MOScout Weekend: Jones Fundy – Senate Corridor – Midterm Roe – Food Tax Cut?

The Senate continues to spin the wheels on the redistricting map, will reconvene today at 10 a.m.

The MOScout weekly survey will return next week. Here’s a little recap of Saturday morning…

Senate 26 warming up

tipster says Bob Jones‘ The initial fundraiser (Thursday) was great. Jones is running for Franklin County Senate.

“The most successful fundraiser I’ve seen in Franklin County since Roy Blunt was running for the US Senate for the first time. It’s been years since I’ve seen this kind of event in Franklin County…a ridiculous Who’s Who of business people and community leaders… Capacity is supposed to be 80 and there were about 125 people and it was a ridiculous Who’s Who.

EM + MEC = tax reduction?

Grocery taxes are becoming an issue with a left-right coalition making a possible bipartisan move this session.

· Rep. Republican. Mary Elizabeth Coleman filed HB 1992 which simply says, “No tax shall be levied and imposed under this Chapter on retail sales of foodstuffs.”

· It is promoted by progressive Empower Missouri as a tax cut that helps people at the bottom of the economic ladder. See their writing here. “With the increase in food prices, the amount of taxes collected on the sale of food has also increased. Sales taxes increase income inequality because low-income people end up spending a higher share of their income on basic needs like food. According to the Consumer Expenditure Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lowest income quintile spends more than 25% of their income on food, while the highest income spends only 5%.

Evolving MO towards the new economy

representing Phil Christofanelli filed HB 2672 defining the cryptocurrency industry within Missouri’s regulatory framework. “House Bill 2672 exempts cryptocurrencies from property taxes and securities regulation, defines digital assets in the Missouri Uniform Commercial Code, and exempts the sale or use of cryptocurrency from the requirements of license of money transmitters.”

Roe: Damage to Dem Coalition

Politico reports that the GOP is licking its chops in the upcoming midterm elections…

· Republican strategists described the pandemic to Nightly as a boon, with its effects on both inflation and education, two of voters’ top concerns, as well as Biden’s dismal public approval ratings.

· GOP strategists promise to abide by unpopular Covid restrictions even though they have been removed. They happily predict that Biden’s party will pay the price in the midterm elections for, they say, waiting too long.

· “They are waving the white flag, having completely lost the war and have nothing to do but retreat,” said Jeff Roethe Republican strategist who led Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016 and helped elect Glenn Youngkin governor of Virginia last year. “The suburban, college-educated independent voter? Good luck. Add married people with children and put them on the Republican side. [Democrats] has done more damage to this coalition in the past 14 months than any Republican has done in the past 14 years.

MOScout Corridor Index: Impact of the Redistricting Debate

I asked lobbyists what they thought would be the impact of the redistricting/filibuster debate? 19 answers…


1. Kills a few weeks, but nothing too significant…10.5%

2. Permanently poisons the Senate for this session… 68.4%

3. Something else… 21.1%

Example of comments

· The Conservative caucus is poison.

· Every time I think the vitriol in the Senate can’t get any higher, they exceed my expectations.

· It seems that the 6/7 Rs have waged war on the rest of their caucus and the interesting question is whether the rest of the Majority will understand this and act on it. It all started years ago when these members provided their colleagues’ cell phone numbers during a debate on abortion and continues to escalate. 17 R plus 10 D seems like a reasonable ruling coalition in the Senate.

· Things will never be the same again.

· The longer this goes on – the deeper the division and hurt feelings – the less likely there is to be a path to meaningfully reconcile the Conservative caucus and mainstream Rs.

· Nothing more significant than we already thought. It’s no more broken than before. This week didn’t teach people anything – at least no one was paying attention. Killed a few weeks and now to the next issue that will kill a few weeks.

· Has a substantial impact on the session beyond a few weeks but too soon to determine if it is irreparable.

· Hard to say because it’s a big waterfall. If the leaders can’t control that, they won’t stand up to the conservatives on anything else.

· It’s never as bad as it looks, but it’s no small feat and will have a lasting impact. The number of invoices that will eventually go over budget is drastically decreasing each week.

· I would have picked number 1 if things hadn’t gotten so personal.

· A mixture of both. Women pushing back helps!

· It’s always bad in Jefferson City until it’s not.

Who won the week?

Senate Women – A breath of fresh air after the systematic filibuster of the constituencies. You mean being a senator can be all about relationship building? It’s not just “standing in the gap?” And isn’t the fate of the Republic hanging by a thread? TBD by Missouri CD-2 shape?

Josh Renaud – Despite the governor’s wishes, no charges have been brought against the Post-Dispatch reporter who alerted the state government that he had inadvertently left the social security numbers of vulnerable teachers on a public website.

Better elections — The effort to bring ranked-choice voting to Missouri has added $600,000 to its coffers (sources unknown), has a group of bipartisan consultants at work, and is looking at the most likely source of their opposition (ultra-conservative Republicans ) aggravate would-be allies in combat.

steven robert – The Democratic senator places himself in the pickle of the battle of the cutouts. And as he eyes a run for Congress, the incumbent reiterates her “defund police” stance, perhaps opening a line of attack.

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tomorrow’s game

The Wall Street Journal reports that “A record 31.4 million Americans plan to bet on Super Bowl LVI, a 35% increase from last year’s game, according to the American Gaming Association. Punters are estimated to bet $7.61 billion on this year’s game, a jump of 78% from last year. The increasing legalization of sports betting in the United States is fueling the rapid growth. »

· Rep. Dan HollyThe HB 2502 from is one of the vehicles equipped to make Missouri fun.

Contributions of $5,000 or more

Cable MO PAC – $6,016 from Mediacom Communications.

MO Cable PAC – $5,436 from Comcast Financial.


Happy birthday to Louise Tokovitch.

Sunday: Jay Nixonand the senator. steven robert.

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