Show-Me E-Mail Free Speech Culture War Fight With AG Schmitt

Arguing with professors is always a waste of time. 

However . . .

Since the Missouri AG doesn't have a real opponent for his Senate run . . . It seems that scrounging for e-mail dox of progressive profs might be a worthwhile distraction.

Here are the basics of the slap fight . . .

The request for Turner’s emails was just one of five open records requests that Schmitt’s office sent to Missouri State University since the start of the year, according to records obtained . . . Under the Sunshine Law.

Requests filed in late March and April sought professors’ emails and documents related to a “Facing Racism Institute” training for Springfield Public Schools and communications with the district; an administrator’s emails that had keywords associated with the Missouri School Boards Association, as well as correspondence with Nixa School Board members; and materials related to a Department of Homeland Security grant awarded to the university that aims to protect against radicalization to white supremacy.

A spokeswoman for MSU said the university had no comment about the attorney general’s requests.

The requests to MSU came months ahead of two highly criticized open records requests Schmitt’s office sent to the University of Missouri — one for professors’ emails related to a journalism course on fact-checking and another targeting a research program that helps teachers implement social emotional learning in their classrooms.

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'Attempted intimidation': Missouri AG sent five requests for MSU emails, records * Missouri Independent

An associate professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Turner's personal social media is typically filled with articles he shares about education or about his research focus of four-day school weeks. But occasionally Turner dips into politics, especially after Attorney General Eric Schmitt began suing, subpoenaing and investigating public schools.