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TheChat: Jean Schodorf calls Kris Kobach’s voter fraud crackdown 'un-American'

Welcome to World Series week in KC.

“That’s un-American.” — Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf, a Democrat, talking about incumbent Republican Kris Kobach’s aggressive crackdown on voter fraud, which has resulted in the loss of voting rights for thousands of Kansans.

Kobach counters that Schodorf doesn’t know what she’s talking about. The 22,000 Kansans she mentions never have been registered to vote, Kobach said. Even Kobach admits the race is closer than he expected primarily because fellow Republicans Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts are struggling.

“Foremost, and above all else, Kansas City's next mayor, Mayor Clay Chastain, will restore the people's trust in their government.” — Chastain in a statement to reporters announcing that he will kick off his campaign for mayor at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Union Station.

What more can be said about Mr. Chastain that hasn’t been said over and over again? Chastain’s campaign is barely beyond silly, but you already knew that, right?

“Criminals are no longer just killing each other - they are killing our children. This nonsense must end.” — James on the killing of 6-year-old Angel Hooper Friday night outside a south Kansas City convenience store.

James’ frustration with the Missouri General Assembly’s pro-gun stance is becoming more apparent by the week. The death of Angel Hooper, the mayor said, should become a cause that changes laws.

“If Republicans have a clue and do this and go out and ask every African-American for their vote, I think we can transform an election in one cycle.” — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican and a potential 2016 presidential contender, talking about his belief that the GOP White House candidate could capture as much as one-third of the vote.

Paul told Politico that that could happen if the candidate pushes criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment. Paul is focused on exactly those issues. For the record, Mitt Romney got 6 percent of the black vote in 2012.

“I guess I don't use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on.” — President Barack Obama speaking about a moment last month when, at the end of a dinner out in New York City, his credit card was rejected.

Nothing else is going right for the president these days, so somehow this isn’t much of a surprise. You can’t help but wonder if the president, deep down, has started looking forward to the end of his term.

“This is a serious disease, but we can't give in to hysteria or fear — because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need.” — Obama in his weekly radio addressing talking about Ebola.

The president appears to be on solid ground with this claim as politicians, and the media, continue to go a bit overboard with Ebola hysteria.