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TheChat: Jay Nixon insists Missouri has enough money to avoid steep social service cuts


I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think 162-0.

▪ “The point here is that we have more resources, and so draconian cuts to legally mandated services are not necessary.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, calling on lawmakers to reverse what he called “draconian cuts” to social service programs.

Nixon insisted that the state now has enough money on hand to avoid cuts to the departments that serve foster children, people with mental illnesses and seniors. Updated budget numbers suggest the state has an extra $80 million available.

▪ “His career and job consumed him and was his life, and he gave it his all.” — Trish Vincent, the former chief of staff to state auditor Tom Schweich, speaking at the funeral of Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson in Springfield. Both men committed suicide within a month of each other. (link courtesy of

Friends described Jackson as both private in some ways and a man who owned the room whenever he entered.

▪ “Secretary Clinton’s decision to seek the presidency of the United States does not and will not impact the work of the committee.” — South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Republicans say they expect to talk to Clinton at least twice during their proceedings. They also expect lots of criticism from Clinton’s allies as they continue their review.

▪ “Jeb and Marco are friends. Jeb likes Marco and Marco has a great sense of humor.” — a source speaking about the fact that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, two likely GOP presidential candidates in 2016, sat together on a flight from Nashville to Miami the other day.

Awkward? Apparently not. Bush is a former mentor to Rubio, so the two Floridians have history together. Spokesmen for Bush and Rubio declined to comment on what the two discussed, although the conversation is said to have continued for the duration of the three-hour flight.