Lots of yak in the political world this morning:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “Lots of people that I respect and trust have been encouraging me to run for governor.” — lawyer and Republican Catherine Hanaway on the 2016 race for Missouri governor.
It turns out that Democrat Chris Koster may not have a free ride into the governor’s mansion after all. Hanaway lost the 2004 race for secretary of state by fewer than five points and becomes the first prominent Republican to publicly discuss a potential 2016 bid for the governor's office. She is a former House speaker — the first woman to lead that chamber — and would be regarded as close to a first-tier GOP contender.
• “We need to kick Kobach out.” — former Republican state Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita who announced this week she’ll run for Kansas secretary of state next year.
Schodorf is joining the Democratic Party and took aim at a controversial law Kobach championed that requires new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering. First, though, Schodorf may have to survive a Democratic primary. Mission Hills businessman Randy Rolston has also filed to run for the Democratic nomination.
• “The president was re-elected last November. Every Democratic senator in the country that voted for Obamacare was re-elected — in red states and blue states and purple states — most of them by double digits....We are going to implement this law.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking on KCUR-FM.
The Democratic senator made the political case for continuing the push for the new health care program, which begins enrollment next week. Republicans continue to bet the opposite way on an issue that goes on and on.
• “I cannot vote to further legislation that does not hold true to the demands of millions of Americans who have said Obamacare is hurting their families, their businesses and our nation's economic recovery.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican, on why he lined up behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid to defund the health care program.
Roberts remains a consistent voice against the new law. He’s also up for re-election next year, and his only political worry is a challenge from the GOP right. At this point, he faces no Democratic opposition.
• “Palin/Bachman in 2016 — It's a No-Brainer’’ — bumper sticker spotted in Iowa.