Friday, December 15, 2017

White Drops $100K into Campaign

In the large contributions below, Rep. Bill White contributed $100,000 of his own money into this campaign for Senate 32.  He’s facing Rep. Charlie Davis in the Republican primary next year to replace termed Sen. Ron Richard.  It’s a safe Republican seat.

One observer: “[White] is expected to have over $225,000 cash on hand on next report. This contribution will give him a cash advantage of more than $200,000 from the last report… dramatically changing the outlook of the race and makes him the clear front runner…”


SBOE “Fast Track”

The State Board of Education met yesterday and revealed a calcifying split between the “Nixon 3” and the “Greitens 5.”

T issue yesterday was the timeline for hiring a replace for Margie Vandeven, the former commissioner fired by the Greitens 5.

The 5 passed a timeline that is more rapid than the 3 wanted.  See the Post-Dispatch article here.

The context to the timeline is the Senate reconvening in early January.  Although unspoken, the assumption of observers is that The Nixon 3 would like to slow-down the process, expecting that some – if not all – of the Greitens 5 will be rejected.  The 5 presumably know their time is evaporating and want the opposite.


The mighty Jason Rosenbaum interviews Sen. Gary Romine who says that “outrage starting to build” in the Senate over the governor’s recess board appointments.  Listen to the soundbite here.  Or the full interview here.


eMailbag: on Hancock

The Governor's immature “soundbite” attacking the liberal media and Jason Hancock's Confide article reminds me of the old saying  “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”  The Governor and his staff violate the law and he pounds the table.  “Hancock is liberal media.”

Sure Hancock wrote the article that led to Speaker John Diehl's resignation.  But he has written more articles that have been critical of Democrats. He wrote the article that led to the resignation of Senator Paul LeVota.  He wrote numerous exposes of the Jay Nixon administration including here and here.

But more importantly he wrote an article TWO WEEKS!!! before the election between Greitens and his opponent that Greiten’s opponent was among other things: accused of engaging in a pay to play scheme to get campaign donations, plagiarized campaign documents, investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, laundered campaign funds to skirt campaign finance limits, and converting campaign funds to his own personal use…

The moral of the story for the Governor and his staff is this. Don't f***  up and you don't have to worry about Jason Hancock… The buck stops with you.   


Adams Kick-Off

Joe Adams kicked off his Senate 14 run (to replace termed Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal).  One tipster says that the event had over 150 people and raised over $20K.


KC Airport

Kansas City Star reports on the latest in the airport saga.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate on Thursday stood on the brink of losing a $1 billion deal to design and build a new KCI terminal after a super-majority of the Kansas City Council rejected a proposed agreement. And while the firm survived a hectic Thursday council meeting, it could still lose the job. Councilmembers threw out a memorandum of understanding with Edgemoor, the product of negotiations between the firm and the city’s hired legal team from Husch Blackwell.

They expressed concerns about the agreement’s vague terms, insufficient community benefits and worries about a provision that could pay Edgemoor up to $30 million if the deal never closes….


New to MAC

Department of Economic Development says that Barth L. Fraker of Springfield and Judy Kent of Town and Country were appointed to the board of the Missouri Arts Council.


New Committees

Lorri Thurman formed a candidate committee (Friends For Lorri Thurman) to run for Phelps County Clerk as a Republican.

MILA PAC was formed.  Its treasurer is Charlotte Wallace, and its deputy treasurer is Robert Dalton.

Bryan Struebig formed a candidate committee (Struebig For State Senate) to run for Senate 6 as a Democrat.


Help Wanted

MOHELA seeks Chief Information Officer. “The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is accountable for directing the information and data integrity for all Information Technology functions. The CIO is responsible for executive leadership, development and delivery of a comprehensive information technology strategy, and for establishing company-wide vision, architecture and programs for ensuring information assets and data are appropriately managed and protected. The CIO interacts with the executive and senior management teams to monitor and validate the Authority’s compliance with its security policies and federal requirements such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)….”  See it here.


Lobbyists Registrations

Andrew Linhares added Renew Missouri Advocates (Renew Missouri).

James Owen added Renew Missouri.

Shanon Hawk deleted Recorders Association of Missouri.

Brooke Fallon and Greg Reed deleted Institute for Justice.


$5K+ Contributions

Elect Bill While - $100,000 from William White.

Missouri Republican Leadership PAC - $10,000 from Leggett & Platt Incorporated.

POL PAC - $85,000 from Polsinelli.

New Approach Missouri - $100,000 from Belleau Farms Adolphus A Busch.



Happy birthdays to Ric Telhorst.

Saturday: Rep. Jon Carpenter and Jennifer Durham.

Sunday: Kristian Starner and former Reps. Talibdin El-Amin, Barney Fisher, and Sam Komo.