Parson Kicks Off
Big old-fashioned kick-off from Governor Mike Parson. It was well-executed, professional, befitting a gubernatorial campaign. Big crowd, big introduction, big speech. And this slick new video.
· MO Soybean endorses Parson. See it here.
· Jason Hancock writes about Parson’s relationship with Steven Tilley. See it here.
· Scott Charton analyzes Parson’s use of Missouree/Missouriah. See it here.
· In the large contributions (below), $150K+ was recorded for Parson’s Uniting Missouri PAC from his recent KC fundraiser.
· “Parson Works” is the tagline of the campaign, but it looks like some MDP staffer grabbed that Twitter handle. See it here.
· Being the King of Typos myself, I hate to point this out, but come on KCStar, really?? “Parsons” on the front-page headline. See it here.
Driving the Day… Rehder Kicks Off
This morning Rep. Holly Rehder officially launches her campaign for state senate with a new video, first seen here. It’s largely a biographical piece, telling her life story. See it here.
I grew up poor – we survived on welfare and food stamps. At 15, I had to quit school to help take care of my family. Not long after I was a high school drop-out married and pregnant
I could have chosen a life on welfare, but I didn’t want that for my daughter… I wanted the American Dream. I took whatever jobs I could find… a hotel maid, sewing factory in Cape during the day, fast food at night... also went to school at night and on the weekends, got my GED and my degree from Southeast Missouri State University, We even started our own business. By the grace of God, my life is proof the American Dream is alive and well. But we need to defend it…
State of the Race
· A MOScout poll last month showed the race tied (Kathy Swan: 27%; Holly Rehder: 26%; and Undecided: 48%).
· In July, they reported cash on-hand numbers in the same ballpark, but with Rehder currently ahead $179,902 vs $125,745.
Driving the Week
Folks will start descending on Jefferson City today for Wednesday’ veto session and concurrent special session.
I haven’t heard from anyone who thinks there will be surprises: no veto overrides and no derailment of the used auto trade-in fix. But everyone thinks that Dems – especially in the Senate – will spend a few hours raising issues close to their heart. Look for talk about the toll of gun violence and tepid government response, as well as concern about the number of children losing healthcare coverage.
Fundraisers will happen through the day, through the week.
Folks have asked for this list from time to time. I’ve tried to compile a list of PACs which were established to (independently) support candidates. Probably missing some, may have a few wrong, but here’s my best stab….
Committee Name Candidate
Uniting Missouri PAC Mike Parson
American Dream PAC Mike Kehoe
MO Opportunity PAC Eric Schmitt
Keep Government Accountable Nicole Galloway
Missourians for a Responsible Budget Scott Fitzpatrick
Believe in Life and Liberty - BILL PAC Bill Eigel
Lincoln PAC Lincoln Hough
Tony PAC Tony Luetkemeyer
Show Me Leadership PAC Scott Sifton
JeffCo Now PAC Paul Wieland
Freedom Promise PAC Andrew Koenig
Old Drum Conservative PAC Denny Hoskins
CL PAC Conservative Caucus
Next Gen GOP PAC Shamed Dogan
Show Me Growth PAC David Gregory
Accountability PAC Hannah Kelley
Crystal PAC Crystal Quade
Team Robert PAC Robert Ross
Holly PAC Holly Rehder
Brush Fires PAC Cody Smith
Young Guns PAC Rob Vescovo
Justice for All PAC Eddy Justice
Lyda Krewson Leadership PAC Lyda Krewson
DougPAC Doug Beck
St. Louis Progress Steven Roberts Jr.
Driving MNEA’s IP
As MNEA considers an initiative petition to roll-back the income tax-cuts and direct the extra revenue to education, here are some news pieces they may point to, justifying the need for higher teacher salaries and other costs…
· KY3 reports on rising number of English-learning students and a teacher shortage. See it here.
· MO Lawyers Media reports on the Kansas City schools “innovating” to fill teacher vacancies. See it here.
· And KCUR reports on teacher vacancies – and also bus drivers. See it here.
eMailbag on STL Biz Community
Does the St. Louis business community have a unified position on guns? If so that’s news to me... [And] There isn’t much evidence that the larger business community is with the conservative caucus, but the scary question is does the caucus (have to) care? With that much funding I’m not sure they do.
Operation Food Search seeks Public Policy Analyst. “Reporting to the Director of Policy & Innovation, this individual will conduct research, analyze data, co-design strategy, and create content in support of policy efforts to protect and enhance food access for vulnerable populations in Missouri…” See the ad here.
Nathan Bowen formed a candidate committee (Missourians For Bowen) to run for House 157 as a Republican. The current incumbent, Rep. Mike Moon, is termed.
Uniting Missouri PAC - $50,000 from Ketchmark & McCreight PC.
Uniting Missouri PAC - $50,000 from Penn National Gaming Inc.
Uniting Missouri PAC - $15,000 from Kansas City Power & Light.
Uniting Missouri PAC - $6,000 from Summit View Farms.
Uniting Missouri PAC - $37,500 from Supporters of Health Research & Treatments.
Heath Clarkston, Doug Nelson, and Kurt Schaefer added Garcia Laboratory.
Happy birthdays to Rep. Alan Green, Dave Plemmons, Mark Habbas, Zach Pollock, Rod Jetton, Jorgen Schlemeier, Jack Goodman, Delbert Scott, and Garrett Webb.