Nov
05
2014
8

Tweet of the Day, This Rumor About McCaskill Would Make Me So Happy edition.

Well now.

Dear Lord:

You gave me a wonderful present yesterday, and I am truly grateful for it. And I have no desire to appear greedy. But if You could see Yourself clear to convincing Barack Obama to make Claire McCaskill the next Attorney General, that would be wonderful.

Love,

Moe Lane

May
06
2014
12

Missouri legislature passes tax cut over Jay Nixon’s (D) veto.

Jay Nixon’s petulant veto.

The new law is designed to gradually reduce Missouri’s top individual income tax rate — currently charged on all income over $9,000 — from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. It also phases in a new 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Each incremental cut would occur only if state revenues grow by at least $150 million over their high mark from the previous three years.

Jay Nixon’s hysterical, screaming veto.

Economists at the University of Missouri-Columbia have estimated that the tax cut will eventually reduce state revenues by $620 million annually. But Nixon asserted it could punch a $4.8 billion annual hole in the state budget. He contends the bill’s wording could be interpreted to eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, though Republican legislative leaders have called that “absurd.”

If you’ve ever wondered what a politician looks like when the legislative equivalent of a heroin withdrawal program is implemented, take a good gander at Governor Nixon over there.  He’s been chasing that particular dragon for quite a while, it looks like – and it looks like ol’ Jay thinks that Daddy still needs his fiscal medicine. [sigh]  Don’t do taxes, kids.  Sure, it’s a great high, but you end up needing more and more to get the same effect, and it’s never as good as the first time…

Moe Lane

Dec
08
2013
1

@instapundit wins campaign to honor Robert Anson Heinlein.

Not that Glenn’s role in all of this will ever really be publicly noted.

A physician credited as the father of osteopathic medicine and a noted science fiction writer have been selection for induction into the state Capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians. Joining them as the newest inductees are a suffragist and the catalyst of a citizens initiative that limited state revenues and local taxes.

The hall is a collection of bronze busts that generally has honored people chosen by the House speaker. However, half the new honorees this time were selected through a public nomination and voting process. The four inductees were identified to The Associated Press by House Speaker Tim Jones before the public announcement.

Winning the vote was physician Andrew Taylor Still and science fiction author Robert Heinlein.

To be fair, it’s often hard to assess how well an online campaign actually does. Still: well done, Glenn.

Via, obviously, Instapundit.

Jun
04
2013
2

Oh, yeah, there was a special election in MO-08 tonight.

As expected, Republican Jason Smith crushed Democrat Steve Hodges in this R+13 district.  For those scoring at home, this is the third special election held this election cycle, and – like the other two – has resulted in the incumbent party keeping the seat.  I note this largely because, prior to 2010, you couldn’t have a special election without some earnest Democrat type telling you brassily that his party had a magic formula for always winning those particular contests.  I wonder what happened to those people? …No, wait, that’s a lie: I really, really don’t.

Congratulations to Rep.-elect Smith.

May
28
2013
5

Reminder in MO-06: there is no such thing as a conservative Democrat.

It’s a special election, and one that’s highly unlikely to be an upset (it’s a reliably Republican district in an election cycle where the Democrats are the ones scrambling for footholds), but remember this: I don’t care how ‘conservative’ Democratic nominee Steve Hodges claims to be.  He will caucus with the Democrats if elected, and he will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House if that’s what it takes to get her in, and he will betray whatever conservative principles that he might have if it’s a close vote.  This is the way of things; there is no real sense in pretending otherwise.  And we have plenty of evidence to justify my cynicism.

Jason Smith is the Republican candidate in this election. Calibrate accordingly.

Aug
22
2012
2

#rsrh @McCormackJohn has some good advice about Todd Akin.

Advice that I’m going to heed: because while I am a hammer, at least that I know that I am a hammer (and thus think that everything that I see is a nail).  This is why we keep some of the subtle people about, and thank God that we do.  Division of labor, and all that.

Via @bdomenech.

Jul
28
2012
6

How much longer can Claire McCaskill last in Missouri?

If you’re a Democrat, then the latest poll from Mason-Dixon should not be combined with alcohol and/or used in conjunction with heavy machinery: she’s not just losing.  John Brunner beats her 52/41; Sarah Steelman, 49/42; and Todd Akin 49/44.  And that’s registered voters.  These are the kinds of numbers that you’d expect to see from a challenger; an incumbent that far underwater needs an exit strategy, quick.  Guess the Democrats guessed wrong on how quickly McCaskill was going to fade.

Mind you, the person who should really be worried right now is Missouri governor Jay Nixon.  The Democrats have written off the state in the Presidential election; Claire McCaskill is starting to swirl the drain; and the DCCC seems to have decided not to really push at the three first-term Republican incumbents this cycle.  Nixon’s looking very, very alone right now.  Such a shame…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

(Via @TookieW)

PS: Primary’s August 7th.  McCaskill is, by the way, running unopposed in the primary.  …Oops?

Jul
13
2012
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RS Interview: Martin Baker (R CAND, MO-01 PRI).

While the showdown between rival Democratic incumbents Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay – in what promises to be one of the most vicious internecine battles of the 2012 primary season – may be the most public news coming out of Missouri’s First District, it remains true that the seat will be contested in November by the Republicans.  We spoke a couple of days ago with Martin Baker, who is running in the August primary: and he wants to take this district away from the Democratic party.

Martin’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Jun
27
2012
1

#rsrh Unlike Claire McCaskill, I DON’T want Obama campaigning in Missouri.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Although seeing her out on the shaking tree limb like this is funny.  Anyway, no, I don’t want Obama campaigning in Missouri because we don’t need him there to win Missouri; I’d prefer that he spend time in states where his presence would rebound to a practical benefit for the Republican party.  Like, say, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

And maybe Colorado, depending on whether the administration messes up their disaster reaction response to the wildfires in that state.  Personally, I hope that the administration does not mess that one up – my fellow Americans are having problems over there right now – but if the President brings his reverse-Midas touch to the situation in classic fashion then I am not really required to be too forgiving of the man.

Jun
26
2012
2

#rsrh Claire McCaskill (D, MO) ducks out of the Democratic Convention.

I was half-tempted to let this news pass without real comment – after all, it’s hardly news that Democratic politicians are finding their national (and Obama-dominated) convention to be about as congenial as a leper colony, and for roughly the same reasons – but I couldn’t let this bit of half-hearted apologia get away without taking a slap at it:

The aide stressed that McCaskill did not attend the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when she was running for governor of Missouri.

Indeed.  2004.  The year where the Democratic nominee was a pumped-up cipher with no meaningful accomplishments in his political career, a rhetorical style often miscalled ‘eloquent’ but really ‘grandiose,’ and whose stale, recycled faux-populist message merely ensured that his opponent got a majority of the popular vote.  Can’t imagine why Claire’s seeing parallels to that

Moe Lane

PS: A certain amount of inherent cruelty requires me to point out that McCaskill lost that election in 2004.  Too.

Feb
13
2012
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RS at CPAC: Sarah Steelman (R CAND, MO-SEN PRI).

Sarah Steelman is one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri – which is, of course, a prime nomination to have, considering that sitting Senate Claire McCaskill is widely expected to be a prominent member of the next wave of Democratic politicians slated to die the political True Death for the greater glory of Obamacare.  We spoke for a bit at CPAC about the race, and about the fact that it was Sarah’s first CPAC:

Sarah’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Sep
30
2011
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MO Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) cuts and runs.

It’s official: the last remaining ostensibly politically viable member of the once-powerful Carnahan dynasty has decided to not seek a third term.  I say ‘ostensibly’ because it was actually unclear that Robin Carnahan was ever going to recover from her humiliating shellacking at the hands of Roy Blunt in last year’s MO-SEN race (13 points is pretty bad).  And I say ‘last remaining’ because her brother Russ Carnahan is, metaphorically speaking, a dead man walking: the Missouri legislature took the opportunity offered by redistricting to excise Carnahan’s seat in a heroic act of political eugenics.

As you may have guessed from the above, I am not particularly enamored of the Carnahan dynasty.  Truth be told, I mistrust any American political dynasty that doesn’t have John Adams as a primary genetic ancestor: frankly, they tend to turn to the bad by the third generation*. So you can imagine that the news that Robin is not going to wait around to be tossed out of office is a pleasant one for me… particularly since it means that Tom Carnahan has a little bit of a patronage problem now for his wind boondoggle business.  As in, a little bit of a lack of patronage problem. (more…)

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