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Conservative group Grow Missouri busts out a blimp

The Royals are in the playoff hunt!

“Create a great State!” — the expression on the side of a giant blimp that will be circulating around Missouri between now and election day.

The political group, Grow Missouri, has leased the blimp for the next couple of months to promote itself. The conservative group is largely funded by Missouri rich guy Rex Sinquefield. (link courtesy of

“I reviewed with him some of the reality he was facing.” — former Kansas Gov. John Carlin acknowledging his role in convincing fellow Democrat Chad Taylor to drop out of the state’s U.S. Senate race this fall, leaving just two major candidates, incumbent Pat Roberts and independent Greg Orman.

Carlin was one of several senior Kansas Democrats who reportedly played a role in convincing Taylor to leave the race in an effort to give Orman a better shot at defeating Roberts.

“The constitutional right of a citizen to own a firearm has nothing to do with race or ethnicity.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, in a letter to the Obama administration seeking a response to reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is forcing Americans to declare their race and ethnicity when purchasing a firearm.

The bureau has reportedly declined to comment on why race and ethnicity information is needed in the first place or what it’s used for.

“That really is the issue: whether (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid continues to be a one-man rules committee in the Senate.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican, sizing up his re-election race against independent Greg Orman.

With less than six weeks to go before election day, Roberts continues to pound away on his belief that the election is a referendum on President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. Orman, Roberts said, is a vote to return Harry Reid to the post of Senate majority leader.