▪ “A reporter’s reporter.” — CBS News president David Rhodes on the announcement this week that “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer would step down from the post this summer.
There’s no higher accolade for a newsman than that and a very apt description of the highly respected Schieffer.
▪ “I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to realize we have a problem.” — Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, a Glendale Republican, on the need to cap at 10 percent the amount of traffic fines that make up a city’s general operating budget.
Schmitt said this week the low 10 percent cap was needed to halt the growth in city ticket revenue, which had jumped nearly 28 percent in recent years. If residents won’t agree to tax increases to make up the difference, their municipalities should merge with other nearby towns or disincorporate. “As the economy has gone downward ... these cities are grabbing for more and more revenue,” he said.
▪ “It’s all about increasing voter participation.” — Kansas state Rep. Mark Kahrs, a Wichita Republican, on a plan to move local elections to the fall.
Traditionally, those local elections have been held on the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years, but turnouts typically a pretty dismal. The change would put local elections on the same schedule as votes for county, state and congressional offices and — get this — the local elections would be listed first on the ballot. Democrats oppose the move, saying that it would make local elections more political once they’re lumped with other partisan races.
▪ “Ominous for Hillary Clinton is the broad scope of the movement today compared to her showing in Quinnipiac University’s mid-February survey. It isn’t just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it’s virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her.” — Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Peter Brown on a new survey showing Clinton losing ground to her GOP rivals.
Her slippage is no doubt tied to the controversy over her private e-mail account while she was secretary of state.