The Koster Campaign is doing everything in its power to label Navy SEAL and Patriot Eric Greitens as somehow shady for taking a salary from his charity – a salary that experts say is in line for the leader of a charity of its size. We went back thru our archives and found this doozy:
”Oh, I get it. Sorry to be thick. I’ll start writing them [checks] now.” -Chuck Hatfield (Click here to read entire email)
The Missouri Political News Service has obtained exclusive emails detailing the shady dealings between “Imposter Koster” and his consigliere and Nixon crony Chuck Hatfield. We will be releasing excerpts from the emails over the next few days.
The question here is will Post Dispatch beat reporter “Baghdad/Two Toes” Tony Messenger sit on this story because it’s us and we insult him regularly, or will he get off his fat behind and actually be a REPORTER?????
AP:“They met at an Italian restaurant in southwest Missouri. A campaign aide for Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Koster and the treasurer for a local Democratic committee. The purpose: a check exchange.”
“Chris and I spoke this afternoon and he has brought me up to date on your conversations. The gentleman he wants to put you in contact with is Chuck Hatfield. Chuck’s contact information is:
l’m sure that you and Chris have discussed this, but our financial reporting period ends on March 31, 2008. We must have all contributions in by that date to be included in the quarterly report.”(Click here to read entire email)
AP: “Koster’s aide handed the Democratic official a check from an innocuous-sounding group called the Economic Growth Council, along with a pair of letters she had created – one from the Economic Growth Council accompanying its money, the other from Koster’s campaign soliciting money from the local political committee. The letters were formalities.”
“Joe Hudson, Carpenters DC in KC is supposed to overnight a check for $1, 725 to the 18th Senatorial Democratic Committee…. She also asked if we could send her a contribution request letter for her file.” (Click here to read entire email)
AP: “The next day, about 330 miles to the southwest, McNay met Jasper County Democratic Chairwoman Susan DeCarlo at an Italian restaurant in Joplin. It was the second time she had delivered a $13,750 check for the 129th Legislative District Democratic Committee of which DeCarlo is treasurer. McNay left the restaurant with a pair of $13,450 checks – one a direct contribution to Koster, the other an indirect contribution made payable to Koster’s advertising buyer, LUC Media of Marietta, Ga.”
“Please email or call Senator Koster on his cell phone and advise him that the check is available for pick up…If we have made contributions to the 134th, please advise the Senator of same and he will suggest other entities.” (Click here to read entire email)
The White House and Democrats are admitting today that their socialized medicine scheme formally called Obamacare is a bust. Premiums in the health exchanges are expected to rise an average of 25% next year, and in may cases, there will only be one insurer in the marker for 20% of Obamacare recipients.
Chicago Sun Times:
“In St. Louis, Emily Bremer, an insurance broker, said only two insurers will be offering plans next year through healthcare.gov. Cigna’s network includes BJC HealthCare and an affiliated physicians’ group, while Anthem provides access to other major hospital systems, including Mercy, but excludes BJC and its preeminent academic medical center Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “These networks have little or no overlap,” she said. “It means severing a lot of old relationships. I have clients who have doctors across multiple networks who are freaking out.”
Even before St. Louis’ insurance options shrunk, Bremer said she had to put members of some families on separate policies in order for everyone to keep their physicians. That can cost the families more, because their combined deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket payments can be higher than for a single policy, she said. “Every year our plan disappears,” said Kurt Whaley, a 49-year-old draftsman in O’Fallon, Mo., near St. Louis. After one change, he said, “I got to keep my primary care physician, but my kids lost their doctors. I had to change doctors for my wife. It took away some of the hospitals we could get into.” Read more…
It looks like the Missouri Republican Congressional delegation watches the polls too!
STL Post Dispatch:
The announcement is a little redundant, as all the people on the list had previously stated their support for Trump. The last holdout was U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who wavered for months, then finally said over the summer that she will vote for him.
The announcement included a statement from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is facing a strong re-election challenge this year from Democrat Jason Kander, currently Missouri’s secretary of state. Blunt has been tepid in the past about his standing endorsement of Trump, and has criticized the nominee’s comments at times. But his statement today was unequivocal. Read more…
I set the bar very low for Donald Trump at last night’s first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York City. Trump in my opinion had two hurdles to get over in this first debate in order for his performance to be deemed a success for him.
One, look and act presidential. Two, don’t say anything overly outlandish or controversial. For the first two thirds of the debate, Trump was holding his own against Hillary who was obviously better prepared and a seasoned debater.
Trump scored points when he talked about his economic themes like keeping manufacturing jobs in this country and lowering tax rates for companies “big and small” from 35% to 15%. He also kept Clinton on the defensive regarding trade policy and her past support for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal that President Obama ardently supports.
The debate was essentially a draw until Trump once again felt the need to overly defend his initial opposition to the Iraq War – even though non partisan fact checkers have proven time and time again that Trump did in fact initially support President Bush’s invasion of Iraq.
It was an unnecessary distraction that literally delved into the bizarre when Trump invoked conservative talk show host Sean Hannity’s name into his defense by claiming Hannity told him in private conversations that Trump indeed initially opposed the war and all the media had to do was “ask him.”
Another self-inflicted miscue by Trump was his response in regards to the Justice Department’s suits against him and his late father for rental discrimination in the 1970’s. Their real estate development company paid millions of dollars in fines to the government but admitted no wrong doing.
Instead of denying he and his father discriminated against African American and Hispanic applicants, Trump said, “I was very young….We, along with many, many other companies throughout the country — it was a federal lawsuit — were sued. We settled the suit with zero — with no admission of guilt. It was very easy to do.”
Two weeks ago, Trump attempted to put the “Birther” issue to rest by finally admitting that President Obama was a U.S. citizen. Everyone knew this was going to be an issue in the debate and one of Hillary’s best opportunities for scoring points and motivating her less than enthusiastic African American base to come out for her in November.
Instead of saying I put this issue to rest, next question, The Donald doubled down. “I think I did a great job and a great service not only for the country, but even for the president, in getting him to produce his birth certificate.”
I believe these are mistakes Trump can weather because they are not new issues or allegations to the public. A major mistake in my opinion was his responses to the assertions by Hillary that Trump doesn’t pay any federal income taxes or that he made money off the backs of other’s misfortune during the housing crisis:
CLINTON:Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.
TRUMP:That’s called business, by the way.
CLINTON: [M]aybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.
TRUMP:That makes me smart.
Admittedly, I am not a Trump supporter, but I am also not a Never Trumper. Trump still needs to earn my vote and support and the last month or so with his new campaign manager keeping him half way disciplined has gone a long way towards earning my support.
To those like me who are loyal Republicans not committed to Trump yet, or those who are Independents and on the fence about Donald, I don’t believe his performance last night will help or harm him in the long run in the polls.
He lost this first debate but it wasn’t a knock out blow to Trump’s presidential aspirations. He must be more disciplined and prepared in the second and third debates and not take Hillary’s bait to travel down a rabbit hole of his own making.
Round one has Hillary slightly ahead on points, but there were no devastating blows and Hillary won round one with Jab points, not hard blows. I can’t wait for round two!