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Sources have it that 30-second ad spots on Fox are tagged at $500,000 or
more. A full game series would be a blessing for the network. The
matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, kicking off
tonight, has Vegas oddsmakers choosing the Cubs as favorites with odds
of -210, while the underdog Indians are given +165 odds.
According to Politico, Roy Blunt is the 6th most likely GOP incumbent senator to lose next month. The most vulnerable: Mark Kirk of Illinois. Remember, the
Dems need only pick up four seats to control the upper chamber.
Bill DeWitt, III has greenlighted the construction of the second phase
of Ballpark Village that will accommodate a 29-story, 550,000
square-foot residential apartment building and a Class-A office
structure – all budgeted at $220 million.
TRENDING: In Missouri, a victory for Eric Greitens would end divided rule in Jefferson City, potentially easing Republican lawmakers’ efforts to pass measures such as “right to work” legislation.
Barak Obama Boulevard in East St. Louis gets a mention this morning in a moving piece by Dan Barry of the New York Times about schools and streets across the U.S. named in honor of the president. The Grey Lady also devotes two full pages to a lengthy list, in small type, of “All the People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter Since Declaring his Candidacy for President,” from ABC News to Mort Zuckerman (and entertainers from Alec Baldwin to Neil Young.)
NEW SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND AD TIES KANDER TO CLINTON
That’s the headline of a page one story in today’s edition of The New York Times. Datelined O’Fallon, Missouri, the story reads in part: “Jason Kander, an ex-military officer, released a television ad in which he assembled an AR-15 blindfolded. Suddenly, his race against Sen. Roy Blunt in Missouri was close. . .Suddenly, it was game on for Kander, Secretary of State. Mr. Kander’s poll numbers soared. . .So did the panic among Republicans trying to save Mr. Blunt and possibly their Senate majority. . .Surprisingly, Democrats have improved their chances in places like Missouri and North Carolina. . .In perhaps the oddest quirk of a decidedly erratic year, Mr. Kander may be benefiting from Mr. Trump’s anti-establishment message.”
AN INTERNAL DOCUMENT casts the spending disparity in stark terms. Democrats are set to outspend Republicans in Missouri and other states. Florida is the only ultra-competitive Senate race where Republicans are outspending Dems over the next three weeks.
HISTORIC OCT. 23: 1947, DRS. GERTY AND CARL CORI were the first spouses to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They had moved to St. Louis in 1931 and were hired as scientists/researchers at Washington University. Together they mentored many scientists. Their only child was Tom Cori who married the daughter of conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; 1886, The St. Louis Browns won the World Series by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10.
E. Lynn Suydam, former president of the St. Louis Community College-Meramec, has died. Throughout his seven-year leadership, he supported programs such as Project Launch, Transitions and the Project Team Recruitment Mobile Registration Unit.
DONALD TRUMP put our town on page one of the NY Times, claiming it’s one city to watch for alleged voter fraud. But 25 years ago, St. Louis was in the national news for similar allegations made by local political scientist Ken Warren. The prof couldn’t believe that a slate of black and white school board hopefuls, called the 4 Candidates 4 Kids, rolled up huge margins in some north city wards. Some called Warren’s claims racist because the other slate, headed by Tom Bugel, had strong and clear ties to arch-conservative “white rights” groups. (Our town owes a debt of gratitude to campaigners Ed Finkelstein, Myrtle Bailey, Rod Wright, Karen Isbell and Jim Roberts for helping to elect moderates Eddie Davis, Paula Smith, Robbyn Stewart and William Purdy. The opponents were Ruth Stone, Carol Wilson, William Macke and Gordon Schweitzer, all south siders.)
AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY has targeted eight Dems on health care in a $1 million digital ad campaign called “Flood of Lies,” linking Dem Senate candidates with pledges from President Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton that Americans who like their plans would get to keep their plans under Obamacare. Among the Senate candidates being targeted: Missouri’s Jason Kander.
Campaign Pro’s Maggie Severns: “Missouri has a disproportionately large number of blue-collar while Trump supporters. and he led Hillary Clinton in both September and October polls by 5-10 percentage points. Down-ballot GOP candidates are expecting to benefit from voters who would usually not be motivated by a conventional Republican nominee coming out to support Trump – though they simultaneously fret over whether moderates might stay home. And to them, the recent sexual assault mostly seems like a media-driven narrative designed to distract from Clinton’s issues.”
UBER RIDE BOOKINGS GROWING SO FAST that it’s nearing $6 billion per quarter jumping 58 percent since January. . .OCT. 22 in 1981: The U.S. National Debt topped a then-shocking $1 trillion. . .That’s our town’s David Clohessy in the current issue of Women’s Health magazine, noting the similarities between clerics who abuse congregants and physicians who abuse patients. . .Congrats to the Green McDonough Band, winner of the 2017 Blues Challenge. The energetic duo will represent our town in a national competition in Memphis next year. The St. Louis Blues Society reports the biggest-ever attendance at the contest. (Last year’s winner, Eugene & Company, headed by vet bassist Eugene Johnson . He also plays with the Ground Floor Band. This year’s runner up was R&B crooner Roland Johnson. . .Local musicians and R&B/soul/blues fans are hoping for a speedy recovery for the recently hospitalized Brock Walker, longtime keyboardist for downtown diva Kim Massie and a regular at Beale on Broadway. . .Cris Naffziger’s “St. Louis Patina” blog has nice, nex pics and short histories of the high-rises on Skinker Boulevard just west of Forest Park, including the Dorchester, the Wiltshire, 801 and 625 south Skinker.
GROWING TREND: FOR $1,500-$3,000, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Emer performs a procedure to males making testicles appear larger and decreases sweating and wrinkles of patients. To do that, he injects botulinum toxin into the scrotum.
As of 10:30 a.m. today, Time Warner’s stock was up 8.7 percent at $90.17
with telecom giant AT&T possibly sealing a deal for the conglomerate as
early as this weekend.
ST. LOUISAN SYED TARIQ AL was arrested this morning on a two-count indictment alleging false statements regarding a federal housing program and bank fraud. Indictment: Ali accepted payments outside of HUD’s lease and granted his tenant an interest in the rental property contrary to the landlord’s certifications. He is also accused of falsifying endorsements on checks intended for needy members of his mosque.
ST. LOUIS ALDERMAN ANTONIO FRENCH tweets about last night’s presidential debate: “Trump’s foreign policy answers sound like a book report from a teenager who hasn’t read the book. Oh, the grapes! They had so much wrath!”