Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fuhr to St. Louis County Election Board?

Word is that Rep. Gary Fuhr, a casualty of redistricting, will find a role at the St. Louis County Board of Elections.


Stay tuned.



Martin Cancelling Ads?

Is Ed Martin pulling back before he even gets started?  Looks like it from this KSDK contract, but honestly I’m still feeling my way around these databases.


Again, stay tuned.



Last Night

Rep. Stacey Newman prevailed in the House 87, extending her previous one-vote victory into a margin of nearly 100 votes.  Normally winning with 51% of the vote would seem like a narrow win, but this seemed almost like a landslide compared to the August result.



Scharnhorst Hearts McGhee

From: Dwight Scharnhorst

Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 12:51 PM

To: _Democrat Representatives; _Republican Representatives

ubject: Letter of Reference for Rep. Mike McGhee


Patricia Skain, Executive Director for Missouri Right to Life, has announced she is stepping down from her position within the organization. I believe Rep. Mike McGhee is the best candidate for this position and I would like to ask the members of the House to show their support. I will be sending a letter of recommendation to the Board of Directors and I’m encouraging members to sign on to our letter, or send their own. If you have any questions please contact my office.



 Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst

District 93

Missouri House of Representatives



Caskey to State Capitol Commission

Last week Governor Jay Nixon appointed former state senator Harold Caskey to the Missouri State Capitol Commission.


“The commission's duties include the care of more than 120 pieces of art inside and around the capitol, many of which were carefully selected by earlier commissions to capture the beauty and significance of the state's past. These include murals, paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and stained glass windows. On the exterior and the grounds, there are an equivalent number of carvings, sculptures, fountains, and monuments. In addition to preserving existing artwork, the commission is responsible for the selection and placement of any new art pieces.”


One observer wonders whether the Nixon staffer responsible for the suggestion of this appointment was aware that Caskey is blind, and laughingly imagines what impact that will have on future art selection.




Republicans are increasingly optimistic on their chances of retaining their 2010 pick-ups in Jefferson County.  One even says that TJ McKenna, who I assumed was safe due to his last name, is a possible target.



Akin Tour:  Todd Akin roams the state for the next three days while the news stories will be about how he didn’t drop out.  Today: it’s St. Louis (2pm), Cape Girardeau (5:30pm), and Sikeston (5:15pm); tomorrow: Springfield (noon), Lebanon (2:15pm), Rolla (4:30pm); Thursday: Jefferson City (11:30 lunch at Arris), Clinton (6pm), Warsaw (7:30pm); Friday: Kansas City (11am), Clay (11am), Platte (11:45am).



Schoeller Tour: One wonders why Rep. Shane Schoeller has been on a farm tour for the past week.  It would seem that he would have his base nailed down and should be in suburbs talking to swing voters.  The answer, according to one Republican, is that Schoeller used to time to reach out to some important rural donors.



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:


Cecile Landrum added Missouri Small Telephone Companies Group, Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs, Citizens for Modern Transit, Missouri beverage Association, Kansas City Missouri, Missouri Association of Councils of Government, and Missouri Railroad Association.



$5K+ Contributions

Local 41 Political Action Fund - $12,430 from DRIVE Committee.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from The Travelers Indemnity Company.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from MOSFA PAC Inc.

Missourians for Health and Education - $435,000 from Health Care Foundation of Greater KC.

Stand Up Missouri - $7,600 from World Acceptance Corporation.

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

Spence for Governor - $10,000 from Gerald Cook.

Spence for Governor - $10,000 from William McGinnis.

Spence for Governor - $19,000 from Prime Inc.

Mary Still for Senate - $10,000 from Speer Law Firm.




Happy birthday to Sen. Brad Lager’s LA Katie Reichard.