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Is Dave Spence a new GOP contender for governor? (October 23, 2011)

Campaign Finance: what’s this? (October 24, 2011):

C091145 10/24/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Davis Spence 2021 S. Warson Road St Louis MO 63124 Alpha Packaging President 10/24/2011 $5,500.00

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And now this:

Businessman May Take on Kinder in GOP Race for Governor

November 4, 2011 4:00 AM

ST. LOUIS-(KMOX)-Peter Kinder may soon have another Republican nipping at his heels in the GOP primary for Governor.

Businessman Dave Spence, the President and CEO of Alpha Packaging,  in St. Louis County, says he is “strongly considering” a run for governor – whether or not Kinder runs…..

What changed in a little over a week’s time?

Meanwhile, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C001135 11/02/2011 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Burns & McDonnell PO Box 419173 Kansas City MO 64141 10/31/2011 $25,000.00

C001135 11/02/2011 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Richard DeStefane 9200 Watson Road Suite 201 Saint Louis MO 63126 Reliant Care Management President 10/31/2011 $10,000.00

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Pass the popcorn.