Friday, November 14, 2014

In Case You Were Worried They Might Act Like Children

Then you worried about the right thing…

Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley isn’t returning incoming Executive Steve Stenger’s calls, and the two haven’t spoken a word since Stenger vanquished Dooley in the primary.

But, as the kids would say, “whatevs”… it’s not like there’s anything critical about to happen in the County or anything…

Read it here.


Vilsack to Make Pitch on Friday?

Politico reports that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Missouri on Friday as part of the president’s push to “sell ObamaCare.” Read it here.

“But for all the new savvy, the administration still has to deal with an ambivalent public, a newly energized all-Republican Congress that’s hellbent on repealing the law and an uncertain legal future as yet another Obamacare challenge goes to the Supreme Court. With those aspects partly out of Obama’s control, his staff is working on the retail politics of Obamacare. Labor Secretary Tom Perez headed to Cleveland Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack goes to Missouri Friday. New HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell went to Philadelphia last weekend; on Thursday, she heads to Columbus, Ohio, and Cincinnati.”


Grow Missouri’s Big Ideas

Thanks to the peerless Combest for the link.  Post-Dispatch reports on Grow Missouri’s great ideas for helping Missouri.  See it here.  Obviously, they are pretty vague, and there’s no cost (or proposed way to pay) associated with most of them.  We’ll see how many get pre-filed as legislation in two weeks.


Greitens Talkie At MOChamber Pow-wow

Former SEAL, who is said to have political ambitions, Eric Greitens will keynote the Missouri Chamber’s annual get-together next week.  See it here.


Nixon Admin Rumors

It’s said that John Watson will stick around the Nixon administration in his new senior advisor role until after next legislative session; then he heads to the private side.

And others are eyeing the exit as well.  One of those rumors is Doug Nelson at Office of Administration.  I have heard Republicans are watching closely where the heavies go, as they’re itching for some payback.  Regarding Nelson, one Republican warns whoever takes him would “be a bad move on their part... He double crossed minority on the Rush bust and double crossed us (Republicans) on the MODOT building.”


Feed the Beast Bits

Alex Pappas says that Senator Roy Blunt could get a conservative challenger in 2016.  He quotes St. Louis Tea Party founder Bill Hennessy (remember him?  Funny how a sub-6% unemployment rate takes the wind out of insurgent movements…) saying that John Lamping should run against Blunt.  Read it here.


In a similar vein Steve Kraske returns to the Claire McCaskill for governor rumors on the heels of her public step away from Harry ReidRead it here.


Help Wanted

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeks St. Louis Area Regional Sales Director.

“As a part of the Membership Development Team, you will be responsible for assisting the Missouri Chamber with the development and growth of our association and, will be instrumental in the fulfillment of our promise to Missouri business… The Regional Director is responsible for prospecting, developing, and closing new business accounts in the assigned territory and vertical market segments.  More specifically, this includes all new account development activities, such as developing account strategies, assisting in defining customer requirements, sales presentations, and acquiring and retaining members.”


$5K+ Contributions

A Better Missouri With Governor Jay Nixon - $15,000 from Carey & Danis LLC.

Committee to Elect David Gregory - $5,001 from John Gregory.

Lewis & Clark Northern Missouri Forum - $10,000 from Sellenriek Construction Inc.

Missourians for Koster - $25,000 from Simmons Hanly Conroy.
Scott Sifton for State Senate - $5,001 from Holsman for Missouri.


Happy Birthday

Happy birthdays to St. Louis Alderwoman Lyda Krewson; Saturday: Rea Kleeman (80); Sunday: Rep. Jeff Grisamore (53).