Daily Archives: Nov. 6, 2013

Election offers clear message for GOP

Gov. Chris Christie’s (in photo) big re-election win Tuesday in New Jersey, contrasted with tea party favorite Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in the Virginia governor’s race, “could hardly provide a starker contrast for the GOP and a clearer message about how it wins in the future,” wrote Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake of the Washington Post. “Exit polls showed Christie winning among women and running even with his Democratic opponent among Latinos. If Republicans could emulate that in other states, they would win just about all of them.” On the other hand, Christie campaigned as an un-Republican. “He spent very little time talking about his Republican credentials and much more time talking about his own accomplishments in the state,” the reporters noted.

Open thread (Nov. 6)

Food-stamp cuts could strain families, food pantries

Reductions in the federal food-stamp program that went into effect this month are expected to put an additional strain on families and on local food pantries that were already struggling to meet demand. The reductions – caused by federal stimulus money going away – mean that a family of four will receive about $36 less per month. That is equivalent to losing 27 meals per month, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture calculations. About 317,000 Kansans receive food stamps, or 11 percent of the population. Nearly half of them are children, and 51,000 are elderly or disabled. The average benefit in Kansas is about $4 a day per recipient.