Friday, January 17, 2014

Obama Nominates Bough to Western District Court

Yesterday President Barack Obama nominated Stephen Bough, a Democratic donor and unassuming power-broker in KC politics, to the federal bench.

Here’s the the White House press release…

Today, President Obama nominated Stephen R. Bough, Richard Franklin Boulware II, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., and Staci Michelle Yandle to serve on the United States District Courts.


“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama.  “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”


*Stephen R. Bough: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri*


Stephen R. Bough is a partner at the Law Offices of Stephen R. Bough, where his practice focuses on insurance coverage and personal injury litigation.  Before he founded his current firm in 2006, he practiced law at Henning & Bough from 2002 to 2006 and at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman from 1999 to 2002.  Bough began his career as a law clerk for Judge Scott O. Wright of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri from 1997 to 1999.  He received his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the UMKC Law Review, and his B.S. in 1993 from Missouri State


Dems Beware…

Lost in the tussle for front-runner status between the three Republicans mentioned for AG – Sens. Eric Schmitt, Kurt Schaefer, and Speaker Tim Jones – is the fact that all three have substantial war-chests now.  Three Republicans with over $750,000 in the bank, three years out… If they can come to some mutual understanding, they have the potential to field a tougher slate against Democrats than Republicans have for some time…

Jones Tapped to Respond to Nixon

“Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will offer the Republican response to the State of the State address in high definition, immediately following Governor Jay Nixon’s remarks.”

More Quarters

Senate 22

In the race to fill Ryan McKenna’s seat, Rep. Jeff Roorda raised $73,783, and has $168,950 on-hand.  His Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Wieland, raised $16,435, and has $21,677 on-hand.

It’s said that $60K of the money that Attorney General Chris Koster and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel sent the Missouri Democratic Party in late 2013 is earmarked to be split between Senate 24 (Jill Schupp) and Senate 22.  And there’s potentially more money to follow from the statewides... perhaps the first time since Dems lost the majority in the Senate that there is a party machinery in place to compete with the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee.


House 94

Rep. Vicki Englund raised $14,756, and has $30,002 on-hand.  And former Rep. Cloria Brown raised $4,654, and has $10,076.




Campaign Committees

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee raised $223,310, and has $455,854 on-hand.


MO Democratic Senate Campaign Committee raised $45,601, and has $98,696 on-hand.


House Republican Campaign Committee raised $115,719, spent $110,875, and has $344,473 on-hand.


House Democratic Victory Committee raised $59,442, and has $113,583 on-hand.




MRL Cheers HB 1478

Missouri Right to Life president Pam Fichter’s statement: “Today, Representative Kathy Swan, of Cape Girardeau filed HB 1478, The Women's Health Care Protection Act", Missouri Right to Life's priority legislation for the 2014 legislative session. HB 1478 has 107 sponsor/cosponsors and is a strong bi-partisan pro-life legislation that will protect women and save babies.  Missouri Right to Life seeks to place in statute stricter inspection requirements and more accountability for abortion clinics.  We feel that establishing statutory requirements rather than relying solely on regulations for oversight of abortion clinics would be less subject to the agenda of a particular agency or political party.”




Onder to Supporters: I’m Not Milquetoast

In an email blast to supporters Bob Onder jabs Chuck Gatschenberger“Just like last quarter, our Lake St. Louis opponent cashed more checks from labor unions, a traditionally Democrat fundraising source.   Union money was about a third of his raised money this quarter alone. Then his campaign actually had to RETURN A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION of $2300 from a supporter who must have had a change of heart!  Finally, his campaign expenses were TWICE what he raised, so he dumped $30,000 of HIS OWN MONEY into his campaign account.  Without this self funding he would be last in this three-candidate race.  We think that conservative Republicans of the 2nd Senatorial District want their State Senator to be a leader committed to economic liberty, not another milquetoast moderate who is a tool of progressive special interests.”


$5K+ Contributions

MO College Republicans - $16,000 from Tony Feather.

Association of MO Electric Cooperatives PAC - $10,000 from AMEC.

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

Deanna L. Hemphill added Missouri Council for a Better Economy DBA Better Together.

Kit Bond and Jason Van Eaton added Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Andy Arnold added Brightergy.

David Winton added L Arthur Enterprises.

Melissa Roberts deleted Partnership for Technology Innovation.


Happy birthdays to Sen. Mike Kehoe (52).

Saturday: Carl Bearden (58), Reps. Bill Lant (67) and Shawn Rhoads (37), and Robert Knodell.

Sunday: Reps. Michele Kratky (57), and Michael Butler.