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Koster stands with Nixon on raising issues with the ‘gun-nullification’ bill

Updated: 2013-09-05T12:59:39Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

The hot yak swirling around the political universe:

•  “The enactment of HB 436 cannot be casually viewed as merely symbolic.” — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in a letter to lawmakers on the so-called “gun-nullification bill” that the General Assembly is poised to implement next week in its veto session. The measure seeks to “nullify” federal gun laws and bar federal agents from enforcing them. Koster says there is “no doubt” that federal courts will review what he views as a flawed law.

This is the second time in less than a week that Koster, a Democrat, has defended Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to veto a bill. Koster’s letter is designed to foster some doubt among the mostly GOP coalition backing the measure. It won’t work. Bet on this group of lawmakers — who work overtime to advocate anything resembling gun-rights legislation — to override Nixon’s veto next week.

•  “Give us an opportunity to fix the errors you believe exist sooner rather than later.” — Missouri state Rep. T.J. Berry, a Kearney Republican. He wants Nixon to call a special session of the General Assembly to run concurrently with next week’s veto session so that lawmakers can clean up the big tax cut bill that is the chief focus of the gathering.

Berry doesn’t get it. The governor has just spent the last two months campaigning across the state AGAINST the tax bill, which Nixon believes would devastate the state. The lawmaker is wasting his words.

•  “The Legislature acted quickly, with resolve and narrow focus, to protect the safety of all Kansans and I appreciate their service.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the quick action by lawmakers to clean up the state’s “Hard 50” law for the most dangerous offenders.

Two days. No surprises. In and out. That’s what Brownback wanted out of this special session, and he got it.

“I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line...Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty.” — President Barack Obama at a Stockholm news conference.

The president continues his push for the authority to attack Syria with this effective argument Wednesday. The battle, though, remains uphill (see next quote).

•  “As it stands currently, President Obama does not have the votes to approve military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” — Texas Congressman Steve Stockman, a Republican.

That sounds about right. Obama’s getting little help from the Missouri-Kansas delegations.

•  “Is It Time to Leave Kansas City?” — the title of a mid-September program sponsored by the conservative Missouri-based Show-Me Institute. The institute has recommended big tax cuts in Missouri to allow the state to, in its view, better compete with Kansas.

Talk about a gathering with a loaded agenda. Just guessing there won’t be much talk about why people choose to live in KC. Can you say “quality of life?”

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