Monday, January 20, 2014

Just a few brief bits on this MLK Day…

Sylvester Comback?

Former Rep. Sylvester Taylor has filed a campaign committee to run for House 67.  That’s the district vacated by Steve Webb following his legal troubles.

Taylor lost in 2012 to Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray in a primary resulting from the redistricted map.

Senate Republican Campaign Committees

As rumored, Senate Republicans have formed to regional political action committees to focus on specific areas in 2014.

The Southwest Missouri Senate PAC – thought to be focused on defending Sen. Bob Dixon’s Senate 30 seat – has Miles Ross as the treasurer. 

The Eastern Missouri Senate PAC – thought to be focused on winning the McKenna District 22 seat – has Derrick Good as the treasurer.

Poverty in Missouri

Last week Missourians to End Poverty Coalition released their “State of the State Poverty in Missouri” report.  Find it here.

Some of the stats (approx.. 6 million Missourians):

Missourians at 100% or below of the Federal Poverty Level: 947,792.

Missourians in extreme poverty 50% or less than the Federal Poverty Level: 417,151.

Missourians with no health insurance: 801,380.

Missouri Households paying over 30% of income on housing: 283,012.

State of the State Tomorrow

Governor Jay Nixon will detail legislative, economic priorities during 2014 State of the State

Address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Ethics Gets Push From Papers

Tony Messenger’s Sunday editorial had some buzz over the weekend.  He thumped Speaker Tim Jones and low-income developer Jeff Smith for playing a “shell game” with contributions.  Messenger’s piece demonstrates that the current no-limits law doesn’t assure transparency.  Read it here.

And in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Craig Van Matre is down on the legislature.  “Few legislators know how to do much other than mouth platitudes, raise money and get elected by pandering either to the extreme wings of their party or to lobbyists (which is where most of the campaign contributions come from). Their focus is always on their next campaign.”   He blames term limits and no-limits.  Read it here.

eMailbag: Onder Should Stay Positive

“Re: Bob Onder: His incessant jabbing at Chuck Gatschenberger is not endearing him to people in St. Charles County. He will win the race handily if he simply concentrates on promoting himself and his values/opinions/stances. His constant focus on Gatschenberger makes him look petty and childish; not two traits you want in a Senator.”

Help Wanted

Southeast Missourian seeks managing editor.  See ad here.

Monsanto “has an opening for the position of Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law.  The Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law, under general supervision, provides legal advice and policy guidance to the corporation directly and through the use of outside counsel.”  See ad here.


Missouri Department of Revenue “has an opening for an experienced attorney to advise and represent the department in personnel, contract, and other administrative matters…. This position is located in Jefferson City, Missouri. Salary range is $50,000 - 67,119 plus state benefits.”  See ad here.

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

Dave Berry added Missouri Council for A Better Economy DBA Better Together.

Francis E. Flotron, Kent Gaines, and Richard McIntosh added EZ Pay.

Kent Gaines deleted Flotron & McIntosh LLC.

David McCracken, Richard A McIntosh, Francis E. Flotron, and Zachary Brunnert deleted St. Louis Area Fire Sprinkler Association, and St. Louis Police Officers Association.

Francis E. Flotron, Doyle Childers, Earl Pabst and Dan Schuette deleted Ozark Hardwood Products.

$5K+ Contributions

Lewis & Clark Northern Missouri Forum - $10,000 from Warrenton Oil Co.

Lewis & Clark Northern Missouri Forum - $10,000 from Witte Bros. Exchange Inc.

Lewis & Clark Northern Missouri Forum - $10,000 from Ptterfield Trucking.

Missourians for Koster - $10,000 from Lathrop& Gage LLP.

Vote Joe Z Satterfield - $50,000 from Joe Satterfield.

Notes on Money

Satterfield is running for a judgeship.