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TheChat: Peter Kinder calls Justice Department racist


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▪ “There is more racism in the Justice Department than there is in anywhere I see in the St. Louis area.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, speaking about the crisis in Ferguson.

Kinder accused President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of inciting mob violence in Ferguson and “encouraging disorder.” Kinder said the Justice Department is staffed with “radical, hard-left radical, leftist lawyers. Many of them have spent most of their careers defending Black Panthers and other violent radicals.” He wasn’t done: “It is the left. It is the Eric Holder and Obama-left and their minions who are obsessed with race, while the rest of us are moving on beyond it.”

▪ “We’re now in the process of talking directly with folks out there who could hopefully hold that position.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on picking a new state auditor to succeed Tom Schweich.

The governor declined to talk about any potential candidates. The assumption is that Nixon, a Democrat, will pick a member of his own party, removing a GOP statewide office-holder from the ranks. Nixon said the key qualification will be “ethics and the skill set.” (link via

▪ “An op-ed released to every paper in the country.” —Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, describing the controversial letter that he and 46 other Republican senators sent to leaders of Iran.

The letter, accusing Obama of ignoring the Senate when it comes to an agreement with the Middle Eastern nation, has sparked a firestorm. Blunt, though, is saying he has no regrets about signing it. “A bad deal with Iran is not better than no deal at all,” he said.

▪ “The university aircraft is an incredible tool.” — KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger defending use of a new airplane by the university.

KU bought the seven-passenger Cessna Citation CJ4 in December with funds donated to the university’s Endowment Association. But there’s a problem. Operating university aircraft costs $1.5 million a year, and some lawmakers are saying the state doesn’t have it. The university, they say, needs to find an alternative funding source to keep the aircraft aloft.