Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Silvey Before Congress

Sen. Ryan Silvey tweeted that he’ll be in Washington DC today testifying before the House Budget Committee on “Why Congress Must Balance the Budget.”  See the tweet – copy of invitation letter – here.  It asks that he provide the committee with 100 copies of his statement 24 hours beforehand.


MO Majority PAC

Eddy Justice is the treasurer of a newly registered PAC in Missouri.  It’s called the Missouri Majority PAC.

We’ll see where this is headed…


Koster Fundy

A week from Thursday, Attorney General Chris Koster will have a fundy at the home of former Rep. Susan Carlson….

Hosted by: Ann & Tom Antoniou, Terry Crow & Tom Peters, Rosemary Denson, Bridget Halquist, Linda Locke, Beth & Dudley McCarter, Brenda & Joe Pereles, Linda & Grier Raclin, Mary Anne & Joe Sedey, Cathy Steele, and Frank Siano & Mike Tucker


Dixon Polling?

Perhaps talk of Sen. Bob Dixon’s dropping his gubernatorial ambitions has been greatly exaggerated.  Now comes a tipster reporting receiving a poll which appears to have come from Team Dixon…

“Tested positives and negative impressions on all other Republican governor candidates, and name ID.  List of Dixon pros, followed by issues: Jefferson City leadership, education, jobs…”


Remington Poll on KC City Council Race

The press release: Remington Research Group has conducted an independent survey of the municipal election for Kansas City’s 1st Council District. The seat is currently held by incumbent Councilman Dick Davis. Davis is being challenged by Heather Hall.

Davis currently leads with 36% of the vote to 34% for Hall, with 30% of likely voters still undecided. Davis’s lead is well within the poll’s margin of error (5.5%). Both candidates possess almost identical favorability ratings amongst voters— 33% of voters view Davis favorably, while 25% view the incumbent unfavorably. Similarly, 34% of voters view Hall favorably while 23% view the challenger unfavorably.

“This campaign remains extremely close just seven days out. Both candidates’ images are almost identical and that has translated to an even ballot. In a low turnout election like this, the campaign that can most effectively mobilize its supporters will win,” said Titus Bond of Remington Research Group.

Remington Research Group conducted an automated survey of 305 likely municipal election voters from June 14 through June 15, 2015. Responses were weighted to reflect expected turnout demographics for Kansas City’s municipal election in the 1st District. The margin of error for the survey is +/-5.5% with a 95% level of confidence. The survey was commissioned independent of any campaign or committee involved in the race.


Backlash Without Obamacare Plan B?

From Politico’s Pulse: “Republicans are having trouble coalescing around a transition plan that will keep them from being blamed if the Supreme Court this month strikes down health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans — and the main problem?... For Republicans in the Senate, the issue is particularly urgent since GOP seats are in contention in next year’s elections in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina — all of which adopted the federal exchange and are at risk of losing the subsidies depending on how the court rules. If Congress can’t find a resolution, Republicans in these states worry they’ll face a sharp backlash from people who rely on the subsidies to defray their health care costs.”   Read it here.



The most recent email blast from the Missouri Family Policy Council shows that they’re really really really concerned about gay men… “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is plowing forward with plans to jeopardize the nation's blood supply by allowing homosexual men to become blood donors.”  Zonkers!  And then “In a move that should surprise only the most naive, the President of the Boy Scouts is pushing a policy change that would allow openly homosexual men to serve as Boy Scout leaders and Scoutmasters.”


Missouri Ethics Commission offer sneak peek at new website, asks for feedback.  See it here.


McMahon resigns… Dear Chairman Rowden,

Due to a move to Jefferson City, Missouri, it is with a heavy heart that Iannounce to you this evening by way of this note my resignation from the Boone County Republican Central Committee…. I'm deeply committed to the Republican party, and look forward to helping in our effort to win back the Governor's mansion, as well as other state-wide offices, in 2016.


Cory McMahon


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Rep. Bill E. Kidd Reception – Mallinson Vineyard – Independence – 4-7PM.

Rep. Rebecca Roeber Reception – Lakewood Oaks Golf Club – Lee’s Summit – 5-7PM.

Sen. Bob Onder Reception & Tour – Bryan Mill Farm – Defiance – 5-8PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Jeffrey Earl added Missouri Department of Corrections; and deleted Missouri State Auditor.


$5K+ Contributions

Greitens for Missouri - $25,000 from Manu Joseph.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Terry Scariot.

Greitens for Missouri - $100,000 from Sol Barer.


Notes on Money

One Republican texted a list of political contributions from Manu Joseph (fund manager in Laguna Beach CA), noting that they lean very heavily to supporting Dems…
And that $100K from Sol BarerBarer is a founders of Celgene Corp.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Lincoln Hough (33), Sam Licklider, and Barbara Fraser.