Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chuck Purgason's all night gab fest ends ... at 21 hours! Missouri Senate passes Ford tax breaks

Posted by on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM

click to enlarge Chuck Purgason proved he can talk ... and talk ... and talk ...
  • Chuck Purgason proved he can talk ... and talk ... and talk ...

Missouri state Senator Chuck Purgason wasn't a fan of a bill

to provide $150-million

in tax incentives to Ford Motor Company, so the Caufield Republican decided to try and talk the bill to death (Purgason also wasn't happy about being pulled from chairing a Senate committee for refusing to hear the bill).

But it wasn't to be. Our sister paper in St. Louis, the Riverfront Times, reports that Purgason's filibuster ended after a breathtaking 21 hours.

After nearly an entire day

spent reading emails and letters from supporters, Purgason relinquished

control of the floor around  9 a.m. He had done most the talking during

the filibuster with the help of a just a few relief stints from

colleagues such as Matt Bartle (R - Lee Summit), who used the time to talk

about his favorite barbecue joint.

Bartle sang the

praises of LC's, so there is something we can agree on after all (but not on boobs, of course).

As

for the tax credits, they passed the Senate on a 20-7 vote (the bill

goes back to the House for final approval and then off to Gov. Jay

Nixon's desk). Update: That was fast. The House passed the bill 101-40.

Now, will someone get Purgason a glass of

water?


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