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TheChat: Chris Koster rips the `pretend’ world of Missouri Republicans


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▪ “I joined the Democratic Party eight years ago because I got fed up living in a 'pretend' world of my former party. A 'pretend' world where every Missourian comes from a storybook family, and where everyone is healthy for their entire lives, and teenagers never have sex.” — Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Chris Koster lampooning his former party at this weekend’s Truman Dinner in St. Louis.

Koster, the state’s two-term attorney general, may have been low key of late, but he let it rip at the Saturday night gathering of Missouri Democrats held on the field of Busch Stadium.

▪ ▪ “Under current regulations, even those schools with lunch programs operating in the black would be required to raise their prices to meet the federally mandated price.” — Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler explaining why she’s sponsoring legislation that would allow some districts to bypass a federal requirement to increase the cost of student lunches.

The change could force some families out of the program, she argues. Hartzler says local education officials are best-positioned to decide the cost of school lunches. (link courtesy of

▪ “Trumpeters.” — Sarah Palin’s nickname for Donald Trump’s followers.

She also called them “Trumpservatives.” Gag us with a spoon...

▪ “We’re not naïve. We want to see results.” — Matt McCune, a research assistant pursuing a doctorate in physics at the University of Missouri, on the concerns of graduate students who complain that they are seeing promised benefits erode away.

Graduate students are banding together, and they’re speaking out about their grievances. The group cleared one hurdle in recent days by demanding, and getting, one more year of university-paid health insurance.

▪ “It’s a totally weird situation. There is nobody that can take action to do anything.” — Rice County Clerk Alicia Showalter on the tiny town of Frederick, Kan., which faces an uncertain future after no one ran in an election to pick its leaders or even cast vote.

The Legislature may have to weigh in to dissolve the central Kansas town, which has been around since 1887 and once was home to 150. Today, the population is about 10.