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TheChat: Chris Koster explains why he’s fighting new energy standards


The Royals are in the Series again!

▪ “It has the effect, I think, of putting a real price increase shock through Missouri’s system over the next decade.” — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster explaining why he is one of two Democratic attorneys general in the country to stand up to the Obama administration’s carbon emissions standards.

Koster said the EPA pulled a bait-and-switch on Missouri, initially proposing one standard, then coming back with a far stiffer one. Low energy costs is one of Missouri’s most attractive features to businesses, he said, and the new standards threaten that.

▪ “The massive fraud in this program was a deep betrayal of the public’s trust that dishonored the service of so many brave members of the National Guard.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill after the Justice Department announced that it has indicted 25 more current and former Guard officials on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and aggravated identity theft in the Guard’s Recruiting Assistance Program.

The program has been cited as a cesspool of abuse, and the Justice Department’s review amounts to one of the largest criminal probes in Army history.

▪ “These proposed policy changes are not a cure-all, but they do take significant, substantive steps toward improving the work environment in the Capitol so that interns, staff, and members can have a workplace where they are treated with respect and free from harassment.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson announcing changes aimed at improving the culture of the Missouri Statehouse for women.

People sometimes say it doesn’t matter who leads an institution like the Missouri House. Well, here’s an example of how leadership matters. Richardson, who took over just a few months ago, has taken big steps here to put a dent in the wild, wild West culture of the place. Too bad it took so long.

▪ “It’s epic.” — Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist on new poll numbers that show broad disapproval of Gov. Sam Brownback.

Eighteen percent of Kansans in the poll by Fort Hays State University were "very" or "somewhat satisfied" with the GOP governor. The total amounts to some of the lowest job-approval numbers for any governor in state history, Beatty said.