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TheChat: Sheila Solon calls for making birth control more accessible


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▪ “We know that half of all pregnancies are unintended, but better access to birth control pills could decrease unintended pregnancies by 25 percent.” — Missouri state Rep. Sheila Solon, a Blue Springs Republican, on her bill aimed at making it more convenient for women to obtain birth control.

Solon’s bill would allow women to obtain birth control prescriptions from a pharmacist instead of a doctor. She said polls show that two-thirds of women favor making contraceptives available over the counter.

▪ “If you’ve ever had a holiday gathering with a table split between passionate Jayhawks and Wildcats fans, you probably know a little something about what it’s like working in the U.S. Senate.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, in an end-of-year fundraising appeal.

We’ve never heard it put quite that way before. Moran went on to say of his analogy that “What you have in common is more than what divides you; but what divides you are often core principles or deeply held convictions.”

▪ “A crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy.” — the New Hampshire Union Leader describing Donald Trump.

The paper endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a front-page editorial and compared Trump to Biff, the lead antagonist from the “Back to the Future” movies. Trump responded by calling the newspaper’s publisher a “lowlife,” “useless” and a “sleaze bag.”

▪ “What more evidence do we need that it is time to get serious about addressing climate change and extreme weather?” — Missouri state Sen. Jason Holman, a Kansas City Democrat, writing on Facebook about rising water levels at Lake Ozark.

A July record water level of 660 feet has been topped by a new high of 663.5 feet at the lake, Holsman pointed out. And that came even after experts said the July total was an aberration. Wrote Holsman: “This (2016) session should be dedicated to working with all stakeholders to reduce our carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and chart a strategy for a clean energy future. Its not too late, but the clock is ticking.”