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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon speaks out on behalf of unions on this Labor Day


Happy Labor Day.

▪ ▪ “For generations, the ability of workers to join together and bargain collectively for fair wages and benefits has formed the foundation of the American middle-class.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in a Labor Day weekend op-ed.

Nixon was speaking out against anti-union, right-to-work legislation that may or may not be the subject of a veto override attempt at the General Assembly’s annual override session this month.

▪ “Startlingly bad.” — former Kansas Budget Director Duane Goossen writing about August tax collections.

Revenue was off by nearly 7 percent, or $30 million from forecasts. Goossen said the tax shortfall has now reached $61 million over the last five months.

▪ “The industry needs to take such action, and if they fail to do so, the Federal Trade Commission needs to demand transparency, so that families who’ve worked hard to save for a well-deserved vacation don’t wind up victims of sticker-shock when they see these fees on their hotel bill.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on hidden “resort” fees that consumers are sometimes charges for hotel rooms.

McCaskill has been harping about the practice. A federal Department of Transportation committee is recommending that the fees be included in the advertised price of a room. The senator is looking for more concrete action. (link via

▪ “Imprisonment is a tragedy. And wrong.” — Missouri attorney general candidate Josh Hawley on the jailing of Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis for contempt of court after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Hawley, a Republican and University of Missouri law professor, wants public officials in Missouri to be able to deny marriage licenses to homosexuals if same-sex marriage violates their religious beliefs.

▪ “The attorney general's job is to enforce the law, not to make it up as you go along.” — Jake Zimmerman, a Democratic candidate for Missouri attorney general, reacting to Hawley’s statement.

Looks like Davis’ actions will be an issue in Missouri, too.

▪ “The notion that Donald Trump isn’t knowledgeable on a range of issues is fairly self-evident, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting.” — former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt, on Trump striking out last week on a foreign policy query about the leaders of major terrorist organizations.

The headline on the Politico story about this: “Trump bluffs past another crisis.”