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Missouri state senator walks out of Nixon meeting after 10 minutes

08/25/2014 9:00 PM

08/26/2014 2:00 AM

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“He’s pretending he cares. It’s a waste of time. He’s doing this to look good.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, on Gov. Jay Nixon. Chappelle-Nadal walked out of a weekend meeting with Nixon 10 minutes after it began.

Following the session, the Democratic governor said again he would not remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch from the case as many African Americans want. That may have been the source of the senator’s frustration. She has been roundly critical of Nixon since the Ferguson case erupted. (link via johncombest.com).

“Well, he was democratically elected by overwhelming numbers, and re-elected and re-elected.” — Nixon on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday declining to say that he has confidence that McCulloch can run an unbiased investigation despite his long ties to the law enforcement community.

Host Candy Crowley asked Nixon at least three times if he was confident in the prosecutor, and Nixon never said he was. If he’s not confident, Nixon needs to install a different prosecutor.

“America, it’s time to deal with policing.” — the Rev. Al Sharpton in his eulogy Monday for 18-year-old Michael Brown.

In his trademark fashion, Sharpton let it fly, saying “How do you think we look when young people march nonviolently, asking for the land of the free and the home of the brave to hear their cry, and you put snipers on the roof and pointed guns at them? How do we look?”

“___________________________________________.”Hillary Clinton declining yet again this weekend any comment on Ferguson.

The presumed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate has yet to comment on the crisis in Missouri.

“The show needs more edge.” — NBC News President Deborah Turness on “Meet the Press.”

Turness was critical of the longest-running network program ever, and her remarks came two weeks after NBC dumped host David Gregory. Added Turness: “They had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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