MOScout Daily Update: MNEA Summary Language Deathblow - More on Senate 5 - Rex-Trent Fundy and more...

Proposed Summary Statement for MNEA IPs

The secretary of state’s proposed summary statements for the various initiative petitions proposed by the Missouri NEA amount to a deathblow.

In all the versions of the petitions, the summary statements say the IPs would “allow the General Assembly to enact state taxes to fund public schools without voter approval.”

MOScout Daily Update: Danner for LG? - Late Start Dems - MTIA To Shutter? - MO GOP Splits on Syria and more...

MTIA to Close Shop

Word is that with the impending retirement of its executive director, the Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association is dissolving.  Ric Telhorst, who has led the organization for the past two decades, is retiring at the end of the year.

According to its website (see it there) the nonprofit trade association was “founded as the Missouri Telephone Association in 1913… [as] a forum for discussion and cooperation among all companies on issues affecting Missouri’s telecommunications industry...”

MOScout Daily Update: Hemphill Hires Henderson - October Quarters - Parson Vaping Plan - Blues Visit WH and more...

Elad Gross, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, had a fearsomely long report: 102 pages.  It documents a deluge of small donations $5, and $10.  Gross is working the grassroots angle, and working it hard.  It’s much more impressive than the topline numbers: $27,655 raised; $22,925 spent; and $26,172 on-hand.  AG Eric Schmitt, meanwhile, has about $2.3 million on-hand between his candidate committee and PAC.

MOScout Daily Update: Arthur Hits $100K Again - Rehder, Koenig Report Oct #s - Green in Senate 5 - Wilson Passes - AR Work Experiment and more...

Early October Quarters

Sen. Lauren Arthur, running for re-election in Senate 17, put up Schuppesque numbers.  She raised $101,513, and now has $282,696 on-hand.  Hitting the $100K mark for a state senate race is very impressive given the contribution limits in place.  And keep in mind….

·         It’s the second quarter in row she’s hit that mark.

·         There’s still no declared Republican opponent.

MOScout Daily Update: It Start Today Raises $185K - Vaping Action Coming? - MEC Opinion - Ice Cream Wars to JCity! and more...

It Starts Today Raises $186K

It Starts Today Missouri reported raising $185,908 in the last quarter.  This is a Democratic online fundraising entity.  It was founded by Jonathan Zucker who was the first COO and second CEO of ActBlue. 

It Starts Today asks folks to contribute a small amount each month to be distributed among state legislative candidates.

MOScout Weekender: Poll on Statewides - Hallway Peers into Future - Who Won the Week and more...

MOScout Poll: Statewides 2020

Survey conducted October 9 through October 10, 2019. 1,451 likely 2020 General Election voters.

Q1: Possible candidates in the 2020 General Election for Governor of Missouri are the Republican Mike Parson and the Democrat Nicole Galloway. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Mike Parson: 53%

Nicole Galloway: 41%

Undecided: 6%

MOScout Daily Update: Galloway's Huge Quarter - Baker Jumps into Senate 19 - The Parson Economy - Kruck's Tobacco Report and more....

Galloway’s Huge Quarter

Auditor Nicole Galloway pre-filed her October quarter, demolishing expectations with $543,150 raised.  This far exceeded Governor Mike Parson’s pre-announced $316K haul.

The pro-Galloway PAC, Keep Government Accountable, had a strong quarter also.  It raised $517,500 in the last three months. However, this trailed what Parson’s PAC, Uniting Missouri, which is said to have raised three times that: $1.5 million.

MOScout Daily Upate: Parson's Oct #s - Quarters from MO Opp PAC, Razer, Gregory - $125M Overtime Suit and more...

Parson’s Big #

Post-Dispatch reports that Governor Mike Parson will report some huge numbers next week, showing that his fundraising is going full throttle.  See it here.  “Parson, who likely will face off against Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway, raised $316,000 during the most recent fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30. Uniting Missouri, a PAC formed to back him, raised another $1.5 million during the same time period.”

MOScout Daily Update: Faleti for SOS - Walsh Promoted - Gross vs Dark Money - More on MNEA IPs - Blunt Touts "Joker Defense" and more....

Faleti Forms Committee for SOS

Yinka Faleti has taken the first formal step toward running for secretary of state, by forming a candidate committee. 

·         He’s an attorney.

·         A West Point graduate.

·         And the former executive director of Forward Through Ferguson.

MOScout Daily Updates: Springfield for Medicaid Expansion? - Brattin vs Bondon - AG and Dark Money and more...

Springfield for Medicaid Expansion

Springfield News Leader reports that “the Springfield City Council is set to ask the Missouri legislature to pass Medicaid expansion.”

What It Means

As acknowledged in the article, there’s no one who really expects the Missouri legislature to expand Medicaid.  However this does bode well for the expansion coalition….

MOScout Daily Update: Brown for Senate 7 - Barrett Resigns? - Blunt in 2022 - Parson Hearts Cole and more....

Parson Hearts Cole

David Cole is having a fundraiser tonight at the Ledgewood County Club.   Governor Mike Parson is special-guesting the affair.  As is now common, the invitation notes the campaign contribution limits for Cole’s candidate committee, but also directs larger checks to be made out to an independent PAC.  That’s 29th Senate District Leadership PAC in this case.

MOScout Daily Update: Eslinger in Senate 33 - More Trump Talk - Local Taxes Debate - Justice Touts Donors and more...

Trump, Trump, Trump

As the impeachment inquiry suddenly seems to have sprung a few new lines of investigation, its impact is becoming less predictable.

·         One MOScouter reminds me that there can be “tipping points” in these things.  As much as sides seem calcified, the accumulation of revelations can lead to a sudden swing in sentiment.

MOScout Daily Update: Impeachment Talk in MO - House 47 in Play? - Dems Looking in CD-2 and more....

Schweitzer for Alderman

In the “new committees” section over the weekend was one entry showing Anne Schweitzer filing to run for alderman in St. Louis City.  Schweitzer works with messaging genius Richard Callow at Public Eye.

Schweitzer announcing the run on Facebook: One of the things I tell my clients is that when they know what they want to run for, they should file as soon as possible. There are three things every campaign needs: Money, Time, and Votes. Two of those you can get more of, one of those you cannot. That's why, a year and a half before the election, I'm writing to tell you that I am running for Alderman of the 13th ward…

MOScout Daily Update: Blunt Keeps Powder Dry - Galloway PAC Adds $100K - Kick-offs and more...

Blunt Keeps Powder Dry
KCStar’s Bryan Lowry reports that US Senator Roy Blunt “a member of Senate Intel and GOP leadership, says he won’t have much to say on the whistleblower complaint and other disclosures until Intel [Committee] has a chance to gather more information.”
This seems like just letting it play out in a fair and impartial way.
But former Republican state senator John Lamping replies that “Yeah, it tells you he’s not running for re-election in ‘22.”