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TheChat: Gov. Sam Brownback is searching for new ways to battle poverty

Good morning.

▪ “We want new tools, new strategies to do that.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on his interest in lowering Kansas’ poverty rate.

In Kansas, nearly 12 percent of residents live in poverty. The rate is similar to that in Nebraska and Oklahoma, higher than in Missouri and lower than in Colorado.

▪ “The message being sent to voters is this: The Republican Party is led by people who are profoundly uncomfortable with the changing (and inevitable) demographic nature of our nation. The GOP is longing to return to the past and is fearful of the future.” — former Bush administration official Pete Wehner.

Wehner was explaining the discomfort that many Republicans are feeling these days as Donald Trump remains atop the polls. One big concern: Republicans are running a 1980 campaign.

▪ “It has a lot to do with the price of gas and the great weather we are experiencing.” — Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve on why sales are up this year.

Public schools are a beneficiary of lottery sales. Most ticket buyers, Scheve said, happen to be men 35-65, making $50,000 to $70,000 a year with some college education. (link via

▪ “Lightweight.” — Donald Trump’s latest salvo, this one directed at fellow Republican Marco Rubio.

Rubio shouldn’t feel badly. Trump has also used that word to describe Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal. Trump was pushing back against Rubio’s criticism that Trump hasn’t been specific about his foreign-policy goals. “You don’t want the enemy to hear what you’re doing,” Trump explained.