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“There is more of a separation between the executive branch and the legislative branch than certainly I have witnessed in my 40-plus years of following Missouri politics.” — Terry Jones, who has been a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 1969.
Jones was talking about the split between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican General Assembly. Jones said the divide mirrors what’s happening in Washington. He also said both sides appear to take “some delight...about one-upping the other.” (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
“We’ve been asking, are corporations overtaxed? Are you kidding me?” — Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa Wednesday previewing a possible presidential campaign.
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Biden’s visit to Des Moines came just three days after Hillary Clinton spoke at outgoing Sen. Tom Harkin’s final steak fry. Biden took a decidedly populist approach as he discussed Wall Street and the richest 1 percent of Americans. “It’s bad for the country,” Biden said of the nation’s income disparity. But WHY he was in Iowa remains something of a mystery. Most pundits think it unlikely that he would challenge Clinton in the 2016 primaries. And almost everyone now believes she’s running. So what’s Joe doing?
“Enough to know that we need to make changes.” — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren when asked whether she’d been on the receiving end of sexual comments from male lawmakers.
At a conference, Warren said of the Senate, “It’s an old institution.” But she also said senators were making progress.
“I hope people remember that I did not get into public service for the money, or the personal gain, or for some ideological reason, but because I thought I could get some things done that would help the state.” — former Kansas Gov. John Anderson who died Monday at 97 at an Olathe extended care facility.
Anderson, who was governor in the early 1960s, was known for boosting school funding, bolstering the community college system and consolidating the number of school districts.