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▪  “What part of democracy are they afraid of?” — Hillary Clinton on Twitter criticizing Republicans for their voter-identification initiatives.

Clinton is taking a more aggressive tact on the campaign trail these days, and it’s happening as she’s taken a hit in the polls.

▪ “That is the district's goal, that we will press for that.” — Vickie Murillo, the chief academic officer for Kansas City Public Schools, on hopes that the district can regain full accreditation this fall.

The state is slowly releasing standardized test scores, and it’s going to be a few more weeks until the Kansas City district and the one in Hickman Mills know whether they’ve made it back to the educational promised land. Some obstacles remain, however, including use of a new standardized test this year, which makes it impossible to compare this year’s scores to last year’s.

▪ “I got swarmed, beaten down really bad.” — Paul Hampel, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after he was attacked by a group as he covered the Ferguson protests.

Hampel was punched in the face, in the head and kicked in the back of the head, suffering a concussion in the process. Covering Ferguson has become dangerous work, and we at The Buzz tip our caps to the brave folks who are doing such courageous work.

▪ “It takes customers to keep this thing going. When 90 percent of the people get in the free food line and get free food, that affects my sales.” — Kansas Statehouse vendor Don Wistuba explaining why he’s quitting the concession business after nearly 40 years of operation.

Free food from lobbyists has made it nearly impossible for Wistuba to make a living. Also tough for Wistuba is the lack of foot traffic when the Legislature is not in session. Too many state offices have been moved out of the Capitol, he said.