Happy new week to you:
• “Let’s talk about what’s right with it, what’s wrong with it, and have a conversation, one-on-one.” — Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehlchallenging
Gov. Jay Nixon to a Friday radio debate on the big tax cut bill. (link via johncombest.com).
Love it! A high-drama, mano a mano showdown over the biggest issue facing Missouri. Alas, Nixon is unlikely to accept Diehl’s challenge. He’s the Democratic governor. Diehl is just a GOP House member. But why not? Why not spur a statewide conversation on such a critical issue? (Hint to Diehl: Nixon debates like he once played basketball -- with lots of elbows and aggression. He’d be a load).
• “If I could meet the president of the United States, who has directed our country on what I view as a path forward over the last eight years, I would be honored.” — Nate Irvin, a 25-year-old Democrat who is challenging 4th District Missouri Republican Congressman Vicky Hartzler for re-election.
Irvin is a recent grad of the University of Central Missouri. Apparently he didn’t learn in school that the president is unpopular in rural Missouri and that appearing with the president would cost him. Hartzler appears to be headed to a cakewalk win.
• “There was no open and transparent process. Once Missourians found out they had no say on the adoption of those standards, they now want their own.” — Missouri state Sen. John Lamping, a Ladue Republican,on the state’s Common Core education standards.
The Missouri education department adopted Common Core in 2010. One reason: Nearly a third of students attending colleges and universities in Missouri must take remedial classes before enrolling in regular college courses. Governors and state education commissioners from nearly every state were involved in implementing the new standards. Now that they are about to be fully implemented, Lamping is arguing that that level of input wasn’t enough.
• “I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again.” — CBS’ Bob Schieffer on howthe 2016 race
is shaping up.
Romney’s name just isn’t going away.