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        February 17, 2019
       
KCUR's Andrea Tudhope: Trump takes action on border security;  Thoughts from U.S. Reps. "Bill [sic] Graves," "Vicki [sic] Hartzler"
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Josh Hawley's home state corrected, without acknowledgment of error X
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, finds efficiencies;  Eight union employees, including "copy editors," sent packing X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Holly Rehder plans run for state Senate +
          JCNT:  Food drive led by Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson nets 3,000 pounds for food pantry X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson says bridge outside St. Clair is worst he's seen on his statewide tour X
          Joplin Globe:  Cunningham bill would adjust minimum-wage rules X
          SNL:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  Able-bodied adults should work for Medicaid X
          SNL:  GOP abortion bills focus on heartbeats, pain sensitivity, other aspects of child's life X
          JCNT:  Dept. of Corrections officials say threats to staff real, constant X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical pot poses policy issues for schools;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Kelli Hopkins, others X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan shares thoughts on charter school expansion, "tax credit voucher scheme"
          P-D:  Ameren reports strong interest in solar energy 'subscription' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Meth makes a quiet resurgence in Missouri;  Mexicans succeed in pushing dope across border
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A reality check on Missouri marijuana
          P-D editorial:  Galloway's audit shows troubling signs at Harris-Stowe;  HBCU employees fritter away taxpayer dollars on entertainment expenses, gift cards, club memberships, etc. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should restore felons' voting rights after prison X
          KC Star editorial:  Amazon won't come to Missouri until state passes LGBTQIA* legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Post-Dispatch's editorializing begins on front page X
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        February 16, 2019
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Photo of AG nominee William Barr with Josh Hawley of "Mississippi [sic]" X
          P-D:  Blunt says emergency declaration from Trump could set negative precedent X
          P-D:  Hawley's attorneys say former AG shouldn't be forced to be deposed in open-records case X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 11, 2019
          CDT:  Rowden:  Another gas tax try, then toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections launches new website to track assaults on officers, major incidents
          Joplin Globe:  State association:  Hospital's online price lists confusing;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          P-D:  Missouri legislation would increase penalties for wildlife crimes X
          KWMU:  Q&A on Better Together:  Elements of potential statewide vote, much more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 14, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren unveils $5.3 billion grid upgrade plan spurred by changes to utility laws
          KWMU:  Ameren to invest $5 billion to improve statewide electrical grid
          JCNT:  Ameren launches 5-year 'upgrade' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider lower water, sewer bills for low-income residents;  Comments from Missouri American Water's Jim Foley
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  Misguided changes to national liver allocation policy will hurt KC-area patients X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Fighting the opioid crisis in rural America +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Fairfax, Mo. hospital COO Ann Schlueter:  Let's reimagine rural health care in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose border wall X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants state legislation to prevent "surprise" medical bills X
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        February 15, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley disagree on border compromise bill X
          P-D:  Hawley votes 'no' on border security deal X
          AP:  State and federal officials expand efforts to fight violent crime
          Missourinet:  Schmitt expands new program aimed at violent crime
          KWMU:  Parson's bridge-repair barnstorming tour makes stop in Jefferson County
          KWMU:  State aims to boost correctional officers' pay to help fill vacancies
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds share concerns, expertise, recommendations on medical cannabis
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson addresses recent Medicaid report at MO HealthNet Oversight Committee meeting
          AP:  Lawmakers ponder impact of abortion legislation on federal Medicaid funding
          The Missouri Times:  Senate makes several changes to controlled substances, drug-trafficking laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would allow employers to test for medical marijuana
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would give new teachers freedom to contribute to 401(k) accounts rather than traditional pensions X
          JCNT:  Missouri joins 'Technology First' movement in disability services X
          AP:  Conservation agents report elk poaching in Shannon County
          P-D editorial:  Blunt exposes his hypocrisy with tweets of outrage over Democrats' 'obstruction' X
          CDT editorial:  Lawmakers should not roll back minimum wage X
          P-D editorial:  Medicaid eligibility crackdown pushes out genuinely needy Missouri families X
          SNL op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Missourians in for a tax-time surprise X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville):  Missouri's new minimum wage prices youth out of jobs
          P-D op-ed:  Race activist:  Missouri's medical marijuana licensing process needs racial quotas X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' Erika Leonard wants more state money for those who work with handicapped X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills liberal opposes GOP's state tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat, who lost state Senate election to Bill Eigel, angry over GOP approach to Medicaid X
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        February 14, 2019  Valentine's Day
       
KCUR:  Local minimum wage activist Terrence Wise testifies before U.S. House committee, claims he is the first person with a job to speak to members of Congress
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin VA clinic to open its doors X
          KCUR:  A member of The Satanic Temple loses her challenge to Missouri's abortion law
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court throws out pro-choice challenge from The Satanic Temple
          P-D:  Missouri's high court tosses case alleging abortion law violated Satanic Temple member's rights X
          Columbia Missourian:  Accessibility, local commerce emphasized at medical marijuana forum
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana forum seeks regulation input X
          KCUR:  "Health clinic" opens doors months before marijuana is available in Missouri;  KC docs will certify customers' ailments after $299 "consultation"
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schatz stress infrastructure at annual Missouri Municipal League conference
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe explains small business successes X
          SNL:  Todd Graves leads push on 'right to work' petition X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators propose raising the standard for petitions
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers criticize Missouri Dept. of Revenue over tax calculation error
          Joplin Globe:  Lawmakers demand answers on potential tax surprises X
          Columbia Missourian:  DOR criticized for tax miscalculation, lack of transparency
          JCNT:  House committee begins exploring revenue-withholding issues X
          P-D:  Tax refunds in Missouri lower this year after tax changes, mistakes X
          The Missouri Times:  Amended low-income housing tax credit fix perfected by the Senate
          KC Star:  Senate sets cap on low-income housing tax credits X
          P-D:  Missouri Senate endorses tax credit plan axed by Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee's turn to wrestle over proposed charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Secretary of state would have subpoena power under House bill
          The Missouri Times:  House committee tackles joinder venue bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Should able-bodied Medicaid recipients have to work for coverage? Some senators say yes.
          KCUR:  Advocates still pushing for Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  House begins vetting proposal to move art council to lieutenant governor's office
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers ignoring will of voters on minimum wage X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man disagrees with Nicklaus on film tax credits X
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        February 13, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt has "real concern" about withdrawals of troops in Syria and Afghanistan
          KC Star:  Trump wants more money for border security, and Blunt knows where to look X
          P-D:  Blunt says Trump can find money for border security X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talks with Rosenbaum about her opposition to Clean Missouri and why it hurts African-Americans, more
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) would allow public to submit ideas on redrawing district lines
          The Missouri Times:  Report says state could save up to $1 billion annually in Medicaid costs
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Lake Saint Louis) looks to transition Missouri away from income tax to consumption tax
          AP:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) says bill would protect constituent privacy
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmaker wants to see more veteran treatment courts in the state;  Comments from "Rep. David Evans (R-West [sic])"
          SNL:  House gives first approval to 'Hailey's Law' as 5-year anniversary nears X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legal sports gambling, video lottery terminal bill loses momentum in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders ask for fix to certificate of need laws, not repeal at public hearing
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears bill creating council on school safety
          Missourinet:  Democrats seek to change criminal laws;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          KWMU:  Study of groundwater toxins planned for West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Plan to undermine new minimum wage is latest display of contempt for voters X
          CDT's Philip Joens:  Republicans attack minimum-wage law from several directions - including bill from "Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Hannibal [sic])" X
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        February 12, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says negotiations over shutdown have stalled
          KWMU:  Better Together refiles statewide proposal with Ashcroft's office
          P-D:  Better Together refiles statewide petition to merge St. Louis City and St. Louis County X
          Missourinet:  Most state and county offices closed today for Lincoln Day
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri must keep moving forward on workforce development
          P-D:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) says his proposed minimum-wage improvements can help young workers X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes PDMP
          P-D:  New report recommends $1 billion in annual savings with overhaul of Medicaid in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton makes Medicaid push
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants more transparency on health care costs X
          JCNT:  Blind Missourians present 2019 agenda to lawmakers X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) says "this could be the year" Hailey's Law passes X
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers mull early start dates for school districts +
          P-D:  Small St. Louis County police departments would consolidate under House proposal X
          SNL:  DNR offers e-mail updates on Litton site groundwater X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats partner with Black Caucus on criminal justice overhaul
          CDT:  Reisch Twitter lawsuit to go to trial;  Centralia man angered after Reisch blocked him on social media platform X
          P-D editorial:  Tackling the hate and vitriol aimed at conservative students at Washington University X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man disagrees with Chipman on PDMP X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Schroer on constituent-privacy protections X
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        February 11, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley says no need for shutdown, is encouraged by trade talks with China
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley wants commitment from EPA's Andrew Wheeler on WOTUS and more
          P-D:  Feds to pay for half of work on approach to downtown St. Louis bridge;  Blunt, Clay secure funding X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) talks with Scott Faughn about constituent-privacy protections, minimum sentencing, fentanyl, more;  Panel of Reps. Phil Christofanelli and Jim Murphy, Jeff Smith, Jeff Rainford on constituent-privacy protections, PDMP, charter schools, Better Together, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Schroer seeks to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill proposes some marijuana charges be expunged
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Corn Growers Association leaders see value in meeting with legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri agriculture groups back bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) to increase Dept. of Agriculture fees
          CDT:  Ameren program part of effort to relieve electric car 'range anxiety' X
          KC Star:  Psychiatrist suspended in Kansas still can practice in Missouri, for now X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt wants to speed confirmation of Trump appointees. Democrats should say yes X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Newspaper to host tours of printing press for school groups +
          Messenger:  On Jason Crowell vs. Kurt Schaefer, Better Together, and old parochial vendettas
          CDT op-ed:  MU School of Journalism's Sandy Davidson:  Republicans wrong for proposing Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  New Title IX rules collide with Missouri law
          Kaiser Health News' Phil Galewitz:  Missouri is pushing thousands off Medicaid - including children
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        February 10, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Thanks to U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, deceased veteran's family receives medals earned during World War II +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler talks ending government shutdown, supports Trump declaring national emergency
          JCNT:  State Tech president looks at workforce development X
          KC Star:  With eye on Supreme Court, Missouri Republicans file pro-life bills X
          JCNT:  Parson suggests Sunshine Law need privacy revisions X
          JCNT:  State legislators seek tweaks to Sunshine Law, want privacy protections X
          Washington Missourian:  Area House members vote to keep constituent correspondence private X
          Joplin Globe:  House members vote to approve constituent-privacy protections X
          P-D:  Ameren's pitch to promote electric vehicle charging efforts gets partial approval from state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Behavioral health experts share concerns over marijuana's future impact on Missouri
          SNL:  Fly a drone at an MDC nature area? Now you can - with a permit X
          KWMU:  Activists promote CDC data on Missouri gun deaths
          P-D editorial:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner enable radical rollbacks of payday lending rules X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's child-heartbeat bills in House and Senate demonstrate pro-life extremism X
          CDT editorial:  Caleb Rowden must save Missouri from Sunshine Law darkness X
          SNL's Content Coach Amos Bridges:  House Republicans wrong on constituent-privacy measure;  Burlison, Hough should oppose provisions in Senate X
          Waters:  Lawmakers should stop trying to change Amendment 1 X
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        February 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week X
          P-D:  Hawley co-authors letter probing tech giants' privacy policies X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions regarding 'freedom to work,' judicial elections, Medicaid expansion receive OK to circulate
          P-D:  Better Together withdraws its petition to merge city and county, says will refile on Monday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 4, 2019
          SNL:  Parson, Haahr talk $22 million scholarship plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson withdraws Conservation Commission appointee
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks Sunshine Law and challenges of dealing with Greitens administration
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Non-violent criminals could get out of jail sooner under Missouri legislation;  Comments from criminal defense attorney "Shannon Normam [sic]" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks PDMP provisions, says bill could be approved in House next week
          Joplin Globe:  Agency on Aging wants more funding;  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri gets green light to build electric-vehicle charging stations along highways
          P-D:  Missouri, Ameren will have more time to negotiate agreement on 144-mile Rock Island Trail X
          AP:  TransCanada says Keystone likely source of Missouri oil leak
          P-D:  Federal jury finds for St. Louis County police in Ferguson rioter's claims of excess force;  In original suit, troop of rioters sought $41.5 million payday X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri still needs prescription drug monitoring program X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  "Fast-Track' opens doors for Missourians +
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  GOP legislators trying to undermine Missouri's petition process X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview man wants to see Blunt, Hawley, Cleaver display more empathy on gun violence X
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        February 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler discusses opioid epidemic, transportation and broadband with Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer, Cleaver weigh in on illegal-immigration crisis
          Brownfield Ag News:  Graves:  China the exception to good faith trade bargaining
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chair Mike Sanders sought to pay legal fees out of same campaign fund he looted X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson enjoys unexpected role leading the state, looks forward to legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick, Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit) look to clarify MO ABLE accounts' usage
          SNL:  Missouri collects $3 million in medical marijuana fees X
          KWMU:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks to KCUR's Brian Ellison about sports betting legislation, fake 'service animals,' more
          KWMU:  House votes to subject local officials to lobbying and campaign contribution limits, protect constituent privacy
          AP:  House passes bill on constituent privacy and Sunshine Law
          KC Star:  House passes constituent-privacy protections X
          Joplin Globe:  MoDOT announces $36 million plan for bridges on I-44 section X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents make the case for insurance for those with developmental disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would put voluntary medical symbols on drivers' licenses
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to ease burdens of poor in justice system
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs issue of jail debt
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 6, 2019
          KWMU:  TransCanada shuts down Keystone Pipeline to investigate oil spill in St. Charles County;  Comments from Missouri DNR's Brad Harris
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins newspaper guild writing award X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to fix Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri law should reflect today's medical and societal advances on HIV X
          Kraske:  A look at Mel Carnahan's blackface controversy X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Modern Missouri agriculture requires better infrastructure
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue X
          Priddy:  I am a lobbyist:  Veteran newsman registers as lobbyist thanks to climate created by Clean Missouri
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        February 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  "We need to have strong border security"
          KC Star:  Blunt proposal would help expedite approval process for president's nominees X
          P-D:  Federal court nominee Stephen Clark, from St. Louis, approaching a year waiting for confirmation X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner to try a fresh push for a House vote on late-term abortions X
          AP:  Lawmakers trying again to replace U.S. Capitol's Benton statue with one of Harry Truman
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) weighs in on Virginia governor controversy
          SNL:  Austin Huguelet to cover Missouri politics for the News-Leader X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Rosenbaum about low-income housing tax credits, Sunshine Law and privacy, Clean Missouri's gerrymandering, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Republican lawmakers try again for tort overhaul;  Comments from Rich AuBuchon, others
          The Missouri Times:  House debates statewide PDMP, Senate version fails in committee
          KWMU:  PDMP yet again a sticking point for Missouri legislators
          AP:  Rehder's opioid bill passes first test, but faces perils
          Columbia Missourian:  PDMP progresses in House, fails in Senate
          P-D:  Once again, Missouri legislators are at loggerheads over prescription drug monitoring program X
          KC Star:  Missouri House tentatively approves program to monitor opioid prescriptions for abuse X
          Missourinet:  Missouri woman who lost son to addiction says helping others get drug treatment is her 'saving grace'
          P-D:  Missouri lottery officials fighting cuts to ad budget X
          SNL:  State will fix, replace 19 bridges on I-44 starting this summer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Student journalists testify for New Voices Act;  Comments from "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Some with criminal record could get "fresh start" under bill from Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield)
          SNL:  Missouri officials will hold medical marijuana forum in Jefferson City next week X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS to hold public forum on medical marijuana rules
          KWMU:  Missouri to regulate coal ash ponds for the first time
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden takes to Senate floor to condemn NCAA for Missouri football ruling
          P-D:  'Debtors' prison' debate lands in front of Missouri Supreme Court X
          KC Star editorial:  Honoring concealed-carry rights on public transportation is too scary to consider X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  It is vital constituent communications remain confidential
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Workforce challenge must be met with coordinated effort +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants Parson to pardon woman who murdered husband in his sleep X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian wants Parson to pardon Patty Prewitt, says murderer has made great contributions to prison's theatre program X
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        February 6, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Local reaction to State of the Union:  Comments from Carthage Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Elliff, MSSU prof William Delehanty X
          KC Star:  Missourians named Trump know bullying;  Former Mizzou student received death threats, transferred to more tolerant school X
          KC Star:  Pompeo talks trade at Missouri-Kansas Forum breakfast X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler weighs in on NCAA sanctions against Mizzou
          KWMU:  Jean Evans leaving Missouri House to become executive director of Missouri Republican Party
          AP:  Evans to resign to lead Missouri Republican Party
          Twitter:  Austin Huguelet is the new Springfield News-Leader state government reporter
          AP:  Missouri revenues down 7 percent compared to last year
          KC Star:  Speaker Elijah Haahr creates oversight panel on revenue issues X
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Burlison's "Stop Socialism Act" aims to reduce local government competition with private businesses;  Comments from Sen. Doug Libla of "Popular [sic] Bluff," Ed Smith of "Missouri Coalition of [sic] the Environment" X
          Columbia Missourian:  $351 million bond plan for Missouri bridges avoids speed bumps in its initial discussions
          The Missouri Times:  Hearing on charter schools draws standing-room-only crowd
          Missourinet:  Missouri mother fights for special needs son's education, charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Charter school expansion on the table again in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) focuses on informing would-be grandparents that daughter plans to abort child
          Missourinet:  Law enforcement backs bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) that would toughen penalties on fentanyl
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders pack hearing room for Hoskins' video lottery bill
          P-D:  Critics of constituent-privacy bill weigh in on proposed Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Constituent privacy protections divide Missouri House along party lines
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) throws support behind proposed St. Louis Major League Soccer team
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is an enemy of the Sunshine Law, and he must be stopped X
          P-D op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt:  Working toward safer streets X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman praises feral hogs' intelligence, says pictures of carcasses were "distressing" X
          P-D letter:  University City man wishes report on feral hogs would have included more nuanced reference to cannibalism X
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        February 5, 2019
       
P-D:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) leaves seat to become executive director of Missouri Republican Party X
          SNL:  Blunt visits new Springfield VA clinic X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's constituent guest at State of the Union is woman who started immune-disease philanthropy X
          P-D's Raasch:  20 years before Northam's blackface scandal, Mel Carnahan addressed his minstrel-show experience X
          The Missouri Times:  House debates constituent privacy, Clean Missouri provisions
          AP:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) says bill would protect constituent privacy
          The Missouri Times:  Bills from Reps. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would update Missouri's HIV law
          JCNT:  McCreery, Rehder look to update criminal code concerning HIV X
          CDT:  Bills would update HIV transmission law X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposals to reduce criminal penalties for HIV exposure encourage prevention
          P-D:  HIV advocates support GOP and Dem legislation X
          JCNT:  Parson, Kehoe celebrate Chinese New Year at the Capitol with students X
          Missourinet:  Asians dominate whites in K-12 testing across every subject matter;  Hispanics, blacks bring up the rear
          Washington Missourian:  Legislation from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would allow home-school students to play on public school teams X
          KC Star:  Kids can now report abuse via text line;  Experts will study its success in Missouri X
          KCUR:  Bill from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) would honor Missourians' concealed-carry permits on public transit
          Columbia Missourian:  Having a fake service animal could become a misdemeanor under law proposed by Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg)
          SE Missourian:  Farm Bureau's BJ Tanksley:  Federal regulations for dicamba will not be too difficult for farmers +
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats file assortment of health care bills;  Comments from Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          Missourinet:  House Democrats offer health care wishlist
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources hope extraction wells pull chemical out of northwest Springfield water X
          KWMU:  Local academics want state lawmakers to pay more attention to their environmental research, pass more regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  For safer roads, trade vehicle inspections for a texting ban
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Midwest Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Sarah Wood Martin:  MOLEG Cyber Week:  Innovations in Education and Workforce Development
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Missouri Republicans seek to weaken Sunshine Law X
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        February 4, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bill Eigel on Senate Conservative Caucus, Parson's bonding proposal, St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger, more;  Panel of Reps. Doug Beck (D-Affton), Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), GOP consultant Jake Silverman talk Better Together, sentencing overhaul, sex trafficking legislation, more

          Washington Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (R) favors vouchers for vets in facilities, won't commit to new care home X
          AP:  Rule change enhances privacy protections for those making sexual harassment allegations against House members
          P-D:  Movies and TV shows set in Missouri aren't filmed here, but reboot of incentive program could change that X
          Columbia Missourian:  Access Missouri recipients want more taxpayer money
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) would provide easier access to birth control
          Washington Missourian:  House committee hears Ebker bill testimony X
          P-D:  Some school bus cameras are already on the lookout for illegal passing in the St. Louis area, and one bill in the Legislature would provide more X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis County GOP should have nothing to do with Sheriff Joe Arpaio X
          Messenger:  Missouri leaves taxpayers in a smoky haze when it comes to marijuana licenses X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Dept. of Corrections Director George Lombardi:  Parson should pardon woman who murdered husband X
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        February 3, 2019
       
JCNT:  1,000+ people join ninth annual Midwest March for Life X
          JCNT:  Parson, Kehoe, Schmitt discuss their new state roles at annual Missouri Press Association event X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) would establish pilot program to help introduce agriculture into state elementary school standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on city-school bus pacts a point of contention in Columbia mayoral race
          CDT:  Columbia's black, Hispanic and poor students disappoint on annual tests X
          KC Star:  Missouri court makes new rules for jailing suspects X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American chooses eastern site for planned reservoir X
          Joplin Globe:  Landowners in proposed reservoir site still have questions X
          P-D:  In-depth look at Missouri's feral hog problem X
          P-D:  Judge orders state to release lab reports related to Stockley riots X
          KC Star editorial:  Place your bet:  Will Missouri legalize sports gambling before next Super Bowl? X
          Rudi Keller:  This old cynic believes Parson's sincerity X
          Phill Brooks:  How to win money for highways X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon):  Cutting back the mismanagement of state government
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disapproves of GOP attempts to clean up Amendment 1 X
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        February 2, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cleaver's new role gives him power to push for stronger sanctions on Russia X
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Shutdowns, foreign policy, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition looks to address St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 28, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Parson visits Ozark Center, Range Line bridge to discuss workforce development, infrastructure X
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers get committee assignments;  Legislature ends third week X
          KC Star:  Former Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) testifies before Senate's Government Reform committee X
          The Missouri Times:  Chinese New Year celebration to be held at Capitol
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reminds anglers to properly discard old fishing line X
          JCNT:  MO DHSS violated Sunshine Law, Cole County judge rules X
          KC Star:  Hawley critics continue campaign over January 2017 office records X
          Messenger:  In Missouri, road to debtors' prisons starts with cash bail X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood councilwoman says Better Together's plan for statewide vote is dealbreaker X
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        February 1, 2019
       
February 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KC Star:  Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks:  Democrats love him X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Service Agency says that with shutdown detente, payments are on track
          SNL:  HUD renews funding for local homeless programs X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) seeking state Senate seat;  District's term-limited incumbent, Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), running for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Some Missouri newspapers significantly increased ad price for state
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch sues Parson's administration, wants medical marijuana applicant names;  DHSS abiding by privacy language in medical marijuana constitutional amendment X
          Missourinet:  Parson takes nearly 45 minutes of questions at Missouri Press Association event
          CDT:  Parson discusses road bond plan, more in Q&A with press X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Association highlights:  Schmitt on urban violent crime and clearing rape-kit backlog;  Kehoe on DED and economy
          KCUR:  Parson's push for higher state employee wages could lead to less turnover
          JCNT:  Parson says bridge bonding first step in infrastructure improvements X
          AP:  Parson, senators split on Missouri bridge repairs
          The Missouri Times:  Bill aimed at combatting sex trafficking heading to Senate
          CDT:  State Senate considers sports wagering bill X
          P-D:  Missouri students bomb new test;  State promises no more changes X
          KC Star:  Kansas City school district celebrates its highest state performance score ever X
          KCUR:  After another good report card, accreditation for Kansas City Public Schools seems likely
          KWMU:  What your school's report card actually means is 'pretty confusing'
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bill could reduce prison populations in Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Agribusiness Association supports fee increase bill
          P-D:  Parson, state legislators weigh in on proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger X
          The Missouri Times:  Bernskoetter wants to relocate Arabia Steamboat Museum to Jefferson City
          P-D:  Phishing attack reported at state government offices X
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, workplace fatalities drop, injury accidents increase in 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt could avert another government shutdown, or cede governing to Donald Trump X
          P-D editorial:  High cash bail without due process violates defendants' fundamental rights X
          Kraske:  'It's huge.' Kansas City Public Schools superintendent delivers monster test scores X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina):  I support school choice in areas with failing schools
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman corrects factual errors in beauty-product reviewer/adjunct editorial board member Aisha Sultan's anti-Covington Catholic piece X
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        January 31, 2019
       
KC Star:  Video:  Blunt on border security:  'Nobody gets everything they want' X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the Judiciary 2019:  Zel Fischer emphasizes changes to bail rules
          JCNT:  Fischer asks lawmakers to support increase in funding for court operations X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court chief justice:  the state of the judiciary is good
          AP:  Chief justice changes rules governing pretrial release
          P-D:  Bail will go down in Missouri courts under new plan X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers look to tighten amendment petitioning process
          The Missouri Times:  Gubernatorial appointments advance to floor for Senate approval
          Missourinet:  Parson's plan to fix Missouri bridges includes about $100 million in interest
          P-D:  GOP bill enforces work requirements for those receiving handouts X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators take another shot at encouraging work for welfare
          KWMU:  UMSL rep wants lawmakers to show "more generosity" by spending more taxpayer money on social services
          CDT:  Tourism lobbying for later school start date X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) would require public water systems to have asset management plan
          JCNT:  Team AgStop is winner of inaugural Show Me Challenge X
          KC Star:  Woman who claims she was raped by prison workers won't be sent back there X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislation would gut Title IX and use it to discriminate against women X
          KC Star editorial:  Expunge convictions for medical marijuana patients in Missouri. But don't stop there. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Those boys from Covington could have been my sons
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Speaker Elijah Haahr:  Building Missouri's bold future X
          Priddy:  State should fund steamboat museum (1,774 words)
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor sexagenarian threatens to boycott MetroLink if concealed carry is allowed X
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        January 30, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley says he'd welcome joining with Ocasio-Cortez in challenging big social media companies;  Industry rep bashes "hipster antitrust" X
          P-D:  Black college in Virginia wants to honor George H.W. Bush with statue, but Lacy Clay and his father seek to block it X
          Missourinet:  Democrat Cleaver wants Trump to deliver "aspirational" State of the Union address
          The Missouri Times:  'New normal' impacting state revenues, DOR chief Joel Walters tells Senate committee
          AP:  Parson's plan for adult tuition grants questioned
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate and House committees to tackle PDMP today
          KC Star:  Proposed Title IX changes would make Missouri a leader in protecting due process for the accused X
          Columbia Missourian:  Teachers pay for classroom supplies;  GOP proposals would help pay them back
          SE Missourian:  Missouri's rural license agents:  Offices risk closing without fee hike +
          KWMU:  Rural Missouri businesses need better Internet access to expand, but solutions aren't so easy
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) proposes steamboat museum for Jefferson City X
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants to make raise electoral bar for St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger X
          KWMU:  Better Together's Dave Leipholtz, others debate St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          KWMU:  Additional Q&A on proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with updates to ethics procedures
          SNL:  Flu season update:  Confirmed cases in Missouri are way down X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson and Kansas governor should end border war by meeting in Kansas City X
          KC Star op-ed:  Joseph Haslag:  Missouri's income tax rates are not the problem X
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        January 29, 2019
       
JCNT:  Parson urges Missourians to prepare for dangerously cold weather X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules Galloway did not knowingly violate Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Judge strikes down lawsuit alleging Galloway violated open records laws
          P-D:  Judge tosses lawsuit alleging Galloway broke Sunshine Law X
          KWMU:  Proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger could go to statewide vote
          KWMU:  Q&A on proposed city-county merger
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Better Together's David Leipholtz to discuss benefits of merger
          P-D:  Better Together launches campaign to merge St. Louis City with St. Louis County X
          AP:  Better Together launches $25 million campaign to put St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger on 2020 statewide ballot
          JCNT:  Show Me Challenge seeks to trim state bureaucracy, save money X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson proposes state cost-share program for 2020, which could include Highway 47 project X
          P-D:  Missouri's nursing homes for veterans, abiding by federal law, will not allow medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) presents bill establishing Fast-Track Workforce Incentive Grant program
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers discuss scholarship program for adults X
          Missourinet:  Trump tweets support for various states' Bible-study bills;  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) sponsoring Missouri legislation
          CDT:  House Democrats push higher ed package X
          KC Star:  UMKC, UMSL and Rolla set to raise food and housing prices X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hearing for Hoskins' sports-wagering bill set for Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  Judge halts portions of meat law, says enforcement would be Legislature usurping constitutional authority
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Agriculture lays out proposed regulations for industrial hemp
          AP:  Bill would require evaluations in some animal-abuse cases
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature should make tax amnesty a priority this year
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Even if bill in Legislature fails, Missouri drivers should set an example and put their cell phones down X
          P-D editorial:  Parson should grant clemency to woman who arranged to have her husband murdered X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  DOR's miscalculation was compounded by miscommunication X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man responds to Galloway op-ed, says voters should be required to pass competence test X
          P-D letter:  Affton septuagenarian responds to Galloway op-ed, says elected officials should take class on government X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man hopes Post-Dispatch newsroom distances itself from editorial board's merger cheerleading X
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        January 28, 2019
       
Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Roy Blunt on border security (video)
          Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Roy Blunt on border security (transcript)
          P-D:  Blunt on panel that will try to work out border-security deal X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jamilah Nasheed discusses Parson, bid for Board of Aldermen president, more;  Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles) on personalities of Haahr and Vescovo;  Panel of Reps. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis City) and Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte), Angela Bingaman and Hannah Beers talk DOR mistake, adding fairness to Title IX persecutions, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State taxpayers may pay for withholding error
          P-D:  Advocacy group says Missouri's disability services rise to be among nation's best X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for the elderly share legislative goals
          Missourinet:  Senate committee hears Chiefs bill;  Schatz hopes to get Mahomes to Missouri Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Parson's bridge plan lacks KC spending X
          P-D editorial:  States' policies should be countering the anti-vaccine movement, not coddling it X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Local League of Women voters group disappointed in black lawmakers, Republicans attempting to clean up Amendment 1
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City octogenarian opposes statewide vote on city-county consolidation X
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        January 27, 2019
       
AP:  Kay Hoflander chosen as chairwoman of Missouri Republican Party;  Nick Myers to serve as vice chair, Derrick Good as secretary and Pat Thomas as treasurer
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP chooses Kay Hoflander to serve as chair X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt co-sponsors bill to reduce estate tax rate
          P-D:  Gateway Arch will open today, National Parks Service says X
          KWMU:  Even after shutdown compromise, government employees can still cash in on local freebies;  List of charity drives, restaurant marketing gimmicks
          JCNT:  New VA clinic to open tomorrow X
          AP:  Number of female legislators increases in Missouri
          AP:  Across state legislatures, women make gains in achieving leadership positions;  Comments from Missouri House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          CDT:  Bills from Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) seek to add fairness to Title IX inquisitions X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan on Internet sales tax, talk of additional tax cuts, Foundation Formula
          Columbia Missourian:  Local lawmakers learn committee assignments
          SE Missourian:  Amanzi farms utilizes hydroponics to produce fresh produce;  Pilot program of employing incarcerated men to be replicated across Missouri +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DHSS data indicates that more Missourians are killed by opioids than by car accidents
          KWMU:  Advocacy group reports low vaccination rates among Missouri teens
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, despite being a former sheriff, should start embracing clemency X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Killing streets! AG Eric Schmitt should be commended for effort to reduce urban violence X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Setting the record straight on Missouri tax revenue;  Lackluster journalists, liberals and bureaucrats are spreading misinformation about tax withholdings X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Changes in state law give assault victims more options X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian suggests Vladmir Putin is blackmailing Roy Blunt X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian wants legislators to ban cell phone use while driving X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian says he'll withdraw financial support from NAACP if organization continues to attack newscaster who flubbed King's name X
          KC Star letter:  Chesterfield man responds to editorial on Curls' "official pro football team" proposal, wonders why newspaper doesn't perform simple research before publication X
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        January 26, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Delegation weighs in on shutdown agreement;  Collection of statements written by communications staffers
          P-D's Raasch:  Government shutdown damaged the Republican-controlled Senate;  Comments from Hawley, Blunt X
          SNL:  Local veteran reacts to temporary end to shutdown X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Liberals rally at Clay's St. Louis City office hours before shutdown compromise
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Liberals hold anti-Trump rally at Clay's St. Louis City office X
          P-D's Raasch:  Votes for the week of "July [sic] 21" X
          P-D:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) eyeing 2020 governor's race, unlikely to face serious primary opposition X
          The Missouri Times:  Four initiative petitions approved for circulation
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Gov. Mike Parson talks to Steve Kraske about ending the Missouri-Kansas "border war," explains bonding proposal for transportation and the rural-urban divide, workforce development, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 21, 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County highway administrator says lack of communication between county and MoDOT is ridiculous X
          JCNT:  Former HR director files discrimination suit against Lincoln University;  White male details violations of compensation policy, jobs being handed to unqualified African-Americans, other unlawful acts by state school X
          Joplin Globe:  New Missouri law, sponsored by Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country), requires insurance coverage of 3D mammograms X
          P-D:  More abuse survivors and witnesses step forward in Schmitt's Missouri Catholic clergy probe X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 23, 2019
          Missourinet:  Missouri traffic fatalities take a slight dip in 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  Feral hog kills increase in Missouri
          P-D:  Local newscaster on indefinite leave after mispronouncing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name;  Kevin Steincross apologizes "for the pain (he) caused" with one flubbed syllable X
          KC Star editorial:  United States VA, KC VA Medical Center must answer questions about veteran's death X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Agriculture's 2019 legislative policy priorities
          P-D letter:  WGU-Missouri Chancellor Angie Besendorfer says Parson's grant program would strengthen workforce X
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        January 25, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Rep. Billy Long invites Trump to deliver State of the Union in Springfield
          KC Star:  Galloway slams GOP push to change how voters amend constitution X
          AP:  GOP state senators form Conservative Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  The #moleg Podcast:  Rep. Dale Wright (R-Farmington) on his background and motivation
          Missourinet:  House honors Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          Columbia Missourian:  State tax error drove $536 revenue deficit, 'April surprise'
          Missourinet:  $536 million deficit is eye-opener for Missouri lawmakers
          P-D:  Onder, Eigel encourage more equitable distribution of transportation projects X
          KWMU:  Missouri bill aims to protect babies with heartbeat
          The Missouri Times:  Bill aimed at protecting minors, combatting sex trafficking moves out of House committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Title IX bill proposes alternate hearing outside of schools
          JCNT:  Missouri awarded federal early education grant X
          The Missouri Times:  Policy panel rallies for school choice
          JCNT:  State hosts education retreat for lawmakers X
          KWMU:  Five education issues to watch in Jefferson City this year
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia legislators, UM president call for more state higher ed funding
          CDT:  University of Missouri preparing for possible cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer to deliver State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday
          Columbia Missourian:  State could see increases in penalties for drug dealing, manufacturing
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger on "debtors' prisons"
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control group promotes study blaming Missouri's gun laws for deaths
          P-D editorial:  It's not Missouri's job to aid furloughed federal workers. It should anyway. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is shrouding medical marijuana in secrecy, hiding who wants to grow and dispense it X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Galloway:  Don't change Clean Missouri
          KC Star op-ed:  Greg Razer (D-Kansas City):  My House colleagues voted no equality for me. X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Readers ask:  Why isn't state law about front license plate enforced? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  St. Louis Police Officers Association's Jeff Roorda:  Hold Kim Gardner, all prosecutors accountable
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man predicts licensed use of marijuana will increase unlicensed use X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington septuagenarian says Missouri Republicans are "devils" X
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        January 24, 2019
       
KWMU:  Local transsexual activists unhappy with Trump's military policy
          Missourinet:  Parson's budget would help 1,529 families with early childhood development services
          Missourinet:  House GOP leaders confident $500 million budget shortfall will turn around
          KC Star:  Bill from Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) seeks end to economic 'border war' with Kansas X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Democrats call for more school transportation funding
          The Missouri Times:  DOR blasted for lack of communication on withholding error
          KC Star:  Missouri taxpayers to see lower refunds this year;  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) predicts "April surprise" for taxpayers X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers frustrated as impact of state withholding error sinks in X
          KC Star:  Clash over Parson's budget veto may lead to penalty against "Missouri Department of Health [sic];"  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-St. Louis County) details "line in the budge [sic]" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) named Veterans Committee chair, talks legislative priorities
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee approves several interim gubernatorial appointments
          The Missouri Times:  First bill out of House honors late Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should join other states in banning cell phone use while driving X
          KC Star editorial:  The Kansas City Chiefs are KC's team, not Missouri's - and the losers in St. Louis can eat their hearts out X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Local NAACP should rethink dramatics around newscaster's on-air pronunciation flub X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte):  Title IX investigations are medieval in their lack of due process
          P-D letter:  University City man proposes unicameral state legislature X
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        January 23, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt on shutdown impasse:  Broaden the options
        KC Star:  Blunt:  VA's response to query about vet's death "totally insufficient" X
        KC Star:  Cleaver on getting paid during shutdown:  "Me taking my paycheck has nothing to do with anything going on" X
        KWMU:  Shutdown hardship:  Local federal employee details trauma of having one (1) delayed paycheck
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission questioning authority on two Clean Missouri changes related to lawmakers
        Missourinet:  GOP lawmakers express concerns about Clean Missouri's impact on constituent correspondence
        The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces Safer Streets initiative
        Missourinet:  Schmitt forms partnership to battle violent crime in St. Louis region
        KWMU:  Schmitt pledges lawyers to prosecute violent crime in St. Louis region
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) reacts to Parson's "ambitious" State of the State
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) says being only non-lawyer on Judiciary Committee provides panel a different perspective
        The Missouri Times:  GOP lawmakers file bill requiring due process for Title IX hearings
        Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers propose changes to Title IX process
        CDT:  Margie Vandeven prepares for release of test scores X
        The Missouri Times:  House Democrats file plethora of education bills
        P-D:  Missouri House superminority leaders want more money for K-12 funding X
        Columbia Missourian:  Democrats seek to require public vote for charter school expansion
        SNL:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis County) wants to lower state's mandatory school age by two years X
        P-D:  Put down the phone, say Missouri legislators who want to ban cell phone use while driving X
        KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide whether a part of the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional
        The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider designating the Chiefs as Missouri's official NFL team
        KC Star:  Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) wants Chiefs to be Missouri's official pro football team X
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  To the Missouri Western student employees complaining about lack of minimum-wage increase:  Sorry kids, nothing is free
        KC Star editorial:  Parson should try again to pass a gas tax for crumbling Missouri highways X
        Priddy:  Imagine if the campaign against Josh Hawley is successful, and his career turns out like Bill Webster's
        Helling:  Rural interests are over-represented in Missouri politics;  Urban areas should not be pressured to care about rural broadband X
        P-D op-ed:  Missouri's civil engineers want to see more infrastructure spending X
        KC Star op-ed:  Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) former national director:  Eric Schmitt should fix Josh Hawley's feeble Catholic Church investigation X
        Keller:  So long, Mamtek's Bruce Cole. It hasn't been sweet. X
        P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian angry at Gov. Parson for not returning phone messages about gun control X
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        January 22, 2019
       
KWMU:  Martin Luther King, Jr. rally draws fewer than 50 downtown
          P-D:  MLK march is brief, with sparse crowd X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Impeach Trump Now," "Trump Kidnaps Babies," other unifying and uplifting messages X
          SNL:  Mayor on MLK Day:  "Progress continues to be made" X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Protect Black Trans Women," "No Human is Illegal," etc. X
          CDT:  MLK march draws crowd of 40;  Speaker at rally praises unsigned NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for heroic acts in the face of rampant patriotism X
          JCNT:  Dozens attend MLK tribute;  Speaker criticizes push to protect country's borders, blames Missouri prison system for black incarceration rate, other outrages X
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP wants TV newscaster Kevin Steincross fired for mispronouncing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name X
          AP:  St. Louis County NAACP wants newscaster fired for flubbing MLK's name
          KWMU:  Leader of local airport employees group claims federal workers won't stop showing up for their jobs
          Missourinet:  New State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick receives bipartisan praise
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) plays key role in Gov. Parson's workforce development plan +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Michael Bugalski, interim president of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, pleased by Parson's DED reorg
          The Missouri Times:  House leaders standing firm on new rule regarding open records
          KC Star:  Democrats push for no-reason absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Lawmakers seek funding source for pre-K expansion
          Missourinet:  No plans for Missouri prison space after inmates and workers move out
          AP:  Urban prosecutors end most pot cases
          CDT:  Settlement could bring close to Mamtek saga X
          JCNT editorial:  Proposed state pay raises a good start X
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        January 21, 2019   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day - A state holiday, per Gov. John Ashcroft
       
P-D:  Farmers weigh in on trade deal, government shutdown X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) gives perspective on Elijah Haahr and Rob Vescovo, shares thoughts on Parson's agenda and Todd Richardson's Medicaid overhaul, initative petition changes;  Panel of Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville), Joe Lakin, Jane Dueker, and NAACP's John Gaskin III talk Parson's State of the State, LGBTQIA* proposal from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), St. Louis County letting chronic deadbeat dads abdicate their responsibility as fathers, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers learn committee assignements
          P-D:  Historic tax credit bottleneck stalling redevelopment projects, delaying reimbursement X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri PSC to hold hearing on billion-dollar wind farm X
          AP:  Man who took part in murderous robbery wants out of jail;  Budding criminal Norman Brown joined a pal in robbing Chesterfield jewelry shop, where the duo killed owner and left owner's wife for dead
          KC Star editorial:  KC families on the dole could see handouts cut if shutdown continues X
          Messenger:  Thanks to GOP legislators, when it comes to Sunshine Law, Missouri is Show-Me State no more X
          SNL letter:  Ozark septuagenarian says Blunt is a "commie sympathizer";  Springfield septuagenarian says ALEC has purchased GOP state legislators, uses ALL CAPS to emphasize IMPORTANT POINTS X
          KC Star letters:  KC man unhappy with Blunt over vote on Russia sanctions;  KC septuagenarian unhappy with gas tax proposal's language, says he wants "clean" proposal to vote on X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian expresses anger at GOP state legislators over election success X
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        January 20, 2019
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 100 X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Feminist holds sign proclaiming "Right too [sic] choice" X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump march draws smaller crowd than previous years;  Comments from Florissant woman who calls herself "Emmett," others X
          KWMU:  Feminists march in St. Louis City;  Black feminist hopes more black women show up next year
          KC Star:  Feminists hold anti-Trump rally downtown X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump immigrant group joins feminists for rally;  Former state rep runner-up/Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Michela Skelton attempts to lead crowd in chant about breathing
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) talks with Rosenbaum about "Bryce's Law," criminal justice proposals, statewide vote on city-county merger, more
          JCNT:  Capitol awash in 'Clean Missouri' concerns X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana cultivation site proposed for Sarcoxie X
          SNL:  "Answer Man" feature:  Why does Missouri require two license plates when many other states only mandate one? X
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), targeting transparency in state government contracts, is worthy of passage X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should pass ban on texting while driving X
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        January 19, 2019
       
AP:  Temporary government shutdown means SNAP recipients will get their handouts early
          SNL:  Local charities discuss new mission:  Explaining to SNAP recipients why they're receiving two (2) months of taxpayer-funded handouts at one time X
          SE Missourian:  Smith apologizes for chiding Democrats about Puerto Rico junket +
          SNL:  Profile:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Salem) X
          KWMU:  Organizers of 3rd annual feminist march say chilly weather won't negatively impact hefty crowd:  "We're women, come on"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 14, 2019
          SNL:  Parson:  Education a 'key factor' in fighting Missouri opioid crisis;  House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Superminority Leader Crystal Quade join governor at event X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Mike Parson at Discovery Center X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) likes Parson's talk of trimming government, emphasizing workforce development, building emergency fund
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) hopes to see $10 million allocated for rural broadband expansion
          JCNT:  Officials:  Prison merger to improve pay, safety X
          Columbia Missourian's Laura Murgatroyd:  New minimum wage offers relief for workers;  Comments from two (2) advocates of wage increase, zero (0) perspectives from small-business owners
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Western spared from minimum wage increase - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Court preliminarily halts feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens
          KC Star editorial:  No more shutdowns. Sen. Roy Blunt's bipartisan plan could help avert future budget disasters X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers rush to undo Clean Missouri open records regulations. That's unconstitutional X
          CDT editorial:  Gov. Parson's budget gambit X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Parson wrong on allowing legal guns at Capitol;  Dept. of Revenue wrong to request office move to protect employees X
          Phill Brooks:  Parson a far more substantive governor than Greitens;  New gov should make himself available for interviews after State of the State X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man says those who oppose LGBTQIA* employment laws are the same religious types who supported slavery X
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        January 18, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley to keep home in Springfield, will bring wife and sons to D.C. so family can be together while Senate is in session
          Politico:  Jason Smith chides House Democrats for taking 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico during shutdown
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs executive order initiating major restructuring of four state agencies
          KWMU:  Parson pares Economic Development Department's portfolio to sharpen purpose
          JCNT:  Parson reorganizes DED, narrows focus X
          AP:  Parson plans to move several hundred employees from Dept. of Economic Development to Dept. of Higher Education
          Missourinet:  Parson to vastly reorganize numerous state agencies
          P-D:  Parson revamps Missouri's economic development efforts X
          P-D:  Missouri government makeover includes moving state oversight of public radio and TV X
          The Missouri Times:  State plans to shutter Crossroads Correctional Center, transfer inmates and employees to Western
          Missourinet:  Parson to provide details on prison plan today
          The Missouri Times:  State leaders applaud appeals court decision upholding Safe at Home address confidentiality program
          AP:  Missouri court reverses ruling on victim protection program
          CDT:  MNEA legislative forum focuses on funding, charter schools X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of January 9, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley right, Blunt wrong on Russia-sanctions vote X
          P-D editorial:  Parson's infrastructure focus is correct, but debt-funding it is a mistake X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Trump touts work for farmers at American Farm Bureau Convention
          Messenger:  Parson wants to close a prison. It's a good start. X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  If you teach sex ed in Missouri public schools, you must discuss consent X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man irked by Missourinet reporter's blatant anti-Trump bias X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch subscriber highlights the company's inability to consistently deliver the newspaper on time X
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        January 17, 2019
       
P-D:  'It's such an inconvenience':  Illinois mom drags kids to Arch before comprehending shutdown effects X
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Local artist devastated by impact of federal goverment shutdown;  Kirkwood man, traipsing around the country to photograph national parks, describes emotional hardship caused by "Park Temporarily Closed" signs
          KC Star:  Missouri medical marijuana:  Bills from KC Dems Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, Barbara Washington would give preferential treatment to minorities, women X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) to speak to Clayton Township Democrats next week
          KWMU:  Parson pledges to 'chart Missouri's future' in State of the State speech
          JCNT:  Parson proposes 3 percent pay raise for all Missouri state employees X
          JCNT:  Parson finds efficiency in closing Cameron's Crossroads Correctional facility X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2019:  Parson focuses on infrastructure, workforce development
          P-D:  Bridge repair tops Parson's budget plan, along with money for schools X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address:  Curtain jerkers, preliminary festivities and the main event X
          AP:  Parson proposes $351 million bond for bridges
          AP:  Democrats respond to Parson's speech by taking digs at former Gov. Eric Greitens
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Mike Parson's 2019 State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Parson calls for state worker pay hike, spending on bridge repairs
          Missourinet:  Parson proposes shuttering Missouri prison
          Missourinet:  Republicans, Democrats react to Parson address
          CDT:  Higher ed to maintain funding levels in state budget X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson emphasizes infrastructure, workforce development in first State of the State
          Joplin Globe:  Parson outlines 'bold' policy goals in State of the State address X
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz names committee chairs
          KC Star:  UMKC professor resigns amid allegations he used students as 'slave labor' X
          The Missouri Times:  Martin Luther King Jr. celebration delivers on theme of legacy and focus
          KC Star editorial:  Report from gun-control group shows cost of firearms to Missouri;  Legislators should pass gun-control laws, dump more money into urban governments for anti-violence programs X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's vision includes more spending for infrastructure but not much else;  Governor should push to expand Medicaid, raise taxes X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to alter Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators wrong to pass document-confidentiality protections X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Thoughts on 4th Congressional District silver medalist Renee Hoagenson, campaign fundraising, and Caleb Rowden's "new potion [sic] as Senate floor majority leader"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri's death penalty jury deadlock provision is unconstitutional X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville septuagenarian mocks Post-Dispatch's hypocrisy regarding statewide vote on city-county merger X
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        January 16, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley defends Trump, calls accusations against president 'stomach turning'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley joins in questioning of AG nominee
          Missourinet:  McCaskill reports to work at MSNBC, will join group of panelists criticizing Trump's State of the Union on January 29
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  19-year-old from St. Louis suburb says he's running against Jay Ashcroft in 2020 GOP secretary of state primary
          Joplin Globe:  (Jay) Nixon hall opens to students at Missouri Southern X
          P-D:  Preview:  Gov. Mike Parson's State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looks at case claiming Legislature writes bills too broadly
          JCNT:  State high court considers legislative powers X
          The Missouri Times:  First bill moving through the House honors the late Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate leaders pan proposal for statewide vote on city-county merger
          P-D:  Missouri House votes to protect privacy of constituent case files, declines to advance LGBT proposal X
          AP:  House takes voice votes on document confidentiality, expanding LGBT "protections," more
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner, other Republicans wrong to minimize effects of shutdown X
          KC Star editorial:  With investigations and tough questions looming, will Josh Hawley learn from his mistakes? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley attacks FBI, uses attorney general confirmation hearing to steal spotlight X
          Jensen:  Requiring Medicaid recipients to work is a smart move - and, predicitably, the Post-Dispatch hates it +
          Waters:  The Missouri Department of Revenue's fortuitous tax mistake X
          Messenger:  Thoughts on Twitter discussion with Robert Cornejo regarding "Clean Missouri" and beer X
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        January 15, 2019
       
KSDK:  McCaskill joins MSNBC as political analyst
          KSMU:  Shutdown means Missouri food stamp recipients will get taxpayer-funded handouts early
          SNL:  Federal employees can use temporary government shutdown to get zero-interest loans at local credit union X
          SE Missourian:  Shutdown causing temporary cash-flow crunch for some Missouri farmers +
          KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party wants investigation into Jean Peters Baker;  Executive Director Ray Bozarth says union's strong-arming amounts to "pay to play politics" X
          AP:  GOP:  FBI should review union's pay-to-play demands on Dem chair
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "Government works for the people, not the other way around"
          AP:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as Missouri state treasurer
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick, Galloway sworn in X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway begins second term as auditor, announces Public Corruption and Fraud Division
          AP:  Galloway sworn in for another term as Missouri auditor
          Missourinet:  Galloway sworn into office:  "If you steal from taxpayers, my office will find you"
          Missourinet:  Galloway slams Missouri Dept. of Revenue mistake
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway, lone statewide Democrat in Missouri, sworn into four-year term X
          P-D:  Parson's budget does not include funds for DOR office move;  Agency wants to move from St. Louis City to Clayton to protect employees from crime X
          AP:  House looks to undo some minimum sentences
          AP:  Springfield News-Leader publisher gets $1.36 billion buyout bid
          P-D:  New House rules largely forbid dogs;  Ban on smoking in offices a possibility X
          P-D editorial:  Young futures hang in the balance as Warren County adopts four-day school week X
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        January 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  MoDOT warns of slick roadways as melting snow refreezes
          Missourinet:  MoDOT brings in extra crews for Monday;  Missouri troopers assist about 1,800 stranded motorists
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer-to-be Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Scott Faughn about getting the call, priorities as treasurer, advice for rookie legislators, more;  Panel of freshman Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), Dirk Deaton (R-Noel), Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City) and Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City) on legislative priorities, Speaker Elijah Haahr's leadership, federal government shutdown, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on playing defense in Legislature, split with black Dems on effects of "Clean Missouri," DOR's tax withholding error, more
          JCNT:  Profile:  Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones embraces fast pace of governor's office X
          JCNT:  At session-opening speech, Jay Ashcroft challenges leaders to act with integrity, humility, grace X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer dives into the Senate
          JCNT:  State agencies still considering red-tape cutbacks X
          AP:  Meat producers seek to make Missouri's "real meat" bill a model for other states
          P-D:  Warrenton becomes latest Missouri school district to move to four-day school weeks X
          CDT editorial:  Columbia should pay for Trump's campaign stop - this time X
          P-D editorial:  State's secrecy behind medical marijuana permitting is a bad start to new law X
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-death-penalty activist Donna Walmsley:  State lawmakers should give responsibility for capital punishment sentencing to jurors, not judges X
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal says Josh Hawley has no spine X
          P-D letter:  Fenton septuagenarian applauds Schmitt, Tony Messenger for work on 'debtors' prisons' X
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        January 13, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KSMU:  Blunt co-sponsors bill that would change president's role in budget process
          SNL:  New VA clinic in Springfield expects 350,000 outpatient visits by end of first year X
          KC Star:  Poor revenue outlook complicates upcoming budget deliberations for Missouri lawmakers X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy group:  Missouri ranks low in money spent on tobacco prevention X
          CDT:  Inmates seek bill allowing chance for parole or death X
          Joplin Globe:  State regulators yet to play role in reservoir talks X
          P-D editorial:  Let Missouri voters decide on a St. Louis City - St. Louis County merger X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should spend more tobacco-tax settlement money, and voters should support raising taxes X
          SNL letter:  Joplin septuagenarian unhappy with Gov. "Parsos [sic]" over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        January 12, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KC Star:  KC labor leaders claim union-busting by Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker, vow to withhold support X
          P-D:  Federal shutdown leads to early food stamp handouts X
          NY Times:  Shutdown profiles:  St. Louis County woman, who earns nearly $50k as federal government paperwork processor, laments inability to budget past next paycheck
          KWMU:  Local union boss complains about shutdown
          P-D:  Weekly congressional delegation update:  Ann Wagner to White House for anti-trafficking bill;  House votes on rural broadband;  More X
          P-D:  Anti-NRA group claims organization coordinated with Hawley campaign X
          P-D:  Illegal Chinese alien gets time served for employing illegal Mexican aliens, faces possible deportation X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson supports Trump's trade discussions with China
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 7, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Seven new initiative petitions filed, bringing total to 37
          Washington Missourian:  Three rookie lawmakers take oath of office X
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue seeks to protect state workers by moving them from downtown St. Louis City location;  New office in Clayton would provide safer environment X
          AP:  Court:  State of Missouri, governor can't be sued over public defender complaints
          SNL:  DNR promises public meeting on Litton pollution X
          KWMU:  Longtime St. Louis journalist Linda Lockhart reflects on career and current state of journalism:  From good old days of copyboys running errands to present day of too many white men making decisions
          KWMU:  Newspaper veteran Tim O'Neil, formerly of the Post-Dispatch, talks about paper's office downsizing
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Make sure Missouri benefits from sports betting
          KC Star editorial:  How bad are starting salaries for Missouri teachers? Even Mississippi pays more X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Missouri should look to low- and no-income-tax states to experience expansive economic growth
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        January 11, 2019
       
KWMU:  Longtime political journalist Jo Mannies reflects on career, major stories
          P-D:  Local federal workers claim they are delaying retirement, facing other hardships due to one (1) postponed paycheck X
          KC Star:  Local federal workers use free time to protest time off X
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 Legislative Ball's Grand March
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 swearing-in
          Missourinet:  Governor's prayer breakfast draws packed house;  St. Louis City Sheriff Vernon Betts notes that real men "have got to be careful" these days
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Elijah Haahr talks to Rosenbaum about criminal-sentencing overhaul, black legislators' desire to clean up Amendment 1, more
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz stresses quality over quantity for 2019 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates proposal to add four new committee positions
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Senate debates four new committee positions;  Expansion has support of "Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellfontaine [sic] Neighbors) X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS begins rulemaking process for medical marijuana program
          Missourinet:  Early interest in Missouri's legalized medical marijuana is robust
          AP:  Strong interest in medical marijuana in Missouri
          CDT:  Ben Hurst resigns from Missouri Clean Water Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 9, 2019
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  UMSL's Terry Jones gives background on St. Louis City-County merger attempts and challenges of current push
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Tony Messenger to speak at Clayton Chamber of Commerce event Jan. 22
          P-D:  Hawley, other Republicans wrong on pre-existing conditions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should keep their hands off Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers deserve a break after the state's withholding glitch X
          KC Star editorial:  Demand answers to why a 53-year-old man died in a Missouri jail, and why it was kept secret X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:  Facts vs. myths in the debate over immigration X
          Kraske:  No more free meals? Life in the 'Clean Missouri' statehouse will never be the same X
          CDT op-ed:  Missourians can now talk medical marijuana with their doctors X
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson-Florissant School District attorney Cindy Reeds Ormsby responds to editorial advocating fixing elections help prevent white representation X
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        January 10, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley, Clay weigh in on shutdown X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner sees suburban St. Louis district trending blue, urges GOP to stem national tide
          AP:  Government shutdown will keep HUD Secretary Ben Carson from speaking at Governor's Prayer Breakfast
          SNL:  Area union leader complains about shutdown X
          Farm Journal:  Farmers battling the Muddy Missouri and the Army Corps of Engineers
          Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Supreme Court won't hear state animal ag challenges;  Comments from Attorney General Eric Schmitt
          KSMU:  Parson appoints John Russell, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, as Greene County commissioner
          KWMU:  Parson promotes black female judge to Missouri Court of Appeals
          AP:  Parson appoints Robin Ransom to appeals court
          KWMU:  Missouri Legislature opens 2019 with an ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr takes role as Speaker, promises "bold solutions"
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr outlines 2019 priorities
          AP:  Lawmakers convene, pledge to work on improving education and creating jobs
          SNL:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (D), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D) carry Springfield voices to Capitol X
          KSMU:  On Day One in the Missouri House, Greene County takes center stage
          Missourinet:  Springfield will have strong clout in Missouri House in 2019
          JCNT:  State House optimistic about 100th session X
          P-D:  With new leaders in place, Missouri lawmakers launch 100th session of the General Assembly X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers kick off new legislative session with pomp and promises
          Missourinet:  Schatz gives glimpse into GOP's direction this session
          Missourinet:  Schatz says 'right to work' passage this session "probably unlikely"
          CDT:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) assumes new role as Senate majority leader X
          JCNT:  Senate launches session with 9 new members X
          Missourinet:  Democratic legislative leaders hold realistic expectations as superminority
          P-D:  MO DHSS following the law, will not disclose medical marijuana applications despite reporter's request X
          P-D:  Parson's staff does not use "Silent Phone" app;  Missouri Highway Patrol recommended Greitens staff install security app prior to traveling to China and Middle East X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  DESE Deputy Commissioner Roger Dorson says fully funding foundation formula is a priority
          P-D:  State says air ambulance companies overly aggressive in pursuing payments X
          P-D:  Gateway Journalism Review event features impressive liberal lineup:  Environmentalist Kay Drey, former Sen. Wayne Goode (D-St. Louis), PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT to hold informational meeting about proposed construction on bridge on U.S. 63
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Earmarking online sales taxes for transportation
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Suggestions for GOP supermajority:  Fund transportation, create PDMP, don't change Clean Missouri, more X
          JCNT editorial:  Suggestions for GOP majority:  Fund transporation, create PDMP, overhaul criminal sentencing, more X
          P-D editorial:  'Clean Missouri' means what it says, Gov. Parson. Don't mess with it. X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Josh Hawley - unlike his predecessor Claire McCaskill - can't answer questions on his feet;  McCaskill did a better job dishing, spending time with reporters X
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        January 9, 2019   First day of legislative session
       
Priddy:  Convening the session:  Words of wisdom from Jay Barnes and Jeff Smith
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay, black state legislators among those hoping to fix "Clean Missouri" gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Retiring Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) embraces 'my government,' talks term limits and Greitens +
          P-D:  Advice from former legislators Jake Hummel, Jay Barnes, Kevin Engler, Gail McCann Beatty +
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft says he plans to overhaul initiative petition process in a content-neutral way
          Missourinet:  Marijuana bills on the upswing in Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Missouri medical marijuana trade show announced X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) aims to protect minors while combatting sex trafficking
          KWMU:  Missouri Board of Education says you can't buy lower teacher turnover
          Missourinet:  Pennsylvania-based rankings/review site claims most neighboring states pay teachers more than Missouri;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol
          CDT:  Federal shutdown not affecting Missouri school breakfast/lunch handouts X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) would institute instant runoff voting method
          The Missouri Times:  Former MOGOP Chair David Cole joins Health Facilities Review Committee;  5 new Certificate of Need applications approved
          Missourinet:  Capitol renovation project running on schedule
          KC Star editorial:  Temporary government shutdown affecting residents of Missouri, Kansas;  Kansas Indian tribe could face delayed improvements to HVAC system, other harrowing atrocities
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The case for career politicians:  We could use more like Mike Parson and fewer like Eric Greitens
          P-D editorial:  Schmitt's stand against debtors' prisons is an apt start to his new job X
          P-D editorial:  Changing the election system will help prevent voters from choosing white candidates for Ferguson-Florissant school board X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  On the Dept. of Revenue tax-withholding tables snafu
          Messenger:  Schmitt joins the fight against debtors' prisons in Missouri X
          Helling:  Statewide vote on St. Louis area merger is silly;  "Old and poor" St. Louis City combining with "rich and growing" St. Louis County is of little interest to most Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says lobbyists have been purchasing Missouri lawmakers' votes via sports tickets, free food and "who knows what else" X
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        January 8, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to speak at 2019 Missouri Lincoln Days
          P-D:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to keynote Missouri Lincoln Days X
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North to speak at Cape County Lincoln Day in March +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver, Hartzler weigh in on border wall
          AP:  Missouri revenue down 2.9 percent through first half of fiscal year
          Missourinet:  Schmitt wants to stop modern-day 'debtors' prisons'
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt files first amicus brief opposing 'debtors' prisons'
          P-D:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says House Dems looking into allegations against Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City);  KMOV report showed Franks falsified timesheets at taxpayer-funded job, hid income on bankruptcy filing X
          Missourinet:  County officials don't want lawmakers to transfer road maintenance to local governments
          KWMU:  Judge:  15,000 inmates eligible to join lawsuit over Missouri parole practices
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) says higher ed background will be a plus
          AP:  Ferguson school district must change election board method;  Traditional at-large elections resulted in voters choosing too many Caucasoids
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court upholds ruling on Ferguson-Florissant School Board elections
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU responds to Supreme Court denial of elections case appeal
          P-D:  Parkway West eighth grader Wilson Gao earns perfect score on SAT;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          KWMU:  State officials sit through another public meeting on Bridgeton Landfill;  Woman who chose to purchase house near landfill complains about odor
          P-D:  Adam Crumbliss, other public servants hear from landfill neighbors who dislike findings of scientific report X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch to downsize, move to smaller office building in St. Louis City X
          KC Star editorial:  Suggestions for GOP legislative agenda:  Repeal tax cuts, expand Medicaid, leave Clean Missouri's gerrymandering as is, other fantasies X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature bolsters local economy X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Specifics needed from Missouri Department of Conservation on Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wonders why family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan is the sole diversity-quota selection for editorial board - and relegated to "adjunct member" status X
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        January 7, 2019
       
KWMU:  Parson's PAC goes public as it raises big dollars from big donors
          KWMU:  Forecasting legislative issues:  Early childhood education, transportation, low income housing tax credits, redistricting, 'right to work,' more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature opens with new governor, old problems
          Missourinet:  Parson shares thoughts on transportation funding, opportunies presented by Panama Canal expansion
          AP:  Lawmakers to consider redistricting, sports betting
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers to consider sports betting proposals
          P-D:  Annual legislative preview X
          KC Star:  Annual legislative preview X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Reps. Jean Evans, Tracy McCreery and Donna Baringer talk about personalities of Scott Fitzpatrick, Elijah Haahr and Crystal Quade;  Tort overhaul;  "Clean Missouri";  Statewide vote on St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger;  More
          Washington Missourian:  Legislative rookies, veteran head to Capitol for first week of session
          KWMU:  Galloway finds changes to home health care saved far less than expected
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would set limits on how early school districts can begin classes X
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana a step closer to reality today;  Pre-filing for license applications begins X
          Phill Brooks:  The art of Missouri budget compromise:  Lessons from Bob Holden and Mel Carnahan X
          SNL letters:  Area feminist thinks legislators should take Equal Rights Amendment proposal seriously;  St. Louis County liberal opposes Medicaid standards;  Battlefield woman threatens to vote against Parson if he supports Amendment 1 cleanup X
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        January 6, 2019
       
P-D:  Trump supporters rally in Clayton for border wall X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New to Congress, Hawley settles in
          P-D:  U.S. House opens 116th Congress with party-line votes X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Minimum wage increase already costing Missouri jobs;  Local auto shop, hardware store letting employees go due to higher wage costs
          SE Missourian:  Local business leaders discuss negative effects of Missouri's minimum wage increase +
          Lake Sun:  Businesses brace for damage caused by minimum wage increase
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers have filed 10 marijuana bills since Amendment 2 passed. Here's a roundup. X
          JCNT:  100th General Assembly convenes Wednesday X
          JCNT:  Jay Barnes reflects on 8 years in Missouri Legislature:  "I will not miss this at all";  Thoughts on Mamtek, Greitens, life after politics X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) talks primary victory, freshman bus tour
          Columbia Missourian:  State program for special-needs students has failed to help a single one;  Comments from former Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst (R-High Ridge)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) aims to help DNR move faster on business permits
          Joplin Globe:  Federal, state agencies will weigh in on plans for reservoir;  Growing demand from Joplin-area residents requires new water source X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  No timeline for reopening of Wildcat Glades nature center X
          AP:  Joplin Globe has new owner:  Alabama pension fund
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Most counties in Missouri don't look like Kansas City or St. Louis City;  Great Northwest Day at the Capitol provides an important forum for rural issues
          JCNT editorial:  Department of Corrections continues to embarrass our state, and problems need immediate attention X
          McClellan:  On decision to vote for Roy Blunt over Jason Kander, and St. Louis County Republicans hosting Joe Arpaio +
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Missouri lawmakers' days of free meals are over X
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        January 5, 2019
       
KC Star:  Most local federal workers still getting paid during temporary shutdown;  Area woman laments inability to finance new hardwood floors X
          P-D:  Mass protest of federal workers opposing shutdown draws crowd of nearly ten (10) in St. Louis City X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition focuses on voting by mail
          Missourinet:  Parson to address hundreds at Missouri Cattlemen's Association event today in Columbia
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  December 31, 2018
          P-D:  Greitens records show campaign adviser Austin Chambers communicated with governor's official staff;  Comments from former Jay Nixon spokesman Scott Holste X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) jobs bills aimed at helping both military veterans and felons find work
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Southeast Missouri prison inmates nurture a career in agriculture
          P-D:  Anti-gun advocates complain about Capitol policy;  State receives fifty (50) e-mails, letters over one-month period X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 3, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley lectures that Democrats 'need to do their jobs.' But he didn't do his as AG. X
          KC Star editorial:  State screwup could be unpleasant surprise for Missouri taxpayers. Lawmakers should help. X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Hawley's legacy as AG centers on unfinished Greitens investigation;  Limited number of gov office documents have been turned over by "Gov. Mike Paron [sic]" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson woman says Gov. Parson is wrong on Amendment 1 +
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        January 4, 2019
       
P-D:  Sen. Hawley takes oath in D.C. X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mannies, Rosenbaum debate which was the biggest story of the year:  Hawley's defeat of McCaskill, or Greitens' self-defeat
          KWMU:  Local government workers' union official complains about government shutdown, details personal failure to conserve her funds until next paycheck
          KWMU:  Activists not pleased with Trump's efforts to roll back regulations;  Comments from Sierra Club Missouri's John Hickey
          Missourinet:  Missouri hospital groups respond to new federal pricing transparency rule;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri's 43rd attorney general
          AP:  Schmitt sworn in as Missouri's attorney general
          Missourinet:  Eric Schmitt takes office
          P-D:  Missouri gets a new attorney general, officials hope for calm X
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick to be sworn in as Missouri treasurer on January 14
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri conservatives' next generation:  Elijah Haahr and Scott Fitzpatrick step into the spotlight as leaders of tomorrow
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Kim Gardner $63k for campaign violations;  Former Democratic state rep used campaign money for Planet Fitness membership, other personal expenses
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Investigation shows Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) signed falsified timesheets at taxpayer-funded job in St. Louis City
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) calls for boycott of TV station after news story regarding falsified timesheets
          Twitter.com/BruceFranksJr:  "When you really [sic] a 24hr mentor but KMOV doesn't u [sic] Deray's day [sic?] the ripple effect of tearing down black leadership!"
          AP:  Mid-America business index rises in December
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) introduces multiple bills to limit taxation and government spending
          CDT:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce lists MU funding, tax on Internet sales as priorities X
          Columbia Missourian:  Chamber of Commerce 2019 priorities include funding for MU, public education
          CDT:  Dept. of Revenue Director Joel Walters discusses tax refund errors X
          P-D:  Missouri agrees to collect St. Louis Zoo sales tax after weeks of confusion X
          SNL:  Missouri to release student test scores in February X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D), St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) open to using statewide vote to decide upon proposed city-county merger
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis County GOP wrong to invite Joe Arpaio to speak X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State legislature should not cap local sales taxes X
          P-D editorial:  Consolidation proposal for police in smallest St. Louis County towns has merit X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wonders why diversity champions on Post-Dispatch editorial board do not value ideological diversity X
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        January 3, 2019
       
P-D:  Rural Missouri voters hope Hawley remembers the conservative principles that got him elected X
          KWMU:  Southeast Missourian nail manufacturer talks tariffs
          Daily American Republic:  Carter County receives $8.6 million to replace flood-damaged courthouse, jail, sheriff department +
          P-D:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Kim Gardner $63k;  Former Democratic state rep used campaign funds for personal expenses including gym membership, hid numerous contributions and expenditures X
          P-D:  Jefferson City restaurant owner discusses negative effects of "Clean Missouri" on local economy X
          The Missouri Times:  Four lawmakers trade in General Assembly for local government
          KWMU:  Missouri's medical marijuana program has long road ahead
          Missourinet:  Extended deadline proposed for some taxpayers as Missouri recovers from withholding error
          P-D:  State balks on collecting St. Louis Zoo sales tax X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) optimistic about "Hailey's Law" in 2019
          P-D:  Missouri fund can help families of crime victims pay for burials, and the process is now clear X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol:  six motorists killed over New Year's weekend, none wearing seat belts
          SNL:  Greene County says yes to state audit X
          KC Star editorial:  What are KC-area laws for cannabis extract CBD? The answer is still hazy X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Paint for a Cause project to help celebrate state's birthday +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  It's time for legislators to act on PDMP
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City):  PDMP, heat map will help combat drug abuse in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Fred Wessels (D-St. Louis City):  Parson, GOP legislators wrong to propose changes to initiative petition process X
          P-D letter:  Clayton man responds to Dan Mehan, says Missouri Chamber gets what it deserves when out-of-state liberal interests pour money into Missouri initiatives X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man says "Clean Missouri" language was misleading, would taint southeast Missouri districts with urban voters +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says urban schools will improve performance if state legislators stop cutting taxes and stop supporting charter schools X
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        January 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Carter County gets $8.6 million to rebuild from flood damage
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Q&A with St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III
          JCNT:  Number of female legislators hits all-time high in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Margie Vandeven, returning as Missouri's education commissioner, wants to focus on future
          Missourinet:  Margie Vandeven returns to job today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Deputy Education Commissioner Roger Dorson discusses budget work
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan says virtual school bills may resurface
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group backs legislation to cover kids' developmental disabilities
          Missourinet:  SSM:  MU Health Care is the right candidate to purchase St. Mary's Hospitals in mid-Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A spring rise, by any other name;  Congress must take action to protect Missouri farmland
          P-D editorial:  Legislature's to-do list for 2019:  Expand Medicaid, ban Confide, other fantasies X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri petition process needs a tweak, not an overhaul X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Bag-Head Jheri looks ahead to 2019:  Sexagenarian columnist prints fictitious conversation with imaginary homeless man;  Topics include Trump's stupidity, Kansas City Chiefs' upcoming defeat, other cheerful and substantive topics
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says legislators should stop complaining about the cost of Medicaid X
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        January 1, 2019   Happy New Year!
       
January 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          January 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  "Our favorite photos of 2018":  High school students protest "priveleged [sic] white boys";  Michael Brown Sr. smokes a cigarette while placing objects in the middle of street;  Illegal alien evades authorities in Maplewood;  Anti-Trump protesters march on Delmar Boulevard;  etc.
          KWMU:  Chairman of House committee that investigated Greitens again calls for Ethics Commission action
          The Missouri Times:  House committee investigating former governor releases final report
          AP:  Lawmaker review of Greitens over;  MEC complaint remains
          KC Star:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) says he hopes inquiries into Greitens campaign continue
          P-D:  Committee investigating Greitens releases final report X
          P-D:  Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to headline St. Louis County GOP dinner X
          AP:  GOP Reps. Kurt Bahr, Rick Brattin resign Monday, shortly before terms end;  Both were elected to county offices
          The Missouri Times:  Taylor Burks to head Division of Labor Standards
          SNL:  How the minimum wage increase will affect Missouri's smallest paychecks X
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage hike takes effect today
          Missourinet:  Missouri expects 2 percent revenue hike
          P-D:  Facing a potential tax bill surprise, Missourians could get extension to pay X
          Missourinet:  Missouri still looking to expand rural broadband access
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Parson should give up on attempt to change "Clean Missouri" provisions
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Pat Dougherty:  Four gifts for the 2019 General Assembly
          SE Missourian letter:  Local septuagenarian Democrat unhappy with delay on implementing marijuana law, GOP efforts to clean up Amendment 1, other transgressions +
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        December 31, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  We asked questions at the beginning of the year about Missouri politics - Here are the answers
          AP:  Consumers hit with higher prices as minimum wage increases in several states
          KWMU:  Missouri business owners still divided over minimum wage hike, which takes effect Jan. 1
          CDT:  'Major oversight' on tax withholding tables means many taxpayers may owe state, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says X
          P-D:  State workers in Missouri will see paychecks rise next month X
          Missourinet:  Small, rural Missouri districts driving increase in four-day school weeks
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) offers advice for rookie lawmakers
          KC Star:  Clay County officials says state's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program creates a burden on staff X
          KC Star editorial:  New Year's Resolutions for Missouri Republicans:  Hawley should apologize for criticizing Star's pre-election hit pieces;  Parson should prioritize LGBTQIA* issues;  GOP legislators should acquiesce to Clean Missouri;  Other fantasies X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  <X things> journomeme:  Five (5!) key questions for the St. Louis economy in 2019:  State legislators should focus on road funding, education, and building the economy X
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        December 30, 2018
       
CNN:  Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Smith (D-N.Y.) fires back at McCaskill, calls comments "pretty disappointing"
          CDT:  Trump's visit to Columbia cost city less than $40k;  Three-quarters of funds went to local law enforcement officers X
          SNL:  How EPA's proposed mercury rule changes will affect City Utilities X
          JCNT:  Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Buckner) wants to give seniors a property tax break X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) looks forward to budget work
          JCNT:  Crisis in Missouri's prisons 'downplayed;'  Vacancies, violence against staff greater than portrayed, former warden says X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) aims to help keep guns away from domestic abusers;  Comments from outgoing Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson)
          JCNT:  MoDOT's Jason Shafer repairs the roads, then enjoys them X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Tread lightly when changing Missouri's petition process X
          P-D editorial:  Updated editorial board member profiles:  Ray Farris (Caucasoid male, 62);  Tod Robberson (Caucasoid male, 62); Kevin McDermott (Caucasoid male, 53);  Gilbert Bailon (Hispanic male, 59);  Family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan ("Muslim mom in the Midwest," 44) handed "adjunct member" title X
          SNL op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Thank you for the privilege of being your attorney general X
          CDT's Keller:  Gov. Parson's transparency on Amendment 1 cleanup just one example of his superiority to Eric Greitens X
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        December 29, 2018
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith sees no quick end to partial government shutdown +
          CDT:  Truman VA hospital accused of negligence in veteran's death X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 stories of 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker talks with Scott Faughn about disagreement with far-left feminists regarding pro-life Democratic candidates;  Democratic gov candidate Scott Sifton and also-ran opponents;  rebuilding the party in oustate Missouri;  much more
          The Missouri Times:  Proposed initiative petitions include 'right to work,' Medicaid expansion, protecting Missouri from illegal aliens, more
          JCNT:  Ashcroft:  27 petitions filed since Nov. 6 election X
          P-D:  Lawmakers could vote to raise the bar for initiative petitions X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Capitol City Research's Willis Jones
          P-D:  State spares Wash U. and The Mission Continues from legal action related to misuse of resources X
          KC Star:  Attorney general's office drops further investigations into The Mission Continues X
          The Missouri Times:  State projects increase in general revenue collection for FY 2020
          AP:  Parson, legislative budget leaders predict 2 percent revenue hike
          KCUR:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) wants to cap 'out of control' local taxes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim Education Director Dr. Roger Dorson praises rehiring of Margie Vandeven
          KC Star:  University of Missouri Title IX official:  Male asking out a smaller female can be considered harassment X
          JCNT editorial:  State's child abuse hotline needs to do better X
          The Missouri Times:  Top 10 opinion pieces of 2018
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury sexagenarian angry at Parson, Schatz over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        December 28, 2018
       
KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith holds public forum in Poplar Bluff on government shutdown;  Comments from Mitch Davis, others
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer discusses Pelosi's approach and left-wing impeachment push
          AP:  Schmitt taps former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristian Stevens to lead criminal litigation
          SE Missourian:  Outgoing Scott County commissioner - a lifelong Democrat - to switch parties, run for Holly Rehder's state rep seat in 2020 +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After minimum wage hike, businesses look for ways to adapt to higher labor costs
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) would free senior citizens of property taxes
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks court order to resume abortions in Columbia X
          Missourinet:  Audit suggests ways for Missouri to fight prescription drug fraud and abuse
          JCNT:  Galloway:  Prescription drug oversight could halt abuse X
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) would protect restaurants from plastic straw bans X
          Missourinet:  Extra state troopers on the road during this New Year's weekend
          KC Star editorial:  Why wouldn't Missouri accept donation for 144-mile hike and bike trail? X
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        December 27, 2018
       
The Hill:  McCaskill on liberal poster girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y):  "I'm a little confused why she's the thing"
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown X
          Columbia Missourian:  List of local entities affected by temporary government shutdown
          AP:  Missourians want action over too-high Illinois river levee
          P-D:  Pro-Parson "Uniting Missouri PAC" attracts contributions from conservative donors, business PACs;  Comments from spokesman John Hancock X
          Columbia Missourian:  Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect January 1
          P-D:  Republicans seek to require some Medicaid recipients to work - or put forth some effort to find work - while enjoying benefits X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would let drivers turn left on red light in certain road configurations
          Missourinet:  Proposed St. Mary's Hospital sales in Jefferson City and Mexico could go before Legislature
          JCNT:  Audit:  Low staffing creates delays at abuse hotline X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Highway Patrol emphasizes gun safety
          P-D editorial:  2018 in review:  Greitens, McCaskill-Hawley, tariffs dominate political news - and people should care more about Confide X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State should begin realizing sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Despite Trump's photo ops, government shutdown is hurting Missourians
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis City sexagenarian eager for Clean Missouri to get more Democrats elected X
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis County septuagenarian hopes Clean Missouri goes uncontested X
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        December 26, 2018
       
Missourinet:  Missouri delegation's support for border wall splits down partisan lines
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podast:  Senate President Pro Tem-elect Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks GOP unity, PDMP, low income housing tax credits, cleaning up Amendment 1, more
          Missourinet:  Clean Missouri regulations force cancellation of annual "Taste of Jefferson City" event
          KC Star:  Advocacy group wants Missouri to spend more money on anti-smoking programs X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Some of the top stories of 2018:  Trump visit, Swan speaking out against Greitens, Parsons stumping for gas tax, local state legislative elections, more +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County liberal wants Parson to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman wants more sex education in Missouri schools X
          P-D letter:  Washington University student Reede Goldberg says Missouri drug laws are racist X
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        December 25, 2018   Merry Christmas!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Farmers' priorities secured in new farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne
          CNN:  McCaskill warns Dems about 'cheap' rhetoric, says GOP senators privately believe Trump is 'nuts'
          Joplin Globe:  Neosho Mayor Ben Baker officially resigns city duties in preparation for state rep job
          Missourinet:  Missouri State to ask Legislature for major spike in funding
          Joplin Globe:  Attorney for veteran Missouri blogger Randy Turner expects judgment to be set aside;  Case alleges wrongful termination by Joplin School District
          Priddy:  On Gov. Parson's office Christmas decorations, and documentation of Legislature working on Christmas Day in the 1800s (1,222 words)
          Joplin Globe letters:  Leslie Holloway says not everyone wants the Rock Island Trail;  Joplin septuagenarian urges caution on Equal Rights Amendment
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        December 24, 2018   Christmas Eve
       
The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Clay calls criminal justice bill "historic bipartisan legislation"
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood addresses regional needs with new hospital and air service
          CDT:  Columbia refugee numbers grow as state shows decline X
          AP:  Parson wants repeal of Democrat-boosting redistricting measure
          KWMU:  Schmitt mulls changes to attorney general's racial-profiling traffic stop report;  Adding zip codes of stopped drivers would help police departments provide context
          P-D:  Missouri officials have yet to decide on new cross-state hiking, biking trail X
          AP:  Public wants elk hunts open to all Missouri residents, Dept. of Conservation biologist says
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State legislators should support an online sales tax
          Messenger:  Efforts by Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) on probation companies, police departments shows common ground is possible in 2019 X
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        December 23, 2018
       
P-D's Raasch:  The big question in 2019 Missouri politics:  What kind of senator will Josh Hawley be? X
          Joplin Globe:  List of local entities affected by government shutdown X
          P-D:  Arch, Old Courthouse access affected by government shutdown X
          KWMU:  With Trump's signature, law allows Delta Queen steamboat to again travel the Mississippi
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's political use of staff was definitely hypocritical - and potentially illegal X
          P-D editorial:  Clergy abuse probe should be top priority for Eric Schmitt X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Irl Scissors:  Modern energy policy is delivering results in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian offers fond farewell for Jim Spainhower X
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        December 22, 2018
       
KWMU:  Local effects of the government shutdown are minimal
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Ann Wagner gets two bills passed;  Claire McCaskill casts her final vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office responds, again, to liberal group's allegation that Hawley misused public funds
          AP:  Hawley releases records involving his office staff's work
          KC Star:  Hawley releases 85 pages of records in responds to liberal group's allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 19, 2018
          Joplin Globe:  Cody Smith named Missouri House Budget chief X
          AP:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) chosen as next budget chairman
          P-D:  Missouri heading into budget talks with fresh faces at the helm X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Support local feminists' push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment X
          KC Star editorial:  A movie list for Missouri pols:  McCaskill should watch "anything with her look-alike" sexagenarian Miranda Richardson;  Courageous Democratic hero Nicole Galloway should watch inspirational film "Rocky";  more X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Solid leaders Sam Graves, Dan Hegeman, and Northwest Missouri alum Elijah Haahr will bring home the bacon for northwest Missouri
          KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  'Clean Missouri' will slow the revolving door that turns lawmakers into lobbyists X
          CDT op-ed:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle:  State legislators should spend time focusing on paid family and medical leave X
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        December 21, 2018
       
NY Times podcast:  McCaskill's parting shots:  Young, ungrateful Missouri feminists screeching about pro-choice agenda should, "Shut up! You know, really. This is hard." (8:00)
          P-D:  In closing days as Missouri's senior senator, McCaskill trolls Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake on Twitter X
          JCNT:  Missouri ag experts, officials laud farm bill X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, one of a dozen Republicans who met with Trump, says House GOP steadfast on border-wall funding X
          KWMU:  EPA approves $48 million loan to help prevent sewer overflows in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr discusses Fitzpatrick appointment and Budget Committee chair slot
          The Missouri Times:  20 (or more) questions with Lowell Pearson:  On his upbringing, working for Matt Blunt, proposing to Jane Drummond, and "Hit 'Em With the Hein"
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Leslie Korte, chief of staff to House Floor Leader Rob Vescovo
          The Missouri Times:  Best of the Legislature 2018:  Janson Thomas, chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh
          The Missouri Times:  Behind the Lawmaker series:  Mark Schupp, husband of Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur)
          Columbia Missourian:  No consensus among lawmakers on how to pay for state's transportation needs
          The Missouri Times:  Three names submitted to Parson for Van Amburg judicial vacancy
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 19, 2018
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Poor staffing of Missouri's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline puts children at greater risk
          Washington Missourian:  Grace's Place gets state tax credits X
          KC Star editorial:  Despite Fitzpatrick's qualifications, Parson should not have appointed a white male to state treasurer post X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge turns 15, becomes city's iconic image +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Only solution to Franklin County traffic congestion is cost-sharing with the state X
          Kraske:  Politicians say the darndest things - a look at Missouri's notable quotables from 2018 X
          Messenger:  Defendants getting some help in battles against Missouri debtors' prisons X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says southwest Missouri deer poachers should have gotten stiffer sentences X
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        December 20, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley named to key U.S. Senate committees, including judiciary
          Missourinet:  Hawley to join high-profile Judiciary Committee
          MSNBC:  McCaskill gives "last live interview" to Rachel Maddow, criticizes Trump and far-left wing
          Missourinet:  Missouri liberals oppose judge's Obamacare ruling
          KWMU:  Parson picks state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) to be Missouri's next state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Missouri House's top budget leader appointed as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Fitzpatrick has more "knowledge of the state budget than any other elected official"
          AP:  Parson appoints Fitzpatrick as new state treasurer
          P-D:  Parson picks House budget chief to be next Missouri treasurer X
          AP:  Not-for-profit with ties to Greitens campaign raised $6 million in 2017
          P-D:  Greitens nonprofit raised $6 million, spent big on Greitens allies, new records show X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment hits record low
          Missourinet:  Missouri unemployment rate is lowest on record
          The Missouri Times:  Lyndall Fraker to lead medical marijuana unit within DHSS
          AP:  Parson creates committee to promote 2020 census
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri handled federal early childhood funds poorly - in 2016
          P-D:  DHSS tests are positive for Legionnaires' disease at west county Marriott X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee gains 6 new members
          Missourinet:  Missouri regulators consider wind energy project after high court order
          SE Missourian:  Electrical co-ops, DRA will help bring fiber broadband Internet to rural areas +
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is on track with making LGBTQIA* a protected class in Missouri. Now he should stop hedging and lead X
          Priddy:  Remembering Jim Spainhower (1,423 words)
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans unwilling to listen to the voices of voters
          P-D letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Maximilianah Zales":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Missouri entrepreneurs X
          Chicago Tribune letter:  Pro-Obamacare group's form letter, signed by "Geraldine Aglipay":  Ruling on Obamacare could hurt Illinois entrepreneurs
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        December 19, 2018
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Democrats could avoid government shutdown by embracing compromise
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley, academics weigh in on scrapping Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff nail company awaits tariff certainty
          AP:  Parson wants law for online sales tax collections
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana:  The path from voter approval to a functioning industry
          Washington Missourian:  Despite rise of fentanyl, meth still the top killer drug in Franklin County
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden bill would reduce jail costs;  Area man claims to be too poor to pay bills, drinks premium beer during day
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson, House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) weigh in on proposal to expand protected classes in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt, Hawley disingenuous on Obamacare X
          P-D editorial:  Jay Ashcroft bolsters his credibility with bipartisan probe of Hawley's campaign X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Poaching is a serious offense, and should be treated as such X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph sexagenarian conservative says McCaskill's farewell speech should have included Kavanaugh debacle
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian expresses anger at Missouri voters and Josh Hawley over Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Repealing earnings tax is an issue of fairness, equality X
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        December 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  As she wraps up life as senator, McCaskill forecasts deadlock over health care, border wall
          SNL:  HUD report:  Homelessness in Missouri down in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Charter expansion and voucher issues returning to session;  Thoughts from Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-O'Fallon) to consolidate small municipal police departments earns bipartisan support X
          AP:  Missouri to give away historic bridge for free, with catch
          P-D editorial:  Now that Republicans have put Obamacare on its deathbed, what's Hawley's plan? X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Grant for regional port is good news for economy +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph):  The future of the Republican party in Missouri is promising
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian says Gov. Parson should pardon woman who murdered her husband X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man proposes solution to feral hog problem X
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        December 17, 2018
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Blunt weighs in on impact of Obamacare decision
          SNL:  How Trump's rollback of Waters of the U.S. rule will affect the Ozarks:  Comments from Blunt, Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl, Sierra Club's John Hickey, others X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of former state Sen. Jeff Smith, GOP consultant extraordinaire Scott Dieckhaus, veteran Democratic commentator Jane Dueker and spokesvixen Brittany Robbins talk Hawley investigation, Missouri Democratic Party's challenges, Scott Sifton as Democratic gov frontrunner, more
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson talks to Jason Rosenbaum about agenda:  Early childhood education, transportation, Medicaid restructuring, state treasurer appointment, more
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Reps from Ameren, KCP&L and Spire talk economic development
          Missourinet:  Public comment period open on state fine arts standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Wisper ISP Inc. wins FCC contract to build broadband across rural Missouri
          P-D:  EPA remediating Missouri properties where lead was found X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Changing times lead to changes in news delivery;  Recent blizzard encouraged some area olds to embrace digital edition
          KC Star editorial:  Bill Eigel - "from little Weldon Spring" - is doing Rex Sinquefield's bidding and should mind his own business X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission's policies benefit consumers
          P-D letter:  State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) applauds Ann Wagner X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man blames Travis Brown for Bill Eigel's earnings-tax legislation X
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        December 16, 2018
       
Joplin Globe:  Voters analyze last month's state and federal election results:  Newspaper reporters visit coffeeshop to interview senior citizens, coeds, etc. X
          Joplin Globe:  Area feminists want state legislators to ratify Equal Rights Amendment;  Gals' gabfest set for Jan. 17 X
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Limbaugh III performs at White House holiday party +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Task Force 1 plans to use rescue dogs in 2019 thanks to a donation
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayers to fund "conviction integrity unit" by St. Louis City Prosecutor Kim Gardner and Midwest Innocence Project
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill's exit further shrinks America's political middle ground X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  U.S. senators should heed McCaskill's parting shots X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri coalition aims to curtail robocalls X
          Joplin Globe editiorial:  Missouri voters have spoken on state parks, now leaders must act X
          Waters:  Reflections on Claire McCaskill's career X
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Surplus sustains state as revenue declines X
          Horrigan:  Probe-o-rama:  Airing of grievances at Missouri GOP electeds:  Parson, Hawley, Ashcroft, Schmitt X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Allison Kite:  Kansas City counts on earnings tax to fund key services, so GOP keeps trying to kill it X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Local woman touts upcoming benefits of Missouri's medical marijuana law
          P-D letter:  Local abortion doctor applauds Stacey Newman's anti-GOP op-ed X
          P-D letter:  Warson Woods man says Stacey Newman distorts pro-lifers' positions X
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        December 15, 2018
       
KWMU:  Galloway to oversee much of the probe into liberal group's complaint about Hawley
          P-D:  Galloway to give 'heightened scrutiny' to left-wing group's allegations against Hawley X
          AP:  Galloway agrees to participate in Hawley investigation
          Missourinet:  Galloway to help Ashcroft with Hawley probe
          KC Star:  Galloway agrees to investigate AG's office with 'heightened scrutiny' X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petition filed aims to revise ethics amendment
          KWMU:  Monday preview:  Gov. Mike Parson to talk with Jason Rosenbaum about workforce development, 'right to work,' health care, Greitens, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 10, 2018
          Missourinet:  Outgoing Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wants successor to know importance of job
          Washington Missourian:  Aging vehicle fleet strains MoDOT budget;  Agency says it needs $10 million boost in FY20 X
          Washington Missourian:  Historic Washington Foundation still has state tax credits to sell X
          P-D:  Feds shoot feral hogs from chopper in southeast Missouri;  Comments from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon), Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation nabs poachers;  Judge orders offenders to watch Bambi once a month while in jail X
          KWMU:  Missouri DHSS investigating Maryland Heights hotel after 2 guests diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease
          SE Missourian:  Attorney general's office successfully prosecutes former Perry County coroner a second time +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP should butt out and stop playing politics with Hawley investigation X
          Phill Brooks:  How partisan will the upcoming legislative session be? Parson could play a major factor. X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former University of Missouri Chancellor and CEO Brady Deaton:  Universities deserve more taxpayer dollars X
          Messenger:  Latest debtors' prison lawsuit straddles Missouri's urban-rural divide X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Sen. Roy Blunt congratulates newspaper staff on journalism awards X
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        December 14, 2018
       
KWMU:  McCaskill slaps Senate in farewell speech:  "We have too many embarrassing uncles in the United States Senate"
          Fox News:  McCaskill blasts 'too many embarrassing uncles' in Senate in final floor speech
          P-D:  McCaskill farewell speech features tears, swipes at Senate colleagues and Trump X
          AP:  McCaskill lectures Senate in farewell
          Missourinet:  McCaskill delivers harsh criticism on Senate floor, mocks Americans for "elect(ing) a reality TV star president"
          KWMU:  St. Louis City transfers land to federal government for new 'transformative' NGA facility
          P-D:  St. Louis City officials hand off NGA land to federal government X
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry permits to be honored at Missouri Capitol;  Service dogs to be allowed as well
          CDT:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna paints grim picture without more funds X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna:  Rehabbing mid-Missouri bridge will cause three- to eight-hour backups on I-70
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to try again on school bus bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver rightly in no rush to impeach Trump X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  New clean water rule gives farmers and ranchers clear guidelines
          KC Star op-ed:  Gov. Parson should pardon woman who shot and killed her husband while he slept X
          P-D letter:  Area deacon responds to Stacey Newman op-ed, says no medical consultation is needed to save a human life X
          P-D letter:  Oakland, Mo. man says Stacey Newman personifies why Democrats have become the minority in Missouri X
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        December 13, 2018
       
P-D:  McCaskill:  I'll never run again, but I'll stay involved in politics X
          AP:  Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP wants lawyer investigating Hawley to step aside
          KC Star:  Attorney's donations to Democrats spur calls for recusal X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's House delegation supports farm bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Roy Blunt is right on military pay increases
          Missourinet:  Jack Danforth, 82, takes to MSNBC to complain about Trump, reminisce on how much better things used to be back in his day
          AP:  Missouri infrastructure projects get $90 million in federal grants
          SE Missourian:  Cape's Emerson Bridge turns 15;  traffic lighter now than old span;  major repairs slated for 2019 +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA rep talks Missouri gas tax proposal's 'bait and switch' language, previews 2019 highway funding debate
          The Missouri Times:  Former State Treasurer James Spainhower passes away at 90;  Comments from Gov. Bob Holden
          Joplin Globe:  Rep.-elect Ben Baker (R-Neosho) to resign mayoral post in January X
          KWMU:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment drops as deadline looms
          KC Star:  Obamacare enrollment down in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Leave the earnings tax alone unless legislators have a better funding source X
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        December 12, 2018
       
The New Yorker:  Exit interview:  Claire McCaskill on Josh Hawley, Trump, Senate Republicans, more
          Politico:  Ann Wagner, other female GOP leaders talk about diversifying the Republican party
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Sierra Club disagree over rollback of Obama's 'Waters of the U.S." rules
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond aims to help students get international experience
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton making moves to become the Democratic frontrunner for governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservative attorney Jennifer Bukowsky hopes personal studio will help broadcast personal message
          JCNT:  State employee charity donations exceed $1 million for 15th year X
          P-D:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wants to phase out earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) to bring back bill to ban texting while driving
          P-D:  Tax Foundation report says Missouri has country's ninth-highest tax on cell phones X
          KC Star editorial:  Roy Blunt has received $19,250 from Saudi lobbyists. Did they get their money's worth? X
          The Missouri Times editorial:  There is no good reason Jean Peters Baker should resign as prosecutor
          JCNT editorial:  Tackling prison overcrowding through drug courts is a worthwhile goal X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  On Ann Wagner and GOP's female congressional candidates X
          Jensen:  Respect the people's vote on 'right to work' +
          Helling:  Missouri should not pay for elected officials' public pensions X
          Messenger:  Missouri appeals court blasts hole in debtors' prison scheme X
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        December 11, 2018
       
KWMU:  Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate victory highlights the power of voters versus money
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office calls left-wing group's allegations "frivolous act of political harassment"
          AP:  Ashcroft asks Galloway to check into liberal group's complaints about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft invites Galloway to participate in Hawley probe X
          KC Star:  In KC, deportation can take up to 580 days. That's good and bad for illegal aliens. X
          KC Star:  Veteran died after confrontation at Kansas City VA hospital;  McCaskill and Blunt demand answers X
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Smith announce $20 million federal grant for Southeast Regional Port Authority
          P-D:  Missouri still scrutinizing White House official Nick Ayers' tortured ties to state X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) talk energy infrastructure, transportation funding, initiative petition system changes, more
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) opposes new 'right to work' efforts
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposals would lessen HIV-related penalties, protect needle-exchange programs;  Comments from Holly Rehder, McCreery's Emily O'Laughlin
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisons roll out tablets for inmates to use
          KC Star:  Missouri Clean Water group rejects cattle feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens X
          KC Star editorial:  It shouldn't be a big deal that Jay Ashcroft is investigating Josh Hawley, but it is X
          P-D editorial:  Justice is distorted when courts turn into profit-generating centers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Olympus Political Consulting's Jake Silverman:  Clean Missouri is illegal and immoral
          Washington Post op-ed:  Brookings Institution's Elaine Kamarck:  Watchful eyes are on Missouri's novel approach to redistricting X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  In Missouri, term limits are here to stay
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  GOP's anti-abortion zealots double down with extreme abortion bills X
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        December 10, 2018
       
P-D:  Delegation adapts to Dem House takeover:  Wagner talks Trump, suburban caucus;  Clay says Republicans "have to rely on Cleaver and Lacy ... to actually deliver for Missouri" X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Dave Schatz on role as Senate majority floor leader, tort overhaul, attributes of Caleb Rowden, PQ forecasting, more;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jeff Roorda, Jim Gwinner, UFCW's David Cook on PDMP, St. Louis City's rampant crime, 'right to work,' Parson's appointments, more
          Missourinet:  Parson wants Missouri to be a national leader in preventing Medicaid fraud
          JCNT:  Anne Precythe:  Fixing Missouri Department of Corrections is 'going to take time' X
          Messenger:  By quitting early, several Missouri lawmakers show the need for Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural Missouri's 2019 policy wish list:  Initiative petition system overhaul, rural broadband, more
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        December 9, 2018
       
KC Star:  KC gets $25 million in federal funds for Buck O'Neil Bridge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson:  'We can do better' on drugs, infrastructure
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Budget work to begin early in session;  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) on raising pay of Corrections employees
          CDT:  Prosecuting attorneys differ on enforcement of new Missouri medical marijuana law X
          KWMU:  Missouri schools preparing for students taking online classes
          JCNT:  Department of Corrections looks to reduce prison populations, recidivism X
          Daily American Republic:  Missouri Department of Conservation forming plan for future elk hunting +
          Joplin Globe:  Capitol murals, including those by Thomas Hart Benton, focus of conservation efforts X
          JCNT:  Construction won't hinder Capitol Christmas caroling X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard to fathom why Missouri is so late on PDMP X
          JCNT editorial:  Citizens should pay attention to pre-filed bills X
          P-D editorial:  Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. X
          KC Star op-ed:  KC labor and employment lawyer Lauren Sobaski:  Q&A about medical marijuana and employment law:  Smoking at work, workers showing up high, drug testing, more X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Republicans around the country - like conservative Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) - are kneecapping democracy X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  Republicans should waste no more time on 'right to work' X
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        December 8, 2018
       
KC Star's Hunter Woodall:  Between Twitter rants, Trump turns to familiar issues in KC:  immigration and the wall X
          WhiteHouse.gov:  Remarks by President Trump at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference
          Missourinet:  Audio:  President Donald Trump's comments to hundreds of law enforcement officers at national conference in Kansas City
          AP:  In KC, Trump calls illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community"
          SE Missourian:  Health insurance open enrollment ends Dec. 15;  Comments from Cover Missouri's Nancy Kelley +
          The Missouri Times:  Faced with a purported "Blue Wave," how Mike Parson helped the GOP turn the political tide by November
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Final 2018 (post-general) campaign finance reports:  PACs and campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis files four pro-union initiative petitions for 2020
          P-D:  Former Civic Progress boss Tom Irwin joins Centene X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  December 3, 2018
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon on how Best in Midwest and Talent for Tomorrow initiatives are reversing state's negative trends
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schmitt, Richardson look at ways to deal with Medicaid fraud
          The Missouri Times:  Parson urges innovative solutions to improving criminal justice system
          Joplin Globe:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would create Sunshine Law exceptions X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 7, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Trump got city name, other facts wrong in KC speech X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Respect voters' will on highway tax
          Messenger:  St. Charles County points the way as lawmakers seek to end debtors prisons in Missouri X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Self-erasing messages at top of Missouri government are just the tip of the iceberg X
          P-D letter:  Area coed studying social work thinks Missouri should expand Medicaid X
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        December 7, 2018   Pearl Harbor Day
       
AP:  Unsuccessful McCaskill campaign spent three times amount of Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of state's office looking into complaint from liberal D.C.-based group about Hawley
          AP:  Ashcroft will examine liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign
          P-D:  Ashcroft's office to investigate liberal group's complaint about Hawley campaign X
          KWMU:  Hawley asks General Assembly to give more powers to the attorney general's office
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office preparing for leadership transition
          JCNT:  Schmitt hears AG progress report X
          Missourinet:  Hawley and Schmitt hold joint press conference, address range of complaints from liberals
          P-D:  Hawley, Schmitt talk AG office transition at press conference
          KCUR:  Ashcroft will examine complaints from liberal D.C. group
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael debates two (2) liberals on universal health care
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Reporter Eli Chen, Sierra Institute's John Hickey talk climate change;  Zero (0) contrarian voices included
          CDT:  Renee Hulsof in running for state treasurer X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on 'right to work,' raising the bar for changing the state Constitution, much more
          AP:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) resigns one minute before lobbying restriction kicks in
          SNL:  What to expect as Missouri's medical marijuana law takes effect X
          Washington Missourian:  Local officials attend new bridge opening, want focus now on flooding X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri bicentennial coordinator visits in preparation for 2021 +
          KC Star:  Faculty buyouts at MU and UMKC will gut some departments X
          KWMU:  Appeals court upholds class action status for thousands of Missouri criminals with hepatitis
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley's war against big tech likely to bring down small startups X
          Messenger:  After state pays jail bill of indigent felon, Lewis County seeks even more X
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        December 6, 2018
       
Missourinet:  On Senate floor, Blunt recalls George H.W. Bush's Missouri connections
          P-D:  Blunt, Ann Wagner share thoughts on Bush 41's legacy X
          AP:  Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael to debate two (2) liberal panelists on universal health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker rallies area liberals at "Medicare for All" talk
          The Missouri Times:  Corlew resigns, plans to return to being a full-time attorney
          AP:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) resigns, becomes drug-court commissioner
          AP:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) interested in job as treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Tweet from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) about Clean Missouri rated "mostly false"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner discusses Prop D defeat, what current funding means for road transportation
          KWMU:  Parson calls for 'long-overdue' drug-monitoring database to curb opioid abuse
          AP:  Parson wants prescription drug monitoring program this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's medical marijuana industry will be highly regulated, and highly lucrative
          AP:  Savings from cuts to in-home care fall short of projections
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) designed to save lives of babies with heartbeats
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Prior to August 'right to work' vote, Parson's staff researched how policy could be implemented on county level
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Dec. 5, 2018
          The Missouri Times editorial:  Parson's appointments have been stellar thus far
          P-D editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  State legislators must not attempt to pass 'right to work' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Incoming AG Eric Schmitt will manage $2.8 million DOJ grant for rape kit tracking X
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        December 5, 2018
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt relieved trade dispute did not escalate
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Trade normalcy will take patience
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jo Mannies shares memories of George H.W. Bush
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sam Graves, George H.W. Bush shared aviation as a love
          KWMU:  Outside money played outsized role in McCaskill-Hawley Senate race
          KWMU:  New Missouri Democratic Party Vice Chair Clem Smith says the party can attract both urban and rural voters;  Scott Sifton, Nicole Galloway, Stephen Webber among potential gov candidates
          AP:  Three Missouri lawmakers resign ahead of new lobbyist limits
          The Missouri Times:  Blake Hurst to continue leading Missouri Farm Bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host business panel discussion in St. Louis about rising health care costs
          KWMU:  Missouri doctors urge new limits on prescribing opioids in hospitals;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, others
          Missourinet:  Incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) brings experience with state budget in flux
          Missourinet:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) to sponsor 'right to work' bill in 2019
          KC Star:  Sen.-elect Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) pre-files 'right to work' bill X
          P-D:  Burlison pre-files 'right to work' legislation X
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage), Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) file first bills for 2019 General Assembly X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau policy addresses rural broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition tackles state's rising prison population
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators must reverse course and raise taxes X
          Rudi Keller:  When George H.W. Bush came to town X
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        December 4, 2018
       
Rosenbaum:  Lacy Clay's influence on the rise after Democrats' House takeover;  Veteran congressman talks about priorities, young black political leadership and his "haters"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Jones lays out challenges for public education, Missouri Democrats
          KC Star:  Watchdog groups, GOP question Jean Peter Baker's conflicts as prosecutor, Missouri Democratic Party chair X
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on President George. H.W. Bush's legacy
          Missourinet:  President Trump to make stop Friday at conference in Kansas City
          Fox News Sunday:  Video:  Blunt talks trade with China, Russia probe
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Blunt, Sen.-elect Hawley, Gov. Parson, AG-to-be Eric Schmitt speak at Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Chinn, Brian Munzlinger, Bill Reiboldt among Outstanding Service to Agriculture recipients
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) resigns from the Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Hundreds of new bills filed in advance of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) pre-files bill again in response to 2017 education chief shakeup
          JCNT:  MOSERS likely to need more financial help from lawmakers X
          JCNT:  Legislators hope for early start on HIV-specific bills X
          Missourinet:  Rehder, McCreery pre-file bills to change HIV and drug treatment policies
          Washington Missourian:  State investigates controversial photo showing toddler with deer;  Newspaper caption incorrectly stated that 2-year-old shot the buck X
          KWMU:  Hunters could soon have the chance to target elk in southeast Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should ban the use of secretive Confide app X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses anger over Ann Wagner's re-election, says anti-trafficking legislation will impede those using Internet for consensual intercoursing X
          P-D letter:  Doorways CEO Opal Jones supports legislation to change state HIV laws X
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian wants Republicans to raise state income tax to pay for higher ed X
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        December 3, 2018
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Todd Graves on his successful reign as Missouri GOP chairman;  Sean Soendker Nicholson on Clean Missouri's electoral win
          AP:  Missouri first to adopt fairness test against gerrymandering
          P-D:  From opioids to rural hospitals, health care will be focus of Parson this week X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) says Missouri transportation talks are happening behind scenes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to file PDMP legislation;  Sen.-elect Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to file same bill in Senate
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit cashed in using Arkansas program for mental services
          Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Nonprofit's CFO bundled contributions for Ryan Silvey
          Columbia Missourian's Craig Stevenson:  Missouri's safety net programs help build healthy families
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        December 2, 2018
       
Kraske:  George Bush taught this young reporter a lesson about the business of journalism X
          P-D:  Bush family ties run deep in St. Louis X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  President George Bush at Springfield visit in 1988 X
          Joplin Globe:  Bush was first sitting president to visit Joplin X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Q&A:  Luetkemeyer on President George H.W. Bush's legacy, Barbara Bush, relationship with Reagan, more
          The Missouri Times:  Jean Peters Baker elected chair of Missouri Democratic Party
          KC Star:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to head Missouri Democratic Party X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bankrolling marijuana comes with complications
          KC Star:  Local doctors weigh in on relative medical value of marijuana X
          P-D The Bottom Line:  Business columnists David Nicklaus, Jim Gallagher talk about medical marijuana, experience at Colorado pot shop, forecasts for impact on Missouri X
          CDT:  Lobbyists hired to prevent MU Health monopoly in Jefferson City X
          Washington Missourian:  New Highway 47 may open for traffic tomorrow - weather dependent X
          CDT:  Activists say Catholic Church, Hawley slow to oust sex abusers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Bridge ribbon-cutting marks a historic day X
          KC Star op-ed:  Clean Missouri defense effort:  Op-ed attributed to Bob Johnson, Gwen Grant X
          P-D letter:  Missouri HIV justice coalition praises Reps. Holly Rehder, Tracy McCreery for sponsoring legislation X
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        December 1, 2018   George H.W. Bush dies at 94
       
December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          NPR:  McCaskill blames her defeat on Democrats' 'failure' with rural America
          KWMU:  Missouri Democrats hope new leadership - to be elected today - will improve their future
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 26, 2018
          JCNT:  Parson gives state workers the day off on Christmas Eve X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) wants to streamline permits for business expansion
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for new Route 47 Missouri River bridge
          SNL:  Deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) killed in Stone County;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says first in southwest Missouri X
         AP:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants Missouri Dept. of Public Safety to suspend licenses of four St. Louis City police officers at center of controversy

          KC Star:  Former employee in attorney general's office downloaded Confide app in 2017;  Evan Rosell, who left AG's office nine (9) months ago, used app 3-4 times for personal, non-work conversations X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's GOP state legislators won't listen to voters. Electronic petitions would help change that. X
          CDT editorial:  Make Missouri dull again;  State's politicians should give Missourians a non-dramatic 2019 X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent and Susan Pendergrass:  Margie Vandeven a terrific choice - for those who want the status quo X
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        November 30, 2018
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith will be part of House GOP leadership team again
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt aims to boost services for adoptions
          P-D:  McCaskill:  Cohen's plea deal confirms voters weren't told truth about Trump and Russia in 2016 X
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Graves, Jerry Hunter to chair Schmitt's AG transition team
          KC Star:  Court ruling could force everyday Missourians to register as lobbyists, attorneys say X
          P-D:  State yet to determine policy on medical marijuana and welfare recipients X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to bring back PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's Mansion transforming into Christmas wonderland
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of November 28, 2018
          Missouinet:  Ameren Missouri taking initial steps toward renewable energy
          The Missouri Times:  Local NAACP branch to honor former Rep. Esther Haywood (D-St. Louis County)
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To speed up development of Highway 47, share the cost with the state X
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        November 29, 2018
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill takes parting shot at senators for being more focused on TV hits than legislating
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hires chief of staff, state director
          Missourinet:  Hawley chooses campaign manager as chief of staff
          P-D:  Hawley names campaign manager to run his Senate office X
          KC Star:  Hawley will take up McCaskill's duck boat safety bill after he takes her seat X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to re-introduce McCaskill's duck boat bill
          AP:  U.S. House opens gate for Delta Queen to cruise
          AP:  Congressional proposal seeks to make Route 66 historic trail
          The Missouri Times:  More proposed initiative petitions filed with SOS office
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee holds closed-door meeting
          JCNT:  Freshmen lawmakers make first appearance at Capitol X
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) plans to file seven gun-control bills
          JCNT:  Dept. of Higher Ed report:  LU, State Tech in need of updates X
          AP:  Dept. of Higher Ed:  State's universities need $1.5 billion for repairs
          SE Missourian:  Galloway audit rates Perry County 'good' overall +
          The Missouri Times:  Policy for witnessing executions in Missouri changed following lawsuit
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters nixed gas tax hike, but legislators should still raise gas taxes and fees X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri DSS Acting Director Steve Corsi applauds Vicky Hartzler for her work on SNAP X
          Priddy:  Come January 2019, multiple men will be in statewide offices they were not elected to - but it's happened once before
          SNL op-ed:  Spencer Fane's Paul Satterwhite:  Missouri marijuana amendment creates new challenges for employers X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man says Prop D proposal was chock-full of "gimmicks," "hidden agendas" and "chicanery" +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man bored by Tony Messenger's habitual defense of lawbreakers X
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        November 28, 2018
       
Twitter:  Jo Mannies to end full-time reporting role in January;  Will return in part-time role in March
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Prop D postmortem:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna on why fuel tax measure failed (link fixed)
          The Missouri Times:  Millennials stepping up to leadership within the Missouri General Assembly
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) on her legislative priorities, 'right to work' and the demise of working-class Democrats
          SE Missourian:  Governor requests, state auditor agrees to audit past administrative practices of DPS director's office +
          The Missouri Times:  Parson requests audit of Department of Public Safety director's office
          JCNT:  Auditor to examine Department of Public Safety X
          AP:  Concerns lead to Missouri public safety administration audit
          Missourinet:  Galloway to audit DPS director's office;  Parson and Karsten called for audit
          Missourinet:  State Budget Director Dan Haug talks tax and revenue changes
          P-D:  MO Dept. of Higher Education report says colleges and universities need more money for repairs X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to take another crack at legalizing sports betting X
          JCNT:  Hawley defends investigation of alleged clergy abuse X
          AP:  Hawley seeks court order for church files
          AP:  Missouri changes execution media policy after lawsuit
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit dismissed after Missouri changes policy on execution witnesses
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation agents searching for polluters;  Person or persons dumped motor oil into Bourbeuse River
          KWMU:  Activists, academics theorize on impact of climate change on Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should make the anti-transparency Confide app disappear once and for all X
          KC Star editorial:  Medical marijuana users beware:  Working while high could cost you your job X
          Messenger:  Local gun-control advocates express anger at NRA X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says requiring open meetings for legislators might inhibit compromise X
          KC Star letter:  Woman who chooses to live in Kansas thinks Claire McCaskill was a great senator X
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        November 27, 2018
       
The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri fallout:  What changes, what doesn't
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Prop D postmortem:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna on why fuel-tax measure failed
          KC Star:  Medicaid expansion could appear on 2020 ballot X
          AP:  Group that gave to pro-Greitens PAC faces IRS complaint
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) looks for state departments to be efficient
          P-D:  Missouri's HIV laws could get an update X
          The Missouri Times:  Appellate judicial commission to interview all applicants for Van Amburg vacancy
          SE Missourian:  Missouri State Public Defender's office in Jackson may move to larger space +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Governor's Mansion spruce arrives
          P-D:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's Chief of Staff Andrew Dziedzic once downloaded the Confide app X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri DNR approves $2.75 million loan for Webb City wastewater plant X
          P-D:  Lawsuit from Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) against police claims physical and psychological injuries after 2014 riot X
          SNL:  Cool weather helped hunters during Missouri firearms season X
          KWMU:  Missouri campuses part of effort to find qualified minorities
          P-D op-ed:  Hawley's investigation overlooks the obvious in church abuse scandal X
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        November 26, 2018
       
Missouri Farmer Today:  Election shows trends among Missouri voters
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missourians vote no on favored fuel tax
          KC Star:  Not just guns - Missouri's medical marijuana law could impact jobs, insurance policies X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers, legislative staff prepare to deal with Clean Missouri's new paperwork requirements X
          KWMU:  As lawmakers mull changing voter-approved proposals, 'right to work' appears to be off the table
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) won't seek third term X
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Steve Kraske talks with Margie Vandeven about her return to education commissioner role
          P-D:  MoDOT invites runners, walkers to bridge event Saturday X
          KC Star letter:  Democratic volunteer responds to Cleaver's criticism of McCaskill, says incumbent congressman is "lethargic" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says road repairs should be paid for by cigarette tax X
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        November 25, 2018
       
P-D:  Flood worries prompt St. Charles County opposition to port plan;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes X
          JCNT:  Corps:  Water releases on Missouri River to slow X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks transportation funding
          AP:  Advocates:  Missouri crime victim aid law is working
          Joplin Globe:  Deferred maintenance at Missouri colleges, universities a 'major challenge' X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  GOP's success in Missouri state legislative races provides an important opportunity X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Higher education needs to be higher priority in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Think crime doesn't pay? Probation-monitoring companies beg to differ X
          Kraske:  KC Public Schools on the verge of a breakthrough, with full accreditation in reach X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice septuagenarian says parents should be scared of guns at state Capitol, thinks snail-mailing complaints to Office of Administration will make a difference X
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        November 24, 2018
       
KC Star:  Motorist killed in head-on collision in KC:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver among those helping at scene X
          SNL:  Family settles duck boat lawsuit with Ripley Entertainment X
          KWMU:  Missouri's general revenue remains down, but officials stay optimistic
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support bills ranging from texting ban to tax credits +
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education says Missouri's public colleges need $1.4 billion in maintenance upgrades
          KWMU:  Missouri deer hunters ease food burden for families statewide
          KC Star letter:  Napoleon man baffled by state's support for conservative candidates and eclectic ballot issues X
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        November 23, 2018
       
JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Reflection on blessing can be 'mind-numbing';  About 250 attend annual prayer breakfast X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana adds variables to legal equation
          AP:  Missouri bingo fans hope vote helps reverse decline in games
          Washington Missourian:  MoDOT invites federal, state officials to Highway 47 ribbon-cutting next Saturday X
          AP:  Missouri Governor's Mansion Christmas trees arriving soon
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Public Service Commission reduces gas, electric rates X
          SE Missourian:  New Madrid County farmer faces federal indictment on charges of illegally applying dicamba herbicide +
          P-D editorial:  The new office of 'state demographer' must truly be nonpartisan X
          P-D editorial:  West Lake problem solved! EPA chief downgrades radioactive urgency X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Latest education commissioner search should have been handled with more transparency X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) and Tishaura Jones:  Legislators must not thwart Clean Missouri X
          Messenger:  Time for Missouri's leaders to put the debtor's prison band back together X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Hawley to flip-flop on Trump support X
          KC Star letter:  Veteran marijuana activist Dan Viets responds to piece on Missouri doctors' opposition to cannabis X
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