Let’s do it again.
▪ “You can find case after case after case where young white boys, they're physically fighting law enforcement officers, and they (the police) apprehend them. They don't kill them. They talk them down. But why is it that when you have an encounter with young black males that your first order of business is to use deadly force?” — Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat from St. Louis, explaining why she favored a tougher standard for use of deadly force by police.
The tougher standard that Nasheed backed was defeated. The measure the Senate approved allows deadly force only when an officer "reasonably believes" the suspect is engaging in a crime that threatens or involves "serious physical injury."
▪ “I didn’t come out of retirement to raise anybody’s taxes.” — Kansas state Rep. John Edmonds, a Great Bend Republican who served in the House from 1995-2006 before winning a seat again in 2012.
Tax increases are on the table as lawmakers struggle to find a way out of the 2015 session and face down a massive budget deficit. But as Edmonds’ comment suggests, whether a majority of lawmakers will go along with revenue hikes remains to be seen.
▪ “Certainly not an outstanding score.” — Club for Growth’s Doug Sachtleben on Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s 47 percent conservative rating in 2014.
Sachtleben said the score “would raise concern,” although insiders are not expecting a conservative to challenge Blunt in the 2016 GOP primary. One reason for that: Blunt has done his usual good job at staying in touch with the far right. Blunt remains the favorite to win re-election over Democrat Jason Kander. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “As we send our kids to school and they're there for eight hours a day, at least there's a comfort in knowing that a school district has developed a policy so that they have the ability to learn without the fear of harm.” — Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, a St. Louis County Republican, on a bill that would require school districts to follow tougher anti-bullying policies.
The measure, which the Senate passed unanimously, would mandate that schools print anti-bullying policies in their student handbooks.