Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last Day of Filing

In the New Candidate Filings below, you’ll see yesterday was an active day at the secretary of state’s office.


Today again should be active as there are a fair number of holes, places where districts are competitive but one side doesn’t have anyone filed yet.


Sen. Jane Cunningham withdrew from Senate 7.  Because she is the incumbent, filing for that office will remain open another five days.



Rumorville: Haas for LG?

The rumor is that perennial candidate Bill Haas will make his second move during filing.  According to the talk, he will withdraw from the Senate 5 race, and enter the Democratic side of the lieutenant governor’s race



Who Killed Concrete Day?

The Missouri Concrete Association usually offers free frozen custard “concretes” in the rotunda one day each session.  But that day won’t come this year.  When the supreme court threw out the ethics reform bill, it threw out language that allowed groups like MO Concrete to buy dessert for the everybody in the building without reporting each staffer who partakes.  The prospect of that plateful of paperwork has put Concrete Day on ice.



One Big Market

No talk of China Hub and yet the world continues on its trajectory… From Politico’s Morning Money: CHINA EXPORTS TOP $100 BILLION - From the U.S. China Business Council Exports to China by State report to be released on Wednesday: "For the first time, total US exports to China have passed $100 billion with 30 states now counting China as one of their top three export markets. ... China is the third-largest US export market. As a buyer of US goods, China ranks behind only Canada and Mexico ... 48 states have registered at least triple-digit export growth to China since 2000, far outpacing growth in their exports to the rest of the world. Twenty of those states have experienced quadruple-digit growth. ... 10 states have at least doubled their exports to China since 2009, while three of these states- South Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont-have more than tripled their exports to China in the past two years."



Susan Hearts Labor, Labor Hearts Susan

Yesterday Susan Montee addressed AFL/CIO as she continues her bid to nail down labor support.  See the talk Here.


“I know you guys don’t like to be involved in primaries, none of us do.  And people that are involved in this primary are our friends.  But this is not a popularity contest.  I am not running for prom queen. And I wouldn’t be in this race if I didn’t know that I was the best candidate with the best chance to win in November.”



Senate Bowl

API’s Ryan Rowden came thisclose to a perfect game last night in the Senate Charity Bowling event.  In the tenth frame, he missed a strike and ended with a score of 296.



New Candidate Filings

Fred Sauer filed to run as a Republican for governor.  He heads up Missouri Roundtable for Life.



ElGene Ver Dught filed to run in Senate 21 as a Democrat.  According to LinkedIn,  ElGene is executive director of Mediation Services of Missouri.  Incumbent Sen. Bill Stouffer is termed and Republicans have a primary between Sen. David Pearce and Rep. Mike McGhee.



Tim Remole joined three other Republicans in a primary for House 6.  This is the district where Rep. Randy Asbury decided not to run for reelection. Remole ran in 2010, placing second to Asbury in a  three-way primary.  Remole won 34% of the vote.  Also, Valinda Freed, Randolph Republican Committee Chair, has resigned her post to be Remole’s campaign chairman.



Patrick Riehle filed to run as a Democrat in House 28.  This creates a primary for Rep. Tom McDonald who’s moving into the district because of redistricting shuffling. Riehle is a former Raytown alderman.



John Sutton filed to run as a Democrat in House 29.  According to Google, Sutton is a school teacher.  Incumbent Rep. Noel Torpey will be the Republican candidate.  The district is now 60% Dem district.
Darrel Hansen filed to run as a Republican in House 47.  This is a toss-up district in Howard County.



Donald Long filed to run as a Democrat in House 55.  The incumbent is Republican Rep. Rick Brattin who beat Luke Scavuzzo last cycle.  The district is more Republican now.



Don Bullock filed to run as a Democrat in House 57.  Bullock is an auctioneer.  He’ll run against Rep. Wanda Brown in a competitive district.



Steve Henderson filed to run as a Republican in House 58.  This is now a three-way Republican primary in a safe Republican district with no incumbent.



Vonnieta Trickey filed to run as a Democrat in House 59.  She’ll face Rep. Mike Bernskoetter who should be safe.



Jim Trout filed to run as a Democrat in House 83.  Trout ran for state senate in 2008, winning the Democratic primary (against a guy with the last name of Eagleton, no small feat), but losing the general to Sen. Eric Schmitt.  Trout is in a primary with Gina Mitten.  No Republicans have filed for the safe Democratic seat.



Al Faulstich filed to run as a Republican in House 92.  He lost in a primary with Rep. Cloria Brown two years ago.  The incumbent, Rep. Genise Montecillo should be safe.



Tony Leech filed to run as a Republican in House 93.  This is the district where Rep. Scott Sifton is expected to withdraw and run in Senate 1, and Joe Montecillo is lined up to take his place.



Dean Asbury filed to run as a Democrat in House 112.  The Republican incumbent is Rep. Paul Wieland.  The district is now Democratic.



Ted Sheppard filed to run as a Republican in House 142.  His entry makes it a four-way primary to succeed Rep. Don Wells.
R.A. Pendergrass filed to run as a Democrat in House 154.  It’s a solid Republican district where Rep. Ward Franz is termed.



Lobbyists’ Principals Changes

From the Pelopidas website:


Carlos I Gutierrez added Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Daniel R. Pfeifer and Gregory Porter added Evolutions Enterprises, and Jackson County Executive Office.

Stephanie White-Thorn added Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

William E Shoehigh added Unisys Corporation.

Daniel R. Pfeifer deleted Geneva Roth Company, and Red Rock FS, LLC.



$5K+ Contributions

Citizens for Brad Lager - $100,000 from Ethelmae Humphreys.

Kander for Missouri - $10,000 from UFCW Local 655 Elect Political Fund.

Missourians for Responsible Lending - $6,250 from Eastern Missouri Laborers Educational & Benevolent Fund.

Spence for Governor - $6,588 from Marc Lazar.

Spence for Governor - $10,000 from Harry Cornell Jr.

Spence for Governor - $25,000 from TSI Holding Company.

Missourians for Koster - $10,000 from Davis, Bethune & Jones LLC.

Missourians for Koster - $5,000 from Johnston and Associates.




Happy birthdays to Rep. Mike Kelly (37), and Rep. Mike Leara (52).