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TheChat: Gov. Sam Brownback sees the Legislature moving away from him


Good morning.

▪ ▪ “You have a natural ebb and flow in politics.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback suggesting that legislative backing for his proposals are beginning to fade.

Brownback told Martin Hawver that the country is questioning officials who have been around awhile. That’s at the root of the interest in Donald Trump and Ben Carson, he said. “I have been in for a good period of time,” Brownback noted.

▪ “This is not conservatism.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday denouncing Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Ryan’s simple, straightforward response was hailed as the perfect reaction to Trump’s remarks. The new speaker continues to impress.

▪ “Oh, but for the love of God.” — George Washington University constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley reacting to Trump.

The move not only violates U.S. and international law, it would never past muster with the courts, Turley and other scholars said. “This would not only violate international law, but do so by embracing open discrimination against one religion. It would make the United States a virtual pariah among nations,” Turley said.

▪ “These are common sense changes that I’m sure the average Missourian would be stunned to learn are not already in place.” — Missouri state Rep. Sheila Solon, a Blue Springs Republican, introducing a sweeping ethics bill.

Among her proposals are a ban of all lobbyist meals and an end to lawmakers immediately leaving their jobs for lucrative lobbying positions. She would also ban alcohol and tobacco in the Capitol. (Good luck with that last one, representative).