Friday, October 28, 2016

Roberts Sues Walker

Post-Dispatch reports that incoming Rep. Steven Roberts has filed a defamation suit against incoming Rep. Cora Walker for her accusation that he raped her.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Roberts has said he and Walker had consensual sex. Roberts’ civil suit claims the two actually had their first sexual contact at a political conference in Kansas City on Aug. 25, the day before Walker alleges she was raped.   Roberts claims that Walker, who is married, initiated the contact in Kansas City by asking to keep her purse in Roberts’ hotel room while she attended an evening social function. The suit claims that once in Roberts’ room, Walker asked to use his shower and then undressed in front of him. Roberts said Walker posed for a nude photo and then the two had sexual contact. Walker left Roberts’ room about 2.a.m., the suit claims.

The following night, after returning to St. Louis from the conference in Kansas City, the two met up for drinks, according to the suit.  Walker texted Roberts from a jazz bar and he went to meet her, the suit says. On leaving the bar about 10 p.m., Roberts said Walker turned down his invitation to go to another bar, but accepted his offer to go to his apartment. They stopped to pick up food and wine on the way to his apartment, the suit says. While there, from about 10:30 p.m. to the early morning, Roberts claims, they had sex three times and then fell asleep.

Roberts said Walker woke up about 6 a.m. when her cellphone rang, and she became agitated. When Roberts asked if everything was all right, Roberts said Walker stated that it was, except that she was supposed to have gone home the night before….

One long-time observer of Missouri politics: This is going to stay in the news, especially with such prurient titillation.


Post Dispatch Poll: Blunt Kander Neck and Neck

Post-Dispatch commissioned poll find Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Missouri by 5 points; and Senator Roy Blunt ahead of Jason Kander by 1.  See it here.


Barnes Contra Model Airplaners

Rep. Jay Barnes is helping nearby residents of a “flying park” in Jefferson City complaining of the nuisance.  “There are other places where hobbyists can participate in this activity. But, like most working Americans, there's only one place my clients and their neighbors call home. They shouldn't have the peace and serenity of their homes ruined by someone else's hobby.”  See the flying video here.


Professor Greitens Reads the Tweets

Katie Harbinson learned the hard way that even professors are on the Twitters… See it here.


Baker on MO Voter Registration

Axiom’s Aaron Baker tweets what some other folks have been saying – that Donald Trump is bringing out new voters for this election… ‏@aaronbaker50: I've talked to several county clerks in MO who have said redneck voter registration in rural areas is up bigly.


Englund on Cable

In House 94, former Rep. Vicki Englund is up on the cable TV with her first ad.  See it here.


DeLear Hits Matthiesen

In House 70 Democrat Byron DeLear is hitting his Republican opponent, Mark Matthiesen, on “not paying his taxes.”  See the mail piece here.


State Revenues

With about a week left state tax revenues are looking weak this month.  We’ll see how it finished up, but right now individual income tax receipts are up a little over 3% and overall revenue is netting out just over 1%.


Black Brown PAC

In following the political radio buys, a new name popped up among the contracts: Black Brown PAC.  It’s an anti-gun violence PAC.  See their Youtube channel here.


Brownback Approval Below Obama

According to The Atlantic, Governor Sam Brownback’s approval rating is now down to 18%.  See it here.


Following the HRCC Money

In the large contributions (below) the House Republican Campaign Committee spent $42,153 in House 92 helping their candidate Dan Bogle.  This is where Rep. Genise Montecillo decided not to run for re-election, and Dems recruited local school board member Doug Beck.  This is a Democratic-leaning district.


DGA Sends $$$ to MO

After watching the Republican Governors Association ante up another $2M to Eric Greitens, it looks like the Democratic counterpart is responding by sending $700K to aid Chris Koster.


Ricketts for Greitens

Marlene Ricketts is among the donors lists (below in the $5K+ Contributions) giving money to Eric Greitens.   According to USAToday, she’s the wife the founder of Ameritrade, and “contributed $3 million to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC that blistered Trump with negative ads, voter guides and mailers ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.”  See it here.


Help Wanted

City of St. Louis seeks Attorney.  “is legal work in the City Counselor’s Office which may include practice in the areas of problem properties; fiscal matters, real estate, municipal contracts; and/or civil litigation...” See it here.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Jason Kander Joe Biden Rally – The Pageant Theater – St. Louis – 2PM.

Jay Ashcroft Mike Huckabee Rally – Buchanan County GOP HQ – St. Joseph – 4PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

James Atkins added Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, and ATJ Infusion Services Inc.

Robert Gustafson deleted Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals Services LLC.


$5K+ Contributions

Democratic Governors Association Missouri – $435,000 from Democratic Governors Association.

Democratic Governors Association Missouri –  $202,000 from Democratic Governors Association.

Hawley for Missouri - $200,000 from Missouri Freedom PAC.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $155,000 from Koster for Missouri.

Koster for Missouri - $132,906 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $75,000 from IBEW PAC Educational Fund.

Greitens for Missouri – $75,000 from JN Pritzker.

MO Republican Party - $75,000 from Greitens for Missouri.

Democratic Governors Association Missouri - $63,000 from Democratic Governors Association.

MO Republican Party - $50,000 from Friends of Caleb Rowden.

Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from James Davis.

Friends of Daniel Bogle - $42,153 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $40,000 from Eastern Missouri Senate PAC.

Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $30,000 from Committee to Elect Ron Richard.

We Deserve Better Inc - $30,000 from Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures Inc.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Marlene Ricketts.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from David Boies.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Unite Here Tip Missouri State & Local Fund.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $25,000 from AAJ PAC.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $25,000 from Altria Client Services LLC.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $25,000 from Amerigas Propane LP.

RSLC Missouri PAC - $20,000 from Republican State Leadership Committee.

MO Republican Party - $20,000 from Committee to Elect Randy Jotte.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $20,000 from RSLC Missouri PAC.

Koster for Missouri - $20,000 from Signature Medical Group.

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $20,000 from Missouri State Council of Machinist PAC.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $15,000 from National Association of Home Builders.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $15,000 from Esmond Harmsworth.

Greitens for Missouri - $15,000 from Harry Cornell.

Freedom PAC - $14,966 from Herzog Contracting Corp.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $13,639 from Citizens for Stephen Webber.

MO Republican Paryt - $12,000 from Kansas City Missouri Republican Senate PAC.

Greitens for Missouri – $10,000 from Rusty Keeley.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Freeman Physicians Group PAC.

Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $10,000 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KC PAC.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Friends for Munzlinger.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Major Brands Inc PAC.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from Citizens for Twila Rowland Hubrecht.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from Citizens for Elaine Gannon.

We Deserve Better - $7,823 from Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures Inc.

Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund - $6,678 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $6,450 from Rucker for Missouri.

Rucker for Missouri - $6,130 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Missourians for Byron DeLear - $5,828 from Missouri State Democratic Committee.

Greitens for Missouri – $5,100 from Southwest Missouri.

Greitens for Missouri -  $5,001 from Graves Garrett LLC.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Robert Campbell.



Happy birthday to Katie Steele Danner.

Saturday: Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, Chip Casteel, Ewell Lawson, and Cara Hoover.

Sunday: Rep. Mark Parkinson, Kyna Iman, Jessica Podhola, and Vince Schoemehl.