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Orman backs path to citizenship on immigration

It’s a big weekend in Kansas City — so much stuff to do — and you’re almost there.

“If you're undocumented and you are here, you should have to register with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], you should have to pay a small fine or perform community service as an acknowledgment that you've broken the law. Then you should have to hold down a job, pay taxes, obey our laws. And if you do all those things, I think you should be able to continue to live here and work here.” — Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman explaining his stand on immigration.

In other words, Orman supports a path to citizenship — or amnesty — and the campaign of GOP Sen. Pat Roberts will certainly highlight that controversial position in the weeks to come. Orman also has said he would have backed the comprehensive reform bill that passed the Senate last year.

“I was there a lot earlier than some people said I was, and I was involved there a lot earlier than some people continue to say I was and the press continue to report.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday defending his response to the unrest in Ferguson.

Nixon insisted that initially there was no reason to intervene in the hours after Michael Brown was shot. Shootings happen all the time in this country, he said. Still, Nixon suffered a political body blow in connection to his handling of the situation. (link via

“I don’t think he can get away with it.” — Travis Smith of Axiom Strategies, a consultant for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, on Orman’s prospects. Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the race Wednesday, turning the race into basically a one-on-one showdown between Orman and Roberts.

Smith said the Roberts campaign would give Orman a “full, thorough vetting.” Count on it.

“Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily.” — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul who again insisted he’s not an isolationist.

Paul, who may run for president in 2016, also insisted that he’s not an interventionist. He recently told the Associated Press that if he was president, he would call a joint session of Congress, lay out the reasons why ISIS is a threat, then seek authorization to destroy the organization.