Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Huff for NAIC?

One politico sees a possible move… “Here’s an interesting development. The NAIC has an opening for a CEO.  Missouri Insurance Director John Huff is very active in the NAIC, recently being elected president-elect of the organization (a non-paid position). That CEO job pays close to a million dollars a year and it is in Kansas City so it would be an easy personal transition for Huff as well as a place to land at the end of Governor Jay Nixon’s term….”



WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 8, 2015) — Senator Ben Nelson announced today that he will not renew his contract as CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). His current term ends on Jan. 31, 2016. He will ultimately return to his private law practice in Nebraska and Washington, D.C., and spend more time with his family...


MO Supreme Court Commission to Focus on Racial and Ethnic Fairness

The press release: The Supreme Court of Missouri has established a Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness, Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge announced Thursday during her address to lawyers and judges gathered in St. Louis for the joint annual meeting of The Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri…. The commission will focus its study on six areas – the judicial system generally, the civil justice system, the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, the municipal justice system and the practice of law – to identify solutions and make recommendations for improvement. Together, the commission members will engage with the public in examining and reviewing current practices and recommending measures to help assure fairness, impartiality, equal access and full participation for racial and ethnic minorities in the judicial process and in the practice of law. See the order here.


Schupp for Zimmerman

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman’s latest fundraising letter has Sen. Jill Schupp dinging Sen. Kurt Schaefer and asking for money…

Dear Friends,

I am State Senator Jill Schupp and I enthusiastically support Jake Zimmerman for Attorney General.

I am writing today because Jake’s Republican opponent State Senator Kurt Schaefer's attacks on women are shameful. Over the past several weeks he has made it his mission to dismantle vital healthcare services for women and families across Missouri for quick political gain. I trust women to make their own decisions about their health care and I know Jake Zimmerman does, too. 

As chairman of the “Sanctity of Life Committee,” Sen. Schaefer continually uses taxpayer dollars to fund his political crusade against women. I sat on the committee and watched as Sen. Schaefer attacked Planned Parenthood…


ACLU Sues on Behalf of Three Kids

The press release: Three students who have had their college or university costs explode this semester filed suits today against the University of Missouri, St. Louis Community College and the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. All three students, who are living and working with permission in the United States under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood

Arrivals (DACA) program, are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. The ACLU filed three separate lawsuits in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, against the students’ schools, which have illegally inflated their tuition rates… Jeffrey A. Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri: “To punish students who had no say in how they arrived in this country is not only mean-spirited, it is against the law.”



From Politico’s Morning Agriculture: ADS PUSH SENATE DEMS TO STAY AWAY FROM GMO BILL: The Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices Action Fund are running ads in Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois and Delaware that call on Democratic Senators to steer clear of the state preemption for GMO labeling bill that’s being crafted by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.). The ads are set to run this week and most of next — while lawmakers are both on recess at home and also while the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Oct. 21, holds its hearing to talk about the federal regulation of biotechnology. Democratic Sens. Al Franken (Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Chris Coons (Del.) and Tom Carper (Del.) are named in the 30 second spots.


VNB story gets a Day Two coverage in Columbia.  See it here.


Not to make too much of the volatile daily revenue figures, but as we approach the half-way mark of the month, the tax receipt numbers are looking sluggish again.  We’ll see…..


New Committees

Sarah Unsicker started a campaign committee to run for House 91 as a Democrat.  The current incumbent Rep. Jeanne Kirkton is termed. Unsicker is an attorney, and has been active in the St. Louis Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Ed Shew started a campaign committee to run for House 108 as a Democrat.  The current incumbent is Republican Rep. Justin HillSee Shew’s website here.


Help Wanted

Senate seeks Legislative Analyst.  “Division of Research is seeking an analyst in a nonpartisan, fast-paced, multi-faceted legislative environment. The successful applicant will draft legislation, staff committees of the Senate, prepare legal opinions, analyze legislative proposals, and develop policy alternatives. Position requires excellent writing and oral communication skills. Experience in legal or legislative field important. Law degree or advanced degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a related field required. Salary begins at $47,000, commensurate with experience….” See it here.


Lobbyists Registrations

Roxsen Koch added KC Hotel Developers LLC.

Scott Penman and David Winton deleted Dish Network LLC, DirectTV Inc, and Satellite Broadcasting and Communication Association.


$5K+ Contributions

Returning Government to the People - $36,000 from Fred N Sauer.

With Robin Smith in 2016 Committee - $5,001 from Claire McCaskill.

MO Democratic State Committee - $18,000 from Democratic Governors Association Missouri.

MO Democratic State Committee - $10,000 from International Union Operation Engineers Local 513.

Unite Here Tip Missouri State and Local Fund - $50,000 from Unite Here (per capita).

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Pat and Errett Sechler.

Credit Union Political Action Committee of Missouri - $10,000 from Community America Credit Union.

MO State Council of Fire Fighters PAC - $5,741 from Missouti State Council of Fire Fighters.



Happy birthdays Rep. Jeremy LaFaver and former Rep. Casey Guernsey.