Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Brunner’s Hit on Greitens

Here’s the video of John Brunner’s latest TV ad which throws darts at Eric Greitens for being a liberal.  See it here.


But this video has gotten more views online – and dominated the chats yesterday… it’s a woman – Nicole Turnerapparently a waitress at The Rocks Lakeside restaurant in Kimberling City saying that Greitens was a jerky customer… See it here.

David Steelman – on Twitter – offered an alibi for Greitens.


Q: Suppose it’s true, is it even relevant to whether Greitens would be a good governor?

A: About as relevant as whether he can shoot a gun or punch a bag….


Bayh News = Bad News for Kander?

Yesterday’s national political news…  “Democrat Baron Hill is dropping out of the Indiana Senate race and will be replaced as the Democratic nominee by former Sen. Evan Bayh, upending the race in a state Republicans expected to hold easily this fall…”

One Missouri politico reads this as bad news of Jason Kander because it adds another Senate race for the National Dems to prioritize instead of helping out Kander.

“No good for Team Kander… add it to Pennsylvania which is now very competitive and two states have leapfrogged [Kander on the priority list].”


2016 Watch: Humphreys Hearts Growcock

In yesterday’s list of large contributions, there was a report of $25K from David Humphreys to Citizens for Jennifer Growcock.  Growcock is running in a contested primary for a judgeship in Christian County.  That’s an unusual race for Humphreys to be contributing to.

One politico has a theory: Growcock is running against former Rep. Kevin Elmer.  Elmer was involved in the Sunshine lawsuit against Mizzou / Josh Hawley.  Humphreys is backing Hawley. (By “backing” I mean $2.25 million from the Humphreys family to Hawley – so far).

Was Humphreys so upset enough with Elmer’s sunshine case that he’s taking revenge with the tool with which he’s most comfortable – his checkbook?


2016 Watch: Eagleton Forms Committee

Stephen Eagleton, running in the Democratic primary in Senate 15, formed his campaign committee yesterday.  The lackadaisical manner of starting the committee just three weeks before the primary is similar to the way he ran his campaign in 2008 when he lost the primary to James Trout.  Despite his spare campaign, I still think his last name pulls him through to a primary victory.

However Senate 15 is now a safe Republican seat, so it’ll be the winner of the Rick StreamAndrew Koenig Republican primary who will be joining the Senate in January.


Bolten: Schaefer Shameful

AP reports that conservative darling John Bolten is the latest to jump to Josh Hawley’s defense against Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s “terrorism connection” charge.  See it here.

Pull Quote: "Senator Schaefer's shameful ad displays a profound lack of understanding of American national security, and a total disregard for the truth," wrote John Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador and an assistant U.S. attorney general from 1988-1989, in another statement released by Hawley's campaign. "These are the sorts of falsehoods that disqualify those who tell them from holding public office."


Unaffiliated Observer: I may just be a humble country political consultant but if you are explaining your connection to terrorism in a GOP primary you’re probably losing…


Kander Files Response in RYH4K IP Debacle

Secretary of State Jason Kander filed a motion for rehearing or application for transfer in the tangled mess that the cigarette tax increase initiative petition has become.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Here, hundreds of thousands of Missouri citizens signed a petition to put a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people, thereby exercising their constitutional right. But the proposed constitutional amendment is now in jeopardy because a panel of this Court held that the summary statement, which was circulated and signatures have been collected and submitted, is unfair and insufficient.

And what made the summary statement unfair and insufficient in the view of the panel? Not referring to an inflation adjustment provision for a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers. This decision, however, is inconsistent with the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Brown, which held that matters such as interest rates and inflationary adjustments are details not required for the summary statement. Rehearing should be granted or, alternatively, this Court should transfer to the Missouri Supreme Court for resolution in accordance with its decision in Brown…



According to LinkedIn, Paul Meinsen, formerly with Capitol Commission, is now a Financial Advisor Trainee at Edward Jones.


On the final night of the Republican convention next week, FairnessUSA will air a 60-second ad “depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlighting the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people…”  See the ad here.


Health advocates ask to stop managed care implementation.  The press release: [A] diverse group of advocates for health sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Brian Kinkade requesting that they halt the process currently in motion that would implement managed care statewide. The organizations took the step after evaluating whether such a massive change would be good for health outcomes in Missouri and whether authorization of the expansion had been carried out in compliance with state statute…. Organizations signing on to the letter… Communities Creating Opportunity, Empower Missouri, Metropolitan Congregations United, Missouri Faith Voices, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, Missouri Health Care for All, Missouri Jobs with Justice, Missouri Rural Crisis Center, MO/KS SEIU State Council, NAMI Missouri, NAMI St. Louis, Paraquad, and SEIU Local 1.


Nixon in Dallas today.  The press release: Gov. Jay Nixon will represent Missouri at the interfaith memorial service to be held in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday (July 12), honoring the five police officers killed there last week. The Governor is attending the memorial service at the invitation of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and he will be accompanied by Missouri Director of Public Safety Lane Roberts and the Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Col. Bret Johnson.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Will Kraus Reception – Stonehaus Farms Winery – Lee’s Summit – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Rep. Justin Hill Reception – Donatelli’s Bistro – Lake StL - 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Lobbyists Registrations

M’Evie Mead and Sarah Felts added Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes; and deleted Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Terry Wilson added Stellar Strategies LLC.

Chris Molendorp deleted Ammon Painting and Restoration LLC.


$5K+ Contributions

Eigel for Missouri - $25,000 from Missouri Club for Growth PAC.

Friends of Glen Kolkmeter - $10,000 from Glen Kolkmeyer.

Engler for Missouri - $25,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Koster for Missouri - $15,000 from United Transportation Union PAC.

Koster for Missouri - $100,000 from Missouri National Education Association.

Friends of Lincoln Hough - $6,341 from Jerry Sumners.

National Organization for Marriage in Missouri - $6,300 from National Organization for Marriage.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Carl Bolm.

Daniels for Judge - $17,500 from Deborah Daniels.



Happy birthdays to Ferguson mayor James W. Knowles III, former Rep. Melissa Leach, and SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft.