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The battle lines form over 'Freedom to Farm'

07/29/2014 9:00 PM

07/30/2014 8:50 AM

Happy Hump Day.

“Missouri has a state statute that protects against unfair competition from foreign corporations, but this constitutional amendment will trump state law, that’s how these things work. It will open the door for foreign corporations and corporate factory farms to do as they see fit to our land, drinking water, and our animals.” — former Missouri state Auditor Susan Montee speaking out Tuesday against Amendment 1, the “Freedom to Farm” proposition.

The battle lines are drawing clearer as the Aug. 5 primary looms. Advocates say the amendment ensures that farmers have the freedom to make their own decisions about their land. Opponents insist this is a sell-out to big business. More here and here. (links courtesy of johncombest.com).

“We’ve been fighting emotion with talking points, and it doesn’t work. There’s got to be a way to get more emotional with our arguments if we want to win this thing.” — Mike Petrilli, executive vice president of the Fordham Institute, a leading supporter of the Common Core standards.

Common Core supporters think they’ve done a pretty good job protecting this initiative. But they are acknowledging a big need to retool their p.r. campaign to counter the right, which is saying the standards are a threat to local control of education.

“Hitting our targets will require us to prioritize fundraising above all else and to focus the candidate’s time on it with relentless intensity.” — a memo from the senior staff and strategy team for Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.

The National Review published a trove of internal Nunn campaign memos Monday. Politico points out that the documents highlight the extent to which campaign messages are scripted.

“No, no, no, no.” — National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden on the possibility of impeachment hearings or proceedings in the House against President Obama.

In a strange twist, Walden and other Republicans are saying it’s the Democrats who are keeping this talk alive. Why? To help them excite their base and raise money in advance of the midterm elections.

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