MOScout Weekender: PP Loses License - Poll on Immigration - Hallway on Comebacks - WWTW and more...

Latest in the Abortion Battle: PP Loses License

Post-Dispatch reports…. Planned Parenthood will continue providing abortions at least until a St. Louis judge issues a ruling in the clinic’s legal battle with the state Department of Health and Senior Services, which on Friday declined to renew the facility’s license. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer said in a brief court hearing Friday that despite the state’s decision, the abortion clinic’s license remains valid because of his June 10 preliminary injunction preserving the license… If the state’s denial stands, Missouri would become the first U.S. state without an abortion clinic since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. The denial means Planned Parenthood can appeal to a state licensing commission….


MOScout Poll: Immigration

This week, the MOScout Poll looks at immigration.  See the full results here.

Survey conducted June 19 through June 20, 2019. 904 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-3.3%.

Q1: In your opinion, is illegal immigration a problem in Missouri?

Yes, it’s a serious problem: 43%

Yes, it’s a problem, but not serious: 18%

No, it’s not a problem: 29%

Not sure: 11%

Q2: In your opinion, has immigration helped the Missouri economy?

Yes, it has helped the economy: 28%

No, it has hurt the economy: 47%

No meaningful impact: 13%

Not sure: 12%

Q3: In your opinion, has immigration increased crime in Missouri?

Yes, it has increased crime: 46%

No, it has decreased crime: 19%

No meaningful impact: 23%

Not sure: 12%

Q4: What is your biggest concern about immigration in Missouri?

Immigrants will take jobs: 10%

Immigrants will take welfare benefits: 35%

Immigrants won’t learn English: 8%

Other concerns: 13%

I have no concerns: 26%

Not sure: 8%

Q5: Which party do you trust to handle the issue of immigration more, Republicans or Democrats?

Republicans: 53%

Democrats: 37%

Not sure: 10%


MOScout’s Hallway Index: Come Back Question

This week, I asked: Who is LEAST likely to attempt a political comeback?  26 replies and almost everyone agrees Chris Koster is least likely to be back in the political arena…

1. Eric Greitens… 3.8%

2. Jason Kander… 3.8%

3. Chris Koster… 92.3%

Selected Comments

·         [Koster] is doing way too well in the private sector to come back

·         [Koster] is the only one of these three who has really started the next chapter.

·         I think Koster is happy out there making a real living and Greitens just looks desperate for attention…

·         Hands down it’s Koster. Dude is making serious bank focusing on policy issues he cares deeply about.

·         [Koster’s] making good money at his current job and is too moderate for his base.


Who Won the Week

Pro-life Missourians – One step closer to their ultimate goal: no abortion clinics in Missouri.  This has been decades in the making, and it’s finally within reach.

Progressives – Seem to have found their playbook to take back the initiative in this era of Red Missourah. The latest offensive: Automatic Voter Registration coming to the ballot box in 2020.

Quinton Lucas – Solid victory over Jeff City favorite Jolie Justus.  Takes the reins from Sly with a good chuck of political capital.

Eric Schmitt – Hires James Klahr as he continues to build his team.  From the building: “The guy has an eye for talent and surrounding himself with top notch people (Shawn Furey, Matt Panick etc)…”

Seth Appleton – Graves and Luetkemeyer alum gets confirmed by US Senate as Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research at the HUD.

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Lobbyist Registrations

Kashfi Anwar-Viveros added Emergent BioSolutions.

Deirdre Flannery added Quest Diagnostics.

Dave Sweeney added Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.           



Uniting Missouri PAC - $10,000 from Rudolph and Dorothy Farber.

General Motors Company PAC Missouri - Federal Committee - $10,000 from General Motors Company Political Action Committee.

Midwest Region Laborers' Political League Education Fund - $8,344 from Laborers Supplemental Dues Fund.

House Republican Campaign Committee, Inc - $15,000 from Leggett & Platt, Inc.

House Republican Campaign Committee, Inc - $10,000 from HEALTHPAC.