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TheChat: Controversial power plant at center of confirmation hearing

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▪ “I would be much more impressed if you just took ownership of this rather than try to spread the blame for this mess.” — Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, speaking about a controversial $20 million lease-purchase deal for a new state power plant. Kelly was addressing acting Department of Administration Secretary Sarah Shipman during Shipman’s confirmation hearing.

Lawmakers of both parties are concerned about the soaring costs of the plant and the administration’s attempts to sidestep the Legislature.

▪ “Fits the pattern.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens pointing a finger at rival candidate John Brunner for his alleged involvement behind an anonymous online video that questions Greitens military record.

Brunner’s campaign denies any involvement. Greitens and Brunner continue to joust, and where this feud is headed could shape the outcome of the August primary. (link via

▪ “The principle argument of the book is that he’s a Hamiltonian conservative, going back to Alexander Hamilton and the idea of a fairly strong national government and strong executive branch in terms of separation of powers.” — University of Central Missouri political scientist Jim Staab who wrote a book on former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Staab’s counter narrative on Scalia is often overlooked. Scalia visited the school, and Staab’s classroom, in 2008.

▪ “Character is really hard to explain, but really easy to see.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaking for the final time to Eagle Scouts in the state Capitol.

A 1969 Eagle Scout, Nixon spoke during the annual Missouri Eagle Scout Recognition Day. He said character is the most significant byproduct of earning the top honor in Scouting.