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TheChat: Donald Trump makes link between a murder and support for him for president


Good morning.

▪ “Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” — Donald Trump in a Twitter post Saturday morning.

Not sure this is the right way to express condolences to Wade for the loss of his cousin. It’s also unclear what the connection is between the homicide and backing Trump for president.

▪ “States all do things differently and sometimes make poor policy decisions, but Kansas has been especially reckless and thoughtless.” — KU political scientist Burdett Loomis on recent Kansas tax policy under Gov. Sam Brownback.

Loomis contends that there’s been little serious deliberation over tax policy in recent years, and that’s been a serious mistake.

▪ “From the outset, it was clear that the executive director of the Office of Public Defender did not have the legal authority to appoint private counsel.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in a statement reacting to a ruling by a Cole County judge who said the governor, an attorney, will not have to represent a defendant through the state’s public defender system.

Nixon, a Democrat, referred to the call to represent a client by Michael Barrett, the state’s public defender, a “publicity stunt.” Some now wonder whether Barrett’s job is in jeopardy. Barrett had argued that the public defender system is so woefully underfunded that private attorneys, including Nixon, needed to step in to handle cases.

▪ “Any statement that says the foundation formula has bottomed out in the classrooms in our state is wrong. ... We have record funding in our schools.” — Nixon reacting to a statement from Attorney General Chris Koster’s office in which Koster was responding to reports about lead in drinking water at St. Louis Public Schools. Koster said the lead is a consequence of underfunding education.

This is a interesting exchange in that Koster is the Democratic nominee for governor and is in strong position to succeed Nixon. The incumbent is clearly sending a signal that he’s going to defend his record. Koster has made higher education funding a priority.