Here are a few folks who have already filed their April Quarters…
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder raised $328K; spent $113K bringing his cash total to $624K. Obviously Kinder will continue to lag behind his Republican primary opponents in cash on-hand because they are all into the seven-figure range. Still it’s a solid quarter from Kinder, and he adds to his cash pile without a terrible burn rate. In the hallways, Kinder is the favorite to win. As MOScout polling has shown he’s in the lead, and the thinking is that he’s a very well known commodity to Republican primary voters. He doesn’t need as much cash to win.
In Senate 23, Rep. Anne Zerr raised $44,785 and has $270K on-hand while her rival Bill Eigel raised $19,730 and has $217K on-hand. The problem for Zerr is that you don’t need a crystal ball to see the Humphreys and Hoberock $$$$ parachuting into this race to close and exceed any gap in funding between the two. Zerr will have her own cavalry of friends as well though. This looks to be the #1 Senate primary fight this cycle.
In Senate 15, Rep. Andrew Koenig raised $54,815 and has $121K on-hand. Rick Stream hasn’t filed his quarter yet.
And the Post-Dispatch reports on Jason Kander’s and Roy Blunt’s quarters here. They both will have plenty of money to make their case, though Blunt, the incumbent, will have more money.
Word is that former Sen. Carl Vogel passed away. He’d been battling pancreatic cancer for some time.
From Wikipedia: Carl M. Vogel is a former Republican member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 6th District from 2003 through 2011. Previously he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1991 through 2000.
He graduated from Helias High School and later from the University of Missouri with a B.A. degree. He and his wife Kimberly have two children, Jacob and Kristen.
He has previously served as the Jefferson City Housing Authority Commissioner. He is currently the chair of the Way and Means Committee, vice chair of the Small Business, Insurance and Industrial Relations Committee, and a member of the Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government Committee.
Today Governor Jay Nixon and a platoon of other politicos will travel to Ferguson where Centene CEO Michael Neidorff will hold a dedication ceremony for their new Claims Center. It’s more than a symbol of corporate citizenship; it’s $25 million investment and 250 jobs to Ferguson.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1983 to prohibit statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly from receiving compensation as paid political consultants for other state elected officials or candidates for those offices, as well as committees that support a candidate, issue or ballot measure. The measure is one of the ethics reforms that the Governor has called for each year he has been in office, including in the comprehensive plan he put forward in October.
Nixon also made some appointments yesterday
Administrative Hearing Commission (Renee T. Slusher - Columbia)
Lincoln University Board of Curators (Marvin O. Teer - St. Louis)
Missouri State University Board of Governors (Tyree Davis IV - Springfield)
Missouri Veterans' Commission (William A. Wallace - St. Louis)
Missouri Western State University Board of Governors (Joseph Kellogg - St. Joseph)
State Board of Education (Dr. John A. Martin - Kansas City)
University of Central Missouri Board of Governors (Mary Dandurand - Warrensburg; Marvin Wright - Columbia)
Ouchy Wah Wah
Rep. Robert Cornejo’s HB 2242, supported by the cable industry, got thumped on the House floor yesterday going down 39-111. It rare to see the House Republicans voting opposite the Speaker, Speaker Pro Tem, Floor Leader, Assistant Floor Leader etc.
Senate Passes Subpoena Resolutions
The week did not entirely go to waste in the Senate as they finally passed Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s resolution dealing with the Planned Parenthood subpoenas. The issue isn’t over though, look for more lawyering in the weeks ahead – and more headlines for Schaefer…
Four weeks left in session, by the way…
Follow Up on New Approach PAC
An article from The Oregonian explains where some of the New Approach money comes from. See it here.
Pull Quote: A political action committee formed by family members of the late billionaire insurance executive Peter Lewis has given $250,000 to a marijuana legalization initiative that backers are seeking to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.
Ploeger for President
Jeremey Ploeger, who ran for House 51 in 2010 (losing in the Democratic primary with 19% of the vote), announced he’s running for President… of the United States, by the way…
For the past 40 days we have been quietly establishing a team of advisors, and staff to stand as a true voice for the American people. A leader for the people, of the people. This is a private announcement to my friends and family that I am running for President of the United States as a Independent in the 2016 election. We will make on public announcement very soon. Please support me as I stand as a clear voice for you.
Aimee Redhair added UCB Inc.
Committee to Re-elect Rick Fajen Sheriff - $5,647 from Brent Bell.
Emersons Missouri Responsible Government Fund - $25,000 from Emerson Electric Co.
MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $60,000 from LPC Inc.
Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Grace Harmon.
Happy birthdays to Reps. Ira Anders and David Wood, and former Reps. Leonard Hughes and Scott Muschany.
Saturday: Alderman Shane Cohn and Matt Dameron.
Sunday: Sen. Ryan Silvey (the big 4-0), Rep. Sue Allen, Joe Pierle, Tom Rackers, and Vivian Murphy.