Monday, September 12, 2016

Rowden on the Air

Rep. Caleb Rowden, running in Senate 19, is up with his first TV ad.  See an ad contract here.

AD: I’m Caleb Rowden.  My commitment to public service comes from a passion for a better future for every family.  My plan to move Mid Missouri forward includes three pillars: building better schools, creating a stronger economy and working for a safer community.  That’s why I fought to secure millions for education.  And to keep our kids safe I’m partnering with local law enforcement to put more officers on the streets. We’ve got a lot to do. And for us (looking at his child) it’s personal.  [Caleb Rowden for state senate].


USCOC Buying in MO?

It looks like the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform is prepping a radio buy.  See the ad contract for St. Louis’ KLOU  here.

See Institute’s website here.  And funny video here.


NRA Preps for Veto Session

Members of the Republican caucus have started to receive texts explaining the importance of the veto override of SB656, as known as “the gun bill.”

"Good Evening Representative- This is Whitney O’Daniel. First, Thank You for your vote on SB656 in May. Please help me spread the word that the NRA ranks SB656 as the BIGGEST priority in the country and the biggest in MO since 2003. NRA and your constituents need your YES vote to Override Gov Nixon to ensure that Clinton/Obama/Bloomberg’s assault on gun rights is stopped. This bill is extremely important and the eyes of the nation (including Hillary) are watching. We can’t allow Nixon/Bloomberg to win in Missouri, not now, not ever. I’ll be available in Jefferson City along with several NRA staffers that have flown in."



Blunt Unveils Endorsements

Senator Roy Blunt unveiled the endorsement of over 50 county election officials.  See it here.

One Republican crows: Getting these officials to endorse against a sitting secretary of state is damning.  Those positions tend to be relatively non-partisan and are the prime constituency of the secretary of state….


Casting Call

What appeared to be a talent search tweet showed up Friday… Scott Owen ‏@voiceovers4u1: Need a Post 9-11 vet supporting Eric Greitens for Gov for an ad shooting today. Call me at 3142770621 if interested

Dem snark: What's sad about that tweet is the Navy Seal needed to put out feelers on twitter to find veterans to be in a commercial. Maybe they aren't happy he paid himself $700,000 from his charity?


New Greitens Ad

The Eric Greitens response ad to the Koster attack on his salary for running The Mission Continues.  See it here.


Hinkle on What’s Dragging Greitens

Don Hinkle on Facebook: I was interviewed earlier tonight by a reporter from National Journal in New York. He was analyzing the governor's race in Missouri and wanted my take on it.

The most interesting question he asked me was this: Donald Trump is leading comfortably in Missouri and he has run as an outsider. Why is that not working for Eric Greitens who continues to trail Democrat Chris Koster in recent statewide polling?

I told him that Greitens had largely snubbed evangelicals. That he had not as much as called me (not that he must, it's just that most of the candidates do) or Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention. I told him that he has yet to meet with Missouri Right to Life, who has not endorsed him, and that has raised serious questions about his views on the sanctity of life. In addition, he opposed SJR 39 and that the media were vastly underrating the impact of such a position at a time when Missourians feel their First Amendment rights are under assault…


Rumorville: Vescovo Gets Clean Letter?

Republican source says: Dept. of Revenue provided [Rep. Rob Vescovo] a letter saying he doesn't owe the state taxes, which should help dismiss Butler's case…


No Trump Nightmare

Washington Post reports what we’ve noticed here in Missouri: no ill effects of Donald Trump on down-ballot Republicans – so far.  See it here.

Pull Quote:  But one number buried inside a CNN/ORC poll has to be particularly encouraging for Republicans: the generic ballot result. That question asks voters whether they, as of today, would vote for a generic Republican candidate or a generic Democratic candidate for Congress. Among registered voters, 47 percent picked the Republican, and 46 percent picked a Democrat. Among likely voters, Republicans also led by a slim margin, 49-47…  Okay, basically a tie ballgame. So why do we bring this up? Well, there’s been a large amount of fear in Republican circles that Donald Trump’s candidacy could be an utter disaster for down-ballot Republicans in November...


Look who got their picture taken with Donald Trump following his visit to Missouri for Phyllis Schlafly’s funeral…. Former Speaker Tim Jones, and JeffCo’s Derrick Good.


McCaskill on Clinton

NYTimes has a podcast talking about Hillary Clinton as first possible woman president.  See it here.

Pull Quote: “The irony is that everyone always would pat women on the head and say ‘well you know as soon as a woman is qualified there will be a woman president,’ ” Senator McCaskill said. “Now we have a stark differential in qualifications, and now it seems to be all about her integrity and how likable she is.”


Tesla Battles

Washington Post reports on the Tesla battles across states.  See it here.

Pull Quote:  The battles have been breaking out in capitals across the country over laws that prohibit manufacturers from selling directly to consumers. Arguments have occurred in statehouses in Texas, Ohio, Washington, New Jersey and more than 20 other states, with mixed results. Legislatures want to open up markets for electric vehicles but are wary of undercutting dealers, which are local economic and political engines.  A Missouri judge, for instance, ruled this month in favor of the state’s auto dealers, saying Tesla could continue operating showrooms but could no longer sell cars directly to consumers. The company said it plans to appeal.Tesla has had notable success, gaining the right to sell in about 20 states, including Washington state and Maryland….  Auto dealers are widely considered one of the most politically connected groups in the United States. The National Automobile Dealers Association has spent more than $4 million on lobbying since 2015 and year after year is the largest spender in the entire auto industry…


Charton Tweaks Nixon

First, PRer Scott Charton tweaks Nixon in a series of tweets….

Jab: Scott Charton Retweeted Governor Jay Nixon… Campaigning for Interior Secretary by quoting woodsy icons…. Governor Jay Nixon @GovJayNixon: John Muir quote I used that fits #MOStateParks - "..places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal & give strength to body and soul."

Straight Right: Area lame duck governor angling for job with first woman president hopes she doesn't read this @KCStar story. (link to Gracia Backer lawsuit).


Welcome Gephardt to Twitter

Former Congressman Dick Gephardt posted his first Tweet @dickgephardt on August 11. As of this morning, the former House Democratic Leader had 343 followers, and he was

following 62. Between muted plugs for his book, “American Immigrant,” Gephardt has

mostly tweeted one-liners that have a surprisingly Gephardtesque ring to them, not some anonymous staffer.  A sampling:

August 19: "Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune."

August 24: "Eventually I foresee voting on the Internet, which will lead to much more direct democracy."

August 27: "Politics is a substitute for violence."

Sept. 6: "I think it's time we had a president who carried the same life experiences into the White House as most ordinary Americans."

Sept. 9: "You don't lock into a ten-year family budget. You take it a year at a time - maybe even six months at a time."



Tony Pousosa files a committee to run for mayor of Green Park.  See it here.


Lindsey Vehlewald joined the ACLU of Missouri as Communications and Development Associate.  See her bio here.


Committee Changes

St. Louis City’s 15th Ward Democrats amended their committee to make Rep. Mike Colona the new treasurer of the PAC.  See it here.

Following his unsuccessful bid for attorney general, Jake Zimmerman amended his committee to seek re-election for St. Louis County Assessor in 2018.  See it here.

Mark Fisher has taken over as treasurer for the Pike County Democratic Central Committee.  See it here.

Gayle Alexander is the new treasurer for the Bates County Central Republican Committee.  See it here.

Susan Edwards is the new treasurer of the Ray County Republican Central Committee.  See it here.

After her unsuccessful run for St. Louis circuit attorney, Mary Pat Carl changed her campaign committee to debt service.  See it here.

After his unsuccessful run for House 14, Sean Pouche changed his campaign committee to debt service.  See it here.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

MSGC Annual Meeting – State Capitol HR3 – 9AM.


Changes in Lobbyist Registrations

Bill Gamble, Kathryn Gamble, Cynthia Gamble, Jorgen Schlemeier, Sarah Topp, and Jeff Brooks added Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Harry Gallagher, Kimberly Akin, Heath Clarkston added Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits LLC; and deleted Glazer’s Family of Companies.

Jeff Aboussie added IUOE Local 101, IUOE Local 148, IUOE Local 513, and Great St. Louis.

Eddie Giesing deleted Missouri Retailers Association, Missouri Grocer’s Association, and Missouri Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association Inc.


$5K+ Contributions

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Political Account - $8,518 from Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Pat Sechler.

Missouri Relators PAC Inc - $65,527 from National Association of REALTORS.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $125,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $150,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Susan Eckelkamp.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Digital Monitoring Products.

Taxpayers in Support of Public Education - $6,398 from Missouri NEA.

Parson for Missouri - $5,001 from Missouri Chamber PAC.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Comprehensive Health Systems Inc.

Educators Support Public Education (ESPE) - $7,045 from Chipp Political Account.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $15,000 from RSLC-Missouri PAC.

Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from Marilyn and Howard Wood.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Steven Sarracino.

Missouri Growth PAC - $10,500 from CHIPP Political Account.

MOTruck PAC - $6,135 from Springfield Area Motor Carrier Club.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $40,000 from RAI Services Company.

Early Childhood Education Initiative - $40,000 from RAI Services Company.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from ELX83 LLC.

Citizens for Your Life Safety - $25,000 from Central County Professional Firefighters.

Hawley for Missouri - $10,000 from Cerner Corporation.

Hawley for Missouri - $25,000 from James McDonnell II.



Happy birthday to Drew Dampf.



To Titus Bond and wife Stephanie on the birth of Stella Jo Bond (20.5 inches and 8 lbs 9 oz.).