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TheChat: Ben Carson addresses the word `black’

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What a beautiful weekend. Now, get going again.

▪ “I would prefer it be taken out.” — GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson speaking in Ferguson about the word “black” in the “Black Lives Matter” rallying cry that emerged after Michael Brown’s death.

Added Carson: “I obviously prefer that we focus on everybody. At the same time, I recognize that they're trying to say that they feel that they've been treated unfairly - in many cases they have - I'm not going to take that away from them.”

▪ “Many people just cannot understand that hunger is real in Missouri.” — Scott Baker, state director for Feeding Missouri.

Turns out that hunger is very real in the state. The U.S. Agriculture Department is saying that Missouri has the second highest percentage in the nation of households without enough food to eat. Almost 8 percent of Missourians fall into the “very low food supply” category, and that ranks only behind Arkansas.

▪ “Attitudes are still stressed.” — Missouri Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny about attitudes among Democrats when it comes to retaliating against Republicans in this week’s veto session over the anti-union “right to work” legislation.

Republicans took the rare step of forcing a vote on right-to-work near the end of the regular session, and now Democrats are considering blocking votes in the veto session as payback. Said Keaveny: “I’ve got some members of my caucus that want to stop everything and some members that just want to move on. That’s something we’re going to have to come together with as a caucus.” Just a general observation about politics based on years covering it: Democrats don’t play hardball nearly as often as Republicans do. So it’ll be interesting to see what Show-Me Democrats do this week.

▪ “This is highly unusual, especially to do it by committee.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, reacting to the news that the Republican members of two Kansas legislative committees are taking part in an October fundraiser that will be hosted by groups that often find themselves with bills before the panels.

The panels in question are the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said he had “no heartburn” over the development because campaign donations are all publicly reported anyway.

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