The Buzz

TheChat: The budget impasse in Topeka is grinding on Gov. Sam Brownback



▪ “He got emotional.” — a Republican lawmaker talking about Gov. Sam Brownback choking up during a private meeting with House Republicans.

Tim Carpenter, a Statehouse reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal, suggests the budget impasse is taking a toll on the state’s chief executive.

▪ “Body cameras are one part of a broader solution to keep our communities safe and promote accountability.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on a resolution that passed the House Wednesday backing local police use of body cameras.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder, also secured $25 million in funding to buy cameras. That money won’t go all that far, considering how many police officers there are in this country. But to Cleaver and Yoder, who both sought the resolution, it’s a step forward.

▪ “I have gained a profound and staggering new understanding of just how deep the divisions really are in this country.” — St. Louis Congressman William Lacy Clay on what he’s learned since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Clay spoke in Washington this week and said divisions remain between all manner of people in this country. (link via

▪  “We’re headed for another shutdown.” — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid warning of the possibility of the federal government closing up shop come September.

Both parties are said to be issuing warnings about another shutdown three months from now. That’s how dire things are in D.C. right now.

▪ “We didn’t have a lot of notice that he was going to be there.” — Peggy Toft, an insurance agent, who was the only person to show up for a Rick Santorum event this week in tiny Hamlin, Iowa, population 300.

Toft declined to endorse Santorum, though she said she was leaning toward backing him. In true Iowa fashion, she said, “I feel like I have to get all the facts.”