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TheChat: Catherine Hanaway hits the road


Here we go again.

▪ “Tiger One.” — the nickname of the RV that Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway will be traveling in across the state in a two-week “Restore Conservative Values to Missouri Tour.”

In a Missouri GOP primary, winning the hearts of conservatives is what it’s all about, and conservatives are Hanaway’s target in this foray across the state. Note this handy quote she supplied in a news release about the tour: “I am running for governor because I believe conservative values are under attack by liberals in Washington D.C. and Jefferson City. We need a governor who has locked up criminals, will support our law enforcement, protect the innocent unborn and expand our Second Amendment rights. I look forward discussing how we will restore conservative values to Missouri.” Got it?

▪ “This is no way to do this business.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, on the latest budget agreement before Congress.

Blunt is expected to oppose the deal. He again blamed the “crisis atmosphere” that surrounds Congress for the latest developments. The White House generates much of that atmosphere, Blunt said, but Congress adds it share. Question: Can Congress do much of anything without a crisis atmosphere? (link via

▪ “What are your ideas to solve Missouri’s transportation problems?” — Missouri state Sen. Mike Kehoe’s suggestion for a question at next week’s GOP gubernatorial forum.

Kehoe, a Republican, is a big transportation supporter. The Jefferson City session will mark the first time the current field of candidates will be together on a stage. Put it on your calendar, folks: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. You can watch it from the comfort of your home at

▪ “I think we’re in for the long haul and we’re in to win, but I appreciate the question.” — Jeb Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz to a reporter asking if Bush would still be in the race by the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.

Bush’s campaign appears to be on death watch following Wednesday night’s debate. It’s an incredible development in an incredible GOP race.