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TheChat: Paul Davis is not fading away

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▪ “The Legislature, I think, is very likely to try to defy the court.” — Democrat Paul Davis, who lost to Gov. Sam Brownback in the November election, forecasting a constitutional crisis over education funding.

The fight over school funding remains somewhat on hold as lawmakers wait for an eventual ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court. It’s a ruling from that court that Davis was talking about. In an appearance in Hutchinson, he added, “Where it goes from there I don’t exactly know because it’s uncharted territory.” Davis of Lawrence clearly wants to remain in the mix for the next round of statewide elections in 2018.

▪ “It’s a good first step.” — Eric Scott, a graduate assistant in the University of Missouri English department, on the school’s decision to reverse itself and continue providing graduate student employee subsidies of $3,000 for health insurance.

The lack of warning about the change in policy caused an uproar. The grads had talked about a walkout this week to register their displeasure. (link via

▪ “It’s an opportunity for Missouri farmers to have an additional revenue opportunity.” — Missouri state Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce on a new renewable energy partnership that uses biomass fuel, which is developed from organic materials such as wood and crops.

The consortium is comprised of Ameren, technology company Enginuity and an agri-business called ECAP.

▪ “You wonder why we have a federal government that comes after our free speech rights, that comes after our religious liberty, that comes after life, that comes after marriage, that comes after our values? It is because 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home (in 2012). Well I’m here to tell you, we will stay home no longer.” — Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz trying to rally the conservative faithful in Des Moines.

It’s precisely this constituency that Cruz needs to advance in the 2016 presidential primaries.