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TheChat: Gov. Sam Brownback says nothing is off the table when it comes to upcoming budget cuts

New week! And we love the heat.

▪ “We’re looking at everything.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the $50 million in cuts he’ll announce this week.

The cuts were expected as part of a budget deal with lawmakers. At a news conference, Brownback also defended recent state job-growth figures, even though an analysis by Governing Magazine concluded that job growth in Kansas in 2015 has totaled only 0.1 percent. “You’ve got to look at the overall trend lines over time,” he said.

▪ “Let me get this right. America’s highways run out of money in less than a week, and the federal government faces another shutdown in a couple of months —but Republican leaders in Congress are wasting legislative time on yet another vote to repeal a five-year-old law that’s been upheld twice by a conservative Supreme Court, is costing less than expected, and is working, insuring millions more Americans and protecting millions of consumers against insurance industry abuses?” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Sunday in the wake of yet another vote to repeal Obamacare.

The vote fell several votes short and was largely symbolic. McCaskill, a Democrat, was a little frustrated.

▪ ▪ ▪ “We are in danger of falling behind.” — Abe Rakov, campaign manager for Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander, in a fund-raising appeal.

Rakov was referring to how much Republican incumbent Roy Blunt has spent in recent months, and it’s one of the highest totals of any Senate candidate. Kander isn’t just in danger of falling behind. He IS behind. Blunt raised $1.3 million in the year’s second quarter and reported almost $4 million in his campaign kitty. Kander’s totals: $734,320 raised, $1.1 million in the bank.

▪ “The ADA established in law that a disability does not mean second-class citizenship.” — McCaskill on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lots of applause in recent days for the ADA and America’s role as a leader in that space.

▪ “Trump wears white golf shoes to tour the border.” — a headline over a Washington Post report about The Donald’s quickie, three-hour tour of the U.S.-Mexico border last week.

The story that keeps on giving...

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