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TheChat: Jay Nixon bemoans what happened in Ferguson

One more day until turkey. Be patient.

▪ “No one should have to live like this.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday talking about the destruction in Ferguson Monday night and its impact on citizens afraid to venture outside.

Nixon promised a dramatic increase in the presence of law enforcement. “We must do better, and we will,” he said at a news conference.

▪ “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer (Darren Wilson) or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job.’ And then try to bring the communities together.” — New York Congressman Peter King, a Republican, in an interview with Fox Business News.

Given the violence in Ferguson on Monday night, it’s hard to imagine how this might be viewed as a conciliatory gesture.

▪ “We should have done it. We just shouldn't have done it first.” — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, on the Affordable Care Act.

Schumer, who championed the law, said Democrats erred by not focusing more on the economy and other programs benefiting the middle class. The comments came amidst a tough critique of the party from Schumer in the wake of an awful mid-term election for Democrats.

▪ “The department is losing more than 125 years of outstanding service to insurance consumers and to state government.” — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger in a statement about the retirement of four of her division directors.

Praeger did not seek another term, and the directors are heading out the door before they might have been forced out by the incoming insurance commissioner, Dennis Anderson. Praeger said Kansans owe them “a tremendous thanks” for regulating insurance, educating consumers and advocating for them.

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