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“A historic moment and a huge win for Missouri.” — Gov. Jay Nixon describing Boeing’s decision to bring commercial aircraft production to St. Louis.

A big win it is: 700 jobs in St. Louis to build parts for the 777X, Boeing’s next generation commercial aircraft. For the first time in awhile in the wake of Ferguson, a chance for Nixon to crow a bit.

“Activist judges should not overrule the people of Kansas.” — Gov. Sam Brownback on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to accept any same-sex marriage cases.

In a statement, Brownback reminded the media that he took an oath to uphold the Kansas Constitution, and that’s the same constitution that voters amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman. But the governor and voters should brace themselves for a new legal reality, which seems to be coming down the pike at breakneck speeds.

“I see him as being fairly tenacious. I don’t think he’s a dilettante at this. I think he’s planning on being a player in Missouri politics for a long time.” — University of Missouri political scientist Peverill Squire talking about conservative billionaire Rex Sinquefield’s efforts to influence state policy. (link via johncombest.com).

Sinquefield has lost a lot of races, but Squire says some of that is to be expected because Sinquefield often takes on incumbents. “I think for the most part he really has a strong set of policy ideas and that’s really what he wants to promote,” Squire said.

“You know, I haven’t thought of it.” — independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman on whether his wealth will be an asset or a liability in his campaign.

Politico points out that Orman is turning the tables on Republicans. For once, he’s the rich guy in the race, and he’s made his business record a key part of his campaign. Orman regularly tells voters that he knows how to create jobs. Republicans counter that Orman’s wealth raises questions.

“We have a consensus that we do not have a route at this time to go to court and to stop this law from going into effect — as disappointing and as frustrating as that is.” — Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, on the state’s new 72-hour waiting period for an abortion.

Planned Parenthood, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, plan no last-minute lawsuits. According to the Associated Press, Missouri's law will impose the second longest abortion waiting period in the nation behind only South Dakota, where the 72-hour period can sometimes extend longer because it doesn't count weekends and holidays.

“If we do not get an indictment and there is no conviction, they are talking about burning our whole state down.” — Angela Whitman, 44, about the need to formally charge the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Whitman, who began protesting in Ferguson shortly after the shooting, repeated her belief that widespread burning will occur if there is no murder conviction of Officer Darren Wilson. “Why do we have to go through that?” Whitman said. “This is simply about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

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