Friday, October 13, 2017

HUD Rebukes MO on SB43

Post-Dispatch reports that “Missouri is on track to lose an estimated $500,000 in federal funds after officials found a new state law does not comply with federal discrimination rules. In a July 14 letter not previously disclosed by Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the law making it harder to sue for discrimination resulted in state and federal rules no longer being ‘substantially equivalent.’” See the Post-Dispatch article here.

See the HUD letter here.

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty slammed Greitens.  “As we warned, SB 43 locks the state courthouse doors to victims of illegal discrimination and forces them to pursue justice in federal court… Since the governor championed making it easier to illegally discriminate without fear of consequence, it's no surprise he's tried to keep the fact that SB 43 is already backfiring a secret…”

Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey tweeted outThis is terrible. We were told SB43 mirrored Fed rules, not violated them. We need to fix this ASAP! #moleg The Trump Admin literally told the Greitens Admin, “Whoa! Pump the brakes. You can’t be THAT discriminatory.”


Q&A #1: Is There Any Chance Republicans Revisit SB 43 Next Session?

Short answer: no.

Longer answer from a Republican (this is his full quote): Hahahahahahahhahahaha


Senate Money Race

Post-Dispatch reports on the money race of the suddenly solidified U.S. Senate race.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., raised about $2.9 million from July through September for her 2018 re-election bid, a Missouri record for that stretch of a Senate campaign, and she entered the fall before the election year with about $7.1 million in the bank.  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, raised about $820,000 through the end of September.


Shumake Quarter

In Senate 18, Rep. Lindell Shumake’s October quarter showed $7,920 raised; and $10,676 on-hand.  There is talk that unless Shumake starts showing some fundraising success, he might be dropping from this race – or quickly become a non-factor. We still haven’t seen quarters from Reps. Nate Walker and Craig Redmon (reports aren’t due until Monday).


JAMI on Monday

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed has a big birthday bash coming up on Monday.  See the details here.


White Terminates Committees

In an odd reversal four PACs that were started in August were terminated late last week.  The treasurer for all four committees is Nathan White.  The PACs were Jackson County PAC, Northeast Missouri PAC, Rural Missouri PAC, and Northwest Missouri PAC.


More Bits

Missed this press release yesterday….  “In a move that will significantly broaden the range of strategy options available to clients, Lathrop Gage today announced the creation of Lathrop Gage Consulting LLC, a Jefferson City-based government relations and lobbying subsidiary… The subsidiary will be staffed by Lathrop Gage attorneys with significant experience working in state and federal government and members of Gallagher Consultants, which will be combining soon with Lathrop Gage Consulting. Founded in 1975, Gallagher Consultants is one of the oldest and most respected lobbying firms in Jefferson City… The Lathrop Gage attorneys will be joined by Harry Gallagher and Heath Clarkston from Gallagher Consultants. Together they have more than 55 years of experience in government affairs and lobbying and have been involved in nearly all landmark Missouri legislation the last several decades. Gallagher Consultants is widely recognized as the consulting firm with a pro-business client base….”


Maryann Rober is the new treasurer of the Clayton Township Republican Organization. See the paperwork here.


Lobbyist Mark Habbas is one of the organizers of a new LLC… IV Alive LLC.  See the paperwork here.


Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Kevin Walden, of Carrollton, as Circuit Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit, which covers Carroll and Ray Counties.  He will replace the Honorable David Miller, who retired earlier this month.


Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Katherine (“Katie”) M. Fowler, of St. Louis, as Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis.  The position became vacant due to the retirement of the Honorable Edward Sweeney.    


MOScout reader writes… Jessica Machetta, whose lengthy Missouri journalism resume includes covering the Capitol for Missourinet as well as stints at KMOX and KTRS radio in St. Louis, along with experience as a newspaper editor and reporter, announces on Facebook: “Nov. 1 start date! I’ll be the chief legislative correspondent for the Colorado Springs Gazette and See y’all in the mountains!”


New Committees

Friends of Law Enforcement was formed.  It’s to support a property tax increase in Jefferson County on the April ballot.  See the paperwork here.


Lobbyists Registration Changes

Shawn D`Abreu added Saint Louis Regional Chamber.

Alex Eaton, Rebecca Lohmann, Danny Pfeifer, and Greg Porter added University of Missouri Health Care; and deleted Missouri Home Care Union, Cheyenne International LLC, Advantage Capital Management Corporation, Merger Group, Association of Dental Support Organizations, and Breathable Baby


$5K+ Contributions

We Are Missouri - $35,859 from American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $12,500 from Citizens for Hoskins.

KC Transportation Transit and Tourism Committee (KC3T) - $40,000 from Lockton Companies.

KC Transportation Transit and Tourism Committee (KC3T) – $10,000 from Hunt Midwest Enterprises Inc.

KC Transportation Transit and Tourism Committee (KC3T) – $10,000 from Kansas City Chiefs Football Club.

KC Transportation Transit and Tourism Committee (KC3T) – $10,000 from Taxpayers Unlimited Inc.

CLEAN Missouri - $5,164 from Fight For Reform – Missouri.



Happy birthdays to former Reps. Linda Black and John Mayfield, and Spire’s Larry Pleus.

Saturday: former Reps. Jeremy LaFaver and Casey Guersey.

Sunday: Rep. Chrissy Sommer.


Sneak Peek

Coming this weekend…. MOScout Weekly Poll: McCaskill versus Hawley…