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TheChat: Sam Brownback is an after-thought at the opening of the 2016 GOP presidential fight

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▪ “Hmm, Sam Brownback? No, he’s not going to be a player here.” — Jason Johnson, a rural Des Moines construction worker who is uncommitted in the 2016 presidential race.

Brownback’s name appears to have faded as Iowans contemplate a rich field of potential nominees. The Kansas governor made a brief run in 2008.

▪ “We’re probably one of the very few states that our revenue is going backwards. Other states have been cutting taxes but the revenues are still able to cover the needs of their citizens.” — Kansas state Rep. Jerry Henry, an Atchison Democrat, on the news that Kansas had one of the largest revenue drops of all states in 2014.

In fact, the state had the third-largest percentage drop in total tax revenue. Collections declined 3.8 percent from $7.6 billion to $7.3 billion.

▪ “We do not believe that computers will replace teachers. But we believe teachers using high quality digital learning will replace teachers that do not.” — Tom Murray, director of state and district digital learning for the Washington D.C.-based non-profit Alliance for Excellent Education.

School superintendents and administrators from more than 35 districts across the Midwest are meeting Tuesday in St. Louis to discuss how to integrate technology into the classroom. Keeping up with all the changes in the digital world has proven challenging for schools. (link courtesy of

▪ “I made a terrible mistake.” — Ian Reisner, one of the two gay businessmen who hosted an event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in an apology to the gay community and others in a Facebook post late Sunday.

Reisner cited what he called his poor judgment. “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days,” he said.