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TheChat: Catherine Hanaway vows to make Missouri a right-to-work state

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▪ “Last week, West Virginia became the 26th right-to-work state in the nation! As governor, I will make Missouri the 27th right-to-work state.” — Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway writing in a fund-raising appeal.

Republicans continue to push anti-union right-to-work legislation. A change in party control of the governor’s office would almost surely make Missouri that 27th state. Said Hanaway, “Right to Work allows workers to choose whether or not to join a union. This can be important because the unions use membership dues to support political activities which are opposed to many of their members’ views.”

▪ Some of these small issues are just tinkering around the edges. We’re more concerned about lobbyists taking us out for a cheeseburger meal, but right now we don’t care if that same lobbyist gives a check for a million dollars to our campaign. That’s just wrong.” Missouri state Sen. David Pearce, a Warrensburg Republican, on the need to cap campaign donations.

A veteran senator, Pearce knows he’s fighting uphill in his bid to limit contributions. Limits, he says, are the most important aspect of ethics reform. (link via

▪ “How many more people would turn out to vote if they knew their vote was actually going to be counted?” — Missouri state Rep. Tony Dugger, a Hartville Republican, on his call for a plan that would emphasize the popular vote in presidential elections.

Dugger said his plan would increase voter turnout, and that’s a good thing. Marginalized voters — think Democrats in Kansas or Republicans in California — would have more motivation to fill out ballots because their votes would matter. Now, under the Electoral College, their votes are effectively wiped out because Texas always goes Republican in presidential races and California swings Democratic.

▪ “Voting to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare would most likely doom a Republican Senate candidate. If enacted, it would also have long-term consequences to the Kansas Republican brand.” — the wording of an internal Kansas GOP political memo circulating in the Kansas state Senate.

The memo, by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, emphasizes that expanding Medicaid would hurt Republican prospects in this year’s elections.