Raise the Missouri Minimum Wage? Candidates for Governor Are Split
July 4, 2012

Missouri News Horizon:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Candidates for Missouri governor are split on whether the state should increase its minimum wage.

Republican frontrunner Dave Spence, a former St. Louis businessman said last month he is not in favor of an increase in the state’s minimum wage, which is currently $7.25.

“I don’t think the government has any place in setting wages. It is supply and demand. When there is more supply, wages are going to stay solid. And when there’s more demand, wages will go up,” Spence said, while speaking with a voter in Potosi last month.

His primary rival, Bill Randles, said he, too, does not support increasing the state’s minimum wage.

“Every study that’s been done says that if you increase the minimum wage, you increase unemployment, especially for young people,” Randles said in an interview in Mexico, Mo. “This is absolutely the wrong time to tighten the job market for young people.”

Unlike his Republican rivals, Nixon said he favors the ballot measure to increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.25.

“I’ve always been a supporter of the minimum wage. I think the people of this state have shown time and again on the ballot that they support it,” Nixon said during an interview in St. Louis. “I think that continuing to make sure that that reflects the additional costs that families have is a solid step forward for Missouri.”

A measure to increase the minimum wage will be on the ballot with Nixon and his Republican rival in November.

Heavy Hitters, Including GOP Senate Field, on the Clay County Lincoln Days Marquee
June 19, 2012

The Clay County Lincoln Days expects to drawn all three top candidates for the GOP US Senate nomination and both candidates for Governor to Excelsior Springs this coming weekend.
The Clay County republicans say Senate candidates Todd Akin, John Brunner and Sarah Steelman are all expected to attend and speak. There is no indication the three will make any joint appearances. The three last debated last week in the St. Louis area.
The GOP’s candidates for Governor, Bill Randles and Dave Spence are also scheduled to appearance according to the Clay County Republican website.
All three GOP candidates for the Secretary of State nomination, Sen. Bill Stouffer, Rep. Shane Schoeller, Sen. Scott Rupp are also scheduled to be at the event.
State Senator Brad lager is also on the appearance list, but incumbent Lt Governor Peter Kinder is not, as of Tuesday morning.
The event starts June 22 with a picnic. That will be followed by a dinner at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs.

Missouri GOP Crows Over Walker Recall Victory
June 6, 2012

Missouri Republicans joined the Wisconsin election night victory party with Scott Walker. At least on Titter.
Several politicians were watching the resulting and posting their thoughts and others.
House Majority Leader Tim Jones was one of the most prolific and most partisan.
As soon as it became apparent Walker would easily survive the recall effort Jones tweeted, “Tonight: Election Year 2012: Freedom Loving Americans: 1; Obama&Big Gov’t: 0”.
The state’s highest ranking elected Republican, , Senator Roy Blunt, thinks the walker recall holds a signal for November, “Blunt: Congrats to @ScottKWalker on the crucial victory in the #WIRecall. Tonight’s results prove Americans want to stop wasteful govt spending.”
Two candidates for the GOP nomination to Lt Governor, incumbent Peter Kinder and State senator Brad Lager said the Wisconsin results hurt organized labor.

“Governor Walker’s smashing victory is proof that successful, mainstream fiscal reforms will triumph over union bosses and their selfish, special-interest agenda,” said Kinder in a written statement.
Lager had much the same theme.
“The lessons from Wisconsin are very clear, the policies of yesterday must go and we need bold leaders who stand up to the special interests and politics as usual.”
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Randles says the Wisconsin Walker victory could be a launch for another biud for right to worm laws.
“Now is the time to bring #RightToWork to #MO.”

3P: Nixon in Solid Shape
June 1, 2012

Post-Dispatch via Johncombest:

Gov. Jay Nixon remains a “solid favorite” in his reelection bid but he may face a closer race than he did four years ago, according to the latest poll on the Missouri governor’s race from North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling.
The national polling firm’s May 24-27 survey is its first on the governor’s race since a January poll that also showed Nixon in the lead but by a wider margin.
“Jay Nixon remains a clear favorite for reelection, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to match his 20-point margin of victory from 2008,” PPP President Dean Debnam said in a news release.
Nixon’s Republican challenger will be decided in the August primary. The poll released today shows St. Louis businessman and presumptive frontrunner Dave Spence has “opened up a big lead” over Kansas City attorney Bill Randles. With less than three months to go, Spence is ahead 32-11, according to the poll results.
When matched up for the November election, PPP’s poll showed Nixon leading Spence by 11 points (45-34) and Randles by 14 (46-32).
Still, Spence and Randles – two relative newcomers on the state political stage – have significantly narrowed the gap between themselves and Nixon in the five months since the last poll, the firm notes.
Democrat-affiliated PPP surveyed 602 Missouri voters, including an oversample of 430 Republican primary voters, through automated telephone interviews for its latest poll. The firm claims a +/-4% margin of error. The poll was not conducted on behalf of any campaign or political organization.

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Randles Gets State Lawmaker Support for Grassroots Governor’s Campaign
March 2, 2012

Prime Buzz:
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Randles of KC announced six endorsements from members of the Missouri House and Senate today.
“I’m deeply honored to receive endorsements from these outstanding conservative legislators who hail from all across the state of Missouri,” Randles said.
Those endorsing Randles were: Sen. Brian Nieves, Rep. Ward Franz, Rep. Paul Curtman, Rep. Bill White, Rep. Barney Fisher, and Rep. Melissa Leach.
Randles is facing Dave Spence for the GOP nomination for Governor. The winner of the August primary is expected to take on Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon.