Friday, December 20, 2013

Nixon Appoints Fordyce to Dept of Ag

Yesterday Governor Jay Nixon appointed Richard Fordyce as the new director of Agriculture.  See the press release here“Fordyce and his wife, Renee, grow soybeans and corn as well as raise beef cattle on the family farm in Harrison County. Since 2008, he has also served as chairman of the Missouri State Soil & Water Districts Commission.”


For those who care… Fordyce has received about a million dollars of subsidies since 1995.See it here.

Follow Up on TANF

Reader 1: “It might be interesting to note to your readers that the last governor to enact a benefit increase for AFDC/TANF families was that notorious money-spending liberal, John Ashcroft…”

Reader 2: “What's ‘simply shocking’ is that the state auditor was able to identify a government program that is 99.992% efficient.”

Kander Puts Voter Registration Online

Secretary of state Jason Kander put voter registration application online.  See it here.

Study Says Kansas Tax Revenue Way Down

The Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government issued a report looking at state revenue that had Kansas’ revenue decline, down 9.4% as the greatest of any state.  See it here.

Goode Leaves Gephardt

Politico’s Influence reports that “Catherine Goode is leaving her job as vice president at Gephardt Government Affairs for a new job in Seattle. She’ll be consulting for the Gates Foundation on Global Policy and Advocacy, according to a note sent Thursday to colleagues.”

Help Wanted

Post-Dispatch seeks education reporter to focus on higher education.  See it here.

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

Richard S Brownlee III added Progressive Waste Solutions of MO, Inc.

Matt Hill added RYO Tobacco Coalition.

David Winton and Scott Penman added Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association.

Tricia Workman added Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company.

Michael A Dallmeyer deleted R.L. Polk & Company, and Reinsurance Association of America.

Jane Dueker deleted American Traffic Solutions Inc.

Rita Needham deleted Missouri Association of Manufacturers.


Friends of Diehl - $10,000 from Missouri Hospital Association.

Missourians for Tim Jones - $10,000 from James McDonnell.

Working Families Committee - $10,000 from SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council PAC.

Working Families Committee - $10,000 from IUPAT Political Action Together.


Happy birthdays to Rep. Bart Korman (38), Melissa Furey (the big 3-0), St. Louis Business Journal’s Ellen Sherberg, Dem operative Ben Murray, Labor-Management Council’s Bob Jacobi (55).

Saturday: The peerless John Combest, and Rep. Andrew Koenig (31).

Sunday: Sen. Dan Brown, and Shannon Cooper (46).