Monday, October 13, 2014

Browning to Hemphill?

According to LinkedIn Megan Browning has joined the lobbying firm, Brent Hemphill and Associates. Browning was previously the legislative assistant to Sen. Kiki Curls.


Senate 34 Poll

It looks like Sen. Rob Schaaf is safe, though not in a landslide in his re-election campaign.  See the full crosstabs from this week poll – Senate 34 – in the Special Reports section here.


House Incumbents Under Fire

Following up on this weekend’s Guidebooks.  Here are the incumbents who look like they have a race on their hands…

House 20 – John Mayfield (D).  Republicans took this seat during the last off-presidential cycle, and they’re making a move at it again this year.

House 29 – Noel Torpey (R).  I think Torpey is safe, but it’s such a Democratic district, it’s one to watch.

House 35 – Gary Cross (R).  Supposedly the unions’ number one target after Cross voted against them during session.

House 44 – Caleb Rowden (R). Tight district.

House 47 – John Wright (D).  Republicans are spending money here.  Wright’s a potential statewide candidate, so maybe they could knock him off here, or at least rough him up a bit.

House 70 – Bill Otto (D).  The Republican candidate isn’t a top recruit, but the district is okay so the GOP appears to be taking a shot at Otto.

House 94 – Vicki Englund (D).  I feel like I could zip away in a time machine and come back in ten years to an Englund-Brown rematch.

House 105 – Mark Parkinson (R).  I think Parkinson is safe, but Dems appear to be putting money in, so…

House 106 – Chrissy Sommer (R).  After her primary, Dems think they have a shot to knock her off.

Jeff County – This is the battleground of the cycle.  Mike Frame (House 111), TJ McKenna (House 114), and Ben Harris (House 118).

House 132 – Charlie Norr (D) – Like other districts this one flipped during the last off-presidential cycle, so Dems are watchful, and Republicans are hopeful.


White House Intern Program

“The White House Internship Program announced today the participants for the Fall 2014 session. The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.”

Here are the participant with a Missouri connection:

Alexandra Ames – Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA; Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Melina Delkic – Hometown: St. Louis, MO; Georgetown University, DC

Eric Galson – Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD; Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Fady Hanalla – Hometown: Houston, TX; Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, MO

Rebecca Kriegman – Hometown: Summit, NJ; Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Amanda Morrall – Hometown: Kansas City, MO; University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Vidur Sharma – Hometown: Eagan, MN; Saint Louis University, MO


More Money Coming to 19th Circuit?

In the large contributions, below, it looks like the Republican State Leadership Committee is sending a fresh $100K to its Missouri PAC. When they did this last week, the money ended up supporting the Republican judge in the 19th Circuit contest. Is that what we’re seeing here again?  Where’s the Democratic response to protect their incumbent?


Rumorville: Monster Quarter for Schmitt

Later this week, the October fundraising reports will be out.  I’ll be using information from these to revise the legislative races guidebooks I published over the weekend.  But also folks will be watching the reports for tea leaves of 2016.  It’s said that Sen. Eric Schmitt has tallied up a nice quarter.  We’ll see….


Help Wanted

The House Research Division seeks a Legislative Analyst-Attorney.  “This position is responsible for staffing House committees, analyzing and summarizing legislative proposals, drafting legislation, preparing legal and policy research and assisting Members of the House with lawmaking duties… Starting salary begins at $3,801 per month. Hiring salary commensurate with applicable education and experience.”  See the ad here.


Fundraising Calendar

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Bob Dixon – Lawyers for Bob Dixon reception – Parlor 88, Springfield.


Lobbyist Registrations

From the Gate Way Group website:

Margaret Boyko deleted Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jessica Winschel deleted Missouri Biotechnology Association.


$5K+ Contributions

Stuber for State Senator Committee - $14,700 from Missouri Democratic Party.

Citizens to Elect John Wright - $20,000 from John Wright Farms LLC.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $7,500 from Stone, Leyton & Gershman.

Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $25,000 from SWMO Leadership PAC.

Chrismer for Good Government - $25,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

Wieland Now - $10,000 from Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe.

Planned Parenthood Advocates - $25,000 from MOKAN PAC.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $25,000 from Missouri Club for Growth.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $10,000 from Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe.

Duvall for Missouri - $5,100 from Missouri Democratic State.

CWA-District 6 Political Education Committee - $13,850 from CWA COPE.

Schoeller for Missouri - $7,515 from Jerry Sumners.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $15,000 from Citizens for Gary Cross.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $15,000 from Friends for Chuck Basye.

Citizens for Will Kraus - $10,000 from Missouri Club for Growth.

Schupp for Senate - $15,702 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Missourians for Koster - $25,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

A Better Missouri with Governor Jay Nicon - $10,000 from Plumbers & Pipefitters #562 Political Education Fund.

RSLC-Missouri PAC - $100,000 from Republican State Leadership Committee.

Citizens for Burlison - $7,400 from Bill Burlison.

Committee to Elect Jeff Roorda - $10,730 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Friends of Harry Roberts - $10,000 from Hegeman for Senate.


Happy Birthday

Happy birthdays to Reps. John Mayfield and Linda Black, and Laclede Gas’ Larry Pleus.