U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will step down from his leadership post in November. U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Missouri) joined us live this morning on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri", telling listeners that he was surprised by the timing of Leader McConnell's announcement and that he appreciates the Kentucky Republican's service. Another main topic during today's interview was protecting Social Security. Senator Schmitt tells listeners that it must be protected and that the federal government is now taking in a record $5-trillion a year. He suggests there's wasteful spending in Washington that would be better spent on Social Security. Senator Schmitt also tells listeners that there's a lack of understanding about the role of the federal government from some of his colleagues on Capitol Hill:
A major fast food joint made headlines this week for announcing they're going to start using something called "surge pricing." Missouri Attorney General candidate Will Scharf.
Funding for the University of Missouri was a top priority for former Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), who served in the Missouri Senate from 2009-2016. Schaefer was only the second Republican in history at the time to hold that seat (Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden is now the third). Former Senator Schaefer has filed to run in Missouri's new third congressional district, which includes Columbia south of Broadway, Ashland, Hartsburg, Jefferson City, Boonville, California and Fulton. Governor Mike Parson (R) and state lawmakers in both parties joined Mizzou officials in October to break ground on a $20-million expansion of the MU Research Reactor (MURR), which is down the hill from Faurot Field. The MURR is the top-ranked University research reactor in the nation, producing a medical isotope that battles various cancers worldwide. Former Senator Schaefer tells 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri" that the University of Missouri is the largest employer in the new district and that, if elected, he will do all he can to help them and the MURR as well. Former Senator Schaefer is also calling for term limits for congressional members and is focusing on illegal immigration. Schaefer tells listeners that eight million illegal immigrants have entered the United States in the past three years, more than the population of 36 other states:
The 18th annual 939 the Eagle Missouri Credit Union Miracles for Kids Radiothon continues this afternoon and tomorrow on 939 the Eagle and four of our other Zimmer mid-Missouri radio stations. The fundraiser benefits the children and adolescents at MU Health Care’s Children’s Hospital in Columbia. The annual radiothon on the Eagle airs today until 6 pm and tomorrow from 6 am to 6 pm. Last year’s radiothon raised a record $260,000. MU Health Care’s Children’s Hospital is mid-Missouri’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital. All of the money raised remains in mid-Missouri to help pediatric and adolescent patients at the hospital. Mother and son JoAnne and Ethan Nevins from mid-Missouri's Eugen joined us live on 939 the Eagle this morning. Ethan, who's four year old, has a condition called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome, Hirschsprung's disease and autism. We're told that CCHS is very rare, with only 1,200 cases in the world. Ethan, who's nonverbal, really wants to ride in a golf cart at Eugene's Redfield golf course:
Columbia's city council heard three hours of emotional testimony on Monday evening before voting 6-1 to approve a four-page ordinance expressing support for the LGBTQ community and declaring the city a safe haven for free speech and expression. Residents were literally lined up out the door to testify at city hall. Supporters, including a number of college students, say this is a life-saving measure and is about basic human decency. Opponents like a Columbia grandmother named Bonnie told the council they're worried about their children and grandchildren in restrooms. The proposal says that the city of Columbia “recognizes the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion when it comes to being a competitive employer, building a strong local economy and enriching the community to be better than the sum of its parts, as well as recognizing LGBTQ people have long contributed to the rich history and social fabric or Columbia and this country.” A new state law bans gender-affirming health care treatments. The new ordinance directs city staff to decline any enforcement of those laws, or if unable to be declined for any reason, "will be the lowest priority within the city." Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey joined us live on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri" and blasted Columbia' city council for the vote. He says local governments cannot deprioritize enforcement of state law. General Bailey tells listeners that the new ordinance says the city of Columbia says it's okay to mutilate children:
Columbia Regional Airport (COU) manager Michael Parks travels to Arizona next week to meet with American and other airlines about additional service from COU. Mr. Parks confirms one of the issues he and Columbia Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) president Stacey Button will be discussing is service from COU to Charlotte. Mr. Parks tells 939 the Eagle that he’s optimistic. Jefferson City Mayor Ron Fitzwater joined us live on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri", telling listeners that he's pleased with that news. Mayor Fitzwater says COU is huge for Jefferson City. He notes while the Jefferson City Memorial airport is Missouri's sixth-busiest, it does not provide passenger air service. Mayor Fitzwater tells listeners that he has moved all of his flights to COU, rather than having to fly out of St. Louis or Kansas City. During the show, Mayor Fitzwater also recapped last night's Cole County Lincoln Days in Jefferson City, where retiring U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) was honored. Mayor Fitzwater tells listeners that Congressman Luetkemeyer has done a great job of representing Jefferson City and mid-Missouri on Capitol Hill:
Columbia City Council voted last night to make the city a "Sanctuary City" for the LGBTQ+ community, but is it all just fancy window-dressing? Missouri Politico Chris Arps weighs in on the latest with Fani Willis, and George Soros buying out a big media company that has roots in Missouri.
Mizzou's current Athletic Director, Desiree Reed Francois, announced yesterday she's headed to a new gig in Arizona. Speculation is swirling on her reason for leaving. JCMO Mayor Ron Fitzwater discusses a potential convention center for the Capitol city.
State Rep Jim Schulte discusses the upcoming I70 expansion and the importance of making sure service roads are in good shape before the project starts. Some media outlets are incorrectly reporting on Columbia's "sanctuary city" ruling.
Stephanie recaps last weekend's statewide Lincoln Days, where South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was one of the featured speakers. Trump is joining the "grift" with the launch of his new campaign merchandise. A dude is falsely put on blast for being an illegal immigrant.
Gal Cohen Salal shares his harrowing story of what it was like to be caught in the Hamas Attack on October 7th. The Missouri Times' Scott Faughn shares his predictions on the state Senate's IP reform outcome and discusses tonight's Cole County Lincoln Days banquet.
Former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks joins us to officially announce his candidacy for one of Missouri's hottest races. He also discusses the importance of getting funding to fix Missouri's rural and service roads. Tony Lupo with Boone County Republicans shares details on next week's Lincoln Days.
Eight-term U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) will be retiring in December, after 16 years on Capitol Hill. Missouri's new third congressional district includes Columbia south of Broadway, Ashland, Hartsburg, Fulton, Boonville, California, Kingdom City, Holts Summit, Jefferson City, Linn and New Florence. It also includes Wentzville and O'Fallon. Former Boone County clerk Taylor Burks announced his run to try to replace Congressman Luetkemeyer, during a live interview on "Wake Up Mid-Missouri" this morning. Mr. Burks tells listeners that he's the only candidate who's looking at this race from mid-Missouri, and that the district should be represented by someone from central Missouri. State Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) and former State Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) are also running. Mr. Burks criticized the redistricting process that drew the new boundaries, saying central Missouri "got sliced up by some jokers in Jefferson City." National security is a top priority for Mr. Burks, who's a veteran. He's also touting transportation, saying service roads along I-70 from St. Louis to Columbia literally run out and that must change:
Kansas City Police say 23 people have been shot, one fatally, after Wednesday's Chiefs' Super Bowl victory rally. Kansas City Police chief Stacey Graves identifies the victim as Elizabeth Galvan. The chief says the 22 people who were wounded range in age from 8 to 47, with half of them under the age of 16. Three people have been detained, with two of them being juveniles. Kansas City authorities say eight of the wounded suffered critical injuries, while seven suffered serious injuries. Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) praises law enforcement for running toward danger after Wednesday's mass shooting near Union Station. State Sen. William Eigel (R-Weldon Spring), who's seeking Missouri's GOP gubernatorial nomination, joined us live on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri". Senator Eigel is calling for those responsible to be brought to justice calling those responsible "scumbags." Senator Eigel rejects calls from some Democrats for gun control, saying that won't happen. He tells listeners that you shouldn't punish law-abiding citizens because of the actions of those who break the law:
Kansas City Police and firefighters say 22 people were shot in this afternoon's mass shooting west of Union Station, as the Chiefs victory rally ended. One person was killed. State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) was inside Union Station when the deadly shooting happened. He had been attending the rally with his daughter. He joined us live during special coverage this afternoon on 939 the Eagle, telling listeners that he thought he heard a gunshot. Representative Tyson Smith says there was a lot of confusion as everyone started screaming and ducking and running outside Union Station. He praises Kansas City Police officers and other law enforcement who ran inside, saying they ran toward danger and showed no hesitation:
The United States House votes to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Is it wrong to find other people attractive when you're in a relationship? John Cleek on the Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries that start this week.
A mid-Missouri state lawmaker who's also an attorney praises Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell, who delivered her State of the Judiciary address last week. Chief Justice Russell says that while she may be the "face" of the judiciary in Missouri, the hard work is done in courthouses across Missouri by the approximately 3,600 clerks, bailiffs, court reporters, jury supervisors, juvenile office staff and others, along with more than 400 judges and commissioners. State Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville), whose district includes Jefferson City, is an attorney and the Missouri House Judiciary Committee's vice chairman. Representative Veit praises Chief Justice Russell's speech and her plan to visit all 46 judicial circuits across Missouri. She's been to 14 thus far. Representative Veit also supports Chief Justice Russell's call for lawmakers to improve juror pay. Judge Russell notes Missouri's statutory minimum hasn't been increased since 1989 and is just $6 per day and 7 cents per mile for traveling from their homes to the courthouse and back. Chief Justice Russell says Missouri judges are embarrassed to tell jurors these rates. Representative Veit agrees. State employee pay is another priority for Representative Veit, who represents thousands of state employees. Missouri Governor Mike Parson says his administration has raised state employee pay by more than 20 percent since he took office in 2018. Missouri’s 47,000 state employees received an 8.7 percent pay raise last February, under a bipartisan plan proposed by Governor Parson. The governor is proposing another state employee pay increase in this year’s budget: 3.2 percent. While Representative Veit likes that, he says it needs to be more:
Randy is forced to issue a public apology to the Wake Up Fam about his unkind words towards the Chiefs earlier this season. Stephanie tried to get dirt on the royal family while she was in London. Local stories you might have missed over the weekend.
"Missouri Times" publisher Scott Faughn has long said that the Missouri Republican Party's base is in rural outstate Missouri, or as he calls it, Missourah. Mr. Faughn will speak at next Monday's Cole County Lincoln Days event in Jefferson City, which starts at 5 pm at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Mr. Faughn joined us live on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Mid-Missouri", telling listeners that he'll be emphasizing rural Missouri GOP values during his speech. Faughn also addressed a "Missouri Times" article this morning which says two House Republicans who had called for Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher (R-Des Deres) to resign were until last week the only Republicans without any of their bills referred to committee. Faughn tells listeners that it's not surprising to him and that former House Speaker Bob Griffin (D-Cameron) wouldn't have referred bills to committee, if a House member had called for his resignation. Faughn also discussed the importance of the federal reimbursement allowance (FRA) extension this year. FRA is a key funding mechanism for Missouri Medicaid: