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TheChat: Missouri Democratic leader wants a new approach to right-to-work


Happy Friday.

▪ “Republican leaders are obsessed with so-called ‘right-to-work’ legislation that, despite its deceptive name, would weaken worker rights and suppress wages.” — Missouri state Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat and House minority leader, reacting to the filing Thursday of anti-union right-to-work legislation.

Beatty said that the legislation would represent such a massive shift in the balance of power between employers and employees that Missouri voters should be allowed to weigh in on the matter. With the GOP in control in Jeff City, that’s not going to happen. They will pass this legislation early in the 2017 session. It’s one of their priorites and has been for years.

▪ “Economic sanctions remain a valuable tool in deterring Iranian nuclear development and penalizing Iran’s support of international terrorism.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, on why he voted to extend sanctions on Iran.

The measure also passed the House 419-1 and is now on its way to the president’s desk.

▪ “A giant leap backward.” — Jackson Katz, a gender-equality speaker, on what the election of Donald Trump means for violence against women.

Speaking in MU, Katz said all effective social movements suffer setbacks. “I don’t think this is the end,” Katz told students. (link courtesy of

▪ “It doesn’t mean anything.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Democrat, dismissing as insignificant the November revenue report that showed Kansas beating tax revenue estimates for the month by $1.4 million.

This is the first time in awhile that the state beat revenue forecasts, and it only happened because the state lowered the target.