Inside the Beltway: The dinner primer

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HISTORIC MUDSLINGING

“Douglas can never be president, sir. No, sir. Douglas never can be president, sir. His legs are too short, sir. His coat, like a cows tail, hangs too near the ground, sir.

Missouri Sen. Thomas Hart Benton on Illinois senator and presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas in 1857.

POLL DU JOUR

• 61 perent of American have a favorable view of their local government

• 65 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents agree.

• 52 percent overall have a favorable view of their state government.

• 62 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents agree.

• 33 percent have a favorable view of the federal government in Washington.

• 20 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents agree.

• 49 percent overall say their state government is “mostly honest”; 31 percent say the same of the federal government.

• 33 percent say their state government is “careful with the people’s money”; 17 percent say the same of the federal government.

Source: A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll of 3,008 U.S. adults conducted April 4-15 and released Thursday.

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