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TheChat: Claire McCaskill continues to push campus sexual-assault bill


Good morning.

▪ “It’s time to get this bill passed.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill talking about a measure aimed at cracking down on campus sexual assault.

Among other things, the bipartisan measure would require advisers to assist students who have suffered sexual harassment. It would also mandate training standards for on-campus personnel. The Missourian has been pushing hard for the measure.

▪ “In 2014, Missourians made it abundantly clear that they have grown tired of the repeated attacks on our Second Amendment rights.” — Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, on his legislation that would allow Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Yes, voters in 2014 approved the idea, but now Missouri law needs to be changed, and that’s what Burlison is doing. The House signed off on his measure by 112-37, and it now moves to the Senate. The change would do away with permit fees for carrying a concealed weapon.

▪ “The political establishment wants us to go away so they can begin their march to the center.” — Democrat Bernie Sanders in a new fund-raising appeal.

The solicitation ends with this line: “We are going to keep fighting.” Sanders is showing no signs of slowing down, and that’s hardly good news for Hillary Clinton.

▪ “If we miss this moment, then the opportunity will be gone for years and KCI will continue to fall behind other cities.” — Kansas City Mayor Sly James on the need to push forward with a single terminal at KCI.

James’ support for the idea combined with that from the airlines is proving to be a powerful combination. The view from here is that support for the single-terminal concept is growing. It’s anybody’s guess by how much.