Monday, June 1, 2015

Eigel in Senate 23?
Joining Reps. Anne Zerr and Mark Parkinson soon in the Senate 23 Republican primary could be Bill Eigel. One Republican calls his supporters “a who's who of conservative organizations and individuals at the local and statewide level.” As a businessman, owner of St. Louis Skylights, he might have the capacity to at least partially self-fund his campaign.

Eigel has a military background, and his family has roots in in St. Charles.


Replacing Diehl
One assumes that Governor Jay Nixon will not be in any hurry to call a special election to fill the vacancy of John Diehl’s House 89. It’s a safe Republican seat, and being vacant deprives Republicans of a veto override vote.

However that’s not stopping the locals from talking about who might run to for the seat in 2016.  Names…. Town and Country Mayor Jon Dalton, former Rep. Cole McNary, and Dean Plocher who serves as the treasurer of Diehl’s campaign.


Kaske: Location, Location Location
KC Star’s Steve Kraske has an item citing a study that says that geographically isolated state capitals are more prone to corruption. See it here.

Pull Quote: The study’s release comes as Jeff City is facing yet another round of ethical bumbling impropriety. John Diehl just resigned as House speaker in the wake of a sexting scandal with an intern. Now a second lawmaker, Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, is at the center of questions about his office’s work with interns. Former state lawmaker Chris Mollendorp, a Belton Republican who now lobbies, said Jeff City’s sleepy nature “is just icing on what’s already a rancid cake.” The capital, he said, has been corrupted by loose campaign rules and looser standards for lobbyists. The result? Let’s see what we can get away with...


Casinos: Lower Reporting Thresholds Would Reduce State Revenue
The IRS could soon force casino guests to dramatically increase the level of paperwork, which would severely undermine the customer experience.
Specifically, the IRS is considering lowering the tax reporting threshold on slot machines from $1,200 to $600.
This potentially burdensome requirement, for taxpayers and for the IRS, would cost states and cities significant tax revenues that pay for vital public services, such as teachers, firefighters and road improvements.
Here are ways to spread the word:
Submit a comment directly to the IRS before June 2.
Contact your member of Congress.
Take to social media:
Nearly 100% of Congress is on Twitter.
Tweet: Tell the IRS: Don't cut gaming winnings threshold, which would harm customers, reduce state revenues #NoMorePaperwork


Randles: June Will Be ‘Big’ Month
Bev Randles, who’s running for lieutenant governor, promises a big June in an email fundraising blast last week: The hours are ticking away in May, and we need to finish up the month strong because June is going to be a big month for us. Want to help us continue building momentum?...  While May has been a phenomenal month, I'm looking forward to June and the opportunities and next steps that lie before our team. Help us kick-off the coming month with undeniable strength by chipping in $250, $100, $50, or more now!..

In the large contributions below, Peter Kinder lands a $50K check from August Busch. If Team Randles is hoping that Kinder will blink in a game of chicken, they might be surprised when the Kinder Freight Train rolls right over them.


Rally for SB 174
Happening this morning at 10:30AM…. The press release: Senator Eric Schmitt and advocates for Missourians living with disabilities will rally to support SB 174 - the MO ABLE Act, now on the governor’s desk for his signature. The legislation would allow families to save for the future expenses of children with disabilities in the same way many Missourians leverage the MOST 529 accounts to save for college. Senator Schmitt will host a rally on Monday, June 1, at Paraquad in St. Louis in support of the legislation and to discuss its positive impact on Missouri families.


Help Wanted
University of Missouri seeks Litigation/Employment Law Attorney. “The University of Missouri System, located in Columbia, Missouri, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, with an emphasis on litigation and employment law…” See the ad here.


Port KC seeks Associate Counsel. “This full time, entry-level position will report directly to the Vice President, General Counsel of Port KC… The Associate Counsel operates as in-house counsel when collaborating with and managing outside counsel and providing legal advice to internal staff… the Associate Counsel provides support to the General Counsel in inter-governmental affairs by monitoring and reviewing local, county, state and federal legislation and policy… Annual Salary Range: $40,000-43,000 plus excellent benefits…” See ad here.


QC Holdings, Inc. seeks Legal Manager. “Participates in the development and maintenance of state specific credit products and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters….” See the ad here.


Today’s Events
From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:
Rep. Mark Parkinson Bike from JC to home on Katy Trail – first week of June.


Lobbyists Registrations
Kent Gaines deleted National Football League, Prost Builders LLC, Missouri Coalition for People with Limb Loss, National Strategies LLC, American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence Inc., Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, Gaines Consulting, and Generic Pharmaceutical Association.
Brittney Henderson deleted Novartis Vaccines.
Brad Bauer and Eric Vest deleted Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.
William Shoehigh deleted Unisys Corporation.


$5K+ Contributions
Koster for Missouri - $50,000 from UA Political Education Committee.
KCS Rail-PAC - $10,000 from Kansas City Southern.
Missouri Corn Growers Association State Political Action Committee - $10,000 from Missouri Corn Growers Association.
Parson for Missouri - $50,000 from Friends of Tilley.
Friends of Peter Kinder - $50,000 from August Busch III.
Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Operating Engineers Local 101 Political Action Committee.
Progress KC PAC - $15,000 from CHIPP Political Account.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $15,000 from Todd Richardson.


Happy birthdays to Reps. Steve Lynch (61) and Randy Pietzman (54), and former Rep. John Wright (39).