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The guns of September come crashing as the Missouri U.S. Senate race tightens: Trailwatch, Sept. 23

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Sure, everyone’s getting ready for the big presidential debate. But the weaponry is blazing in the Blunt-Kander affair, as outside groups start to pour cash into local TV stations.

Koster-Greitens seems quiet, again. The two candidates are still litigating Greitens’ charity work.

And the medical marijuana people gave up this week. Maybe next time....

To the trail:

Missouri U.S. Senate

Patrick Lee is running a write-in campaign. He dropped by The Star for a chat.

Roy Blunt is getting help from national Republicans. Jason Kander will get help from national Democrats. Total independent expenditures to date? About $4 million. A lot, but far short of the $61 million in Pennsylvania.

Republicans are particularly anxious to link Kander with Hillary Clinton. This week the state GOP criticized something they called the Kander-Clinton National Energy Tax.

“The Kander-Clinton national energy tax would cost the average Missouri family up to 64 percent higher utility costs by 2030,” the news release says. “The tax would also kill up to 58,900 jobs in Missouri by 2030.”

Both figures are linked in the release to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers — on a bill introduced in 2009.

Is it possible the figures have changed in the last seven years? Especially since cleaner natural gas is replacing coal as an electricity-producing fuel? Have fuel costs changed in the last seven years? Why, yes.

And it isn’t clear Clinton would support cap and trade anyway. And cap and trade was a Republican idea.

Oh: In 1990, Congress passed amendments to the Clean Air Act that included “experimental” cap and trade for sulfur dioxide emissions. Voting yes: Kit Bond, Jack Danforth, Bob Dole, Nancy Kassebaum, Tom Coleman, Jan Meyers. All Republicans.

Blunt’s folks aired a new ad, responding to Kander’s blindfold gun assembly:

Here’s the NRA ad against Kander:

Here’s the Democrats’ ad against Blunt:

Blunt plans to walk in a parade in Liberty on Saturday, Republicans said.

Missouri Governor

Lots of finger-pointing.

Michael Goguen, a big issue in the GOP governor’s primary, is back.

“Someone call TMZ, because there’s one pair that's still going strong despite the Brangelina meltdown: Eric Greitens and alleged sex abuser, Michael Goguen,” said Kristin Sosanie, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Democratic Party. “Brad and Angelina broke up, but Greitens and Goguen are together forever.

Careful. John Brunner got way over his skis on the donations issue in the primary.

Koster will make an issue of other donations to Greitens. Greitens will emphasize Kosters’ connections with companies potentially involved in litigation in the state.

Greitens also criticized Koster on economic growth in the state. “Chris Koster has played a decades long con on the people of Missouri. He's promised to help bring jobs to this state — and he's failed,” Greitens said in a statement.

The Missouri Corrections Officers Association endorsed Greitens. Greitens accused Koster of “silence” on the National Anthem sit-or-stand issue.

Missouri Attorney General

The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Teresa Hensley, the Democrat. The Missouri FOP represents more than 6,500 police officers.

Josh Hawley/GOP: “Teresa Hensley’s connection to Big Labor has already caused her headaches during her fledging campaign for Attorney General.” The Republicans are worried Hensley is raising too much money from workers’ groups, calling some of them “radical.”

Hawley announced his campaign chairs: Bond, Jim Talent, Danforth, Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd, State Sen. Jane Cunningham, several business officials.

Hawley also had a tracker ask Hensley her views on Hillary Clinton. Hawley didn’t respond. Again, the Trailwatch rule: If Hensley=Clinton, then Hawley=Trump.

Kansas 03 U.S. House

Jay Sidie and the Dems are still pushing Rep. Kevin Yoder. “Yoder’s devotion to (Donald) Trump and Governor (Sam) Brownback demonstrates a pathetic lack of independence and moral courage,” a DCCC statement said.

Same rule: Sidie=Clinton.

Friday, Yoder called for a federal investigation into the immigrations status of Adrian Espinosa-Flores, the man accused of killing Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Collins. Collins was killed when his patrol vehicle was struck by a car allegedly driven by Espinosa-Flores.

The suspect was allegedly intoxicated, and was apparently in the country illegally. He was previously arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in California.

Sidie is getting more help from national Democrats.

His campaign said Friday Sidie is part of what’s called the Red to Blue program. Red to Blue candidates get “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says.

Kansas legislature

A source says Johnson County polling has bad news for conservative Republican senators still in the running.

Medical marijuana

The group leading the petition effort for a medical marijuana measure on the November ballot gave up, just short of the required number of signatures — and a lost court case.

“Unfortunately,” said a statement from New Approach Missouri, “the judge in this case has upheld a bureaucratic procedural requirement mandating that all signatures must appear on a sheet that lists the signer’s correct county in the upper right-hand corner. While we expect a final ruling in this case as early as tomorrow, we will simply not have enough time to successfully appeal before the upcoming Sept. 27 ballot access deadline.”