Thursday, August 18, 2016

MOScout Veto Cheat Sheet

In the Special Reports today I’ve put up a Veto Session Cheat Sheet (see it here).  It’s a downloadable Excel spreadsheet which lists every bill that the governor vetoed. It has a link to the bill, as well as a link to the governor’s veto letter.  It gives the vote tallies from the House and Senate and handicaps the probability of an override.


Linda Black Ties!

Daily Journal reports that Rep. Linda Black picked up a vote in the recount for her commissioner race, making it a tie.  See it here.

Pull Quote:  “The change was due to the fact that on three ballots the voter did not mark within the box, which resulted in the machine being unable to read the vote,” said [County Clerk Mark] Hedrick. “But it was determined by the recount team that the vote should count for the affected candidate because it was obvious who they picked.” Hedrick added he is in the process of contacting the candidates to determine what they want to do. There are two options to decide the winner, one is to draw a lottery to see who wins or to hold a runoff election.

“The runoff election will need to be set at the earliest possible date, but not prior to 14 days from the certification,” said Hedrick. “All this has to be done by a certain date because we have to certify for the November election.”

On Black’s Facebook: Due to the recount resulting in a tie. There will be a run off election. Tentatively Sept 8th. Signs will be going back out and I NEED EVERYONE every where campaigning for me. District is most of Park Hills, Farmington, Doe Run, Libertyville, Busiek, & Knob Lick. Thank you!


Franks Seeks New Election

Bruce Franks is seeking a new election in House 78 where he lost narrowly to Rep. Penny Hubbard. Post-Dispatch reports on Franks supporters outraged by the high number of absentee votes cast in favor of Hubbard.  See it hereSee the lawsuit here.

And Franks has started a GoFundMe page to help with legal expenses. (See it here). It’s about half-way to its $10K goal.


Bishops for Gun Control

Jason Hancock reports that Catholic bishops issued a statement “calling on lawmakers to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill eliminating the need to obtain a permit to carry a concealed gun in public.”  See it here.

Pull Quote: “Catholic church teaching recognizes the right to self-defense as a way of preserving one’s life and in defense of others in the face of an imminent threat,” the statement says. “We encourage Missouri citizens of good will, however, not to fall prey to the notion that we are somehow safer as individuals and as a society if everyone is always and everywhere armed.”


Koster for Guns on Campus

KMIZ reports that Chris Koster filed a lawsuit “in Boone County Circuit Court in support of a MU law professor who wants to keep his gun in his car on campus.”  See it here.

What It Means

One more nail in the National Rifle Association endorsement that folks assume Koster has nailed down. Koster takes Farm Bureau and NRA, while Eric Greitens struggles with Missouri Right to Life.  In a normal election this would clearly tilt the playing field toward the Democratic nominee, but will Greiten “outsider” message and expected millions of venture capital contributions make them moot?

We’ll see….


Munzy for Trump

Missourinet reports that Sen. Brian Munzlinger was named to Donald Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee.  See it here.

Pull Quote: “Well I think it’s a great opportunity at least for somebody here in Missouri to give some input into direction that we need in the agriculture industry,” Munzlinger says.

Munzlinger says he was a “little” upset at first with some of Trump’s comments about trade. However, Munzlinger says Donald Trump has the ability to negotiate better trade deals for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, adding that trade is vital to agriculture.



Tyler Hobbs, who lost the House 132 Republican primary by a mere 15 votes, announced on Facebook that he has “accepted a position working for CRNC as their Missouri Field Representative. Looking forward to this new chapter as I travel the state to talk and engage with our future leaders of this country!”  CRNC is of course the College Republican National Committee.


A new poll from Public Policy Polling puts Hillary Clinton pretty close to Donald Trump in Missouri… she’s down three points.  See it here.


One MOScout reader reports that someone’s in the field in the AG’s race… started off with questions about the presidential race and governor’s race, then tested the AG candidates favorable/unfavorable before moving to messages, and asked an open-ended questions about what’s wrong with Missouri.


How Rupp Stays Interested in the Tedious Business of Utility Regulations

With a vivid imagination Public Service Commissioner Scott Rupp imagines himself in a Game of Thrones.  See his analysis of the current players in the industry here.

This is all part of what appears to be an ongoing campaign by the former senator to make the often archaic workings of the Public Service Commission more accessible to the average Missourian. See his latest Rupp Report here.


At the suggestion of Sen. Jason Holsman I’ve started the Game of Thrones series – I’m on the third book, though have yet to see the TV show.  After I finish maybe I’ll finally watch House of Cards….


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar

Governor’s Ham Breakfast – Director’s Tent – Sedalia – 8AM.

Rep. Joe Adams Reception – Pasta House, 8213 Delmar Blvd. – University City – 5PM.

House 112 candidate Robert Butler Reception – Onder Law Firm – Webster Groves – 5:30PM.


$5K+ Contributions

Freedom PAC - $8,272 from Ketchmark& McCreight P.C.

Greatens for Missouri $25,000 from Jeffrey C Hutchens.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Darrell Proctor.

Koster for Missouri - $80,000 from Ironworkers Political Education Fund.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $10,000 from James McDonnell III.

Democratic Governors Association Missouri - $30,000 from Democratic Governors Association.

Supporters of Health Research and Treatments - $116,895 from Life Sciences Fund of Greater KC.

Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from Lewis & Clark Leadership Forum.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Carl Eichenberger.



Happy birthday to Pat Thomas.