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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon defends National Guard decision on Ferguson


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▪ “When people look back on this they will appreciate that we showed an incredible amount of discipline.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on his decision not to deploy the National Guard on the November night that a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was announced.

Nixon said he wasn’t pleased at the property damage in Ferguson and surrounding communities. But, he asked, where would we be today if unarmed Missourians had been shot?

▪ “I’m hoping that I will be able to determine what, if any, barriers remain and then share that with our commodity producers in Missouri, who are all going down (to Cuba) in March.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in advance of her departure this past weekend for Cuba.

McCaskill was particularly confident about Missouri’s ability to compete with any country when it comes to rice. (link courtesy of

▪ “At some point it’s no longer a philosophical debate. It’s no longer a union versus management fight. It’s just practicality. If you want the jobs, you’re going to have to be able to compete with your neighbors.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich on the need for right-to-work legislation in the state.

Schweich, the state auditor, said the state is at a competitive disadvantage because many of Missouri’s surrounding states have the anti-union laws.

▪ “(Brownback) told every one of them that is L, G, B or T, ‘I don’t value you.’ ” — Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, at a Statehouse rally Saturday in protest of Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision last week to rescind an executive order that prevented some state employees from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.

Hundreds of folks showed up, including Democrats and Republicans, to air their grievances with the governor.

▪ “I changed my mind!” — Barbara Bush, reversing herself on the comment she made last year that there’s been enough Bushes in the White House.

Turns out that even former first ladies can change their minds.