Hang on: You can’t start singing “Auld Lang Syne” until 6 p.m.
▪ “Part of the problem within the body is a great deal of disagreement on what is a valid response to it.. A lot of Democrats want to make it more difficult for policemen to do their job. A lot of Republicans disagree.” — Missouri state Rep. Mike Cierpiot, a Lee's Summit Republican and House majority leader, on the underlying social and law enforcement issues in Ferguson that gained so much attention following Michael Brown’s death.
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One of the big uncertainties of the 2016 session is whether any bill dealing with Ferguson-related issues can pass. Among them are bills dealing with deadly force, officer review boards and body cameras. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “This historical anomaly would produce a real-life experiment in how button-downed, conservative Republicans deal with pure chaos.” — long-time GOP insider Ben Ginsberg on the slim possibility that no GOP presidential candidate secures a majority of delegates before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Ginsberg calls this scenario a “clear cluster” and quips that, hey, the broadcast networks might actually cover all four nights of the convention if this situation unfolds.
▪ “It remains a constitutional right.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback saying he’s not second-guessing a new state law that would require college campuses to allow concealed weapons.
Brownback signed a bill in 2013 that gives public colleges and universities until mid-2017 to comply. KU’s chancellor and 70 professors there have spoken out against it.
▪ “For us, we’re making a strategic resource reallocation.” — Tim Miller, a Jeb Bush spokesman, acknowledging that the campaign is shifting resources to early voting states in a massive strategy switcheroo.
Bush continues to search for an answer to a campaign that’s been long on frustration and short on results.