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State senator to Jay Nixon: You were 'chilling out' instead of responding to Ferguson

More Ferguson news today, and it’s not pretty.

“I was tear-gassed for three hours while our governor was at the mansion, chilling out.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat who represents parts of Ferguson, on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Chappelle-Nadal, regarded by some as a loose canon, again stripped the bark off Nixon for his handling of the crisis in Ferguson. No politician, in our memory, has been as critical of a Missouri governor as Chappelle-Nadal going back at least two decades.

“By the time our governor responded, we’d been tear gassed three times,” she said. She wound up speaking for at least 45 minutes and was applauded several times as she spoke.

“You've lost your authority to govern this community. You're going to have to step aside peacefully if this community is going to heal.” — St. Louis activist John Chasnoff to the Ferguson City Council Tuesday night at a meeting called to promote community healing.

Instead what City Council members got was anger, outrage and warnings of voter retribution at the ballot box, the AP reported. Proposals to overhaul the municipal courts and create a citizen police review board were greeted warily, if not with outright skepticism. (link courtesy of

“He only understands two relationships: slave and enemy. I would have been happy to be a partner.” — retiring Missouri state Rep. Chris Kelly, a Columbia Democrat, on working with fellow Democrat, Gov. Jay Nixon.

Kelly is ending a heralded 18-year career in the House this week with applause coming from both Democrats and Republicans. He said his biggest disappointment is his failure to develop a closer relationship with the governor. Kelly served the 18 years in two stints with one coming back in the 1980s and ‘90s before term limits went into effect.

“People in Missouri say to me, ‘You’re not getting the work of the country done.’ It is clearly right.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Blunt, a Republican, placed the blame for all this on the shoulders of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But most voters these days aren’t distinguishing between Ds and Rs. They’re sick and tired of the entire lot. One remedy: Democrats should pick a new Senate leader, and so should Republicans. The country would embrace the change.

“I’m glad to hear President Obama is assembling a strong, international coalition against ISIS and the very real threat these extremists pose.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night on ISIL.

“While I believe the president has the authority to respond to this threat under congressional action from 2001, I believe he could have benefited from coming to Congress with a more specific plan and asking Congress to reaffirm that authority.” — Blunt, a Republican, on the speech.

Predictable responses from a Democrat and a Republican.