Thursday, June 16, 2016

Roepe Joins Bardgett

Chris Roepe is joining the lobbying firm of Bardgett and Associates.  Bardgett – with its long list of clients – is considered one of the top firms in Jefferson City. Yesterday Roepe deregistered for the ailing Noranda.

From the press release: Roepe has been around the legislative process and Missouri politics for almost 15 years. He brings a wealth of experience on a wide variety of public policy issues that will be of great assistance to JBA’s clients. Chris will be based out of JBA’s Jefferson City office… Prior to joining John Bardgett and Associates, Roepe previously served as Chief of Staff to Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields for eight years.  He most recently was Vice-President of Government Affairs for Noranda Aluminum…


Also in the registration changes (see them below), it looks like Kristian Starner is ending her affiliations with Gate Way Group and with Hemphill and Associates and going to work for Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies.


TV Buys

Sen. Kurt Schaefer is on the air.  See an ad contract here.  With this buy, he’s not ceding the early airwaves to Josh Hawley who started his TV ads the other day.


Jason Kander has started his buy.  From this contract it looks like his buy would start October 11.


Clinton MO Moves

And word is that the Hillary Clinton campaign has “asked stations for their October and November rates.”  Together with a recent hire of Ansley Lacitis (see her Twitter here) as the Clinton state director, the implication is that Team Hillary may be mulling putting Missouri in play.


Smith Fundraises Off Ashcroft

In a fundraising appeal, Robin Smith, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, doesn’t mention Sen. Will Kraus, but instead focuses on Jay AshcroftSee it here.

“I will likely face John Ashcroft, Jr. in the General Election, a second generation polarizing force in Missouri…”

The appeal mentions Donald Rumsfeld and the Koch Brothers, and might be a sneak into Smith’s general election message – not just to donors, but to the voters as well.

These dynastic last names do certainly help in the primary where the Ashcroft name makes Jay a favorite, but they can hurt in the general as the ability to win crossover votes is difficult.


Taylor Win A Good Greitens Omen?

Scott Taylor won a Congressional Republican primary in Virginia.  Does this show that voters are hungry for his sort of resume?  See it here.

Pull Quote: Taylor’s successful counterargument delivered in their one debate, numerous media interviews and a stream of campaign events was that his experience as a SEAL and an Iraq War veteran gave him a better understanding of military and veteran issues in the 2nd – a district that has among the highest concentrations of veterans and active-duty personnel in the nation. He repeatedly lambasted Congress, including its Republican majority, for not being able to find common ground to solve major problems…


MO GOP Still Hearts Guns

House 99 candidate Jean Evans – in a four-way Republican primary to succeed Rep. Andrew Koenig – isn’t afraid to show her gun love even in the immediate wake of the Orlando tragedy.  See her twitter picture here of her checking out some self-defense hardware you might want if you were facing a platoon of soldiers, for example.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

House 112 candidate Robert Butler Reception – The Simon Law Firm – 5:30PM

Rep. Marsha Haefner Reception – Rivercity Casino – STL – 5PM.

House 100 candidate Derek Grier Reception – 14597 Harleston Village Dr, Chesterfield, MO - 6PM.

House 99 candidate Jean Evans Meet and Greet – 16 Huntleigh Manor Ln, Huntleigh, MO.


Lobbyists Registrations

Chris Roepe deleted Noranda Aluminum.

Kristian Starner added Axiom Strategies; and deleted Kaleo Pharma, BJC Health Care Systems, Connections Academy, Astellas Pharma Us Inc., Missouri Pork Association, Gate Way Group, Brent Hemphill & Associates, Argosy Casino Kansas City, Missouri Ambulance Association, Amgen, Civics Proficiency Institute, Noranda Aluminum, Missouri Restaurant Association, Hollywood Casino, Port Authority Of Kansas City, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company D/b/a AT&T Missouri and its Affiliates, Heartland Health, Missouri Propane Gas Association, Health Management Systems, Penn National Gaming, and Missouri Retailers Association.

David Jackson added Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education, Gamble & Schlemeier, Missouri Association of Councils of Government, MOSERS, Independent Colleges & Universities Of Missouri, Missouri State Alliance Of YMCAs, Missouri Association Of County Dev Disabilities Services, Missouri Circuit Clerks Association, Citizens For Modern Transit, and Missouri Coalition Of Childrens Agencies.

Sarah Topp, Bill Gamble, Jorgen Schlemeier, Cynthia Gamble, and Jeff Brooks deleted Alexian Brothers Community Services


$5K+ Contributions

Greitens for Missouri - $100,000 from Bernard Marcus.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Jeffrey Gunter.

Foundation for Columbia’s Future - $10,000 from Veterans United Home Loans.

Hawley for Missouri - $10,000 from William Holekamp.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Local 610 Political Action Committee.

Koster for Missouri - $50,000 from Simmons Hanly Conroy.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Teamsters Local Union 600 Drive PAC.

UAW Region 5 Midwest State Political Action Committee PAC - $6,000 from UAW Region 5 Exchange Account.

Missouri Medical Marijuana - $76,000 from Brad Bradshaw.

Smaller Government - $10,300 from Brad Bradshaw.

Missouri Research Cures Jobs Health & Lower Taxes - $11,000 from Brad Bradshaw.

Citizens for Jake Zimmerman - $6,500 from UGas Inc.

Hill for Missouri - $6,000 from Rivertown Enterprises Inc.



Happy birthdays to Congressman Jason Smith, Reps. Bill White and Bob Burns, and lobbyist John Pelzer.