They keep talking, and we keep tracking:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “I'm happy to work with Gov Nixon on a realistic solution to the border war that has local support & can pass in Jeff City. This is not it.” — Missouri state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, on Twitter addressing Gov. Jay Nixon’s call Tuesday for an end to bistate job poaching.
Silvey, who has feuded with Nixon for years, was quick to denounce Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal for ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas, saying Nixon won’t get the unilateral authority he seeks to hand out economic incentives. The early talk was that the GOP-led General Assembly won’t go along with Nixon’s plan either.
• “This bill provides a simple fix to a complex problem.” — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, on a measure she endorsed Tuesday to require insurance companies to continue offering their existing health care plans.
There’s growing momentum in Congress to find a way to make good on President Barack Obama’s promise that consumers can keep their current health coverage if they like it under Obamacare. Feinstein signed onto a bill sponsored by Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a fellow Democrat. Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday urged President Obama to honor his past promises on this issue.
• “Today, we’re beginning to send messages to those consumers who had account creation issues to let them know they can try again.” — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Communications Director Julie Bataille urging Obamacare website shoppers to try again.
The plea comes amid reports that just 40,000 to 50,000 Americans have signed up for Obamacare, numbers far below what was originally forecast. An official enrollment report is due at week’s end.
• “We’re coming up with plans on how to engage emerging constituencies...whether that’s women, African-Americans, Latinos, L.G.B.T.” — Mitch Stewart, a member of Ready for Hillary, a “super PAC” devoted to building a network to support Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential ambitions.
Stewart was a key operative for Barack Obama in 2008 when he helped Obama defeat the favored Clinton in that year’s Democratic primaries. Now he’s working on Clinton’s behalf, should she run. Ready for Hillary is working to overcome two of Clinton’s weaknesses in 2008: a lack of Internet donations and grass-roots enthusiasm.