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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

This evening, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):

Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh.

I have been thorough in examining Judge Kavanaugh’s record. And while the recent allegations against him are troubling and deserve a thorough and fair examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee, my decision is not based on those allegations but rather on his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy.

He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation. He wrote, ‘And I have heard very few people say that limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems.

Going even further, Judge Kavanaugh will give free reign to anonymous donors and foreign governments through their citizens to spend money to interfere and influence our elections with so-called ‘issue ads.’ These ‘issue ads’ are now flooding the airways in this nation to directly influence election outcomes, drowning the concept of individuals having the strongest voice in our democracy. Judge Kavanaugh has clearly said that there should be literally no restrictions on these ads. He has called restrictions on these dark money issue ads ‘blatantly unconstitutional.’ And in a court opinion, he went out of his way to say that foreign nationals weren’t restricted from creating or contributing to these ads – even when that wasn’t the issue before the court. A Russian company that has been indicted for election interference is currently using Judge Kavanaugh’s opinion to argue for their innocence.

While I am also uncomfortable about his view on Presidential power as it relates to the rule of law, and his position that corporations are people, it is his allegiance to the position that unlimited donation and dark anonymous money, even from foreign interests, should be allowed to swamp the voices of individuals that has been the determining factor in my decision to vote no on his nomination.

5:58 PM – 19 Sep

“…And while the recent allegations against him are troubling and deserve a thorough and fair examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee, my decision is not based on those allegations…”

Right. Claire McCaskill (D) was Jackson County Prosecutor from 1993-1998 – and was an assistant prosecutor in the office before that. A prosecutor. Contemplate that for just a moment.

That’s our Claire.

The calls to campaign offices by potential campaign volunteers just spiked.


It’s time (September 8, 2018)

Claire McCaskill (D) has got to be the luckiest politician on the planet (September 17, 2018)

Suppose you organized an open public debate in the 4th Congressional District and the incumbent republican just couldn’t be bothered to show


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Vicky Hartzler (r), August 25, 2010:

…My campaign has set aside Friday afternoons through October 22 and has called on media outlets and civic organizations to schedule forums in which the two candidates could state their views and take questions from citizens…

That was then, this is now.

Apparently Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) now believes that Renee Hoagenson’s (D) campaign is “bullying” her by doing what Vicky Hartzler’s (r) campaign did in 2010. Chutzpah. And Karma. And a belief that no one anywhere has any memory that goes back longer than ten minutes.

Renee Hoagenson (D) and her campaign found a few open dates, booked the venues, and publicized a willingness to engage in debates at those dates, times, and locations in the district. Vicky Hartzler’s campaign expressed their outrage at the impudence.

Yesterday in Belton, at one of the days and venues scheduled by Renee Hoagenson’s (D) campaign, Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) was a no show (Is anyone surprised?) – so Renee Hoagenson held an open public town hall. Over sixty voters showed up, along with media – the local paper and Show Me Progress.

Renee Hoagenson (D) – Belton, Missouri – September 18, 2018

The town hall with Renee Hoagenson (D) (and with Vicky Hartzler’s (r) absence) started at 7:00 p.m. and went past 8:30 p.m. Renee Hoagenson addressed written questions submitted by those in attendance and engaged in give and take with the audience. All of this open discussions included follow-ups.

The voters in attendance asked questions and provided their opinions on education, the budget, the deficit, the economy, access to affordable health care, campaign finance reform, term limits, agriculture (the farm bill), student loans, the military budget, and more.

After the “formal” portion of the town hall Renee Hoagenson (D) remained to greet and speak with any individuals who were so inclined.

What fresh Hell awaits us on this 606th day of Trump?


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We knew before Day One.

January 20, 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri

This morning, via Twitter:

pourmecoffee @pourmecoffee
Goofus and Gallant
Goofus releases classified documents to discredit investigations of himself
Gallant releases his taxes to build trust in himself
6:38 AM – 18 Sep 2018

Goofus is compromising methods and sources, eh? Why are we not surprised?

Claire McCaskill (D) has got to be the luckiest politician on the planet


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Her political opponents always seem to suffer from such bad timing.

Josh Hawley [2016 file photo].

On Friday:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
US Senate candidate, MO
Our first media debate is today – @clairecmc still hasn’t hopped on my debate trailer, but like I’ve said, I’ll debate her anytime, anywhere. Follow @TeamHawley and @MissouriGOP for updates during the event! #MOSen
2:30 PM – 14 Sep 2018

Oh, so now it’s a trailer? Got schooled, eh?

And then, today, via Jason Rosenbaum:

Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
Here’s @HawleyMO on Kavanaugh:

Response from Attorney General Josh Hawley:

“I’m concerned that Senator Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light.

“The Democrats have played politics with this entire process and were opposed to Brett Kavanaugh before he was even nominated. They don’t care about the truth.

“I believe allegations of sexual misconduct should never be disregarded. That’s why it’s important that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh be heard immediately and under oath.”

3:48 PM – 17 Sep 2018

Just perfect.

Oh, by the way, Merrick Garland.

Oh please, make it so


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Former Governor Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

This weekend, via Twitter:

Jeff Smith @JeffSmithMO
Former Gov. Greitens has called at least one donor to test the waters re: a 2020 gubernatorial primary.
9:21 PM – 15 Sep 2018

Back in the old days he would only need one donor.

It’s too soon to tell what the primary crossover vote would be like.

Good morning, did you have a restful night of sleep?


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Robert Mueller did.

This morning:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime. There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD for the country. ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!
9:20 AM – 16 Sep 2018

Pass the popcorn.

Campaign Finance: Don’t hug me, I’m scared.


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Wakey, wakey.

It’s all so familiar. Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C101046 09/15/2018 Missouri Club for Growth Political Action Committee Rex Sinquefield 244 Bent Walnut Westphalia MO 65085 Retired 9/14/2018 $250,000.00

[emphasis added]

The checkbook is definitely open.


Campaign Finance: Oh, pretty please, bring back the blimp… (September 10, 2018)

Campaign Finance: wakey, wakey (September 15, 2018)

Campaign Finance: wakey, wakey


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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the House Republican Campaign Committee [HRCC]:

C091068 09/14/2018 HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC Rex Sinquefield 244 Bent Walnut Lane Westphalia MO 65085 Retired Retired 9/13/2018 $90,000.00

[emphasis added]

The checkbook is open.


Campaign Finance: Oh, pretty please, bring back the blimp… (September 10, 2018)

If you don’t pay your bills, you’re just a deadbeat


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And that is certainly not a qualification to be Missouri State Auditor. At least in some circles.

There was a debate Friday between State Auditor Nicole Galloway and Saundra McDowell, the republican nominee.

Auditor candidates Galloway, McDowell trade jabs at debate

…Galloway, an accountant, noted McDowell’s personal financial troubles and questioned whether McDowell meets the state requirement that she reside in the state 10 years before seeking the office.

“She’s been sued seven times in the last five years over unpaid bills,’’ said Galloway, who also asserted that McDowell had embellished her record of investigating fraud while she worked in the state attorney general’s office.

McDowell, who’s a lawyer, accused Galloway of failing to investigate some fraud allegations, of being late with audits and ignoring the state’s open-records laws.

“If she’s not a watchdog, she’s just a dog,” McDowell said…

Yeah, that last one sounds brilliant.


About that State Auditor race (August 18, 2018)