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TheChat: Berkeley is not Ferguson (thank goodness)

Welcome to the day after a great day.

▪ “This is not Ferguson.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, on the shooting Tuesday of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Berkeley, Mo.

Chappelle-Nadal was very out front on the Michael Brown shooting in nearby Ferguson, describing his death as “evil.” But she feels differently about the Berkeley shooting. She said she would have fired in that case, too, if she had been the police officer.

▪ “The citizens of Missouri appreciate the hard work our dedicated state employees perform on their behalf – especially those who work around the clock, such as corrections officers, mental health workers, veterans’ home staff and Highway Patrol troopers.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announcing that he’s released funds for a pay raise for state workers.

The raise is a miserly 1 percent, and it goes into effect with the new year. But don’t call him Scrooge. (link via

▪ “Labor has huge potential to be reduced, possibly in half.” — then-Florida Gov.-elect Jeb Bush on his goal of reducing the size of the state work force by half during his administration.

The New York Times examined Bush’s e-mails during his terms in office. Bush, who just formed a presidential exploratory committee, often talked about “BHAGs” — big, hairy audacious goals, including tax cuts and removing civil service protections for state workers. He wound up cutting the size of the state workforce, but not by half.

▪ “Things in the U.S. do look rather awesome.” — the conclusion of a story in Politico by Michael Grunwald.

Grunwald’s point: Americans, contrary to public opinion, have lots of reasons to be cheerful this holiday season.