Dixon Joins Race for MOGOV
July 20, 2015

(AP) – State Sen. Bob Dixon joined four other announced Republican candidates vying for Missouri governor in 2016, touting his Christian faith and conservative views during an announcement Monday on the front porch of his Springfield home.
“It is my faith in God that helps me to daily set the compass,” Dixon told reporters during a stop at the Capitol later Monday. “I hope the people of Missouri will accept my record of service as a reflection of my faith in the Almighty, because that frankly is at the core of what I do.”
Dixon, 46, added that he respects and appreciates other religions. He said he wants to help “renew Missouri’s spirit and offer Missouri’s families sensible conservative solutions.”
He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and served in the House for eight years before that. Much of his work in the Legislature has centered on crime policy, and he chairs the Senate’s criminal justice committee. He worked in banking and finance before his election to the Legislature.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. Attorney General Chris Koster is the sole Democrat looking to replace him.
To challenge Koster, Dixon first needs to push past a growing field of Republican candidates. Former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, fellow state Sen. Mike Parson and former state Rep. Randy Asbury all are seeking the GOP nomination. Two others – former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens and suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner – are expected to announce soon.

Bruner &amp Greitens Form Exploratory Committees
April 3, 2015

(AP) – Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner (BRUH’-ner) is gearing up for another potential run at a top Missouri office.

Brunner filed paperwork Thursday creating an exploratory committee for a Republican campaign for governor in 2016.

Brunner ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost in the Republican primary to former Congressman Todd Akin.

Missouri’s gubernatorial field has been in flux since the Feb. 26 suicide of Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk), who was running for governor.

Former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and former state Rep. Randy Asbury already are running.

Former Navy SEAL and author Eric Greitens (GRY-tens) also has created an exploratory committee, and others have said they are considering the race..

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.

Schweich Starts Run for GOP Nod for Governor
January 28, 2015

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich launched his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor Wednesday afternoon in St Louis.
Schweich says he run on a platform of ending political corruption in state government, advancing the state’s economy and getting better schools.
Schweich’s decision to run sets up a potentially intense Republican primary in 2016.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has already started her campaign.
Democratic Attorney Gendral Chris Koster is expected to run in 2016.
Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill announced she would not run for Governor earlier this month.
Wednesday, Hanaway campaign spokesman Nick Maddux blasted the new Candidiate.
“Conservative activists throughout Missouri believe primaries have repeatedly cost the Republican Party statewide elections. Today, Auditor Schweich chose to create yet another primary. Auditor Schweich’s electoral record is marked by relentless pursuits of the next office and tearing apart the Republican Party.”

McCaskill Passes By 2016 Run for Governor
January 12, 2015

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has turned down what may be he last shot at what once was her dream job, Governor of Missouri.
McCaskill announced Monday on Steve Kraske’s ‘Up to Date’ talk show on KCUR radio.
“If felt wrong to turn away away from
My seat in the Senate,” McCaskill said.
McCaskill also used the interview endorse Democratic Attorney Chris Koster’s run for governor.
McCaskill’s a noun cement avoids an lengthy and expensive Democratic primary.
McCaskill made it clear, however, she is not staying out of Missouri politics.
She says she will be very active in pushing for ethics reform and campaign contribution limits.
Missouri has no limits on donations now.