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Newspapers Across the State Endorse Gov. Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon has now been endorsed by:  the Springfield News-Leader, the Joplin Globe, the Kansas City Star, the Jefferson City News-Tribune, the Quincy Herald-Whig, the Columbia Daily Tribune, the St. Joseph News-Press, the Independence Examiner, the Washington Missourian, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Webster County Citizen, the St. Louis American, the Maneater, the West Plains Daily Quill and the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal.

SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER: Nixon will keep leading us
“Missouri is fortunate to have a governor who works well with others, whether that includes members of both major political parties or representatives of private businesses.” Nixon’s “focus on what he calls ‘rigid fiscal discipline’ has served the state well, keeping the state’s high bond rating and getting a balanced budget passed without major disagreement. In order to accomplish that, Nixon had to work with both Democratic and Republican legislators.”

JOPLIN GLOBE: Nixon right man to lead Missouri
“A governor must be a leader for the entire state… He must reach across party lines in order to make compromises that will help stimulate the economy and bring jobs to our state. And he has to be able to direct state employees in their response to all disasters. Jay Nixon has shown in his first four years as Missouri’s governor that he is that leader.”

KANSAS CITY STAR: Gov. Jay Nixon has earned a second term
Nixon’s “shrewd management of the budget spared Missouri some of the pain experienced by states across the country. He was a steady presence after tornados ravaged Joplin and other communities. His reactions to a summer of flooding and then a season of drought have been reassuring and creative.  Nixon’s leadership in tough times has earned him a second term.”

JEFFERSON CITY NEWS-TRIBUNE: Leadership amid adversity
“A test for a chief executive is the quality of leadership amid adversity. By that yardstick, Gov. Jay Nixon has earned re-election… Unlike the feeble federal propensity to amass more debt rather than make tough decisions, Missouri is obligated by its constitution to balance its budget.  Nixon has opted to cut expenses rather than raise taxes.”

COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE: Nixon best choice for governor
“Gov. Jay Nixon has crafted a steady course through his political career, most recently earning a good reputation for diligence and careful management as attorney general and, now, governor.” Nixon is “a proven commodity, a fiscal conservative and social moderate” who “knows how government works and how to manage the troops. He is a good governor and deserves another term.”

ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS: Nixon merits 2nd term
“In these times, our pragmatic Democratic governor has stayed focused on the immediate tasks of keeping the state on solid financial footing, providing a determined government response to disasters and working with the Republican-controlled legislature to advance our long-term economic interests.”

THE EXAMINER: Nixon earns a second term
“Gov. Jay Nixon has led well since coming into office in 2009 amid very tough times, trimming programs and people and keeping the Missouri state government budget balanced… He is a solid choice for re-election next Tuesday.”

THE MISSOURIAN: Nixon for Governor
“Nixon the last four years has had a steady hand on the government. Missouri’s fiscal house is in order and that perhaps is the strongest argument that he be retained. Other states have major financial problems. He and the General Assembly have maintained balanced budgets without raising taxes. The state’s AAA credit rating is intact.”

THE WARRENSBURG DAILY STAR-JOURNAL: Reelect Nixon
“Nixon works with people on both sides of the aisle. He did so when he called the Republican-dominated General Assembly back into session to preserve thousands of Missouri jobs at the Ford plant in Clay County; he did so to keep the state’s budget balanced in each of the past four years, including during the worst days of the recession; and he continues to do so through a committee formed to examine tax credits. Nixon offers a pro-jobs vision for the future.”

WEBSTER COUNTY CITIZEN: Nixon deserves second term as governor
“Missouri’s economy is showing significant signs of recovery. The state’s jobless rate now stands below 7 percent. Nixon defied his party by working across the aisle with Republican legislators to sign legislation that reduced business taxes by more than $80 million annually, focusing on retaining the state’s largest and best-paying industries, such as automobile manufacturers… Nixon can best be described as a ‘Harry Truman Democrat.’ He’s fiscally conservative… As our federal government continues to grow on the national level, Missouri’s is shrinking, which shows that Nixon “gets it” when it comes to balancing budgets.”

WEST PLAINS DAILY QUILL: Vote for Jay Nixon
“This race is an easy one. Gov. Jay Nixon has balanced Missouri’s budget without any tax increases and without draconian cuts to services, and has created jobs. In the climate in which states are forced to operate in these times that is just short of a miracle.”

QUINCY HERALD-WHIG: Nixon has ability to move region, Missouri forward
“A fiscally conservative Democrat, he worked with the Republican-controlled Legislature — along with business, labor and education groups — to develop and implement a five-year strategic plan focused on job retention and creation to halt Missouri’s slide. His swift and effective response to those terrible disasters continues to draw bipartisan praise.”

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Jay Nixon is the choice for Missouri governor “Nixon worked with key Republican leaders in the Legislature for some early scores. Mr. Nixon and the Republicans passed an economic development bill that would ultimately lead to Ford and GM agreeing to keep manufacturing jobs in Missouri’s two largest metro areas… We endorse Mr. Nixon.”

 

 

 

 

 

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