Monday, October 1, 2012

Akin Today

The TV political advertising contract database is incomplete – only networks and only St. Louis and KC markets so far in Missouri.

 

But here’s a look at how Senator Claire McCaskill appears to be massively outspending Congressman Todd Akin.

 

St. Louis

NBC affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract $56,560; Akin’s latest contract: $9,500.

ABC affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract: nothing shows up; Akin’s latest contract: nothing shows up.

CBS affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract $51,890; Akin’s latest contract: nothing shows up.

FOX affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract $33,950; Akin’s latest contract: $9,850.

 

Kansas City

NBC affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract: $17,245; Akin’s latest contract: nothing current.

ABC affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract $39,420; Akin’s latest contract: $7,800.

CBS affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract: $32,650; Akin’s latest contract: nothing current.

FOX affiliate: McCaskill’s latest contract: $22,200; Akin’s latest contract: nothing current.

 

 

And

AP’s David Lieb looks at Congressman Todd Akin’s recent skooch on earmarks.  Read it here.

 

 

Plemmons: Scharnhorst Wrong

Missouri Right to Life PAC Chairman Dave Plemmons emailed a response to Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst’s letter to his fellow legislators which I posted on the MOScout website.

 

“I saw on (ed note: add “peerless” here) Combest that you posted a story about Patty Skain that originated with Dwight Scharnhorst. This rumor is completely false, and Patty has not and will not resign, retire, or step down from her position anytime soon!  In fact, all of the staff and leadership of MRL are committed to serving Pro-Life Missourians for years to come. For the record, I have not received a letter from Rep. Scharnhorst.  In addition, correspondence from legislators that have rejected answering our surveys, and voting to fund human cloning and embryonic stem cell research in MOSIRA, is not going to influence me on an internal personnel matter anyway.  I encourage Rep. Scharnhorst to work on his record before working on ours.”

 

 

 

It’s Safe to Pick Up the Phone Today…

The latest fundraising deadline passed last weekend.  As a result, you’ll find a crush of large checks listed below.

 

Most notable was the activity in the attorney general race.  Ed Martin scored a $100K check from the Republican State Committee.  But that was trumped by Chris Koster’s $250K from Democratic Attorneys General Association.

 

Interestingly, Martin also landed a $15K check from Rex Sinquefield.  It’s either a hedge or a pity check, as he sent Koster $250K two weeks earlier.

 

 

Dem Turnout Advantage?

Dems are cautiously optimistic that they have a ground advantage over Republicans.

 

Heading into the cycle Dems were concerned that without money from a robust presidential operation like 2008, they would be outgunned by the GOP’s turnout operations.

 

However, because that absence was baked into the cake, they split up the duties between the McCaskill senate operation, working to make sure the loyal bas shows up, and Nixon gubernatorial campaign, working the moderates and persuadables.

 

With statewide Democrats leading the money race against their Republican counterpart, Democrats see their turnout efforts benefiting from the greater resources.

 

Now Eli Yokely’s PoliticMO reports that last vestages of the Romney presence in Missouri have packed up to fight in the south.  (Read it here).  Dems are hopeful that it is one more advantage they will hold in the final battle.

 

 

St. Louis Dems on Ballot Issues

The St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee voted last weekend to endorse several ballot proposals…

 

Yes on Missouri Proposition A for local control of St. Louis Police Dept.  The vote was not unanimous.  Everyone wants local control but some members are opposing the proposition because it only deals with local control and does not also create a Civilian Review Board; also there was discussion regarding Rex Sinquefield and whether or not to oppose something just because he is involved.

 

Yes on Missouri Proposition B to increase the tobacco tax.

 

No on Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 to change the Nonpartisan Court Plan.

 

No on Missouri Proposition E, the anti-Obamacare measure.

 

And No on St. Louis City Charter Amendment R to reduce the Board of Aldermen from 28 wards to 14 wards.

 

 

Bits

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will hold their inaugural fundraising event on October 29 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO.  It will feature Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner; Fox News Channel Contributor; and principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics.  For additional information, contact the Missouri Farm Bureau at 573-893-1402.

 

 

As St. Louis considers the cost of upgrading their football team’s dome, the Post-Dispatch reports that economists have no idea what impact a football team has on the local economy.  Read it here.

 

 

Governing Magazine looks at “parent trigger” legislation featured in the recent “Won’t Back Down” film.  Read it here.   In Missouri Republican legislative leadership appears

 

 

Nixon on Wells Passing

Gov. Jay Nixon has released the following statement on the passing of UAW Region 5 Director Jim Wells:  “For decades, Jim Wells was a tireless, passionate and effective leader for Missouri's working families. He was instrumental in helping revitalize the auto industry in our state, and he was with us at the table as we negotiated with Ford and GM to bring thousands of new jobs to Missouri. I am deeply saddened that we lost this great leader last week. Our state is a better place because of Jim's lifetime of service.”

 

 

$5K+ Contributions

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $25,000 from NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.

Friends to Elect Cole McNary - $10,000 from Friends of Tilley.

Friends to Elect Cole McNary - $25,000 from Herzog Contracting Corp.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc. - $15,000 from Friends of Rick Stream.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from James McDonnell.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from David Steward.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $25,000 from Burns & MCdonnell.

Kander for Missouri - $10,300 from John Kander.

Kander for Missouri - $12,500 from Life Sciences Fund of Greater KC.

Democratic Attorneys General Association – Missouri - $250,000 from Democratic Attorneys General Association.

Missourians for Koster - $250,000 from Democratic Attorneys General Association – Missouri.

Schoeller for Missouri - $7,500 from Parson for State Senate.

Citizens for Ryan Silvey - $25,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Missourians for Koster - $10,000 from David Steward.

Missourians for Health and Education - $25,000 from The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.

Missourians for Health and Education - $25,000 from Health Care Issue Committee of MHA.

Missouri’s Future - $14,000 from Dollar, Burns & Becker L.C.

Citizens for Swinger - $5,001 from 25th Senatorial Dist Democratic Action Comm.

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Committee - $15,000 from The Henning Law Firm PC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $20,000 from Thompson Coburn LLP.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Armstrong Teasdale LLP.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $6,500 from Richard Scherrer.

Friends of Peter Kinder - $25,000 from G.J. Grewe Management Co.

MO Republican Party - $50,000 from Enterprise Holdings Inc. Political Action Committee.

Scott Sifton for Senate - $16,653 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Missourians for Ed Martin - $15,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

Missourians for Ed Martin - $25,000 from Lewis & Clark Council Ozarks Mountain Forum.

A Safer Missouri - $15,000 from Regional Business Council.

Midwest Region Laborers’ Political League Education Fund - $5,426 from Laborers’ Supplemental Dues Fund.

Citizens to Elect John Wright - $5,001 from John Joyce.

Missourians for Ed Martin - $15,000 from Drury Development.

Missourians for Ed Martin $100,000 from Republican State Committee.

Friends of Peter Kinder - $25,000 from Missouri Republican Committee.

Clint Zweifel for Missouri - $10,000 from James Nutter Sr.

 

 

Birthdays

Happy birthdays to Rep. Sandy Crawford (55), Kristy Manning, Matthew Potter (39), and KC Stars’s Steve Kraske.