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TheChat: Ferguson organizer says new movement cannot be overlooked

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Another day, another set of quote marks.

▪ “We are sick and tired of our lives not mattering, and our organized movement will not relent until we see justice.” — Ashley Yates, a co-founder of the St. Louis-based organization, Millennial Activists United, about her meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden earlier this week.

Yates pointed out that Obama requested the meeting with her and six other community organizers from around the country because the Ferguson movement cannot be ignored. “We have two sets of laws in America — one for young black and brown people and one for the police,” Yates said in a statement. It’s impressive that the movement has already garnered a meeting with the nation’s top two leaders.

▪ “The national punditry had both Pat Roberts and I dead, but they didn’t know about Kansas Farm Bureau and they didn’t know about a lot of other things in the state of Kansas.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback thanking the Farm Bureau for its support during the just-completed campaign.

Both Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts appeared before the group Monday to express their gratitude.

▪ “Things are different now.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill discussing the changes in how military sexual assaults are handled.

McCaskill pointed out that under reforms she helped implement, commanders no longer can overturn convictions and that every victim who reports an assault is assigned an independent lawyer to fight for her interests. One thing to watch for, McCaskill said, is whether reporting of assaults increases. “If reporting goes up, that’s a major signal that our reforms are working,” she said in a statement.

▪ “A little puzzled.” — Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to reverse himself and call off a special session to deal with rising security costs associated with Ferguson.

Schaefer told Missourinet that “there’s nothing novel” about Nixon’s ability to interpret his executive authority to spend state dollars for an emergency such as Ferguson. Nixon originally questioned his authority and called the special session, even though Schaefer said he told the governor that such a move was unnecessary.

▪ “It’s a pretty ugly business right now.” —Republican Jeb Bush on the prospect of a possible 2016 presidential run.

Bush said he’s asking himself whether he can run in a way that “lifts people’s spirits and not get sucked into the vortex.” He also said he might have to embrace the idea that he’d run to win the general election with positions on issues that might cost him primary votes.

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