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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon knocked for his handling of the National Guard in Ferguson


Pat yourself on the back. You made it to another Friday.

▪ “Insulting.” — Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, speaking of Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision not to more aggressively deploy the National Guard in Ferguson on the night it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon, a Democrat, argued this week that soldiers pointing their weapons at unarmed citizens “is not a good thing.” Schaefer, a candidate for attorney general, disagreed, saying members of the Guard “know how to show restraint.” (link courtesy of

▪ “What do we want Missouri to be known for, and what are our priorities?” — University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to lawmakers Wednesday in requesting a 5 percent increase in higher ed funding.

Wolfe said higher education funding has declined nationally, but at a faster pace in Missouri. Meanwhile, he said, tuition has risen slower in Missouri than elsewhere.

▪ “I’m running.” — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to his staff about his intention to seek a sixth term next year in Nevada.

Speculation had mounted that the 75 year old would call it quits because of his age, the loss of the majority last year and a recent workout accident that resulted in a shattered eye socket and broken ribs. We’ve said this before, but if Reid runs and wins, and neither of those are an absolute certainty, than he should consider stepping down as Democratic leader so that the party can offer a fresh face.

▪ “I call it sticking with what works.” — Vice President Joe Biden speaking at Drake University in Iowa about the importance of the 2016 Democratic nominee continuing the policies of President Barack Obama.

Biden’s trip fueled new speculation that he was gearing up for his own presidential run. He said the next nominee has no reason not to continue the policies of the last eight years. “Run on what we have done. Own what we have done. Stand for what we have done. Acknowledge what we have done,” Biden said.