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BuzzChatter Tuesday: Nixon praises MODOT workers in ADVANCE of Tuesday’s storm

Updated: 2014-02-03T21:40:12Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Here’s hoping you stayed home today.

• “With another storm system on the way, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the hard-working Missourians of MoDOT and the Highway Patrol for the outstanding work they’ve already done this winter and get an update on their preparations for what is still ahead.” — Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday after a tour of Springfield’s highway maintenance facility.

Smart man, Jay Nixon. With a monster of a winter storm bearing down on the Show-Me State, Nixon was wise to get ahead of the curve and start thanking his workers early. They’re going to be putting in some long hours Tuesday and Wednesday.

• “Why are these guys afraid Missourians might see what they’re doing and how they’re voting?” — Sean Soendker Nicholson, Progress Missouri’s executive director, on a complaint his group filed with the attorney general’s office over the group’s inability to video state Senate committee hearings.

Nicholson said his group, a Democratic advocacy organization, had twice been denied video access to hearings. He points out that the state Sunshine Law allows for video recording “of any open meeting.”

• “It is definitely frustrating and not fair.” — Addie Wilson, 27, who lives in Fairmont, W.Va., and earns $22,000 a year on mistakes in her new federal health care plan.

Wilson told The Washington Post that she is paying $100 a month more than she should for her insurance and that her deductible is $4,000 too high. She’s been told that the government still cannot yet fix errors in early enrollments.

• “It seems like every new Fed chair takes over right at the height of major concerns and major potential problems. It was true of Alan Greenspan, it was true of Ben Bernanke and now it’s true for Janet Yellen.” — Jack Ablin, a close Fed watcher and chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, on the beginning of the Janet Yellen era at the Federal Reserve.

Yellen still faces Senate confirmation hearings, and on Monday, she began preparations for those hearings with staffers who fired all manner of questions at her. Unless she completely bombs in those hearings, senators will be loathe to reject the Fed’s first woman leader.

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