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Candidate for governor says it’s time to sell pot in Kansas

01/21/2014 6:00 AM

01/21/2014 7:22 AM

Back to work. These quotes will smooth the way:

• “This coming year, let’s pass a bill to end cannabis prohibition. This will stimulate economic growth in our state like no other piece of legislation could.” — Tresa McAlhaney, a Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor.

McAlhaney listed this priority in the fourth paragraph of her response to Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State message last week. She said the upside is too good to pass up, which is more money for schools, universities and mental health. That McAlhaney even mentioned the idea — in a statewide Kansas political campaign, no less — suggests just how far this issue has evolved across the nation. But the chances of this passing are about as good as Brownback lighting up a joint on the Statehouse’s south steps.

• “It was not about him; it was about the greater cause. It was not about passing interests; it was about the eternal truths. For this, he is even larger now than he was in his own time.” — House Speaker John Boehner paying tribute Monday to Martin Luther King Jr.

Well said, Mr. Speaker. And he is right that King looms larger today than he did the day he died in 1968. Such is the power of the reach for justice.

• “The constituents in my district are still calling me saying, ‘Can you help me get a job?’” — Kansas state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, responding to Brownback speaking about economic growth in his State of the State address.

Brownback’s allies keep touting the number of jobs created in recent months as the governor’s tax cuts have taken hold. But others question his numbers. Jobs, and the impact of the tax cuts, will be a big issue in Brownback’s 2014 re-election campaign.

• “Yeah. I’m readier, if that’s a word.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

to Yahoo

about how “Bridgegate” has affected him.

Christie said he’s learned from the controversy, although he wasn’t sure exactly what the lesson is. He also hasn’t thrown in the towel on his 2016 ambitions.

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