Monday, February 11, 2008

Correcting Koster's Cuts

Fortunately, a majority of the Republicans in Jefferson City care more about the health and well-being of Missourians than Chris Koster. Last week, the Missouri House undid the damage that Chris Koster inflicted on Missourians in general and Kansas City in particular.
Senate Republicans stripped them out of the bill to punish Democratic Sens. Jolie Justus of Kansas City and Chuck Graham of Columbia for trying to block the sale of the loan authority.

Justus and Graham argued that the partial sale of the loan authority would make it harder for Missouri college students to obtain low-cost student loans.

When they threatened to kill the entire plan through endless debate, Republicans abruptly cut off debate and stripped the projects from the budget.

The spending authorization now goes to the Senate, where most opposition appears to have subsided.
Please read that first paragraph again - the Republicans stripped funding for an essential project at the UMKC Pharmacy and Nursing schools. Specifically, Chris Koster participated in the "nuclear option" against Senator Justus, though Koster now claims to be a democrat and is seeking support of Kansas Citians in his run for Attorney General. Just a few short months ago, he was engaging in parliamentary hardball tactics designed to punish our State Senator for her courage in standing up for poor students.

Does anybody really believe that someone who did his damnedest to punish Kansas City ought to receive support now that he claims he's reformed??



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, put the axe on the ground and slowly back away...

You and Harris are embarasing yourselves with this obsession.

Donnely is going to win so why lower yourself to this non-stop attacking?

You are the only one acting like a Republican!

2/11/2008 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Jiminy Cricket said...

Please, keep your eyes and ears closed and avoid watching how Hillary and her spousal unit play hardball with Obama. She makes Koster look like a Girl Scout.

2/11/2008 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/12/2008 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Hillary still in the race? For the good of the Democratic party and the country, she should gracefully bow out.

2/12/2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Beth endorsing?

2/12/2008 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Beth endorsed Obama.

2/12/2008 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

which Beth?

2/13/2008 7:35 AM  
Anonymous UMKC Roo for Harris said...

The UMKC community, right in the heart of Kansas City, will not forget that Koster held back $15 million for the pharamcy school. We vote and will remind folks of what Koster did to us.

2/13/2008 10:27 AM  
Anonymous True KC Blue said...

Does Koster really expect us to forget he endorsed John Ashcroft over Mel Carnahan, voted to restrict a woman's right to choose, voted for Medicaid cuts and voted to screw Sen. Justus and UMKC? Go back to the Republican party - the tent ain't that big.

2/13/2008 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh it would be nice to have a Democrat as AG next year. That will only happen if Koster is the nominee.

2/14/2008 5:09 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

now, come on, anonymous. I can tolerate arguments that Koster deserves support, and I can understand that some people prefer Donnelly. I've met all three, and I am confident that Jeff Harris is the best person running.

But, really, I can't tolerate arguments that Gibbons could beat any of the three of them. Get real. Whoever wins the primary wins the election.

2/14/2008 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan -

We have tread this ground before, but I strongly believe that courtroom experience (particularly prosecutorial experience) matters to the voters. Harris and Donnelly have none. Koster, on the other hand, prosecuted cases for 11 plus years.

2/15/2008 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Koster was a VERY marginal lawyer at best. I saw him attempt to try a case once in Cass County, it was not pretty. If Chris is going to run on his "trial ability," then it is revisionist history at it's finest. BTW, I will probably vot for Donnelly but am not sure.

2/15/2008 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riddle me this: Has Harris or Donnelly ever tried a case - civil or criminal?

If the answer is "yes" (which I doubt), then state the name of the case and the court in which it was tried.

2/16/2008 11:10 AM  

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