The Missouri Times, – October 20, 2021 (Short)
Former U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison has decided against a congressional bid in the 7th district, he said Wednesday.
“I have spent my professional career promoting a strong national defense and the rule of law. As a private citizen, I continue to work to preserve the sanctity of innocent life and the ideas that made America a shining city on a hill,” Garrison said. “That work is not done, and I look forward to future opportunities for continued public service. For everything there is a season, however, and after prayerful consideration, I will not be a candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2022.”
Garrison, now a partner at Husch Blackwell, served as a U.S. attorney for the Western District from January 2018 until February 2021, resigning upon the new administration. In the office, Garrison focused on large-scale drug trafficking and prosecuted firearms offenses, illegal immigration, sex crimes, and tax evasion.
“It has been the privilege of my career to lead the office where I began my service as a federal prosecutor 14 years ago,” Garrison said in a letter then. “The lawyers and staff of my office accomplished a great deal for the people of Missouri in the last three years. … The dedicated public servants in this office represent the United States in criminal and civil matters with excellence and integrity, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve alongside them.”
Missouri Independent, – October 19, 2021 (Medium)
While all the attention in the race for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat has been focused on the crowded GOP primary, a Democrat quietly out-raised the field last quarter.
Marine veteran Lucas Kunce, 39, reported raising nearly $840,000 during the three months that ended Oct. 1.
That far outpaces his main rivals for the Democratic nomination — former state Sen. Scott Sifton raised $222,000 and businessman Spencer Toder raised $12,000.
He also edged out his potential GOP opponents vying for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, with Attorney General Eric Schmitt coming closest with $650,000 raised last quarter.
Kunce still trails the Republicans in cash on hand, reporting $670,000 in the bank in his most recent disclosure report compared to $1.6 million for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler; $1.2 million for Schmitt; $540,000 for U.S. Rep. Billy Long and only $200,000 for former Gov. Eric Greitens.
But Kunce is quick to point out his fundraising haul was built without accepting donations from corporate political action committees.
“In fact,” Kunce said, “I want to abolish corporate PACs altogether.”
The Missouri Times, – September 30, 2021 (Long)
And a theme has emerged among the GOP contenders: most are current or former state senators.
Missouri’s 7th congressional district — as it stands now — is deeply red and nestled in the southwest corner of Missouri and includes Springfield and Branson. It is the seat formerly held by outgoing Republican Senator Roy Blunt whose decision not to run for re-election set off the campaign domino effect in Missouri.
Here’s a look at the Republican contenders for the seat.
Missouri Independent, – September 29, 2021 (Medium)
A bipartisan group of Missouri officials hopscotched the state in the summer of 2011 touting a plan to create a $360 million tax credit program to turn St. Louis into a hub for freight flown between China and the Midwest.
Among the most vocal champions of the so-called China hub bill was Eric Schmitt, then a first-term state senator from St. Louis County.
“St. Louis and Missouri must not miss this opportunity,” he said at the time.
But it was not to be.
The deal, which offset the cost of China hub incentives by reducing or eliminating other tax credits, stalled during a special legislative session over disagreements between the House and Senate.
The bill was shelved and the Missouri political world moved on — for a while at least.
A decade later, China hub became the first public skirmish of the 2022 GOP Senate primary.
Now a leading candidate for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Schmitt faces a much different GOP base than in 2011 — largely, but not exclusively, thanks to Donald Trump.
Missouri Independant, – August 25, 2021 (Long)
The Missouri House Elections Committee convened Tuesday to discuss ways to alter the initiative petition process and improve election security.
And over the course of more than three hours, lawmakers heard a parade of debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
“I’m convinced the country suffered the greatest cyber attack in the history of the world that was ordered and orchestrated by the Chinese Communist Party,” retired military analyst David Stevens told the committee.
Stevens was referencing a conspiracy peddled by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell that claims the Chinese were behind President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. During his August symposium, Lindell offered $5 million to any cyber security expert who could prove his claims wrong, which at least one former military cyber expert, a longtime Republican from Texas, has said he easily can.
Others testifying Tuesday were similarly enamored with Lindell’s theories, including Rep. Ann Kelly, a Lamar Republican who doesn’t serve on the elections committee but testified about attending a symposium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, organized by Lindell.
Missouri Independent, – June 4, 2021 (Short)
Nicole Galloway, the only Democrat who currently holds a statewide office in Missouri, announced Friday she won’t seek re-election in 2022.
In an announcement posted on Twitter, Galloway called serving as auditor “the honor of my life.” She pointed to her husband and three sons, noting that in her decade in public office she has “missed countless family events, little league games and school activities.
“I am ready for the next chapter of service and life with my family.”
Galloway is a Columbia CPA who was appointed auditor by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015 after the death of Republican Tom Schweich. She won a full term in office in 2018, even as Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill lost to Republican Josh Hawley.