As we enter the final week, here are some cash on-hand numbers in selected races of interest…
Senate 22: Jeff Roorda, $69,301; Paul Wieland, $230,181.
Senate 24: Jay Ashcroft, $243,895; Jill Schupp, $122,043.
House Republican Campaign Committee: $343,770.
Missouri Senate Campaign Committee: $79,357.
Missouri Democratic State Party: $456,337.
St. Louis County Executive Race: Steve Stenger, $72,308; Rick Stream, $52,151.
And interesting to Speaker-designate John Diehl spent about $80K even though he’s in a safe Republican seat, including a $10K payment to Sequel LLC… could political consultant Paul Zemitzsch be making a return to St. Louis County politics?
Silvey Says Medicaid Expansion Possible
Sen. Ryan Silvey says that next session could see the legislature take up Medicaid expansion. Read it here. Looks pretty uphill considering you’d probably have Sens. Rob Schaaf and Bob Onder standing in the Senate; and you have lots of Republicans running against Barack Obama and Obamacare in their races right now.
Trading Blows in Senate 24
The final week of mail is heating up in Senate 24. Rep. Jill Schupp attacks Jay Ashcroft with a big picture of the governor’s mansion saying that Ashcroft growing up in privileged surroundings sees things differently than the residents of Senate 24. Schupp runs through the issues where Ashcroft is to the right.
Ashcroft strikes back with an over-the-top, low-blow which might incite a backlash. He claims that Schupp voted to “let sexual predators into our homes and schools.” And Ashcroft is running a TV ad with the same message. Wow, what a way to start your political career.
Tiny Muni News
The Post-Dispatch reports that James Paunovich, the Chair of Calverton Park’s board of trustees, is pushing for changes in light of Better Together’s damning report about how much they rely on municipal court revenue to cover their expenses. Paunovich though says that Better’s numbers are “way off” without providing his own numbers or an explanation why his numbers would be different than those reported to the state. Read it here.
In the Post’s letter to the editor, the prosecuting attorney for another tiny municipality doesn’t understand why tickets and fines shouldn’t be the primary source of revenue to support the police force. I mean why not? Read it here.
Meanwhile, Claire McCaskill staffer Tod Martin creates a Google map showing how you could fit 13 St. Louis County municipalities into the normal sized city neighborhood that Martin lives in. See it here.
Stumpe on Big Money
In the 19th Circuit judicial race, Republican Brian Stumpe comments on the huge national money that come in to help him unseat the incumbent judge. Listen to it here.
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman starts his TV ads. They have a quirky feel that shows his head atop a cowboy cracking down on property tax scammers.
In House 90 comes reports of a robocall hitting Deb Lavender. They start with a siren saying that there’s “an emergency” because Lavender is a liberal. One observer wonders about the impact, saying that even these years after the Kirkwood City Hall shooting, the phonecall might strike some as distasteful.
In the New York Times, Tesla sales down, don’t know by how much… read it here.
In Politico, they note that many states have cut their budgets to deal with public health. Missouri gets a shout-out (not in a good way). Read it here. “Last year, while New York spent $116.21 per capita, the median level of state funding across the United States was a paltry $27.49 per person, down by 10 percent since 2009. Missouri, for example, cut its budget by 64 percent from its 2009 level, spending just $5.86 per Missourian in 2013—or roughly the cost of a coffee and pastry—for the public health infrastructure their citizens are dependent on when disease strikes.”
eMailbag on Drebes Legislative Race Predix
“I just literally got out of turf in MO House 106 (Rep. Chrissy Sommer, who I rate as safe), you need to re-evaluate…”
Kristian’s Going Away Party
Kristian Starner is leaving her gig at Brent Hemphill & Associates, heading west to new adventures in Colorado. Her going away party will be held Thursday, Oct. 30th on the roof of BHA is located at 229 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101. The party starts at 5 PM and will last till 7 or later. There will be food and beverages.
United Food & Commercial Worker Local #655 Elect Political Action Fund - $6,320 from United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655
Citizens to Elect John Wright - $55,000 from John Wright.
Friends of Diehl - $10,000 from RSLC-MO PAC.
Citizens to Elect John Wright - $7,500 from Rollins Capital Management LLC.
MO Democratic State Committee - $25,000 from Schupp for Senate.
MO State Chiropractors Assoc PAC - $7,000 from MSCA District 1.
MO Democratic State Committee - $10,000 from Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund.
MO Democratic State Committee - $6,800 from Citizens to Elect Charlie Norr.
NO on Amendment 5 - $10,636 from Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Inc.
McDaniel for State Representative - $32,205 from House Republican Campaign Committee.
Pietzman for the People - $12,428 from House Republican House Committee Inc.
Friends of Rick Stream - $25,000 from Stan Herzog.
Committee to Elect Jeff Roorda - $16,235 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.
Committee to Elect Becky Ruth - $8,300 from House Republican Campaign Committee.
Friends of Cloria Brown - $11,921 from HRCC Inc.
Happy birthday to Katie Steele Danner.