Let’s do this.
▪ “Quickly ran into speed bumps.” — The Washington Post assessing the new-found alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
The two have struck a deal designed to stop Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination on the first ballot. But just hours into the new agreement, analysts were questioning whether it would work.
▪ “We really believe that by now it’s impossible to have a rational discussion about reproductive justice and women’s health care.” — Renee Maxwell, the founder of the Guild of Silly Heathen, a pro-choice group speaking at a rally in Columbia, Missouri.
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Activists on both sides of the abortion issue turned out for yet another faceoff. Maxwell’s words ring true. The issue has become so politicized that rational conversation can’t happen.
▪ “It is wrong to take away the liberty of every law-abiding citizen to stop a very few from breaking the law, especially when they are putting their own lives at risk by doing so.” — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican, opposing a bill that would let doctors check a database before giving patients a prescription for opioid painkillers.
Lawmakers are locked up over a prescription drug monitoring program as Missouri remains the only state in the nation without one.
▪ “We’ve dug a pretty good hole.” — Kansas state Rep. Mark Hutton, a Wichita Republican, on the budget issues facing lawmakers as they returned this week for a wrap-up session.
Hutton and others from both parties want to reverse a key policy of Gov. Sam Brownback that exempts more than 330,000 farmers and business owners from personal income taxes. Brownback isn’t budging, and the budget crunch continues.