Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Candidate Filing Bits

Sen. Dan Brown did file for treasurer.  He’s running against Sen. Eric Schmitt who he endorsed for treasurer.  That’s politics folks Word is that David Humphreys will be contributing to Brown’s campaign.  We’ll see if that happens…


Martin Rucker II filed for House 14 to run as a Democrat against Rep. Kevin Corlew.  One lobbyist, looking around the corner, thinks Republicans have to take Rucker out in this race or they’ll see him in the Senate later.  Rucker’s from St. Joe, so between his House district and his hometown, he’d have good coverage of Senate 34.


Randy Jotte filed for Senate 1 for Republicans.  He’ll be a solid Republicans candidate.  He won’t win, but he will keep Sen. Scott Sifton busy, and keep Sifton’s war-chest from finding its way to other Democratic races.


Winston Apple, a Democrat, who’s filed several initiative petitions and ran unsuccessfully for House last cycle, filed for lieutenant governor.  He joined Rep. Tommie Pierson and favorite Russ Carnahan in that primary.


And Tommie Pierson’s son, Tommie Pierson Jr., filed to run for his seat (House 66) so far uncontested.


In Senate 25, Sen. Doug Libla is opposed by former Congressman Bill Burlison.


Who didn’t file yesterday… Rep. Marsha Haefner.


Filing doesn’t close for a month, so I’ll keep an eye on new filiers, but right now I count 95 of the 163 seats as having no Democratic candidate.  And 37 seats without a Republican candidate.


Talk: Carnahan a Drag on Koster

Could it be?  One lobbyist tells me that there’s thought among some Republicans that they could use Russ Carnahan’s liberal voting record in Congress against Chris Koster.  By making them appear as a slate and showing how often Carnahan voted with Barack Obama, they would drag Koster to the left.  We’ll see…


Talk: Baker OK

One lobbyist disagrees with my assessment that Judy Baker’s close ties to the ObamaCare implementation make her damaged goods for a Missouri general election.  He correctly notes that all Democrats have that baggage in Missouri.  Republicans routinely hit Democrats by tying them to Barack Obama and ObamaCare.  So she’s in no worse place than any other Dem.


Who is Paul Mouton?

With the increased activity from David Humphreys – he put another $250K into his “Accountability Committee” earlier in the week, and his alleged backing of Brown for Treasurer – some are asking about his confidant Paul Mouton.  Mouton keeps a low profile, though he became part of a big story when he backed John Hancock’s version of a Humphreys meeting in the wake of Tom Schweich’s suicide.  (Here’s Eli Yokley’s story on that.) Mouton was walking the halls, and one lobbyist grumbled that it’s a he seems to be in the building a lot for someone who isn’t registered as a lobbyist…


Senate Debates Ethics II

The Senate is really having problems with ethics reform.  I hate to use this phrase, but they just don’t get it.

There were all sorts of gymnastics, “well what if a lobbyist buys lunch for my constituents who come up to visit… well what if a lobbyist donates to a charity I support…”

They’ve gotten so used to these things that they think it’s part of being an elected official.

Here’s the idea: stop using lobbyists as an ATM machine.  Don’t ask them to buy lunch for you, your constituents, your charity, anything.  You know what that’s called: ethics reform.


eMailbag: Ethics Reform

Lobbyist: I once asked a state representative why he did not support a pay raise for the legislature. He said, “Reps don’t need to make a lot of money so long as we don’t have to pay for anything.”


Utilities Work Session

The Senate Commerce Committee held a “working session” to talk through the big utility bill which is coming.  This bill would create an alternative regulatory framework to which the investor owned utilities could opt in.

Chair Ryan Silvey was trying to get feedback from his committee-members about what aspects of the draft needed to modified before bringing to committee and taking testimony.  His thinking was why have testimony on a bill which would look nothing like the final product if people have concerns now.

Generally, the committee-members all seemed okay with the idea of setting up a new framework.  There was a desire to hear from the Public Service Commission and get their input on the plan.

The committee will look at the rate cap number and the return on equity level.  Some seemed to think that the list of exemptions was excessive and worried there were too many loopholes.  And there was some concern about the performance metrics.
Sen. Dave Schatz asked that a competitive bidding component be added to the bill.

But it was the comments of Sens. Jason Holsman and Will Kraus that potentially spell the most trouble for the bill.  Holsman say that he’d want to see some modernization of renewable energy in line with Prop C’s voter mandates.  And Kraus replied that he’d have “serious concerns” if anything like that was added.  That’s the sort of disagreement that can create a logjam.


Iraq Vets on Defensive on Gitmo?

Is it me or is it a little funny that the Iraq War veterans are the ones on the defensive when it comes to President Barack Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison?  You’d think putting yourself in harm’s way might buy you a pass to have a contrary opinion on this.  I guess not.

Brunner Hits Greitens

John Brunner campaign spokesman Michael Hafner issued the following statement today regarding President Barack Obama and Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens’ shared plan to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba terrorist detention center and relocate terrorists to

American soil…  As governor, John Brunner will fight to keep terrorists from being transferred to anywhere near Missouri – such as Fort Leavenworth, KS – the Department of Defense’s only maximum security prison located a mile and a half from Missouri….

MO GOP Hits Kander

Actions speak louder than words. While Jason Kander pays election year lip-service to Missourians who are concerned about housing terrorists on American soil, the fact is that when he had a chance to actually do something about it, Kander sided with Barack Obama and supported his plan to close Guantanamo and transfer prisoners to the U.S…


Why Jeff Why

Former Rep. Jeff Roorda writes on Facebook… It’s official…I filed this morning to run for the Jefferson County Council. Why do I do these things to myself, you might ask??? Simple, I love my community and I want to give back to it through public service and now, more than ever, I think I offer something that fewer and fewer candidates from either party do: SANITY & COMMON SENSE! I have a proven ability to work with folks from both parties…



NYTimes profile of Jeff Roe… “Built like a baseball umpire…” See it here.


The Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Jay Nixon to fill the associate circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County created by the appointment of Judge Nancy Watkins to circuit judge. Those nominated by the commission are: Julia P. LasaterJason D. Dodson… [and] Mondonna (Mondi) L. Ghasedi.


Catherine Hanaway’s gubernatorial website got a big facelift.  See it here.


White House Internship

Press release: The White House Internship Program announced today the participants for the Spring 2016 session. The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. The list below includes the Spring 2016 White House Interns, their hometowns, and the higher education institution they most recently attended.

Here are the ones with Missouri connections…

Karim Howard – Hometown: Washington, D.C.; University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Paul Lisbon – Hometown: Kansas City, MO; The George Washington University, D.C.

Saba Pervaiz – Hometown: O’Fallon, MO; University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.


eMailbag on Brown for Treasurer

Republican 1: “Ever since Sen. Brown’s dismal attempt at being the nominee for Jo Ann Emerson’s congressional seat he has had a chip on his shoulder.  This filing shows he is still not over his bitterness.”


Republican 2: Big Bird vs. Oscar the Grouch.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

SSM Health Reception – SSM St. Mary’s Hospital, 2205 Mission – 4:30PM.


$5K+ Contributions

Citizens for Steve Stenger – $10,000 from Airport Investment Co. Inc.

Greitens for Missouri – $5,001 from Samuel Coryell.

Koster for Missouri – $25,000 from Kansas City Power & Light.

MO Soybean Association State PAC – $7,520 from Missouri Soybean Association.

Koster for Missouri – $10,000 from Elissa Holman.

Koster for Missouri – $10,000 from Robb & Robb LLC.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Sonya Anderson, St. Louis Alderman Stephen Conway, MO Chamber’s Tracy King, House 80 candidate Peter Merideth, Former Sens. Chuck Graham and Jolie Justus, and Rich Chrismer.


Bland Passes

Sen. Mary Groves Bland died recently.  See the Kansas City obituary here.

Pull Quote: Bland first was elected to the Missouri House in 1980 and served there until winning a special Senate election in 1998. Her Senate term ended in January 2005. Bland was former president of Freedom Inc., an influential black political club in Kansas City. She was active in the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus throughout her career and instrumental in holding an annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Capitol. Curls and Bland’s children described her as an advocate for mental health and health services, as well as minorities. Her daughter Arletha Bland-Manlove said she was an “extraordinary public servant” who earned respect from residents in her area.  “One of the most important things that she always wanted people to know was that she was here to help, and she was a servant of God,” said former state Rep. Craig Bland, who served in the legislature with his mother for several years…