Tuesday, November 29, 2017

Schmitt Seeks General Counsel

Treasurer-elect Eric Schmitt is looking for a general counsel.  See the ad here.

“The General Counsel can be expected to have contact with all levels of staff, public and government, and requires tact and discretion. The successful candidate must hold a JD from an ABA approved law school and be a member in good standing of the Missouri Bar and currently licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri.  The successful candidate can be expected to have excellent verbal and written communications skills, knowledge of state government and administrative law, workers' compensation, public finance, accounting and investment principles.”


See the Schmitt transition website here.

Rumorville: Neustadt to Second Floor?

A couple of people have heard rumors that Jennae Neustadt, Sen. Bob Onder’s chief of staff, may be taking a role in the Greitens administration, perhaps taking the spot of Nixon’s Jason Zamkus to direct the governor’s legislative efforts.  It may be that Greitens splits the job into two with one staffer focused on the Senate and another focused on the House in which case one assumes Nuestadt would handle the Senate.

We’ll see…


Steward, Atkins Met With Trump

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweets President-elect Donald Trump’s schedule.  (See it here).  And it shows that yesterday Trump met with Worldwide Technologies topper David Steward, and David Humphreys’ brother in-law, Paul Atkins.


Follow-Up on Schaefer Rumor

A source close to Sen. Kurt Schaefer says that he will not be taking any position with the Greitens Administration.


Follow-Up on GOP State Chair Rumor

Dave Spence says that he would be interested in Republican State Party Chair if the Greitens’ choice, Todd Graves, didn’t work out for some reason.  “I am a team player and will stand down out of respect for the choice of Todd.  He is very qualified and is an excellent choice for this important position.” 


Follow-Up on MDFB Rumor

The Missouri Development Finance Board will indeed have a special meeting in early December.  This will be to introduce the St. Louis soccer stadium tax credits to be approved at the regular December 20 meeting.

It’s said that this was the plan all along regardless of who won the election – so as to clear the decks before the next governor takes over.


Follow-Up on Hanaway Rumor

One lobbyist writes, “To be fair, there are several pieces of tort reform legislation and not all will get done this year.”  But not everyone was so kind, another reader pointed out it’s the sort of insider “self-dealing” that Greitens had promised to clean up.


Find Something New to Worry About, Folks

The press release: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed a case of Zika virus found in man who traveled to Mexico. This case brings the total number of travel-related cases found in Missouri to 34.

Additionally, on November 18, 2016, the World Health Organization declared that Zika virus is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern but instead should be viewed as an enduring public health challenge. Given that development, DHSS will no longer send out announcements regarding each travel-related case of Zika virus.


Follow-Up on Mayoral Filing

In order on the ballot for St. Louis mayor: Antonio French, Lewis Reed, Jeffrey Boyd, Tishaura Jones, Lyda Krewson, Bill Haas, and Jimmie Matthews.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed didn’t file.  Perhaps she wants the bottom spot?  Perhaps she’s rethinking whether to jump in, given the field?

See the candidate filing here.


Lewis Reed will kick-off his campaign tonight at 5PM at the Kitchen Sink, 626 N 6th St… for a “Stronger, Safer, more Unified St. Louis” for all…


Follow-Up on Hawley for Senate

Lobbyist: Wonder what Ann [Wagner] thinks of Hawley openly flirting with US Senate so fast…


MOScout observer: In 1970, two years after he won the AG post, Jack Danforth ran for Senate

against Stuart Symington.  He lost. But four years later he [succeeded] when his Democratic opponent Jerry Litton, one of the best campaigners in MO history, was killed in a plane crash on the night of the primary election. The Dems nominated the second-place finisher in the D primary, former Gov. Warren Hearnes. Stories of federal corruption investigation had appeared on the front page of the Post-Dispatch… When the Hearnes investigation was completed some months or years later the feds determined they owed Hearnes a tax refund… Danforth, of course, won the Senate seat while Democrat Jimmy Carter carried Missouri and Democrat Joe Teasdale beat Kit Bond for governor.


Follow-Up on ALEC

In addition to the legislators I listed yesterday attending ALEC, Rep. Chrissy Sommer is attending dinner as well, and Rep. Kevin Corlew will speak at the “summit.”  Also, staffer expected to attend include: Josh Foster (Sen. Emery); Kyle Aubuchon and Ashley Bax (Sen. Libla), Tucker Jobes (Sen. Sater), and Todd Scott (whose dad former Sen. Delbert Scott is expected to attend as well).


Another Marijuana IP

Another marijuana reform IP was filed with the secretary of state’s office.  See it here.  This one includes a Get Out of Jail free card for anyone currently in prison on a marijuana possession charge.


Help Wanted

Missouri Office of the Public Counsel seeks Senior Public Counsel.  “A Senior Public Counsel must be able to perform, independently and promptly, advanced legal functions including: research and drafting, written and oral argument, preparation and examination of witnesses, and first-chair trial litigation. A Senior Public Counsel must also participate in rulemaking and legislative activities, provide legal counsel and support to the Office of the Public Counsel staff, respond to public inquiries, and participate in a broad range of legal and regulatory activities under the direction of the Public Counsel. Some travel is required…” See the ad here.


Lobbyists Registrations

David Jackson, Kathryn Gamble, Jeffrey Brooks, Jorgen Schlemeier, Sarah Topp, William Gamble and Cynthia Gamble added Polaris Industries Inc.


$5K+ Contributions

Association of MO Electric Cooperatives PAC - $20,000 from Associated Electric Cooperatives Inc.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Kansas City Power & Light.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Southeast Holdings LLC.

Greitens for Missouri - $20,000 from Missouri REALTORS PAC.



Happy birthdays to Reps. Mike Bernskoetter and Joe Don McGaugh.