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TheChat: The drive to place a woman on the $20 bill picks up steam

Eleanor Roosevelt on the $20 bill
Eleanor Roosevelt on the $20 bill

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▪ “Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans. It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women.” — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, on the push to place the face of a woman on the $20 bill.

The senator announced Wednesday the introduction of a bill that would require the Treasury Department to convene a citizens’ panel to discuss the idea. One group has narrowed the field of possible women to grace the bill to four: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

▪ “Missouri is a national leader in making sure more students stay in school and on track to success.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon touting new statistics that show that the state’s high school graduation rate has jumped five points since the 2010-11 school year, the fifth largest increase in the nation.

According to stats from Nixon’s office, the state’s graduation rate popped from 81 percent in 2010-11 to 86 percent in 2012-13, the most recent year that data is available.

▪ “We wonder how much thought can be given to the circumstances of each defendant when these executions are carried out so routinely.” — Missouri’s Catholic bishops condemning use of the death penalty in the state.

The bishops said the pace of executions had accelerated in recent months and that many of the cases represent a “flawed death penalty system.” The bishops sent a letter outlining their concerns to Nixon and other officials.

▪ “This is another one of Clay Chastain's desperate, attention-grabbing antics. He's been pulling these types of stunts in Kansas City for years, and people see right through it.” — Kansas City Mayor Sly James on former rival Clay Chastain’s decision to file a lawsuit in a bid to disqualify James from the ballot.

Chastain, who finished third in the three-way mayoral primary and is out out of the race, pointed out that James had unpaid taxes when he signed an affidavit to run for office, which declared that he was current on his taxes. James paid $527 in car taxes in February that were due on Dec. 31. James said a misunderstanding with his wife caused the late payment.

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