▪ “Quite frankly, when we sell things abroad it means jobs at home.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on the trade deal he struck in Cuba during his recent visit.
Missouri exported $13.6 billion in goods last year, up from $9.5 billion when he assumed office in 2009. Nixon says this was his 13th foreign trade mission during his two terms in office.
▪ “There's still a significant problem we have as it relates to biased-based policing.” — NAACP St. Louis chapter president Adolphus Pruitt on a new report that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster issued that showed that black drivers were nearly 70 percent more likely than whites to get stopped by the police last year.
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The numbers suggest a slight improvement over the past 12 months.
▪ “I hope this is the final wake-up call and that the governor and my colleagues will finally deal with the structural issues inherent in our current system.” — Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, on the latest revenue shortfall in Kansas.
Revenues were off by $76 million in May, a staggering sum that likely will trigger more cuts by Gov. Sam Brownback. He’s issued no hints that he will head in the direction that Kelly suggests.
▪ “Everything that Trump is, McConnell led the charge.” — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid attempting to tie Senate Republicans to Donald Trump.
Reid said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump have “cuddled up together.” Reid’s point: McConnell is enabling Trump.