Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Randles Amended Report

Team Randles emailed yesterday that the “MEC's online reporting system experienced a glitch when the Missourians for Randles October quarterly report was uploaded and the campaign's expenditures were not able to be transferred in their entirety… and the campaign will be filing an amended report.”  And they did.

The amended report shows $125,184 in expenditures, and closing quarter cash on-hand of $784,704.

In addition to campaign management and staffing (Turning Point Public Affairs, $54K; Connect Strategies, $9K; Victory Enterprises, $8K), it looks like the Randles campaign also bought a car - $29,014 from Zeck’s Ford (in Kansas?!).


Med Marijuana IPs Withdrawn?

It would appear that the two initiative petitions filed last week by the pro-medical marijuana advocates have been withdrawn.  They are no longer listed among the petitions open for comment.

One veteran observer says that the most likely explanation is that they discovered a technical issue, and want to correct it before getting too far along the process.


Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Brad Bradshaw filed a new medical marijuana petition yesterday.  See it here.


Martin on Ryan

Ed Martin tweeted his disapproval of talk of Congressman Paul Ryan becoming speaker… @EdMartin4MO: No Republican can "unite" 4 pro-amnesty @RepPaulRyan. If he serves as speaker, GOP fractures & primaries follow.

I figured this was Martin inching his way to the starting line before running for Congress in 2018 when Congresswoman Ann Wagner runs for US Senate.

But then… @RepAnnWagner is 1st to support "more of the same" pro-amnesty @RepPaulRyan. @PhyllisSchlafly is against.

Maybe he runs regardless…


Bridgeton Radioactive Fire

St. Louis Public Radio has written an overview of the Bridgeton landfill situation.  It offers an objective look at what the experts are saying about the possibility of the underground fire reaching radioactive material and the consequences.  See it here.  Though be warned, there are no certain answers, much of it is a “matter of debate.”

If Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal runs for Congress, this will likely be one of her main issues.


Klein on Greitens

Yesterday on Morning Joe, Time’s Joe Klein described Eric Grietens as a pro-gay rights, pro-immigration reform Republican.  Find it here.

Seems so far, Klein knows more about Greitens’ positions than Missourians…


Koster Keeps Hammering on Stem Cell

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster continues to send email blasts fundraising off his position on stem cell research, contrasting it with the Republican field…

> From: Chris Koster for Missouri <>

> Subject: Newspaper

> Date: October 19, 2015 at 1:47:15 PM CDT


> Chris Koster is working to stop extremists in the legislature from closing down

important medical research at Missouri universities.


> If you believe that science, not politics, should drive the search for cures to

diseases and illnesses, then let your friends know that you’re with Chris Koster…



According to the Missouri Accountability Portal, here are some recent staff moves…

Patrick Morgan from Office of Secretary of State (Chief Counsel) to Office of State Treasurer (Chief Counsel).

Darrell Lee Moore from Office of State Auditor (Chief Litigation Counsel) to Office of Attorney General (Assistant Attorney General).

Joining Office of Lieutenant Governor, James Matthew Bain as staff assistant.



New Committees

Sarah Schroeder started a committee to run for House 69 as a Democrat.  The current incumbent, Rep. Margo McNeil, is termed.

Jason Jarvis started a committee to run for House 111 as a Republican.  The current incumbent is Republican Rep. Shane RodenSee the filing hereSee his Facebook page here.

Bert Atkins started a committee to run for House 98 as a Democrat.  This is Rep. Keith English’s seat that English has said he’s vacating.  See the filing here.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Mike Kehoe clay shoot & cattleman’s lunch – C Bar K Ranch – Jerome – 10AM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Robert Schenk added Home Builders Association Of St Louis & Eastern Missouri.


$5K+ Contributions

Joe Keaveny for Senate - $10,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Committee to Elect Jake Hummel - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

Citizens to Elect Ben Harris - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

MO Insurance Coalition PAC - $10,000 from FEAPAC of Missouri.

Laborers Union Local #42 Voluntary Political Fund - $11,000 from Laborers’ Local No. 42.

Laborers Union Local #42 Voluntary Political Fund - $11,000 from Laborers’ Local No. 42.

MO State Chiropractors Assoc PAC - $7,000 from Missouri State Chiropractors Association District One.

Friends of Todd Richardson - $10,000 from MO Optometric PAC.

Mary Nichols for State Rep - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

Team Butler - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

Citizens for Colona - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

MO Council of School Administrators PAC - $6,000 from Missouri Council of School Administrators.

Friends of Scott Burham - $19,000 from Maria Burham.

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

Missourians for Peter Kinder - $15,000 from Julia Kauffman.

Committee to Elect Sharon Pace - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

Bob Burns for State Rep Committee - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.



Happy birthdays to Derek Ramsay and former Rep. Jay Swearingen.