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Ferguson focus now shifts to the cost of all that police presence

08/21/2014 5:58 PM

08/21/2014 5:58 PM

Whoppee. It’s Friday, baby.

“I don’t know yet, and we won’t know until we’re done and the totality of it.” — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson on the cost of the increased police presence in Ferguson. (link via johncombest.com).

And don’t for a second think this is only going to affect St. Louis area taxpayers. The city of St. Louis already is thinking of asking the state of Missouri to help cover the bill.

“If you like Obama, you will love Hillary.” — a friend of the Clintons and a former aide outlining to CNN a likely critique of Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 candidacy for president.

Democrats are concerned that a Clinton run could be portrayed as little more than a third term for Barack Obama. That’s why we’ve already seen Clinton try to distance herself from Obama on key issues — and we’ll likely see that pattern continue.

“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community. St. Louis — not going to take this anymore.” — DeAndre Smith who had just looted a QuikTrip in the Ferguson area.

Here, as plain as words on paper, is the mindset of a looter.

“This new rule guts a system that has worked successfully for nearly 40 years and threatens a family-oriented system that lets disabled individuals have choice and control over their life.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback opposing a new federal wage and overtime rule for home-care providers.

The governor says higher wages for these folks would pose a challenge in rural Kansas. Still, the rule is going into effect because these workers have been taken advantage of for so many years.

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