▪ “The law clearly says you’re supposed to turn everything over at the end of your term in office.” — Barbara A. Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group in Florida that advocates access to government information, talking about the delayed release of office e-mails by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush has criticized Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail account when she was secretary of state. Turns out that Bush took seven years to turn over his e-mails even though Florida law requires that all records be turned over when an official’s term ends.
▪ “By handing her server over to a neutral, third-party arbiter, Secretary Clinton can help us move forward with figuring out what happened to our people.” — Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican, urging Clinton to come clean on her e-mails.
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Clinton’s e-mail could uncover new details of what happened in the Benghazi terrorist attacks that took the lives of four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, Brooks said in the weekly Republican address.
▪ “We remain in the basement of national rankings for state employees.” — Missouri state Rep. Jay Barnes, a Jefferson Republican, bemoaning the lack of a pay raise for state workers this year.
The good news for employees: The budget contains $300K for a salary study that will compare Missouri compensation with other states and the private sector. Barnes and others are confident the Show-Me State won’t rank high.
▪ “I'm speaking to prioritization. That's it. There are far more important things than teaching ideological indoctrination.” — Kansas state Rep. J.R. Claeys, a Republican and K-State grad, suggesting that his alma mater prioritize its programs and reconsider women’s studies.
Claeys was responding to K-State President Kirk Schulz who had gone on social media to decry cuts of millions of dollars to his institution.
▪ “I can’t think of anything I’d rather have less if I were running for president than to have a competitor in the primary.” — California Gov. Jerry Brown urging Democrats to rally around Hillary Clinton for president.
Brown isn’t exactly a perfect messenger. He ran against Bill Clinton in the 1992 Democratic primaries. But the circumstances are a little different. The ‘92 nomination race was more wide open than the 2016 Democratic race appears to be.