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TheChat: Kansas ups its game on child sex trafficking


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▪ “We appreciate Shared Hope’s recognition of the good progress Kansas is making to combat human trafficking.” — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on an advocacy group’s rating of the state for its legislation on domestic child sex trafficking..

The group, Shared Hope International, recently gave Kansas a “C” grade, but upgraded it to “B” after it learned that the state now allows wiretapping to be used in cases of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child.

▪ “I am competitive and taking on the position in the way in which I did, I wouldn’t have accepted the appointment if it was something I didn’t want to keep and run for.” — Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway indicating she plans to seek election to the office in 2018.

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Galloway, a fellow Democrat, to the office this year after the suicide of Republican Tom Schweich. GOPers continue to believe Nixon should’ve appointed a Republican, but that was never in the cards. Galloway will be fighting to keep the office in a state that has tilted Republican in recent years.

▪ “If the controlling party wanted to pass campaign finance and ethics reform, they could do it with the snap of their fingers, but so far that's not been the case.” — Democrat Brad Ketcher, a St. Louis attorney and former chief of staff for former Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan.

Count Ketcher as a skeptic that the GOP majority in Jefferson City will actually pass meaningful campaign reform in the months to come. Although the pressure continues to build on the issue, Republicans so far have resisted making big changes. Ketcher has filed several initiative petitions of his own to change the system.

▪ “You could cut the hostility in the room with a knife. We completely struck out with developing countries.” — Stuart Eizenstat, who led the U.S. delegation during the Kyoto talks, on why the talks ultimately failed.

The U.S. expected too much from the developing nations in those talks, U.S. officials now concede. Nations such as India and China blamed the U.S. for causing climate change in the first place. President George W. Bush may merit more kudos on this issue than many want to give him.