Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Senate 30: Anderson In

I’ve written this rumor for a while, but now comes a real reporter… Will Schmitt at the Springfield News-Leader to confirm… See it here.

Pull Quote:  Rep. Sonya Anderson plans to run for state Senate in 2018.  Anderson, R-Springfield, has not formally announced but confirmed her plans to the News-Leader on Monday. She will seek the seat held by Sen. Bob Dixon, who will have served the maximum of two four-year Senate terms… Anderson also said she settled on running for Senate after praying on the matter and after being encouraged by several local leaders (she declined to say who)…

What It Means

With Rep. Kevin Austin out, and Caleb Arthur on pause (but maybe out), Rep. Anderson becomes the instant front-runner.  However there’s plenty of interest in this district, so her announcement doesn’t freeze the field.  Folks will be looking at her October quarter for signs that she can raise money on the scale needed for a state senate race instead of a state rep race.  (Her cash on-hand was $16,427 as of last quarter).  Look for a primary here, and look for Dems to make a run at this seat as well.


Fundraising Off Love

Chase Crawford, the Democrat running in Rep. Warren Love’s district, sent out an email blast fundraising off the state rep’s horrible comments…


Many have read the unfortunate comments by Rep. Warren Love (R-125th) calling for the hanging of vandals responsible for the defacing of a Civil War monument in Springfield, Missouri.

While Warren disregards this as "cowboy talk", it is unacceptable for a sitting member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

I have been elected by the people, and currently serve as the Eastern Commissioner for Hickory County, MO.  The people of Rural Missouri are committed to raising solid families, helping our neighbors, and protecting the blessings of the simple life.

We do not stand for violence toward our neighbors or strangers in any capacity.

Rep. Love does not represent his district in a manner that reflects the district's character - and true values of Rural Missourians.

This is part of the reason I have announced as a candidate for State Representative.

If you'd like to see Rep. Warren Love defeated in the next election, make a financial contribution to my campaign today. Please know it will be used wisely.

Thank you for your consideration.

Chase Crawford

125th District


NYTimes: Ferguson Follow-Up

FERGUSON, Mo. — When the Justice Department issued a scathing report that detailed routine civil rights violations by the police and courts here after an officer fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014, one anecdote generated particular outrage. A black man was sitting in his car in a Ferguson park when a police officer drew his gun on him. The officer searched the man’s car without permission and wrote him more than half a dozen tickets, including for lacking a vehicle inspection sticker and not wearing a seatbelt, even though the car was parked.

The episode, which occurred in 2012, helped spur the city to agree to criminal justice reform, and, along with the Brown case, prompted a federal consent decree with the Justice Department in 2016.

But five years after the arrest, Ferguson continues to prosecute the man, Fred Watson, even as it struggles to repair its image as a city that has been unfair, and at times hostile, toward African-Americans. Mr. Watson is due in court on Tuesday for the start of a criminal trial for nine minor charges stemming from the episode… Mr. Watson, who joined the Navy after high school to study cybersecurity, was born in St. Louis. He said he was well aware of the hazards of being an African-American male in St. Louis suburbs like Ferguson, and took care to follow traffic laws and to ensure that his brake lights worked. His precautions did not help….  See it here.


Lillig-Patterson Passes

Jeanne Lillig-Patterson, 59, lost her battle to cancer early Monday, the First Hand Foundation said. Jeanne was the co-founder of the First Hand Foundation and wife to late Cerner co-founder Neal Patterson… Jeanne started the First Hand Foundation back in 1995 - she worked to weave Cerner's mission, values, and culture into a foundation to bridge gaps in children's health care. First Hand Foundation provides funding for individual children—both domestically and globally—who need assistance with clinical necessities (such as surgery, medication and therapy), medical equipment and travel related to care.  The First Hand Foundation has helped more than 200,000 children since it was launched in 1995... Her husband, Neal Patterson, passed away earlier this summer from unexpected complications from cancer.

See full article here.


Greitens Appoints Judge

Press release: Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Jerry A. Harmison, Jr., of Springfield, as Associate Circuit Court Judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit, which covers Greene County.  The position became vacant through the retirement of the Honorable Dan Imhof.    


New Committees

Gloria Nickerson formed a candidate committee to run for House 86 as a Democrat.  This is Rep. Joe Adams’ seat; he’s expected to run for Senate 14 where Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is termed.  #1 on a Google search of Nickerson… University City resident Gloria Nickerson accuses Mayor Shelley Welsch of defaming her character. (see it here).


Loren Graham started a candidate committee to run for House 5 as a Republican.  The current incumbent, Rep. Lindell Shumake, is termed.  Graham is mayor of Palmyra, MO.


Curtis Clark started a candidate committee (Clark for the Bootheel) to run for House 151 as a Democrat.  The seat is currently vacant after Rep. Tila Hubrecht resigned.


Lobbyists Registrations

Irl Scissors added National Strategies on behalf of Axon.

Jason Zamkus added City of Moberly, and Silver Dollar City.

Kerry Messer deleted Americans United for Life.

John Benske deleted Amgen.

Robert Boone deleted Missouri Public Service Commission.

Nancy Hawke deleted The Curators of the University of Missouri.

Steve Robino deleted Aetna Inc.

Carol Smith deleted United Way of Greater Kansas City.

Margaret Brueggemann deleted Missouri National Education Association.

Russell Schomberger deleted Salesforce.com.

Karen Strange deleted Karen Strange & Associates.


$5K+ Contributions

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Political Account - $26,099 from Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
Raise Up Missouri - $25,000 from Jobs with Justice Ballot Fund.

STL Citizens for Responsible Government - $10,000 from Show Me Victories LLC.



Happy birthdays to Jack Danforth, Rep. Fred Wessels, former Reps. Jenee Lowe and Rachel Storch, and lobbyist Kate Casas.