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BuzzChatter Monday: MO Dems thinking twice about backing highway tax

05/12/2014 7:00 AM

05/11/2014 6:04 PM

Happy Monday.

• “It's actually given most everyone in the caucus second thoughts.” — Missouri House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, a St. Louis Democrat, talking about the Democrats

backing aw

ay from support of a statewide tax to build highways.

The Democratic rethinking was triggered by the decision of one of their own members who joined Republicans last week to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a major tax cut. The new Democratic thinking is that it’s hypocritical to raise taxes to build highways after the General Assembly just approved a tax cut.

• “From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.” — President Barack Obama


Mizzou football star Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team.

The St. Louis Rams drafted the home-state athlete with the 249th pick of 256 players selected. You can only imagine how much pressure the NFL was under not to allow Sam to go undrafted after he came out in February. At one time he was expected to go much higher.

• “Congresswoman Jenkins’ extensive background as a tax practitioner is particularly relevant and extremely beneficial to Kansans as she serves on the chief tax-writing committee in the U.S. House.” — Tom Brandt, a spokesman for Kansas’ 2nd District congresswoman defending his boss

on her use of the “certified public accountant” credential

on campaign mailings even though her state permit expired two years ago.

Jenkins received permission from state regulators to use the designation, but a question remains whether Jenkins is misleading voters. Without the permit, she can’t perform CPA services.

• “They're not leaving, as far as we can tell.” — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about Russia in an ABC interview aired Sunday.

Hagel said reporters need to ask Russian President Putin as to why he says he’s leaving when no pullout is evident. Still, Hagel declined to identify Russia as an enemy.


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