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TheChat: Kansas senate minority leader calls Kris Kobach the most racist politician in America


Good morning.

▪ “I want to take this opportunity to call on Kris Kobach, the most racist politician in America today, to resign from office.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley in a speech Saturday night in Topeka at Washington Days.

Hensley said Kobach should step down for comments he made during a radio program in which he appeared to agree with a caller who speculated that President Barack Obama would seek a moratorium on the prosecution of all African-American criminals. Said Kobach: “Well, it’s already happening, more or less, in the case of civil rights laws. So I guess it’s not a huge jump. I think it’s unlikely but, you know, I’ve learned to say with this president never say never.”

▪ “It may take longer than we originally hoped, but I believe with all my heart that we still can – and we still will - `Restore Kansas’ together.” — Paul Davis, the 2014 Democratic candidate for governor, at Washington Days Saturday night.

Davis headlined his speech, “Why I will not quit, and neither should you.” He is clearly trying to keep his options open for the 2018 election. Said Davis in his speech: “My friends, we’ve got some tough days ahead. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. But - as long as we don’t give up - it can get better.”

▪ “In those dark days of late May 2011, who could have dared dream – or even hope – of a day like today?” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in Joplin Saturday for the opening ceremony of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin.

The new hospital replaces the former St. John’s Regional Medical Center destroyed by the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. A tip of the hat to the Joplin community for a tremendous achievement.

▪ “The message we are sending our students needs to be clear — if a student is assaulted on a Friday night, she needs to know, on that same night, how to get confidential support and access to professionals who can lay out the full range of options, including potentially moving forward in the criminal justice system.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on a bipartisan bill she’s introduced aimed at curbing sexual assault on college campuses.

McCaskill, a Democrat, has been working on this issue for months and has given it a national profile. Her comments appeared in an op-ed in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

▪ “During the time period I’ve been governor, we’ve beat the Missouri side 72 percent of the time.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in a speech last week in St. Louis pointing out which side of the state line in the Kansas City metro area creates the most jobs each month.

That’s one statistic. Another is job growth on a state by state basis, which suggests that Kansas trails most other states.

▪ “I think it's going to blow over.” — Missouri GOP state committee member Bruce Buwalda on the controversy over whether GOP party chair John Hancock should retain the chairman’s job in the wake of the death of former state Auditor Tom Schweich.

Hancock has been at the center of a controversy over whether he initiated an anti-Semitic whispering campaign last year aimed at Schweich. Hancock denies it; Schweich apparently was convinced that he had. The issue now is whether the state committee, which picks the state chair, will remove Hancock. Buwalda and others say they see no reason to remove Hancock. But a group of Republican state lawmakers are said to be gearing up today to call for Hancock’s ouster.