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TheChat: Is Eric Greitens transition to the governor’s office dragging?


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▪ I’ve been with three governors. They’re all slow.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, on the pace of Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greiten’s transition team, which has announced only one key appointment and has been tight-lipped as to what’s going on behind the scenes.

Other recent governors had demonstrated more visible signs of activity by this point in their transitions. But top Republicans insist they’re not concerned.

▪ “Prison officials are torturing hundreds of inmates – sometimes to death – by withholding a cure to an often fatal disease.” — ACLU of Missouri Legal Director Tony Rothert on the withholding of medical treatment for prisoners with Hepatitis C.

The ACLU has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of inmates.

▪ “This will not show any kind of increased economic activity, but will cause cuts to the very services and the very investments in Missourians that we need to develop our economy.” — Traci Gleason of the Missouri Budget Project opposing a push by state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican, to eliminate corporate income taxes.

Kraus said such a move would be an effective way to market Missouri. The tax generates less than 5 percent of state revenue.

▪ “Now, same crowds ... but now it’s much different. You’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow. You’re basking in the glory of victory. And we’re already getting to work.” — Donald Trump talking about his supporters at a “thank you” rally in Orlando, Florida.

Trump said during the campaign, his backers were “viscous” and “violent” but now have mellowed nicely.