- Rep. Billy Long (R) supports cutting $20 billion of food stamp benefits.
Citizen Tim Straus asked Long about his stance on the proposed cuts to food stamps in which Long replied with his defense of the cuts, saying the measure would take care of “abuse and fraud within the program”, while only citing “anecdotal evidence” that the cuts would actually work to de-fraud the system (News-Leader).
Interestingly, the United States Department of Agriculture places the current number for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) trafficking to be about 1 cent per dollar, or 1% (USDA). SNAP fraud is less than fraud in any other federal program (AP).
- Rep. Long may have a new rival.
Attorney Greg Payne from Carthage, MO wants Long’s house seat for the 7th District. Although Payne has yet to file any official paperwork to run against Long in the Republican primary, he has created a Facebook page that entitled “Greg Payne for Congress” where he claims that he “can go to Washington, D.C. and advocate for the rights, freedom and interests of the people of the 7th District” (Greg Payne for Congress).
Why does Payne want to run against Billy Long? Payne feels that Long hasn’t “clearly enunciated a coherent conservative message”, while Payne believes that the “conservative philosophy and ideas are energetic and stimulating and require depth of thought and clarity of speech…(and should be) shouted from the roof tops, not harrumphed in the corridors and smoky rooms of Congress.” Payne’s own political views are best described by himself: “I have been a Republican all my life” who was “mesmerized by Reagan, impressed by Kemp and persuaded by Gingrich.” (So Why Run?)
- ‘Use tax’ will be on November ballot for Greene County
Green County Commissioners voted and approved the tax measure to appear on the ballot in November. The 1/8 cent ‘use tax’ will apply to internet, catalog and out-of-state vehicle sales (News-Leader).
- Desperate state hires outside help to fix education.
The Missouri State Board of Education has hired a private group to analyze why Kansas City schools keep failing to meet accreditation standards. The group,The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust, is being paid $385,000 for the project which is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Hall Family Foundation. The completion of the report is expected to be done by January 2014. (CBS St.Louis)
And finally, a look at national politics that will affect local television.
- The RNC is mad at CNN and NBC.
The Republican National Committee has voted to boycott CNN and NBC, as well as their affiliated stations, for presidential debates in 2016. The boycott came about after news that CNN and NBC were reportedly in works on films showcasing Hillary Clinton’s life. The RNC offer to end the boycott if both Hillary projects are cancelled and both networks must “bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen” (LA Times).
There has been no talk of a Christ Christie film being included in the compromise.