-on-crime" plea-bargain enthusiast
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative candidates speak at Pachyderm rally
          Missourinet:  Missouri parks and soil tax extension has broad support
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering), opponent speak at local Farm Bureau forum +
          Drebes:  Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri gets new treasurer
          Drebes:  Details on new David Humphreys ad buy
          Columbia Missourian:  MU student enrollment at lowest since 2010 academic year
          KC Star:  Enrollment declines at University of Missouri +
          KWMU:  Challenges to minimum wage restrictions before Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  State Supreme Court considers Kansas City, St. Louis minimum wage cases
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) plans enactment ceremonies for SB 1025
          P-D:  Questions raised over Missouri's new tax deduction for stillborn babies
          CDT:  Outgoing DNR Director Sara Parker Pauley reflects on tenure X
          Truman Index:  Richard Fordyce speaks at University Farm;  MO ag director joined by Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville)
          The Missouri Times:  KCP&L acquisition to give Missouri another Fortune 500 company
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) leads bipartisan group of legislators promoting area health fair
          KWMU:  State wildlife officials hope to raise Missouri's endangered lake sturgeon population
          KC Star endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 1 (soil and water conservation), Yes on Amendment 2 (campaign contribution limits), No on both tobacco taxes, No on Amendment 4 (sales tax prohibition), No on Amendment 6 (voter photo ID) +
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  The governor says goodbye;  In speech to Missouri Press Association, Nixon says "new media people" do not have same kind of standards as old-line MPA members X
          Messenger:  Rape allegation inspires previous Roberts accuser to speak up;  Twentysomething who claims Steve Roberts touched her at a bar last year meets with columnist, cries
          The Current (UMSL) op-ed:  It's on us to combat ageism in college;  Millennials should try to be nicer to olds
          P-D letter:  Washington, D.C. woman feels Post-Dispatch editorial wasn't hard enough on Steve Roberts
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        Thursday, October 6
       
Student Life (Washington University):  University says it attempts political neutrality amidst debate fervor
          Student Life (Washington University):  University organizes discussion panel of "marginalized groups";  Liberals of various ethnicities, "identities" congregate to criticize Trump and his supporters
          Roll Call:  Trump's large Missouri lead - and Kander staying within striking range of Blunt - suggests incumbent is "badly trailing" Trump's level of support
          GQ:  Q&A with Jason Kander on gun ad, being the country's first millennial elected to statewide office, Blunt and Trump, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Kander's voting record on guns is "nuanced"
          KY3 (Springfield):  McCaskill secures $72 million in earmarks for Missouri highway projects
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  McCaskill sees to it that decade-old earmarked funds are repurposed for U.S. 61 improvements
          Missourinet:  Hartzler talks 9-11 vote, defense spending bill
          The Missouri Times:  Hartzler attends opening of manufacturing plant in Harrisonville
          KC Star:  When pressed, Chris Koster says he's supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump +
          P-D:  St. Louis City alderman files complaint about Josh Hawley contributions;  Republican Attorneys General Association calls move "a politically motivated, frivolous complaint"
          P-D:  Overview of six ballot questions;  Parks, soil and water sales tax, limiting campaign contributions, cigarette taxes, prohibition on new sales and use taxes, voter photo ID
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 4 takes spotlight with polling, new opposition
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidate forum at Mizzou draws 40 students;  Eight state legislative candidates and their staff lose an evening to sparsely-attended event
          P-D:  Another battle over absentee votes in St. Louis heads to court next week;  Ferguson celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge and his mother have both been handed losses by Hubbard family
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules Ron Calzone will not have to register as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) critical of Speaker pro tem candidate's letter to caucus;  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) uses St. Louis City's Walker-Roberts alleged incident to criticize Jefferson City "culture"
          AP:  Nixon reverses $12 million of budget cuts
          P-D:  Missouri schools, health centers to receive part of money cut by Nixon
          CDT:  Committee leaders mum on status of University of Missouri presidential search X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Energy Initiative hosts conference in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  New leadership at Missouri Municipal League
          P-D editorial:  Crime is a problem of poverty, not skin color;  Spending more taxpayer money on "eliminating poverty" will change the mindset of budding criminals
          KC Star editorial:  Low test scores show KC, Hickman Mills school districts falling far short of goals +
          SE Missourian editorial:  Rust Center for Media will serve students at Southeast Missouri State +
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Glenn Spencer:  SEIU's "Fight for 15" St. Louis street theatre is a transparent plot to skim fast-food workers' income
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  A 'yes' vote on Amendment 2 will help end the horror of large campaign contributions in Missouri +
          P-D letter:  Illinois man criticizes Blunt, praises Jason Kander for supporting Obamacare
          Quincy Herald-Whig letter:  Area man supports Roy Blunt for re-election
          KC Star letters:  Man older than Roy Blunt calls senator an "old mossback";  Male domestic violence victim says Missouri should offer more services to men +
          P-D letter:  Woman who is friends with man in Greitens commercial critical of Post-Dispatch editorial and news coverage
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wonders when St. Louis City youths' savage attacks will be labeled what they are:  hate crimes against whites
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        Wednesday, October 5
       
P-D:  Labor rally draws 1,000 to St. Charles arena;  Kander, Koster, Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), others speak
          KC Star:  Tim Kaine spurs excitement among fifteen (15) area residents who claim to have befriended him in high school +
          Missourinet:  Third-party U.S. Senate candidates on immigration, "free" college tuition
          AP:  New federal regulations will give area public employees a pay raise
          NPR:  Sexual assault numbers vary by who is tracking it;  Interview with McCaskill
          KWMU:  DEA announces big meth bust in St. Louis
          P-D:  DEA announces major meth seizures, arrests in St. Louis area
          KC Star:  Koster, Greitens debate over debates +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster suspends debate negotiations over lack of tax info from Greitens
          KWMU:  Koster pulls plug on more debates until Greitens produces his tax returns
          Missourinet:  Koster, Greitens squabble over debates and tax returns
          P-D:  Koster threatens to cancel second debate if Greitens doesn't release tax information
          AP:  Tax returns could halt talks for Missouri governor debates
          Missourinet:  Third-party gov candidates on Medicaid expansion, 'right to work'
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Third-party gov candidate justifies existence on ballot +
          The Missouri Times:  Robin Smith's former campaign consultant files MEC complaints against candidate;  Democratic veteran Glenn Campbell says Smith stiffed him on salary, wanted her health care paid for by donor dollars, demanded her husband be paid for doing little to no actual work, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft on voter ID, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS candidate Robin Smith on voter ID, more
          The Missouri Times:  Outgoing Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) criticizes American Cancer Society for Amendment 3 opposition
          SE Missourian:  Local realtors push for taxpayer-protection amendment +
          KCTV:  Video:  Grassroots effort underway to approve Missouri taxpayer protection amendment
          KCUR:  Activists urge voters in Kansas City to vote 'yes' on service tax ban
          CDT:  Webber, Rowden stress support for MU at retirees forum X
          Columbia Missourian:  State legislative candidates speak to MU retirees
          Drebes:  David Humphreys plans to make KC Dem spend cash
          KWMU:  New absentee ballot restrictions could slow vote-counting in St. Louis County
          P-D:  Columnist Tony Messenger on KTRS:  Steven Roberts' self-defense against rape allegations is "slut-shaming"
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 3.6 percent but still short of budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers could revisit gas tax hike in 2017
          CDT:  Committee interviews University of Missouri presidential finalists;  Transport vehicles park under tent to hide identity of candidates X
          KWMU:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) organizes health care fair Saturday in Overland
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Airplane meals can't be taxed at the same rate as frozen dinners
          Columbia Missourian:  Large hog farm in Callaway County back before Missouri Clean Water Commission
          AP:  Missouri DNR identifies source of white color in St. Louis County creek;  Paving company reported truck accident last week, when low-toxicity additive was spilled
          P-D:  Several municipal courts in St. Louis County to consolidate
          AP:  Some municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) presents Senate resolution to western Missouri radio personality for 50 years of service
          P-D editorial:  Give nonprofits an edge in bids to run state license offices
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says it's time to crack down on violent youths' animalistic behavior
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        Tuesday, October 4
       
KC Star:  Undecided?  We want you;  Paper will provide pizza, cash stipend to hear from those who can't seem to decide between Trump and Clinton
          KC Star:  VP debate local angle:  Tim Kaine went to high school in KC;  Anecdotes, embellished memories from people who now claim to have been close to speech/debate enthusiast
          Roll Call:  As Dem candidates in Ohio and Florida falter, Kander gets more national resources
          KOLR:  Fact check:  Blunt vs. Kander on student loans
          The Missouri Times:  Al Franken lends name to Kander fundraising e-mail
          KWMU:  Federal water spending bill could improve Missouri water quality and flood protection
          Missourinet:  Two Afghan military students in Missouri are reported to be AWOL
          KWMU:  Census data shows St. Louis area dealing with nation's largest percentage increase of immigrants
          AP:  Gov candidate Q&A series:  Koster, Greitens on education funding
          The Missouri Times:  Koster campaign provided reporters real-time fact-check info during Missouri Press Association debate
          The Missouri Times:  AFL-CIO begins mail campaign to support Koster
          SNL:  After bid for Speaker pro tem, Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) won't be running for state Senate in 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  State senate candidate profile:  Caleb Rowden on ethics proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Steve Roberts responds to Walker's rape accusation, suggests she's been a long-term paramour
          P-D:  Roberts denies rape allegation, says he and accuser had long-term intimate relationship;  Walker declines to "dignify (Roberts') statement with a response"
          AP:  Candidate accused of rape says relationship was consensual
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to file 'right to work' legislation next year
          CDT:  University of Missouri presidential search meetings to be held in Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of School Administrators names Springfield supe "Superintendent of the Year"
          KWMU:  State testing Coldwater Creek samples after water turned white this weekend;  Metropolitan Sewer District says color could be due to paint or a number of other factors
          AP:  Tests underway on North St. Louis County creek that turned white
          The Missouri Times:  Feral hog hunting ban in conservation areas goes into effect
          Missourinet:  Missouri's feral hog hunting ban on public land takes effect
          P-D:  Federal judge dismisses Ferguson protesters' $41.5 million lawsuit against police;  Judge says payday-seeking plaintiffs "have completely failed to present any credible evidence"
          AP:  Judge tosses suit over police tactics in Ferguson protests
          KC Star editorial:  Feds finally crack down on payday loan operators;  Missouri legislators should enact tougher laws
          P-D editorial:  Rape allegation takes courage;  Not rushing to judgment takes patience
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Team Cora:  While facts are technically unknown, Steve Roberts is definitely wrong for what he's saying about his sexual relationship with Cora Faith Walker
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights man says Second Amendment, Obama/Muslim memes are not funny, and Greitens should apologize for what a man in TV commercial reposted on Facebook
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman offers sarcastic take on tobacco tax, suggests government add sin tax to pizza, french fries and alcohol too
          SE Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian suggests teachers arm themselves against student attacks - not with guns, but with magnesium flares and "flash bang" noisemakers
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        Monday, October 3
       
Politico:  Paul Ryan to stump for Senate Republicans, including Roy Blunt
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander's debate punchline;  Greitens camp on releasing personal financial information +
          Drebes:  2018 watch:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) among those mulling bid for Congress
          SE Missourian:  Nearly 50 participate in local pro-life demonstration +
          SE Missourian:  Area groups promote open enrollment for Medicare Parts C and D;  Stock photo of bespectacled Caucasoids sipping coffee in kitchen while perusing policy paperwork +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bruce Franks;  Panel of Crystal Brinkley, Jeff Rainford, David Barklage, Ron Hicks discuss Trump-Clinton, Koster-Greitens
          AP:  Gov candidate Q&A series:  Koster, Greitens answer questions on highway funding, proposed tobacco taxes, Medicaid expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact series:  Koster leaves out facts in Medicaid statement
          P-D:  A look at third-party gov candidate also-rans
          Drebes:  Polling results for November's ballot initiatives
          AP:  More on incoming Rep. Cora Faith Walker's (D-Ferguson) rape allegations:  Incoming Rep. Steve Roberts' (D-St. Louis City) criminal defense attorney says he has "objective evidence" that sex was consensual
          Missourinet:  Nixon to appoint Harry Bozoian as new director of Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
          Missourinet:  State task force seeks better conditions for Missouri's dyslexic school kids;  Comments from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis)
          P-D:  Increased security around some St. Louis County schools amid creepy-clown concerns
          KTVI:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  Challenging season ahead for turkey hunters
          KWMU:  Overview:  Dealing with Missouri's juvenile delinquents
          P-D:  St. Louis City officers successfully defend themselves after 14-year-old opens fire;  Cops display expert marksmanship, critically injuring 6-foot-tall offender without killing him
          P-D:  Ballwin officer Michael Flamion able to drive wheelchair, eat normal food;  Cop was ambushed in July by career criminal and St. Louis City resident Antonio Taylor
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to crack down on those who text or check social media while driving
          Priddy:  Veterans Jason Kander and Eric Greitens fought for the right of Colin Kaepernick to disrespect our country
          KC Star op-ed:  Former PSC member Terry Jarrett:  Missouri should brace for potential rise in power costs with implementation of Stream Protection Rule +
          KC Star letter:  Independence octogenarian disagrees with pro-gun legislators, says citizens should be required to take "an approved mental exam" before getting a gun +
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        Sunday, October 2
       
P-D:  Nixon talks about future in a Hillary Clinton administration, pride in having state host presidential debate at Wash U., more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Bruce Franks;  Panel of Crystal Brinkley, Jeff Rainford, David Barklage, Ron Hicks discuss Trump-Clinton, Koster-Greitens
          SNL:  In Ozark, Greitens calls for broad transportation study, says Missouri needs a Chief Operating Officer;  Thursday event will feature man who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden X
          JCNT:  Home-stretch preview:  A look at Chris Koster and Eric Greitens positions on key issues, fundraising numbers, more X
          KWMU:  Missouri Capitol in uproar over rape allegations by incoming Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) against fellow incoming freshman Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City)
          Student Life (Wash U.):  SB 656 review:  Comments from two gun-control advocates, no input from pro-gun sources;  Chancellor's wife/employee advises that "America is a scary place," while law-school prof says self-defense provision is racist
          P-D's "Bottom Line" video series:  Business reporters discuss how North St. Louis County residents - and scofflaws all across the state - choose to violate Missouri law by driving without insurance;  Lawmakers choose to ignore problem
          KWMU:  How St. Louis City Public Schools are dealing with no-suspension policy for badly-behaved youngsters
          P-D editorial:  Before the next debate, Donald Trump should hear the sad stories from shuttered Festus old-folks home
          P-D editorial:  Greitens finds himself in another campaign ditch, thanks to his aides;  Vet who appeared in gov ads reposted Second Amendment, Muslim/Obama memes
          P-D's Aisha Sultan:  Profile:  West County Community Action Network;  Small group of white Black Lives Matter sympathizers fights racism by holding signs at intersection, then returning to their safe suburban neighborhoods
          CDT's Doug Pugh:  Tribune's new-publisher nightmare has a happy ending X
          P-D letter:  SLU student:  Nixon, others should support Obama's Clean Power Plan
          P-D letter:  Member of Community Health-in-Partnership Services (CHIPS) applauds herself and her group for caring about the poor, says Missouri legislators not nearly compassionate enough
          SNL letter:  Springfield letter alleges that pro-gun Republicans sold the state to the NRA for a discounted price of "30 pieces of silver" X
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        Saturday, October 1   Messenger:  Incoming Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) accuses incoming Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) of rape
       
KWMU:  Blunt, Kander break no new ground in their first faceoff
          CDT:  Blunt, Kander debate guns, experience and the Supreme Court
          KC Star:  Blunt, Kander meet in what may be their only debate
          Missourinet:  Both Blunt, Kander oppose "free" college tuition
          SNL:  Blunt and Kander strike contrasts in debate
          SNL:  Fibs and facts from Blunt-Kander debate
          AP:  Kander, Blunt go face-to-face
          P-D:  In first debate, Blunt and Kander spar over guns, college funding and the U.S. Supreme Court
          SNL:  Democrat plans "Retire Billy Long" rally today outside area GOP headquarters
          P-D:  Thanks to change pushed by McCaskill, unused 'earmarks' being re-directed into St. Louis area roads project
          KWMU:  Koster, Greitens highlight their differences in first forum
          CDT:  Governor candidates debate experience, qualifications
          The Missouri Times:  Amid contentious week, Koster and Greitens attend first head-to-head forum
          KC Star:  Greitens goes on the attack in first Missouri governor debate with Chris Koster
          Missourinet:  Koster, Greitens spar over Medicaid expansion and education during Missouri governor debate
          P-D:  Missouri governor candidates tout experience versus need for outsider
          SNL:  Greitens campaign says candidate not ready to release tax returns
          Missourinet:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) thinks Trump's strong performance in Missouri will help downballot Republicans
          CDT:  State rep candidates Martha Stevens, Don Waterman speak at Muleskinners meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Mosley hopes to oust party-switching Keith English;  Challenger says he's counting on black voters to give Caucasoid incumbent the boot
          SE Missourinet:  Cape County Clerk Kara Clark Summers:  Security tight for counting votes in November election
          The Missouri Times:  Talk-radio station based in Quincy, Ill. focuses on Missouri politics;  Missouri Times' Scott Faughn, Axiom Strategies' Aaron Baker do weekly hits
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System presidential finalists might meet with campus chancellors, but not faculty
          Columbia Missourian:  Some Columbia middle-school students outpace statewide peers;  District notes that poor students continue to drag numbers down
          The Missouri Times:  Human trafficking task force meets in Columbia
          SE Missourian:  Noranda plant bought by Swiss company
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man responds to gun-control editorial
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says appointee to St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board showed her incompetence years ago
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