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“Jay Nixon is not here tonight. I guess he had to go to Ferguson. That’s a joke, people. Jay Nixon is never going to Ferguson.” — Missouri state Rep. Stephen Webber, a Columbia Democrat, cracking wise about the fact that the governor was not in attendance at a roast last week for retiring state Rep. Chris Kelly.

Wow. Quite a sharp rebuke for the governor from a fellow Democrat at a very public event. (link courtesy of

“I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it.” — Hillary Clinton speaking about Massachusetts Sen., and possible 2016 primary rival, Elizabeth Warren at a Friday rally that featured Warren.

The two never met on stage, but Clinton smothered Warren with kindness. That’s one strategy for dealing with a potential rival.

“Even Dorothy doesn’t want to go home to Kansas now.”— comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show mocking Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts.

Maher, a well-known liberal, was scathing in his critique, saying the tax cuts were based on the “long-discredited zombie lie” of trickle-down economics.

“More and more people are coming to the realization that, while we don’t necessarily like Obamacare — while we aren’t the biggest fans of putting more people on Medicaid — that the way the current system is and the way the courts have continued to uphold it, it’s going to be damaging to our hospitals if we don’t do something.” — Missouri state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican on the prospects for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

Silvey is bullish on expansion for another reason. Several expansion opponents, including state Sen. John Lamping of St. Louis County, are not seeking re-election.