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TheChat: Dwight Eisenhower memorial gets the green light


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▪ “The memorial will bear Ike’s humble words: `The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.’” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts announcing that the family of one-time Kansan Dwight Eisenhower has accept a design for a memorial to the 34th president in Washington.

With an agreement in hand, the expectation is that the memorial site will be dedicated on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

▪ “We're 38th in the country on funding early childhood (education), and that is the wrong way for Missouri.” — attorney Jane Dueker on a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that ensured that Amendment 3 will stay on the November ballot. The ballot initiative would raise Missouri's cigarette tax by as much as $1.27 a pack and use the $300 million in proceeds to fund early childhood education programs.

The initiative is funded by cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds, and that has a lot of people concerned. Said Dueker: “The words of the amendment mean we're going to get $300 million for our kids, and Big Tobacco and Little Tobacco are going to get whacked. I have no trouble putting my head on the pillow supporting that.”

▪ “It’s depressing to see the state of Kansas fighting a regulation that would actually put money in people’s pockets.” — Rebecca Proctor, executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, on the decision by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt that the state will fight a new federal overtime rule.

The rule could mean state employees who work more than 40 hours a week could get overtime pay. But Schmidt cites the impact on private businesses and state government in his decision to join a federal lawsuit on the matter, along with 20 other states.

▪ “When you have a Republican nominee who supported John Kerry in 2004 and implied that President Bush was responsible for 9/11 and has repeated the worst lies of the Michael Moore liberal Democrats, how in the world would the Bushes support that?” — a long-time GOP operative close to the Bush family on why the Bushies aren’t cozying up to Donald Trump.

Former President George H.W. Bush indicated this week he intends to support Hillary Clinton. Given the family’s history with Trump, that was no surprise.