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Missouri Speaker says Jay Nixon is playing games

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke during a news conference earlier this month blasting tax breaks approved by lawmakers. On Tuesday, he suspended spending in the budget to account for declining revenues.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke during a news conference earlier this month blasting tax breaks approved by lawmakers. On Tuesday, he suspended spending in the budget to account for declining revenues. AP

Here’s to Wednesday.

“The governor is back to his same tricks, once again, as he engages in his annual political game of holding our system of public education hostage.” — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican, criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon for cutting spending by nearly $786 million, including about $150 million for education, in Missouri’s fiscal 2015 budget.

Nixon, a Democrat, blamed Republicans for passing a series of tax breaks in the session’s final days for his action. The key here is no education funding will be held IF lawmakers opt not to override Nixon’s vetoes of the tax breaks. The education money now is only temporarily restricted. Nixon will release it if his vetoes hold.

“Having worked for both men in this election, my support for Mike is unequivocal.” — Jim Richardson, the campaign manager for Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo who’s now engaged in a high-profile primary battle with former Congressman Todd Tiahrt in the Wichita area. Richardson spent six years on Tihart’s staff before Pompeo was elected to succeed Tiahrt in 2010. Tiahrt didn’t seek the House seat that year because he ran for Senate.

The 4th District race is going to get mighty personal, and this is another piece of evidence to support that point. Make no mistake: This is a clash of egos and personalities between Tiahrt and Pompeo, and it’s going to get ugly before the August primary.

“Those who seem to think that this election is a fair fight, taking place on a level playing field, are badly mistaken.” — respected political analyst Charlie Cook writing in the National Journal about the difficulties Democrats face in this mid-term election year.

Cook was talking about President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings, which hover in the range of 44 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove. In political-speak, Obama is “underwater.” Wrote Cook: “With the midterm often said to be a referendum on the incumbent president, this is a bad thing for the president’s party. Every point decline (in job approval) creates just a bit more headwind against Democratic candidates facing difficult races across the country.”

“She's not out of touch.” — former President Bill Clinton speaking about his wife’s ongoing ability to remain sensitive to the needs of the poor.

Clinton insisted that his family’s wealth was the wrong debate. Instead, he said the focus should remain on “the central challenge of our our time,” which he said was the loss of the American dream. Note to the former president: Hillary Clinton’s political opponents will use anything they can to knock down the early 20-16 frontrunner.

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