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TheChat: Catherine Hanaway decries “culture of permissiveness”


Good morning.

▪ “I am here to say that their culture of permissiveness towards sexual activity is the real war on women.” — Catherine Hanaway, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, talking about how liberals have impacted women.

Hanaway who was quoted in Salon, spoke at an educational policy conference this weekend that drew several other leading conservatives. She said that she worries that the culture of permissiveness that pervades America could pave the way for legalizing child pornography. “What concerns me is the slide in our culture that says, ‘Hey, everything is okay and so why should just having a picture of something be a crime, because to possess child pornography is a crime, why should that be a crime?’” Hanaway said.

▪ “The practice of lobbyists providing catered meals to committee members as they consider the fate legislation sought by those same lobbyists has long left a foul taste in the mouths of many Missourians.” — Missouri House Minority Leader Jake Hummel applauding House Speaker John Diehl’s decision to ban meals at House committee hearings.

This is the second significant step to improve the ethics of Jeff City Diehl has taken in the last week. His first was ending House hearings outside the Statehouse and specifically at a Jefferson City country club.

▪ “I want to know what the IRS or the Congress can do to ensure the agency will not further intimidate taxpayers based on political ideology...” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday questioning IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee.

Koskinen responded that the agency would welcome guidelines in the form of legislation from Congress as to how it should enforce the law. The agency is seeking to move past the controversy over its targeting of conservative groups.

▪ “The key to unlocking high-paying job opportunities later in life, is getting kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math at an early age.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday during a visit to a school in Camdenton, Mo., which offers a hands-on science program called Project Lead the Way.

Nixon is pushing Project Lead the Way these days as a way for kids to learn the real-world application of science and technology in what he called an engaging way.

▪ “At minimum, I think there needs to be a higher presence.” — Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican, on what he said is too little security in the Statehouse.

Schaefer said he’s noticed that Nixon has more coverage these days in the wake of the Ferguson crisis. He said that’s reason enough to increase security at the Capitol.