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Campaign Shake-Up For Raise Your Hand For Kids: The idea started simply enough. Ask voters to raise the Missouri cigarette tax to pay for expanding early childhood education. It sounded like a good cause. And Town & Country alderwoman Linda Rallo, calling herself “just a mom with an idea,” became the public face of the campaign. She traveled many miles across Missouri in a Honda to promote the idea. But Rallo allowed Big Tobacco to hijack the proposal. In exchange for millions of campaign financial support, R.J. Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes, inserted language to manipulate Missouri cigarette marketplace in its favor.
Joe Camel stood to reap millions more upon passage of RYH4K than Big Tobacco spends on the campaign. So far, R.J. Reynolds has put about $2.8 million in cash and in-kind donations behind getting the measure on the November 8 ballot. But Big Tobacco decided the risk of having amateurs in charge of the campaign is too great, especially given all the opposition RYH4K has generated.
On Friday, in an announcement just before the close of business, when they hoped no one was paying attention, RYH4K announced that Rallo “will be transitioning” away from running the campaign. Big Tobacco is now running the show, insiders say, completing the hijacking. RYH4K’s opponents are diverse, including the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association in Missouri. Part of their opposition stems from RYH4K being in bed with Big Tobacco, and mandating that none of the new tax revenues could be used for tobacco research.
Other groups opposing RYH4K include the Missouri National Education Association, the Missouri Retired Teachers Assocation and the Missouri Assocation of Rural Education. And the Post-Dispatch did something unusual – reversing its one-time editorial support to now strongly oppose RYH4K.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: This is the 140th anniversary of the City of St. Louis separating from St. Louis County. On June 26: 1993, David Letterman’s last show was aired on CBS-TV; 1977, Elvis Presley’s last public performance (in Indianapolis); 1964, Beatles released “A Hard Day’s Night”; 1946, Fred Allen’s last radio show; 1934, President Roosevelt established credit unions; 1924, “The Ziegfeld Follies” opened on Broadway.
CORNELL LAW LIBRARY: “Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, destroys or attempts to do so, or with intent to do so takes and carries away any record or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the U.S., shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than three years or both.”
“Real Time with Bill Maher” last night on HBO, the host said, “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is the last dying gasp of the old America. . .he’s a throwback to the old days. . .America’s inner asshole. . .he urged Obama to spend his last six months on a ‘world apology tour’ to make amends for all the harm America has intentionally or unintentionally done to other countries.”
At a stop in Columbia, MO., Secretary of State Jason Kander promised to vote against any federal budget that includes a deficit. FYI: a $534 billion deficit is looming for the fiscal year.
JULY 25 IN HISTORY: 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at Paulskirche (hall) in Frankfurt, Germany; 1951, The first color telecast from NYC; 1947, The tennis shoe was introduced; 1940, Adolf Hitler viewed the Eiffel Tower in Paris after the Nazi troops occupied the city; 1938, Ella Fitzgerald’s “A Tisket A Tasket” recording was released.
Becomes law today: Hawaii to be the first state to require gun owners to
be registered into a database.
While technically still in the race for president, Sanders told MSNBC this morning that in November he’ll vote for Clinton if only to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Fired by Donald Trump on Monday as campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski is in confabs with CNN as a commentator. . .Congrats to Erin O’Flaherty, 23, who was crowned Miss Missouri in Mexico, MO. and can forge ahead to compete in Miss America. She is openly gay. . .Waiting in line at airport security PreCheck clearance? It requires a fee of $85 and a background check. There are about 16,000 ahead of you. . .WashU School of Law’s online program is successful say insiders. It “fuses some elements of traditional legal education with technology in new education vehicles”. . .Maine Demo. Rep. Cheelie Pingree reports from Cuba that “The Cubans are not enthusiastic about a Burger King on every corner and Monsanto being here”. . .While it’s been reported by the daily paper that 50 St. Louis area Catholic priests have been publicly accused of child sex crimes, they aren’t the only local Catholic clerics with this ignominious distinction. Others who face or have faced similar charges include seminarian Nicholas Pinkston, nun Judith Fisher and four brothers: John Woulfe, William Christensen, Gregory Sutton and Felix Bland. Said SNAP’s Barbara Dorris: “Hundreds of out-of-state child molesting priests, bishops and brothers have been sent here. . .The full moon and summer solstice are on a honeymoon and left us with near 100 degrees. If you’re courageous and defying the Zyka virus to head Aug. 5 to the Summer Olympics in Rio, the weather will be superb: highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s.
My good friend and yesteryear respected editor of the Post-Dispatch died at 5 p.m. yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She will be buried in Illinois next Wednesday. According to her husband, Dick Martins, she was incoherent for the last two weeks as a result of a serious infection (sepsis). She was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic in southeast Florida where a transplant of her liver was nixed. She suffered from multiple failure of vital organs, added Martins.
Now, U.S. Muslim Americans will have a chief ally in the nation’s capitol. Zaki Barzinji has been named liaison to the Muslim American community under the Office of Public Engagement.
DIVIDED HOUSING: in St. Louis, anyone who has used, sold or made drugs in the past decade is barred from public housing. The broad ruling can be counterproductive say some naysayers. It also may be illegal. HUD has already announced that the provider could not deny housing solely based on one arrest. which is “insufficient proof of criminal activity.”
SENATE RACE RANKINGS IN ORDER OF EACH SEAT’S LIKELIHOOD OF SWITCHING PARTIES: NO. 1 – Illinois; NO. 9 – Missouri, according to Politico.
Bush 43 to Campaign for Competitive GOP Races– Kirk not among them,” by Illinois Review Staff: “Former President George W. Bush is lending a hand to vulnerable Republicans in competitive Senate races across the country this summer, CNN reported Friday, but Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is not among them. Either Kirk is viewed as not vulnerable or not competitive, no explanation was offered. Bush has attended fundraisers for Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and will attend upcoming events for Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.
HISTORIC JUNE 22: 1922, The Herrin (IL.) massacre took place resulting in the murders of 23 non-union miners by striking union miners; 1926, The Cardinals picked up 39 year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from the Cubs; 1934, Gangster John Dillinger named America’s first public enemy; 1940, France fell to Nazi Germany; 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Missouri will get its share of a $400 million settlement with Apple for the company’s conspiracy with retailers in 32 states to raise the prices of e-books from 2010-2012. . .SSM Health to create a new academic center with SLU Hospital. . .According to Pew Research Center, newspapers lost $2.3 billion in revenue in 2011-2015. More than $800 million bled in 2015. Gallup: “Americans’ confidence hit an all-time low”. . .Historic June 21, 1965, At the U.S. Golf Open at Bellerive C.C., Gary Player shot 282.