Clinton Praises Dole and Calls for Political and Social Cooperation

November 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

Former President Bill Clinton at the Dole Institute Leadership Award Lecture

Lawrence-Former President Bill Clinton says the key to progressing in a divided world is sharing what united people, not focusing on what divides them.

Clinton was in Lawrence, Kansas Monday to receive the Dole Institute leadership Award.

The former president defeated former Senator Dole in the 1996 Presidential campaign. But Clinton said he and Dole worked well together on many projects before and after that campaign.

Clinton says Dole was able to see the common good in many people.

Dole was not present for the ceremony.

The former President said sharing common traits and outlooks works in politics and in life.

“And we know when people practice inclusiveness and cooperation, good things are going to happen.”

He added that terrorists groups like the one that attacked Paris are able to recruit young suicide bombers because they only show them what divides the recruits from the rest of humanity.

“They have been swayed in another direction. One that allows them to believe there is glory in pre-mature death.”

Clinton, however, remains very optimistic.

At one point he told the several hundred people at the lied center in Lawrence he would trade his presidency for the opportunity to see more of the 21st Century.

“Because I think there is a good chance this will be the most peaceful, prosperous time in human history,” he said, “a time of breathtaking scientific advances, in which all the bad things we’re worried about will probably not be quite as bad as we feared, and the good things we hoped for will probably be more than we dreamed.

Ashcroft Says US Should Focus on Terrorists Not Syrian Refugees

November 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft says the nation should keep its focus on the terrorist threat rather than the Syrian refugees.
“What’s important for us is to focus on terrorists, not to try and include broader groups who may or may not include individuals who may or may not be involved in the terrorist movements,” Ashcroft told KMBC TV Friday in Kansas City.
Ashcroft was the nation’s Attorney General when America was attacked on September 11, 2001.
During his time at the Justice Department, the former Missouri Governor supported passage of the US Patriot Act, which increased security after the deadly attacks in New York, the Pentagon.
Ashcroft said he did not think the entire terrorist threat was wrapped up in Syrian refugees.
“The threat is from terrorism. But many people from Syria need a place to go…but we (the US) also need a safe place in which to live and work.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has not tried to block refugees from coming to the state, as 31 other Governors have done.
That includes Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
At the same event, Nixon says the state needs to keep its options open. He says Missouri can balance the need to keep citizens safe and still respect the tradition of accepting refugees.
Former US Senator Kit Bond, who also served in the Missouri Governor’s mansion, says the refugee problem was “a huge threat”.
Nixon and Ashcroft were at a rare event where all six living Missouri Governors appeared.
Governors Kit Bond, Ashcroft, Roger Wilson, Bob Holden, Matt Blunt and Nixon were guests of the Hawthorn Foundation.
That group was started by Bond in 1982. It helps governors fund overseas trade missions to attract business to Missouri

All 6 Living Missouri Governors at Hawthorne Foundation Luncheon

November 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

Left to right: John Ashcroft, Bob Holden, Jay Nixon, Kit Bond, Matt a blunt, Roger Wilson Sent from my iPhone

Schmidt & 3 More AG: : MIMBY Gitmo

November 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

(AP) – Top prosecutors in three states reportedly being assessed as potential future homes for Guantanamo Bay detainees are imploring the Obama administration not to send the prisoners to their states.

Attorneys general from Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina on Wednesday wrote to President Barack Obama, telling him that bringing detainees to their areas “will create imminent danger” and make “targets” out of the communities where they are placed.

A Defense Department team recently finished surveying seven sites in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas that could be the next address for some of the 112 detainees currently housed at Guantanamo Bay.

Closing the detention center has been a top priority for Obama. The effort has faced hurdles, including opposition among both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

The prosecutors are giving the administration until Dec. 4 to respond.

Lawmaker Wants. Missouri Special Session on Refugees

November 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

(AP) – A Missouri lawmaker is seeking a special legislative session aimed at preventing Gov. Jay Nixon from allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the state.

Nixon, a Democrat, on Monday called on the federal government to ensure strong safeguards. But he did not say he’d pause refugee relocations as governors in several other states have pledged in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) that Republican state Rep. Mike Moon has written House Speaker Todd Richardson calling for the special legislative session to “tie the governor’s hands” and stop “the potential Islamization of Missouri.”

Three-fourths of the House and Senate would have to vote in favor of calling a special legislative session.

Messages left with the offices of Richardson and Nixon weren’t immediately returned Wednesday.


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