The Daily Dish-March 7

House budget keeps college funding steady by Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune.

The budget proposal passed by the Missouri House Budget Committee on Wednesday provides just over $393 million for MU, almost $50 million more than the projected budget touted by Governor Jay Nixon in his State of the State address in January. Governor Jay Nixon is upset that some of that money is coming from a slashing of health care benefits for almost 3,000 blind Missouri residents. Nixon has vowed to fight the budget proposal, which now passes on to the entire House and eventually the state Senate.

Former Boone County sheriff’s deputy to run for Boone County Commission by Antony Lee, Columbia Missourian.

O.J. Stone, a Democratic candidate for the Northern Commissioner seat that will be vacated by Skip Elkin, worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for nearly 30 years. Stone is a graduate of Columbia College and lifelong resident of Boone County. He said that public safety, road conditions and responsible spending are the major focuses of his campaign. Another Democratic candidate, Darin Fugit, filed for the Northern Commissioner race last week.

McCaskill looks to finance campaign with promise to fight Limbaugh by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill sent out an email last week vilifying conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying before Congress in favor of government-subsidized birth control. McCaskill reported earnings of more than $10,000 in a day after sending out the email, in which she claims the way to fight the rhetoric of Limbaugh is to contribute to candidates for U.S. Congress that will stand up for women’s rights, like herself. Candidates in Minnesota and California have followed suit. McCaskill also published a poll on her website Monday asking whether Limbaugh should be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, as planned.

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