Tuesday, October 8, 2013

No Deal On Education?

As I pondered yesterday whether the student transfer issues would jiggle coalitions loose and create some deal, here’s the answer from one combatant…

“To answer your question…hell no.

“As long as reformers are pushing vouchers, there is no way in hell we are budging from our position.

“The question to ask yourself if you are in the Republican leadership…and especially if you are running for statewide office, what does alienating rural Missouri do for you. I'd say the most popular statewide candidate for 2016 among at least 20-30 house incumbents is Kurt Schaefer.

“How much longer is House leadership going to realize that among all the issues that divides their caucus, education is the most damaging. See HB 253 and its fall out, teacher tenure from last year and the Jane Cunningham/Scott Dieckhaus omnibus school reform bills from two years ago.”

KC Star: MO to End SNAP Waiver?

From KC Star’s Jason Hancock… “Since 2009, Missouri has qualified for a waiver that allows able-bodied adults who are unemployed and have no children to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP or food stamps, despite failing to meet certain work requirements.

“If Missouri voluntarily allows the statewide waiver to expire, it would become the first state with a Democratic governor to do so.

“There currently are about 58,000 able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50 without dependents who receive federal food stamp benefits in Missouri. The federal government pays 100 percent of food stamp benefits while states administer the program.”  Read it here.

Eggleston in House 2

J Eggleston started a campaign committee to run in House 2 as a Republican.  The current incumbent, Rep. Casey Guernsey is running for state senate.  Eggleston Electronics is a business in Maysville, MO.

Onder Invite

The host committee for Bob Onder’s Senate 2 fundy Friday night… heavy on docs… Dr. & Mrs. Craig Aubuchon, Mr. & Mrs. Norm Baxter, Drs. Anthony & Kimberly Berni, Dr. & Mrs. Matt Conoyer, Dr. & Mrs. Mike Conoyer, Dr. & Mrs. Bob Dunn, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eggering, Dr. Jim Emanuel, Dr. & Mrs. Scott Hardeman, Mr. Tom Holloway, Mr. & Mrs. Doug Mueller, Drs. Jeff & Ann Martin, Mr. & Mrs. John O'Brien, Dr. Randy Tobler, Dr. Kevin Weikart, and Dr. Chuck Willey.

Help Wanted

Post-Dispatch seeks statehouse reporter… “We seek a dynamite journalist with a strong sense of urgency to join our two-person Capitol bureau in Jefferson City, Mo.  We need a versatile reporter who knows how to stay ahead of the pack and who understands the importance of watchdog journalism….”  See it here.

U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals seeks staff attorney supervisor.  “Each Supervisory Staff Attorney oversees a team of four line attorneys. The primary focus of the Supervisory Staff Attorney position is to oversee the substantive and technical accuracy of memoranda and proposed orders and opinions prepared by staff attorneys for submission to three-judge panels.”  See it here.

Bits

Who doesn’t covet a ticket to tomorrow night’s Cards game?  John Bardgett, maybe just toss your phone in the toilet and buy a new one Thursday morning to avoid the crush of calls you’ll get today.

Ryan Barker, Vice President of Health Policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), received the first-ever PROMO Show-Me Health Care Champion award in recognition of his leadership on behalf of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) health equity.  According to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s report, Responding to LGBT Health Disparities, in Missouri, LGBT individuals can experience a complex set of health challenges.  They are less likely than non-LGBT Missourians to report good health, and are more likely than the general population to face conditions including heart disease, asthma, obesity, smoking-related illness, substance abuse and depression.  These disparities can be linked to health behaviors, social and economic environments, clinical care, insurance coverage, and access to preventive care… Missouri is one of just a handful of states with a public policy focus on LGBT health equity.”

The Post-Dispatch editorial board goes all-in for Paul McKee’s northside project… “Mr. McKee’s project may be dreamy, but turning that dream into reality should be the No. 1 goal of every elected official in Missouri.”  Read it here.

Continuing my debt default paranoia…. Read it here.

$5K+Contributions

Ameren Missouri Political Action Committee - $125,000 from Ameren Missouri.

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

Erin Brower deleted Partnership for Children, and added Alliance for Childhood Education.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Rep. Pat Conway (66).

Congratulations

To Jon and Nikki Galloway on the birth of Benjamin Douglas…  8 lbs 8 oz, 21 in.