The 2015 grind begins today. Let’s get to it.
▪ “He didn’t have a picture-perfect swing.” — one golfer who has played with President Barack Obama.
Obama has spent a lot of time on the links — roughly 1,000 hours, according to one estimate — and he’s described as an improving player. He is said to love being on a course and his poor play doesn’t bother him. The good news for the president? He’s getting better.
▪ “There will be enough Democratic votes to sustain the president’s veto.” — New York Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday talking about a potential veto by President Barack Obama of the Keystone pipeline.
Democrats are going to try to make the pipeline more palatable through amendments, including one that would require that oil sent through the pipeline be used in America. Obama hasn’t said where he stands on the issue.
▪ “There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voter’s message.” — conservative Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas who announced Sunday a leadership challenge to House Speaker John Boehner.
Gohmert concluded that Boehner and other GOP leaders didn’t get that message. His bid is regarded as a long shot at best.
▪ “We lump general fund and LOB together for our basic operational budget. It’s entirely salary. It’s all just salaries now.” — Marty Stessman, superintendent of Shawnee Heights Unified School District in Kansas, talking about the use of local option budget money to fund school operations.
A panel of judges last week criticized what it called the over-reliance of school districts on local-option budgets, which once upon a time were used for needs the state didn’t cover. The court found the practice dangerous and questioned whether local-option funds should count toward educational adequacy.