In the two-hardest fought races this cycle, the ads have gone to the next level…
Yesterday I mentioned the new Rep. Jill Schupp ad. It’s a head-on attack on Jay Ashcroft on the issue pro-choice/pro-life issue. See it here. Team Schupp thinks that this is a winning issue in this district. It’s a big switch in a race that has focused a lot of energy talking about “the middle class,” but it could be particularly potent in the women’s vote.
In Senate 22 – Rep. Jeff Roorda has released a very hard-hitting ad against Rep. Paul Wieland. It says that Wieland is “looking out for himself,” and talks about his bankruptcy filing. See it here.
Meanwhile in Senate 34, it’s said that Sen. Rob Schaaf’s internal polls have shown no deterioration despite that tough Bob Stuber ad. His still leads comfortably – about what the MOScout poll from a few weeks ago showed.
Schweich Returns Rex Check?
From a reliable source: Team Schweich returned the Club For Growth check ($30K) within a few days of receiving it. Perhaps that was one more motivation for Rex Sinquefield’s $10K add-on check to Catherine Hanaway…
eMailbag on 2016 GOP Guv
“Wouldn't ordain Catherine Hanaway as Gov, even Republican nominee just yet. Remember all of King Rex's ‘wins’ when taking out rural Repubulicans who voted against him...that's right, none. Lot of STL backlash out there in rural MO & guess where GOP primary voters come from. Big Rex money for Hanaway might make Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer look really good in a primary. And he’s got over a $1M in the bank & personal wealth. Just sayin...”
PSC: No Noranda Break – Again
Post-Dispatch reports on the Public Service Commission once again denying the rate relief request from Noranda. Read it here.
The article quotes Commissioner Scott Rupp sounding exasperated with the Office of Public Counsel… “I was intrigued that it was filed the day after we all made pretty strong comments in our public comment section and it was a stipulation agreement that no one had signed on to and it was a 180 degree turn from what OPC had actually presented in all their testimony…”
Nuggets from the Large Contributions
In St. Louis County – Steve Stenger tossed in $100K more of his own cash. One assumes it’s a pretty tight race for the candidate to be putting his own money in as we enter the final week.
On Amendment 3 – NEA antes up another $250K into the anti-teacher tenure committee. That issue may take a drubbing.
Rex shuffles money – Rex Sinquefield’s retreating TeachGreat.Org sends leftover cash ($225K) from their abandoned Amendment 3 campaign to Grow Missouri.
In Senate 22 – Senate Republicans bring another large ($250K) cash infusion into the Paul Wieland campaign in that dogfight in Jefferson County.
One Eye on KS: Brownback in Trouble?
KC Star reports that Rasmussen poll puts Governor Sam Brownback in trouble for his re-election. Read it here.
Dempsey for Missouri - $30,500 from Grow Missouri.
Missouri’s Food for America - $17,094 from Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Committee in Support of Public Education - $250,000 from National Education Association Campaigns & Elections.
Committee to Elect Jeff Roorda - $8,400 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.
Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $15,000 from Missourians for Excellence in Government.
Friends of Rick Stream - $20,000 from David Steward.
St. Charles Association of Realtors Political Action Committee - $18,000 from National Association of Realtors.
St. Charles Association of Realtors Political Action Committee - $5,005 from National Association of Realtors.
SEIU Missouri State Council PAC - $6,000 from SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council.
Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $9,500 from Missourians for Excellence in Government.
Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $5,500 from Grow Missouri.
SEIU Missouri State Council PAC - $30,000 from Service Employees International Union.
Committee in Support of Public Education - $10,000 from Missouri State Teachers Association Legislative Impact Committee.
Committee to Re-Elect Stephen Bouchard - $6,000 from Stephen Bouchard.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $100,000 from Friends of Diehl.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $5,001 from Citizens for Hinson.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $21,000 from Friends Of Lincoln Hough.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $7,000 from Elijah Haahr.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from Citizens For Riddle.
Friends of Bob Cirtin - $6,536 from Jerry Sumners.
Grow Missouri - $225,000 from TeachGreat.Org
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from HTH Companies.
House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from James McDonnell III.
Wieland Now - $250,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.
Frame for the House - $6,680 from Missouri Democratic Party.
Stuber for State Senator Committee - $14,700 from Missouri Democratic Party.
MO Democratic State Committee - $10,000 from Duvall for Missouri.
MO Democratic State Committee - $13,000 from Mayfield for Missouri.
MO Democratic State Committee - $50,000 from Missourians for Koster.
MO Democratic State Committee - $50,000 from Claire McCaskill.
Citizens for Steve Stenger - $25,000 from August Busch IV.
Citizens for Steve Stenger - $100,000 from Steve Stenger.
MO Republican Party - $200,000 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.
MO Republican Party - $16,053 from Wieland Now.