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TheChat: Carol Marinovich fondly recalls cooperation from a Republican governor

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▪ “He didn’t look at me as that Democratic mayor.” — former Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Carol Marinovich on what it was like working with Republican Kansas Gov. Bill Graves back in the 1990s.

Marinovich, a Democrat in a heavily Democratic county, didn’t say it, but suggested that expecting any help for the still-struggling county from the administration of current Gov. Sam Brownback is a waste of time. The Graves administration helped Wyandotte County achieve it economic renaissance. She spoke, along with former Mayor Joe Reardon and current Mayor Mark Holland, last week at a health forum that examined ways to improve the county’s low rankings.

▪ “I didn’t like how this deal was done or the final product. More importantly, when you increase the debt limit, you should fundamentally change fiscal behavior.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, explaining why he voted against the budget deal.

Blunt also had concerns over a threat to the crop insurance program. But so did Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, who announced he was opposing the bill for that reason, only to change his mind.

▪ “Go back to the drawing board.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, speaking about the EPA and its controversial proposal that aims to regulate streams, wetlands and other waters.

The Democrat becomes the fourth Democrat to sign on to a measure that would force the EPA to revise its plan. Farmers are worried that the proposal would give the agency authority even over ditches and streams on their land. (link via

▪ “It’s a cliché that you have to be nuts to run for president. Like most clichés, it’s at least partly true.” — Evan Thomas, the journalist and historian whose latest book is an intimate biography of President Richard Nixon, on presidents struggling with mental illness during their time in office.

Turns out it’s been more common than most people think.

▪ “We're going to go on offense.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday announcing the GOP’s new approach to governing.

The Affordable Cart Act and tax policy are two issues Republicans are likely to push early.