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TheChat: Missouri anti-abortion group says `no thanks’ to Eric Greitens


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▪ “We’re ready and willing to sit down with Mr. Greitens at any time of his choosing. We don’t shut doors on candidates.” — Dave Plemmons, chair of the Missouri Right to Life political action committee, on his group’s willingness to meet with GOP gubernatorial nominee Eric Greitens. The group has not endorsed Greitens, which is unusual in Missouri because Greitens is a Republican, and MRL most often endorses Republicans.

Greitens, though, has shown no interest in meeting with MRL, Plemmons said. (link courtesy of

▪ “Are (recharging stations) something that the average ratepayer should be responsible for when it’s only being used by people who drive electric vehicles?” — James Owen, acting director of Missouri’s Office of Public Counsel, on Ameren’s plans to build electric car recharging stations along I-70 between St. Louis and Boonville.

Customers would pay at the pump for their electricity.

▪ “For Democrats, it’s a no-brainer. You link all these candidates to Brownback.” — Washburn University political scientist Bob Beatty about how Democrats should approach the fall elections in Kansas.

Democrats are confident that social issues, such as abortion, won’t carry the day this year given the governor’s struggles with the state budget.

▪ “He actually operates now almost like a president.” — Donald Trump foreign policy adviser Walid Phares on how the Republican nominee works behind the scenes listening to different advisers.

One issue in particular demonstrated Trump’s ability to evolve, Phaares said. The issue: His call for an “extreme vetting” of immigrants to the U.S..