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December 9, 2013

BuzzChatter Monday: House speaker offers rare praise for Nixon

Tim Jones says governor was more engaged than usual

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

New week. New quotes:

• “The only difference now is that the executive branch is far more engaged.” — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican,

on the efforts of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon

in the recently concluded special session, to pass a special incentive bill for Boeing.

That bill passed, and Jones was offering rare words of praise for a governor he’s clashed with often in recent months. Thank a very tight deadline for focusing the minds of Democrats and Republicans in Missouri’s capital city.

• “Where are property taxes going to go for local governments? Let's all say it together: Up.” — Johnson County manager Hannes Zacharias.

Zacharias was lamenting the impact of reductions in state and federal aid to local governments. He told the Topeka Capital Journal that Johnson County was exposed to “death by a thousand cuts” as state aid tumbled 16 percent since 2008. But similar property-tax increases are in store for counties and municipalities across the state given the recent cuts in state revenue. One big 2014 political question: Will property owners experience enough pain by election day that they opt for a new governor?

• “In terms of the normal planning that goes into a presidential event, most of that would not apply.” — Dan Rosenthal, who worked for President Clinton planning public events around the world. He was speaking about President Barack Obama’s

decision to fly to South Africa

for Tuesday’s Nelson Mandela funeral.

Unusually quick turnaround for an overseas trip, to be sure. But Obama wouldn’t miss this event for anything.

• “I personally see (terrorism) spreading like a spider web, like a wildfire through Northern Africa and the Middle East.” — Texas Congressman Mike McCaul, a Republican and chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Once again, a lot of us, including members of Congress, aren’t thinking too much about terrorism. We’re too busy digging ourselves out of a deep recession. But maybe our leaders need to refocus our attention on it.

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