Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tea Party Patriots Against Schaefer

Remember the Tea Party?  I’d sort of forgotten about them.  But a group called the Tea Party Patriots (see their website here) says that they’re spending a million dollars on media buys to hit Sen. Kurt Schaefer for supporting a tax increase and for “putting his Chinese clients ahead of Missouri citizens.”  See the ad here.


New Ads

See the new Mike Parson ad here.  It strikes the same tone as the first ad.  He says as lieutenant governor he’ll fight for the 2nd amendment, against common core and for the unborn.


See the new Eric Greitens ad here.  It’s called Suicide Truck Bomb, by the way.  A fellow Navy SEAL talks about an episode they experienced in Iraq that explains why Greitens would be a good governor.


Keeping with the theme of terrorist-fighter-as-governor, the Post-Dispatch reports on the Greitens rally party favor “ISIS hunting permits.”  See it here.  It’s been done before, for example here.

MOScout reader snark: Does this guy have any ideas for Missouri's economy, or just regurgitated gimmicks for campaign tchotchkes?


Revenues Update

Following up on Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick’s observation that refunds were spiking just before the end of the fiscal year… As of the close of business Tuesday, refunds in June were running 114.60% above refund in June 2015, helping to push the fiscal year to date comparison down to a meager +.88%.


It’s said that the governor’s office will announce spending restrictions after the July 4 weekend.  We’ll see…


Nixon On Board with Grain Belt Express

The press release: Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his support for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a $500 million investment that will support an estimated 1,500 Missouri jobs during construction and provide 500 megawatts of low-cost, clean power to Missouri. At Gov. Nixon's request, Clean Line Energy has committed to a new set of industry-leading landowner protections that would be the first of its kind for a Missouri infrastructure project. The company estimates that it will pay more than $32 million to landowners who host the transmission line on their property.

See the Post-Dispatch coverage here.



Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment of Richard M. Stewart, of Webster Groves, as Associate Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, which covers St. Louis County. The position is one that was newly created by the Missouri General Assembly.


Speaker Todd Richardson made his appointments to the University of Missouri System Review Commission.  They were Gary Forsee, Jeanne Sinquefield, Pamela Washington and Robert DuncanSee it here.


Press release: Dentons, the global law firm, today launched Dentons 50, a full-service, 50-state public policy and advocacy network offering unrivaled reach and depth in state capitols across the nation for clients in all industry sectors. The Dentons 50 network is a comprehensive, centralized resource for businesses with complex, multi-state policy matters…. Dentons 50 is a force multiplier…


Auditor Nicole Galloway cheers the signing of HB 1418 and SB 1002 that “allow for oversight and accountability of two types of special taxing districts: Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) and Transportation Development Districts (TDDs)… ‘These laws increase transparency, provide greater oversight for public dollars, and help ensure projects fulfill their intended purpose of improving Missouri's communities. These bills are the result of a truly bipartisan effort, and I appreciate the work of Rep. Donna Pfautsch and Sen. Dan Hegeman, who sponsored the bills and worked with my office to move them through the legislative process…’”


In House 80, Ben Murray announced the endorsement of Rep. Michael Butler.


More head-scratching embarrassments from the St. Louis County municipalities.  See it here.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Rep. Caleb Jones Golf – Eagle Knoll Golf Course – Hartsburg.

House 80 candidate Peter Merideth Park Party – Tower Grove Park – St. Louis – 5PM

House 101 candidate Joy Krieger Reception – Brigden’s home – Wildwood – 5:30PM.

House 54 candidate Dan Houx Reception – Muddy Creek BBQ – Warrensburg – 5:30PM.

Senate 11 candidate Jessica Podhola – 642 E 36th Street, Kansas City – 5:30PM.

AG Chris Koster – Café Napoli, Clayton – 5:30PM.

LG candidate Russ Carnahan – CORTEX, St. Louis – 5:30PM.

House 74 candidate Cora Walker – KAI Design & Build, St. Louis – 6PM.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee – STL Cards vs Royals – 6:15PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Shawn D’Abreu added D`abreu, Davis & Silk, and The Midwest Center For Civil & Religious Liberty.

Nikola Nable-Juris deleted The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.


$5K+ Contributions

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Alexander Kemper.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $20,000 from Friends for Munzlinger.

Citizens for Stephen Webber - $6,200 from UFCW Local 655 Elect Political Fund.

People for Solon - $15,000 from CHIPP Political Account/

Seniors Count Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $6,100 from Babu Dandamudi.

Lewis & Clark Leadership Forum - $15,000 from HTH Companies.

Missourians for John Brunner - $5,001 from Jack Thurman.

Missourians for John Brunner - $5,001 from James Penn.

Grow Missouri - $211,117 from Great St. Louis.

Missouri Health Care Association PAC - $45,529 from Missouri Health Care Association.

Lewis & Clark Leadership Forum - $15,000 from David Spence.

With Robin Smith in 2016 Committee - $15,000 from Eastern Missouri Laborers’ Educational and Benevolent Fund.

Missourians for Peter Kinder - $10,000 from Vernon Rhodes.

Missourians for Peter Kinder - $10,000 from William Patrick.

Citizens to Elect Jamilah Nasheed - $10,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Friends of Nick King - $15,000 from CHIPP Political Account.



Happy birthday to former Sen. Pat Dougherty.