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TheChat: Missouri remembers Spence Jackson

It’s another sad day in Missouri as the state salutes Spence Jackson.

▪ “(Jackson) was an extremely hard worker who cared deeply about the principles of the party.” — Catherine Hanaway, a GOP candidate for Missouri governor, on the death of long-time aide and party worker Spence Jackson.

Missouri’s political establishment was reeling Monday from the news of Jackson’s tragic death just one month after the passing of Tom Schweich, the state auditor that Jackson served. The big question was...why?

▪ “I felt guilty I was fully clothed.” — Vice President Joe Biden remembering when Sen. Ted Kennedy took him to the Senate gym locker room to meet other senators when Biden was first elected.

Biden was speaking Monday at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. He said meeting such luminaries as New York Sen. Jacob Javits in the gym was awkward, and Biden had to avert his gaze. “Oh, God, was I embarrassed,” Biden recalled.

▪ “Senator Elizabeth Warren would be a strong candidate, and...if Hillary Clinton also declares, the debate between the two of them would be critical for our nation.” — Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, and Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA, in a letter urging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

Warren, a Democrat, has said she won’t challenge Clinton. But liberals are starting to push her hard to consider the race. They should remember: Primaries can be deadly.

▪ “It means that towns can’t compete economically.” — Attorney Mike Orlowski, an attorney involved with the St. Louis Regional Broadband Summit on the news that two-thirds of rural Missourians lack access to high-speed internet service. (link via

Missouri ranks 15th nationally for the highest percentage of residents not served by fiber networks. While 70 percent of rural residents lack the service, only 12 percent of urban dwellers do, a study showed.

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