Friday, October 14, 2016

Humphreys: At Some Point You Look In the Mirror

David Humphreys is quoted in the New York Times article today about big Republican donors telling the Republican National Committee to cut ties with Trump.   See it here.

Pull Quote: Several of the Republican Party’s most generous donors called on the Republican National Committee on Thursday to disavow Donald J. Trump, saying that allegations by multiple women that Mr. Trump had groped or made inappropriate sexual advances toward them threatened to inflict lasting damage on the party’s image… “At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters,” said David Humphreys, a Missouri business executive who contributed more than $2.5 million to Republicans from the 2012 campaign cycle through this spring.

MOScout reader: Since he has bankrolled Hawley, we'll see if Hawley heeds...


Martin: Wagner A “Fair-Weathered Conservative”

From Ed Martin’s latest email blast: One more things you learn in politics: who your friends are.  When Ann Wagner, Congressman from Missouri, bailed out on Trump this past weekend after a few hours of negative Trump stories, you knew she was a fair-weathered conservative.  Her public denouncement of Trump helped the pro-abortion Hillary Clinton.  That's the true colors Wagner showed: she is for pro-abortion Hillary over Trump.  We will never forget this betrayal.


Latest AG Ads

See the latest Josh Hawley ad here.  It takes on the issue of sex trafficking.  Pretty dark ad, not sure it works.


And see Teresa Hensley’s ad here.  It focuses on her prosecutorial experience even without saying the word until the very end of the ad.


Early October Filings

In Senate 15, Rep. Andrew Koenig filed his October report early.  It shows $62,577.  If I’m a betting person, I’m guessing that his Democratic opponent Steve Eagleton won’t have his report filed by the Monday deadline.  Eagleton still hasn’t filed reports for 30 Day After period or the 8 Day Before period.

Fred Kratky filed a Limited Activity report.  But he still has $48K on-hand.  His wife, Rep. Michele Kratky, has about $50K on-hand also.  She’s term-limited and is eyeing the St. Louis City Alderman seat (Ward 16) that Donna Baringer is vacating to become state representative.  It’s said that the committeepeople have their own thoughts about who should become alderman.  This will likely be a special election in the spring.  The Kratkys have the name – and apparently a nice chunk of change – to make it a race if the committee selection goes elsewhere. We’ll see…

Baringer filed her October report also.  It showed $43,987 on-hand.

And Rep. Penny Hubbard filed her October report.  I was sort of hoping that Jane Dueker’s legal work on her election controversy would be on there as an in-kind contribution or as an expenditure so we could see her billable rate.  No luck.  Perhaps Hubbard paid her personally, or maybe it will show up under lobbyists gifts later.



See the statewide candidate responses (and non-responses) to the Paraquad questionnaire on their positions on disability issues here.  Sen. Eric Schmitt was the only Republican to submit answers.


See the AFL CIO endorsements here.  Sens. Ryan Silvey and Gary Romine are the only Republican state senators to win their endorsement.  And they’re standing with Rep. Keith English in his Independent bid for re-election in House 68.


St. Joe News Press endorses Amendment 4  See it here.


Looks like the Divinity Gift Shop on High Street is up for sale.  See it here.


Chris Koster jumps on the Ken Bone band wagon.  See it here.


Democrats “finally” have a candidate for governor to unite all Missourians?  What does that say about Jay NixonSee the flier here.


The state’s drug testing contract is up for bid: The contract will be used by various agencies throughout the State of Missouri in order to complete drug and alcohol testing services for employees or any requesting state agency.  The contract will also be used by the State of Missouri, Department of Social Services to drug test Missouri residents who receive Temporary Assistance (TA) and Children’s Division clientele, as designated by the Department of Social Services… The current contract for drug and alcohol testing for specified employees expires January 1, 2017. 


Follow-Up on Willard Email

There was a NYTimes editorial yesterday concerning the Trump poll watching effort.  See it here.

Pull Quote: “We have to make sure that this election is not stolen from us,” Donald Trump told an audience in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Monday. It was only the latest of many attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election. In August, his campaign began inviting supporters to sign up online as “Trump election observers” who would help “stop Crooked Hillary from rigging this election.”

It is unclear whether volunteers who sign up through Mr. Trump’s website will receive information about becoming official poll watchers or will be encouraged to monitor polling places informally. Volunteers trying to serve as unofficial watchers could interfere with voting and might, in some cases, violate the law, as several states prohibit private citizens from loitering in or around polling places or questioning voters about their qualifications.


Auditor Action

The press release: Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office will begin reviews of finances and operations of two of the largest Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) in the state, both located in Jackson County: the Independence Events Center CID in Independence and the Ward Parkway Center CID in Kansas City…


eMailbag on Drebes Not Liking Trump

I get that you don't like Trump, but if you're going to offer commentary on the presidential contest I would think at least a passing mention of Clinton's Wikileaks troubles is in order. I realize neither candidate has much of a claim to the moral high ground, but this "Catholic Spring" business is pretty ugly…


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Jason Kander – Rally with Elizabeth Warren – College Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas City – 3PM.

Saturday: Catherine Hanaway’s Backyard BBQ Thank You – Hanaway House – 11:30AM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Nicholas Patrick Heberle deleted Office of the Governor.

Tom Carter deleted Adams-Carter Group.


$5K+ Contributions

Koster for Missouri - $100,000 from UA Political Education Committee.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Drury Development.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Patrick Sly.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from John Crowley.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Paola Luptak.

Greitens for Missouri - $15,000 from Matt Jones.

MO Majority PAC LLC - $6,000 from Central Stone Company.

Citizens for Stephen Webber - $10,247 from Missouri State Democratic Committee.

Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks - $10,000 from Bass Pro LLC.

Koster for Missouri - $100,000 from United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Midwest Region Laborers’ Political League Education Fund - $7,344 from Laborers Supplemental Dues Fund.

Scott Sifton for Missouri - $16,370 from Missouri State Democratic Committee.

Citizens for a Safer Jackson County - $15,000 from Davis Bethune and Lones LLC.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Caesars Enterprise Services LLC.

Committee to Elect Mary Hill - $46,350 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

Friends of Caleb Rowden - $10,000 from Missouri Chamber PAC.

Citizens for Kevin Corlew - $51,350 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

HealthPAC - $15,200 from Heal Pac / Federal.

Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $12,500 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $12,500 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $21,250 from Citizens for Stephen Webber.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Mark Locigno.

Emily’s List Missouri - $11,000 from Emily’s List.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $200,000 from RAI Services Company.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $15,000 from RAI Services Company.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes PAC - $156,000 from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Educators Support Public Education (ESPE) - $7,045 from CWA Working Voices.

Koster for Missouri - $7,651 from Sugarfire Smokehouse.

Westport Landing Democratic Club - $6,225 from O’Neill Marketing and Event Management.

Citizens for Cheri Toalson Reisch - $24,353 from House Republican Campaign Committee.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, and Casey Guernsey.

Saturday: Rep. Chrissy Sommer.

Sunday: Rita Heard Days and Antonio French.



Condolences to former Speaker John Diehl and his family on the death of his son.