Friday, November 13, 2015

Email Retention Again

It feels like we go back over this subject every couple of years… KOMU made a sunshine request for emails…  See it here.

Pull Quote:  Several weeks ago, the Senate administrator denied a Sunshine request from KOMU 8 News for Schaefer's emails. The station then requested emails directly from Schaefer, who forwarded the request back to the Senate administrator, where it was again denied.

On Thursday, the day this story aired on television, Schaefer turned over his emails to KOMU 8 News. Schaefer said it was a mistake that KOMU 8 News did not receive the emails earlier…

After going through the emails sent by Schaefer's assistant, KOMU 8 News realized the emails the university sent did not match the emails that came from Schaefer.

UM Custodian of Records Paula Barrett told KOMU 8 News she could not explain the discrepancies, but she said it could have been because Loftin deleted some of his emails.

She said IT employees would have to investigate, but that could not happen immediately.


Panel Announced

The panel of nominees to fill the vacancy of Judge Clifford A. Ahrens was announced.

Joel D. Ferber, director of advocacy at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Benjamin A. Lipman, of Lewis Rice LLC, and Lisa Page, a circuit judge in Jefferson County, were chosen.

“The governor has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy. Should he fail to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the commission to make the appointment.”


Q&A With Kander

From Politico’s Score yesterday:

Campaign Pro's Kevin Robillard and POLITICO's Burgess Everett sat down in D.C. last month with Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the likely Democratic nominee to take on GOP Sen. Roy Blunt

POLITICO: Why are you running for Senate?

Kander: It's become a cliche to say that Washington is broken, unfortunately that's the only bipartisan consensus out there now. I think it's so much worse than that. I think we are dangerously close to people just sort of throwing up their hands and saying 'Maybe this is permanent.' For me, as somebody who has really put themselves on the line for the idea that this country, this democracy, can work, it bothers me a lot that people feel that way. And that makes me feel a sense of obligation to step up and try to do what I can to make it better.


POLITICO: How much do you need to separate yourself from the national Democratic party to win this race?

Kander: I just don't think about it that way. I've always been somebody who, I stand up for what I believe, and I say what I believe, and that has always worked for me. In Missouri, this is always going to be the case, people are just tired of folks saying what they think they are supposed to say or whatever. There's obviously been times when I disagreed with people in my party, all the way going back to the state house. I think we need more people in Congress that have done something harder than run for reelection. And I have…


Mizzou Bits

Mizzou Curators named their interim chancellor.  See it here.


Ben Carson on Mizzou.  See it here.


News that (see lobbyists registrations below) Andy Blunt had been hired as a lobbyist had one observer asking if the university followed its procurement guidelines by bidding the lobbying contract or if Blunt & Co are giving them a cut-rate deal to fall below the $10K threshold for bidding.


Snark of the day: “So Roy Blunt’s campaign manager now lobbies for the entity allowing abortions to happen…”


Other Bits

Mayor Francis Slay endorsed Jake Zimmerman for attorney general.  “Jake has consistently fought for fairness as County Assessor, as State Representative, and as a prosecutor before that.”


Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses an allegation of sending use of public funds but warned to steer clear of “appearance of impropriety” when using email. See it here.


As we near the mid-point of the month, state revenue receipts look solid, up about 8%.  These numbers are volatile so caution is warranted, but it is a welcome change from last month’s weak numbers.


Plenty of fundraisers last night in St. Louis… spotted at Sen. Scott Sifton’s event: Auditor Nicole Galloway, County Executive Steve Stenger, and Rep. Tommie Pierson.  Over at AG Chris Koster’s event at Rep. Mike Colona’s house: lobbyist Mike Habbas, former ward boss Jan Clinite Colbert, House candidate Ben Murray, and Bridget Halquist.  And at Rep. Sue Allen and hubby Mike Allen’s event Reps. Todd Richardson, Robert Cornejo, Mike Leara, and former Rep. Rick Stream and future Rep. Dean Plocher.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:


Saturday: Sen. Ryan Silvey MU Tigers vs. BYU – Arrowhead Stadium – KC.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer MU Tigers vs. BYU – Arrowhead Stadium – KC.



Lobbyists Registrations

Brian Grace, Kelvin Simmons, and Rodney Boyd added The Laclede Group.

John Parris, John Bardgett, Jacqueline Bardgett, and Erika Leonard added The Reliable Life Insurance Company.

Jay Reichard, Andrew Blunt, and Mark Schwartz added University of Missouri System.


$5K+ Contributions

Hawley for Missouri - $10,000 from Richard Uihlein.

Genise Montecillo for State Representative - $5,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Citizens to Elect Gray - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.



Happy birthdays to former Reps. J.C. Kuessner and Jack Jackson, and SSM’s Steve Hoven, Blue Cross’ Melissa Panettiere.

Saturday: Alderwoman Lyda Krewson.

Sunday: Rea Kleeman.