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TheChat: Lucinda gets political at KC concert

It’s really not a dream, folks. The Kansas Legislature really has adjourned.

▪ “Vote for Bernie Sanders!” – Lucinda Williams’ final shout to the crowd at the end of her concert last week at CrossroadsKC.

The 62-year old singer/songwriter performed for a smaller-than-usual, but enthusiastic crowd for nearly two hours Thursday night at the outdoor venue behind Grinder’s. She implored the crowd to keep fighting the good fight and ended with the shout-out to the Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

▪ “The most difficult one in history.” — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, on the 2015 session.

We can start an argument here about the accuracy of that assessment. But let’s not. Let’s just all agree that now that the session is over, we’re all happy about it.

▪ “It’s nothing else now. It’s pure hits (attacks). This is the way campaigns are run.” — former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth describing how the negative campaigns of the 21st Century differ from those of the early days of the republic. His point: Campaigns today are always on the attack. In the old days, they were on the attack just now and then and still focused on issues.

Danforth, a Republican, remains convinced that America can rid itself of the politics of personal destruction that is so rampant these days if voters rise up and demand better of our politicians.

▪ “His votes directly contradict what Lenexa and Overland Park citizens want.” — Dinah Sykes of Lenexa, a former Tomahawk Elementary PTA president who filed Friday to run in the 2016 GOP primary for state Senate against incumbent Greg Smith.

Sykes’ notice of her intention came the same day the House passed the largest tax increase in Kansas history. She was particularly upset that Smith went along with the idea of continuing Gov. Sam Brownback’s business tax cuts while endorsing a sales tax increase that, she said, will hit the middle class hard. Expect Sykes to be the first of many candidates who will challenge GOP incumbents next year.