▪ “I am certainly even now, almost a year and a half later, very sensitive to those circumstances that brought me into this office.” — Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway who succeeded former Auditor Tom Schweich into office.
Schweich committed suicide in the early stages of a run for governor, and it was that act that resulted in Gov. Jay Nixon picking Galloway to succeed Schweich.
▪ “Converting the symbolic seat of Missouri government into a low-cost convention hall is not what I think the framers of our Constitution imagined.” — Phil Brooks, dean of the Missouri Capitol press corps, on the elaborate lunch spreads that special interests often provide in the Statehouse.
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Brooks bemoans the “carnival atmosphere” in the Capitol these days that detracts from the building’s majesty.
▪ “Our campaign is focused on winning Missouri.” — Aaron Willard, the new state director for Donald Trump.
Willard has been around the Statehouse for years and has held several key posts in the GOP-led General Assembly. With a new poll showing the race close in Missouri, Trump is staffing up — and Hillary Clinton just opened a state headquarters in St. Louis. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “The ACLU would like to take a state down.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on what he believes is the ACLU’s interest in seeing federal courts reject a requirement like the one in Kansas where voter registration applicants must provide proof that they are U.S. citizens.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is deciding whether to uphold a lower court order that bars Kobach from enforcing the law in the Nov. 8 election.