Friday, August 1, 2014

Early Voting Fiasco

AP’s David Lieb reports what Axiom Strategies’ Jeff Roe said month ago… early voting signature collectors screwed up and failed to get enough signatures… Read it here.


Pull Quote: If the early voting measure misses the ballot, it would mark a significant setback for Democratic-aligned groups that had spent about $700,000 on the initiative petition drive in hopes that the early voting period would win approval this year and be in place for the 2016 presidential and gubernatorial elections.


Biggest Donors to the Effort

Priorities USA Action - $100,000.00

National UAW Community Action Program (CAP) - $35,000

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union - $30,000

Davis, Bethune & Jones, LLC - $25,000

Davis, Ketchmark, McCreight & Ivers, PC - $25,000

IUOE Local 513 Political & Educational Fund - $25,000.00

Carey & Danis, LLC - $25,000

International Brotherhood of Teamsters - $25,000

Langdon & Emison 911 Main Street Lexington - $25,000

CHIPP Political Account - $25,000

Kenneth McClain 510 N. Delaware Street - $25,000

Operating Engineers Local 101 Political Action Committee - $25,000

American Federation of Teachers - $25,000

Missouri National Education Association Ballot Issue Crisis Fund - $25,000

SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council - $20,000

SEIU Missouri State Council PAC - $15,000

United Food & Commercial Workers Active Ballot Club - $15,000

Communications Workers of America - $15,000

Clayco - $15,000

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Political Education Fund - $10,000

Missouri National Education Association Ballot Issue Crisis Fund - $10,000

James B Nutter Sr - $10,000.

AFSCME MO People Public Employees Organized To Promote Legislative Equality - $10,000

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Political Education Fund - $10,000

Strong Garner Bauer, PC $10,000

UFCW District Union Local Two - $10,000

Teamsters Joint Council No. 56 - $10,000

Holman Schiavone, LLC - $10,000

Reliant Care Management Company, LLC - $10,000

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Political Education Fund - $10,000

Steven Stogel - $7,500



Final Weekend

Folks usually tilt back positive in the end.  Will that happen in the Democratic primary for St. Louis County Executive race, or will the weekend bring a new nadir as the candidates seek to throw one more punch?


Similarly, in Senate 24 Republican primary, I’m not sure it’s possible for an “Ashcroft” to lose a GOP primary in Missouri.  But with his sky high name ID, Jay Ashcroft’s opponents would have nothing to lose with a last ditch negative attack…



Think About It

With Bob Onder the favorite in Senate 2 Republican primary – and no Democrat even filed for the race – what will eight years of Onder in the Senate mean?  Does he take Sen. John Lamping’s place as an immovable barrier to Medicaid expansion?  He’s running ads against it…



National Republican Committee Tussle

Involving Ed Martin of course…  Read it here.


Pull Quote: At the same time, the leading proponent of an investigation, Missouri State GOP Chair Ed Martin, was on the receiving end of an inquiry from a Priebus aide, Matt Pinnell, the RNC’s State Party Director. The question — put to the executive director of the Missouri State Party — was: When is the next election for Missouri State GOP Chair? In other words, Priebus appeared to be firing a warning shot at a duly elected RNC member that he would seek to remove that member at the next available election. Since the rules for electing state GOP chairmen are easily googled, the direct nature of the request appeared to be an unsubtle warning. Pinnell himself is a former state chairman of the Oklahoma GOP.




In the large contributions below see social media giant Facebook coming in with a $10K contribution for Sen. Rob Schaaf’s constitutional amendment for electronic privacy.


And another $50K from donorsaurus  Rex Sinquefield to embattled incumbent Charlie Dooley.


One readers says a robocall the Rick Stream for County Exec camp has him saying he will oppose a St. Louis City- County “merger.”


At the St. Charles Pachyderm forum last night Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger was a no show, and one attendee described Vicki Schneider’s message as largely negative.  The result: “Pachyderm Club all in for Bob Onder…”



Help Wanted

State trade association is seeking applicants for the position of Government Affairs Director.  This position assists the Executive Director to accomplish all goals of the organization, with a primary focus on governmental affairs, lobbying and public relations duties on behalf of the insurance industry.


The ideal candidate will have at least two years' experience as a legislative staff member, state agency legislative liaison or employment with a state trade association.  Extensive knowledge of the Missouri legislative process is required.  An attorney is preferred, but other qualified applicants will be considered.  Salary commensurate with experience.


Responsibilities include:

•           Serving as the association’s secondary spokesperson and representative before the Missouri General Assembly, administrative agencies and the media;

•           Preparing and presenting testimony and background materials for legislative committee hearings, regulatory hearings, public speeches and media interviews;

•           Preparing newsletters, press releases and various publications of the organization;

•           Drafting and developing legislative proposals, and implementing strategy to pass/defeat legislation;

•           Performing legal research and analysis of legislative bills, laws, rules and regulations for the association and individual members;

•           Assisting the Executive Director and Office Manager with the administration of association events; and

•           Coordinating association legal representation through amicus briefs in appellate courts and review the work product of retained counsel.


Please submit resume with detailed qualifications, experience and salary requirements to:  Government Affairs Director, PO Box 1506, Jefferson City, MO  65102-1506.  Deadline:  August 25th.



Fundraising Calendar

Today’s fundraising events from Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Missouri State Night at ALEC – Dallas, Texas.



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Gate Way Group website:

Charles Pierce added Princeton Public Affairs Group Inc., and Gallagher Consultants.

Bob Quinn deleted AFT-Missouri.

Shannon Cooper and Nancy Giddens deleted Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association; and added Missouri Deer Association.



$5K+ Contributions

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Political Account - $34,718 from Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund - $15,400 from Missouri Democratic Party.

St. Louis Association of Realtors PAC - $13,440 from National Association of REALTORS.

Jim Plunkett - $6,000 from Jim Plunkett.

Dooley for St. Louis County - $50,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

MO Cattlemens Association PAC - $11,887.

Yes on 9 ACLU of Missouri - $10,000 from Facebook.



Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Rep. Bill Reiboldt (66), and Shannon Weber (34).


Saturday: Rep. Kim Gardner, former Reps. Mike Talboy (37), Tom Todd (67) and Jim Viebrock (47), and lobbyist Dawn Nicklas.


Sunday: former Rep. Larry Wilson (71).