August 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
St Louis, MO – Well-heeled supporters of so-called “right to work” laws have poured millions of dollars into Missouri’s Aug. 2 Republican primary, hoping to unseat the about 15 GOP state legislators who joined with Democrats to sustain outgoing Gov. Roy Nixon’s veto of a bill to ban the union shop last year.
In St. Louis’s northern suburbs, where state Rep. Anne Zerr is running for a vacant state Senate seat, multimillionaire right-to-work backers David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield have given more than $500,000 to her leading opponent, businessman Bill Eigel. Zerr who describes herself and the district as “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-union.” In Kansas City’s northwestern suburbs, Rep. Kevin Corlew, who also voted to sustain Nixon’s veto, is facing a challenge from political newcomer Sean Pouche, who says his first priority “is to renew efforts to pass ‘right to work’ legislation.” East of Kansas City, incumbent Rep. Sheila Solon says that Humphreys, Sinquefield, and the Koch brothers have spent $500,000 to unseat her, while Rep. Bill Kidd estimates that Humphreys will spend $250,000 against him. Solon and Kidd have both received smaller contributions from unions, primarily in the building trades. Read more