Thursday, October 29, 2015

Another Blah Revenue Month?

With less than a week left in the month, the state tax receipts appear to be having another uninspired month.  Sales tax is slightly positive and individual income tax is slightly negative.  Looks like a flat to negative year-over-year monthly total.  We’ll see if the numbers don’t find some late lift.  If this is part of a trend, it raises the possibility of more withholds from the governor….

 

Zerr Hit

Remember those Internet ads against Rep. Anne Zerr for her anti-RTW position?  It appears they were created by Candidate Command (a Jeff Roe company), and paid for by Greg Hoberock’s Forest Hills Properties LLC.  See the non-committee expenditure report here.

 

7th Circuit Nominees

The press release:  The Seventh Circuit Judicial Commission has interviewed 14 applicants and selected a panel of three nominees for the associate circuit judge opening in Division 9 of the Clay County circuit court. The nominees are Timothy Flook, David Lee McCollum, and Thomas C. McGiffin…. The commission has submitted the panel to Governor Jeremiah W “Jay” Nixon, who will have 60 days to appoint one of the nominees as associate circuit judge for Division 9…. See it here.

 

Patriots To Meet at Joplin Walmart

TO:  MOPP SUPPORTERS

        MOPP COUNTY COORDINATORS

(please help us spread the word to fellow Missourians by forwarding to your

contacts/networks...thanks!)

        RE:

  • First they came for Ron Calzone
  • What you can do to help…

First they came for Ron Calzone…

Most of you receiving this email know...or have heard of…Ron Calzone of “Missouri

First” (http://www.mofirst.org/)...  This situation is an attack on the constitutional rights of any citizen who tries to share their political ideas with those in power.  If Ron can be confronted with fines and criminal penalties, just for speaking his mind and even when there is no money whatsoever involved in his efforts, then the government can threaten and intimidate anyone… We are asking all patriots from around the state to join together in opposition to MO Sen. Ron Richard's attack on Ron Calzone and, in turn, any of us that want to have our voices heard in Jefferson City… We are going into Sen. Richard’s district to inform his constituents of his betrayal against the people of MO. Please join with fellow patriots on Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 at the Joplin Walmart located at 1501 S. Range Line Rd., Joplin, MO 64804…

 

I consider myself about as unPC as they come, but “first they came for Calzone?”  Really? comparing the Missouri Ethics Commission’s order that Calzone register as a lobbyists to the early days of Adolf Hitler?  I mean that’s pretty tasteless.

 

On the Ballot Next Week

Here are some local ballot issues before voters next week.

A few St. Louis County school districts asking for tax increases. In Kirkwood, an “increase of $.78 per $100 of assessed value for the purpose of maintaining the current level of student programs, services & class sizes.”  Citizens for Prop A Committee has raised a little under $10K.

In Mehlville and Oakville, an increase of $.49 per $100 for “funding the strategic plan” of the school district.  Mehlville-Oakville Committtee in support has raised $44K, including $2,500 on the 8-Day Report from Sen. Scott Sifton’s committee. The anti-group, SecureMOFuture, has raised a little over $2K.

 

A proposal in the City of Independence would add 1/8 of 1% to the sales tax to increase funding “capital improvements for public safety purposes”:  The committee in favor, Independence for Public Safety raised nearly $9K; while the committee opposed, Independence Taxpayers Association filed Limited Activity, meaning they haven’t raised or spent more than $500.

 

In the City of Marshall there’s a ½% sales tax increase.  Vote Yes for Marshall has raised $1,400. And a fuel tax increase for road improvements in the City of Peculiar where Citizens for Improved Roads has raised $500.

 

New Pro-Life Group

Todd Isaac “Ike” Skelton is the executive director of a new pro-life organization, Missourians for the Unborn.

*****

 BACKGROUND INFORMATION….

During the 2015 legislative session… HB 1033 was filed by Rep. Mike Moon. The bill’s intent was to stop abortion in Missouri. The bill was NEVER ALLOWED a committee hearing by the Leadership (Republican by the way)!..

Since the Planned Parenthood fiasco, interest in reviving the bill for filing in the 2016 session has been expressed and Rep. Moon will again be submitting legislation in the upcoming legislative session.  The new bill will have language which recognizes unborn babies as persons. With this language, Missouri statutes will be brought in line with Constitutional language….

THE PLAN….

In order for the bill to be referred and heard in committee, the House leadership must have a reason to make that happen.  Presenting a petition, signed by thousands of Missouri citizens, is likely to get the attention of the general assembly.  We have until the end of 2015 to get this done and that is the first priority of “Missourians for the Unborn” BUT it is going to take as many pro-life Missourians as we can mobilize to get this done!  AND…this is where you can help!

“Missourians for the Unborn” will be using its statewide network to gather signatures in support of Rep. Moon’s legislation when it is introduced next session. We will be charting our progress in 10,000 signature increments….with the ultimate goal being….AS MANY SIGNATURES AS POSSIBLE!  We need to send a message…LOUD AND CLEAR…to Missouri legislators that their pro-life constituents have joined together as ONE VOICE FOR THE UNBORN and expect them to pass legislation that will END ABORTION IN MISSOURI!
New Committees

Ron Wooten filed a committee to run for House 139 as a Republican.  The current incumbent is Republican Rep. Jared Taylor.  Taylor is in his first term.

Wooten has a “go fund me” page.  See it here.

 

Farm Bureau to Host GOP Gubby Forum

All five Republican gubernatorial candidates will be in Jefferson City next Tuesday for a forum at Farm Bureau building.  Forum starts at 6:30PM.

 

eMailbag on Nixon’s Ethics Agenda

Democrat: "After 7 years in office, I'm now ready to lead on this important issue."

Republican: Let's see how many tickets to ball games the Governor and his staff pay for.

 

eMailbag on Sports Teams’ Lobbyists

The St. Louis Blues also don't have a lobbyist.

 

Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Rep. Joe Adams Reception – Pasta House, 8213 Delmar Blvd. – University City – 5PM.

Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer dinner – Arcadian Moon Winery – Higginsville – 6PM.

 

$5K+ Contributions

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $7,500 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KC PAC.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $25,000 from Grow Missouri.

Committee to Elect Tommie Pierson Sr. - $10,000 from Workers Voice.

Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $7,500 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KC PAC.

MO Democratic State Committee - $5,800 from Friends of Daron McGee.

MO Democratic State Committee - $7,932 from Democratic Governors Association Missouri.

Go MO - $25,000 from Brad Bradshaw.

Citizens for McCaherty - $5,001 from Carpenters’ District Council Greater Saint Louis and Vicinity CHIPP Political Account.

Baker for Missouri - $10,000 from Thomas R Smith.

Raise Your Hand for Kids - $5,001 from Erin Brower.

Lewis & Clark Ozarks Mountain Forum - $15,000 from Harry Cooper.

Engler for Missouri - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

 

Birthdays

Happy birthdays to Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, KCPL’s Cara Hoover, Chip Casteel, and Ewell Lawson.

 

Congrratulations

To Rep. Paul Curtman and his wife Ruth on the birth of their son Oliver Charles Randall Curtman! (5lbs 13 oz.)