Holsy for LG?
It’s said that Sen. Jason Holsman is considering jumping into the 2016 statewide waters. The position he would be eyeing is lieutenant governor.
Holsman would have the potential to rally the core Democratic constituencies (labor, teachers, and trial attorneys) to his candidacy.
Last weekend Brad Bradshaw, also a Democrat, formally announced for that office.
Despite their unity behind Chris Koster for governor, Democrats have been trying to stabilize a shaky down-ballot ticket.
Sen. Scott Sifton and Jake Zimmerman are locked in a duel for attorney general; and no one has stepped up to fill the shoes of Jason Kander who is abdicating the secretary of state’s office for a US Senate bid. Additionally, no serious candidate has announced for Treasurer to run against Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt.
It may be time for Koster to take a more active role in defining the Democratic slate to prevent the lumpiness of two primaries and two openings.
Here’s a rough approximation of why the PQ vote is so tight…. There are approximately 11 Republicans who would have some reason to not vote for a PQ. Some of them are against the use of the procedural move because it rips at the bipartisan fabric of the senate – or because they themselves like to use the tool of endless debate to keep the majority in check. Others are sympathetic to organized labor, have heavy a labor presence in their district, and/or received labor endorsements in their last election cycle.
One reader with usually very accurate assessments tells me that the chamber is presently split 17-17 on a PQ vote. We’ll see….
All Dems are NOs: 9
Republican Solid YESs: 14
Republican Maybes: 11
Care and Dignity At Home
A new campaign committee was filed yesterday… “Care And Dignity At Home.” The treasurer is Jeff Mazur, Executive Director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 72. The committee was formed to support a 2016 ballot initiative for “minimum wages and benefits to in-home services employees and personal care attendants.”
Hanaway Campaign Reawakens
See the large contributions rolling in (below). Plus an event tonight hosted by Donna and Gary Dusenberg, Sharon and David Stackelhouse, and Beverly and Ray Worth at Stonehaus Farms Winery in Lee’s Summit.
Bev Worth and her husband own the Worth Harley-Davidson dealerships in KC…
From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed Reception – MCTA Bldg., 223 E. Capitol – 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Jewell Patek added Recreational Aviation Foundation, Carbon Cycle Energy LLC, Textile Rental Services Association of America, and Missouri Charter Public School Association.
Don Soph, Chris Liese, Neil English, Gary Burton, Mark Bruns, Andrew Foley, and James Foley added Data Recognition Coro.
Ward Cook, and John Cozad added Seniorlink.
Steven Berry added Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Taylor and Elliott PC.
Andy Blunt, Mark Schwartz, and Jay Reichard deleted Dairy Farmers of America.
Don Soph, Andrew Foley, and Mark Bruns deleted Discount Smoke Shop.
Gary Burton, James Foley, and Chris Liese deleted Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
Civic Progress Action Committee - $7,500 from RGA Reinsurance Company.
Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from I.U.O.E Local 513 Political and Education Fund.
Hanaway for Govenor Inc. - $10,000 from Anne Shapleigh.
Hanaway for Governor Inc. - $25,000 from Pauline Keinath.
Koster for Missouri - $50,000 from UAW V CAP.
Happy birthday to Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder (61), and BJC’s Leann Chilton.