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BuzzChat Tues: MO GOPers eye another veto override record

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“I would just say with the sheer number and magnitude of bills, there's no reason why at first blush that this session may very well be as historic as the last one.” — House Speaker Tim Jones on the prospect of overriding a record number of vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon in September when lawmakers convene again.

Nixon, a Democrat, rejected 33 bills this year, surpassing last year’s 29, according to Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio. Last year, the General Assembly overturned Nixon vetoes of nine stand-alone bills and one line-item veto, a record. Jones, a Republican, is suggesting that lawmakers may set another override record this year, and he blamed Nixon’s unwillingness to work with lawmakers on issues. (link courtesy of

“If readily available and adequately trained, forensic nurses can serve as a critical resource for those seeking justice and starting the healing process.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to to require in the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act that colleges and universities inform sexual assault survivors of the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners on campus and in nearby communities.

In the letter she co-wrote with Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, McCaskill called the nurses “a critical resource for those seeking justice and starting the healing process.”

“I have opened my schedule to accommodate debates with Pat Roberts between now and the August 5th Republican primary.” — Republican Milton Wolf in a statement Monday reiterating his offer to debate the Kansas senator anytime, anywhere.

Roberts still isn’t budging on his no-debates stand.

“The concealed carry program continues to be popular for Kansas citizens interested in becoming trained and licensed to protect themselves and their families.” — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on new stats that showed in the last fiscal year the state received 14,205 applications for concealed-carry firearms.

Schmidt’s office noted that this was the second-highest year on record, following the 25,316 applications received last fiscal year. Since the licensing program began in 2006, the office has received more than 90,000 applications. More than 83,000 Kansans have active concealed-carry permits.