▪ “We’re more anti-Muslim than we are anti-murder.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, speaking at the opening events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Cleaver was bemoaning the lack of attention on "people killing people" across the country. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “The shenanigans in Jefferson City have gone on too long.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway applauding lawmakers for taking up ethics reform early in the 2016 session.
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Hanaway, and rival GOP candidate Eric Greitens, both issued statements Monday stressing the importance of reform. Hanaway said none of the ethics bills presented so far are perfect, “but now is not the time for the perfect to be the enemy of the good.”
▪ “The culture of corruption in Jefferson City must end.” — Greitens outlining his ethics plan.
He called for the banning of lobbyist gifts, term limits for all statewide officeholders and closing the revolving door that quickly turns lawmakers into lobbyists.
▪ “The American people have heard the president deliver thousands of empty words in his State of the Union addresses.” — Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a Wichita Republican, on what he wants to hear from President Barack Obama Tuesday night in his State of the Union message.
Pompeo wants the president to set aside his Iranian nuclear deal, declare that he won’t be moving Gitmo detainees to the mainland, and possibly Kansas, and propose gun policies that don’t infringe on the Second Amendment. None of those things are likely to happen to Pompeo’s satisfaction.
▪ “A lot of speeches.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard predicting that the 2016 session will be more filled than usual with hot air.
That’s because so many current lawmakers are making runs for higher office this year, and they’ll use their platforms as members of the General Assembly to try to get free media coverage. Richard, who is not seeking higher office this year, opted not to give an opening day address, wisely figuring that lots of other members will fill the void.