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TheChat: Peter Kinder chews up Jay Nixon

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▪ “We see the National Guard rolling in this morning... where were they last night?...Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car or a smashed police car window with a show of force that would have stopped this?” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, critiquing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon following the first night of violence in Ferguson.

Kinder, who has flirted with a run for governor only to back away, said Nixon has a lot of questions to answer. Kinder implied that the Obama administration “leaned” on Nixon to keep the Guard out that first night. (link via johncombest.com).

▪ “In Ferguson, the precipitating crime was not drugs, but theft. But the war on drugs has created a tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy.” — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul writing about the need to reform the criminal justice system.

The war on drugs has created a “culture of violence” and placed police in an impossible position, Paul wrote in Time Magazine. The senator, a Republican, is considering a 2016 race for the presidency.

▪ “She’s sort of the antidote to the Elizabeth Warren arguments from the left.” — David Carney, who has been a top strategist for past GOP presidential candidates, on Republican Carly Fiorina, who’s exploring a race for the White House in 2016. Carney’s wife worked with Fiorina this year in New Hampshire.

Fiorina would stand out in a seat of GOP male candidates, and she has accomplishments to tout. But she’s never held public office before, and her 2010 race for the Senate didn’t impress.

▪ “The frustrations that people have generally, those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed.” — President Barack Obama talking about inequities in the nation’s law enforcement system in the wake of Ferguson.

Obama has asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. to set up regional meetings focused on “building trust in our communities.” The meetings will be aimed at “how to make sure that law enforcement is fair and is being applied equally to every person in this country.” The first will take place next week, he said.

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