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TheChat: On King Day, all eyes turn to Ferguson

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▪ “Ferguson is the new Selma.” — Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrt, who was among several members of Congress who visited Ferguson Sunday.

Members of the group linked Martin Luther King’s crusade for justice to the more recent events in a small Missouri town. (link via

▪ “When we show great grace, when we cast aside old fears and quarrels to make room for all that is possible, we can speed up that bright day of justice for all of God’s children.” — House Speaker John Boehner celebrating King Day on Monday.

Boehner pointed out that King gave his last Sunday sermon on March 31, 1968, at the nearby National Cathedral.

▪ “Done. Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done. Done. Done. Done.” — Ann Romney in October insisting that her husband’s political career was over.

Mrs. Romney’s thinking, apparently, has undergone a dramatic change in the past few months.

▪ “There are fund-raising events. There are cocktail parties. There are shrimp and grits. And the candidate is there. It’s a game.” — Marcus Carey, who twice lost judicial elections in Kentucky, on how judicial elections resemble ordinary political elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that will test whether judicial candidates themsevles can ask for campaign donations. Some 30 of 39 states that offer judicial elections bar candidates from directly soliciting contributions.