MOScout Reader Poll: Lobbyists
Of course there are many lobbyists who insist that their profession is like the CIA where often times their best work by necessity has to accomplished without a trace or public celebration, however, this is a time to celebrate so… go vote on the 2012 All Star Lobbyists!
Of the approximately 1,000 lobbyists registered, see the nominees and vote here.
Barnes: Quality Jobs Doesn’t Deliver
Rep. Jay Barnes today blogs about the Quality Jobs Tax Credit, and the fact that according to the Department of Economic Development it delivers far fewer jobs than promised. See it here.
From the blog post:
There were 95 Quality Jobs Act authorizations of greater than $1 million up to December 2010. In total, 21,872 jobs were promised and 7,717 jobs actually materialized – a success rate of 35.28 percent.
Of the 95 mega-projects, 44 resulted in no new jobs at all — a complete failure rate of 46.31 percent. For 68 of the 95 mega-projects, the jobs actually materialized was equal to 50 percent or less of the amount promised — a failure rate of 71.58 percent.
Smaller Project Results
There were 220 QJA authorizations of less than $1 million up to December 2010. In total, 11,297 jobs were promised and 2,249 jobs actually materialized – a success rate of 19.91 percent.
Of the 220 other projects, 167 resulted in no new jobs at all — a complete failure rate of 75.91 percent. For 177 of the 220 projects, the jobs actually materialized was equal to 50 percent of less of the amount promised – a failure rate of 80.45 percent.
Three Way Race for GOP Party Chair
It’s a scrum that liberals would pay top dollar to watch. Running for Chair of the Missouri Republican Party are David Cole (current Chair), Jane Cunningham (former state senator), and Ed Martin (Matt Blunt’s chief of state, and then unsuccessful congressional and statewide candidate).
Cunningham and Martin are both well known as stalwart conservatives, while Cole occupies the space of “Republican establishment.”
Electing the next chair will be sixty-eight men and women, representing the state senate legislative districts.
Many of these folks are new, and I have heard from two people that there were an infusion of Ron Paul/Tea Party/create your own label outsiders who are interested in replacing Cole.
However, it’s quite possible that with Cunningham and Martin splitting the anti-incumbent vote, Cole will win re-election.
The job is non-paying, but has its perks as a power position in that you can hire and fire the party staff, and you have the opportunity to build personal relationships with all the layers of the party’s apparatus – money folks, grass-roots folks, and politicians.
Nixon appoints Alan Freeman to lead the Department of Social Services. Read it here.
Bob Priddy continues his press gallery crusade. Read it here.
From the Pelopidas website:
John C. Cozad added Liberty Memorial Association.
Rodney R Hubbard added Ameren Missouri.
Richard I. Martin deleted Saxum, and H&R Block; and added American Federation of Teachers.
George L Oestreich added Hemophilia Alliance.
Happy birthday to Rep. Jay Barnes (33).
Friday: Rep. Sue Entlicher (52), former Rep. Michael Spreng (65), and Renee Hulshof (45).
Saturday: Julie Gibson Sally (39).
Sunday: Irl Scissors (42) and Martin Casas (32).
Still in slow motion. Tomorrow will be the final Readers Poll… 2012 Politicians. Send suggested nominees.
Next week look for updates every day except New Year’s Day. Then the week after, we start session…