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TheChat: Gay-rights activists say Hillary Clinton was too sloooooow


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▪ “We took it personally.” — Hilary Rosen, a political consultant who is a lesbian, on Hillary Clinton’s slow conversion to full support of gay marriage.

Clinton got on board a full year after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced their support — and after the political risk had disappeared.

▪ “His legislative record, not good. His secretary of state’s record, not good. I think Missourians are going to have a good choice.” — Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on his opponent, Democrat Jason Kander.

Blunt pointed out that he leads in all polls taken so far, even those with less-than-stellar reputations. (link via

▪ “One of the most critical things about a heroin or opioid overdose is minutes; you only really have about 5 to 7 minutes to be able to be able to administer (it).” — Missouri state Rep. Steve Lynch of Pulaski County on a bill he sponsored that allows anyone to buy naloxone without a prescription, which can then be administered to someone suffering an overdose from heroin or a prescription opioid.

Lynch wants to get naloxone into homes so that those who overdose can get help. Sunday marked the day that most state laws passed this year went into effect.

▪ “Concerning.” — Kansas education commissioner Randy Watson speaking about achievement gaps in race and ethnicity in ACT scores.

Watson said the State Board of Education’s vision can address the gap, although the scores suggest that the problem has been around for years.