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TheChat: Jay Nixon pledges that Missouri will be ready if Ferguson turns violent again

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▪ “We must and we will be prepared.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announcing law enforcement planning efforts in advance of a grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Nixon said hundreds of law enforcement officers had received additional training and that communications equipment had been upgraded to handle the possibility of violence in the wake of an expected decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. The betting line is that Wilson will not be charged with a crime.

▪ It “surprised people in parts of our country that I can write, much less read.” — former President George W. Bush at a book launch event for his new tome on his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

Bush 43 calls his book — “41: A Portrait of My Father” — a “love story about an extraordinary man I’ve been blessed to call my father.”

▪ “When people asked me, ‘Why are you even a Democrat?’ I got to the point where I didn’t know anymore.” — Missouri state Rep. Linda Black of Desloge who recently flipped from the Democratic to the Republican parties.

She said Democratic positions on gay marriage and abortion led her to a new party. She said the Democratic Party simply left her.

▪ “We just don’t have (anything) frivolous anymore. We’re down to the bare bones.” — Kansas state Board of Education member Janet Waugh on her fears that education will be cut in the wake of downgrades in expected state revenue.

The education community is braced for the worst. Waugh said the state has nowhere else to cut, and Republican lawmakers are not expected to raise taxes.

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