Schweich Continues ‘ Clean Out Jeff City’ Campaign Theme
January 30, 2015

Missouri State Auditor, Republican Tom Schweich continues to pres his ‘Clean Out Jefferson City’ theme on his first campaign swing as a candidiate for Givernor.
“You can’t get anything done until you clean up the corruption,” Schweich said I. Kansas City Thursday.
It was the second day of Schweich fly-around announcement tour.
Schweich expects to face former Misspuri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway during the August 2016 Republican Party primary for Govenor.
As Schweich’s campaign started, he took a swipe at Hanaway and one of her supporters, wealthy investor Rex Sinquefield. He has donated heavily to her campaign.
In Kansas City, Schweich mentioned Sinquefield more by name than he did Hanway.
“They’re one in the same,” claimed the auditor.
Schweich is just starting his second term as State Auditor. democrats did not mount a challenger to him.
Schweich says he’ll also make improving Missouri schools and economic development major campaign issues.
when asked about the economic competition in the Kansas City area, known as ‘The Border War’, Schweich says, as Govenor he would try to resolve the problem. He was nit specifics.
The main theme of his remarks centered on the problem he sees with correct potion, since Missouri has no political campaign contribution limits and few restrictions on lobbyist activity.
“t’s deception, it’s fraud, it’s influence peddling. And it’s the kind of thing that worries me about the future of the Republlican Party in Missouri,” he said.
A statement from the Hanway campaign says it is really the Schweich bid that could jeopardize the the GOP, by dividing it with a primary campaign.
“Primaries have repeatedly cost Missouri Republicans statewide elections, a Hanaway spokesman wrote in a statement.
In 2012, a hard fought Republican primary gave the Missouri US Senate nomination to former Congressman Todd Akins.
He was easily defeated by Democrat Claire McCaskill in a race that Missouri Republicans thought they started out with the upper hand.
Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster is the heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2016.

Blago Back in Court for 2nd Trial
April 21, 2011

The AP:

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made his first appearance at his second federal corruption trial Thursday, appearing relaxed but remaining uncharacteristically quiet as he arrived at a downtown Chicago courthouse.

Blagojevich wasn’t required to appear a day earlier when potential jurors began answering written questionnaires. But Judge James Zagel wants Blagojevich in court when Zagel starts questioning jurors one by one.

The typically outspoken Blagojevich said only that he would talk “afterward” as he walked with his wife into the courthouse, where his first trial ended last year with jurors deadlocked on all but one count of lying to the FBI.

The 54-year-old still faces 20 charges, including accusations he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job.