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BuzzChatter Friday: Brownback describes Kansas as a beacon amid the darkness

05/16/2014 1:49 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

It’s Friday! We made it!

“Kansas is a lighthouse in a nation that has lost its way.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday after he filed for a second term.

Brownback said the state under his leadership has returned to local control of schools and nurtured a “culture of life.” He faces Democrat Paul Davis in November.

“It is clear that by failing to include an exception for rape and incest, this extreme proposal would separate Missouri from all but one other state in the nation.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday on a bill the General Assembly passed that would create a 72-hour waiting period before a woman could undergo an abortion.

Nixon didn’t say it, but he’s signaling a likely veto. Whether the General Assembly can override him isn’t clear. The House voted 111-39 for the proposal, a strong enough vote for an override. But the Senate vote fell one short of the two-thirds majority needed.

“Here we tell their story, so that generations yet unborn will never forget. Of coworkers who led others to safety. Passengers who stormed a cockpit. Our men and women in uniform who rushed into an inferno.” — President Barack Obama on Thursday commemorating those who died in the Sept. 11th attacks at the dedication of a new museum in New York.

Stirring words from America’s chief executive.

“Dumbfounded.” — former President Bill Clinton reacting to Karl Rove’s suggestion that his wife had suffered brain damage from a 2012 blood clot.

Said the former president: “First they said she faked her concussion, and now they say she is auditioning for a part on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I mean, you know, whatever it takes.”

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