▪ “Blue-collar billionaire.” — journalist John Heilemann during a visit to Kansas City last week describing Donald Trump’s appeal.
Heilemann’s description was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but also an accurate portrayal of how many voters view him. Trump has found a way to connect to the average Joe and Josephine out there even though he’s one rich guy.
▪ “The system, folks, is rigged.” — Trump this week to supporters in Albany, New York.
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He added, “It’s a rigged, disgusting, dirty system.” Trump is seeking to come to grips with the reality that he could go into the GOP National Convention with the most delegates, but still lose the nomination.
▪ “It’s disloyal, and it’s terribly shocking, and I’m completely depressed about it.” — conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly speaking about a coup attempt to knock her out of her leadership post at the Eagle Forum, the group she founded 44 years ago.
One big issue: Schlafly’s backing of Trump.
▪ “This bill is about being smart on crime.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signing an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system.
The measure is hailed as the chief accomplishment of the 2016 session. One key: It reduces out-of-home placement for troubled youth and emphasizes community-based programs.