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Colyer becomes yet another GOPer calling for repeal of Obama health care law

09/18/2013 6:00 AM

09/18/2013 7:43 AM

Welcome to Wednesday and the political quotes in the news this morning.

• “The effect of the Affordable Care Act on the economy is like ice on the wing of an airplane preventing it from taking off.” — Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer who on Wednesday morning will testify in Washington on the new law.

Nice analogy from the Republican lieutenant governor who has consistently opposed the ACA. Colyer will again call for the law’s appeal in his testimony, at least based on his prepared remarks, but he surely understands that isn’t happening. Some Kansans are eager to hear how the Brownback administration is going to make this new law work.

• “As Kansans, we believe we have a moral obligation to educate our children, reward hard work, build a strong middle class and cooperate with one another. These values are what make us Kansans.” — Democrat Paul Davis, who announced Tuesday that he was running for governor. He clearly believes that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is falling short on all these fronts.

A long campaign begins for Davis, who launches as a decided underdog but against an incumbent with suspect poll ratings. Those numbers are giving Democrats at least a glimpse of optimism.

• I don’t know that Paul Davis knows that Kansas goes west of Topeka.” — Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold in response.

Count on the Kansas GOP to be unrelenting when it comes to responding to any Davis remark. Here’s the first one. Davis is a Lawrence resident.

•  “The country and indeed the president have reached the tipping point not because of one mass shooting but because of an aggregate drip, drip, drip of more and more mass shootings.” — Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That’s the group New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg formed to square off with the NRA.

Just one guy talking here. It seems that the NRA remains firmly in control of the debate. That doesn’t appear to be changing, even in the wake of this latest incident.


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