▪ “Today, I congratulated Gov.-elect Greitens on his election and reiterated to him my unwavering commitment to make certain the transition to his administration is accomplished in a seamless and cooperative manner. We had an open, constructive discussion, and I provided him with my perspective as a two-term governor and as someone who has been in public service to the state for 30 years.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in a statement Thursday on his meeting with Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.
Just as President Obama and Donald Trump are pledging mutual cooperation, Nixon and Greitens seem to be off to a good start as the Democratic governor prepares to turn over the reins of Missouri government to a Republican.
▪ It will likely take a generation to fully recover from this horrible experiment. But once we get our fiscal house back in order, Kansans can embrace their aspirational, pioneering instincts yet again.” — former Kansas budget director Duane Goossen, who served under Republican and Democratic governors, reflecting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts.
Goossen says it’s imperative that the state get is fiscal house back in order and broaden the tax base. A new session in Topeka along with newly elected lawmakers provides for that opportunity.
▪ “I love this country and I won’t let losing an election force me away from the process.” — Democrat Jason Kander, who lost the Missouri Senate race Tuesday, addressing his supporters in an email blast.
Kander did not close the door to another campaign and asked his backers not to feel sorry for him. Instead, he said, feel sorry for the “single mom who has cancer and is scared to death about being unable to keep her insurance to continue treatments without Obamacare.” Kander remains one of the Missouri Democratic Party’s brightest lights.
▪ “Legislators pushed forward the effort to pass a confusing amendment in order to implement a restrictive photo ID law they knew was unconstitutional.” — Nimrod Chapel, president of the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP.
Critics of the photo ID law and another that imposes limits on campaign contributions predict that both will face court challenges.