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“It’s a pretty good day to be from Kansas City.” — President Barack Obama as he began his remarks Wednesday at the White House in which he honored Sporting Kansas City for winning the 2013 Major League Soccer championship.

For once, a statement from the president that no one can dispute. Obama cited the Chiefs big win Monday night and the Royals astonishing victory Tuesday night in addition to Sporting KC’s exploits.

“I am pleased that the court reached its decision swiftly.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the Shawnee County District Court ruling Wednesday, which said the state Democratic Party did not have to field a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

But Kobach, a Republican, certainly was not pleased with the ruling. He had said Democrats should have been forced to place a nominee on the ballot, and he pushed for the court to force the party to do so. The great irony here would be if incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts wins a fourth term next month, but Kobach loses after trying to come to Roberts’ rescue on this case. Polls show that independent Greg Orman doesn’t fare as well against Roberts if a Democrat is on the ballot. The Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, withdrew from the race.

“We're spending $33,000 or more on a prisoner in Missouri and only $10,000 on students, so it's time for that to change.” — Nate Irvin, the Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 4th District congressional seat, discussing marijuana legalization in the state.

Reform of marijuana laws is the issue that Irvin says he hears about more than anything. In his race against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Irvin said the federal government should allow states to decide whether marijuana should be legal. Putting people in prison for violating marijuana laws is wasting money, Irvin said. Hartzler, by the way, said she hasn’t heard anybody mention marijuana as an issue. (link via

“The more we discover, the clearer it becomes that the Secret Service is beset by a culture of complacency and incompetence.” — House Speaker John Boehner in a statement Wednesday.

Boehner said he supported a top-to-bottom review of the agency by House Homeland Security Committee chair Mike McCaul of Texas. Given the recent revelations about the agency, the review seems to be in order.