Latest in the Abortion Battle
The Planned Parenthood abortion clinic received a reprieve until the AHC ruling could be made. See the order here.
One MOScouter thinks the drip, drip, drip of shutting down the only abortion clinic in the state is not in Parson’s best political interests… “Just re-stating the obvious - Why did Team Parson let him get this far out there? This is dragging on and drowning out his message, while he’s absent and overseas…”
MOScout Poll: Parson – Galloway Head-to-Head
This week, the MOScout Poll looks at Parson vs Galloway. Parson starts with a substantial lead. See the full results here.
Survey conducted June 26 through June 27, 2019. 960 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 +/-3.2%.
Q1: Do you think Missouri is heading in the right direction or going off on the wrong track?
Right direction: 44%
Wrong track: 41%
Not sure: 15%
Q2: What is your opinion of Mike Parson?
No opinion: 31%
Q3: What is your opinion of Nicole Galloway?
No opinion: 57%
Q4: Do you approve or disapprove of Roy Blunt’s job performance as United States Senator?
Not sure: 21%
Q5: Possible candidates in the 2020 General Election for Governor of Missouri are the Republican Mike Parson and the Democrat Nicole Galloway. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?
Mike Parson: 50%
Nicole Galloway: 37%
MOScout’s Hallway Index: Come Back Question
This week, I asked: What is the greatest danger to Parson’s re-election? 23 responses…
1. Trump inspires heavy Democratic turnout… 17.4%.
2. Abortion law flips suburbs against Republicans… 30.4%
3. Democrats nominate a centrist presidential candidate… 13.1%
4. Parson is portrayed as incumbent political insider… 4.3%
5. Something else… 34.7%
· GOP extremism. Power pendulums swing and if they get too big for their britches it could force the swing sooner rather than later.
· There isn’t much in his way. I give his chances probably 80%.
· His ticker. Or a primary.
· No exemptions for rape or incest is just weird and it plays exactly that way in the burbs.
· Way too soon to know what the defining issues of the campaign will be. Abortion will help Galloway but don't think it will be enough to knock out Parson.
Page Appoints New Partnership Board
Post Dispatch reports that “St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced five appointments Friday to the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board, reshaping governance of the regional agency that was embroiled in former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's pay-to-play corruption… The new members of the 15-member board are: Jeanne Dee, a certified public account at Anders who specializes in not-for-profit and government audits; Will Ross, associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and a former member of the Better Together city-county merger task force who became critical of the initiative's leadership; Tracy Hart, president and CEO of general contractor Tarlton Corp; Dave Spence, president and CEO of Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, and the 2012 GOP nominee for Missouri governor; Pat White, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council and a former gas worker… Page's appointments don't include any members of his cabinet, a departure from past practice….”
Draper to Take Reins of SCOMO
The press release: By order of the Court, Supreme Court of Missouri Judge George W. Draper will become Missouri’s next chief justice July 1. His term as chief justice will run through June 30, 2021. He succeeds Judge Zel M. Fischer, who remains on the Court….
MMJ Shop in Bar?
Medical marijuana in entertainment venues. As in, have a drink, buy some pot, go see the concert… Springfield News Leader reports that “a medical marijuana dispensary could be coming soon to the heart of downtown Springfield. The Outland's owners announced this week that they want to turn a section of the South Avenue bar and music venue into a dispensary in the coming months… The owners of The Outland Complex announced Thursday that part of the three-bar complex may become a medical marijuana dispensary… The Outland Complex, as it's known, is a trio of music venues. Only the Outland Bar on the street level is expected to transform into a dispensary. The Front of House Lounge next door and the much larger Outland Ballroom upstairs will continue…”
Who Won the Week
Sam Page – Making all the right moves as county executive. Meanwhile potential opponent Assessor Jake Zimmerman has his fireman’s cap on putting out a raging wildfire among residents who saw their property values rise.
Mike Parson – Long road ahead, but he starts his re-election with a solid lead over his likely Democratic opponent, Nicole Galloway.
St. Louis Public Radio – In a hiring coup, announces that Riverfront Times editor Sarah Fenske will take over the captain’s seat for their flagship St. Louis On the Air program.
David Cole – Formally enters for Senate 29 while his chief opponent’s “money bomb” fails to detonate.
Freedom Rock – Medical marijuana dispensaries in bars and concert venues? Turn it up!
CL PAC - $10,000 from Nexus PAC.