Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stadium Opposition Growing

Yesterday House Budget Vice Chair Scott Fitzpatrick formally joined an increasing number of legislators going on the record to announce their intention to block funding for a new St. Louis stadium without a vote from the public.  See Marshall Griffin’s story here.

Governor Jay Nixon has previously brushed aside criticism saying there were “lots of legislators.”  But as more and more pile up, he may find he has a fight on his hands.


Koster Email Program

This guy is relentless


Begin forwarded message:


> From: Chris Koster <info@chriskoster.com>

> Subject: Mom

> Date: August 24, 2015 at 12:13:55 PM CDT

> To:

> Reply-To: info@chriskoster.com




> I've always looked up to my mom, Patricia.


> Growing up, she worked full time at the Innsbrook Resort and Conference Center in

Wright City, but no matter how many hours she worked, my mom always found time for



> It was wrong back then for women to get paid less for the same work done by men,

and it's wrong today -- but in Missouri, women still only make 71 cents to the

dollar men make….



Follow-Up on Black Dems for Early Childhood Proposal

“You know how some of the Black Dems have issues with the ‘establishment’ Dems?  I think this was a way to poke at Chris Koster since he has been backing the college scholarship plan… They see early childhood as more critical. And I guess it sort of sent a signal to Koster to pay attention to them…”


Tilley Converts Committee

Former speaker Steven Tilley sent $562,500 from Friends of Tilley to MO Majority PAC LLC.  The underlying LLC did not change, but simply changed its name.  And the effect appears to be nothing more significant than to change from what would be a disingenuous candidate committee changing the election cycle every two years to a political action committee.

Eddie Justice, a long-time friend of Tilley’s, is the treasurer, but look for him to rotate off.  Justice is the treasurer of the House Republican Campaign Committee, and he expects that to remain his focus.


Aycock Retires?

Big Dem donor, Barry Aycock, tweets… ‏@BarryAycock Aug 22: End of an era. My last cotton scouting report. 27 years ago I started my consulting business today over!



NYTimes reports that Hillary Clinton is signing joint fundraising alliances with state Democratic parties.  See it here.


Ferguson tries to change their courts, announces amnesty.  See the Post-Dispatch article here.



New Committees

Richard Laviolette formed a committee to run for House 99 as a Republican.  The current incumbent, Andrew Koenig is termed.  Laviolette has proposed banning personal property tax.


Smart Solutions Continuing Committee, a political action committee, was formed.  Its treasurer is Gregory Porter.


Help Wanted

The Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC) seeks Executive Director.

SL-CDC “focuses on stabilizing the Spanish Lake area of North St. Louis County. SL-CDC's mission is to make Spanish Lake a desirable, attractive and quality place to live for existing and future residents. This is an organization in its early stages requiring strong administrative and organizational development skills. As such, it presents an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to direct the activities and help shape the future of the new CDC. The ideal candidate will have strong nonprofit management, housing and coalition building skills and experience with start- up initiatives…”


Lobbyists Registrations

David Michael Jackson, Dave Berry, and Katherine Casas added Luminus Management LLC.

William Gamble, Cynthia Gamble, Jorgen Schlemeier, Sarah Topp, and Jeffery Brooks added Teladoc.

Jessica Mantonya added Kansas City Concentrates, Growpit Technologies LLC, and Osama Yanis.

Brent Hemphill added Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Heart Of America Chapter; and deleted Missouri Chamber Of Commerce And Industry.


$5K+ Contributions

Returning Government to the People - $40,000 from Fred N Sauer.

Contreras for Treasurer - $5,001 from McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.

United Union of Roofers Waterproofers & Allied Workers Political Education & Legislative Fund of MO - $10,000 from United Union for Roofer Waterproofers and Allied Workers Political Ed & Leg Fund.

MO Majority PAC LLC - $562,500 from Friends of Tilley.

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Gary Crossley.



Happy birthday to Rep. Joshua Peters (28).