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TheChat: Donald Trump predicts huge ratings for his 'SNL' appearance


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▪ “Through the roof.” — Donald Trump talking about the ratings for his upcoming appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Hispanics aren’t too crazy about the move. They say Trump still hasn’t apologized for bigoted remarks he made recently. But Trump acknowledges the obvious: SNL creator Lorne Michaels is a smart man for bringing him on.

▪ “It’s one we’re absolutely watching.” — Carl Forti, political director of American Crossroads, on Missouri’s 2016 U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander.

One of American Crossroads’ affiliated groups, One Nation, is launching an $800,000 radio and TV ad buy in Missouri on behalf of Blunt that launches Wednesday. It’s a big boost for Blunt, coming as it does more than a year before the election. But it also may be a sign that the race is more competitive than many expected. (link via

▪  “This is the Full Monty.” — former Missouri state Sen. John Lamping talking about state lawmakers in Jefferson City moving from legislator to lobbyist without a waiting period.

Lamping, a Republican, says the arrangement represents the maximum benefit from a special interest to a lawmaker because a lobbying position provides a high, secure income for years. He’s tried to pass a “cooling off” period that would prevent lawmakers from moving immediately into the lobbying ranks, but he’s proposals never got very far. Special interests want to keep the option because of the influence over lawmakers that such a position affords them.

▪ “We’ve made an important innovation in Kansas, and it’s one that would help other states as well.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on his unique authority to prosecute voter fraud.

Other states don’t give their secretaries of state similar powers. Kobach thinks they should.