Missouri Lawmakers, the ” Famous 15″, Invited to Post-Veto Session Pow-Wow
September 19, 2013

The 15 Missouri Republicans who bucked House Speaker Tim Jones, voting to sustain Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the tax cut bill, House Bill 253, have been been invited to a meeting Friday, according to the Missouri Times.
The website says Rep Lynn Morris of Nixa addressed the invitation to the ‘Famous 15’. It says the meeting will be co-hosted by Republic State Rep. Jeff Messenger.Both are Republicans.
Republican efforts to override Nixon’s veto of the GOP’s legislative center piece came up short last week. The measure to override. Drew fewer votes in the Republican-dominated House than when the bill was first passed in the Legislature this spring.
House Speaker John Diehl, Missouri GOP Executive Director Shane Schoeller and Grow Missouri Treasurer Aaron Willard have also been invited.
The intent of the meeting is to “share ideas on how to handle this situation,” according to Morris based on an e-mail obtained by the Missouri Times.
Earlier, another Republican who voted to sustain the veto, Kirksville Republican Nate Walker criticized House Speaker Tim Jones saying the tax cut bill and the 15 GOP votes were sacrificed by by Jones for his plans to run for Attorney General in 2016.

Schoeller Hired to Run Missouri GOP
March 1, 2013

ST. LOUIS • Shane Schoeller, the former Missouri state representative who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state last year, has been tapped as executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

“Shane is a passionate and articulate messenger for the Republican Party,” state GOP Chairman Ed Martin said in an emailed announcement this morning. “He knows politics and understands the state, and he will bring to the Party an invaluable knowledge of the General Assembly. With Shane’s leadership, I am confident that we will achieve success in 2014 and beyond.”

In the statement, Schoeller, 41, vowed to build on the party’s majorities in the state legislature and in its congressional delegation, and to “restore Republican leadership in Missouri’s statewide offices.”

“We must effectively communicate to all Missourians that our best days are ahead by electing Republicans committed to economic growth and prosperity for our state, and our nation,” Schoeller said in the statement.

Statewide office is where Missouri Republicans stumbled last year. The party’s only victory was keeping incumbent GOP Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in his seat. Schoeller narrowly lost to Democrat Jason Kander for the seat vacated by former Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Schoeller’s ascension means two top party positions are now held by defeated 2012 candidates for statewide office. Martin ran for attorney general and lost by a wide margin to Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.

Kander Wins SOS Race Over Schoeller
November 7, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic Missouri House member Jason Kander has won the race for Missouri secretary of state.

Kander beat fellow state lawmaker Shane Schoeller (SHOH’-luhr) early Wednesday and will succeed Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who opted not to run for a third term.

The secretary of state is responsible for overseeing Missouri elections and is responsible for the state archives and state library.

Kander is an attorney from Kansas City and first was elected to the state Legislature in 2008. He announced his bid for secretary of state shortly after Carnahan announced she would not run.

Schoeller was elected in 2006 and served in the leadership for the Republican-led House.

Schoeller Calls Voter Photo ID “Plain Common Sense for Missouri, Rips Rival Kander
October 24, 2012

Republican candidate for Secretary of State Shane Shoeller hold up his driver’s license during Lee’s Summit campaign stop.

Lee’ Summit– Republican candidate Secretary of State Shane Schoeller says starting a voter photo ID law in Missouri, just makes plain common sense”.

Schoeller, along with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Iowa Secretary Matt Schultz, and Mississippi Secretary Delbert Hosemen campaigned in Lee’s Summit early Wednesday morning.

Rep.Schoeller tried to pass a voter photo ID law in the 2012 session of the Missouri Legislature. The bill failed to get passed by the lawmakers.

Missouri passed a voter photo ID law in 2006 but the courts threw the measure out.

Schoeller accused his Democratic rival, Rep. Jason kinder of being ‘right in step with Missouri’s current Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in not supporting voter photo ID in Missouri.

Kander says the state should take a page from the state of Idaho. There, voters without adequate photo ID can present a sworn affidavit of identity and then cast a vote.

Schoeller, Hoseman and Schultz started a statewide tour of Missouri today for his campaign.

After the event in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, Kobach returned to Topeka.

Missouri Dems Outraise Republican Rivals
October 16, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Most of the Democratic candidates for Missouri executive offices held a substantial cash advantage over their Republican opponents as they entered the final month before the November elections, according to reports released Monday.
Quarterly financial figures show Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon had more than $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for his Republican challenger, St. Louis businessman Dave Spence. Democrats also had large financial advantages in every other statewide race except for lieutenant governor.
The October finance reports typically are important because they show how much cash a candidate has remaining for ads and other campaign activities in the final weeks before Election Day.
In the case of the governor’s race, Nixon’s hefty bank account means he should have plenty of resources to continue broadcasting his message as he seeks to convert his lead in the public opinion polls into a second term. But Nixon’s greater than 3-to-1 cash advantage is not necessarily insurmountable for Spence, who could tap into his personal wealth. Spence previously loaned and gave his campaign a total of $4 million, but he has not put more of his own money into the race since shortly after winning the August Republican primary.
A competitive primary drained the campaign account of Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. But Monday’s reports show Kinder had essentially pulled even financially with his Democratic challenger, former State Auditor Susan Montee, in a race that so far has received little public attention. Heading into October, Montee reported about $270,000 in her campaign account and Kinder nearly $268,000.
Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel held a large financial advantage over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Cole McNary. Although the candidates raised similar amounts of money during the quarterly reporting period, Zweifel started with a substantially larger base and had nearly $1.3 remaining in his campaign account at the beginning of October, compared with $161,000 for McNary
Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster reporting raising and spending – and still having – substantially more money than his Republican challenger, Ed Martin. Koster’s campaign reported more than $2.5 million on hand at the start of October, compared with a little less than $525,000 for Martin.
There is no incumbent in Missouri’s secretary of state’s race, because Democratic Robin Carnahan is not seeking a third term. But the Democratic candidate, state Rep. Jason Kander, reported far more money in his campaign account than the Republican candidate, state Rep. Shane Schoeller, who had to spend a considerable amount to win a GOP primary.
The finance reports show that Kander had almost $1.1 million in his account at the start of October, compared a little over $297,000 for Schoeller.