Monday, October 8, 2012

Montee Starts TV

Susan Montee’s first TV commercial starts today.  “My father was a marine, missing in action in Vietnam.  My childhood shaped me to be an advocate for veterans and their families, the way our lieutenant governor is supposed to be…”

See it here.



They also produced a “behind the scenes” look for their website.  See it here.



Sort of Thing That Would Drive Crowell Crazy

Last week’s announcement that Governor Jay Nixon was appointing Matt Dameron to the Missouri Development Finance Board is the sort of thing that would have driven Jason Crowell crazy on the Senate floor.


MDFB administers tax credit programs, and other financial incentives of businesses.  Dameron’s law firm, Stueve Siegel Hanson, LLP, is a stalwart Dem donor.  ($50K to Nixon, $50K to Koster; $10K to Montee; $10K to Kander this cycle).


Crowell railed against what he saw as the cycle of money: donors getting influence on tax credit distribution and then they use the profits from those projects to contribute to politicians who then re-appoint them to those positions…



2014: The Year of the IP?

On the heels of the rumor that forces attempting to change the court plan will try (again) to go the initiative petition route in 2014 is talk that they won’t be alone.


It’s said that the Rex Complex is also looking at 2014 for their next venture.


The initiative petition path circumvents the legislature and all of those potential pitfalls.  But it comes at a steep price-tag.  To collect the necessary signatures runs seven figures.


However one Republican thinks that in 2014 a November ballot campaign might be easier to craft.  Without presidential turn-out, the campaigns would have a better chance at targeting their most favorable voters and getting the 50%+1 they need.



House Bell Weathers?

Here are the battleground districts which will be bell weathers for the Republicans’ drive to establish a veto-proof majority.  They need three pick-ups to succeed.  It’s a tall order as their 2010 reach – gaining 17 seats – gives them a lot to defend.


St. Louis area – House – Rep. Cloria Brown tries to hold of former Rep. Vicki Englund in the rubber match of their grudge match.


Jefferson County – House 114 and House 115 – JeffCo was thought to be one of the ripest area for Dems to recover from their 2010 beating.  But TJ McKenna isn’t considered the gimme he used to be.  Becky Ruth is trying to upset him.  And Elaine Gannon against Rich McCane next door is a battle between two top recruits.


Mid MO – House 44 – former Dem state senator Ken Jacob battles it out with newcomer Caleb Rowden.


Kansas City area – House 15 and House 29 – Kevin Corlew is the Republican against Dem Jon Carpenter; and Rep. Noel Torpey has a very difficult district in Independence, facing Dem John Sutton.



Coming Soon: Clint TV, Kander TV

From the political commercial database, it looks like next week we’ll see the start of Dems Clint Zweifel and Jason Kander’s television ads.  I still haven’t seen a start date for their Republican counterparts, although in the treasurer’s race everyone assumes that Rep. Cole McNary doesn’t have the necessary funds for TV.



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“I saw Tom Dempsey gave Caleb Rowden $5K (in House 44). That seems odd. Perhaps Kurt Schaefer felt it was necessary to bolster his GOTV efforts. ...or maybe Dempsey remembers how big of a (bleep) Ken Jacob is.”



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:


Bruce Wayne Holt added International Union of Painters An Allied Trades, Painters’ District Council #2 IUPAT, and Painters’ District Council #3 IUPAT.

Heath C Clarkston and Harry Gallagher deleted Missourians for Open and Accountable Judicial Selection DBA Better Courts for Missouri.

Nicholas Monaco deleted Medical Protective Company, Surplus Lifes Association of Missouri, Mid-American Century Life Insurance Co., Underwriters At Lloyds of London, CAN, Employers Reinsurance Corporation, National Alliance Insurance Company, First American Insurance Company, National Fraternal Congress, GE Capital Mortgage, and Providian Life Insurance Company.

Don Stamper deleted Shiloh Bar and Grill, Campus Crest Development LLC, and LDG Development LLC.

Michelle Windmoeller deleted Pednet Coalition Inc.

Randy Winston deleted Missouri Association of School Administrators, and Missouri Council of School Administrators.



$5K+ Contributions

Teamsters Local Union No 688 PAC - $20,000 from Teamsters Drive.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $8,500 from Committee To Elect Becky Ruth.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $15,000 from U-Gas Inc.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $17,000 from Citizens for Dan E Smith.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Citizen to Elect Mike Kehoe.

MO Leadership Committee - $10,000 from Friends of Peter Kinder.

MO Democratic State Committee - $15,000 from Enterprise Holdings Inc PAC.

Citizens for Our Library and Our Community - $10,000 from Edward Jones.

Missourians for Health and Education - $8,988 from American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network.

RGA Missouri PAC - $3,000,000 from Republican Governors Association.

Spence for Governor - $950,000 from RGA Missouri PAC.

A Safer Missouri - $25,000 from Civic Progress.

Kander for Missouri - $10,000 from Midwest Regional Laborers Political League.

Clint Zweifel for Missouri - $10,000 from Midwest Regional Laborers Political League.

7th District Congressional Republican Committee - $31,000 from New Prime Inc.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $5,079 from Don Bedell.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Strong Garner Bauer PC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Zevan & Davidson Law Firm.




Happy birthdays to Rep. Pat Conway (65), Lewis Reed (50), and Russ Carnahan’s chief of staff Caroline Battles.




Come January Cara Hoover will be walking the halls for two.  That's right, the KCPL lobbyist is expecting a baby girl in March.