Republican Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan visited Springfield, MO Thursday night and raised $1.2 million for the Romney campaign via tickets that ranged from $1,000 to nearly $25,000 each. Ryan made no mention of the Senate race, but spoke generally about wanting an “affirming election to give the GOP the presidency and majorities in both Houses of Congress. . .The new head of SLU’s law school, barrister Thomas Keefe, denies being Fr. Lawrence Biond’s “butt boy,” “trained monkey” and “yes man” in an interview with Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Keefe, a Democrat, also disparaged Todd Akin: “I say to myself over and over again, thank you God for Todd Akin. There is a God. We might actually keep control of the Senate.” And the conservative St. Louis Catholic blog notes that an anti-abortion website, Lifesite News, reported that Keefe once represented a woman in a so-called “wrongful life” suit, claiming doctors “had failed to detect that her child had a congenital condition leading to the loss of the baby’s left foot. Had she known, the woman said she would have aborted the baby”. . .Look for Shaun Hayes to launch another real estate company, Hawthorne Asset Advisors, with Mike Litz. . .Word around the sacrosanct Log Cabin Club is that former co-chair of the national Republican party and former Ambassador to the Duchy of Luxembourg, Ann Wagner, might do a switch with Todd Akin. She might run in his place for the U.S. Senate challengingClaire McCaskill and Akin might file to replace her in the run for 2nd Cong. Dist.