Friday, September 9, 2016

Black Loses Election

After a tie in their first election for commissioner, Rep. Linda Black was defeated by Gay Wilkinson last night in their run-off election.  See it hereWilkinson received 1,561 votes (nearly 55 percent) while his opponent Linda Black received 1,280 votes.


Bechthold-Silvey Case Update

Sen. Ryan Silvey’s appeal, seeking to bounce Democrat Ranen Bechthold from the ballot for a violation of the residency requirement, has oral arguments scheduled for September 19.


Hubbard-Franks Timeline

The appeal is scheduled for oral argument at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12… Appellant will have 10 minutes for argument and 2 minutes for rebuttal. Respondent will have 10 minutes.


Dates of Importance in Dealing With Ballots

Remember we still have cigarette tax, campaign contributions, and medical marijuana in different stages of litigation… Here are some statutory deadlines:

Military absentee ballots must be available –that is, printed and ready – by Sept. 23. That is 46 days before the election (and about two weeks from Friday, Sept. 8). See RSMo. 115.914.  All absentee ballots must be available – that is, printed and ready – by Sept. 27. That is six weeks before the election. See RSMo. 115.281.

RSMo. 115.125 states that “no court shall have the authority to order an individual or issue be placed on the ballot less than six weeks before the date of the election, except as provided in sections115.361 and 115.379.”


McDonnell Bros Split on Gubby Race

James McDonnell III is in the large contributions today giving $50K to Eric Greitens.  Last week, it was John McDonnell giving $100K to Chris Koster.

From Wikipedia: James McDonnell was married twice. His first marriage, to Mary Elizabeth Finney, took place in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 30, 1934. They had two children, James Smith McDonnell, III, born January 28, 1936, and John Finney McDonnell, born March 18, 1938. Mary McDonnell died on July 6, 1949…


Grietens Donor Launches Life Sciences Fund

St. Louis Business Journal reports that Tom Hillman “launches $45 million life sciences fund.”  See it here.  Hillman’s FTL Capital LLC has given the Eric Greitens campaign $100,000 so far.


Twitter Pics of Couches

Over the past 24 hours, a small group of people supporting Eric Greitens, a Republican running for governor, have targeted Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster over Twitter. Their weapons: photographs of couches, sofas and even a chaise lounge or two. The couch photos — some plush, some fancy and some downright ridiculous — and the hashtag "#CouchesForKoster" are meant to call attention to the $3.2 million previously used to remodel the attorney general's office, which Koster said was in poor shape and in need of repair.

See it here.


eMailbag on Koster Tough on Guns Ad

I don't see that [ad] as strange or "interesting". NRA types want to be able to conceal carry anywhere all the time because in their minds, our cities are so dangerous – full of illegal gun violence.

eMailbag on Greitens Polling Gap

Eric Greitens has had $5 million in negatives against him in the last 60 days, Chris Koster hasn’t been hit in 8 years, and your reader wonders what will happen when Koster goes negative?


Biden at Kander Fundy Today

After the roundtable at LaunchCode, Vice President Joe Biden will go to a Jason Kander fundraiser.

At 1:15 PM LOCAL TIME/2:15 PM EDT, the Vice President will deliver remarks at an event for Jason Kander for Senate. These remarks at the St. Louis  Club will be closed press.


The NRA puts up a TV ad hitting Kander.  See it here.


Charters and Traditional Publics Still Snarling

From: Douglas Thaman

CPSA #DropTheSuit Update!

September 7, 2016

St. Louis Public Schools Decides They Want More!

St. Louis Public Schools and class counsel have jointly moved to “supplement the declaration of Angela Banks (SLPS Chief Financial Officer)”. The purpose of the supplemental declaration was to revise and INCREASE their estimate based on what they indicate is “actual information” as to the formula and calculations for 2015-16.

You read that right, St. Louis Public Schools has decided they want more! The amount of money St. Louis Public Schools now alleges the charter PUBLIC students should never have received is $8,085,612 for 2015-16, and a total of $50,566,416 (an increase from the initial $42.5 million).

How much money does a District with over 30 empty school buildings and 25 school buildings less than 35% full need?

eMailbag on SLPS Going to Elected Board

I think if SLPS regains accreditation there is going to be a big push to move back to an elected board, it's going to be tough to keep the State Board from caving to that pressure, especially when the SAB does things like this which will likely make the business community (and legislature) less inclined to support the SAB fully.


Meet Miss Missouri

NYTimes reports on Miss America’s first openly lesbian contestant, Miss Missouri.  See it here.

Pull Quote: She was raised on a farm; she is a trained livestock judge; and she supports suicide-prevention programs. But in the brief, get-to-know-me videos posted on her official Miss Missouri Facebook page, there is scant mention of the main reason that she has attracted so much attention before the Miss America 2017 finale on Sunday in Atlantic City: Ms. O’Flaherty is the first openly lesbian contestant to compete in the pageant.


Total Legalization

Total Legalization Missouri says its formed to push for total cannabis legalization – as opposed to the “medical marijuana.”  The paperwork – see it here – says that they will file something in January 2017.


Auditor Action: Park Hill School District

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released the results of a cybersecurity audit of the Park Hill School District, located in the Kansas City area…. Auditors found that more could be done to limit unnecessary access to student data. For example, auditors identified three former employees that still had access to district systems more than a month after leaving employment…. See the audit here.



If you have ten minutes today, David Brooks in the New York Times offers an interesting guess about how Republican and Democratic constituencies will realign in the coming decade.  See it here“[M]any of the existing partisan mentalities are dying out. This is the last presidential election in which two baby boomers will be running against each other. In the years ahead, politics will no longer be defined by the hidden animosities of the Vietnam era, by the sexual revolution/culture war issues of the 1970s.”



Eddy Munster getting married.  See it hereButch Patrick will be a married man come Saturday, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.  The former star if The Munsters is tying the knot at The Macon Roundhouse in Macon, Missouri.”


Saturday Events

Democrats’ Meet the Candidates

Odessa Community Building in Dwyer Park – 12:30-4PM

Judy Baker, Russ Carnahan, Teresa Hensley, Robin Smith, and Gene VerDught (Senate 31) expected to attend.

Butler County Reagan Days

Jay Ashcroft, Senator Roy Blunt, Rep. Steve Cookson, Eric Greitens, Eddy Justice Sen. Doug Libla, Speaker Todd Richardson, and Sen. Eric Schmitt expected to attend.


Help Wanted

MOSERS seeks CFO. “The Missouri State Employees' Retirement System (MOSERS) is recruiting for a highly responsible person with a background in accounting/finance to fill the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position.  MOSERS is a public pension plan with an $8 billion portfolio located in Jefferson City, MO.  The CFO will be responsible for directing and managing the finance department who performs functions related to financial transactions, financial reporting, investment accounting, employer reporting, and records retention… Salary: $120,000 - $160,000…” See it here.


$5K+ Contributions

Greitens for Missouri - $20,000 from Gerald Schwalbach.

Xcaliber MOPAC - $10,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.

Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from James McDonnell III.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from W Grant Williams III.

Greitens for Missouri - $13,500 from Donald Sanders.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $8,459 from RAI Services Company.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Onder for Missouri.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Alan Green, former Sens. Jack Goodman and Delbert Scott, Rod Jetton, Jorgen Schlemeier, Mark Habbas, Dave Plemmons, and Zach Pollock.

Saturday: Erika Leonard, and Jill Kline.

Sunday: A.J. Bockelman.


Phyllis Schlalfy Funeral Arrangements

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 2 p.m. Reception

to follow.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (New Cathedral)

4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108


Sunday is 15th Anniversary of 9/11

In accordance with state law, the United States and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff on Sunday (Sept. 11) to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.