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TheChat: Claire McCaskill offers advice on how to handle personal crisis while in public office


Good morning.

▪ “People will forgive your mistakes. They won’t forgive your bull$#%*.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, reflecting on how she handled personal crises over the years.

McCaskill has had her share of them in a career that dates to 1982. Being candid with constituents is the key, she told a Kansas City crowd.

▪ “Kander Pander.” — the title of a new video series the National Republican Senatorial Committee has launched against Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander.

A clever moniker? Or not? Bet your feeling about that depends on your party.

▪ “The individual Missouri farmer understands that international markets are the key to keeping prices competitive.” — Gov. Jay Nixon on a new agreement he’s signed with the Canadian province of Alberta.

No dollar figures were released in connection with the deal. But this is Nixon’s third such agreement with a Canadian province in 18 months.

▪ “Can we get permission to sell marijuana to Colorado?” — Dana Anderson, a Lawrence businessman and a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, suggesting one way to expand the economic footprint of Kansas agriculture during a meeting of farm leaders this week.

That idea probably isn’t going anywhere. But ideas involving the processing of sorghum, wheat, corn, soybeans, sunflowers and cotton were very much on the table.