Bill Randles

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Bill Randles, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Missouri governor last year, is back in the news – and potentially in the national limelight.

Randles, a Kansas City lawyer, has agreed to be co-counsel for the first lawsuit filed by a tea party group against the Internal Revenue Service, an offshoot of the controversy over the IRS’ admitted targeting of such groups when they filed for tax-exempt status.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election war chest continues to grow, according to new figures released today.

Nixon raised $2.1 million between April and June, and had over $7.6 million in his account as of July first.  His campaign calls it his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and says his bank account is twice the size it was around this time in July 2008.

The Democrat from DeSoto will face the winner of the August 7th Republican primary.