Thursday, March 24, 2016


SJR 39 Supporters Fear Amendments

Don Hinkle on Facebook explains that SJR 39 supporters prefer to keep the resolution clean so it doesn’t have to go back to the Senate.  “We will have our people there … urging them to pass SJR 39 -- AS IS.  I stress AS IS because this is what the other side will attempt to do: They will try to twist enough arms, make enough threats, to get the House to amend SJR 39… If SJR 39 is amended, it will kill it, because there is no way the Senate can go through again what it went through to get the bill to the House in the first place. SO IT MUST PASS CLEAN...”


Republican: What Latta Means

Oliver ‘O.C.’ Latta has filed to run against Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal). Latta helped start the new progressive Mark Twain Federated Democratic Club and has worked to oppose chloromines used in the local public water supply and also any new transmission line projects in Northeast Missouri. The district is safe for Republicans, particularly since Shumake is a solid incumbent. However, Latta's radical positions may be an example of rural Dems failing, particularly in Northeast Missouri, to field mainstream candidates that have a chance to win back seats. These are districts that were held by Democrats just a decade ago….”


No Slow Down on Budget

Mike Lear reports that the Senate expects that work on the budget won’t suffer from the breakdown that occurred as a result of SJR 39.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Columbia Republican Kurt Schaefer says members of both parties respect the need to get that done… Republicans want to get the budget out early enough that they could consider overturning any vetoes or restrictions before the session ends in May. Schaefer doesn’t think Democrats will try to make them miss that mark… Senate Democrat leader Joe Keaveny told Missourinet previously he doesn’t expect his caucus’ members to try to slow work on the budget, despite continued tension.


Gross to Drop

Elad Gross, a Democrat, who had filed to run for secretary of state emailed yesterday to say that he’ll be withdrawing.  “As a current state employee, I can only run for office if I resign or take an unpaid leave of absence. Having spoken with people from all over the state, and taken five or six hard looks at my bank account and empty refrigerator, running for office is not a realistic option for me…”


New Filings

Richard Orr filed to run as a Democrat in Senate 23.  This is the old Tom Dempsey seat which has a very vigorous Republican primary.


Mike McCaffree filed to run as a Democrat in Senate 31.  The incumbent is Republican Sen. Ed Emery. Emery faces a primary opponent as well.  McCaffree runs a real estate company.  See it here.


Derron Black filed to run as a Democrat in House 23.  That creates a primary for the incumbent, Rep. Randy Dunn.  Black ran against Dunn in 2012, winning 14% of the vote.


Syed Asif filed to run as a Democrat in House 33.  He’s the third Democrat to file in that district.  The winner will face Republican Rep. Donna PfautschSee Asif’s 2014 website when he ran against Pfautsch, taking 16% of the vote.


Renee Marsenburg filed to run as a Republican in House 36.  The current incumbent is Democratic Rep. DaRon McGee.


Ella Jane Goeppinger filed to run as a Democrat in House 130.  The current incumbent is Republican Rep. Jeff MessengerSee Goeppinger’s website here.


New Committees

Democrat Nancy Craig filed exemption committee in her House 98 race against incumbent Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan.


Help Wanted

Washington University seeks Director of Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute.  “Established by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute envisions a more just and equitable world in which policy solutions are impactful and innovative. Our mission is to advance social and economic justice by working collaboratively to connect evidence-based policy solutions to public awareness, practitioner training, and policy decision-making.  We are looking for a dynamic change agent and thought leader…”  See the ad here.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Scott Sifton – Bar Napoli, Clayton – 5:30PM.

Rep. Josh Peters Pints and Politics – McGurks, St. Louis – 6PM.

Friday: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal – Cicero’s, University City – 5PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Mark Farnen added JES Holdings, Columbia Board of Realtors, and Columbia Apartment Association.

Ed Rhode added Rockwood Asset Management.


$5K+ Contributions

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $10,000 from William H. Danforth.

Democratic Governors Association Missouri - $60,000 from Democratic Governors Association.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from IUOE Local 513 Political & Educational Fund.

Koster for Missouri - $26,260 from Democratic Governors Association.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $10,000 from Curtis Richardson.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Gary Metzger.

Freedom PAC - $7,500 from RRG LLC.

Missouri Farmers Care - $9,409 from Missouri Soybean Association.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $90,000 from CNS Corporation.

Missouri Health Care Association PAC - $33,175 from Missouri Health Care Association.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $10,000 from Anheuser Busch.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $10,000 from Central Bancompany PAC.

Raise Your Hand for Kids - $139,826 from RAI Services Company.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Mallinckrodt LLC.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Steven Sarracino.



Happy birthdays to Michael Gibbons, Matt Bain, Kelly Schultz, Chris Liese, and Tony Wyche.

Friday: Sens. Doug Libla and Jason Holsman (the big 4-0), Rep. Robert Cornejo and Carol Barry Newton.

Saturday: MO Coalition for the Environment’s Ed Smith.

Sunday: Reps. Mike Kelley and Mike Leara.


MOScout News

Tomorrow morning I’ll be driving home from a week visiting my parents in Florida.  So no Friday Update, Who Won the Week, Weekly Summary.  There will a poll this weekend, and then it’s back to regular schedule as the legislature returns next week for the last seven weeks of session.