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TheChat: Democratic candidate says the GOP seeks to `shatter’ the Missouri Constitution


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▪ ▪ “There’s an entire political party that wants to shatter the Missouri Constitution.” — Robin Smith, the Democratic candidate for Missouri secretary of state, talking about the Republicans and their interest in passing a constitutional amendment requiring that voters show a photo ID before casting ballots.

Smith said she would talk to her lawyers about pursuing legal action against the proposal if it passes and she becomes secretary of state.

▪ “It took a lot for me to decide to come out and say what I said.” — Cora Faith Walker on her decision to come forward and accuse a fellow incoming Missouri legislator of sexual assault.

The accusations have ignited a firestorm in the Capitol with the alleged perpetrator saying anything that happened was consensual. Democratic leaders are now suggesting that representative-elect Steve Roberts Jr. reconsider taking his post when lawmakers convene in January.

▪  “A reduction of this magnitude would do irreparable damage to the corrections system and compromise public safety.” — a line from a Kansas Department of Corrections memorandum outlining the potential impact of a 5 percent budget cut.

Agencies were asked to submit budgets outlining the impact of such a reduction in the wake of tax collections falling far short of estimates. The Brownback administration has now said it won’t be seeking across-the-board cuts. It sought to keep the proposals secret, saying such working documents are not subject to Kansas open records laws.

▪ “So then the necessity to report on a monthly basis how we come to projections, we did not feel was relevant...” — Wichita businessman Sam Williams, who led a group that looked at the accuracy of state revenue forecasts, on ending the practice of releasing monthly revenue estimates.

Those estimates have missed their targets in recent months, prompting critical statewide media reports. Williams said improved forecasts would eliminate the need for monthly reporting. The group released its report a day after Kansas announced that the September revenue shortfall was $45 million.