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TheChat: Pat Roberts takes aim at new in-home care paperwork requirements

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Here we go again:

▪ “This is regulatory overreach gone haywire.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts bemoaning new record-keeping requirements mandated of in-home workers for seniors and the disabled.

The issue involving the Fair Labor Standards Act goes before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington Thursday. Roberts wants the court to agree with a previous court ruling that the new requirement is “impractical and attempts to impose burdensome and cost labor requirements in the home where standards must remain flexible due to the individual nature of care.”

▪ “It won’t fly.” — former President Bill Clinton on influence-peddling charges leveled at the Clintons in a new book by conservative author Peter Schweizer.

The book focuses on the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Said the ex-prez: “Even the guy that wrote the book apparently had to admit under questioning that we didn't have a shred of evidence for this.”

▪ “Bad deal for Missouri.” — Jason Kander, the expected Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016, on President Obama’s free-trade proposals.

Kander is one of several Democratic Senate candidates sounding off on the deal, which is backed by Kander’s likely GOP opponent, Sen. Roy Blunt. Kander and other Democrats are saying the deal will export jobs overseas and spark a higher jobless rate. (link courtesy of

▪ “So you are publicizing her arrogant stupidity and utter ignorance. Typical liberal KS media.” — Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas GOP, on Facebook commenting on the media’s coverage of a Topeka waitress who declined a tip from Gov. Sam Brownback and lobbied him on providing more money for schools.

Barker said later he was standing by his comment and questioned why reporters would “go to such lengths to highlight a rude comment from a single individual.” Added Barker, “Where are the stories of the thousands of people who have said complimentary things about the governor?”