▪ “....I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” — former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on President Barack Obama.
The mayor is right. This IS a horrible thing to say. Speaking at a private dinner, Giuliani also said, according to CNN, “He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” Social media is going wild, and Giuliani will now face accusations that he’s a racist.
▪ “Eight years ago I was here, at the Kansas City airport. I hugged my wife and parents, said good-bye and left on a journey that would change my life.” — the opening lines of a video from Democrat Jason Kander who announced for the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Kander was talking about his departure to join the military, which eventually took him to Afghanistan.
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Kander, 33, shook up the Missouri political world with his decision to challenge incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, who will be the heavy favorite. But this will be a race that will demand media and voter attention.
▪ “Gradual impoverishment.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder describing his personal financial situation following a decade as the state’s second banana. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
Kinder, who has homes in Jeff City and Cape Girardeau, is seeking a daily expense allowance for working at the Statehouse similar to the per diem payment that lawmakers gets. Problem is, he earns $86K a year while lawmakers earn $36,000.
▪ “What these babies go through – and they are babies – it's unimaginable.” — Kansas state Sen. Rob Olson, an Olathe Republican, on a bill that would bar “dismemberment abortions.”
The state Senate passed the measure on a preliminary vote Thursday. Democrats charged that they were using inflammatory language so that the issue could be used in campaign literature. The procedure is said to be used in about 8 percent of Kansas abortions.