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TheChat: Claire McCaskill winces over prospect of anybody reading her emails to her kids


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▪ “I look at my personal emails — gosh, I’m talking about personal things with my children that I would never want the public to have to read those things.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Monday referring to the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails.

McCaskill, a Democrat, said Clinton should have been more prepared last week to deal with the issue. She said Clinton may have been too focused on personal communications that she feared would be made public. McCaskill said she was sympathetic with that concern.

▪ “The reality is the longer a piece of legislation that is controversial is out there, the more chance one side is giving the opposition time to rally its forces.” — Washburn University political scientist Bob Beatty explaining why the Kansas Legislature is fast-tracking a bill that would abolish the current school-finance formula in favor of issuing block grants to school districts.

Beatty said the rush to pass the bill would be like Congress passing the Affordable Care Act in a single week. Proponents of the move don’t want to give dissenters a chance to organize, he said.

▪ “The lawsuit's not going to go away.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley opposing a revamped school-funding bill Monday.

Democrats mounted a ferocious bid to defeat the idea of turning school funding into block grants. But the bill passed 25-14. Hensley’s point was that the the state faces legal hurdles that may require it to spend more on schools

▪ “The way I’ve sorted it out is: I think you need to be genuine, I think you need to have a backbone. I think you need to able to persuade people this is a national crisis, this is a national priority.” — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in New Hampshire defending his support of the Common Core education standards.

Bush is not shying away from his support for the controversial idea. Then again, he’d be hard-pressed to do anything else given how out front he’s been on the issue. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of Bush’s chief rivals, has moved to the right on the issue.