Friday, August 30, 2013

Poaching Perry Circus

Just go to the peerless Combest this morning to see the headlines and articles on the Perry visit and subsequent spin.  I don’t think it moved the dial at all on finding HB 253 override votes.

Here’s the AP’s article.

Powell, Regional Growth Consultants Fined $47K

The Missouri Ethics Commission issued a 63-page, 18-count consent order against Danny Powell, John Powell, and their firm Regional Growth Consultants.  They were fined $47,763 for doing almost everything wrong – including signing check when they were the treasurer, hiding sources of contributions and expenditures, not filing reports etc.  Read order here.

Feds Hits Social Hot Topics

The IRS ruled that “all same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state where they live does not recognize their union.”  Read it here.

And, “the Justice Department on Thursday said it would not sue to block laws legalizing marijuana in 20 states and the District of Columbia, a move that proponents hailed as an important step toward ending the prohibition of the drug.”  Read it here.

If you’re like me, you read the headlines and you sort of think, “OK I guess I know what sort of bills and resolutions will be clogging up the Missouri House next year…”

This Morning’s Biz Journals

In St. Louis, the headline is “St. Louis labor leaders prepare for a $25 million campaign to defeat right to work.”  Republicans are going to ask themselves.  Do they want Dems mobilizing their base with a $25 million effort when they might instead be staying home on an off-presidential cycle?

In Kansas City, the headline is: “Fault lines: Dueling agencies fracture Clay County eco-devo message.”   Pull Quote: “[T]he schism was sparked by $200.  Chris Sizemore, the EDC’s business expansion director, made a pair of $100 contributions to Ed Quick’s 2010 county commission campaign. Quick lost to current Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, who subsequently asked for Sizemore to be fired.”

Murphy Starts Committee

Jamey Murphy, former staffer to former state senator Jim Lembke, started his campaign committee yesterday… Murphy For Missouri.  He’s running for House 108 (Gatschenberger for Senate).  Earlier in the week, Nina Dean – also a Republican – started a committee for the same seat.

Tilley: Hard to Get Dems To Vote for HB 253

Former speaker Steve Tilley was interviewed on “Politically Speaking” podcast.  Listen to it here.  He recalled how difficult it is to get Democrats to go against heir governor – unless it involves abortions or guns.

Maida Lawsuit Follow-Up

Maida Coleman’s lawsuit against Goodwill is based on a car accident. Her car was hit by a Goodwill truck. She is suing for property damage only.

NFL Settles Suit

The NFL settled a lawsuit concerning concussions with former players for $765 million.  See it here.  One of those players… Public Service Commissioner Bill Kenney


Friends of Tom Schweich - $12,500 from Peter Herschend.

A Better Missouri With Governor Jay Nixon - $6,000 from UAW Region 5 PAC.

Committee for Research Treatments And Cures - $100,000 from Donald Hall.

Committee for Research Treatments And Cures - $10,000 from Irvine Hockaday Jr.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $10,510 from Friends of Rick Stream.

Notes: The Committee for Research is supporting the KC sales tax to recruit researchers.  Donald Hall is the chairman of Hallmark.

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:

Rodney S. Bland added The Gideons Group.

Jon Dolan added Healthcare Advantage LLC; and deleted Missouri Health Care Association.


Happy birthdays to Lou Hamilton, and Stephen Gregali.

Saturday:  Attorney General Chris Koster (49), and Centene’s Carrie Scherer.

MOScout News

No MOScout on Monday (Labor Day), enjoy the weekend!