MOScout Weekender: Poll on Senate 16 - Who Won the Week? - Hallway Crowns "Best Senate Pro Tem" and more...

MOScout Weekly Poll: Senate 16

The MOScout poll this week looked at Senate 16 where Dems have been cheered by a spirited campaign from Ryan Dillon.  Justin Brown just emerged for the GOP from a rough primary.

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of Donald Trump’s job performance as President?

Approve: 59%

Disapprove: 38%

Not sure: 3%


Q: Candidates in the November 2018 General Election for State Senate are the Republican Justin Dan Brown and the Democrat Ryan Dillon. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Justin Dan Brown: 54%

Ryan Dillon: 35%

Undecided: 11%


See the full poll here.



How red is Senate 16?  Trump won it by 55 points in 2016.  See the map here.  In other words, Dillon can be running way ahead of where he should be and still have no chance of winning.



MOScout’s Hallway Index: Senate Floor Leader Race

As we in the middle of a heated leadership race to determine the next Senate Pro Tem, I was curious to see if there was a consensus from the lobbying corps “Who was the best Pro Tem in recent history?”  Here’s how the 24 responses came in.

Tom Dempsey:  16.7%

Mike Gibbons:   37.5%

Rob Mayer:     0%

Ron Richard:   8.3%

Charlie Shields:  37.5%

Sample of comments

Mike Gibbons

Gibbons had the best caucus makeup to be successful and the staff he surrounded himself with was extremely talented. It is no surprise nearly every staffer of his has found success upon leaving Gibby’s office.

Ron Richard

Like him or not, he got a lot done for the Republican cause. And made sure a lot didn’t happen (looking at you tax credit industry).

Charlie Shields

Fair; Decisive; Good at delegating instead of micromanaging; Followed through on plans/strategy (if he said they were going to stay all night, they stayed all night) so people took it seriously.


I think this comment may summarize how many folks approached the question.

Mayer was awful. Dempsey only served one year. Richard was good, but we need to let some time pass to fully judge him. By process of elimination I narrowed it down to Gibbons and Shields…


The Talk: Wagner Raises $$$

Word is that Congresswoman Ann Wagner recent monster fundraiser brought in $200K.  Money’s not her problem.  It’s Trump and suburban women that are the complicating mix for here.


Who Won the Week?

Claire McCaskill wins the week.  See who else “Won the Week” here.


eMailbag on 2020 Rumors

Whoever said Parson isn't running again is a complete idiot. He's having the time of his life….


Who in the world would contribute to Ashcroft vs a popular sitting Governor? It was hard enough for McCaskill v Holden – and Governor Holden was having a difficult time with budget cuts…


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RSLC-Missouri PAC - $25,000 from Republican State Leadership Committee.

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Political Account - $11,134 from Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Missouri Leadership Forum - $10,000 from Sellenrick Construction.

New Approach Missouri - $5,001 from Paul Callicoat.