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TheChat: Claire McCaskill backs President Obama’s transgender bathroom policy


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▪ “To me it’s kind of common sense that you would want to do that.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, supporting President Barack Obama’s directive to public school that allows transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

Said McCaskill: “I’m trying to figure out the alternative. Do women want someone who is living as a man in their bathroom and do men want someone who’s living and presenting as a woman in their bathroom?” asked McCaskill. “I think this is a solution looking for a problem.” (link via

▪ “President Obama doesn't realize that he doesn't get to write the law.” — Republican Josh Hawley, a candidate for Missouri attorney general, taking the exact opposite stance on the issue.

His primary opponent, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, agreed, saying the president is cheapening the Civil Rights Act by applying protections "to somebody who feels like they're the opposite sex this day or that day."

▪ “It’s a wild west environment a lot of times for them, and I think we’ve changed that.” — Missouri state Sen. Gina Walsh, a Bellefontaine Neighbors Democrat, on the environment for interns this year.

Lawmakers took a number of steps last year to improve the atmosphere, and it paid off, Walsh said. “Folks checked on the interns this year. They knew where everybody was. I think everyone was very cognizant of the young people in this building.”

▪ “That’s our objective: it’s to get people out of poverty.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on a bill he signed this week that further restricts welfare assistance and requires Medicaid patients to try less expensive drugs first before moving to more costly medications.

Democrats strongly opposed the measure. Brownback argued that previous measures have succeeded in spurring individuals to leave welfare and seek jobs.