It’s going to be hot. Look out!
▪ “Tone matters.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt explaining what he told Donald Trump in a meeting with GOP senators a few weeks ago.
Blunt, who’s seeking re-election this year, said he also emphasized that Trump should talk more about his “pretty impressive” kids. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “We thought this would be a fun way to let people know about my biography and that we all need to stand together against terrorism.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens whose campaign has issued “ISIS Hunting Permits.”
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The mock hunting permits are being sold for a $10 donation. For $100, donors can get stickers signed by a former Navy SEAL who claims he killed Osama bin Laden. Greitens is trying hard to distinguish himself from a crowded four-candidate field. It’ll be fascinating to see if his approach works.
▪ “We didn’t grow as much as we thought.” — Missouri budget chief Dan Haug on lower-than-expected growth that will result in no income-tax cut next year.
Revenue growth was about $78 million, far off the $150 million needed to set a tax cut in motion.
▪ “The approach that this administration has taken is 180 degrees of what a good businessman would do.” — Republican William Eveland, a GOP candidate in Kansas’ 25th state Senate District.
A newcomer to politics, Eveland and others are full of ideas for change.