Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MRL Endorsements

Missouri Right to Life PAC released their primary endorsements.  See it here.


The only major Republican statewide candidate who didn’t get the seal of approval was Eric Greitens.

In Senate 15, Rep. Andrew Koenig got the nod, but former Rep. Rick Stream did not.

In Senate 23, both Bill Eigel and Rep. Anne Zerr were endorsed.

The House Republicans fending off Humphreys-funded primary challengers – Reps. Kevin Corlew, Nick King, Bill Kidd, Sheila Solon and Chrissy Sommer – all received the MRL endorsement and their opponents did not.

In the House 65 Republican primary to replace Rep. Anne Zerr, Adam Schnelting received the endorsement, but not Tom Hannegan.

In the House 65 Republican primary to replace Rep. Sue Allen, neither Mike Allen nor Derek Grier received the endorsement.

In House 111, Rep. Shane Roden got the endorsement has he tries to fend off four challengers.

Three Democrats got the nod from MRL: Steve Butz (running to replace Rep. Jake Hummel in House 81), Travis Barnes (running in Linda Black’s old seat, House 117), and Rep. Ben Harris who is unopposed in House 118.


Greitens: I’m “Passionately Pro-Life”

Eric Greitens, the only Republican gubernatorial candidate not to receive the Missouri Right to Life endorsement, sent out an email reasserting his pro-life position…

> Friend,


> Let me be clear: I'm passionately pro-life. I've seen how precious life is, and I

know that we must defend life and promote a culture of life.


> I've seen what happens when leaders fail to protect the innocent, and I've fought

to promote a culture that values life for many years. As governor, I'll continue

to fight every day to advance the pro-life cause.


eMailbag: Seeing a guy tout his pro life credentials after just having aired an ad of himself using a multi-round assault weapon to blow something up seems a bit contradictory...


Abortion Ruling Fall Out

Missouri abortion laws may be struck down as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling.  Washington Post reports that Missouri has the two regulations – “requiring abortion clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards and requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals”  – at the heart of the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt case.

Post Dispatch reports on it here.

Pull Quote: Still, Monday’s ruling dealt only with the Texas laws, so legal challenges will be necessary in other states and could take years to resolve. A spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said his office is reviewing the case.


Blunt Death Threat

Politico reports on a death threat against Sen. Roy BluntSee it here.

Pull Quote: A Virginia man tried to obtain a firearm via Twitter correspondence after tweeting death threats to multiple U.S. senators, court documents filed Monday alleged.

Kyler George Schmitz was in custody of U.S. Capitol Police after threatening to kill Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In the days following a shooting rampage through an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month that killed 49 people and injured 53 others, Schmitz’s Twitter timeline showed a series of violent and obscene tweets… A congressional committee staffer alerted Capitol Police’s Threat Assessment Section to a tweet that tagged Blunt and read: “I’m going to shoot you in the head for allowing someone to murder my loved ones.”


Hegeman for Eigel

In the large contributions yesterday was a $5K check from Sen. Dan Hegeman to Bill Eigel who’s running in a hotly contested primary in Senate 23.  His main competitor is Rep. Anne Zerr.

One source who’s watching the race closely thinks we could see a similar check from Sen. Bob Onder come into Eigel’s coffers soon.

It’s a dangerous game for sitting senators to play, getting involved in a primary. Sometimes that stuff can come back to bite you…


Fitzpatrick to Nixon: J’Accuse!

On Twitter, House Budget Vice-Chair Scott Fitzpatrick questioned if the Nixon administrations was working the cash flow levers to avoid hitting the thresholds that would have triggered the income tax cut.

‏@FitzpatrickMO: Interesting. GR only up 1.58% for yr. Huge drop this month. Now below growth req'd for income tax cut. June refunds up 87% over last year.

‏@FitzpatrickMO: If we have a huge July then it will seem as if the admin accelerated refunds to depress revenue in this last month of FY16 to avoid tax cut.


Tweet of the Day

‏@MayorSlay: Interesting development. A proposed reuse of the vacant - and massive - Jefferson Arms is as a Trump Hotel. #fgs


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Eric Greitens rally with Rob O'Neill – Marriott St. Louis West – 4PM.

Rep. Judy Morgan – 4th Annual Cookout Fundraiser – Morgan home, Kansas City – 5PM.

Former Rep. Rick Stream Reception – Kirkwood Brewing Station – Kirkwood – 5:30PM.

Sen. Mike Parson – STL Cards at KC Royals – KC.


Lobbyists Registrations

Zach Brunner and Richard McIntosh added Kronos Incorporated.

Cynthia Gamble added Fair Trade Missouri, Care Management Technologies, Aetna Inc, Ticketnetwork, and Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Linda Rallo deleted Raise Your Hand for Kids.


$5K+ Contributions

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Lisa George.

Improve Jefferson City - $10,000 from Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce.

MBA Capitol Region PAC - $6,741 from Hawthorn Bank.

Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer Attorney General - $10,000 from Friends of Munzlinger.

Hanaway for Governor Inc - $10,000 from Friends of Munzlinger.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Sterling Bancshares Inc.

Koster for Missouri - $22,500 from MACO Development Company LLC.

Missourians for John Brunner - $50,000 from Digital Monitoring Products.

Missourians for John Brunner - $5,001 from Donald Paule.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from International Association of Firefighters Local 42 PAC.



Happy birthday to Nancy Rice.



> Please pray for the Overfelt family as they grieve the death of Deanne (wife of Craig, and daughter-in-law of Sam and Gloria).

> Deanne passed away Sunday night. May she rest in peace and rise again in glory!