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TheChat: Will Missouri lawmakers confront right-to-work again?


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▪ “We haven’t made any official decision or firm decision on what’s going to happen with right-to-work or with any other piece of legislation at this point.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson on whether “right to work” will come to a vote again this session.

The issue is so controversial that it threatens to disrupt the session and impede progress on other bills. The key is whether Richardson can pick up a few more votes behind the scenes before bringing the issue to a vote again. (link courtesy of

▪ “Almost 90 percent of Down syndrome babies in the womb are being aborted in the U.S. I just felt like that was kind of was inhumane.” — Missouri state Rep. David Sater, a Cassville Republican, on his bill that would ban abortions for women because their baby has Down syndrome.

Ohio and North Dakota have passed similar laws. But abortion-rights advocates say those laws violate the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling.

▪ “We want people to know that they can earn their own success. They don’t need the government to give it to them.” — Koch official Jennifer Stefano on a new anti-poverty program the Koch brothers are backing.

The idea is to present a more compassionate side to the brothers, who have been backing conservative Republicans, such as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, for years. The program represents “the new way to advance freedom,” Stefano once said.

▪ “A little bit of a maniac.” — Donald Trump describing rival Ted Cruz’s work in the U.S. Senate.

Once again, Cruz declined to respond in kind, opting to share a link on Twitter to the song “Maniac” from the 1983 movie “Flashdance.” Cruz doesn’t want to alienate Trump backers because he wants to eventually win them to his side.