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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday he was “disappointed” that lawmakers extended the special legislative session by at least two weeks, citing the need for more time to consider the governor’s proposals.

“The reality of it is the homicide rates are climbing and every day we’re delaying, more people are losing their lives,” Parson told reporters during his visit to the Missouri State Fair.

After easily defeating a primary challenge on Tuesday, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones chose to reflect on one of the unmistakable themes of the 2020 Missouri primary: Black women prevailing in bruising, and often personal, elections.

For Jones, Tuesday was about “a wave of Black girl magic that’s hit Missouri.”

Editor's note:  this article has been updated to reflect a change in one of the forum speakers, as well as an update to one of the groups represented in the forum.  

A virtual forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 will feature experts on both sides of the Medicaid Expansion issue, which will appear on the statewide Missouri ballot as Amendment 2 in the August 4 primary election.

The public can join the forum live via Zoom using this link: https://otc.zoom.us/j/91144597893

Former Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked about his efforts with the Veterans Community Project to end homelessness among veterans.

Kander joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum for a special edition of the podcast that was livestreamed on Twitch. Kander also discussed national efforts to make it easier to vote from home and protests decrying police killing Black people.

Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway’s campaign committee took in nearly twice as much money as Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s between the beginning of April and the end of June.

Still, a political action committee helping Parson that can take in donations of unlimited size raised more money than one helping Galloway over that same time period. Parson’s PAC and candidate committees still have more money in the bank than Galloway on the brink of their respective August primaries. The two are expected to face off in November.

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