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TheChat: Missouri lawmakers still wrestling with Ferguson


Hang on: You can’t start singing “Auld Lang Syne” until 6 p.m.

Who says?

Dave Helling.

▪ “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.

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

▪ “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.