Here we go.
▪ “People should and do trust me.” — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a much-publicized interview with CNN.
Clinton didn’t make a lot of news in this exchange. She blamed a “barrage of attacks” from the right for a perception that she can’t be trusted and attacked Republicans for their positions on immigration. GOP contenders make up a “spectrum of hostility” on the issue, she said.
▪ “The American people are understandably sick and tired of these games.” — a letter signed by a group of Senate Democrats, including Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, urging leaders to reach a deal to lift congressionally mandated budget caps, saying that Americans are “sick and tired” of political games.
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The letter was sent to President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders. The senators wrote that they are deeply concerned that a continued reliance on the budget caps will “threaten our national security, undermine our economy and shortchange future generations.” It’s time, they said, to replace sequestration. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “A glimpse to a future that no Missourian should want.” — Steven Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, on the department’s new five-year plan, which calls for no expansion projects during that time.
A sorry funding outlook is responsible for the no-expansion plan, a first in the department’s history. As noted in this space before, MoDOT is in the midst of an aggressive lobbying effort to convince lawmakers to boost highway funding.
▪ “The people should be allowed to decide on this issue by putting the language to a vote on a statewide ballot.” — Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican and candidate for secretary of state, urging passage of voter-identification requirement.
A petition is circulating in the state that calls for voter ID. One issue: The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down the law in the past. Nonetheless, Kraus said GOP lawmakers would continue to push for the requirement.