A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real.
And by “getting real,” I mean getting "realexpensive.”
Tuesday is the deadline for campaign committees to turn in their fund-raising reports. These are the documents showing how much money political candidates and ballot initiatives have for the final push to the Aug. 5 primary. They can also reveal how much cash is being shelled out in competitive primaries.
The first week of July has been a boon for the main group campaigning for the proposed transportation sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot and for just-announced Republican state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.
Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, has changed his expected political plans by announcing Wednesday that he’s running for Missouri state treasurer in 2016.
Schmitt had been a key player in the last two GOP legislative battles for tax cuts -- one successful, and one not.
Schmitt, a lawyer, is the first from either major party to officially announce for state treasurer, which will be up for grabs in 2016. Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel can’t run for a third term because the office, along with governor, is limited to two terms.
As St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, duke it out in a very public fashion, a lower-key primary is transpiring on the Republican side. Missouri House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa are angling to reach the November election, with both emphasizing their professional experience and personal styles.
Since 1991 when Buzz Westfall became county executive, the office has been in Democratic hands. But some prominent Republicans are bullish about the party’s chances this year.
State Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, talks about his son Stephen, who suffers from epilepsy, while supporting legislation that would allow CBD oil to be used in Missouri to treat epilepsy patients when conventional treatments fail to help.
Stephen Schmitt is the 9-year-old son of Mo. State Senator Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale. Stephen suffers from epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis, and has also been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He is unable to speak and requires near-constant care.
Just weeks away from its implementation, the Kirkwood School District held an informational meeting Tuesday night to answer questions from parents and residents about the school transfer process.
The basic message from speakers was this: The system is flawed, the law is broken, there wasn’t nearly enough planning, the legislature is dysfunctional, and what happens if we get sued? But we need to do everything in our power to make sure the incoming students get the best possible education we can provide.