The Craziest Thing You Will Hear Today?
It could be this ad (listen to it here), paid for by Black Americans for the President’s Agenda. “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again… we can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams Rape…”
Alexandra Jaffe tweets that it will be running in St. Louis and Kansas City.
2nd Place?... Lamping Calls for Primary Challenge to Parson
Former Sen. John Lamping went on a twitter rampage yesterday against Prop D. He even said that Republicans should primary Governor Mike Parson and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe for their support of the measure. See it here.
"Take Action" = Raise your taxes by a record amount. Mike was in state house over a decade, never proposed tax neutral solution, always. Voted to raise taxes. Pass or fail, MO GOP needs to primary this big government Gov and Lt Gov.
His tweet received an Amen from former Sen. Jane Cunningham.
Remember these former state senators were both ardent Greitens supporters. And after months of scandals, they were still ardent Greitens defenders. They see Parson as too much the insider. Too much a creature of the building. Too much unGreitens. Which is exactly what I lot of people like about Parson: doing what he thinks is right, not what will play well in Iowa.
Dueling MMJ Committees Formed
Two new committee were formed on opposite sides of the medical marijuana battle. Amendment2isabiglie.com is an PAC opposing Amendment 2. See the website here. It won’t surprise me if Bradley Bradshaw – the author of the other MMJ constitutional amendment - is behind this new committee. (We’ll see….) See the BigLie website here. Not much up yet.
And supporting Amendment 2, Great Outdoors PAC was formed.
What It Means
Could be some nasty final weeks in the MMJ debate…. But, it’ll be hard for either side to cut through the clutter of the millions and millions being spent on the US Senate race.
Previewing the Weekender
The MOScout Poll will ask about the three MMJ ballot issues this week. I’ll admit I’m not sure how well the voters will be able to distinguish between the various proposal over the phone. I’m not sure we can accurately gauge what that experience will be like for voters in the both who are confronted with three different, but similar questions.
Also the Hallway will tell us how they see the House legislative races shaking out.
And I will be updating my MOScout Forecast spreadsheet.
Spotty Blue Wave
Talking to folks yesterday confirmed that the consensus remains: Missouri’s “blue wave” will be spotty in Missouri. It’s the suburbs where folks see a swelling danger for Republicans, but only in some suburbs. For example…
· Lee’s Summit could be a tough area for Republicans, but Blue Springs looks to be better ground for them.
· Republicans feel that St. Charles will stay red, and avoid any bad surprises.
· St. Louis County is full of dogfights, but interestingly nothing that Dems can say is an absolute lock. A lot of tough battles – especially in South St. Louis County in the trio of districts of the late Cloria Brown’s seat; Marsha Haefner’s term-limited seat; and the district of David Gregory’s re-election.
· Meanwhile the exurbs and rural Missouri, Trump is still strong – as shown by the Senate 16 poll last month (59% approval rating).
What It Means
Republican will remain firmly in control of the legislature and any incumbent losses may be seen as outliers instead of a voter rebuke of the Republican agenda.
It’s still a coin-toss on whether a “spotty” blue wave is enough to push Claire McCaskill across the finish-line to re-election.
The press release: Governor Parson announced seven appointments to various boards and commissions…
Randy Bryson, of Columbia, was appointed to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission.
Dr. Anne Heyen, of Ashland, was reappointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Dr. Timothy Larson of Weldon Springs, was appointed to the Missouri Dental Board.
Dr. Julie Miller, of California, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Dr. Fred Pestello, of St. Louis, was appointed to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.
Dr. Sheila Barrett Ray, of Harrisburg, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Dr. Robert Walsh, of Ste. Genevieve, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Burrell Behavioral Health seeks Director of Legislative and Academic Affairs. “This position is responsible for the strategy, structure and implementation of process to grow partnerships with academic institutions with therapy and psychiatry programs as a means to grow our provider workforce in a competitive and esteemed manner. The Director works collaboratively with the Chief of Staff and Executive Leadership Team to align policy and advocacy with the strategic priorities related to workforce development and the organization’s overall mission and growth plan…”
Jerry Sparks formed a candidate committee. It’s an exemption committee. He’s a Democrat running for House 159.
Great Outdoors PAC was formed. It’s a campaign committee to support passage of Amendment 2 (New Approach MMJ). Its treasurer is Bethanie White.
Amendment2isabiglie.Com was formed. It’s a PAC. Its treasurer is Steven Reed.
Mary Elizabeth Coleman fundraiser with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Congresswoman Ann Wagner at Vue17, St. Louis – 4PM.
Blue Wave Rally - LaDonna Appelbaum, Former Congressman Russ Carnahan, County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, State Representative Sue Meredith, State Representative Deb Lavender, candidates Doug Clemens, Helena Webb, Genevieve Steidtmann, Ian Mackey, Erica Hoffman, Paula Brown, Kevin Fitzgerald at the Shack, 12521 Olive, St. Louis – 6PM.
Rich Horton Fundraiser at Roosters BBQ, Bolivar – 6PM.
An Evening of Country Swing with Angela Thomas at Granby Memorial Hall, Granby – 6:30PM.
Jill Schupp fundraiser - Campaign office, Creve Coeur - 2PM
Joseph Bednar Jr. and Kelli Stiles added Tyler Technologies.
David Sweeney and Sonette Magnus added St. Louis Sports Commission.
Ryan Stauffer added Missouri Health Care Association; and deleted Missouri Chamber Of Commerce And Industry.
SafeMO.Com - $10,000 from Fred Weber Inc.
SaferMO.Com - $25,000 from John Fabick Tractor Company.
Majority Forward - $6,000 from Protect Missouri Workers PAC.
Find the Cures - $203,000 from Bradley Bradshaw.
Missouri Club for Growth Political Action Committee - $9,400 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.
New Approach Missouri - $15,000 from New Approach PAC.
Centene Corporation Political Action Committee DBA Centene Missouri Federal PAC - $50,000 from Centene Corporation Action Committee.
United Food & Commercial Workers Local #655 Elect Political Action Fund - $12,604 from UFCW Local 655.
Citizens for Steve Stenger - $25,000 from CHIPP Political Account.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $25,000 from Blaine for Congress.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from Fitzpatrick for Congress.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $5,001 from Committee to Elect Houx.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $15,000 from Smithfield Support Services Corp.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $5,001 from Rudolph Veit.
Missourians for Effective Leadership PAC - $25,000 from Burns & McDonnell Inc.
Happy birthdays to Rep. Patricia Pike, and former Sen. John Lamping.
Saturday: Rep. Ben Harris, and Kevin Gunn.
Sunday: Derek Ramsay, Jay Swearingen, and David Kent.