Thursday, August 16, 2012

More on House 87 Do-Over

It looks like there may still need to be two “elections.” The first would be to identify the Democratic nominee (serving as a re-do of the primary) and the second to actually elect the person.  That might mean an October vote that would allow anyone in the district to take this “Democratic” ballot to select the nominee.


Capitol Snark

One inside the building source thinks the Jeff City crowd is rooting for Carlson, “Susan Carlson is one of the good ones, well-respected on both sides of the aisle. Stacey Newman is not. She's a caricature and a walking talking point. Because they have nearly identical voting records, the Carlson-Newman rematch should be about effectiveness and likability. Carlson has both in spades. Newman has neither. If I had to guess, if the vote was just House members, Carlson would win 90-10 – even in the Democratic caucus…


“Again, their voting records are probably identical. But one is respected and listened to by members on both sides of the aisle because she argues with logic not the latest read-out from FiredUp. In short, if the voters want someone effective, the only choice is Susan Carlson.”



Lots of responses to my adjective “unprecedented.”


Here’s a good one: “The do-over has happened before.  Four years ago, incorrect ballots delivered to many precincts led a judge to order a revote in a Clay County Commissioner race involving former Rep. Bonnie Sue Cooper.  She lost the original election, and lost the revote by a larger margin with fewer voters.  Some were unhappy she made them vote again!


“I can also remember a first election after redistricting in Jackson County where they did a revote in a Democratic committeeman race for the one precinct that was delivered the wrong ballots.  The race was close enough that the precinct with the wrong ballots could have changed the result.  It didn’t, and not many showed up to vote the 2nd time on a county committee seat race.”


And another reader notes that a do-over is happening in Kanas now.  Read it here.



Schoeller Calls House 87 Race “A Liberal Failure”

From Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller’s press release:

“More Liberal Failure Botches an Election, Taxpayers at Risk of a Big Bill for a New Vote


“The 2012 primary elections demonstrated again why change and reform are vitally needed to restore trustworthy elections by replacing liberal establishment politicians like Robin Carnahan.  In a too close-to-call race that depended on a single vote, Carnhanan’s lack of preparation and support for local election officials leaves voters wondering who actually won Missouri’s 87th House seat, and taxpayers exposed to the possibility of a costly new election…”



Speaker-Elect Jones on Spending: Stop it.

From the most recent Capitol Update of Speaker-elect Tim Jones:

“Missouri must opt out of the ACA Medicaid expansion.  The fiscal stability of our state and our country is already at risk, and neither will survive this new explosion in government spending.  Stop spending, stop spending, stop spending, for the love of God and country and our future, stop spending!”



Martin: Koster Was Late Paying Taxes

Late tax payments is the new go-to gotcha.  Remember all three Senate Republican candidates were late with various taxes at various times.


Most interesting is the message switch, calculated or not, from Ed Martin’s previous all-anti-Obamacare, all-the-time rhetoric.


“Koster’s delinquency record dates back to 2001 when he was Cass County prosecutor and was late in paying taxes on his vehicle. He was again late on his vehicle in 2006 and 2008 when he was in the State Senate, and in 2009 as Attorney General.”




Department of Natural Resources is hiring a media specialist. “The position is responsible for all public information-related activities to promote Missouri State Parks.”  See it here.



This morning is the 60th annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.

Uneven economic data: “Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Missouri exports were up six

percent through the first two quarters of 2012 as compared to the first two quarters of 2011, a year in which Missouri set a state record for export sales revenue.”  But MOJournal reports drop in labor force as well as employment rate.  Read it here.



$5K+ Contributions

Romine for Senate - $5,025 from Dempsey for Senate.

MO Democratic State Committee - $25,000 from Jay Nixon for Missouri.

Montee for Missouri - $20,000 from UFCW Local 655 Elect Political Fund.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $15,000 from Missouri Health Care Association.

United Food & Commercial Workers Local #655 Elect Political Action Fund - $6,367 from United Food & Commercial Workers Local #655 Elect Political Action Fund.

Romine for Senate - $50,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

McCaslin for Treasurer - $10,000 from Carol McCaslin.


Cash Commentary

Money starting to flow to Senate 3 where Republican Gary Romine faces Democratic Rep. Joe Fallert.  It’s a Dem-leaning district.




Happy birthday to Charles Bryson.


Saturday: MO Family Health Council’s Connie Cunningham.


Sunday: Rep. Charlie Denison (77).