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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver insists that KC remains in the cross-hairs for terrorists


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▪ “It is clear as day that Kansas City remains a terrorist target.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, speaking about the need for more anti-terrorism funding for the Kansas City area.

Cleaver pointed to the recent terror plot that was foiled in Kansas City and urged Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to consider Urban Area Security Initiative funding for the city. This year, KC was left off the list for cities receiving the aid.

▪ “Does that future belong to those GOP representatives seen, moments after their 20 votes sustained a Democratic governor's veto, joyously yukking it up and high-fiving the delirious (and shrinking) crowd from Big Labor?” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in an op-ed bemoaning the General Assembly’s failure to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an anti-union right-to-work bill.

Kinder, a Republican himself, said he’s betting that the future of Missouri rests with those who want right-to-work legislation. “This is no time for retreat,” Kinder wrote.

▪ The topic is not going to go away.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, on right-to-work legislation.

Richard said the issue will be around “for the long haul” and noted that this year the anti-union proposal got farther than it ever has before. (link via

▪ “It's important that these changes that were before the City Council do not legalize marijuana.” — Sharon Dickgrafe, chief deputy city attorney for Wichita, on the legality of an ordinance enforced by a majority of Wichita voters in April that diminishes punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $50 fine.

The state is opposing the new rule and insists that Wichita voters had not authority to exempt themselves from Kansas law.

▪ “I certainly hope we’ll see movement in the polls.” — GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Thursday, one day after the Wednesday night presidential debate that many saw as a big win for the businesswoman.

Fiorina told CBS that heading into the debate, “half the audience had never heard my name and didn’t know I was running for president. So it was a big opportunity for me to introduce myself to the American people.”