Friday, October 10, 2014

Simino Leaves MCTA

Word is that Chuck Simino has left his position as president of the Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association (see the website here), and is now pursuing other opportunities.


Vogt Leaves Chappelle-Nadal

Former Rep. Mike Vogt public split from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal over her support for Republican Rick Stream in the St. Louis County Executive’s race.  See the Post-Dispatch article here.

Pull Quote: The campaign treasurer for the Maria Chapelle-Nadal election committee will resign Friday to protest a 30-second commercial that features the Democratic state senator endorsing the Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive.  "I can no longer be connected with a Committee that will possibly use resources to support the beliefs of (State Rep. Rick) Stream," Michael Vogt wrote in a letter to Chapelle-Nadal, whose district encompasses most of North County.


Hancock on 2014

KC Star’s Jason Hancock looks at the stakes in next month’s election.  (Read it here.)

Pull Quote: His name won’t appear on the ballot, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has a lot riding on the outcome of November’s election. In the legislature, Nixon’s fellow Democrats hope they can shrink the Republican supermajority that managed to override a historic number of the governor’s vetoes over the last two years. Further down the ballot, voters will decide whether to sign off on a GOP-backed amendment to Missouri’s constitution limiting the governor’s budget authority.


Zimmerman’s Campaign Releases Top Ten List

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman faces a Republican candidate next month. Zimmerman should prevail easily, but he’s apparently still running hard, releasing a “top ten” list why you shouldn’t vote for his opponent, Andrew Ostrowski.  Among the highlights:

“4.) In candidate questionnaires, he advocates for rightwing economic experiments putting the U.S. dollar on a copper standard. It is unclear what, if anything, this has to do with the St. Louis County Assessor’s office… 5.) He registered to vote in St. Louis County fairly recently, on May 3, 2012. There is no records of him voting prior… 6.) In 1998 he ran for the U.S. Senate against Jay Nixon saying he felt a “moral imperative” to keep Nixon out of office. He ran on his opposition to abortion rights and his support of school vouchers. He received 3.1% of the vote statewide.”


McCaskill Money

In the large contributions below, US Senator Claire McCaskill antes in another $50K to the State Democratic Party.  That brings her total giving to the party this year to $440,000.

And Governor Jay Nixon’s campaign account apparently also put in $25K.


Jami: Another Fatal Police Shooting

In the New York Times article on the reaction to the latest fatal police shooting, Jamilah Nasheed blames profiling for the tragedy.  Read it here.

Pull Quote: “White police officers are fearful of young black males, but that doesn’t justify profiling them each and every day when they’re out and about,” said State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.


Barnes Nervous About Ebola

Rep. Jay Barnes worries that the Ebola outbreak won’t be contained, but has faith in the Missouri Department of Health.  Read it here.  “Experts outside the Obama bubble are warning that Ebola may spread easier than initially suggested…”


Ethics Commission Decisions

The Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against Mayor Sly James and the City Council alleging that they used public resources to campaign for the street car expansion project.  See it here.

Airick Leonard West, treasurer for the Democratic State Party, was fined $3,100 for failure to file timely reports for his Airick Leonard West PAC. See the consent order here.

Holmes Osbourne, Democratic House candidate in 2012 and 2014, was fined $23,500 for multiple violations.  See it here.

McFarlane Duncan, Democratic House candidate who lost a primary in 2012 against Kim Gardner, was fined $11,500 for multiple violations.  See it here.


eMailbag: More on Maxwell

“The Humane Society almost won the right to farm campaign, and won several rural counties, because Joe Maxwell went around the state fighting big Ag and never shied away from HSUD. Taking on Monsanto and Farm Bureau are much more important to rural Ds and that’s why they love Joe…”


Fundraising Calendar

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

Rep. Jill Schupp Reception – Scissors home, St. Louis – 5:30-7 p.m.


Lobbyist Registrations

From the Gate Way Group website:

Patrick Baker deleted Missouri Dental Association.


$5K+ Contributions

Missouri Public School Advocates Political Action Committee - $13,500 from Misosuri public School Advocates.

Friends for Chuck Basye - $73,817 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

McDaniel for State Representative - $24,596 from House Republican Campaign Committee.

MO Democratic State Committee - $50,000 from Claire McCaskill.

MO Democratic State Committee - $9,000 from Jake Hummel Campaign Fund.

MO Democratic State Committee - $25,000 from Nixon for Missouri.

MO Democratic State Committee - $20,000 from UFCW Local 655 Elect Political Fund.

MO Democratic State Committee - $15,000 from Stuber for State Senate Committee.

UTU-PAC - $8,000 from United Transportation Union PAC.

MO Republican Party - $250,000 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.


Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Roger Wilson (66), Rep. Denny Hoskins, Terry Jarrett and Jack Coatar.

Saturday: Kenny Rothman (79), Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (61), former Rep. Bruce Holt (62), Jay Hardenbrook (35), and Jamala Rogers.

Sunday: former Rep. Charles Schlottach (59), David Chilenski, and Jeff Mazur.


And Congratulations

To Bruce and Ginger Holt who earlier this week celebrated 42 years of marriage!