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January 31, 2014

BuzzChatter Friday: Clinton holds gi-normous lead in the Democratic presidential sweepstakes

The Koch brothers are gearing up to play politics more aggressively than ever in 2014

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

It’s Friday...before the Sunday Super Bowl. (Broncos are gonna win, Broncos are gonna win...)

• “Hillary is the biggest favorite for the Democratic nomination ever. Yes, ever.” — The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on Twitter talking about

a new Post poll

that shows Clinton with a 61-point lead over THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, for gosh sakes.

The analysis here? We’d say the Democratic nomination race is just about over. How’s that for deep, penetrating insight?

• “If the Koch brothers’ political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what’s in store for 2014 and beyond.” — the opening sentence

of a Politico story

on the Kochs’ political operation.

The new reality is the Koch machine is almost as potent as that of the official Republican Party. This year, the brothers are said to be taking a more coordinated approach to their political giving, including playing in GOP primaries around the country.

• “The high five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits; and with tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs.” — Missouri state Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, a Berkeley Democrat, on her proposal to designate the “high five” as Missouri’s official greeting.

Curtis called this a great way to break down partisanship in the state Capitol. She also said her bill, HB 1624, was designed to get children involved in the political process.

• “While these standards are certainly not everything we would agree with, they leave a real possibility that Democrats and Republicans, in both the House and Senate, can in some way come together and pass immigration reform that both sides can accept.” — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat,

on a House Republican proposal

to overhaul immigration laws.

Schumer also noted that it’ll will be a long, slow slog to pass a bill on an issue this controversial. But first things first: The two sides are talking on what could shape up as the year’s biggest issue. The way for the legislation was cleared this week when Republicans signaled they would not fight an increase in the debt ceiling. White-hot fiscal issues like that have blocked other issues from surfacing in recent years.

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