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TheChat: President Obama remains confident a Democrat will succeed him


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▪  “Let me first of all say that I’m anticipating a Democrat succeeding me. I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people on that front.” — President Barack Obama addressing reporters before he left Paris on his view that the next president will uphold any commitments the U.S. makes at the climate talks.

Even if the next president is a Republican, Obama said that person may view things differently once he or she is in the office compared to their comments on the campaign trail.

▪ “The dollars out there at the federal and state level have been dwindling for years, but to have the (federal) funding go away completely is really disappointing.” — Springfield’s parks director Bob Belote on the lapsing of a popular federal conservation fund.

The fund’s closure has left parks directors scrambling. Belote and other leaders are pressing Congress to restore funding. (link courtesy of

▪ “Voters need to have a say in protecting our elections process.” — Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican, on giving citizens a say over stiffer voter identification requirements.

Kraus, a candidate for secretary of state, is filing a joint resolution and a bill that would place a constitutional amendment before voters. The proposal would call for citizens to provide photo ID at the polls before casting a ballot.

▪ “They’re talking about bringing 10,000 refugees to the United States. There are 4 million refugees, and 10,000 is less than 1 percent. It has minimal, if any, impact.” — Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer who’s just back from the Mideast on the Obama administration’s plan to allow an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the next year.

Colyer, a Republican, said the refugees he spoke to want to return to their homes — not a different country. He also stressed the need for the U.S. to stand up to ISIS.