▪ “Extremism, hatred and bigotry are not Missouri values.” — Democrat Chris Koster, a candidate for governor, tying GOP candidates for the office to Donald Trump.
Think Trump isn’t an anchor for Republican candidates? Think again. Koster’s fund-raising email on Monday is one of the first examples we’ve seen from Missouri Democrats that they will try to link their rivals this year to The Donald. After all, Republicans did the same thing in previous cycles, tying Democrats to Barack Obama.
▪ “If we don't find a way to control Medicaid costs, Medicaid is going to bankrupt this state, there's no two ways about it.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson speaking about soaring health care costs for the poor.
Richardson said Medicaid spending was up 26 percent in the last seven years. Lawmakers typically have to grant more money in the middle of each year because of the way the program is growing. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “It’s like any family. There are always ups and downs and bumps and bruises. But, for the most part I think people are working together.” — Missouri state Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican, on how members of the General Assembly are getting along this year.
But a record-breaking 37-hour filibuster in the Senate that appears to have engendered lingering bad feelings may have been the most notable moment of the Legislature’s first half. Kehoe is right when he added:“We all agree there’s a lot to be done this session. A lot of Missourians are counting on us.”
▪ “As Yogi Berra once said, 'It's deja vu all over again.' Baseball is one of my greatest loves in terms of being the American pastime.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, extolling the world champion Kansas City Royals in the Statehouse Monday.
Hensley, the longest-serving lawmaker in Topeka, was a member of the House in 1985 when a similar resolution was offered in honor of the franchise's first World Series title. Statewide officials and lawmakers paid tribute to the Royals Monday.