Monday, June 6, 2011

Rumorville: Another One in the First?

With the congressional redistricting map set, political operatives are sifting through data, and one source says the harvest of those efforts will be bringing surprises.  “Look for a prominent woman to enter in the First Congressional… the district is practically drawn for a woman.” 


This person sees Rep. Russ Carnahan going elsewhere.  But if he’d run in the 1-CD it’d be even better for a woman.  “Think of it as two dynasty-men against one woman.”


What It Means

Rep. Lacy Clay is not out of the woods yet.   All it takes is one serious challenger – be it Carnahan or someone else – and the field will likely grow as others see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to Washington.



Drebes Wrong on Revenue

I spent several months pounding the table that the governor’s office was “over-withholding.” So it seems appropriate with the latest revenue numbers at odds with my long-held belief, I should at least write a blurb about being wrong.  In other words, I bow to Linda Luebbering, who was correctly cautious and concerned.


The May general revenue report showed that the month’s take was about 4% less in 2011 than it had been in 2010.  This together with the previous month’s poor comparison brings the fiscal year-to-date number to an anemic 2.7% growth.


This brings a higher likelihood that the budget will once again dominate the legislative session next year.



Romney Fundy

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney rolls into the St. Louis Ritz-Carlton on Thursday (June 9).  Dinner co-chairs (expected to put together two tables with a price-tag at $25,000 apiece) include a heavily helping of the Fox family (Sam, Jeff and Greg), Don Musick, Jim Talent, Joe McKee, Jim Blair, Al Watkins, and David Spence.


The dinner vice-chair honor can be had for a more modest one table buy.  Runners-up include: Brad Bedell, Tom Danis, Robert Kimes, Auditor Tom Schweich, Menlo Smith, Danny Ludeman, John Qualy, Gene Toombs III, Laura Herring, John Stupp, Chand Vyas, Steve Hurster, and Melissa Georges.





The Post-Dispatch writes about the bankrupt Second Injury Fund.  It’s a perfect example of dysfunctional legislature this session, and it’s going to cost everyone more as a result. Read it Here.



Governor Jay Nixon’s on twitter?  Who knew?  It’s a press-release stream.  One the one hand, worthless; on the other hand, harmless.  Follow him here.



USAToday: Amid budget squeeze, states rethink tax credits… Read it Here.



Lobbyist Principal Changes

From the Pelopidas website:


Trent Watson deleted Missouri Narcotic Officers.



$5k+ Contributions

Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $25,000 from David Humphreys.

Committee to Elect Ron Richard - $7,000 from Leggett & Platt.

Friends of Peter Kinder - $25,000 from Doug Albrecht.

Friends of Peter Kinder - $25,000 from David Humphreys.

Friends of Peter Kinder - $25,000 from Jeffrey Fox.



John Britton’s wife, Kate, pass away after a a lengthy illness.  Arrangements are through Millard Family Funeral Chapels, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.  Visitation is scheduled for today, (Monday, June 6) from 5-7 pm.  Tuesday’s funeral services are family only.