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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.
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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.”