Friday, October 31, 2014

Senate 24: Schupp Ad Responds to Ashcroft Smear

Rep. Jill Schupp put a commercial up on TV rebutting the Jay Ashcroft ad which claims that she voted to let predators into “our homes and schools.”  It’s the classic “Shame on you” scold.  See it here.


St. Louis County Exec Bits

One observer expects that the money recently sent from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to Rep. Courtney Curtis will be used for GOTV for Rick Stream in the coming days….

On the other side of the ground game, SEIU is with Steve Stenger and will help with GOTV this weekend.  SEIU was with Charlie Dooley in the primary, but is now rallying behind the Democratic nominee.
A full-page ad in the West County News Magazine (see it here) for Rick Stream has the paid for at the bottom reading Gary and Jane Cunningham.


Zimmerman Navigates St. Louis County Democratic Split

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman gets the endorsement from the Black Democrats splinter group.  Read the St. Louis American column here.


Grow Missouri Mailer Draws Ire

AP reports on a mailer by Rex Sinquefield’s group Grow Missouri.  It tells the recipients how often they vote – giving them a letter grade (A, B C etc) – AND giving them their neighbors’ grades as well. Read the article here.

According to the article, it sounds like this is one of Grow Missouri’s GOTV experiments.  They’re testing methods to drive turn-out this cycle in hopes of being more effective in 2016.  However, this particular test is striking people as “creepy.”


House 35: Cross’s Landlord Legislation Questioned

Rep. Gary Cross, who is being targeted by labor groups angry over his right-to-work group, is in a fight with Democrat Ken DuvallLee Summit Journal reports that some question his sponsorship of pro-landlord bills given that he is a property owner.   Read it here.

With a part-time legislature, you will always have conflicts of interest.  It’s just the set-up, folks. Legislators are all going to have other jobs, income streams, in addition to their $35K salary.


Nixon Announces St. Louis Youth Jobs Program – Summer 2015

From the press release: “As part of a comprehensive effort to help provide every child with a path to economic independence as an adult, Gov. Jay Nixon today announced an initiative to connect 2,000 young people from low-income families in the St. Louis region with summer jobs in 2015. The summer jobs program will be led by Senator Maida Coleman, Director of the Missouri Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with local workforce investment boards.”  See executive order here.


Not Guilty

The religious leaders who interrupted the Senate last session to protest the lack of action on Medicaid expansion pled “not guilty” to their trespassing charges.


Ceselski on Carpenter’s Daughter’s Wedding: “We Did It”

In perhaps her final pre-election dig at her former employer, Committeewoman Marie Ceselski lists the various ways in which former Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter “feathered her nest.”  For example: Sharon Carpenter Used Recorder Staff And Equipment To Plan Her Children’s Weddings And Other Events: List Making. Addressing Invitations. Catering Inquiries. Designing programs. Weddings. Birthday Parties. Carpenter’s “Stew & Brew” for neighbors. You name it, Recorder employees did it.   Read the whole enchilada here.


Letter from Blackberry to Users (Me)

It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people. But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

BlackBerry Classic reflects that. It is classic BlackBerry – complete with a top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. It’s the device that has always felt right in your hands and always felt right in your busy day.  Read the whole potato here.



St. Louis’ tradition of telling jokes for their treats.  See the Wall Street Journal article here.


Fundraising Calendar

Fundraising events from Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Saturday: Rep. Michael Butler SEC Day - The Coliseum, 2619 Washington Ave.  – St. Louis.


Lobbyist Registrations

From the Gate Way Group website:

David Winton and Scott Penman added US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

David Steelman added University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Steven Glorioso added Lyft Inc.

Gerard Branka deleted Pyramis Global Advisors Holding Corp.

Samantha Davis added Missouri Corn Growers Association.

Tzujung Lu and Patrik Blomdahl added IPM Informed Portfolio Management.

Megan Browning added Hemphill and Associates, and all their clients.

$5K+ Contributions

MO Republican Party - $76,000 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

MO Republican Party - $5,001 from Ann Wagner for Congress.

Schupp for Senate - $11,712 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Friends to Re-elect Judge Pat Joyce - $11,650 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Gina Mitten for State Representative - $5,863 from Missouri Democratic Party.

Friends of Stephanie Isaacson - $5,500 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund - $5,990 from Missouri Democratic Party.

Frame for the House - $7,460 from Missouri Democratic Party.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $25,000 from Friends of Todd Richardson.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $15,000 from Menlo Smith.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $10,000 from Larry Potterfield.

Friends of Webster Schools - $9,387 from Patron Insight.

Schaaf for Senate - $15,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $10,000 from World Wide Technology Holding Co. Inc.

PSLC-Missouri PAC - $16,200 from Republican State Leadership Committee.

MO Democratic State Committee - $29,000 from Friends to Re-elect Judge Pat Joyce.

Committee to Elect Bill Otto - $5,835 from Missouri Democratic Party.

MO Democratic State Committee - $13,000 from Schupp for Senate/

Margo McNeil for State Representative - $6,653 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Wieland Now - $24,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Wieland Now - $20,000 from Eastern Missouri Senate PAC.

Norwood Township Democratic Club - $19,702 from Friends of Rick Stream.

Friends for Chuck Basye - $31,390 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.


Happy Birthday

Happy birthdays to former Rep. Paul Quinn (71).


Sunday: Former Rep. Susan Carlson (65), and Richard Craighead (60).