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TheChat: John Diehl OKs campaign disclosure law

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▪ “That bill has some merit to it.” — incoming Missouri House Speaker John Diehl on a bill aimed at requiring more disclosure of political spending. (link via

The measure would require corporations and other entities to report the sources of their funds when spending to influence elections exceeds a certain threshold. Diehl’s support is regarded as crucial for any campaign-finance proposal to pass. Critics have said for years that Missouri has to tighten up its political spending laws.

▪ “As a general topic, heartbeat legislation is on the table.” — Kansas state Rep. Steve Brunk, a Wichita Republican and chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee, on a key anti-abortion bill’s prospects in 2015.

The legislation would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Brunk said the proposal would at least get a hearing. The measure is regarded as the first substantive anti-abortion measure to come along in at least two years.

▪ “Especially for the disadvantaged.” — Charles Koch of Koch Industries talking about the need for reform of America’s criminal justice system, which, he said, is further undermining the poor.

Koch said the key will be making sentences more appropriate to the crime that’s been committed. He told The Wichita Eagle that he’s going to be pushing this issue over the next year.

▪ “Our personnel will continue to face risks, but this reflects the enduring commitment of the United States to the Afghan people and to a united, secure and sovereign Afghanistan that is never again used as a source of attacks against our nation.” — President Barack Obama on Sunday marking the formal end of U.S. combat in Afghanistan.

The end comes after 13 years of combat and more than 2,000 American casualties. The cost: more than $1 trillion.