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TheChat: Nicole Galloway hasn’t forgotten why she’s now Missouri’s auditor

Good morning.

▪ “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.

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

▪ “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.