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Greg Orman, Pat Roberts mix it up at JoCo forum

Roberts (left) and Orman following the State Fair debate in Hutchinson
Roberts (left) and Orman following the State Fair debate in Hutchinson

The election is just 26 days distant.

“There's a choice between someone who will continue to be your champion or someone who tells you only what he thinks you want to hear.” — a tweet from Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts during Wednesday’s debate with independent Greg Orman.

“Change can be scary. But what frightens me is more of the same.” — Orman in his closing remarks.

In a low-key debate in Overland Park, Roberts kept trying to link Orman with Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid — and at one point even said Orman had voted for Reid. Not so, Orman reminded Roberts. He doesn’t vote in Nevada. Orman insisted that his election would send a message to the country that change is coming.

“I am strongly supporting Kelly Kultala for Congress because she has shown that she is exactly the legislator Kansans need.” — former Republican state Sen. Tim Owens of Overland Park endorsing Kultala, a Democrat, over incumbent Congressman Kevin Yoder.

Owens, a moderate, has been frustrated with Kansas’ conservative leadership, and here’s an example of that. One endorsement won’t undercut Yoder, who remains a strong favorite. Still, it’s another sign that 2014 continues to be the most unusual of political years.

“We let the Islamic state build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria.” — former President Jimmy Carter criticizing the Obama administration for it’s handling of ISIS.

The criticism keeps mounting. McCain. Panetta. Graham. Now Carter. President Obama is getting a licking.

“One Text or Call Could Wreck It All, It Can Wait.” — the message on a flashing electronic sign in Missouri that aims to cut down on texting while driving.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has added the signs in a bid to cut down on traffic fatalities. The state has 550 so far this year, roughly on pace for the 757 deaths recorded last year.

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