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TheChat: Catherine Hanaway says Gov. Jay Nixon has fallen down on law enforcement

Good morning. It’s a great-looking day. The Royals won. The championship flag flaps in the breeze. It’s alllll good.

▪ “When I see the lawlessness that has happened in Ferguson and at the University of Missouri, and the fact that we don’t have a governor who will stand up for law enforcement, it motivates me to try to restore law and order in this state.” — former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, a candidate for Missouri governor, taking aim at Gov. Jay Nixon.

Nixon has become a punching bag for the four GOP gubernatorial candidates. Eric Greitens has called the MU protests a “national embarrassment.”

▪ “Perhaps the long, tortured presidential caucus/primary process is worth it after all. It has taken nine months, but the American public is at last able to see Trump's nutty, know-nothing narcissism in clear relief.” — an Iowa political insider assessing the state of the Republican presidential race.

The insider was speaking as part of a Politico panel where operatives speak anonymously to encourage candor. The point about the length of the process is well-taken.

▪ “I’m really concerned that we are getting further and further behind, so I decided to escalate it somewhat.” — Missouri state Rep. Doug Libla, a Poplar Bluff Republican, explaining why he increased his proposed gasoline tax from 1.5 cents for unleaded to nearly 6 cents.

Libla points out, in an understatement, that Missouri has struggled over highway funding for years. The state Senate has given initial approval to the plan. Ultimately, voters would have to sign off on the proposal at the polls.

▪ “The lack of flexibility and open-mindedness remains a problem.” — an editorial in The Topeka Capital-Journal criticizing lawmakers for their work this session.

The editorial said 2016 appears to be moving along better than last year, but that isn’t saying much given the rancor and dysfunction that gripped lawmakers 12 months ago. “Kansans should pledge to seek out legislators who can and will think for themselves,” the editorial said.