Friday, May 6, 2016

Justin Brown for Senate?

It appears that Sen. Dan Brown’s son Justin is prepping a run to succeed his father.  Brown is term limited.  A new committee was formed to run for Senate 16 in 2018 as a Republican…  Team Justin Brown.

Could it be a different Justin? Brown does have a son named Justin, and the treasurer of the new committee, Danette Sherrell, is the same as the treasurer of his father’s committee. So it’s probably the same Justin.

Perhaps this is what becomes of the David Humphreys’ money?...


Patterson Joins Zimmerman Campaign

Matthew Patterson of Springfield, MO (see his LinkedIn here) will be joining the leadership campaign team for Jake Zimmerman’s campaign for Attorney General.  “Matthew has extensive history of working in the political arena as the former Greene County Democrats Executive Director and former Executive Director of MO Pro-Vote…”


MCN and Paycheck

As eyes turn to the Senate’s possible override of the paycheck protection bill, this piece of wisdom landed in my in-box:  “One should never make the mistake of predicting what [Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal] will do….”

Chappelle-Nadal was an Aye vote the first time around, and the conventional thinking is that she would be flipping back to NO on the override, but as the observer points out, we’re dealing in the realm of the unknown and unpredictable…


NPR on KS/MO Border War

NPR has a podcast about the Kansas City’s two halves fighting with each other. See it here.

Pull Quote: States across the country are at war right now. A war over jobs. They are competing with each other to get companies to move within their borders. Politicians love to call this "job creation." States dangle incentives like tax breaks, training programs, freshly paved roads. According to one study, states all over the country are spending $70 billion a year to "create" jobs. But is it really creating a job if it came from a few miles away across the state border?..

[In] Kansas City, which straddles two states, Kansas and Missouri, this war is happening very close up, right along State Line Road…

Observer: With the national spotlight on the Kansas/Missouri border war. Will leadership promote peace or subsidy escalation?


MO Realtors to Turn in Signatures

Missourians for Fair Taxation sent a press release announcing that they’d be turning in their signatures on Sunday May8 at Noon. It’s to put their proposal on the ballot. That proposal is: Shall the Missouri constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales or use tax on any service or activity that was not subject to a sales or use tax as of January 1, 2015?

Fair Taxation has been funded by the Realtors to prevent the possibility of an expanded sales tax that might impact their industry.  Because Rex Sinquefield has been a vocal opponent of the income tax, their fear is that the way his team would propose to pay for eliminating that tax would be with a higher – and wider – sales tax.


Glorified G

The House did some work on gun laws.  See the Post-Dispatch article here.

Pull Quote: Republican lawmakers Thursday continued their quest to allow firearms in more places in Missouri.  A proposal approved in the House on a 101-28 vote would allow people to carry guns on public transportation, as well as allow full-time university workers and faculty to have firearms on campuses. Unlike an earlier version, it would not allow students to have guns on campus.

“This is about the safety of students on the college campuses in the state of Missouri,” said Rep. Jered Taylor, a Nixa Republican who sponsored the legislation…Guns also would be barred from any board meeting or meeting in which disciplinary, grievance, tenure or academic promotion proceedings are taking place.

The provisions are part of a package of proposed firearms laws that also would allow Missourians to carry weapons even if they don’t have a concealed weapons permit… The measure now goes to the Senate for further debate.  The legislation is Senate Bill 656.


The House passed an Uber-Lyft regulatory framework which has stalled in the Senate.

Lyft statement:  "This is a positive step toward securing a permanent future for Lyft in Missouri. We want to thank Representatives [Kirk] Mathews and [Elijah] Haahr for their commitment to expanding affordable, reliable transportation options across the state. We’re optimistic Missouri will join more than half of the states across the country which have passed successful legislation allowing ridesharing to thrive."


eMailbag on Next Budget Chair

Lobbyist: Whomever tried to make the case that Marsha Haefner will be Budget chair has not paid any attention to the budget process over the past two years. Scott Fitzpatrick… will not be passed over for the chairmanship.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

ALEC Spring Task Force Summit – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Lobbyists Registrations

Shanon Hawk and Jonathan Dalton added Northpoint Development.


$5K+ Contributions

Hanaway for Governor Inc - $10,000 from Western Anesthesiology Associates Inc.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $10,000 from Corey Christanell.

Missourians for John Brunner - $7,500 from Jerry Sumners Sr.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Barry Aycock.

Koster for Missouri - $15,000 from AgXplore International.

UAW Region 5 Midwest State Political Action Committee - $6,000 from UAW Region 5 Exchange Account.



Happy birthdays Senate 5 candidate Dylan Hassinger.

Saturday: Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Sen. Scott Sifton, and Rep. Don Phillips.

Sunday: Rep. Jeanie Lauer, and Tom Dempsey.